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Environmental Health News

EHN is a foundation funded journalism organization based in the US but with a global interest.  EHN publishes both their own articles and provides access to news from around the world regarding environmental-health impacts to humans and natural flora, fauna or ecosystems. In addition to subscriptions, users can search an archive of topics as diverse as, but not limited to: air pollution, cancer, children’s health, sewage systems, water, sustainable business, obesity, fuels-energy, waste-hazardous waste, and of course pesticides.
 Pesticides-L Digest
The Pesticides-L List Server out of the University of Cape Town, South Africa; is an essential read for anyone interested in pesticide stewardship, research, education, or policy. Articles are global in both issue and geographical scope.  Searchable archives are available.  To subscribe, contact:

Pesticide/Pest Management Education

Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health
This “Center” was formed from the Bugwood Network in 2008 at the University of Georgia (US).  There are a number of websites and news items that can be accessed from the website, but for pesticide or pest management educators there are a large number of images of flora and fauna plus aids to identifying plant diseases.  
 National Pesticide Media Database
This Virginia Tech University (US) website has the largest targeted collection of images that I know of - essential tools for pesticide educators. Downloadable photos are available on a number of topics including, but not limited to: plants, pesticide safety, pesticide container stewardship, farm/other landscapes, aerial/ground/structural applications-equipment.


The Pesticides Stewardship Alliance

Despite several attempts of broadening their base, The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance remains largely a North American forum expressed through an annual conference.  Nevertheless the topics from their library of presentations are one of the best points access to all things pesticide stewardship.  The organization began narrowly focused on contemporary obsolete pesticides and pesticide container recovery efforts, but have broadened their coverage into virtually all pesticide stewardship issues.

International HCH & Pesticides Association

The International HCH & Pesticides Association began in the early 1990s in response primarily to the devastating legacy of pesticide stockpiles in the former Soviet Union.  This catastrophic legacy remains to this day, now 20 years since the breakup of the USSR, though most stocks of chemicals have been remediated in the western fringes of that once vast empire.  IHPA is now broadening somewhat their biennial conferences to include topics other than obsolete stocks of persistent organic pollutants (POPs).  Still, this one issue remains dominant. IHPA publishes a biannual newsletter and maintains all of their presentations online back to their first Forum in 1991.  

Pesticide Environmental Stewardship

Although the focus is the United States, this site contains good information on pesticide application and general pesticide stewardship.  Sections include preventative measures that help assure minimal offsite contamination of pesticides: IPM, record keeping, calibration of spray equipment, storage, and more.  Other sections proved stewardship information targeted to pesticides residues resulting from after the use or mishaps.  Specialty areas covered include or will soon include protecting agricultural laborers, soil fumigation stewardship, and homeowner uses and disposal of pesticides and empty containers.

IPM Online

The University of California at Davis’ site is one of the foremost tools available for analyzing pest infestations, critical thresholds and treatment options. True, the site is specific for California.  The diversity of that state’s cropping practices and range of temperatures from the desert south to alpine regions in the Sierras provides relevance for much of the world’s integrated pest management.

The Extension Toxicology Network

Extoxnet is a joint effort from 5 major US agricultural universities.  The database primarily provides toxicological and environmental effects of pesticides.  The site does also provide some basic disposal information, particularly for household chemicals and risks of other non-pesticide chemicals.

 National Pesticide Information Center
NPIC provides a wide range of general information on pesticides, use, health effects, emergency situations and use.  The database is maintained by the US based Oregon State University under a cooperative agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency.  The website is searchable in the 6 UN languages plus Vietnamese and Cantonese.  Additionally NPIC maintains a manned helpline (1-800-858-7378) accessible in 170 languages ready to answer questions on poisonings, environmental fate, and situations fostered by pesticide incidents.  The lines are answered only between the hours of 0730-1530 PST. 

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