Online Resources

The environmental health field is burgeoning, with a growing number of resources offered online. Here is just a sampling. To suggest other sites, please email us at info@silentspring.org.


Advocacy for Breast Cancer and the Environment Research

Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Programs

Endocrine Disrupting Compounds

Environmental Health

Environmental Toxics

Geographic Information Systems and Mapping Resources

Massachusetts-Based Resources

Water Safety

Other Resources


Advocacy for Breast Cancer and the Environment Research

Art beCause
Funds research into the environmental causes of breast cancer.

Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition
Networks with other groups to determine the causes of breast cancer and to promote increased funding for breast cancer research.

Breast Cancer Action
Carries the voices of people affected by breast cancer to inspire and compel the changes necessary to end the breast cancer epidemic.

Breast Cancer Fund
Identifies—and advocates for the elimination of—environmental and other preventable causes of breast cancer.

Huntington Breast Cancer Coalition
Focuses on ways to prevent breast cancer while actively helping those facing a positive diagnosis.

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition
Dedicated to challenging all obstacles to the eradication of breast cancer, with an emphasis on teasing out links to environmental toxics.

National Breast Cancer Coalition
Offers resources aimed at promoting and coordinating advocacy in the fight against breast cancer. Includes public policy activities, grassroots advocacy, programs, education and training, fact sheets, position papers, and analyses.

Rachel’s Friends Breast Cancer Coalition
Educates the community about the impact of pesticides and other environmental toxics on the incidence of cancer.

Zero Breast Cancer
Formerly Marin Breast Cancer Watch, seeks the causes of breast cancer through community participation in the research process.


Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Programs

Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Centers
The Breast Cancer and Environment Research Centers (BCERC) program is a network of collaborative research centers focused on how chemical, physical, and social factors in the environment interact with genetic factors to affect mammary gland development.

California Breast Cancer Research Program
A $23 million special research initiative targets environmental factors and disparities.

Center for Environmental Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Works to help make prevention the cure for cancer.

Cornell University Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors
Examines the links between breast cancer and environmental risk factors.

Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project
Provides a brief overview of the Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project, which investigated possible environmental factors for breast cancer beginning in 1993 and continuing through a follow-up study funded from 2001 to 2006.

Marin Women’s Study
Investigates higher breast cancer incidence in Marin County, CA.

Silent Spring Institute
Dedicated to identifying the links between the environment and women’s health, especially breast cancer.

University of Massachusetts Lowell—School of Health and Environment
Promotes human health and development that enables people to live in safe and productive communities and environmentally sustainable economies. The school has joined with Silent Spring Institute and the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition in extending the Institute’s Household Exposure Study to additional communities.


Endocrine Disrupting Compounds

Center for Bioenvironmental Research of Tulane and Xavier Universities—Environmental Estrogens and Other Hormones
Offers an educational service and an interactive forum for those interested in environmental estrogens and other environmental hormones.

Cornell University Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors—Endocrine Disruptors
Investigates environmental risk factors for breast cancer. The website hosts an extensive bibliographic database, factsheets, newsletters, and statistics, as well as related links.

Our Stolen Future—Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
Presents a list of widespread pollutants with endocrine disrupting effects.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program
Provides information about the status of screening and testing assays under consideration.


Environmental Health

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment
Works to advance knowledge and effective action to address growing concerns about the links between human health and environmental factors.

Environmental Defense Fund
Seeks practical solutions to environmental problems.

Environmental Health Advanced Systems Laboratory, Colorado State University
Conducts research in the development and application of computer-based technology for exposure assessment in environmental health studies.

Environmental Working Group
Uses the power of public information to protect public health and the environment.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Charged with responsibility for developing and enforcing workplace safety and health regulations in the United States.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Seeks to reduce the burden of human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease.

Natural Resources Defense Council
Uses law, science, and the support of its more than a million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.

NSF International
Provides information about public health and safety to concerned consumers around the world.

Science & Environmental Health Network
Advocates for the precautionary principle as a basis for environmental and public health policy in the United States.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Seeks to protect human health and the environment.


Environmental Toxics

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Includes “ToxFAQs,” a series of summaries about hazardous substances; frequently asked questions about contaminants found at hazardous waste sites; an interactive map server; and HazDat, the Hazardous Substance Release/Health Effects Database, which provides information about the release of hazardous substances from Superfund sites or emergency events and the effects of hazardous substances on human health.

