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Environmental Health News is an independent, foundation-funded news organization that reports and publishes news stories on environmental topics and provides daily access to news from other worldwide media. Daily electronic newsletter, Above The Fold, and weekly children’s health and energy newsletters are available for free.
The number 350 means climate safety: to preserve a livable planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 400 parts per million to below 350 ppm. 350.org was founded by a group of university friends in the U.S. along with author Bill McKibben, who wrote one of the first books on global warming for the general public. Climate-focused 350.org campaigns, projects and actions are led from the bottom-up by people in 188 countries.
Americans Against Fracking
Americans Against Fracking is comprised of entities dedicated to banning drilling and fracking for oil and natural gas in order to protect our shared vital resources for future generations. Americans Against Fracking supports federal, state and local efforts to ban fracking, enact moratoriums and to stop practices that facilitate fracking like natural gas exports, frac sand mining and the construction of pipelines. Dr. Steingraber serves as science advisor.
Beyond Pesticides (formerly National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides) is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., which works with allies in protecting public health and the environment to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides. Provides the public with useful information on pesticides and alternatives to their use. With this information, people can and do protect themselves and the environment from the potential adverse public health and environmental effects associated with the use and misuse of pesticides.
Biomimicry 3.8 Institute
Founded by Janine Benyus, a fellow 2011 Heinz Award winner with Steingraber, the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute is comprised of two organizations: a not-for-profit organization that promotes the study and imitation of nature’s remarkably efficient designs, bringing together scientists, engineers, architects and innovators of all ages who can use those models to create sustainable technologies, and a second organization serving clients to help design cost-saving manufacturing processes, break-through products, resilient cities, and energy-efficient buildings.
Breast Cancer Action
Breast Cancer Action (BCAction) is a national, feminist grassroots education and advocacy organization working to end the breast cancer epidemic. BCAction has always believed that the breast cancer epidemic is a public health crisis, and a social justice issue. They advocate for systemic change that will end the breast cancer epidemic, while supporting women & men at risk for and living with breast cancer. BCAction provides information about breast cancer to anyone who needs it via a free information and referral service, newsletter, free webinars, toolkits & fact sheets, and an email list. See BCAction’s Don’t Frack with Our Health resources.
Breast Cancer Fund
The Breast Cancer Fund works to connect the dots between breast cancer and exposures to chemicals and radiation in our everyday environments. The organization translates the growing body of scientific evidence linking breast cancer and environmental exposures into public education and advocacy campaigns that protect our health and reduce breast cancer risk. In 2007 Steingraber wrote The Falling Age of Puberty in U.S. Girls, published by the Breast Cancer Fund, for which there is also a Companion Guide.
Center for Biological Diversity
For over 25 years, the Center for Biological Diversity systematically and ambitiously uses biological data, legal expertise, and the citizen petition provision of the powerful Endangered Species Act to obtain sweeping, legally binding new protections for animals, plants, and their habitat. As one of its many campaigns, the Center for Biological Diversity is working to ban the growing threat of fracking.
Collaborative on Health and the Environment
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment’s (CHE’s) primary mission is to strengthen the science dialogue on environmental factors impacting human health and to facilitate collaborative, multifactorial, prevention-oriented efforts to address environmental health concerns. Founded in 2002 as a program of Commonweal, CHE is an international partnership of almost 5000 individuals and organizations in 79 countries and all 50 US states. CHE’s Toxicant and Disease Database summarizes links between chemical contaminants and human diseases.
Concerned Health Professionals of New York (CHPNY)
CHPNY is an initiative to amplify the voices of hundreds of health professionals in New York who have been calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to conduct a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing. CHPNY is also an online resource center for the public, press, elected officials and other health professionals to learn of our ongoing work to ask the Governor for a comprehensive HIA as well as access the documentation of the serious health risks posed to New Yorkers by hydraulic fracturing. In November 2016 CHPNY published the 4th edition of the Compendium of the Scientific, Medical and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking. Steingraber is co-founder of this initiative.
EcoWatch “is a dedicated platform for environmental news that helps transform the ability of individuals to learn about environmental issues and take action.” Sign up here for EcoWatch Top News of the Day and Most Read News of the Week emails.
The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX)
TEDX, founded by Dr. Theo Colborn, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to compiling and disseminating the scientific evidence on the health and environmental problems caused by low-level exposure to chemicals that interfere with development and function, called endocrine disruptors. Resources include information on chemicals in natural gas operations.
Food & Water Watch
Food & Water Watch is a non-profit organization that advocates for common sense policies that will result in healthy, safe food and access to safe and affordable drinking water. Food & Water Watch staff, located in 15 offices in the United States, work with a range of constituencies to inform and hold policymakers accountable. International staff in Latin America and the European Union (known as Food & Water Europe) work with coalition partners to track the global impact of U.S. corporations on public policy.
Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)
Based in Brussels, Belgium, HEAL is a leading European not-for-profit organization addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). HEAL’s broad alliance includes more than 65 organizations. Collaborative projects include EDC (endocrine disrupting chemical) Free Europe, Sick of Pesticides, and, together with Sandra Steingraber, a program to provide European policy makers with evidence of harm to health associated with fracking.
The Land Connection
An Illinois-based non-profit organization that promotes community-based, organic food systems by training new farmers and connecting them with farmland. Thanks to this organization, Sandra Steingraber’s family four-generation farm is, once again, an organic operation.
The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson
The website of Linda Lead, biographer and historian, author of the acclaimed biography of Rachel Carson, Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature (republished 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
New Yorkers Against Fracking
New Yorkers Against Fracking was created when the need arose for a broad-based coalition of New York State residents to call for a ban on the dangerous and polluting practice of fracking. The coalition includes members from every part of the state and a diverse collection of consumer advocacy, health, religious, food, and environmental organizations and dozens of grassroots groups. New Yorkers Against Fracking received significant support from Steingraber when she donated a significant portion of her Heinz award to provide the seed money for the coalition.
Pesticide Action Network North America
Pesticide Action Network North America (PAN North America, or PANNA) works to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. As one of five PAN Regional Centers worldwide, PANNA links local and international consumer, labor, health, environment and agriculture groups into an international citizens’ action network.
The People’s Picture Company Inc.
The People’s Picture Company Inc. is a small production and production services company located in Toronto, Canada. They specialize in documentary films and educational projects, including a film version of Living Downstream based on Steingraber’s book. They offer a broad range of production services, including producing, directing, production management, offline editing, online editing and animation.
PSE Healthy Energy provides a multi-disciplinary approach to identifying reasonable, healthy, and sustainable energy options for everyone. They help empower citizens and policymakers by organizing and supplying objective, evidence-based information. Their evolving citation database provides bibliographic information, abstracts, and links to many of the vetted scientific papers housed in the PSE Healthy Energy Library, as well as other peer-reviewed journal articles.
Post Carbon Institute
Post Carbon Institute provides individuals, communities, businesses, and governments with the resources needed to understand and respond to the interrelated economic, energy, environmental, and equity crises that define the 21st century. They envision a world of resilient communities and re-localized economies that thrive within ecological bounds. Post Carbon Institute Fellows have have published over 50 books on critical issues like energy, water, climate change, economics, health, and more; resources also include other publications and available speakers.
President’s Cancer Panel Report 2008-2009
Steingraber’s testimony to the President’s Cancer Panel is prominently cited in the panel’s groundbreaking report. The report, Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now makes a paradigm shift that more directly links cancer to environmental factors. Read Sec:2:2, Sec:2:39, Sec:2:45 in the Report for excerpts of Sandra Steingraber’s testimony. Read media coverage.
The Silent Spring Institute
Silent Spring Institute began in 1994, after members of the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition called for a scientifically sound investigation into elevated breast cancer rates on Cape Cod. They founded “a laboratory of their own” and named it Silent Spring Institute in tribute to Rachel Carson. Silent Spring Institute provides a database on the 216 different chemicals shown to cause mammary gland cancer in animals, including individual study results, chemical regulatory status, and likely sources of exposure. It provides another searchable database on the 450 primary epidemiologic research articles on breast cancer and environmental pollutants. View the databases.
The Solutions Project
Through the powerful combination of science, business and culture, the Solutions Project is working to accelerate the transition to 100% clean, renewable energy. Developed by Stanford University scientist Mark Z. Jacobson, the website includes the interactive “50 Plans for 50 States.”
The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from chemicals that remain intact in the environment for long periods, become widely distributed geographically, accumulate in the fatty tissue of humans and wildlife, and have harmful impacts on human health or on the environment. Administered by the United Nations, the treaty was adopted in 2001, enacted into international law in 2004. The Stockholm Convention has been ratified by 179 nations. Notably, the United States has not ratified the treaty and therefore is not a “party” to the treaty.
Toxics Release Inventory
There are two ways of acquiring environmental data available to the public under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). One is through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is the branch of the federal government charged with administering EPCRA and maintaining the TRI (linked above). The other venue is the Right-to-Know Network, which advocates for improved access to government-held information on the environment, health, and safety. RTK Network puts TRI data together with other environmental data—such as hazardous waste and spill and accident reports. Both the EPA and RTK Net host excellent web sites with mapping features that allow searches by chemical, by facility, or by ZIP code.