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Issue 73
December , 2016

Image for bulleted text Toxics Link has been working towards increasing compliance of bio-medical waste in the country

Toxics Link has been working towards increasing compliance of bio-medical waste in the country and engages with State Pollution Control Boards and NGOs in different states. One of its engagements has been in the state of Rajasthan to increase compliance of the rules in ...Read Full Story



Issue 67
June , 2016

Image for bulleted text Combating mercury poisoning

Many of us have fond childhood memories of playing with droplets of mercury spilled out of a broken thermometer. A dark silver-coloured shiny liquid was a plaything for kids and perhaps still is, but in reality it is quite a dangerous curiosity. Unaware of the toxicity ...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Baby sippy cups contains harmful chemicals, says study

A study says harmful chemical ‘bisphenol-A’ in baby sippy cups can impact mental and physical health of children . The study released by Toxics Link said that as a precaution many countries have already phased out the use of bisphenol-A in sippy cups. Sippy cups f...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Toxins in sippy cups a threat to babies

You could be exposing your babies to toxic chemicals that could interfere with their hormonal system and impact growth . A study by Toxics Link, an environmental NGO, claims to have found Bisphenol A (BPA) in 77% of sippy cup samples tested in Delhi. Bisphenol A is a...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text E-waste call to action

Integration of informal sector with skill development, EPR implementation and reverse logistics backbone are the key requirements. The E-Waste Management Rules, 2016 were recently notified in supersession of the E-waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2011, seeking to...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Bright but deadly

his one-of-its-kind study by the researchers of the Section of Environmental Pediatrics at NYU School of Medicine indicates that lead exposure is a major contributor to children’s intellectual disability in low-and-middle income countries (LMICs), including India. Re...Read Full Story



Issue 66
October , 2015

Image for bulleted text “Training of Trainers” (ToT) on Bio-medical & mercury waste management in Bihar

Toxics Free Healthcare team of Toxics Link conducted a 3-day “Training of Trainers” (ToT) on Bio-medical and mercury waste management in two hospitals of Muzaffarpur, Bihar. The trainings were conducted from 8th October to 10th October in KDKM hospital and Muzaffarpur S...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Roundtable Meeting on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

Toxics Link organized a half day roundtable meet at Radisson Blu Marina, Hotel, New Delhi on 30th October to get better understanding of Endocrine Disruptors and the role of concerned institutions in shaping future actions and responsibilities. The discussion points fo...Read Full Story



Issue 65
September , 2015

Image for bulleted text Workshop & Consultation on Phasing out Mercury from Dental Sector!

Toxics Link organized a half day “Awareness Workshop & Stakeholder Consultation” on phasing out mercury from the dental sector. The workshop was conducted in association with India Dental Association (IDA), Madras Branch at Sree Balaji Dental College & Hospital, Chennai...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Roundtable meeting on “Greening the Healthcare Sector”

A round table meeting was conducted on “Greening the Healthcare Sector” at IIC Delhi on 4th September, 2015 by Toxics link and Technical partners- Consortium of Accredited Healthcare Organizations, CAHO and STENUM Asia. During the meeting the participants discussed four...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Felicitation event ‘Microsoft GIZ Create to Inspire school programme’ in Kolkata

Toxics Link felicitated 52 schools for their efforts to save the environment at an event organized at Binodini Girls' High School, Kolkata on 29th September 2015. This was a part of the series of programmes that are jointly being organized by Toxics Link, Microsoft and ...Read Full Story



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Image for bulleted text Workshop & Consultation on Phasing out Mercury from Dental Sector!

Toxics Link organized a half day “Awareness Workshop & Stakeholder Consultation” on phasing out mercury from the dental sector. The workshop was conducted in association with India Dental Association (IDA), Madras Branch at Sree Balaji Dental College & Hospital, Chennai...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Roundtable meeting on “Greening the Healthcare Sector”

A round table meeting was conducted on “Greening the Healthcare Sector” at IIC Delhi on 4th September, 2015 by Toxics link and Technical partners- Consortium of Accredited Healthcare Organizations, CAHO and STENUM Asia. During the meeting the participants discussed four...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Felicitation event ‘Microsoft GIZ Create to Inspire school programme’ in Kolkata

Toxics Link felicitated 52 schools for their efforts to save the environment at an event organized at Binodini Girls' High School, Kolkata on 29th September 2015. This was a part of the series of programmes that are jointly being organized by Toxics Link, Microsoft and ...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Discard your e-waste

From October 2, four Namma Metro stations will be part of a mission to ensure toxic e-waste reaches the right destination. Volunteers from Binbag – a startup being incubated at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore’s N.S. Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learn...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Modi calls for climate change agenda that helps developing countries

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US President Barack Obama and France and Britain's leaders on Monday, and called for a climate change agenda from upcoming global talks in Paris that helps developing countries with access to finance and technology. Modi said after meeti...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Symbolic visarjan for idols made of non-biodegradable materials

This Ganesh Chaturthi, authorities made it sure that no idol made of plaster of Paris or other non-biodegradable substance were immersed in the Yamuna. On the Yamuna ghat in East Delhi, devotees with idols not meeting environment-friendly standards were allowed to do a ...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text UN serves lunch made from food waste to 30 world leaders

In a lesson on practicing what they preach, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon served lunch made from food waste - like "Landfill Salad" - to about 30 world leaders here for the global summit on sustainable development agenda. The vegetarian menu on Sunday was designed to...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text High zinc levels found in soil near Ramganga in Moradabad

