20,000 Scientists Underscore Alarm Over Changing Climate and Toxic Damage in “Warning Letter to Humanity”

“The publishers of the letter now say that the letter is the sixth most-discussed piece of research since Altmetric records, which track publications’ impact, began. It has prompted speeches in the Israeli Knesset and Canada’s BC Legislature.” The Independent Photo Credit: CBC News My plan for today had been to tackle the great big silence, the massive … Continue reading 20,000 Scientists Underscore Alarm Over Changing Climate and Toxic Damage in “Warning Letter to Humanity”

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“Air Fresheners” And Many Other Common Chemicals Cause Smog, Are More Toxic Than Traffic Emissions: The Stunning New Study in Science That Finally Puts Regulation of Everyday Toxics On The Agenda

Wake up and smell the smog... To this day, when most people think of pollution they think of belching factories, thick plumes of sulphurous smoke, poisonous flows into streams and lakes and, of course, vehicular emissions. These types of pollution are all too widespread, affect the least affluent among us the most and should, indeed, … Continue reading “Air Fresheners” And Many Other Common Chemicals Cause Smog, Are More Toxic Than Traffic Emissions: The Stunning New Study in Science That Finally Puts Regulation of Everyday Toxics On The Agenda

It’s a Sick World and Getting Sicker: New Report From Top Researchers Shows Health Costs of Toxics Exposures Now Exceed 10% of Global GDP

 “For decades, pollution and its harmful effects on people’s health, the environment, and the planet have been neglected both by Governments and the international development agenda. Yet, pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and death in the world today...” The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, October 19, 2017   Graphic Credit: World … Continue reading It’s a Sick World and Getting Sicker: New Report From Top Researchers Shows Health Costs of Toxics Exposures Now Exceed 10% of Global GDP

Can We Communicate with the Parallel Universe of Governments and Politicians Where Toxics Don’t Exist? – Introducing a 4-Part Mini-Series on Toxics, Policy, and Politics

  Living in the world of anti-toxics activism is akin to living in a parallel universe to the world of governments and politicians. In the anti-toxics universe you see the scope and scale of of the damage done by chemicals, reported by experts month after month, year after year, decade after devastating decade. You’re also … Continue reading Can We Communicate with the Parallel Universe of Governments and Politicians Where Toxics Don’t Exist? – Introducing a 4-Part Mini-Series on Toxics, Policy, and Politics

Hey Kids, Try This At Home! (Good News In Pesticide Restriction)

It’s important to remember - and I need to remind myself every day - that though there are many bleak stories out there, there are also a lot of good ones. Today, I want to share a few of these and suggest, too, that if you’re looking for ways to bring about major reductions in … Continue reading Hey Kids, Try This At Home! (Good News In Pesticide Restriction)

Red alert on toxic chemicals from a new U.S. study: “Prevalence of medically diagnosed MCS has increased over 300% in the past decade.”

This news just in from distinguished environmental scientist Anne Steinemann: 12.8% of Americans in 2016 reported medically-diagnosed MCS, up 300% in ten years; and 25.9% report chemical sensitivity overall. (Compare to 9.4% of Americans with diabetes) This proves once and for all that MCS by whatever name is NOT a rare condition - as is … Continue reading Red alert on toxic chemicals from a new U.S. study: “Prevalence of medically diagnosed MCS has increased over 300% in the past decade.”

Ontario’s Task Force Releases its Phase 1 Recommendations to help people suffering from chemical sensitivity but health ministry abdicates again. Here’s a new take on that report

Hundreds of thousands are sick - and after 33 years, Ontario government again declines to implement basic measures of care   “These three environmental health conditions typically have a devastating impact on the individuals affected. Unfortunately, our health care system too often has not helped them to the extent they need. The report of the … Continue reading Ontario’s Task Force Releases its Phase 1 Recommendations to help people suffering from chemical sensitivity but health ministry abdicates again. Here’s a new take on that report