Current law has failed to prevent waterways and ecosystems from being contaminated by toxic chemicals. These unregulated chemicals in the environment threaten both people and wildlife.
Are there toxic chemicals in your child’s raincoat? New testing coordinated by CHEJ found elevated levels of phthalates in a Spongebob Squarepants vinyl rain poncho, at levels nearly seven times above the federal safety standard. I recently purchased the Spongebob Squarepants vinyl rain poncho at Toys R Us’ flagship store in Times Square, NYC and sent it […]
The promise of prevention and the hope for healing By The Science and Environmental Health Network PDF available at www.sehn.org and www.healthandenvironment.org The Ecology of Breast Cancer: the promise of prevention and the hope for healing makes the case that breast cancer is a disease arising from diverse societal conditions. Although well-recognized risk factors and […]
I had the opportunity to interview the James Redford and Kirby, filmmakers of “Toxic Hot Seat“, a new documentary about toxic flame retardants, their health effects and our weak state and federal laws. Tell us a little bit about the documentary “Toxic Hot Seat”. Redford: Why do we have so many chemical flame retardants in […]
Before moving here, I shared the romantic vision that Alaska was a remote and pristine place. It was surprising to learn that Alaska–and the Arctic region–is actually the home of some of the most contaminated people on the planet.
I am a Great Lakes enthusiast; in fact my love of the lakes is one of the driving forces that led me to this work. I spend my summer vacation on Lake Superior, took frequent camping trips along the North Shore of Superior in college, and have enjoyed friend’s weddings along the banks of Lake Michigan.
There’s something about the Great Lakes that hooks us. Whether or not you live in a Great Lakes state, if you’ve experienced their beauty you know how important it is to protect them.
That’s why dozens of Great Lakes organizations have come together to ask the nation’s top ten retailers to protect these valuable resources from toxic chemical pollutants. As part of the letter to retailers, the organizations attached a new fact sheet highlighting some of the new science around toxic chemical pollutants in the Great Lakes, including the nasty “PBT” chemicals that stay in the environment, to “emerging contaminants” like Triclosan, which are rapidly rising as Great Lakes pollutants.
Track and field, ultimate Frisbee, soccer, baseball, running free during recess… many of us cherish the memories we make “on the field.” But what happens when grass is replaced with artificial turf, some with health threats lurking in their bright green blades of “grass?” As it turns out, some artificial turfs contain high levels of […]
One of my personal heroes is E.O. Wilson, a well-respected biologist, author and researcher. He has spent a good part of his career studying ants (yes, ants!) and the behavoiors of “social insects.” Based on his research he argues that we should model human behaviors similar to social insects, who work to take care of […]
More work to be done in the fight against toxic chemicals By Lindsay Dahl, Deputy Director This blog was featured on The Big Green Purse blog carnival. Check out what other bloggers had to write about Rachel Carson's Legacy! As a high school student, I had the opportunity to read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. […]
We worry about the toxicity of our personal care products, pesticides in our food, and leaching of chemicals. However, shouldn’t we be equally worried about the chemicals contained in the building products we install in our homes? Listed below are some chemicals dos and don’ts for common household upgrades. Use No or Low Toxic Paint: […]
Report Sheds Light on Chemicals in Oil Dispersants Originally posted last month by Earthjustice Development Writer David Lawlor. In coordination with Earthjustice we are posting as another example of the critical need for Congress to pass the Safe Chemical Act of 2011. Pop quiz: Nearly 2 million gallons of chemicals are about to be dumped into […]