UN, WHO panel calls hormone-disrupting chemicals a 'global threat'
By Brian Bienkowski, Environmental Health News, Feb. 19, 2013

An international team of experts reported today that evidence linking hormone-mimicking chemicals to human health problems has grown stronger over the past decade, becoming a "global threat" that should be addressed. The report is a joint effort by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme to give policy makers the latest information on chemicals that seem to mess with the hormones of people and wildlife...


Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest

The 7th Annual Rachel Carson Intergenerational Sense of Wonder Contest
We are pleased to announce the 7th Annual Sense of Wonder Contest. Songwriting has been added to the categories of artistic expression. There is also a new sponsor: the Legacy Project, who joins our long-time sponsors of the contest. The deadline for entries is Monday, June 10, 2013.



It has been more than 50 years since Rachel Carson published her groundbreaking book "Silent Spring". Derided by scientists at the time, she is now regarded as a hero by environmental progressives and a villain by many others, but Carson certainly changed how the public views environmentalism.

One area of Carson's career that is often overlooked is her time as a government employee. This is where she got her true start in journalism and it is the area G. Pascal Zachary, professor of practice with the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University, will be discussing at the 2013 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Boston. Zachary is part of the panel, A 50 Year Legacy: Why does Rachel Carson Matter?

Zachary, who co-organized the panel along with ASU professor Jane Maienschein, gave his talk, "Back to the Future: The Rachel Carson 'Model' as a Response to the Crisis in Science Journalism," today (Feb. 17).

"At a time when popular writers wanted to write about serious subjects and devote themselves to learning, there was little support for them commercially," Zachary said on Carson and her early career. "I'm intrigued about how her career suggests a way forward for government to support serious writing and journalism about science and the environment."

Carson served as an information officer with the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries and the Fish and Wildlife Service for nearly two decades before becoming an independent writer. During that time, she reported on news and findings from the agency.

Zachary believes Carson's experience and work in this field is what shaped her later writings. Additionally, he saw her early government work as an opportunity. With publications such as the New York Times recently disposing of their environmental desk, Zachary thinks the format of having government employees writing about science could be the way of the future.

"I'm trying to see Rachel Carson in both a historical sense and prefiguring and anticipating a movement that will reform or revolutionize science journalism today," Zachary said.

"When I talk about her as a model for the crisis in science journalism, what I mean is currently there is less and less quality science journalism," he added. "As a community, we have to figure out how to draw the line and get a minimal amount of quality science journalism."


Norton to Introduce Bill Commemorating Rachel Carson’s Work in Glover Archbold Park
WASHINGTON, DC -- Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that she will reintroduce tomorrow a bill, the Rachel Carson Nature Trail Designation Act of 2013, to commemorate Rachel Carson, the environmental pioneer and an inspiration for the development of the environmental movement.  

The idea for the bill, which designates a National Park Service trail in Glover Archbold Park in the District of Columbia in honor of Carson, was brought to the Congresswoman’s attention by Glover Park residents.  

Carson, who was a federal employee, often used Glover Archbold Park in the District as a site from which she drew observations about nature and the environment.  “My bill celebrates Carson herself, federal employees, the environmental movement, and the diverse geography that makes D.C. unique among major cities,” Norton said.  
A world-renowned environmental scientist, writer, and educator, Carson worked as the Editor-in-Chief for the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Service's publications department. She performed research on the dangers of pesticides, and her findings were sustained by the Science Advisory Committee, created during President John F. Kennedy’s administration. As a result, federal and state legislatures enacted pesticide legislation and her work paved the way for groundbreaking environmental protection legislation in this country and throughout the world. She published her seminal work, Silent Spring, in 1962.  Carson was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters and received many other honors.  She died in 1964. 

Last year, Norton testified at a meeting of the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission on the bill.  The commission asked for additional information on Carson’s work in the park.  Norton and D.C. residents are providing the commission with the requested information, and Norton expects the commission to support the designation at their next meeting.


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Chlorpyrifos Preliminary Volatilization Assessment Suggests Bystander Risks of Concern; EPA Requests Comment to Address Uncertainties

The EPA is requesting comment on a preliminary evaluation of the potential risks to children and other bystanders from volatilization of chlorpyrifos from treated crops. While there are uncertainties associated with EPA’s preliminary assessment, the available data indicate that vapor phase chlorpyrifos may be emitted from treated fields at levels resulting in exposure to children and others who live, work, attend school or otherwise spend time nearby. In some circumstances, these bystanders may be exposed to chlorpyrifos and/or the transformation product chlorpyrifos-oxon at concentrations that could cause adverse effects.

More information at http://www.epa.gov/oppfead1/cb/csb_page/updates/2013/chlorpyrifos-pva.html

The chlorpyrifos preliminary volatility assessment, guide to commenters , and related documents are available in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0850 at www.regulations.gov.
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Keep new bee-toxic pesticide off the market
While policymakers in Europe are making moves to restrict bee-harming pesticides, EPA is poised to approve widespread use of yet another one. Bees need protection from known harms, not exposure to new threats. We have until February 12 to make some noise! Take Action»

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