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Physicians for Social Responsibility runs EnviroHealthAction, an online center offering resources and publications for health professionals and others on environmental health issues, the opportunity to lobby your political leaders via e-mail, and the option to join several issue-based listservs. www.envirohealthaction.org, 202/667-4260

 

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment invites patient groups, clinicians, researchers and anyone concerned about protecting health from environmental harm to sign up for a list-serve, join a working group, or lead a CHE activity. www.cheforhealth.org415-868-0970

The Breast Cancer Fund advocates for the elimination of the environmental and other preventable causes of breast cancer through working with policymakers, convening summits, organizing mountain climbs and other benefit events, producing publications, and facilitating e-activism. www.breastcancerfund.org, 415/346-8223

Environmental Research Foundation provides information on hazardous substances and technologies and their effects on human and environmental health in Rachel's Environment and Health Weekly, available for free by e-mail. http://www.rachel.org/en/newsletters/rachels_news/956, 888/272-2435

Environmental Defense offers access to numerous publications on environmental health; gives the chance to learn about ED work in your region; features interactive tools for buying green cars and safe seafood; and maintains several websites. www.scorecard.org allows you to learn what chemicals are polluting your community, where they are coming from, and whether unequal burdens exist linked to color and class.www.environmentaldefense.org/, 212/505-2100

State PIRGs, a web page, allows searching by state to find out what the Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) in your region are doing to fight environmental health issues and other problems.www.pirg.org

The Environmental Justice Resource Center, Clark Atlanta University is a clearinghouse that conducts research, provides technical support to community organizations, coordinates conferences and lectures, produces videos, staffs a policy think tank, runs a speaker's clearinghouse, and maintains archives, an annotated bibliography, and a resource directory on environmental justice issues. www.ejrc.cau.edu, 404/880-6911

Healthfinder is a searchable federal web site that provides information and web addresses from over 1,800 health-related organizations. Environmental health and environmental justice are searchable topics. www.healthfinder.gov

Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) provides alternatives to pesticides that are ecologically sound and socially just. Their web site provides a link to the PAN Pesticide Database (www/pesticideinfo,org), which lists toxicity and regulatory information for pesticides. www.panna.org, 415/981-1771

National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) offers programs to professionals that advance the field of environmental health, including the Registered Environmental Technician (RET) and the Certified Food Safety Professional (CFSP). Publishes the Journal of Environmental Health. www.neha.org, 303/756-9090

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) conducts research on breast cancer, Alzheimer's disease, birth defects, lead poising, agricultural pollution, etc. and publishes the results on their website.www.niehs.nih.gov, 919/541-3345

INFORM, Inc., an independent research organization, identifies the effects of business practices on the environment and human health and offers sustainable alternatives. www.informinc.orgTOXNET, a Toxicology Data Network web site, provides links to the major chemical databases. Visitors can search toxicology regulations, hazardous chemicals, and related topics. http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov

Pan American Health Organization, the regional office of the World Health Organization, assists countries in the Americas in strengthening national and local health systems and improving the health of citizens. The website's environmental health page provides links to public health issues ranging from air pollution to workers' health. www.paho.org, 202/974-3000

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry answers the most frequently asked questions about exposure to hazardous waste and their human health effects. www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaq.html, 404/498-0110

Capital Reports provides contact information for federal and state government agencies, including environmental agencies in local areas. Website allows visitors to track environmental policy and business news developments. www.caprep.com/

The Environmental Protection Agency runs several programs and websites with resources for investigating environmental threats to human health. Includes contact information for the EPA office nearest you; a Right to Know Page; a database for environmental toxin release information by zip code; fact sheets with summary information for chemicals; information on protecting children's health; educational resources for teachers and students; and Recursos en Espanol, a webpage in Spanish. www.epa.gov, 202/260-2090

Center for Children's Health and the Environment (CCHE), an academic research and policy center, offers information for parents; fact sheets exploring environmental links to autism, asthma, ADHD, etc; and an extensive links page for finding organizations devoted to children's health. www.childenvironment.org, 212/360-6965

Institute for Children's Health and the Environment (ICEH), sponsors the Healthy Schools Inititative, to reduce children's exposure to toxins, and the Healthy Futures Project, aimed at involving young people in environmental action and education. www.iceh.org, 360-331-7904

read all about it

Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson, is the Bible of the modern environmental movement. Its hard look at the health effects of insecticides and pesticides opened the public eye to the dangers of DDT and environmental hazards. Houghton-Mifflin, 1962.
Living Downstream: A Scientist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment, by Sandra Steingraber, traces the elevated incidence of cancer and the high concentrations of environmental toxins in her native rural Illinois. Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1997

Our Stolen Future,by Theo Colborn, John Peterson Myers, and Dianne Dumanoski, is the book that brought world-wide attention to scientific discoveries revealing that common contaminants can interfere with the natural signals controlling development of the fetus. Penguin Books, 1996. For updated information, www.ourstolenfuture.orgfollows emerging science and current debates

Generations at Risk: Reproductive Health and the Environment,by Ted Schettler, Gina Solomon, and Maria Valenti, examines how scientific, social, economic, and political systems may fail to protect us from environmental and occupational toxicants that can have lifelong, intergenerational effects on human reproduction and development. MIT Press, 2000

Hormonal Chaos: The Scientific and Social Origins of the Environmental Endocrine Hypothesis, by Sheldon Krimsky, traces the emergence of the hypothesis that a broad range of modern industrial chemicals are interfering with the normal functioning of hormones in animals and humans. Explains that disrupting the endocrine system may lead to cancer, reproductive abnormalities, and cognitive problems such as ADD. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000

Life Support, The Environment and Human Health, edited by Michael McCally and written by prominent physicians and public health experts, brings together some of the best medical information available on the implications for human health of the global environmental crisis. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002

When Smoke Ran Like Water: Tales of Environmental Deception and the Battle Against Pollution, by Devra Davis, an epidemiologist, documents the struggle to force industries to address the environmental consequences of their unregulated release of toxic substances into our air and water. Basic Books, 2002

Fateful Harvest, by Duff Wilson, an expose of how industry recycles toxic waste into fields and gardens as “fertilizer.” HarperCollins, 2001 

Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World, edited by Alison H. Deming and Lauret E. Savoy, explores how the ways Americans have affected nature are inseparable from racism and inequities in economic and political power. Milkweed Editions, 2002

Unequal Protection: Environmental Justice & Communities of Color, edited by Robert D. Bullard, is a collection of essays contributed by participants in the 1991 First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit chronicling the struggles of communities of color from all over the U.S. and the actions needed to restore their safety and health. Sierra Club Books, 1994

The Environmental Justice Reader: Politics, Poetics & Pedagogy, edited by Joni Adamson, Mei Mei Evans, and Rachel Stein, examines environmental justice in its social, economic, political, and cultural dimensions in both local and global contexts. Special attention paid to intersections of race, gender, and class inequality. University of Arizona Press, 2002

Better Basics for the Home, by Annie Berthold-Bond, offers more than 800 simple and practical alternatives to common household toxins, covering everything from skin care to gardening. Three Rivers Press, 1999 http://www.betterbasics.com

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