A study reveals that the zinc levels are 15 times more than the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) standards in the soil samples collected from near river Ramganga at Moradabad, known for its e-waste recycling industry. Quoting specialists, Centre for...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Locals blame pharma company toxic discharge for dead fish

Dead fish floating in Matoda village panchayat lake triggered panic among locals. The panchayat had awarded the lake on contract for fish farming activity. In an application of complaint submitted with Changodar police station of Ahmedabad district, Kanu Chunara, the fi...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Pesticide spraying turning into major health hazard for farmers

Exposure to chemical pesticides while spraying in the field has also become a major health problem for farmers in Karimnagar district. Though, there is no serious pest attack in the district, the farmers, in order to reap riches, have been using pesticides extensively a...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Biodegradable waste disposal now mandatory in Haryana

Haryana Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain on Saturday directed Additional Chief Secretary, Town and Country Planning to revise building biology by making legally mandatory the disposal of biodegradable waste generated by certain buildings, on an institutional or p...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text LED bulbs to save up to Rs. 40,000cr, says Piyush Goyal

Making a powerful pitch for energy conservation, Union minister for power, coal and new and renewable energy Piyush Goyal said the government's ambitious programme to replace all electric bulbs in Indian households with energy-saving LED bulbs over the next three years ...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Calcutta sits on ticking e-waste bomb

Calcutta tops the chart in generating e-waste after Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Bangalore and Chennai. An ill-equipped disposal system has ensured that a major chunk of the e-waste is crudely dismantled or burnt in a little over 1,000 informal units in the city and suburbs, expo...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Generating energy from solid waste uphill task: Experts

The move to generate energy from solid waste may fail to meet the target as over 40 per cent of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) in Delhi is organic which is of no use in the production of energy from waste, according to experts. At present, the national Capital has three w...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text NGT seeks report from chief secretary on arsenic contamination

The National Green Tribunal (NGT), Eastern Zone Bench, on Monday, directed the chief secretary to file a report on the arsenic situation in West Bengal. The NGT had earlier expressed concern after going through a report on arsenic contamination in Kolkata that appeared ...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Govt appoints committee to set up bio-medical waste treatment facility

Even as the Goa Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is yet to identify 10,000 sq mtrs of land in the industrial estates for setting up of Common Biomedical Waste Treatment Facility (CBMWTF) to treat the medical waste in Goa, the State government has constituted ten...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Govt not likely to impose ban on plastics in its offices

If a ban on plastic was enforced in government offices in to, it would cost lakhs of rupees to the exchequer, as most items of stationery and accessories, barring furniture, may have to be replaced with either paper or metallic items. The government had agreed to a ban ...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Landfill in Fbd hills will make NCR aquifers toxic

The Haryana government may end up destroying the water recharge zone for Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad if it goes ahead with its plan of landfilling quarry pits near Pali village in Faridabad Aravalis. Scientists and geologists TOI spoke to said the Aravalis and the Yamu...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Chemical exposure a leading cause of diseases

Thirty per cent of diseases in the world are caused due to environmental factors. Unfortunately, the burden of these diseases is much higher in children. The exposure to various chemicals, directly or indirectly, causes worst effects on human physiology, disrupting its ...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text “Convene meeting with civic bodies on three landfill sites”

With landfill sites under all the three municipal corporations being used, despite having reached saturation long ago, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday directed the Chief Secretary of Delhi to convene a meeting to find a solution. A Bench headed by NGT chair...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Bhopal: First trial burning of toxic waste clears green test, claim officials

Around 346 tonnes of hazardous waste has been lying in the Union Carbide factory since Dec 1984. A decade after it snowballed into a constant feud between the government and environmentalists, the first trial incineration of about 10 tonnes of toxic waste from the Bhopa...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Kali river contaminates groundwater

Rivers in western Uttar Pradesh like Kali, Krishna and Hindon have been polluted to dangerous levels because of the industrial waste released illegally into them by the industries. So grave is the pollution that they have also contaminated the groundwater of hundreds of...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Centre for better implementation of law meant to insure people near hazardous industries

Sensitizing the country's pollution watchdog to the vulnerability of general public in areas around hazardous industries, the Union environment ministry has asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to ensure better implementation of the existing 'Public Liabilit...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text NGT seeks response from Centre on construction in sanctuary

A retired scientist's concern over the upcoming construction within 10-km radius of the Asola Wildlife Sanctuary has led the National Green Tribunal to seek a response from the Centre on the issue. A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notice ...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Pulling vultures back from the brink

Protecting the last six long-billed vultures in inland south India has become a challenge for the Forest Department even in a protected vulture sanctuary in Ramanagaram. With rampant trespassing in 346.14 hectares in and around Ramadevara Betta — which became the countr...Read Full Story



Issue 64
August , 2015

Image for bulleted text Round Table meeting on plastic bag ban!

Toxics Link organized a roundtable meeting on the effectiveness of plastic ban in Kolakata with a wide range of stakeholders on 28 August, 2015. The meeting’s objective was to share the findings of a recent study done by Toxics Link titled “Kolkata and Environment –Plas...Read Full Story



Issue 63
July , 2015

Image for bulleted text Awareness workshop for students on World Nature Conservation Day!

