Environmental Health Websites
The Story of Stuff
Short, entertaining and well-researched on-line movies that explore some of the key features of the relationships between consumer goods, the environment and the economy, including how things can be made better; high quality educational resources and programs to everyone from teachers to business and community leaders; and support for the learning and action of the over 350,000 members of the Story of Stuff community. Visit the Story of Stuff website here.
CHEM Trust (UK)
A science-focused British charity which produces high-quality, accessible reports on emerging environmental health science and regulatory solutions to dealing with problems posed by chemicals. See their most recent report, a review of the science linking chemical exposures to the human risk of obesity and diabetes (PDF) and their comprehensive review of environmental risk factors for male reproductive health disorders. Click here to see more.
ChemSec highlights the health and environmental risks of hazardous substances and the urgent need to phase them out, making accurate, science-based information available and acting as a catalyst for open dialogue between business, regulatory authorities and NGOs. ChemSec has a strong section on their site summarising concerns why chemicals are thought to affect health. Click here to see more.
Health & Environment Alliance (Brussels)
With over 70 member organisations representing health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, patients, citizens, women, youth, and environmental experts, HEAL brings independent expertise from the health community to regulatory decision-making processes. Click here to see more.
European Environmental Bureau (Brussels)
Created in 1974, the EEB is now Europe’s largest environmental federation with 140+ member organisations. EEB’s policy officers work with scientists, EEB members and politicians to work towards developing and protecting European environmental policies. Click here to see more.
Pesticides Action Network EU (Brussels)
PAN-EU was founded in 1987 to bring together consumer, public health, environmental organisations, trades unions, women’s groups and farmer associations from across Europe to support safe sustainable pest control methods. Click here to see more.
ClientEarth (UK, France, Brussels)
ClientEarth uses law as a tool to mend the relationship between human societies and the Earth. Client Earth works in Europe and beyond, bringing together law, science and policy to create practical solutions to key environmental challenges. Click here to see more.
Réseau Environnement Santé (France)
Established by an experienced toxicologist, RES has been advocating for chemicals policy based on much more stringent requirements of safety than are currently the norm. Based in France, they have played an important role in restrictions being imposed on the use of BPA and are closely involved in work in Brussels to develop REACH regulation, advance regulatory control of EDCs and promote better use of science in formulating chemicals policy. Click here to see more.
Collaborative on Health and the Environment (US)
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), founded in 2002, is an international partnership committed to strengthening the scientific and public dialogue on environmental factors linked to chronic disease and disability. Open to public membership (now numbering in the thousands) CHE’s primary activities include: sharing emerging scientific research; fostering interdisciplinary and inclusive collaboration among diverse constituencies interested in those links; and facilitating effective actions to improve health across the lifespan. Click here to see more.
Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (Global)
The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU) are a source of medical information and advice on environmental conditions that influence children’s health. They seek to reduce environmental health risks to children by providing training for health professionals, communities and families through consultation, educational activities, and referrals.Most PEHSUs have there own websites (click here for one example) and you can read more about them in a number of papers, such as this one (free access).
Endocrine Disruption Exchange
TEDX has spent years aggregating and analyzing the scientific literature on prenatal origins of cancer, to conclude that prenatal environmental exposures may be even more important than genetic and chromosomal factors in determining susceptibility to cancer. They maintain a database of potential endocrine disruptors and the evidence for their effects. Also see their timeline of critical windows of development, during which chemical exposures can permanently alter the development of the foetus.
The purpose of the SIN List is to speed up the REACH process and give guidance to companies on the problem chemicals which they need to substitute. The SIN List now totals 378 substances identified by ChemSec as meeting EU criteria for being Substances of Very High Concern. View the SIN List website or go straight to the database here.
The goal of the SUBSPORT Substitution Support Portal project is to develop a state-of-the-art resource on safer alternatives to the use of hazardous chemicals. It aims to be not just a source of information on alternative substances and technologies, but also of tools and guidance for substance evaluation and substitution management. Visit the website here.