Global Environmental Influences

I’m a Global Warming Skeptic: Commentary

I’m a Global Warming Skeptic—So Arrest Me! By Steven W. Mosher I have followed the twists and turns of the climate change debate since I was a graduate student at Stanford University forty years ago. The academic rage in those days, it will surprise you to learn, was “global winter.” That was the idea that we humans were putting so much particulate matter and pollutants in the atmosphere that the earth’s average temperature would plummet, triggering a new ice age. How things have changed. Now we are instructed by our betters that, because we are releasing CO2 into the atmosphere, we must worry about global warming–or whatever the climate alarmists are calling it these days. (I must say that any movement that has to keep changing its name every few years to reboot its credibility makes me suspicious. What are they going to call their imagined calamity next? Tornados ”R” Us?) The global warmers have gotten more strident of late, perhaps because they realize they are losing the argument. Recently they have started labeling and stigmatizing those of us who disagree with them as “climate deniers.” But now they have gone even further: They are pressuring the federal government to arrest and prosecute those of us who question their science and their conclusions. President Obama’s Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, has publicly confirmed that she has asked the FBI to look into going after “climate deniers” under the Racketing and Corrupt Practices Act (RICO). This is the same overly broad statute that was misused in the past to unfairly—and unsuccessfully–prosecute peaceful pro-lifers. I don’t want to get overly political here,...

Birth Control in Drinking Water: A Fertility Catastrophe in the Making?

Fish struggle to fertilize eggs three generations after exposure to contraceptive hormone, raising questions about the effects on humans. A recent report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found that birth-control hormones excreted by women, flushed into waterways and eventually into drinking water can also impact fish fertility up to three generations after exposure — raising questions about their effects on humans, who are consuming the drugs without even knowing it in each glass of water they drink. The survey, published in March in the journal Scientific Reports, looked at the impact of the synthetic hormone 17a-ethinylestradiol (EE2), an ingredient of most contraceptive pills, in the water of Japanese medaka fish during the first week of their development. While the exposed fish and their immediate offspring appeared unaffected, the second generation of fish struggled to fertilize eggs — with a 30% reduction in fertilization rates — and their embryos were less likely to survive. Even the third generation of fish had 20% impaired fertility and survival rates, though they were never directly exposed to the hormone. “This study shows that even though endocrine disruptors may not affect the life of the exposed fish, it may negatively affect future generations,” said lead author of the study Ramji Bhandari, a USGS visiting scientist and University of Missouri assistant research professor. “If similar trends were observed in subsequent generations, a severe decline in overall population numbers might be expected by the F4 generation.” Conducted by scientists at the USGS and the University of Missouri, the research also examined the effect of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in plastics that has been...

Fish Don’t Want Birth Control, But Scientists Say They Get It From Your ‘Pill’

Your birth control pill is affecting more than just your body. Flushed down toilets, poured down sinks and excreted in urine, a chemical component in the pill wafts into sewage systems and ends up in various waterways where it collects in fairly heavy doses. That’s where fish soak it up. A recent survey by the U.S. Geological Survey found that fish exposed to a synthetic hormone called 17a-ethinylestradiol, or EE2, produced offspring that struggled to fertilize eggs. The grandchildren of the originally exposed fish suffered a 30 percent decrease in their fertilization rate. The authors mulled the impact of what they discovered and decided it wasn’t good. “If those trends continued, the potential for declines in overall population numbers might be expected in future generations,” said Ramji Bhandari, a University of Missouri assistant research professor and a visiting scientist at USGS. “These adverse outcomes, if shown in natural populations, could have negative impacts on fish inhabiting contaminated aquatic environments.” [Three million people drink from the Potomac River, and something in it causes male fish to switch sex] The study, with Bhandari as lead author, also determined that the chemical BPA, used widely in plastics, had a similar effect on the small Japanese medaka fish used for the research. The medaka was chosen because it reproduces quickly so that scientists can see results of subsequent generations faster than slow reproducing species such as smallmouth bass. BPA and EE2 are both endocrine disruptors that interfere with hormones and cause developmental disorders. Over the past 12 years, male smallmouth and largemouth bass throughout the country, including the Potomac River basin in the...