Toxics Link conducted students’ awareness workshop on “Pollution in Yamuna River” organized by Nehru Learning Centre for Children & Youth, at Teen Murti House New Delhi, on 28 July, 2015. Over 50 students from NP School participated in the workshop which included film v...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Vikalp Sangam workshop!

Toxics Link participated in Vikalp Sangam workshop held at Leh from 19 July -24 July, 2015. Vikalp Sangam is a conglomeration of various stakeholders that provides platform for sharing experiences and holding discussion with the community members, NGOs officials and oth...Read Full Story



Issue 62
June , 2015

Image for bulleted text Microsoft Create to Inspire – Partners Training Program

Toxics Link under the “Create to Inspire” program supported by Microsoft conducted training for its partners on 10 June, 2015, at its office. The program through its partners has a reach in 11 states across India; some of the states are Bihar, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Ma...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Stakeholders meetings on “Lead Safe Paints in India”

Stakeholders meetings on “Lead Safe Paints in India” were held in June in two cities -Mumbai and Jaipur. The meetings witnessed over 100 participants from government sector, paint industry, pediatricians, academicians, consumer organizations, NGOs and media. In addition...Read Full Story



Issue 61
May , 2015

Image for bulleted text Awareness workshop on Bio-medical waste & mercury toxicity in Haldwani, Uttarakhand

Owing to the success of our past Training of Trainers in Dehradun for the medical officers from Garhwal region, the Department of Health (DoH), Uttarakhand organized similar workshops for the same target groups in Kumaon region. The workshop was held in Haldwani, on 19t...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

The seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) (SC COP7) was convened from 4-15 May in Geneva, Switzerland. Over 1000 participants attended the meetings. Negotiations focused on convention-specifi...Read Full Story



Issue 60
April , 2015

Image for bulleted text IPEN Asian NGO Gathering

Toxics Link participated in an IPEN gathering in Jakarta, Indonesia, held from 16-18th April 2015. The gathering provided an opportunity for IPEN Participating Organizations and other local non-governmental, civil society groups with a shared mission of a toxics-free fu...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Seminar on Bio-Medical & Mercury waste management

Toxics Link conducted a seminar on Bio-medical & Mercury waste management in Dehradun, Uttarakhand on 29th April 2015 in collaboration with Uttarakhand Health & Family Welfare Department. Navjyoti Development Society a local NGO from Dehradun was regional partner in thi...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text EU- SWITCH Asia Lead Paint Elimination Workshop in Jakarta

A workshop under the EU- SWITCH Asia Lead Paint Elimination Project was held in Jakarta, Indonesia from 18 – 21 April 2015. The workshop aimed at collectively looking at the achievements and roadblocks faced by the seven partner countries who have been working towards e...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Roundtable Meet on 'Creating Safe Workplaces: E-waste Recycling Industry'

Toxics Link organized a roundtable meeting on 'Creating Safe Workplaces: E-waste Recycling Industry' in India Habitat Center, New Delhi on 14th April 2015. There were over 30 participants including manufacturers, recyclers, safety experts and representatives from intern...Read Full Story



Issue 59
March , 2015

Image for bulleted text Meetings with Dental Council of India (DCI) in Delhi and Kolkata

In continuation with the ongoing negotiations with the Dental Council of India (DCI), Toxics Link met DCI President Dr. Dibyendu Majumdar and DCI Secretary Dr. S.K. Ojha, in Delhi on 19th March 2015. The meeting was quite fruitful withDr. Majumdar acknowledging the need...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Awareness Workshop for Dental Professionals in Kolkata

Toxics Link conducted an awareness workshop for dental professionals in a dental college, named Dr. R. Ahmed Dental College on 27th of March, 2015. The workshop was successfully conducted and the importance of the issue was acknowledged by the practitioners present in t...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text National Conference on Waste to Energy

Toxics Link conducted a national conference on Waste to Energy on 30th March 2015 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The conference focused on the viability of the waste to energy plants in the context of India. Mr. Ravi Agrawal, Director, Toxics Link in his inaugural ...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Workshop on E-waste ‘Systems Failure: Time to Reboot’ on 25th March 2015

It has been 3 years since the E-waste Rules came into effect, but this toxic waste is still polluting our air, water and soil. The rules were meant to improve e-waste management I the country, but not much has changed on the ground, as waste still flows in the informal ...Read Full Story



Issue 58
February , 2015

Image for bulleted text Seminar on Mercury toxicity & Bio-medical waste management in Bihar

Toxics Link in coordination with Bihar State Pollution Control Board organized a seminar on "Mercury toxicity & Bio-medical waste management" in Patna, Bihar on 9th February, 2015. Besides aiming at enhancing awareness among health care workers, the seminar also intende...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Training of Trainers in two government hospitals of Bihar

Parallel Training of Trainers (ToTs) programs were organized in two government hospitals on 10th & 13the February at Danapur & Arrah, in Bihar. The training program aimed at enhancing awareness & capacity building of healthcare staff on improving compliance level of bio...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text School Teacher’s Induction Workshop on Environmental Education

Toxics Link in coordination with Microsoft & GIZ organized the School Teacher’s Induction Workshop under Microsoft Create to Inspire program on 20th February, 2015 in Kolkata. Mr Debabrata Baral, District Inspector (Secondary Education), Kolkata, was one of the key tech...Read Full Story



