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Here are some excellent Internet resources on the following topics:
Global HealthAIDSE-cyclingEnergyEnvironmental DissentKids and ChemicalsSustainable Development SummitToxic CommunitiesWomen's Health



GLOBAL HEALTH:

Health: A Key to Prosperity
This Web site provides health-related charts and success stories from underdeveloped countries, including those related to malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, childhood diseases, etc.

International Trachoma Initiative
Information on the international program to eliminate the world's leading cause of preventable blindness. Though it has blinded about six million people worldwide, trachoma can now be controlled with a strategy called SAFE that combines treatment with prevention. The International Trachoma Initiative is dedicated to eliminating blinding trachoma by the year 2020.

National Center for Infectious Diseases Travelers' Health
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides information on outbreaks, diseases, and vaccinations that travelers should be aware of when planning international travel, as well as tips on how to avoid illness from food and water and other useful advice.

UNICEF — The Voices of Youth
Created by the United Nations General Assembly in 1946 to help children after World War II in Europe, UNICEF was first known as the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund. In 1953, UNICEF became a permanent part of the United Nations system, its task being to help children living in poverty in developing countries. Its name was shortened to the United Nations Children's Fund, but it retained the acronym "UNICEF," by which it is known to this day.

The United States Agency for International Development
USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. The agency works to support long-term and equitable economic growth and advancing U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting economic growth, agricultural and trade; global health; and democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.

World Health Organization
The World Health Organization, the United Nations specialized agency for health, was established on 7 April 1948. WHO's objective is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. This comprehensive site offers many resources on infectious disease and global health issues, including fact sheets, headlines, photographs, research tools, and more.



CHILD RAPE/AIDS:

AIDS Education Global Information System (AEGiS)
AEGiS is a large database of background information, fact sheets, news articles, legal rulings, references, and resources on HIV/AIDS, featuring a multimedia library, a recommended reading list, and recent headlines that are updated daily.

Greater Nelspruit Rape Invention Project (GRIP):
Featured in this week's segment on child rape, the Greater Nelspruit Rape Intervention Project (GRIP) is a non-profit, community-based organization working with rape survivors in the Greater Nelspruit municipal area in South Africa. This web site includes an overview of the organization's work, copies of newsletters and press releases, the latest statistics and facts about rape, information on how to get help, and an outline of potential rape after-effects.

International Child Abuse Network:
A list of books on the topic of rape and assault prevention, treatment, and recovery, from the International Child Abuse Network, a premier provider of crisis, information and referral services world-wide.

Medical Research Council of South Africa
The Medical Research Council of South Africa is a research organization which aims to entrench the culture of human rights as a core value system in health research. The following articles on this site address issues of South African public policy: "Editorial: HIV/AIDS in South Africa: a crisis both of will and of leadership" and "Local authority responses to HIV/AIDS: An overview of a few key cities"

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
A non-profit organization, operates America's only national hotline for victims of sexual assault. The hotline offers free, confidential counseling and support 24 hours a day, from anywhere in the country. The RAINN site hosts an extensive list of statistics, as well as a directory of counseling centers and answers to the question: what should I do?

United Nations Development Fund: HIV/AIDS Programme
Responding to the world's most serious development crisis, the UNDP is a co-sponsor of UNAIDS, an innovative joint venture that brings together seven UN system organizations to ensure a coordinated and intensive response to HIV/AIDS and poverty worldwide.

"S. Africa facing child rape crisis":
CNN.com article 11/01/01.

"Infant rape crisis jolts South Africa":
CNN.com article 12/10/01.

"SA teachers 'raping pupils"
BBC News article 1/25/02.

"South African demo against child rape":
BBC News article 11/26/01.


E-CYCLING SITES:

Basel Action Network (BAN)
The Basel Action Network's Web site is dedicated to the ratification and implementation of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. The Web site explains what the Basel Convention is, what parties have signed the Convention, and provides text of the treaty. Other features include educational information on the "Basel Ban," Subsidiary Meetings, the International Toxics Progress Report Card, and the "Hall of Shame" page. They are also creating a pledge of best practices for American recyclers to sign.

The Characterization of Lead Leachability from Cathode Ray Tubes using the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (PDF)
A scientific study from the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida that discovered that cathode ray tubes found in computer monitors and televisions leach lead levels into the soil that exceed the EPA's lead regulatory limit upon disposal.

