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Toxic Chemicals, Environmental Chemicals, Toxic Waste, Pesticides, etc.

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This page has articles, books, and other resources for chemicals and toxics, including pesticides; industrial chemicals and toxic waste; endocrine disruptors, hormone disruptors, and endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs); chemical regulations and manufacturing; groups that work on problems with chemicals and toxics. The resources include quotes about chemicals, as well as movies and cartoons.

 

AUDIO
      . . . related to Chemicals and Pesticides

CATEGORY:  ENVIRONMENT (CHEMICALS) — 04.JUN.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Living on Earth

Common Pollutants and Chemicals Increase Breast Cancer Risk — A recent study from the Silent Spring Institute catalogued common pollutants and chemicals that increase breast cancer risk. Dr. Julia Brody explains how we can minimize exposure to these carcinogens and reduce the health risk.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   7:02

GP comment:  Cancer is just one of the many ways we're achieving better dying through chemistry.

Original Show Pub Date: 16.May.2014

CATEGORY:  FOOD, GMOs, CHEMICALS, HEALTH — 28.MAY.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good One Radio Network

Glyphosate—Either It Goes Away or We Go Away — Stephanie Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at MIT. She's been studying the effects of GMOs and glyphosate, the primary herbicide used with GMOs, and what she has discovered is devastating: Glyphosate is ubiquitous and exposure is toxic, leading her to conclude that we either ban glyphosate's use or we prepare to die off. Topics include ... glyphosate and gut bacteria; glyphosate as a cause of fungal infections; glyphosate vs. bees, bats and other animals; Europe, Russia, China, and others pushing back against GMOs.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   1:03:24

GP comment:  GMOs are bad, bad, bad. And now they even spray glyphosate on non-GMO wheat as part of the harvest process? Eat organic!

Original Show Pub Date: 20.May.2014

CATEGORY:  FOOD, CHEMICALS — 14.MAY.2014

Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Living on Earth

Guide to Pesticide Residues on Produce — The Environmental Working Group has released its annual "dirty dozen" list of the twelve fruits and vegetables most contaminated with pesticide residues. This clip lists many of the top 12 and reminds us that extra washing of non-organic produce is not a solution.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   5:40

GP comment:  PROCESSED organic foods are quite expensive. But the extra cost to get fresh organic veggies and fruits and other basic commodities is not huge—and is well worth it.

Original Show Pub Date: 09.May.2014

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VIDEOS
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FUNNY
 
funny video about vinyl link; thumb of cartoon graphic of private eye character
“SHE HAD GAMS THAT ... WERE NON-BIODEGRADEABLE”
It was a dark and stormy night... and perfect for some animation noire. "Sam Suds ... and the Case of PVC, the Poison Plastic" is a spoof of the hard-boiled P.I. genre that takes aim at that toxic perp known as Vinyl.  Watch funny video about vinyl.

  SERIOUS
 
video on chemical body burden link; thumb of '287 chemicals detected' with test tubes in background
AMERICANS—THE PROUD, THE BRAVE, THE POLLUTED
American babies are born pre-polluted with as many as 300 industrial chemicals in their bodies. Accumulation continues throughout life. Even low-dose chemicals can have devastating effects. Ken Cook of the EWG gives a witty, informative talk and slideshow on we, the polluted.  Watch video on chemical body burden(22:27)

See all  videos on chemicals and pesticides

 

MOVIES
      . . . about Chemicals and Toxics

Blue Vinyl (2002) (Documentary)

REVIEW: After watching Blue Vinyl, you may find yourself far less satisfied with the siding on your house and our vinyl-filled world in general, but you'll be glad your eyeballs made the trip trough this blue world....  Read full review of Blue Vinyl

Check out DVD on Amazon.com

Civil Action, A (1998)

Starring: John Travolta, Robert Duvall

REVIEW: Is contaminated water responsible for deaths and sickness in a suburban New England town? Can it be proved in court? Based on a true story, this movie dramatically relates the efforts of a dogged attorney to bring an industrial polluter to justice. It's great to watch Travolta's character dance on the edge of ruin, his brain knowing that the case is a likely loser but his heart wanting to see justice done.

Check it out at Amazon.com (DVD)  |  (VHS)

Erin Brockovich (2000)

Starring: Julia Roberts

REVIEW: A barely qualified clerk in a law office uncovers evidence that a large electric utility has poisoned the water supply of Hinkley, California, with toxic chromium, causing disease and death among many locals. Erin Brockovich's efforts to find facts and push through a major lawsuit were central to the ultimate $333M award. Roberts' brassy, convincing performance brings the drama home. Based on a true story.