Issue 57
January , 2015

Image for bulleted text Schools Turn Green Ambassadors

‘Create to Inspire’ programme, supported by Microsoft, was started in several cities of India in August 2014. The programme, through working with teachers, aimed at motivating students or youth leaders to be drivers for sustainable future. The programme was a big succes...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Awareness Campaign on Lead (Pb) in Paints in Schools

Toxics Link has been conducting school programs in various schools of Delhi to inform and educate students about harmful health effects of lead (pb), a heavy metal, in paints. The program further envisages that these students in turn would reach out to many others who a...Read Full Story



Issue 56
December , 2014

Image for bulleted text Seminar on Mercury Toxicity & Medical Waste Management

Toxics Link in collaboration with the State Department of Health, West Bengal conducted a daylong seminar on 19 December 2014, in Kolkata on issues relating to medical waste management and mercury toxicity in the healthcare sector. The seminar focused upon the entire go...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Film Festival “Quotes from the Earth” 2014

Toxics Link organized the 6th edition of “Quotes from the Earth” an environmental festival at India International Centre, on 5th and 6th December 2014. Inaugurated by Padmshree and Kathak Guru Smt. Shovana Narayan, the festival drew a huge audience of over 300, comprisi...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text The 2nd Open-ended Working Group (OEWG2) meeting of SAICM

Strategic Approach to International Chemical Management (SAICM) is an important global platform to create the scope to minimise and reduce the impact of the chemicals on health and environment at large. The 2nd Open-ended Working Group (OEWG2) meeting of the SAICM was...Read Full Story



Issue 55
November , 2014

Image for bulleted text India’s River Week to discuss and adopt national charters on rivers

The first ever India Rivers Week was organized as a national event in New Delhi from November 24-27 2014. The main objective of the event was to bring together a vast range of stakeholders to discuss the ground realities of rivers, and develop approaches to address the ...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Showcase workshops under Microsoft Create to Inspire School Program

Toxics Link under the “Microsoft Create to Inspire School Program” conducted a Showcase Workshop in November in two cities: Noida and Ghaziabad. This program aims at ‘Sustainable living and Consumption’ in our daily lives. The implementation model comprises of a set of ...Read Full Story



Issue 54
October , 2014

Image for bulleted text Release of report: Bottles can be Toxic: An Investigative Study on Bisphenol-A in baby Feeding Bottles in India

Toxics Link released a report “Bottles can be Toxic: An Investigative Study on Bisphenol-A in baby Feeding Bottles in India”. The report found that baby feeding bottles sold in India are made of Bisphenol-A or BPA; a chemical which is endocrine disrupting and impacts th...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Awareness Program for students

To mark the International Lead Prevention Week, Toxics Link conducted an awareness programme on “Lead in Paint” for students on 20 October, 2014 at Delhi International Happy School, Jungpura, New Delhi. The aim was to make the students aware on the presence of lead in e...Read Full Story



Issue 53
September , 2014

Image for bulleted text Release of Report: Mercury Free India-Right Choices

Toxics Link released a well researched & grounded policy report “Mercury Free India-Right Choices”. The exhaustive report based upon decade old advocacy initiatives and research by the organization, focuses on the existing mercury usage and provides framework for policy...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Awareness Program on “Lead in Paints” in Schools

Toxics Link conducted awareness program on “Lead in Paints” for students in 10 schools of Delhi, in the month of September 2014. The aim of this program was to make students aware on issues of lead poisoning and presence of lead in enamel paints sold in the Indian mark...Read Full Story



Issue 52
August , 2014

Image for bulleted text Create to Inspire School Program

Toxics Link in association with Microsoft organized a teachers’ orientation cum capacity building workshop at Global Indian International School, Noida, on 30th August, 2014. More than 45 teachers from various schools across Noida participated in the workshop, which int...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Release of Report: On the Edge

Toxics Link released the report “On the Edge” which examines polluting industrial sites in the entire Delhi NCR region. 51 sites located in and near national capital Delhi were examined during this study, on parameters such as: industrial processes, use of chemicals, di...Read Full Story



Issue 51
July , 2014

Image for bulleted text Release of the Report “Impact of E-waste Recycling on Water and Soil”

Toxics Link released a report titled “Impact of E-waste Recycling on Water and Soil” this month. The report based on lab tests, reveals how toxic elements such as mercury, lead, zinc, etc., along with acids and chemicals released during e-waste recycling, are contaminat...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Students’ Workshop on Mercury

Toxics Link conducted a workshop on bio-medical waste for students on 14 July, 2014 at Mira Public School Janak Puri, New Delhi. The workshop aimed at making students aware on the use of mercury and its health hazards, and also making them realize the urgency of taking ...Read Full Story



Issue 50
June , 2014

Image for bulleted text Release of the Report “Time to Reboot”

E-waste Rules have been in force since May 2012. Have the Producers, the key stakeholders responsible for implementing the Rules, done what was required? Are there take back mechanisms in place for e-waste collection? State Pollution Control Boards, which are the monito...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Meeting of stakeholders on lead in paints

Toxics Link organized meeting of stakeholders to push for mandatory standards on lead in paints, at the India International Centre, New Delhi. The meeting was attended by various stakeholders, including officials from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Quality Cou...Read Full Story



Issue 49
May , 2014

Image for bulleted text Clean & Green Hospitals (CGH)