EARTH IS FOR PEOPLE DAY — 22 April 2015

PRI hosted an “Earth is for People Day” event on 22 April. People could ask the president of PRI questions about the environment and population on Earth Day. https://www.facebook.com/events/375309469320756/ A War on Maternity Waged in the Name of Mother Earth: Babies are not pollution and need not be polluters I often come across persons who attempt to justify forced abortion, sterilization, and contraception because “We (that is, human beings) are destroying the planet”. They view people as pollution, and argue that it is necessary to violate reproductive rights to protect the planet from the beings who are despoiling it. Yet that logic is intrinsically flawed. Let us put it this way. Which of these do not belong: nitrous oxide, methane, Homo sapiens, or carbon dioxide? The obvious answer is: “Homo sapiens.” Pregnant women do not produce nitrous oxide. Childbirth does not generate methane. Carbon dioxide is not a “pollutant” at all, but a trace gas on which most life depends. Yes, any given infant may grow up to be a notorious polluter, just as he may grow up to, say, recklessly endanger the lives of others by driving drunk. But such behaviors are not foregone conclusions. Unlike nitrous oxide, methane, or carbon dioxide, human beings have free will. It is simply not true that more people equals more pollution. We have twice as many people living in the United States as we did in the early seventies, yet the skies over our major cities are clearer now than they were a half century ago. This is because the internal combustion engines that power our motor vehicles are no longer...

Scientists: Hormonal Contraceptives May Alter Behavior; Widespread Use Could Lead to ‘Significant Consequences for Society’

Comment: This is an important article and validates experiences over the years. I personally had emotional side effects to hormonal contraceptives I took as a 25 year old newlywed. I didn’t even realize these side effects until I got off the Pill. I have since become an ardent supporter of NFP. With my daughters, I exhorted them to stay away from these contraceptives, even when they were encouraged to take them for menstrual difficulties. I learned that taking the Pill could mask underlying issues. N. Valko RN An article in the Frontiers journal of medicine is sounding the alarm about the possible effects of hormonal contraception on the human brain, suggesting that the effects may be much more profound than previously thought and calling on the scientific community to devote more research to the topic. “Hormonal contraceptives are on the market for more than 50 years and used by 100 million women worldwide,” wrote Belinda A. Pletzer and Hubert H. Kerschbaum, a pair of Austrian neuropsychologists from the Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg. “However, while endogenous steroids have been convincingly associated with change in brain structure, function and cognitive performance, the effects of synthetic steroids contained in hormonal contraceptives on brain and cognition have barely been investigated.” Based on what little scientific data exists tracking behavioral and neurological changes in users of hormonal contraceptives, the authors asserted that “synthetic steroids may contribute to masculinizing as well as feminizing effects on brain and behavior.” “We conclude that there is a strong need for more systematic studies, especially on brain structural, functional and cognitive changes due to hormonal contraceptive use,” wrote Pletzer and Kerschbaum....

Contraceptives & the Environment: What the Pill Is Doing to the World Water & Fish Supply (2013)

  Contraceptive Use in China Affects Water Supply and the Fish Which USA Imports  In May of 2012, an expert in heavy metal pollution in water and a former researcher at the University of Hawaii named Liangjie Dong reported in the Journal of Environmental Sciences that China has high levels of estrogen disrupting compounds or EDC in its drinking water. An artificial hormone known as progestins mimics the human progesterone, either alone or when combined with estrogen. When used in contraceptive pills, these synthetic hormones make their way into the water supply. A study that used 23 water samples from 6 river sources in China, found all of them contaminated at higher levels than rivers in the United States, Europe, Australia, and South Korea. Before concluding this is just a problem for China, consider the fact that 27 percent of our American seafood comes from China… Contraceptive Use in China Affects Water Supply and the Fish Which USA Imports, cont'd …The contraceptive pills Chinese women take go through their digestive systems and out through the sanitation system where they affect water supply and marine life. Conventional water cleaning processes fail to catch the micro medicine EDC that is in the water. Arguing that China’s water is safe, Tom Chan, who is the chief engineer of the Shanghai Water Authority Water Supply Management Division, stated that the test was done using untreated river water, that only small or trace amounts were found, and that the water purification process reduces levels of EDC. Nonetheless, others have noted that current water treatment methods in China are inadequate to stop the EDCs from...

