It addresses the many essential roles the environment plays on your health and well-being today; and how the health of people and the health of the planet are intrinsically, intricately, and intimately interconnected.
The National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency have awarded funds that establish two Centers for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology.
Cumulative Risk Assessment of PhthalatesLast Updated on 2008-12-26 00:00:00A National Research Council Committee report says that “. . . [t]he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should examine whether combined exposures to chemicals known as phthalates could cause adverse health effects in humans. The Committee goes on to say the examination, called a cumulative risk assessment, should consider other chemicals that could potentially cause the same health effects as phthalates, instead of focusing on chemicals that are similar in structure. The latter approach is EPA's current practice. Also, the Committee calls on EPA to consider using the recommended approach for future cumulative risk assessments on other kinds of chemicals.
The NRC says that “ . . . phthalates are used in a wide variety of consumer products, such as cosmetics, medical devices, children's toys, and building materials. In light of concerns, the European Union and the United States have... More »
Nature-Altering ScienceLast Updated on 2008-12-11 23:28:20The National Science Foundation has announced that two of its ". . . sponsored research studies say public acceptance of the relatively new, nature-altering science of nanotechnology isn't a foregone conclusion. Instead, the studies indicate continued concern."
The Foundation goes on to say that "Federal entities are looking into safety and public acceptance issues surrounding nanotechnology because of its ability to alter matter on an atomic and molecular scale. The potential societal benefits of using nanotechnology to create new materials and devices for medicine, electronics and energy production could be huge. But the idea of creating them through molecular manipulation leaves some people apprehensive."
Q:Where do you stand on either the costs or benefits of such novel technologies as nanotechnology?
Figure Legend:Nanotechnology, which alters the fundamentals of nature by... More »
Man-Made Chemicals in Drinking WaterLast Updated on 2008-12-05 21:15:26The U.S. Geological Survey's National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program/Source Water-Quality Assessment (SWQA) Program has released a wealth of information on "Man-Made Chemicals Found in Drinking Water at Low Levels".
The Survey finds that low levels of certain man-made chemicals remain in public water supplies after being treated in selected community water facilities.
Water from nine selected rivers, used as a source for public water systems, was analyzed in a study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
“Most of the man-made chemicals assessed in the USGS study are unregulated in drinking water and not required to be monitored or removed,” says Tom Jacobus, General Manager of the Washington Aqueduct. “These findings are not surprising and they will be important in helping regulators and assisting water utility managers arrive at decisions about future water treatment... More »
Household Products DatabaseLast Updated on 2008-09-17 00:00:00The National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine maintains the Household Products Database with a wealth of information about these chemicals around you. The Database is “. . . where you can learn more about what is under your kitchen sink, in your garage, in your bathroom, and on the shelves in your laundry room.”
The Database links over 7,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets provided by manufacturers. It allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:
What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a... More »