Clean & Green Hospitals aims at supporting and facilitating health care facilities in the country to provide environmentally sustainable healthcare to the masses. It’s an initiative undertaken by Toxics Link in association with STENUM Asia Sustainable Development Societ...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Release of the report: “Looking though Glass- CRT Glass recycling”

The growing popularity of LCD and Plasma screen has put the Cathode Ray Tubes or picture tubes out of business globally. But this fading technology has a remnant in form of toxic leaded glass. Cathode Ray Tube which can have up to 4kgs lead is one of most toxic componen...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text “Think & Throw” – An interactive game on bio-medical waste management

Toxics Free Health Care (TFHC) team of Toxics Link has developed an interactive, web and offline game on bio-medical waste (BMW) management called "Think & Throw”. For long, need for an interactive one-to-one medium for training on bio-medical waste management has been ...Read Full Story



Issue 48
April , 2014

Image for bulleted text Roundtable Meeting on Enforcement of Reduction in the Use of Hazardous Substances

According to the E-waste Rules, 2011, all electronic products sold in Indian market are to be RoHS (Reduction in the use of Hazardous Substances) complaint by May 2014. Hence there is a need for a compliance mechanism to be in place for effective implementation of RoHS ...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Roundtable Conference on Mercury Management in CFLs

Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) have been widely accepted as the substitute for incandescent lamps. CFLs find their applications across all end user segments in India now. Within a span of seven years, the CFL market has gone up from 67 million units (in 2006) to about...Read Full Story



Issue 47
January , 2014

Image for bulleted text Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) notifies lead standards in paints to 90 ppm

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has revised and notified the voluntary lead standards in paints to 90 ppm (IS 133: 2013). The apex standard making body of India formulated standard for lead in paints in 1950 and till 2004, these remained as 1000 pm....Read Full Story




Image for bulleted text Training of Trainers on Bio Medical Waste Management & Mercury Hazards

Toxics Link in collaboration with Bihar Pollution Control Board organized a ToT Programme on Bio Medical Waste Management & Hazards of Mercury in Patna on 17th January 2014. The workshop aimed to highlight the issue of medical waste management in Bihar and increase comp...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Intervention Program held in UP on Implementation of Waste Management Rule and Its Segregation

Management of biomedical waste presents a bleak scenario in Uttar Pradesh, owing to the poor implementation of Bio medical waste Rules and improper segregation of waste and lack of awareness in the healthcare sectors. On visits made by Toxics Link in cities like Kanpur ...Read Full Story



Issue 46
December , 2013

Image for bulleted text South East Asia Regional Conference on Lead Poisoning, (24-25 October 2013)

The South East Asia Regional Conference on Lead Poisoning was held at The Park Hotel in New Delhi. The conference was organised by Toxics Link, in partnership with World Health Organisation, Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health (Maulana Azad Medical College,...Read Full Story



Issue 45
September , 2013

Image for bulleted text Public Lecture On Uttarakhand Tragedy: Man Made or Natural

The recent catastrophic flash-floods has left the holy land of pilgrims, Uttarakhand, inundated and barren, leaving behind nothing but dilapidated relics, heaps of mud, boulders and the dead. The loss of life and property has been enormous and the damage would take year...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text â€˜Quotes from the Earth’ Travelling Film Festival

The earth is reeling under enormous pressure of environmental degradation. Every human action be it pollution, deforestation, poaching, mining, indiscriminate urbanization or illegal encroachments is unleashing myriad of environmental and ecological challenges....Read Full Story




Image for bulleted text Press Conference "Electronic Waste: Pathways for North Eastern States”

Toxics link organized a press conference "Electronic Waste: Pathways for North Eastern States “on 6th September 2013 at Bramaputra Jungle Resort, Guwahati, Assam. The Press Conference was preceded by a workshop which aimed to bring together all the Pollution Control B...Read Full Story



Issue 44
July , 2013

Image for bulleted text Public Lecture On “Delhi’s Dying Trees?”

Delhi has transformed from being a green capital to being a concrete jungle in less than a decade. In a short time, tens of thousands of trees have been chopped down for roads, flyovers, the Metro, the Commonwealth Games, and new constructions. Those remaining have been...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Creating Green Champion

Electronic waste is one of most critical waste issue globally. It is an emerging issue in India as well, with the phenomenal growth in the Information Technology and Telecom industry in the past few years. This toxic waste is managed improperly in the country, causing g...Read Full Story



Issue 43
June , 2013

Image for bulleted text E-waste awareness in Environment day celebration

On the eve of World Environment Day, Advit Foundation in collaboration with CAIRN India organized a 3 – day event from 3rd - 5th June 2013 in Gurgaon. Toxics Link was invited to participate in the event to discuss and elaborate on concerns surrounding E-waste, which i...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text ASIAN LEAD PAINT ELIMINATION WORKSHOP ,Sri Lanka (15th to19th May, 2013)

The second workshop of the seven-nation EU-SWITCH Asia Lead Paint Elimination Project was held from 15th to 19th May, 2013 in Sri Lanka. The workshop aimed at sharing experiences during the first year of the project by the seven partner countries (India, Bangladesh, Nep...Read Full Story



Issue 42
May , 2013

Image for bulleted text Public Lecture on “The Magnificent Vulture – End of the Road?”

