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2011 SEHN Board Member Sandra Steingraber in USA Today Girls hit puberty earlier than ever, and doctors aren't sure why By Liz Szabo, USA TODAY
2011 12 Things You Should Definitely Buy Organic So we wondered: What's really essential for our health? Huffington Post
2011 Advocates for the Commons Environmental Lawyer Carolyn Raffensperger Advocates for the Commons University of Northern Iowa
Jan-11 Medford Transcript - "As a father and a legislator, I am committed to better protecting children ... MD, MPH, science director of the Science and Environmental Health Network. ..."
Jan-11 Legislators in 30 States Announce Toxic Chemical Bills
Mar-11 Environmental Health Hero Award Presented annually, the CleanMed Environmental Health Hero Award recognizes an individual whose professional accomplishments have significantly contributed to advances in environmental health science or policy. The award is given to someone whose achievements have both deepened our understanding of the critical links between health and the environment; and have catalyzed tangible policy or research reforms that protect human health and the environment. 2011 Recipient: Dr. Ted Schettler, Science Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network
Nov-10 California aims to remove toxins in products The Associated Press on MSNBC.
Nov-10 NPR's Living on Earth NPR's Living on Earth covers the new Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry, which Joe Guth is helping to develop.
Sep-10 Great Lakes Echo Michigan could save billions of dollars if the state’s children weren’t made sick by toxic chemicals, according to a recent report by the Michigan Network for Children’s Environmental Health.
Sep-10 Commonweal's New School Interview (MP3) with Ted Schettler for Commonweal's New School series.
Jul-10 Spread of disease linked to warming climate CDC warns doctors to be on the alert after concluding a once-tropical disease is spreading in the Pacific Northwest. Daily Climate
Jun-10 Truthout Reproductive Health Concerns in the Aftermath of the Gulf Oil Disaster Read it here.
Jun-10 US News and World Report Secondhand Smoke a Mental Health Hazard? Read it here.
Apr-10 Living as if the Future Mattered A Prairie Public Radio interview by Carolyn Raffensperger. Hear it here.
Mar-10 Lax regulations on toxics put kids at risk, experts testify By David Martin, CNN Medical Senior Producer Read the article here.
2010 Report: EPA's focus on kids' environmental health lapses By Blake Morrison, USA TODAY During the past decade, the Environmental Protection ... for the advocacy group Science and Environmental Health Network. Read the article here.
FEB-10 Bill Would Ban BPA in Children's Products Potentially Dangerous Chemical has been in Plastic Food Containers for 40+ Years. Read the article here.
NOV-09 Why We Need Bees and More People Becoming Organic Beekeepers By Makenna Goodman, Chelsea Green Publishing. This Alternet article quotes biochemist and lawyer, Joseph H. Guth, SEHN's legal director. Read the entire article here.
NOV-09 Chemicals in Our Food, and Bodies By Nicholas D. Kristof, NY Times, Nov 7, 09 Read the entire article here.
NOV-09 While scientists fight over BPA studies, Congress could just act, Nov 7, 09 Read the entire article here.
AUG-09 "Guardians of Future Generations" Realaudio or MP3 interview with Carolyn Raffensperger on Will am 590 Illinois Public Radio.
AUG-09 Carolyn Raffensperger discusses clean energy on ABC News in Des Moines. Should Wind Turbines Be Allowed In Towns?
AUG-09 Changing the Research Agenda The Health and Environmental Funders Network
JUL-09 Precaution's Reach: A Principle in Action The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE)
JUN-09 It’s Time to Learn From Frogs NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF, Op-Ed Columnist New York Times, June 27, 2009
MAY-09 Parkinson's: The Pesticide Link Scientists are closing in on an inescapable conclusion: Pesticides may be a cause of Parkinson's disease.
MAY-09 "Toward Tomorrow" by Dr. Ted Schettler The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production's new report with contributions by Dr. Ted Schettler.
