Winter 2011 issue is packed with information you’ve been waiting for!

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The truth about scented dryer vent exhaust!

Its effects are familiar: headaches, breathing problems, brain-fog and more.  But what is actually in the air that is vented from clothes dryers when scented laundry products are used?  Now we know — and it’s not pretty.  Scientist-author Anne Steinemann tested and measured the pollutants present in dryer vent exhaust — she found 25 volatile organic compounds, including seven hazardous air pollutants and two carcinogens! Her article in the Winter 2011 issue of The Human Ecologist describes the study in great detail, and includes informative tables and references. A helpful summary of the study’s findings accompanies the article, too.  This is must-read information for anyone who is fragrance-sensitive — and a great pass-along article to show to those who believe that scented laundry products pose no risks.


21st century air quality and health

Although U.S. air quality has improved greatly with curbs on industrial and vehicle pollution imposed over the past 40 years, over one third of all U.S. residents still live where current federal air quality standards are not met, and new problems loom on the horizon related to the interplay of climate change and air quality.  These problems and others — including the need to protect people at increased risk of adverse effects from air pollution — are discussed in The Human Ecologist by Dan Costa, the Interim National Program Director for Air, Climate and Energy research at EPA’s Office of Research and Development. This important article in the Winter 2011 issue indicates what leading scientists believe are the coming challenges in air quality and health, and what they believe should be done to address them.


The 2010 Gulf oil spill and health

When the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill began, tense windblown reporters did what seemed like hourly stand-ups on oil-stained beaches, intercut with heart-breaking images of oil-soaked birds, and under water film of the oil flowing unstanched from the destroyed Macondo well.  Then suddenly, the story vanished: once the well was capped, the press moved on to other stories and fresher images.  Yet the story was just beginning for those whose health was at stake.

The Winter 2011 issue of The Human Ecologist contains part one of a two part series on the human health impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Part one discusses the chemicals involved and their potential health effects, as well as the physical and mental health effects of the spill on community residents — a group almost completely ignored in press coverage at the time of the spill.  Information in the article is drawn from documents in use at the time of the spill, as well as “after action” reports from government and independent sources that have gone unmentioned by prime-time media.


The Deepwater Horizon oil spill story is far from over. Catch up with the Winter 2011 issue of The Human Ecologist!


Plus: News about MCS… toxic brain damage…pesticides and kids…bed bug resources… air filters and indoor air quality…and more!