Recognizing and understanding the potential for chemical substances in the environment to harm humans and wildlife depends upon, in part, knowing about: exposure; amounts of chemicals that actually get into an organism's body; and the concentrations of chemicals in their bodies that can be related to adverse health effects.
Biological monitoring or biomonitoring in humans, is the direct measurement of levels of chemical substances in blood, urine, breast-milk or saliva; and such other tissues as bone, teeth, skin, hair and nails.
Volunteers Taking the Pulse of our PlanetLast Updated on 2009-03-04 00:00:00The U.S. Geological Survey, in partnership with the USA National Phenology Network at the University of Arizona, announces that "Volunteers across the nation are being recruited to get outdoors and help track the effects of climate on seasonal changes in plant and animal behavior."
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Taking the Pulse of our Planet: Volunteers Needed to Track Seasonal Signs of Climate Change
The USA-National Phenology Network is looking for volunteers to help monitor some 200 plant species found across the United States. This effort will eventually expand to include animals and physical phenomena, such as bird migrations and ice out on ponds. More »
Focus: Impacts of Humans and Their Economy on the EnvironmentLast Updated on 2009-02-27 21:45:49The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a Dear Colleague Letter to the scientific community ". . . encouraging increased research . . . on the links among environment, society and the economy."
Image Above: NSF is supporting research on climate change and Earth's environment, society and economy. Credit: Department of Sustainability and Environment, State of Victoria, Australia More »
National Council for Science and the EnvironmentLast Updated on 2008-12-15 19:34:17
The National Council for Science and the Environment is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the scientific basis for environmental decisionmaking. We envision a society where environmental decisions by everyone are based on an accurate understanding of the underlying science, its meaning and limitations, and the potential consequences of their action or inaction.
The Council specializes in programs that foster collaboration between diverse institutions, communities and individuals. The Council works closely with those creating and using environmental knowledge, including research, education, environmental, and business organizations, as well as governmental bodies at all levels.
While an advocate for science and its use, the Council does not take positions on environmental outcomes. This enables the Council to provide a neutral... More »
Green Worker CooperativesLast Updated on 2008-12-13 14:45:28Advocating Zero Waste
GREEN WORKER COOPERATIVES is a South Bronx-based organization dedicated to incubating worker-owned and environmentally friendly cooperatives in the South Bronx. Our approach is a response to high unemployment and decades of environmental racism. We don’t have the luxury to wait for new alternatives. That’s why we’re creating them. We believe that in order to address our environmental and economic problems we need new ways to earn a living that don’t require polluting the earth or exploiting human labor.
461 Timpson Place, Bronx, NY 10455 - Tel: (718) 617-7807 Fax: (718) 742-1116 More »
Man-Made Chemicals in Drinking WaterLast Updated on 2008-12-05 00:00:00The U.S. Geological Survey'sNational 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.
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