Ecological Study: Oral Contraceptives and Prostate Cancer Connection (Nov 2011, BMJ)

Article below is followed by Abstract and part of the Discussion section of the Full BMJ Text [Comment: Medscape is definitely not prolife so this article is even more amazing. N Valko RN] The Pill and Prostate Cancer: Is There a Link? Countries where oral contraceptive use among women is high appear to have correspondingly higher rates of prostate cancer, according to a study published online [http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/1/2/e000311.full]  November 14 in BMJ Open. Several recent studies have suggested that estrogen exposure increases the risk for prostate cancer, David Margel, MD, from the Princess Margaret Hospital, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, told Medscape Medical News. This could be because the residue of estrogen ends up in the water supply and the food chain, he said. "We believe that this is due to an environmental effect," Dr. Margel said. "These oral contraceptives contain a small amount of estrogenic compounds, which are not biodegradable and are excreted in the urine. Although each woman takes these compounds at very minimal doses, when millions of women take them, and for a long period of time, there may be some effect on the environment." Together with coauthor Neil E. Fleshner, MD, head of the division of urology at the University of Toronto Health Sciences Center, Dr. Margel decided to examine this association in an ecological study. They used data from the International Agency for Research on Cancer to examine age-standardized rates of prostate cancer in 2007, and data from the United Nations World Contraceptive Use 2007 report to determine the proportion of women taking the birth control pill or using other means of contraception, including condoms,...

Global Warming, Environmental Current Headlines/ More Scandals (update August 2012)

AUGUST 2012   Leaked Emails Snag Global-Warming Alarmists: 'Skeptics will be all over us – the world is really cooling' While NASA climate alarmist James Hansen insists record summer heat and drought are caused by man-made global warming, leaked internal emails from just three summers ago reveal that he and his colleagues expressed alarm that the planet was inexplicably cooling. Hansen, often called the “godfather of global warming,” asserted earlier this month that blistering heat across the United States is so rare that it can’t be anything but the man-made global warming he has been warning about for decades. “This is not some scientific theory,” he told the Associated Press. “We are now experiencing scientific fact.” But in 2009, as the thermometer hit record lows in America, he and other climate scientists panicked in a flurry of emails: “Skeptics will be all over us – the world is really cooling, the models are no good.” They lamented that Mother Nature was not cooperating with their predictions that global temperatures would smash heat records last decade. They blamed their miscalculation on sulfate emission trajectories and revised their forecast to show a cooling trend lasting until 2020. Then, they predicted, global warming would return with a vengeance. In an Oct. 12, 2009, email to Hansen of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, fellow warming alarmist Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., asked, “Where the heck is global warming?” “We have been asking that here in Boulder where we have broken records the past two days for the coldest days on record,”...

Global Warming or Cooling? part VI (2/2010)

The Great Global Warming Collapse In 2007, the most comprehensive report to date on global warming, issued by the respected United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, made a shocking claim: The Himalayan glaciers could melt away as soon as 2035. These glaciers provide the headwaters for Asia's nine largest rivers and lifelines for the more than one billion people who live downstream. Melting ice and snow would create mass flooding, followed by mass drought. The glacier story was reported around the world. Last December, a spokesman for the World Wildlife Fund, an environmental pressure group, warned, “The deal reached at Copenhagen will have huge ramifications for the lives of hundreds of millions of people who are already highly vulnerable due to widespread poverty.” To dramatize their country's plight, Nepal's top politicians strapped on oxygen tanks and held a cabinet meeting on Mount Everest. But the claim was rubbish, and the world's top glaciologists knew it. It was based not on rigorously peer-reviewed science but on an anecdotal report by the WWF itself. When its background came to light on the eve of Copenhagen, Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the IPCC, shrugged it off. But now, even leading scientists and environmental groups admit the IPCC is facing a crisis of credibility that makes the Climategate affair look like small change. “The global warming movement as we have known it is dead,” the brilliant analyst Walter Russell Mead says in his blog on The American Interest. It was done in by a combination of bad science and bad politics. The impetus for the Copenhagen conference was that the science makes...