MAR-09 Understanding the Role of Science in Regulation The Wingspread Statement and the European Union Environmental Health Perspectives Volume 117 Number 3 March 2009
MAR-09 Great Lakes and Environment Committee Ted Schettler MD, MPH addresses the Michigan House of Representatives Great Lakes and Environment Committee on February 26, 2009.
MAR-09 You are a Living Hero! Interview with Carolyn Raffensperger in Jariscope. Format: MP3 Podcast [45:34m]. Scroll down Jariscope page for link.
MAR-09 Understanding the Role of Science in Regulation. The Wingspread Statement and the European Union in Environmental Health Perspectives Volume 117 Number 3 March 2009.
MAR-09 Ted Schettler MD, MPH addresses the Michigan House of Representatives Great Lakes and Environment Committee on February 26, 2009.
FEB-09 You are a Living Hero! - An interview with Carolyn Raffensperger in Jariscope. February 2009.
FEB-09 An article about the Eco-Healthy Child Care initiative, of which SEHN is a member of the advisory committee. February 2009.
JAN-09 Carolyn Raffensperger on YouTube Enviro Close-Up with Carolyn Raffensperger The Public Trust and the Precautionary Principle The Precautionary Principle January 2009.
JAN-09 Environmental Vision and Action in Municipalities: A Few Ideas by Carolyn Raffensperger January 2009.
NOV-08 Models for Protecting the Environment for Future Generations (PDF Report) November 2008.
OCT-08 Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging report released and website launched. October 2008.
OCT-08 Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging SEHN, in conjunction with Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility, released a major report on October 23 titled Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging . The report was featured on NBC's Today Show. The report may be downloaded from The Today Show segment can be seen here.
OCT-08 Vermont Law School's new report Vermont Law School's Climate Legacy Initiative has just published a new report, "Recalibrating the Law of Humans with the Laws of Nature: Climate Change, Human Rights, and Intergenerational Justice." SEHN was a major contributor to the ideas and materials in the report.
SEP-08 SEHN ally Fred Kirschenmann recognized as "One of the 20 most dynamic individuals dedicated to greening the planet" September 2008.
JUL-08 The Conscious Consuming blog reprints Katie Silberman's article on green cleaning.
JUN-08 Healthy Cleaners in a Changing World. It's important to understand that much of what we currently know as American culture developed in a different time. Our laws, economic system, shopping habits -- the way we manufacture, transport, use, and throw away all our stuff -- developed in a time when we thought the earth was limitless. By Katie Silberman in Rachel's Democracy & Health News.
JUN-08 AMA Passes Resolution in Support of Chemical Policy Reform. Reform of industrial chemicals to protect and improve human health. June 2008.
JUN-08 Health professionals endorse strong State Senate energy legislation. Public Health professionals from across Michigan today endorsed clean energy legislation under consideration by the State Senate that takes crucial steps toward improving the health of Michigan’s air and water. June 2008.
JUN-08 Monsanto makes the case for GM crops. Carolyn Raffensberger at the Science and Environmental Health Network says Monsanto's commitments aside, a single technology can't solve the global food. June 2008.
JUN-08 FDA official says baby bottles with bisphenol A safe. Dr. Ted Schettler, director of the Science and Environmental Health Network, took a more cautionary view. He told lawmakers that animal testing showed. June 2008.
JUN-08 C-SPAN video of Dr. Ted Schettler. Testimony before the House Committee on Energy & Commerce. Scroll forward to time count 1:51. June 2008.
APR-08 The e- of the Center for Environmental Health, featuring an interview with SEHN Associate Director (and CEH Board member) Katie Silberman. April 2008.
APR-08 Maine Legislature Passes Kid-Safe Products Bill April 16, 2008.
APR-08 Turning video games into movies on NPR's "Marketplace". April 15, 2008.