Consumer Education Initiative (CEI)
On CEI's Web site users can utilize an interactive map to find electronic reuse and recycling programs in each of the 50 states. Also, users can track the latest news on reuse and recycling programs on CEI's "What's New" page. Other features include a Chemical Information page, Frequently Asked Questions, and contact information.

Electronics: Where Can I Take My Computer?
This Environmental Protection Agency Site provides a multitude of links and organizations concerning electronic recycling.

Exporting Harm: The High-Tech Trashing of Asia
A collaboration between the Basel Action Network and the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, this report exposes the United States' export of electronic waste to the developing countries of Asia and its impact on the region. The report states that as a result of the U.S.'s refusal to ratify the Basel Convention and its continued E-waste trade with developing countries, "[a] free trade in hazardous wastes leaves the poorer peoples of the world with an untenable choice between poverty and poison."

The National Environmental Product Stewardship Initiative (NEPSI)
The National Environmental Product Stewardship Initiative Web site provides a list of the stakeholders (federal, state, and local governments; manufacturers; retailers; recyclers; and environmental groups) interested in electronic recycling. This group is working toward a voluntary national setup to recycle computers. A September goal for an agreement may be pushed back due to disagreements over the best way to fund recycling programs. Other features include dates to upcoming NEPSI meetings and the NEPSI database for research.

The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition's Clean Computer Campaign (CCC)
A watchdog organization, the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition's Clean Computer Campaign page provides educational information related to clean computers, such as green design and recycling info. The Web site also includes the "2001 Computer Report Card," where major brand name computer companies are evaluated for corporate responsibility. Other features include access to the "Electronics Recyclers Pledge of True Stewardship" and recent articles related to clean computer issues.



H.R. 4 WEB SITES:

The H.R. 4 Bill
Legislative history of the H.R. 4 energy bill.

Download the Bill
Printable version of the bill.

Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth
The Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth is a broad-based coalition of a thousand members representing consumer and community groups, energy companies involved in all phases of energy exploration, production and transmission, and business and labor organizations in every state — all united in support of a comprehensive energy plan.

Halliburton
Halliburton Energy Services is a provider of products, services and integrated solutions for oil and gas exploration and production.

"The Disappearing 2001 Surplus: Tax Cuts, Budget Increases, and the Economy" by Richard Kogan and Robert Greenstein
An article from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (a nonpartisan research organization and policy institute that conducts research and analysis on a range of government policies and programs, with an emphasis on those affecting low- and moderate-income people)

General Motors
General Motors (NYSE: GM), the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, designs, builds and markets cars and trucks worldwide.

Grist Magazine
Environmental news and humor daily

Public Citizen (founded by Ralph Nader)
National non-profit public interest organization "protecting health, safety, and democracy"

Recent trends in U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Scientific report on the controversial "greenhouse effect" including charts and graphs. Report prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Report of the National Energy Policy Development Group
This report, presented on the official White House energy page, represents current administration thinking on energy policy.

Sierra Club
The Sierra Club works to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

U.S. Public Interest Research Group
Public advocacy group.



ENVIRONMENTAL DISSENT


Final Rule on the Roadless Area Conservation:
Text of the Roadless Area Conservation Rule issued by the National Forest Service on January 12, 2001.

USDA/Forest Services Web site for Roadless Area Conservation:
The Web site of the United States Department of Agriculture/Forest Service provides a breakdown and summary of the Roadless Area Conservation Rule. Features include maps that illustrate the affected boundaries covered in the Roadless Area Conservation Rule; photographs of protected roadless areas; and documents integral to policy formation.

Changes to the Roadless Rule: Analysis
June 2003 analysis of Roadless Area Conservation Rule changes of that month by the Wilderness Society.

Statement By Buck Parker, Earthjustice Executive Director In support of National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Act
Press release from Buck Parker, Earthjustice Executive Director, articulating his enthusiastic support for the passage of The Roadless Area Conservation Rule.

Defending the Roadless Area Conservation Policy
This urgent case report from the environmental public law firm, Earth Justice, describes their efforts to protect The Roadless Area Conservation Rule from industrial lobbyists.