Synthetic Hormonal Use in Humans and Emerging Risks to the Environment (2010)

Synthetic Hormonal Use in Humans and Emerging Risks to the Environment Thesis: We are just beginning to realize the long-term adverse physiological and psychological effects for human users of synthetic hormones, their welfare, and the ecological safety of our environment and drinking water due to the survival of their metabolites through our bodies and through our waste water treatment facilities.  Emerging risks are being discovered and evaluated. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified research needs to determine future risks of synthetic estrogen metabolites in our environment, such as those from ethinyl estradiol, and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs).  The EPA would like studies to determine the effects of EDCs on reproductive, neurological, and immunological function, as well as carcinogenesis.  The White House’s Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources increased their budget to include studies in these areas on EDCs.  The US Congress added provisions to the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) and the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1996 to require testing for estrogenicity and other hormonal activity.  The Endocrine Disruptor Screening and Testing Advisory Committee (EDSTAC) was established in 1998 as part of the Toxic Substances Control Act.  The study of EDCs has become one of the biggest testing programs ever in the history of toxicology.[1] The persistence of pharmaceutical contaminants in our aquatic environment may be partially attributed to human consumption of drugs and subsequent discharges from sewage treatment plants.  The contamination of our water resources by pharmaceuticals and their metabolites, particularly the EDCs, is emerging as an international environmental concern.  The long-term effects of human exposure to continuous low-level EDCs are not yet well...

Coffee, Tea, or Soy Involved in Cancer? What Effects on the Human Body?

Coffee, Tea, Caffeine Intake, and Risk of Adult Glioma in Three Prospective Cohort Studies Soy Consumption and Colorectal Cancer Risk in Humans: A Meta-Analysis Obesity and Cancer: The Role of Dysfunctional Adipose Tissue…         Coffee, Tea, Caffeine Intake, and Risk of Adult Glioma in Three Prospective Cohort Studies    1. Crystal N. Holick1,    2. Scott G. Smith2,    3. Edward Giovannucci1,2,3 and    4. Dominique S. Michaud1,4       Authors' Affiliations: Departments of 1Epidemiology and 2Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health; and 3Channing Laboratory, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts; and 4Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom Abstract Current data suggest that caffeinated beverages may be associated with lower risk of glioma. Caffeine has different effects on the brain, some of which could play a role in brain carcinogenesis, and coffee has been consistently associated with reduced risk of liver cancer, thus suggesting a potential anticarcinogenic effect. A total of 335 incident cases of gliomas (men, 133; women, 202) were available from three independent cohort studies. Dietary intake was assessed by food frequency questionnaires obtained at baseline and during follow-up. Cox proportional hazard models were used to estimate incidence rate ratios (RR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) between consumption of coffee, tea, carbonated beverages, caffeine, and glioma risk adjusting for age and total caloric intake. Estimates from each cohort were pooled using a random-effects model. Consumption of five or more cups of coffee and tea daily compared with no consumption was associated with a decrease risk of glioma (RR, 0.60; 95%...

Fatal Poisoning Among Young Children from Diethylene Glycol-Contaminated Acetaminophen (Nigeria, 200

CDC, MMWR Weekly, December 11, 2009 / 58(48);1345-1347    On November 18, 2008, the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) received a report of 13 cases of unexplained acute renal failure among children from a hospital in Lagos state. Several of the patients had been exposed to a liquid acetaminophen-based teething medication. On November 21, officials from the Nigerian National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) discovered diethylene glycol (DEG) in four batches of the teething medication manufactured during August–October 2009. DEG is a toxic alcohol used in brake fluid, paint, and household cleaning products, and has been used illegally as a cheap substitute solvent in drug manufacturing. Previous DEG poisonings resulting from contamination of medications have been reported in the United States, Nigeria (1990), Panama, and other countries (1–3), and acute renal failure (ARF) is a known manifestation of DEG poisoning. An investigation was launched by the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (N-FELTP), CDC, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This report summarizes the results of the investigation, which identified 57 cases of DEG poisoning among children aged ≤3 years during August 2008–January 2009, of whom 54 died. Of the 57 children with DEG poisoning, 96% had exposure to the acetaminophen-based teething medication (My Pikin). DEG contamination was identified in six bottles of the medication from patient households and four batches from the facility in which the medication was manufactured. Well-developed and strictly enforced pharmaceutical quality control measures and training programs can prevent DEG-associated large-scale poisoning events (4,5).The initial 13 cases of ARF reported to FMOH occurred over a period of 2 weeks,...

