Vito Buonsante archive

  • woman putting on makeup for story saying three-year wait for nanomaterial risk data promised "in the next weeks"

    Three-year wait for nanomaterial risk data promised “in the next weeks”

    Three years ago today, a catalogue was due to be published by the European Commission listing the ingredients in everyday cosmetics and indicating whether they contained nanomaterials. We are still waiting.

  • Wildlife laws work, but they don’t operate in isolation

    Our wildlife laws work, but not in isolation. Experts warn that farming subsidies also affect European biodiversity.

  • Protecting health and environment most important, EU judges find

    In a landmark ruling on Thursday, the EU court decided that citizens have a right to know who is making food safety decisions and how they are made.

  • Sandcastle and River

    Trade and environmental protection

    The European Union is negotiating a trade deal with the US, called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

  • Chemicals, transatlantic trade and setting the record straight

    Two weeks ago, at the start of the fourth round of “trade” negotiations between the EU and the US, the Center for International Environmental Law and ClientEarth issued a detailed critique of a document by the two main chemical industry lobbies.

  • Keep toxic chemicals out of transatlantic trade deal

    What do current transatlantic trade negotiations mean for the environment?

  • Tiny nanos cause big delays in Brussels

    Nanomaterials are 100,000 times smaller than a human hair, so why are they causing big problems in Brussels?

  • EC conclusions on nanomaterials ignore their own analysis

    The European Commission recently published a Communication assessing the adequacy and implementation of EU legislation for nanomaterials, yet the EC has a habit of ignoring its own conclusions.

  • Testing of “gender bending” chemicals fails to protect EU citizens

    A scientific report released this week by the European Commission demonstrates that there is growing evidence “gender bending” chemicals are contributing to a variety of adverse effects.

  • Nanotechnology – a threat to our health and the environment?

    The smallest car in the world is one billionth of a metre. 60,000 times smaller than the thickness of a hair. And is self-propelled. Instead of carrying people or freight, it could transport molecules and atoms and be used to reconstruct damaged cells.

  • Listen to the bees

    From 2006 an incredible decline in the bees’ population has been observed in the UK, Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, Canada and the USA. Declines in bees’ population are not a new phenomenon.

  • Ban BPA

    If there was a substance that could cause birth defects, affect brain development, promote breast cancer, prostate cancer and diabetes, change the gender of wild fish, increase heart disease, decrease your chance to have children and make you obese, where is the last place you would put it?