Beyond Pesticides
Provides the public with useful information on pesticides and alternatives to their use.

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
Works to protect health by calling for the cosmetic industry’s elimination of chemicals that have been linked to cancer, birth defects, and other health problems.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals
Provides an ongoing assessment of the exposure of the U.S. population to environmental chemicals using biomonitoring.

Environmental Working Group—Chemical Index
Provides a chemical index and information about the health effects of those chemicals.

EXTOXNET—Pesticide Information Profiles
Profiles pesticide ingredients, including their toxicological effects, environmental effects, exposure guidelines, and physical properties.

Green Cape Alliance for Pesticide Education
Seeks to eliminate health hazards from air and water by encouraging nontoxic methods of pest control, agriculture, home, garden, lawn, and turf care.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health—NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
Offers a downloadable guide as a source of general industrial hygiene information on several hundred chemicals and classes of chemicals for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals.

National Library of Medicine—Chemical Carcinogenesis Research Information System
Provides carcinogenicity and mutagenicity test results for more than 8,000 chemicals.

National Library of Medicine—Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB)
Provides a searchable database of comprehensive, peer-reviewed toxicology data for approximately 5,000 chemicals.

National Library of Medicine—Household Products Database
Links more than 7,000 consumer brands to health effects from manufacture-provided material safety data sheets and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients.

National Library of Medicine—Tox Town
Offers an interactive presentation of information on environmental health concerns and toxic chemicals where you live, work, and play.

National Library of Medicine—Toxline
Provides a searchable database of toxicology literature references.

National Toxicology Program—Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction
Presents the latest information about potentially hazardous effects of chemicals on human reproduction and development.

National Toxicology Program—Eleventh Report on Carcinogens
Identifies and discusses agents, substances, mixtures, and exposure circumstances that may pose a hazard to human health by virtue of their carcinogenicity.

Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides
Offers information about pesticide hazards and alternatives.

Pesticide Action Network
Includes current toxicity and regulatory information for thousands of active ingredients and their transformation products in pesticides. The database brings together pesticide information from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the World Health Organization, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. National Toxicology Program, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the European Union, and the State of California.

Skin Deep
Pairs ingredients in nearly 25,000 products with 50 definitive toxicity and regulatory databases, making it the largest integrated data resource of its kind.

Toxics Use Reduction Institute
Seeks to protect employees, consumers, and the environment by finding safer alternatives aimed at reducing toxic chemical use. TURI offers online tools to search for technology alternatives, testing data about safer cleaning solvents, and regulated toxic chemicals.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—Office of Pesticide Programs
Includes information about pest control, health and safety, steps to take in an emergency, and environmental effects.

U.S. Geologic Survey—Pesticide National Synthesis Project
Provides a national assessment of pesticides in the streams, rivers, and groundwater of the United States.

U.S. Public Interest Research Group—Toxic Pollution And Health: An Analysis of Toxic Chemicals Released in Communities across the United States
Offers a review of pollution data and current knowledge on the health effects of toxic chemicals.


Geographic Information Systems and Mapping Resources

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry—GIS in Public Health
Provides information about GIS and public health.

Applied Geographics
Provides geographic information system services on a consultancy basis.

Geographic Information System for the Long Island Breast Cancer Study
Offers interactive maps and information about how GIS was used in the Long Island Breast Cancer Study.

Geographic Information Systems
Presents information about GIS applications and technology; created by ESRI, a GIS software company.

Massachusetts Health and Environment Information System
Developed by Silent Spring Institute, enables viewers to map health and environmental information about communities in Massachusetts.

National Center for Health Statistics—GIS and Public Health
Offers resources for researchers interested in how GIS is used in the public health community.

U.S. Geologic Survey—National Mapping Information
Offers a national map viewer.


Massachusetts-Based Resources

Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow
A coalition of citizens, scientists, health professionals, workers, and educators that seeks preventive action on toxic hazards.

Association to Preserve Cape Cod
Works to preserve the quality of life on Cape Cod.

Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment
Protects the public health and social well-being of residents of Barnstable County. The department pursues its mission primarily through public health administration, environmental health, water quality testing, and state and federal health and environmental grants.

