Recreational marijuana has been legalized in four states, but that doesn’t mean it’s a tested consumer product. Some of those potent buds are covered in fungus while others contain traces of butane, according to an analysis of marijuana in Colorado.
Last May, after people began getting sick from edible marijuana products, the state of Colorado began requiring all products to be tested. Washington has mandated testing too, with a detailed checklist of items to analyze, including potency, contaminants, moisture and microbiology.
Leading scientists recently identified a dozen chemicals as being responsible for widespread behavioral and cognitive problems. But the scope of the chemical dangers in our environment is likely even greater. Why children and the poor are most susceptible to neurotoxic exposure that may be costing the U.S. billions of dollars and immeasurable peace of mind.
Forty-one million IQ points. That’s what Dr. David Bellinger determined [in 2012] Americans have collectively forfeited as a result of exposure to lead, mercury, and organophosphate pesticides. …
Last month, more research brought concerns about chemical exposure and brain health to a heightened pitch. Philippe Grandjean, Bellinger’s Harvard colleague, and Philip Landrigan, dean for global health at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan, announced to some controversy in the pages of a prestigious medical journal that a “silent pandemic” of toxins has been damaging the brains of unborn children. The experts named 12 chemicals—substances found in both the environment and everyday items like furniture and clothing—that they believed to be causing not just lower IQs but ADHD and autism spectrum disorder. Pesticides were among the toxins they identified.
These photos were taken in Cairns last week, showing dredge spoil being dumped in the Great Barrier Reef’s waters. Maintenance dredging is a necessary activity at big existing ports like Cairns - but simply dumping the dredge spoil in the Reef’s waters is not.
Enough is enough. Please sign the petition to ban dumping in the Reef:
Hospitalizations for heart conditions, neurological illness, and other
conditions were higher among people who live near unconventional gas and
oil drilling (hydraulic fracturing), according to new research from the
University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University published this week
in PLOS ONE. Over the past ten years in the United States,
hydraulic fracturing has experienced a meteoric increase. Due to
substantial increases in well drilling, potential for air and water
pollution posing a health threat has been a concern for nearby
Thomas Jemielita, George L. Gerton, Matthew Neidell, Steven Chillrud,
Beizhan Yan, Martin Stute, Marilyn Howarth, Pouné Saberi, Nicholas
Fausti, Trevor M. Penning, Jason Roy, Kathleen J. Propert, Reynold A.
Panettieri Jr. Unconventional Gas and Oil Drilling Is Associated with Increased Hospital Utilization Rates. PLoS One, 2015 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0131093