Vultures have existed for eons – as part of our mythology, amongst Egyptian Pharos and Greek legends. Yet in a short span of 20 years, they are close to extinction in South Asia and beyond. Today they are classified as critically‐endangered by the International Un...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Preliminary Stakeholder Meeting on Third Party Certification for Decorative Paints

Lead is a well-known neurotoxin which damages, destroys or impairs the function of the nervous system. It has been historically used by paint manufacturers as a colouring agent, to enhance durability, longevity and to make it corrosion resistant. Lead in paints is a tox...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Travelling Film Festival : Queen’s Mary School, Model Town, Delhi

As a part of the Earth Day celebrations “Quotes from the Earth” an environment film festival, travelled to Queens Mary School, Delhi on 22nd April 2013. The festival formed an integral part of the myriad of educational activities the school had undertaken on the e...Read Full Story



Issue 41
April , 2013

Image for bulleted text Regional Stakeholders Awareness Meetings on Dioxins and Furans

Dioxins and Furans are the known Persistent Organic Pollutants, which are released unintentionally during the anthropogenic and also through natural sources. The dioxins and furans were recognized as the PoPs in the Stockholm Convention and the convention reiterated t...Read Full Story



Issue 40
March , 2013

Image for bulleted text Designing Take Back Systems for E-waste

The current rules have been in force since May 2012 but there has been very little change on ground .There is inadequacy and lack of any serious efforts from the Producers and the regulators to bridge the gaps and ensure compliance. It is in this context that Toxics Lin...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Bio Medical Waste Management Training Program, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Toxics Link in association with IMA (Indian Medical Association, Thiruvananthapuram Chapter) and CISSA (Centre for innovation and Science and Social Action) organized a one day training program on 14th February 2013 at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The training was on the...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Workshop on Bio Medical Waste and Mercury Management Vijayawada

Effective management of bio medical waste is practiced only in a few private hospitals in Krishna District .Statistics reflect that out of 560 private hospitals across Krishna district, only a few are managing BMW properly.There has been no attempt or concrete initiativ...Read Full Story



Issue 38
January , 2013

Image for bulleted text Designing Take back Systems for E-Waste

E- Waste, one of the fastest growing waste segments globally, is of significant concern on account of high volumes and toxic material content. E-waste also contains valuable non-renewable materials; hence the necessity to recycle waste and reduce burden on mining of vi...Read Full Story



Issue 39
February , 2013

Image for bulleted text The Smog in Delhi: Causes and Concerns

With the onset of winter, each year, like this one, the city was once again enveloped in smog. This dense air is loaded with toxic particulate matter, chemicals and heavy metals. As the colder air is unable to circulate and stays close to the ground, the pollutants beco...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Film Festival Dec`2012

Toxics Link and India International Centre organized “Quotes from the Earth” an exploration of films on environment, at IIC, New Delhi, on the 6th & 7th December, 2012 (Thursday & Friday). Supported by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, India...Read Full Story




Image for bulleted text National Conference on Sustainable Management of Mercury (Hg) In Fluorescent Lamps in India

India’s burgeoning population and modern living conditions has pushed the demand for energy northwards. Lighting has been the most important and one of the significant segments in the energy consumption pie accounting for close to 20% of the total power consumption. O...Read Full Story



Issue 37
June , 2012

Image for bulleted text Training on Effective Bio Medical Waste Management and Mercury Free Health Care System in Gujarat

The danger of mercury exposure – one of the most potent neuro-nephro toxin is now being recognized globally. Mercury emissions into the environment are transported regionally and globally in the atmosphere and its compounds have numerous and well-documented adverse ef...Read Full Story



Issue 36
May , 2012

Image for bulleted text Public Lecture On “Disappearing Sparrows?”

The common sparrow, which was ubiquitously seen in our cities, is now increasingly rare. One could not open a door leading to a garden without a sparrow instantly flying into the room. Alongside, over the years, the absence of common bird species has become increasingly...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Workshop On Developing compliance on bio medical waste management in the state of Jharkhand

The waste management in Ranchi as well as in the entire Jharkhand is again a troublesome issue, starting from the segregation till final disposal of the bio medical wastes. There is no Common Bio Medical Waste Treatment Facility (CBWTF) in the state of Jharkhand and hen...Read Full Story



Issue 35
April , 2012

Image for bulleted text National Conference on Toxic Chemicals Management: Availing Opportunities under Stockholm Convention

On 28th of February, 2012 Toxics Link, New Delhi, organized a national conference on toxic chemicals management at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The conference was one of the first efforts of its kind in India to bring a range of scientists, experts and stakeholders ...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Bio-Medical Waste Management (Regional Engagements)

The management and disposal of wastes in India largely in cities leaves a great deal to be considered. There is an absence of any appropriate mechanism for disposing the Bio-medical wastes generated in the health institutions so far. It is largely done through indiscrim...Read Full Story



Issue 34
March , 2012

Image for bulleted text Public Lecture On "Should Delhi Go Vertical"

Need for Delhi going vertical- an idea mooted by the Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath, has ensued interesting debates and discussions on the issue....Read Full Story




Image for bulleted text Workshop On E-Waste Management

In the wake of the E-Waste Rules coming into force in May, 2012, Toxics Link saw the need to facilitate discussions and information exchange among the key stakeholders and organized one day workshop on 15th of December in Gurgaon....Read Full Story




Issue 33
August , 2011

Image for bulleted text Roundtable Meeting on Mercury

Report of The Roundtable Meeting on "Standards and Calibration of mercury-free measuring instruments in healthcare sector in India"....Read Full Story




