Information on Pesticides, Environmental Toxicology, and Human Health

Pesticide Action Network Database Current regulatory and toxicological information regarding commercial pesticide chemicals.

Compendium of Pesticide Common Names Database of pesticide common names, as well as IUPAC systematic names, CAS systematic names and registry numbers, chemical formulae, and structures. Compiled by Alan Wood.

Human Toxome Project Datasets on the human body burden of hundreds of industrial chemicals and pollutants including pesticides.

Pesticides in the Nation’s Streams and Groundwater, 1992 – 2001 Report by the US Geological Survey.

Pesticide Degradates of Concern to the Drinking Water Community Report by the American Water Works Association.

Agrochemicals, Health and Environment Directory of resources from the World Health Organization.

TOXNET Toxicology Data Network A cluster of databases on toxicology and hazardous chemicals, including pesticides, gateways to search engines for both research literature on health impacts, and guidance/policymaking materials from the US National Library of Medicine.

Agricultural Health Study A study of over 89 000 people that explores the health impacts of pesticide use among farmers and their families, and among commercial pesticide applicators, in the US. Many links to papers on aspects of health risk from use of pesticides, including risks of cancers and premature mortality. National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Environment Health Sciences, USEPA.

Pesticide Safety Data Sheets Basic information on toxicology and use of pesticides. World Health Organization and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

A Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide Residues in Food by the Environmental Working Group.

Do You Know What You’re Eating? An analysis of US government data on pesticide residues in food by the Consumers Union of the US.

What’s On My Food? Guide to pesticide residues in food.

Food and Water Watch A nonprofit consumer organization that works to ensure clean water and safe food.

Nowhere to Hide: Persistent Toxic Chemicals in the US Food Supply Report by PANNA and Commonweal highlights widespread contamination of U.S. food with persistent organic pollutants (POPs), many of which have been banned in the U.S. for years.

Agricultural Chemical Use Database Compiled by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

EXTOXNET The Extension Toxicology Network. A database providing a variety of information about pesticides, toxicology, and environmental chemistry. Compiled and maintained by University of California-Davis, Oregon State University, Michigan State University, and the University of Idaho.

Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture

Toxipedia – World Library of Toxicology, Chemical Safety, and Environmental Health

Media/Materials Clearing House International resource for health communications materials, Johns Hopkins University.


Environmental Chemistry Research Tools

Physical Properties Database An online interactive demo that retrieves physical-chemistry data from a database of 25,000 compounds, including many pesticides. Compiled by the Syracuse Research Corporation (SRC).

NIST Chemistry Webbook Online database hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that contains thermochemical and spectroscopic data for thousands of compounds, including many pesticides.

Engineering ToolBox Resources, tools and basic information for engineering and design of technical applications.

EPI Suite A free Windows-based suite of physical/chemical property and environmental fate estimation programs developed by the EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention Toxics and Syracuse Research Corporation (SRC).

ChemIdplus Database of toxicology information and phys-chem data for agrichemicals, pharmaceuticals, etc. National Institute of Health, National Library of Medicine.

Pesticide Properties Database (PPDB) A relational database of pesticide physicochemical and ecotoxicological data developed by the Agriculture & Environment Research Unit at the University of Hertfordshire.

Handbook of Chemistry and Physics Online CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 90th edition, 2009-2010.

 

World Water Issues, General Interest

Facing the Freshwater Crisis Article from August 2008 Scientific American magazine.

The World’s Water 2008-2009 The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources.

Circle of Blue An international network of journalists, scholars and citizens that connects humanity to the global freshwater crisis. (See also WaterNews.)

Food and Water Watch A nonprofit consumer organization that works to ensure clean water and safe food.

Pacific Institute: Water and Sustainability Program and International Water and Communities Initiative

Info-graphic: 10 things you should know about water by Circle of Blue.

Thirsty World: Desperate quest for water Narration and photography slide show on CNN.

Water For Life (pdf) Hesperian Foundation, publishing for community health and empowerment.