Resource: Influenza Website

Virus Website — www.FamilyFluInfo.org Dr. Kate Hendricks produced excellent work while at The Medical Institute. Dr. Hendricks has developed a website for individuals and families with questions about influenza which we thought would be helpful to you: www.FamilyFluInfo.org [29September 2009, HIV Vaccine Update, The Medical Institute,...

Question Swine Flu…(2009)

Is There Really an Influenza Epidemic? Reality of "crisis" is increasingly in doubt Could the Global Influenza Pandemic of 2009 be a false alarm?  Increasingly, the evidence suggests that the answer is "yes." Underneath the hysterical headlines implying a growing threat from the so-called "swine flu," the data emerging from Mexico City and international sources is indicating that, in fact, the entire "epidemic" might be attributable to nothing more than a misreading of statistics and case histories by Mexico's government. In the last 24 hours, Mexican health authorities have dramatically revised the mortality figures for the disease.  Although the government cites almost 170 "suspicious" deaths possibly attributable to the new "swine flu" strain, it has never verified more than 20. Now, after a closer review of those 20 cases, it has revised the number downward, admitting that there are only twelve deaths proven to be associated with the virus throughout the entire country, out of a total of only 260 verified illnesses.  However, it is not known how many cases have occurred unreported in people who were never hospitalized. Although the number of "suspicious" deaths may seem alarming, it is actually tiny compared to the number of total flu deaths that are likely to occur on an annual basis in Mexico. Indeed, the Mexican government reports that there are an average of 20,000 pneumonia deaths in Mexico every year.  Influenza normally kills its victims by causing pneumonia. The alarmist statements trumpeted by the major media is also in sharp contrast to the total lack of non-Mexican deaths due to the virus. Although the disease has appeared in multiple countries,...

Question Environmental Extremist Opinions…(update)

The founder of The Weather Channel wants to sue Al Gore for Global Warming fraud. It is "an inconvenient truth" for Al Gore that the world is currently experiencing some of the coldest weather in decades. http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladnick/2009/06/15/will-widespread-global-cooling-reports-freeze-al-gore-media-credibilit "Man is Not a Cancer On the Planet" – Wesley J. Smith It isn't "bad tactics" that is the problem with the radicalization of naturalism: It is the movement's fundamental and fervent rejection of human exceptionalism.  Once you depose us as the unique and special species, it inevitably unleashes a drive to turn people into mere fauna , which leads directly to the self destructive nihilism against which Ball reacts. http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/secondhandsmoke/2009/06/13/man-is-not-a-cancer-on-the-planet/ Global warming? Temps on an 8-year decline http://www.onenewsnow.com/Culture/Default.aspx?id=567880 Commandeered by Climate Alarmists Did the chief executives of a few Western states hijack the staff and resources of their regional coalition, against the will of most of their fellow governors, all to promote their vision for a regional cap-and-trade agreement? It sure looks that way. http://spectator.org/archives/2009/06/19/commandeered-by-climate-alarmi     No one does anything about this because…there MUST be a reason… Report: 271 Million Pounds of Pharmaceuticals Released Into U.S. Waterways http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,517131,00.html QUESTION OUR LEADERSHIP AUTHORITY… QUESTION ENVIRONMENTAL EXTREMIST OPINIONS… No Kidding, One in Three Children Fear Earth Apocalypse http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/04/kids-worry-about-environment.php HAPPY EARTH DAY! Seasons of Steyn http://www.steynonline.com Democrats Refuse to Allow Skeptic to Testify Alongside Gore At Congressional Hearing  House Democrats don't want Gore humiliated. Monckton said he was informed that he would not be allowed to testify alongside Gore when his plane landed from England Thursday afternoon.' http://www.climatedepot.com/a/429/Report-Democrats-Refuse-to-Allow-Skeptic-to-Testify-Alongside-Gore-At-Congressional-Hearing Eco-hypocrite of the week Prince Charles is in the midst of a five-day tour of...