Check out DVD/VHS at Amazon.com

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ARTICLES ON THIS SITE
      . . . about Chemicals and Toxics

       
 
  GREEN CLEANING   (Household Chemicals Article #217) 07-JUL-2010
  Green Cleaning vs. Chemicals In Household Products article link; thumb of cleaning bottles THE SWEET, NON-TOXIC SMELL OF SUCCESS
Green Cleaning vs. Chemicals In Household Products
 
  SAFE SKIN CARE  (UPDATED)   (Chemicals Issue #139) 24-FEB-2010
  safe skin care article; thumb of lotions “CHILLED LARD IS NOT THE SAME AS COLD CREAM”   . . .
AND OTHER SKIN-CARE TIPS

Safe Skin Care Information, Product Risks, and Alternatives
 
  FABRIC SOFTENER ALTERNATIVES  (UPDATED)   (Chemicals #64) 10-JUN-2009
  Toxic Fabric Softener/Dryer Sheets article link; thumb of dryer AHH... THE AIR IS FILLED WITH THE SMELLS OF THE SEASON...
AND DRYER SHEETS

Alternatives to Toxic Fabric Softener and Dryer Sheets
 
  FOOD SAFETY  (UPDATED)   (Chemicals Article #86) FEB-2009
  Mercury in Fish article link; thumb of can of tuna HATE MAIL FROM SOME FLOUNDER
Mercury in Fish — Which Fish, and Why?
 
  FOOD STORAGE IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS  (UPDATED)   (Article #100) 11-MAY-2008
  chemicals from plastic food storage containers article; thumb of plastic food storage containers “LEFTOVERS AGAIN?” SAID THE REFRIGERATOR
Plastic Food Containers, Health, and Better Food Storage Solutions
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  FOAM CUPS & CHEMICALS  (UPDATED)   (Chemicals Article #190) 08-APR-2008
  Foam Cups/Food Containers article link; thumb of cups CLOUDS IN YOUR COFFEE?  TRY LESS STYRO, MORE FOAM
Polystyrene Foam Cups & Containers, Styrene Migration, and Your Health
 
  CHEMICALS / SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT (UPDATED)   (Article #88) 6-SEP-2007
  back to school safety article link; thumb of boy in floppy hat HAZARDS AT SCHOOL —
BEYOND SPITBALLS, BULLIES AND CLIQUES

A Good Learning Environment Requires
Health and Safety in Schools
 
  MALARIA AND DDT   (Chemicals Article #167) 16-JAN-2007
  DDT and Malaria article link; thumb of mosquito OLD PESTICIDES NEVER DIE; THEY JUST WON’T EVEN FADE AWAY
DDT and Malaria — Will Propaganda Allow a Killer to Rise from the Dead?
 
  ACRYLAMIDE IN FOOD   (Toxics Article #153) 21-FEB-2006
  thumb of potato chips; link for environmental article, Acrylamide in Food - A Health Risk  Worth Worrying About? KILLER POTATO CHIPS OF DEATH FROM THE DARK SIDE OF DOOM
Acrylamide in Food — A Health Risk Worth Worrying About?
 
  TRICLOSAN / ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP   (Toxics Article #143) 04-OCT-2005
  thumb of soap; link for environmental article, Problems with Triclosan and Antibacterial Products THERE IS NO ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP IN THE RESTROOMS AT THE COOTIE CLUB
Problems with Triclosan and Antibacterial Products
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  AGENT ORANGE AND WEED KILLERS   (Chemicals Article #134) 28-JUN-2005
  thumb of kids and dog on graph; link for environmental article, Agent Orange and Lawn Weed Killers - What's the Connection? DO YOU LOVE THE SMELL OF AGENT ORANGE IN THE MORNING?
Agent Orange and Lawn Weed Killers —
What's the Connection?
 
  ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS   (Chemicals Article #117) 01-MAR-2005
  thumb graphic of ray gun; link for environmental article, Hormone Disruptors - The New-Found Problem with Chemicals “ENGAGE THE GLOBAL TOXIFICATION WEAPON!”
SCREAMED THE KLINGON COMMANDER

Hormone Disruptors — The New-Found Problem with Chemicals
 
  CYANIDE AND GOLD MINING   (Chemicals Article #113) 01-FEB-2005
  photo of gold jewelry display; link for health article, Gold Mining and Processing - The High Cost of Gold Jewelry ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD;   IT MAY BE CYANIDE
Gold Mining and Processing – The High Cost of Gold Jewelry
 
  CHEMICAL DISASTERS   (Chemicals Article #105) 07-DEC-2004
  photo of chemical tanks; link for environmental article, Could the Bhopal Chemical Disaster Happen in the United States? “20 YEARS” IS THE METHYL-ISOCYANATE ANNIVERSARY
Could the Bhopal Chemical Disaster Happen in the
United States?
 
  HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS AND TOXICS   (Chemicals Article #73) 08-JUN-2004
  graphic of virtual house; link for environmental article, Home Safety Is More than Keeping Toxic Chemicals Out of the Reach of Children OUR HOUSE IS A VERY, VERY, VERY FINE HOUSE ... OF HORRORS
Home Safety Is More than Just Keeping Toxic Chemicals Out of the Reach of Children
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  ANTIBIOTICS & CANCER   (Chemicals Article #72) 27-MAY-2004
  picture of pills; link for environmental article, A Personal Strategy to Address the Issue of Antibiotic Use and Cancer PUT THE LIME IN THE COCONUT BEFORE YOU SAY “GIVE ME DRUGS, DOCTOR!”
A Personal Strategy to Address the Issue of Antibiotic Use and Cancer
 
  CHEMICALS / DETOXIFICATION SYSTEMS   (Chemicals Article #62) 22-APR-2004
  picture of barrel of toxic waste; link for environmental article, Parallel Detoxification Systems for Planet Earth and the Human Body DETOX—NOT JUST FOR HOLLYWOOD NIMRODS
Parallel Detoxification Systems for Planet Earth and the Human Body
 
  ELECTRONIC WASTE   (Toxics Article #55) 30-MAR-2004
  picture of circuit board; link for environmental article, Old Computers and Electronics - A Growing Toxic Waste Problem CAN’T WE JUST ROCKET ALL THE LEAD AND CADMIUM TO MERCURY?
Old Computers and Electronics—A Growing Toxic Waste Problem
 
  TECHNOLOGY / POLLUTION / TOXICS   (Toxics Article #48) 04-MAR-2004
  abstract picture of nanotechnology device; link for environmental article, Nanomaterials and Nanomachines - Tiny Technologies, Big Potential Problems? TERMINATE-US 3: RISE OF THE NANO-MACHINES?
Nanomaterials and Nanomachines—Tiny Technologies,
Big Potential Problems?
 
  DRY CLEANING / CHEMICALS   (Chemicals Article #41) 10-FEB-2004
  thumbnail of man in suit; link for environmental article, New Types of Dry Cleaning That Are Better for the Environment and Safer for You PERC—A STAIN ON THE DRY CLEANING INDUSTRY
New Types of Dry Cleaning That Are Better for the Environment and Safer for You
 
  LEAD / TOXICS   (Toxics Article #34) 15-JAN-2004
  picture of oil refinery; link for environmental article, How Are We Still Exposed to Lead Today? FACTS ABOUT LEAD (NOT INCLUDING LED ZEPPELIN)
How Are We Still Exposed to Lead Today?
  (pt 1 of 2)
 
  PERSISTENT ORGANIC POLLUTANTS (POPs)   (Article #21) 20-NOV-2003
  picture of vietnam; link for environmental article, Persistent Organic Pollutants Are the Baddest of the Bad Actor Chemicals POPs GO THE WEASELS WHO KEEP MAKING THIS STUFF
Persistent Organic Pollutants Are the Baddest of the "Bad Actor" Chemicals
 
  CHEMICAL REGULATIONS vs. DRUG REGULATIONS   (Article #15) 30-OCT-2003
  picture of test tubes; link to environmental article, How Chemical Engineering Got One Up On Prescription Drugs MR. HYDE, YOU CAN THANK SENATOR JEKYLL FOR YOUR PROBLEMS
How Chemical Engineering Got One Up On Prescription Drugs
 
  CHEMICAL TESTING & REGULATIONS   (Chemicals Article #8) 07-OCT-2003
  graphic of human digestive system; link to environmental article, Chemical Safety is Not Being Ensured By the Government SCENE 1: LIVER-MAN AND BOY KIDNEY BEAT UP BAD GUYS
(POW! OOF!)