Mid-Atlantic Utility Agrees To Cut Emissions Linked To Acid Rain And Smog
This press release from NY Attorney General Elliot Spitzer's office reports the decision of several coal-burning power plants to reduce emissions that contribute to pollution in the state of New York. The agreement was reached after Spitzer threatened to sue several Midwestern and Mid-Atlantic power plants for allegedly contributing to acid rain and health problems throughout New York. Mt. Storm Power Station, featured in We Dissent, was one such station threatened in the Spitzer lawsuit.

Mt. Storm Power Station
This Web site for the Mt. Storm Power Station, owned by the Dominion corporation, gives a quick overview of the plants electric generating capacity, its self-governing environmental policy and the various benefits

The Bush-Cheney Energy Plan Players, Profits and Paybacks.
This in-depth analysis of the Bush-Cheney energy plan alleges that cozy industry-government relationships, secret deals, and corporate campaign contributions led to the business friendly energy plan. Included within the paper is a list of Bush's cabinet appointees and their relationship to big business.

The Clear Skies Initiative
The White House Web site provides the text of President Bush's Clear Skies Initiative, a plan to reduce power plant emissions by using an incentive-based free market solution known as emissions trading.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management
An agency of the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management Web site provides general information, facts and news related to the management of our public lands. Features include access to bureau publications, brochures, and current initiatives undertaken by the Bureau of Land Management.

National Environmental Protection Act
NEPAnet Web site allows users the ability to access the complete text of the 1969 NEPA, while also providing shortcuts to popular statutes, such as the Clean Air Act. Other features include access to the Center for Environmental Quality environmental impact analyses, reports, studies and NEPA case law.



KIDS AND CHEMICALS:

Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning
Founded in 1990 to focus a comprehensive solution to childhood lead poisoning, the Alliance seeks to protect children from lead and other environmental health hazards in and around their homes by advocating for policy solutions and building capacity for primary prevention in communities throughout the U.S. and around the world. The web site addresses topics such as: the problem of childhood lead poisoning, health effects, sources of lead poisoning, lead-based paint hazards in housing, protecting your family from lead hazards, lead poisoning prevention outreach and education tools. Also provides instructions for paint repair and remodeling projects that can safely remove lead hazards from your home.

Children's Environmental Health Network
The Children's Environmental Health Network is a national multi-disciplinary project whose mission is to protect the fetus and the child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthy environment. This web site provides information on the Network, the issue of children's environmental health, and links to sources of information and resources in the field.

Children's Health Environmental Coalition
CHEC is a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public, specifically parents and caregivers, about environmental toxins that may affect children's health. The site includes an interactive virtual house where users can explore each room for potential pollutants, a report on the state of children's health and solutions for parents and policymakers, and other household facts.

Children's Health Resources
The National Institute of Environmental Health Services library compiled this list of web sources for consumer information on children's environmental health

Environmental Health Center's Kids' Corner
The National Safety Council's Environmental Health Center conducts a variety of educational activities. These pages are designed to help children learn about environmental safety and health issues.

Learn About Chemicals Around Your House
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presents this interactive resource for kids and adults to learn about the chemicals in the various rooms in the house. In addition, the EPA site contains information about Drinking Water and Health; Drinking Water and Health; Teaching Aids; and resources for Concerned Citizens. Teaching Aids

Healthy Schools Network, Inc.
Kids can explore the virtual school for potential health hazards in this animated interactive resource.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences provides fact sheets and pamphlets on environmental hazards, such as lead and air quality, and illnesses, such as asthma, facing children in schools. The site includes scientific research and studies on children's health, as well as the latest news and events. NIEHS' Kids Pages includes a section on Children's Health Initiatives & Materials, comprised of sections within the site and other resources that teach about children's health.

Toxic Chemicals and Health: Kids' Health
Natural Resources Defense Council provides recent research on how chemicals affect children's health, causing problems such as cancer and asthma.

Office of Children's Health Protection
In 1997 the Office of Children's Health Protection (OCHP) was established to implement EPA's commitment to protect children from environmental health hazards. OCHP's mission is to make the protection of children's health a fundamental goal of public health and environmental protection in the United States. The site provides extensive information on children's environments and children's health.