APR-08 Despite ruling, NUMEC woes endure. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. April 13, 2008.
APR-08 Carolyn Raffensperger featured in "Coop America" Spring 2008 Introductory Article in "Coop America"
MAR-08 Heal Your Home: The Case For Precaution. Economic Actions for a Just Planet. No. 74 Spring 2008
MAR-08 Watch the PBS show "NOW". This show covers the issue of harmful chemicals in children's toys, highlighting the precautionary principle as the way forward.
FEB-08 Hidden Household Toxins by Rebecca Ruiz, Forbes.
FEB-08 Making Sense Of Biomonitoring - New tool for interpreting data is based on established safe doses for chemicals by Cheryl Hogue, Chemical & Engineering News.
FEB-08 Element in lotions may enter babies' skin by Susanne Rust, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
FEB-08 Baby toiletries linked to chemical risk by Liz Szabo, USA TODAY.
OCT-07 Law school Blog posts Joseph H. Guth's Common Law Judges Must Act On Global Warming
OCT-07 In Pursuit Of A Better Economics - This year's Leontief Prize, issued by the Global Development and Environment institute at Tufts, honors economists challenging conventional thought on climate change. Tufts University.
OCT-07 Outcry, Legal Fight Over Moth Spraying Build in California by Garance Burke, AP.
OCT-07 Associate Director Katie Silberman (and her baby, Lincoln) on the St. Louis CBS News affiliate, speaking about the national recall of cold medicines for infants.
OCT-07 New Pesticide, Old Problems: Methyl bromide. An interview with Ted Schettler on the Living On Earth website.
OCT-07 Pesticide's Use in County Now Up to State Officials by Stephanie Hoops
OCT-07 Stop farm workers, kids & pregnate women from being exposed to a toxic mutagenic pesticide by UFW.
OCT-07 The Visionary Activist Show on KPFA, 94.1 in Berkeley, CA. An interview with Carolyn Raffensperger.
SEP-07 Green Healthcare in America: Just What are We Doing? by Joel Kreisberg, DC in The Journal of Science and Healing
SEP-07 The Reactionary Principle: inaction for public health by David Kriebel
SEP-07 Environmental Injustice: Children's Health Disparities and the Role of the Environment by Lawrence D. Rosen, MD and Deirdre Imus in The Journal of Science and Healing
SEP-07 Ted Schettler speaks with Diane Horn about the implications for human health of adding fluoride to municipal water systems. Audio file on the KEXP (Seattle public radio website).
SEP-07 Mendocino County Begins Precautionary Principle Pilot Programs
AUG-07 The Falling Age of Puberty in U.S. Girls: What We Know, What We Need to Know. A new report by SEHN Board member Sandra Steingraber on the Breast Cancer Fund website
AUG-07 Carolyn Raffensperger is blogging about the Iowa caucuses for the Des Moines Register
AUG-07 "Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry" (New Society Publishers)
JUL-07 Carolyn Raffensperger is quoted in the August issue of Vogue magazine, featuring the story "An Inconceivable Truth: The Link Between Infertility and the Environment." (RequiresAcrobat 8)
JUL-07 Broad International Coalition Issues Urgent Call For Strong Oversight of Nanotecnology. Press Release and Principles for the Oversight of Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials [PDFs]
JUL-07 Can You Imagine? Facets Bonus Edition [PDF] by Carolyn Raffensperger
JUL-07 Immediate Action Needed On The Outdated 1872 Mining Law, Indigenous Environmental Network
JUL-07 65 Little Green Gems in Facets for Women by Carolyn Raffensperger
JUN-07 Baby Bottle Blues - Are Chemicals Lurking in Your Baby's Bottle? by Kelly Burgess on
APR-07 Nutrition and Food Production - What Role Should the Medical Profession Play? By Ted Schettler, MD, MPH
