A Breakthrough for the Basel Ban Convention

178 Countries Agree to Allow the Ban on Exports of Toxic Wastes to Developing Countries October 21, 2011 — Cartagena, Colombia. After several years, there was a major breakthrough decision at the 10th Conference of the Parties of the Basel Convention as 178 Parties agreed to allow an early entry into force of law of […]

The Basel Action Network’s (BAN) Intervention on Ships

Dear Delegates, We have heard now how independent legal experts find that there is clearly no equivalent level of control in the Hong Kong Convention. Indeed it is clear that the two regimes are entirely different in what they do and what they ever intended to do. The Hong Kong Convention does not concern itself […]

BAN Intervention on the Basel Ban and the Country Led Initiative

This week, Ban Toxics, the Basel Action Network and other representatives from groups such as the Center for International Environmental Law, IPEN and the NGO Platform on Shipbreaking and the Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG) are attending the 10th Conference of Parties in Cartegena, Columbia The Basel Ban Amendment is at the center of debate […]

Championing A Healthy Future For Our School Children

CEAP Strengthens Its Commitment to a Toxics-Free Future, Teams up with Ban Toxics! 08 September 2011 – With children’s health and safety as their priority, the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) recently endorsed the environmental group, Ban Toxics! to spearhead an information and advocacy campaign among their member schools. Known for their strong […]

Mercury-free Gold Production Method Fires Up Miners to Abandon Mercury Use

August 2011 – Balbalan, Kalinga. Small-scale miners in Gaang, Barangay Talalang are determined to put an end to mercury use in mining activities after finding out that a mercury-free method is more practical and cost effective than those that require mercury. The non-mercury method introduced by Leoncio Naoy, a miner from Benguet province tapped by […]

US State Department Awards Grant To Ban Toxics!

The US Bureau of Oceans and Internal Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES/ENV) recently awarded a grant to Ban Toxics!, a non-profit organization working for the advancement of social justice and the protection of the environment. The group is currently spearheading a comprehensive program on the elimination and proper storage of toxic mercury in mining communities. […]

Camarines Norte Municipalities Value Health and the Environment

Municipalities Pledge To Reduce and Eliminate the Use of Toxic Mercury In Small Scale Mining July 2011 Camarines Norte – Staying true to their election campaign, three municipality mayors from the province of Camarines Norte pledged to address the issue of toxic mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) in the region. As […]

Toxic Mercury in Air, Growing Concern

Groups Raise Alarm After 6-month Study Reveals Extent of Pollution Quezon City, February 17, 2011 — Five years to this day marks the tragic mercury spill at St. Andrew’s School in Paranaque that changed the life of a young boy, when he was exposed to toxic mercury vapors that caused him to develop irreversible parkinsonism […]

PH hosts global forum on small-scale gold mining: Mercury pollution major concern

07 December 2010; Manila – Local and international experts seek solutions to eliminate mercury use in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) when they convene a three-day global forum which will begin today at the Sofitel Plaza Hotel in Manila. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Philippine government’s Department of Environment […]

Environmental Justice Group Upbeat on New Court Procedures for Green Cases

16 April 2009; Quezon City. Ban Toxics, an independent non profit, environmental organization devoted towards preventing toxic trade and upholding the rights of developing countries to environmental justice, today hailed the Supreme Court’s renewed green activism as manifested by its recent promulgation of the Rule of Procedure for Environmental Cases, which will take effect on […]