How Chemicals Move Around the World and Into Your Body
Award-winning science writer Lizzie Grossman brings her knowledge and humor to this edition of Green Street. Her recent book, Chasing Molecules, documents the ways in which synthetic chemicals travel around the world, disrupting human health and the environment.
Bisphenol-A, or “BPA” has been called “one of the most potent toxic chemicals known to man.” Warnings about exposure to the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, have made headlines recently, and several states (and countries) have banned some consumer products containing the chemical. Now scientists have found disturbingly high levels of BPA in cash register receipts. Join us as we
On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug welcome Dr. Laura Vandenberg of Tufts University who explains the origins of BPA, its potential health effects and and how you can protect yourself and your family from exposures.
Brominated flame retardant chemicals have been in the news recently – the Chicago Tribune ran an excellent series of investigative articles called “Playing With Fire,” and Nicholas Kristoff wrote a fabulous editorial in the Times called “Are You Safe On That Sofa?“
On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug talk with Dr. Arlene Blum, founder and Executive Director of the Green Science Policy Institute about flame retardant chemicals and human health.
Why the chemical used to clean your clothes could be damaging your body as well.
For decades, commercial dry cleaners have relied on a chemical solvent known as “perchloroethylene” or “perc” to get clothes clean. But like many “miracle” chemicals that were supposed to make our lives carefree, perc has been found to cause significant environmental and human health problems.
On this edition of Green Street Patti and Doug welcome Dr. David Carpenter, Director of the Institute for Health and Environment at the University of Albany’s School of Public Health.
How did this whole concept of fluoridation of public water supplies get started, and what should you know about it? On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug discuss this important issue with Dr. Paul Connett, fluoride expert and founder of the Fluoride Action Network.