APR-07 Letter to EPA calling for tighter air standards on ozone, American Lung Association [PDF]
APR-07 Action on climate change needed now, rallygoers say; benefits are for future generations by Heidi Marttila-Losure, Staff Writer Ames Tribune
FEB-07 U.S. Green Building Council's Guiding Principles Include Precaution by Tom Lent U.S. Green Building Council
FEB-07 Audio (.mp3) Interview with Ted Schettler, M.D. Commonweal
FEB-07 Faith and Thought: Returning soldier has much to teach us by Carolyn Raffensperger, Mid-Iowa News
OCT-06 NTP Draft Brief on DEHP by Julia R. Barrett, Environmental Health Perspectives
JUL-06 Environmentalists want tougher mercury rules by John McCarthy - AP
JUL-06 The Power of Precaution by Carolyn Raffensperger with Bioneers editor-at-large Kim Ridley
JUN-06 Mendocino County Supervisors Adopt Precautionary Principle
JUN-06 NIH To Phase Out Enviromental Justice Funding by David A. Schwartz, M.D. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
JUN-06 County Eyes Ban on Genetically Engineered Crops by Roger Sideman, Santa Cruz Sentinel
JUN-06 Mendocino County vote on Precautionary Principle Policy
MAY-06 Portland: Local Governments Adopt Toxics Reduction Strategy using the Precautionary Principle
MAR-06 The Berkeley City Council passed its Precautionary Principle Ordinance on March 7, 2006
MAR-06 Carolyn Raffensperger is the guest blogger for the month of March on the web site
FEB-06 Phthalate Safety Concerns Merit Substitute Products by Ted Schettler, M.D., MPH.
FEB-06 Toward an ecological view: Complex systems, health, and disease by Ted Schettler, M.D., MPH.
FEB-06 Governor Signs Executive Order to Make Maine a Cleaner, Safer, Healthier Place, Augusta, Maine
FEB-06 Big Medicine's Malignant Growth by Stan Cox, AlterNet
JAN-06 Dell's Chemical Use Policy The following article is re-printed from the Dell web site. Copyright 1999-2006 Dell Inc.
JUL-05 Great Lakes Regional Collaboration. The new Great Lakes compact features the precautionary principle. Draft Action Plan
JUN-05 Infant Exposure to Controversial Compound Continues in Hospitals by Steve Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter
JUN-05 Precautionary Principle Pushed in the United States by Susan Casoni, Pesticide.Net Insider eJournal
MAR-05 A Body's Burden: Our Chemical Legacy by Douglas Fisher, Regional Environmental Reporter The Oakland Tribune
NOV-04 Guest Viewpoint - Climate change: Keep focused on the big picture by Joshua Skov, The Register-Guard, Eugene OR
NOV-04 Toxic hazard's impact on health to be explored by Tammy Webber, Star-Tribune energy reporter, Indianapolis Star
AUG-04 Putting a meter on coalbed water by Dustin Bleizeffer, Star-Tribune energy reporter, Star Tribune – Laramie, WY
JUL-04 Differing dioxin standards have differing purposes by Dr. Ted Schettler and Dr. Peter Orris, My View Column, Saginaw News
APR-04 Bill could introduce precaution into environmental law by Christopher Root, Gazette staff writer, Legislative Gazette, Albany N.Y.
FEB-04 GEMS: Better Safe Than Sorry by Peter Montague and Sharon Finlayson, Op-ed, Philadelphia Inquirer
FEB-04 Studies Link Chemicals to Health Woes by Edward Ortiz, The Providence Journal
JAN-04 Government as Guardian and Trustee of the Commonwealth by Carolyn Raffensperger, Op-ed in the Ames Tribune
OCT-03 The Perils of Plastic: Your Cling Wrap Could be Leaching Chemicals by Melissa Knopper, E Magazine
AUG-03 Mercury Battle Hits Fever Pitch: Utility executives working furiously to fend off environmental rule by Jim Morris, The Dallas Morning News
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