Chemical Safety is Not Being Ensured By the Government
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BOOKS
      . . . on Chemicals and Toxics

 

For more reviews or purchase info, click on any title to go to Amazon.com

  book cover for Home Safe Home, Jun-1997

The level of chemical exposure we experience just by using legal household and personal products—the cleaners, laundry soaps, fabric softeners, deodorants, and shampoos that are so ubiquitously displayed on the shelves at supermarkets and drug stores—is astonishing. This book will help you work you way out of the toxic soup. (by Debra Lynn Dadd)

 
  book cover for When Smoke Ran Like Water, by Devra Davis

Devra Davis studies how people's illnesses relate to the environments in which they live. To some extent, this mission has a personal genesis: She grew up in Donora, a town in Pennsylvania that in 1948 suffered an "industrial toxic smog" that killed 18 and sickened many more. In this book, Davis documents the high toll toxic chemicals are taking on us all.

 
  book cover for Raising Healthy Children in a Toxic World

Book summary: "Your home is the focal point of your child's life—it's where he learns to crawl, where he eats and sleeps, where he plays. Home represents a safe haven for him ... yet just how safe is it? Even if your home is brand new, it might not be as safe as you think it is." Get 101 suggestions for reducing your child's harmful exposures.

 
  book cover for Our Stolen Future, Mar-1997

The near-extinction of bald eagles, developmental abnormalities in frogs, reproductive deformities in Florida alligators—such stories are rightly disturbing to nature lovers. But the implications for human health should be disturbing to everyone. "Our Stolen Future" documents the widespread chemical contamination we're all experiencing and the effect it's having on our biology. (by Colborn, Dumanoski, Myers)

 

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QUOTES
      . . . related to Chemicals and Toxics

"There are thousands of different chemicals in the environment that may cause adverse human health effects. Little is known about the toxicological properties of most of these chemicals..."

US EPA

"One in six Americans lives within a mile of a major toxic waste site."

Phil Clapp

"For mankind as a whole, a possession infinitely more valuable than individual life is our genetic heritage, our link with past and future... Yet genetic deterioration through man-made agents is the menace of our time..."

Rachel Carson, author, Silent Spring

"'Growth' and 'progress' are among the key words in our national vocabulary. But modern man now carries Strontium 90 in his bones ... DDT in his fat, asbestos in his lungs. A little more of this 'progress' and 'growth,' and this man will be dead."

Morris K. "Mo" Udall

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OTHER SITES AND RESOURCES
      . . . for Chemicals and Toxics

International network of activists seeking to prevent the globalization of the toxic chemical crisis

Works for environmental justice—the principle that people have the right to a clean and healthy environment regardless of their race or economic standing

Goal is to eliminate children's exposure to man-made toxic substances via air, food, water and commercial products

Promotes Total Chlorine Free policies, programs, and technologies throughout the world

Works on issues related to lead poisoning in children

Mission is to provide understandable scientific information about the influence of toxic substances on human health and the environment

Global network of public-interest organizations working for elimination of persistent organic pollutants

Database of human health effects re: chemical exposure (from EPA)

Environmental health and justice organization working with communities that neighbor Louisiana's oil refineries and chemical plants

Raises awareness about mercury contamination; works to eliminate mercury uses

Provides the phase-out schedule for various chemicals covered by the Montreal Protocol

Good summaries of new research into the effects of chemicals

Multilateral environmental agreement designed to promote shared responsibility and cooperative efforts in the international trade of certain hazardous chemicals

User-friendly front end to government toxics databases; has other resources and info too

Official home page for the Stockholm Convention

Info available by zip code (from EPA)

Portal to environmental health and toxicology resources from the US National Library of Medicine

Searchable database of chemicals and their effects (from CDC)

 

CARTOONS
      . . . on Chemicals and Toxics

 
 
Water Cartoon link; thumb of cat burglar IS OUR WATER CLEAN ENOUGH?
Water Cartoon
 
cartoon thumb of gold ring; link for joke-cartoon, FACTS ABOUT THE ELEMENTS FACTS ABOUT THE ELEMENTS
 
cartoon picture of Red Planet water; link for joke-cartoon, A FEW DEDICATED PEOPLE'S STRATEGIES FOR HELPING SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT A FEW DEDICATED PEOPLE’S STRATEGIES FOR HELPING SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT
 

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