Issue 32
May , 2011

Image for bulleted text Mercury Phase Out in Health Care Sector

Toxics Link in partnership with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University (CSMMU), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh organized a workshop on “Mercury Phase Out in Health Care Sector” on March 24th, 2011 in Lucknow, Uttar Prad...Read Full Story



Issue 31
February , 2011

Image for bulleted text Consultative meet on the run up to INC – II on mercury

Toxics Link was invited to the consultative meeting on mercury (reg. INC - II) held at 439, Parayavaran Bhavan on 06 December, 2010. The aim was to subsequently develop the road map for mercury management and phase-out....Read Full Story




Issue 30
October , 2010

Image for bulleted text Quotes from the Earth: The Environment Film Festival (2010)

Quotes from the earth is a discursive platform to highlight the environmental challenges at the national and international level through films which happen to be one of the most powerful medium of communication and discussion. The festival is a collaborative effort by T...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Post Event Updates: Public Lecture on traditional Water systems of Delhi

With the water level risen above the danger level, water clogging and mismanagement of water and its resources in the Capital, it became imperative to discuss the issue with the Delhi denizens with inputs and information on it from experts....Read Full Story




Issue 29
September , 2010

Image for bulleted text Quotes from the Earth: The Environment Film Festival (4th -5th, Dec, 2010) New Delhi

Quotes from the earth is a discursive platform to highlight the environmental challenges at the national and international level through films which happen to be one of the most powerful medium of communication and discussion....Read Full Story




Image for bulleted text EEJP Partners Meet

Environmental Equity and Justice partnership (EEJP) a grant making initiative of The Just environment Charitable Trust hosted a three day National partners’ meet from 8th-10th September at the Global Arts Village, New Delhi....Read Full Story




Issue 28
August , 2010

Image for bulleted text Call for Entries(films) - Quotes from the Earth (2010): The Environment Film Festival

Film makers send in your entries with the completed application form latest by 1st of September 2010....Read Full Story




Image for bulleted text Comments on Draft “E-waste (Management and Handling)” Rules, 2010

E-waste Rules, 2010 is a very important regulation issued by Ministry of Environment & Forest as it integrates the most progressive principle of Extended Producer Responsibility....Read Full Story




Image for bulleted text ROUNDTABLE MEETING ON ‘MERCURY PHASE OUT FROM HEALTH CARE SECTOR IN INDIA’

The issue of mercury (Hg) has gained prominence in India. During these years, various studies have been taken up on usage, disposal and its impacts on environment and human health....Read Full Story




Issue 27
July , 2010

Image for bulleted text Radiation is caused everywhere and by everyone

In keeping with the opprobrium of Mayapuri Co60 radiation and a dire need for awareness on the subject, the hazards of Radioactivity were discussed at the Environment and Health public lecture series by Toxics Link, hosted by India International on June 25th 2010....Read Full Story




Image for bulleted text Toxic Trinkets: An Investigation of Lead in Children’s Jewellery in India 2010

Children’s jewellery is in vogue these days. In keeping with the tendency with children to suck or chew these trinkets, what if you come to know that these embellishments contain lead, a potent neurotoxin capable of IQ deficit, brain and kidney damage, gastrointestinal...Read Full Story



Issue 26
June , 2010

Image for bulleted text Environment and Health Public Lecture Series - Radioactive Hazards

“We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be d...Read Full Story



Issue 25
May , 2010

Image for bulleted text Post Event Updates: Our Toxic World launched this earth day

The first graphic novel on environment: Our Toxic World by Aniruddha Sen Gupta and Priya Kurian as part of a project by Toxics Link was launched among an informed group at the Oxford Book Store in Delhi and Kolkata. The event found much coincidence and impetus as it was...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text E-Waste Management and Handling Rules, 2010 by MoEF (Draft)

We are happy to inform that draft E-waste rules have been notified by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India last week....Read Full Story




Issue 24
April , 2010

Image for bulleted text SECOND PHASE OF “EEJP” ROLL- OUT

Environmental Equity and Justice Partnership (EEJP) is an independent grant-making program of the Just Environment Charitable Trust and supported by the Ford Foundation. The initiative is dedicated to helping groups and individuals foster lasting improvement in the area...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Guidelines on Mercury and E-waste by Central Government

All Central Government Hospitals and health centres have been advised to gradually phase out mercury containing equipments (thermometer, BP Instruments etc.) and replace them with good quality non-mercury equipments, in order to prevent the toxic effects of mercury o...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Report: Fishing Toxics - Mercury Contamination of Fish in West Bengal

Fish is a major nutrient and a diet for many in West Bengal. What if this popular human food is found to be contaminated with mercury, due to the contaminant’s presence in fresh water bodies and lakes in the state of West Bengal?...Read Full Story




Issue 23
March , 2010

Image for bulleted text Book: OUR TOXIC WORLD - A Guide to Hazardous Substances in our Everyday Lives

The mode of development that the world—and India—has followed has led to a situation where we are surrounded by numerous hazardous substances in our everyday lives, affecting the health of people, of other living creatures, and of the planet as a whole. Our Toxic World ...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Launch of mercury-free hospitals initiative and Circulation of letter by CMO (Hubli)

Toxics Link and HCWH jointly initiated the project "Hubli-Dharwad Sustainable Healthcare Waste Management" in eight HDMC Hospitals of Hubli &Dharwad cities during the year 2007-08, under the grant support of Deshpande foundation....Read Full Story