Cape Cod Commission
Established as a regional planning and regulatory agency to prepare and implement a regional land use policy plan for all of Cape Cod, to review and regulate developments of regional impact, and to recommend designation of certain areas as districts of critical planning concern.

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition
Seeks to define breast cancer as a political issue.

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources—Water Well-Being
Offers opportunities to learn about responsible pest management to ensure water safety.

Massachusetts Drinking Water Education Partnership
A comprehensive source of information about drinking water in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Geographic Information Systems
Provides a resource for data and metadata for Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Health and Environment Information System
Developed by Silent Spring Institute, enables viewers to map health and environmental information about communities in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Military Reservation
Provides maps for groundwater plumes originating from the reservation, a military training facility located on the upper western portion of Cape Cod.

MassSTATS
Presents statistics for Massachusetts by town and census divisions on indicators such as population density and income.

U.S. Geologic Survey—Cape Cod Toxic Substances Hydrology Research Site
Provides information on the Cape Cod Toxic Substances Hydrology Research Site, located on western Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The source of contamination is the now-decommissioned sewage treatment plant on the Massachusetts Military Reservation. The sewage plume on Cape Cod will be used as a field laboratory by a team of government and university scientists to examine the processes that affect toxic chemicals in groundwater. This plume is caused by disposal of treated sewage to the sand and gravel aquifer beneath the reservation.

U.S. Geologic Survey—Water Resources of Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Provides water resources in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This branch covers local issues on water resources and water quality on state rivers, lakes, and drainage basins to ensure that resident health and the environment remains sustainable.

University of Massachusetts, Amherst—The Environmental Institute
Provides chemical, physical, and microbial analysis of water, soils, tissue, and other environmental media for university researchers, public agencies, and other publicly supported clients.

University of Massachusetts, Amherst—Water Resources Research Center
Supports research, education, and outreach on water resources issues of state, regional, and national importance as part of the national system of institutes authorized under the Water Resources Research Act of 1964.

Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
The Waquoit Bay Reserve provides long-term protection to the habitat and resources of this representative estuarine ecosystem, which serves as a natural laboratory for research by the reserve and others that advances understanding of natural estuarine and watershed-linked processes and human influences on them.

Woods Hole Research Center—Electronic Atlas of the Cape Cod Environment
Provides not only a collection of maps, but also a compilation of imagery and photos that illustrate some important characteristics of the Cape Cod environment.


Water Safety

Environment Canada—Water Resources
Offers water quality data, educational materials, and relevant links.

EXTOXNET—Safe Drinking Water
Presents a list of reasons to test your drinking water.

NSF International—Water
Provides a range of detailed resources on water for companies, governments, and consumers around the world.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—Drinking Water Contaminants
Offers information about contaminants in drinking water, including microbes, radionuclides, inorganics, volatile organics, synthetic organics, disinfectants, disinfection byproducts, and methyl tertiary-butyl ether.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—Frequently Asked Questions about Water
Provides answers to frequently asked questions about drinking water.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water
Presents information about groundwater and drinking water, including water quality, surface water protection, and drinking water standards.

U.S. Geologic Survey—National Water-Quality Assessment Program
Offers information on more than 50 major river basins and aquifers across the nation, with the goal of developing long-term consistent and comparable information on streams, groundwater, and aquatic ecosystems to support sound management and policy decisions.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Seeks to develop and effectively communicate a fundamental understanding of the processes and characteristics governing how the oceans function and how they interact with Earth as a whole.

World Health Organization—Water Sanitation and Health
Provides information on World Health Organization programs and research in areas of water quality and water-related diseases.


Other Resources

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Offers information for cancer survivors and caregivers, including toolkits, resource guides, advocacy, news, and events.

Health Care Without Harm
Seeks to transform the health care sector worldwide, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it is ecologically sustainable and no longer a source of harm to public health and the environment.

Healthy Child Healthy World
Dedicated to protecting children from harmful environmental exposures.

National Cancer Institute—Breast Cancer
Offers an online cancer library that includes links to general information as well as treatment, prevention, genetics, causes, clinical trials, screening and testing, cancer literature, statistics, and related information.

National Cancer Institute—Division of Cancer Prevention
Presents a collection of federal resources for detecting and preventing cancer. Includes informational resources devoted to specific cancers, as well as research, events, and governmental initiatives.

For additional links, visit the Additional Resources for Taking Action section in Take Action.

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