We have researched
and gathered together numerous links to information
about children and their environmental health. You
may access this information by choosing a category
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Under Your Sink?
cleanliness comes in just below godliness on the moral
pyramid, it's not surprising that many of us attribute
miraculous powers to the cleaning products stashed
in our cabinets. Scouring pads and spray bottles have
become talismans for vanquishing the arch demons of dirt,
grease, mold, odors and germs.
are exposed everyday to a range of potentially harmful
toxic chemicals in products all around them. These
toxics are in toys and thousands of household items.
Many of the chemicals have been linked to cancer,
birth defects, or neurological and behavioral disorders.
actual risks to children posed by toxic chemicals
in these everyday products are not well understood.
Children are often at risk without our knowing it.
According to the National Research Council less than
10 percent of chemicals, other than those used in
pesticides, cosmetics, food and drugs, have been tested
for their health effects on humans. Worst of all,
only a handful of the thousands of chemicals in everyday
use have been tested for their effects on children.
To learn more visit the National Environmental Trust.
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Toxics in Toys
STORY: Heavy Metal Harm
The Fight Against Highly Toxic Mercury
in the Environment Has Just Begun
— Jim Motavalli, Emagazine
is a persistent heavy metal, processed into a liquid
from mined cinnabar, that accumulates in water and
in the tissues of humans, fish and animals. It was
declared a hazardous air pollutant by the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) in 1971. According to the
federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry,
long-term human exposure to mercury in either organic
or inorganic form "can permanently damage the brain,
kidneys developing fetuses." A potent neurotoxin,
mercury is slowly being phased out of many commercial
uses, including consumer thermometers, but it is still
used in many industrial processes and is in such products
as fluorescent lights, home and appliance thermostats even toys. For the full story go to E-magazine
Healthy Home Environment?
Beyond Pesticides is a nonprofit aiming to decrease the use of harmful pesticides in order to protect public health. They provide information on many policy and institutional issues as well as information for the individual such as pesticide alternatives.
the past seven years, the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency has consistently ranked indoor air pollution
among the top five risks to public health. One of
the most dangerous indoor air pollutants is carbon
monoxide (CO). CO can be lethal, but perhaps more
important, many people suffer ill health from chronic,
often undetected exposure to low levels of this gas,
resulting in fatigue, headache, dizziness, nausea vomiting. Another dangerous pollutant is volatile
organic compounds (VOCs), which come from sources
including building products, cleaning agents
and paints. One VOC, formaldehyde, can act as an irritant
to the conjunctiva and upper and lower respiratory
tract. Formaldehyde is also known to cause nasal cancer
in test animals.
household pollutants include pesticides and heavy
metals contained in house dust; biological pollutants
such as pollen, pet dander, bacteria, mold fungi;
chlorine, which appears in public water supplies as
a chlorination by-product; radon gas; lead; and asbestos.
who have the luxury of building their own home can
employ a wide variety of measures to minimize their
potential exposure to indoor environmental hazards.
Fortunately for those who live in homes that are not
custom-built, there are a number of strategies available
to improve indoor air quality.