Research Updates

Californians have twice the national average of toxic flame retardants in their blood

Californians have been exposed to significantly higher levels of toxic flame retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, than people living in other parts of the country and the world. Read more »

Human hormones and pharmaceuticals contaminate ponds in residential areas with septic systems

A peer-reviewed study published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry shows that ponds located in residential areas where septic systems predominate are contaminated by a variety of pollutants that may be harmful to wildlife and pose unknown risks to human health. Water quality in these groundwater-fed ponds is an indicator of what’s in the surrounding aquifer, which is the sole source of... Read more »

New research finds some wood floor finishes are a likely source of PCB exposure

A Silent Spring Institute case study published on 17 January 2008 in the online open access journal Environmental Health suggests that old wood floor finishes in some homes may be an overlooked source of exposure to the now banned environmental pollutants polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Background information on Silent Spring Institute's Household Exposure Study Read more »

Cancer publishes Silent Spring Institute's review of environmental factors and breast cancer

In an initiative aimed at breast cancer risk reduction, Susan G. Komen for the Cure funded the Environment and Breast Cancer: Science Review to assess scientific research on environmental exposures and nonhereditary factors that may increase breast cancer risk. Finding risk factors we can change is particularly important as breast cancer is the leading cause of death for American women from their... Read more »