Toxicology

Books & Articles

Dozens of Chemicals Found in Most Americans’ Bodies” (2005)
This Los Angeles Times article is a summary the findings of a July 2005 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report: The Third National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals.

Global Chemical Contamination Threatens Child Development (2005)
This report summarizes research that indicates exposure to POPs is producing more developmentally-challenged people and fewer gifted people. Instead of degrading, these pollutants accumulate and remain in the tissue of humans and animals and other ecosystems for a long period. This bio-accumulation of toxic chemicals increases the risk for diseases such as cancer.

Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment (1998)
Writing as a survivor and concerned scientist, the author traces the high incidence of cancer and the terrifying concentrations of environmental toxins in Illinois and shows similar correlation in other communities, where cancer rates have risen alarmingly since mid-century. The book is a compelling blend of scientific research and gripping memoir.

Out of Control and Close to Home: Mercury Pollution from Power Plants (2003)
This Environmental Defense Fund report examines the toxic effects of mercury, deposited into soil and water from medical waste incinerators, municipal waste combustors and utility boilers for energy generation from coal, with three important findings: 1) mercury pollution from electric utilities remains completely unregulated; 2) mercury pollution within the U.S. puts fetuses and children at risk; and 3) local sources can lead to local mercury “hot spots.”

Toxic Flame Retardants: Why Does Kids’ Exposure Vary by Race and Socioeconomics? Article in Healthland, Time Magazine, about Dr. Heather Stapleton’s research at Duke University.

Videos & Films

Does Every Silver Lining Have a Cloud?
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODhhtqS2pEA
Duke University researchers explain the relationship between nanomaterials, in particular nanosilver, and their potential impact on the ecosystem. (6 minutes 10 seconds)

Harmful Effects of Pesticides on Children

Short video highlighting a study on the effects of chlorpyrifos, a common agricultural pesticide, on children. (1 minute 20 seconds)

Pesticides Tied to ADHD in Children

A Harvard School of Public Health video describing recent study that found that children with higher exposure to organophosphate pesticides have higher odds of having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). (2 minutes)

Living Downstream (documentary)

The above is a trailer for Living Downstream, a cinematic feature-length documentary based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. (two film lengths available, 55 minutes and 85 minutes)

Mushroom Magic: Deep Biology and Planetary Healing
30-minute plenary presentation at the 2003 Bioneers Conference.
Mycologist Paul Stamets has achieved remarkable results cleaning up dangerous toxins using “fungal bioremediation.”

The Toxic Baby?

Filmmaker Penelope Jagessar Chaffer was curious about the chemicals she was exposed to while pregnant. She asks scientist Tyrone Hayes to brief her on one he studied closely: atrazine, a herbicide used on corn. Hayes, an expert on amphibians, is a critic of atrazine, which displays a disturbing effect on frog development. (18 minutes)

This is Superfund 1997 EPA

This video provides an overview of EPA’s Superfund program and describes the process the EPA uses to clean up abandoned hazardous waste sites.

Lesson Plans

Paying with their health
Grades: 6-12
Topics: Farmworkers
Standards: not listed
Comments: must be a member of the website; 10 day free trial

A breath of poor air
Grades: 7-12
Topics: Indoor air pollution
Standards: National (Science & Health)
Comments: worksheet, classroom service

Chemicals, the Environment, and You: Explorations in Science and Human Health
Grades: 7-8
Topics: Science (Toxicology), cross-curricular
Standards: National (Science)
Comments: 6 lessons, 8-11 days

Hazardous Chemicals in Your Neighborhood
Grades: 9-12
Topics: Science
Comments: 2 class periods

Pyrethroid Panic?
Grades: 9-12
Topics: Pesticides, Health
Standards: National (Science)
Comments: link in lesson plan broken; please refer to Pyrethroids in the Home: Nondietary Pesticide Exposure in Children

Whose Resource Is It?
Grades: 9-12
Topics: Environmental Justice, Industrial Pollution
Standards: Virginia (History, Geography, Government)
Comments: role play

Teach IPM
Grades: K-12
Topics: Integrated Pest Management
Comments: multiple resources for teaching IPM

Integrated Pest Management for Iowa Schools
Grades: K-12
Topics: Integrated Pest Management
Comments: links to resources for all grade levels

Oregon State University Superfund K-12 Resources
Grades: K-12
Topics: Science (Environmental Health, Toxicology), Risk Assessment
Comments: links to resources for all grade levels

University of North Carolina Superfund K-12 Resources
Grades: K-12
Topics: Science
Comments: links to resources for all grade levels

EPA Superfund Classroom Activities
Grades: 2-12
Topics: Hazardous Waste
Comments: resources to help teachers and educate students about the Superfund Program. It includes several activities, environmental cleanup videos, and a participatory program in which classrooms collect weather data for EPA.

 

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