Spring 2012 issue is packed with must-read articles!

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Safe clothing on a shoe-string!

The household sale season is about to begin — and the Spring 2012 issue of The Human Ecologist has a fabulous article about how to shop for low-cost, safe, natural-fiber clothing at yard (and garage and estate) sales.  Learn how to find the best sales in your area, how to plan your shopping expedition, selecting clothes you’ll wear (including some great tips for judging sizes), and get ideas about how (and when) to bargain, and how to get odors out of the clothing you buy.  And that’s not all — you’ll also learn how to do simple repairs that can make a slightly damaged piece as good as new, and even pick up clever ideas for repurposing!  This isn’t just a practical article; it’s a fun read, too! And it’s definitely a keeper.

Toxic e-waste, a rapidly emerging problem

What’s in the mountain of “e-waste” created by the hundreds of tons of electronic devices that are discarded each year?  A must-read article in the Spring 2012 issue of The Human Ecologist reveals the ugly details about the host of toxic substances e-waste contains, substances that can find their way into air, soil, and water — and ultimately, into the food chain.  What effects may these substances have on human health and the environment? And how can these materials be safely disposed of?  Read all about the impacts of e-waste, and how you can deal with the e-waste in your life and protect the environment — and human health!

The Gulf oil spill and worker health

The response to the Gulf oil spill involved tens of thousands of workers, many of them with no experience at all in dealing with toxic oil and oil dispersants.  Read the Spring 2012 issue of The Human Ecologist to learn how these workers were informed of the risks they faced, and were trained to avoid them.  Find out how the federal government’s response to the spill affected worker health and safety, and how the resources that were made available to those managing the clean-up affected monitoring work conditions and treating worker health problems.  Read about the weaknesses in the federal response and how these might affect what we learn about the health effects of the clean-up workers’ exposures. This is an important article about disaster, disaster response, and the people who were caught up in the event.

Plus: get the latest information about fracking and health … read about one person’s experience with chemicals in carpeting … read a fascinating review about a new book on the history of U.S. chemical regulation … and more!