International Guidelines in Water Quality; Big International WASH Programs

World Health Organization: Drinking Water Quality, Water Sanitation and Health Programme

World Health Organization: Guidelines for drinking-water quality (3rd edition), Water Sanitation and Health Programme

World Health Organization: Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage, Water Sanitation and Health Programme

Health, Dignity and Development: What Will It Take? United Nations Millennium Project Task Force on Water and Sanitation (pdf)

Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation WHO and UNICEF.

The Environmental Health Project of USAID

The World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP)

The World Health Organization’s Guidelines for the safe use of wastewater, excreta, and greywater

The World Health Organization’s Guide to the development of on-site sanitation (full book download from this page)

Water For All program of the Asia Development Bank

The Centers for Disease Control Safe Water Program

The International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC, Netherlands)

The Rural Water Supply Network (Switzerland)

The World Water Council An international multi-stakeholder platform for a water secure world.

Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council


WASH (Water-Sanitation-Hygiene) NGOs

CAWST – Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology. Providing technical training, consulting and acting as a center of expertise in water and sanitation for the poor in developing countries.

SOIL – Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods A non-profit organization that promotes integrated approaches to the problems of poverty, poor public health, agricultural productivity, and environmental destruction through the protection of soils and the transformation of wastes into resources.

Water For People A non-profit organization that helps people in developing countries improve their quality of life by supporting the development of locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities and health and hygiene education programs.

The International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC, Netherlands)

A Single Drop Innovative strategies, appropriate technologies and income-generating solutions that provide powerful opportunities for communities to resolve their own water issues using sustainable environmental and financial practices.

WaterAid An international charity organization providing water, sanitation, and hygiene eduction to some of the world’s poorest people.

Charity: Water A non-profit bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations

The International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC, Netherlands)

The Rural Water Supply Network (Switzerland)


Practical WASH and App-Tech Resources

The United Nations Environmental Programme Rainwater Harvesting E-Toolkit

The UNICEF WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) page, many helpful documents also here

WELL website: a focal point for providing access to information about water, sanitation and environmental health and related issues in developing and transitional countries.

WEDC Knowledge Base Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC), Loughborough University (UK)

MIT’s WatSan Page: H2O-1B

Brad Lancaster’s website for rainwater harvesting

The World Health Organization’s Guidelines for the safe use of wastewater, excreta, and greywater

The World Health Organization’s Guide to the development of on-site sanitation (full book download from this page)

Water-Sanitation-Hygiene Technical resources and forum for people bringing safe water, sanitation and hygiene to all.

Engineering ToolBox Resources, tools and basic information for engineering and design of technical applications.

Appropriate Technology Sourcebook Library of appropriate technology publications available online, CD-ROM and print from Village Earth – the consortium for sustainable village-based development.

Hesperian Foundation Publishing for community health and empowerment. Many books and resources downloadable for free; available in Spanish and other languages.

Sanitation and Cleanliness for a Healthy Environment (pdf) Hesperian Foundation, publishing for community health and empowerment.

A Community Guide to Environmental Health (pdf) Hesperian Foundation, publishing for community health and empowerment.

Water For Life (pdf) Hesperian Foundation, publishing for community health and empowerment.

Media/Materials Clearing House International resource for health communications materials, Johns Hopkins University.

CD3WD Database technical development information for the Third World

Apropedia User-generated online encyclopedia of appropriate technology


WASH News, Blogs, and Journals

Source Water and Sanitation News Service Hosted by the International Water and Sanitation Committee (IRC)

Practical Action – appropriate technologies in water and sanitation, journal and book publication

Waterlines – app-tech in WASH journal published by Practical Action

WASH News blogs: International, Asia-Pacific, WASH-Tech, and WASH Research (more WASH Blogs)

WaterNews Web news magazine published by an international network of journalists, scholars and citizens that connects humanity to the global freshwater crisis.


Films and Documentary Programs

Blue Gold – World Water Wars

FLOW – For Love Of Water

PBS Frontline: Poisoned Waters

American News Project: EPA’s Troubled Waters