Image for bulleted text Sustainable E-waste Management

The twentieth century marked the beginning of use of equipments like radio, television and a ground breaking discovery - the first computer. Innovation and development in the field of science and technology and an open global market resulted in availability of a range o...Read Full Story



Issue 22
February , 2010

Image for bulleted text Small Grants and Fellowships 2010, Available for Work on Toxicity, Waste and Pollution in India

Environmental Equity and Justice Partnership (EEJP) announces the launch of second phase of its grant program. Over next three years the program will work towards ‘securing environmental justice, especially for poor and the marginalized who are often expected to bear mo...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Report : CPCB gauges pollution from industrial clusters

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is on the guard against the rising pollution from industries again. CPCB has therefore taken an initiative of classifying industrial clusters based on scientific criteria and design action plans accordingly. The rise in polluti...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text The Gandhi influence on Australian rainforests

The public lecture organized by Toxics Link, Kalpvriksh and the Australian High Commission, with environmental activist John Seed as the speaker took place on January 28th, 2010, as part of the Environment and Health Public Lecture series held on a monthly basis at Indi...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Commercialisation of Bt Brinjal?

Commercialisation of Bt Brinjal? “Strong views have been expressed on the Bt Brinjal issue both for and against. My objective is to arrive at a careful, considered decision in the public and national interest…I should like to make clear at the very out...Read Full Story



Issue 21
January , 2010

Image for bulleted text Environment and Health Public Lecture Series - How the Australian Rainforests were Saved - the Influence of Gandhi

The world's first direct action in defense of rainforests took place at Terania Creek in northern New South Wales Australia in 1979.Strongly influenced by Gandhi's principle of satyagraha, the actions were hugely influential and led to the NSW government's historic legi...Read Full Story



Image for bulleted text Students for Environment forum

Does climate change and the hulla balloo about it bother you?? Do you feel the need to talk about the environment? Do you want to write about it and make a difference? If yes, then contribute to the ‘Students for Environment’ forum...Read Full Story




Issue 20
December , 2009

Image for bulleted text Book Release : Half Life - Radio Active Waste in India

'Half Life' is a first comprehensive study analysis on the issue of nuclear waste in India, researched and published by Toxics Link with support from the Heinrich Boll Foundation....Read Full Story




Image for bulleted text (Reviving the petition) Open appeal to the Prime Minister by the citizens of India to eliminate lead from paints

Health of our future generations at stake, eliminate lead from paints, please sign the petition as an appeal to the Govt. to eliminate lead from paints...Read Full Story




Image for bulleted text Report : Moving Towards Mercury - Free Health Care : Substituting Mercury-Based Medical Devices in India

This document tries to present the efforts and initiatives taken so far by people fighting against the use of mercury in the Health Care Settings....Read Full Story




Issue 8
January , 2008

Image for bulleted text Delhi Government to fund mercury awareness campaign by Toxics Link in Capital's schools

In a major move towards creating awareness on the environmental and health hazards posed by mercury, the Department of Environment, Government of Delhi, and Toxics Link have entered into an agreement on an intervention programme that will extend to 50 schools here....Read Full Story




Issue 7
November , 2007

Image for bulleted text Toxics Link adds new films and publications to its outreach tools

Two new films on mercury hazard and two new factsheets have been added to the list of information resources, to reach out to new audiences with information on toxicity....Read Full Story




Issue 6
July , 2007

Image for bulleted text Landfills not a solution to Delhi's urban waste crisis: DPCC

With all the three existing landfills in the National Capital Territory of Delhi running out of capacity and the State Government announcing new sites for fresh landfills, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), a nodal environmental body for the Capital, today sa...Read Full Story



Issue 5
May , 2007

Image for bulleted text Mercury hazard in hospitals: Experiences and challenges

A meeting was held at St. Stephens Hospital in April, as an experience sharing exercise between medical professionals and Dr. Ingrid Ackerman from Swedish Doctors for the Environment coalition, on the issue of mercury management and reduction in hospitals....Read Full Story




Issue 4
March , 2007

Image for bulleted text Two-day workshop on medical, municipal waste held in Ranchi

In continuation with its efforts to generate awareness and share knowledge on the issue of medical and municipal waste management, Toxics Link, in association with Rachi-based Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra (NBJK), recently organised a two-day regional workshop in the Jharkh...Read Full Story



Issue 3
February , 2007

Image for bulleted text Documentary series to depict borderless humans and the environment in a global world

As the global environmental crisis continues to capture more and more space in our everyday communication, films are emerging as a potent means of giving this concern a cross-cultural unity by highlighting commonalities that go beyond statistics of ecological degradatio...Read Full Story



Issue 2
January , 2007

Image for bulleted text Panel discussion on Material flow and toxicity at 9th Biennial Conference of the ISEE

Toxics Link and International Institute of Industrial and Environmental Economics (IIEE, University of Lund, Sweden) conducted a panel discussion on 'Materials, Products and Waste Global flows and local environments - impacts on Developing Countries' at 9th Biennial Con...Read Full Story



Issue 1
December , 2006

Image for bulleted text Mapping a deadly hazard: Mercury in healthcare settings

Recognising the hazards posed by mercury to women, including a large number of them who work as medical staff, the European Environment and Public Health Association Environment Network EEN and the Health Care Without Harm Europe have joined forces to mobilize the heal...Read Full Story



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