Do common plastics raise cancer risk? (1/09)

UAB research raises concerns about chemical additives Animal research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is resurrecting cancer concerns about a plastic additive commonly used in consumer products, including baby bottles, water bottles and the linings of cans. Coral A. Lamartiniere, a top toxicologist and senior scientist at UAB's Comprehensive Cancer Center, said low levels of bisphenol-A, BPA, given orally to rodents caused tumors and genetic changes consistent with early stages of cancer growth.   Much of the research, performed over the past six years, is being prepared for review and publication, but a key paper on BPA was published last week in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. [CHART: Plastics by recycling numbers chart (excerpted) Safer Plastics: 1,2,4,5 Plastics to Avoid: 3,6,7 [Source: The Ecomoderate and Mount Sinai Medical Center] "The inference here is this compound could predispose humans toward breast cancer," said Lamartiniere, who led the study. The U.S. National Toxicology Program raised public concern about BPA on April 14, reporting that high dose levels of the compound created health hazards in laboratory animals. The agency said some concern was warranted for human fetuses, children and girls approaching puberty. But the agency noted that the threat was only possible and not certain. Critical evidence was missing, including good studies showing the impact of low doses of BPA on lab animals and humans, the agency reported. Shortly thereafter, the Food and Drug Administration reassured the public that products containing BPA were safe, but noted that alternative products without BPA were available. In testimony before Congress in May, the spokesman for the American Chemistry Council, an industry organization, said...

Study Links Water Pollution from Contraceptives, Chemicals with Declining Male Fertility (1/09, EHP)

New research strengthens the link between water pollution and rising male fertility problems. The study, by Brunel University, the Universities of Exeter and Reading and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, shows for the first time how a group of testosterone-blocking chemicals is finding its way into UK rivers, affecting wildlife and potentially humans. The research was supported by the Natural Environment Research Council and is now published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The study identified a new group of chemicals that act as ‘anti-androgens.’ This means that they inhibit the function of the male hormone, testosterone, reducing male fertility. Some of these are contained in medicines, including cancer treatments, pharmaceutical treatments, and pesticides used in agriculture. The research suggests that when they get into the water system, these chemicals may play a pivotal role in causing feminising effects in male fish. Earlier research by Brunel University and the University of Exeter has shown how female sex hormones (estrogens), and chemicals that mimic estrogens, are leading to ‘feminisation’ of male fish. Found in some industrial chemicals and the contraceptive pill, they enter rivers via sewage treatment works. This causes reproductive problems by reducing fish breeding capability and in some cases can lead to male fish changing sex. Other studies have also suggested that there may be a link between this phenomenon and the increase in human male fertility problems caused by testicular dysgenesis syndrome. Until now, this link lacked credence because the list of suspects causing effects in fish was limited to estrogenic chemicals whilst testicular dysgenesis is known to be caused by exposure to a range of...

Study Links Water Pollution from Contraceptives, Chemicals with Declining Male Fertility

