Emerging Issues


The purpose of the emerging issues section of the World Library of Toxicology is to introduce toxicologists and environmental health professionals to emerging international issues that affect global health. We welcome feedback on additional topics to cover; please feel free to e-mail contact@wltox.org with suggestions or questions.


West Africa: Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Baby Bottles and their Threats to Child Health

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a widely used chemical in polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, also used in food contact materials, leading to potential consumer exposure through food. In recent years there has been growing concern about potential impacts of BPA exposure on the endocrine system. Of particular concern is the impact that BPA can have on child development. Guy Bertrand Pouokam, WLT Country Correspondent for Cameroon, conducted research with the group Noodles.Onlus to look into the availability of BPA free baby bottles in West Africa, along with their labeling and cost.

Go to the WEST AFRICA- Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Baby Bottles and their Threats to Child Health to learn more.

Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

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Approximately 20 to 50 million metric tonnes of electronic waste - computers, televisions, cell phones - are generated worldwide every year. Some of this waste is routinely shipped from industrialized nations to developing nations, where they may be processed using crude methods that expose workers, communities, and the environment to toxic chemicals such as heavy metals and dioxins. This page provides a compilation of facts and resources on the global e-waste trade as well as a map summarizing the issue and highlighting known and suspected processing sites, with links to photo galleries. Go to page.

Children standing in front of smoldering electronic waste dump just outside of the Alaba market in Lagos, Nigeria. These children live next to the dump. ©2006 Basel Action Network (BAN)

Pesticide Use in Developing Nations

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While pesticides pose possible health and environmental hazards wherever they are used, communities in developing nations often face additional hazards uncommon in industrialized nations. This emerging issues section currently highlights three of many topics pertaining to pesticide use in developing nations:

We are developing additional pages on this issue and welcome suggestions on topics or resources.

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