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Chemicals and Toxics - Resources
Your Body is a Corporate Test Tube —
30 Apr 2013 —
Gerald Markowitz explains that increasingly we are each a toxic waste site, full of the chemicals and toxics used in pesticides, industrial processes, and consumer products. Many impacts to human health are already well understood, but good long-term studies are often not done—or have their results buried by corporations with a vested interest in continuing to sell toxic products. Markowitz begins with lead pollution, the coverup of evidence of its health effects, and the ultimate removal of lead from products and gasoline. But then he moves through a litany of similar situations with industrial chemicals that leave us all looking like human guinea pigs.
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The Politics of Lawn Chemicals—How Canadians Beat the 2,4-D Bunch —
21 Mar 2013 —
Paul Tukey of SafeLawns.org talks about his latest effort, a documentary film called Chemical Reaction, which charts the fight to ban lawn pesticides in Hudson, Quebec. It all started with one determined Hudson physician repeatedly petitioning the local council; it ended up with 85% of Canada banning cosmetic lawn pesticides. Tukey also reviews how lawn chemicals affect the health of humans and pets.
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Replacement for BPA—BPS—Also a Problem —
18 Feb 2013 —
Industry is finally moving away from Bis-Phenol-A (BPA) and its well publicized health risks. It has used a substitute, a sister chemical called Bis-Phenol-S (BPS). Guess what! It's a problem too! Who could have guessed that a nearly-identical compound would also be an endocrine disruptor?!!? Worse still, BPS is active at VERY low concentrations and is found in many common items, including US currency.
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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
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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.
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.
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|GREEN CLEANING (Household Chemicals Article #217)||07-JUL-2010|
THE SWEET, NON-TOXIC SMELL OF SUCCESS
Green Cleaning vs. Chemicals In Household Products
|SAFE SKIN CARE (UPDATED) (Chemicals Issue #139)||24-FEB-2010|
“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|
AHH... THE AIR IS FILLED WITH THE SMELLS OF THE SEASON...
AND DRYER SHEETS
Toxic Fabric Softener
|FOOD SAFETY (UPDATED) (Chemicals Article #86)||FEB-2009|
HATE MAIL FROM SOME FLOUNDER
Mercury in Fish
|FOOD STORAGE IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS (UPDATED) (Article #100)||11-MAY-2008|
“LEFTOVERS AGAIN?” SAID THE REFRIGERATOR
Plastic Food Containers
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|FOAM CUPS & CHEMICALS (UPDATED) (Chemicals Article #190)||08-APR-2008|
CLOUDS IN YOUR COFFEE? TRY LESS STYRO, MORE FOAM
Foam Cups & Containers
|CHEMICALS / SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT (UPDATED) (Article #88)||6-SEP-2007|
HAZARDS AT SCHOOL —
BEYOND SPITBALLS, BULLIES AND CLIQUES
Health and Safety in Schools
|MALARIA AND DDT (Chemicals Article #167)||16-JAN-2007|
OLD PESTICIDES NEVER DIE; THEY JUST WON’T EVEN FADE AWAY
DDT and Malaria
|ACRYLAMIDE IN FOOD (Toxics Article #153)||21-FEB-2006|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|“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|
|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|
|“20 YEARS” IS THE METHYL-ISOCYANATE ANNIVERSARY
Could the Bhopal Chemical Disaster Happen in the
|HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS AND TOXICS (Chemicals Article #73)||08-JUN-2004|
|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|
|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|
|DETOX—NOT JUST FOR HOLLYWOOD NIMRODS
Parallel Detoxification Systems for Planet Earth and the Human Body
|ELECTRONIC WASTE (Toxics Article #55)||30-MAR-2004|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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|
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|
SCENE 1: LIVER-MAN AND BOY KIDNEY BEAT UP BAD GUYS
Chemical Safety is Not Being Ensured By the Government
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"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
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
An interactive tool to help you find less toxic approaches to cleaning, maintaining, and living in your home
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)
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