New research strengthens the link between water pollution and rising male fertility problems. The study, by Brunel University, the Universities of Exeter and Reading and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, shows for the first time how a group of testosterone-blocking chemicals is finding its way into UK rivers, affecting wildlife and potentially humans. The research was supported by the Natural Environment Research Council and is now published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The study identified a new group of chemicals that act as ‘anti-androgens.’ This means that they inhibit the function of the male hormone, testosterone, reducing male fertility. Some of these are contained in medicines, including cancer treatments, pharmaceutical treatments, and pesticides used in agriculture. The research suggests that when they get into the water system, these chemicals may play a pivotal role in causing feminising effects in male fish. Earlier research by Brunel University and the University of Exeter has shown how female sex hormones (estrogens), and chemicals that mimic estrogens, are leading to ‘feminisation’ of male fish. Found in some industrial chemicals and the contraceptive pill, they enter rivers via sewage treatment works. This causes reproductive problems by reducing fish breeding capability and in some cases can lead to male fish changing sex. Other studies have also suggested that there may be a link between this phenomenon and the increase in human male fertility problems caused by testicular dysgenesis syndrome. Until now, this link lacked credence because the list of suspects causing effects in fish was limited to estrogenic chemicals while testicular dysgenesis is known to be caused by exposure to a range of...

Water Expert: Contraceptives Affect Environment (7/08)

 Mark LeChevallier agrees with Dr. Lester Ruppersberger, a pro-life obstetrician and gynecologist, that Natural Family Planning is safe, healthy and effective. He would add one more characteristic: It's environmentally responsible.  LeChevallier is director of innovation and environmental stewardship at American Water, the largest water and wastewater provider in North America. Along with his wife, he also has been a certified Instructor of Natural Family Planning for the past 25 years. Ruppersberger's talk at the conference on "Scientific Advances in Fertility Management" touted the benefits he has seen for his patients and himself since he switched to an NFP-only medical practice in 1999. LeChevallier shared the podium with Roxana Barillas [domestic policy adviser, USCCB] for a discussion on "Toxins, the Environment and the Child in the Womb." He spoke about the drastic effects that discarded contraceptive medicines and devices have been having on the nation's water and animals, especially fish. In "Endocrine Disruptions: Chemical Contraceptives in Sewage Effluents," LeChevallier explained that like secondhand smoke, "secondhand estrogens are being released into the environment," with devastating effect on fish, panthers, alligators and other wildlife. …"the synthetic estrogen used in birth control pills can wreak havoc on the sex lives of fish," LeChevallier said, citing reduced penis size in male fish, masculinized female fish and other sex-related changes. Because the synthetic estrogen is not absorbed well into the body, much of the drug is released into the environment through women's urine, he said. In addition, used contraceptive rings and patches are having a further polluting effect, he said. Noting that in Europe, drug manufacturers are required to provide a bag for disposal or...

32,000 Deniers: Global WarNing about Global Warming (update 12/2008)

18 December 08 31,072 AMERICAN SCIENTISTS HAVE SIGNED, INCLUDING 9,021 WITH Ph.D.s, A PETITION AGAINST KYOTO TREATY. The petition urges the US government to reject the Kyoto treaty and all similar "global warming" reducing international treaties. http://www.petitionproject.org/   CNN METEOROLOGIST TO LOU DOBBS: GLOBAL WARMING THEORY IS "ARROGANT." CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers suggests that the Sun affects the warming of our planet more than people. Snow falling in Las Vegas, Malibu, and the Arizona desert is evidence that we are in the middle of a cooling, not warming weather cycle. In the 13th Century, the earth temperature averaged 7 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than today; the temperatures during the Revolutionary War era were cooler than the temperatures we feel now. BusinessAndMedia.org, 12-18-08.   12 July 08 Headline: 'Global Warming Causing California Glacier to Grow' http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2008/07/09/headline-global-warming-causing-california-glacier-grow 12 July 08 www.LifeSiteNews.com 32,000 Deniers: That's the number of scientists who are outraged by the Kyoto Protocol's corruption of science http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fpcomment/archive/2008/05/17/32-000-deniers.aspx Posted: May 16, 2008, 7:20 PM by Jeff WhiteLawrence Solomon, The Deniers, Climate change, global warming, carbon dioxide, greenhouse gases, Al Gore That’s the number of scientists who are outraged by the Kyoto Protocol’s corruption of science Freeman Dyson is one of the world’s most eminent physicists.                                                By Lawrence Solomon Question: How many scientists does it take to establish that a consensus does not exist on global warming? The quest to establish that the science is not settled on climate change began before most people had even heard of global warming. The year was 1992 and the United Nations was about to hold its Earth Summit in Rio. It was billed as...