Taking our planet’s pulse

While industry has to prove that a chemical compound or substance is safe to use – the incentive to do so lies with the consumer. Unless we question the norm, the use of chemical substances in a product – or more seriously, the use of chemical compounds – will continue to be used.

The current measure of risk is the amount of a substance that kills a man who weighs 60 kilos. It does not take into account the levels that hinder reproduction, or have an undesired affect on a baby or a child. Some suggest that human testing has taken the place of widely contested animal testing!

Steps are being taken worldwide to help consumers become aware and question the norm. So here is your opportunity to take the pulse of our planet…


women working in BangladeshPoison on a platter My maiden trip to Bangladesh in late October 2013 will be memorable for primarily three reasons. The breathtaking beauty of the landscape, the unbelievably warm welcome and lastly for the shocking realization that entire south Asia is slowly poisoning its food and future. Read more.
Patancheru_solutionsWitness of the silent epidemic of Patancheru. An epidemic that has been brewing on the outskirts of Hyderabad for over 20 years, awaits justice. Read more
Fracking_pulseFracking – a not-so-natural source of gas How often do you think about the source of your natural gas – the gas that powers your stoves and heaters?  Watch this documentary, Gasland and how fracking impacts communities thus far. Read more.
Swedish_govt_ethanol_pulseThe Swedish government’s ethanol decision proposes 10% ethanol and biodiesel should be added to regular gasoline and diesel from 2014. Energy minister Anna-Karin Hatt’s proposal may lead to reduced carbon emissions, but this could also increase the risk of cancer. Read more
DiklofenakBirdkiller_pulsePharmaceuticals in the environmentan issue needing serious consideration. How is it possible that medicines intended to cure disease or relieve symptoms in humans may under certain conditions cause harm to the environment?  Read more
fisk_pulsePersistent chemical compounds were thought to be the greatest cancer threat until the 1990s. But the chemicals did not cause cancer – the low levels of chemicals disturbed the early sexual development of the fish, affecting reproduction. Read more
EDCs_pulseChemical effects on human hormones.Environmental pollutants and other chemicals can affect the human hormone systems. Endocrine disruptors EDCs have attracted considerable attention particularly due to their estrogenic effect. Read more 

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Estrogenic chemical compounds
and breast cancer The estrogenic effects of chemical compounds causing hormone disruption are known as EDCs and are circulating worldwide. Read more

Early_puberty_pulsePhthalates and premature development Danish girls develop breasts before the age of eight according to Professor Anders Juul and his colleagues at Rikshospitalet, Copenhagen. Read more
 

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