Raising Healthy Children in a Toxic World: 101 Smart Solutions for Every Family
by Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., Herbert L. Needleman, M.D., and Mary Landrigan, M.P.A. In today's world, the air we breathe, water we drink, and homes we live in are all susceptible to a host of environmental toxins. Although these toxins can affect everyone, those most at risk are our children. This book will provide you with essential, practical information that you need to protect your child from the numerous environmental toxins that exist in our society. A companion to the KIDS AND CHEMICALS broadcast.

Scorecard
Environmental Defense offers tools to get facts on local pollution in your community. Enter your zip code to find out what pollutants are being released into your community-and who is responsible. Also, learn about air pollutants, land contamination, lead hazards, environmental priorities in your neighborhood and more.

Trust for America's Health
A Washington-based group, supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, whose mission is to enhance disease tracking in particular and the public health infrastructure generally in the United States. Visit the Community Health Forum to discuss health issues in your community.






WORLD SUMMIT SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:

Johannesburg Summit 2002
The official United Nations' site for the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa features basic information, calendars, delegate lists, and news briefs.

World Summit on Sustainable Development
The Web site, created by the Heinrich Boll Foundation, provides basic information about the upcoming World Summit, outlines its main policy issues and presents civil society activities in the run up to and during the summit.

WorldWatch Institute
A nonprofit, economic, and environmental organization, the WorldWatch Institute provides a Web site dedicated to the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Among the many features include an interactive timeline and resource guide to the environmental movement, policy briefs, and related links.

Natural Resources Defense Fund (NRDF) - Global Summit in Johannesburg Aims for Real-World Impact
This information brief from the NRDF provides background information on 1992 Rio Summit, the implementation gap, and a quick run down of critical areas being discussed at Johannesburg, South Africa. The piece also provides a run down of heads of state attending the summit, noting that United States President George Bush is a likely absentee from the summit.

Business Action for Sustainable Development
Sponsored by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the International Chamber of Commerce, the Business Action for Sustainable Development Web site advocates business leadership and solutions in reconciling economic development and a sustainable future. The "Partnership Initiatives" page profiles examples of businesses working with others to promote sustainable growth. Other features include position papers and articles discussing the stake business has in promoting sustainable development.



TOXIC COMMUNITIES:

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ATSDR is committed to using the best science possible to educate, warn, and protect the public from toxic substances and exposure. In this vein, the ATSDR provides a FAQ page dedicated to answering the public's questions concerning PCBs.

The Children's Environmental Health Network
The Children's Environmental Health Network is a national multi-disciplinary project whose mission is to protect the fetus and the child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthy environment. This web site provides information on the Network, the issue of children's environmental health, and links to sources of information and resources in the field.

Children's Health Environmental Coalition
CHEC is a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public, specifically parents and caregivers, about environmental toxins that may affect children's health. The site includes an interactive virtual house where users can explore each room for potential pollutants, a report on the state of children's health and solutions for parents and policymakers, and other household facts.

Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA provides detailed information on the federal program for regulating PCBs. One innovative feature is registration for PCB Waste Handlers. The site also includes are background information about PCBs, its health effects, regulations, question and answer manuals, and other related links.

National Institute of Environmental Health Services
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences provides fact sheets and pamphlets on environmental hazards, such as lead and air quality, and illnesses, such as asthma, facing children in schools. The site includes scientific research and studies on children's health, as well as the latest news and events. NIEHS' Kids Pages includes a section on Children's Health Initiatives & Materials, comprised of sections within the site and other resources that teach about children's health.

Ninth Report on Carcinogens: PolyChlorinated Biphenyl
Released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Ninth Report on Carcinogens labels PCBs as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen." The report details PCB exposure to lab rats, its properties, its use, its production, human exposure, and regulations relating to the distribution and production of PCBs and adequate exposure limits in the U.S.

Public Health Concerns About Environmental Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCBs)
A report by the American Council on Health and Science (ACHS), a consumer education consortium, provides information on PCB exposure in humans and its health consequences. Although PCBs have been found to be an animal carcinogen, all evidence linking humans and PCB exposure to cancer is circumstantial and weak according to the ACHS.

Solutia Inc.
The official corporate Web site of Solutia Incorporated provides historical information relating to Solutia products and their transformation into an independent company after their 1997 split from the Monsanto Corporation. Other features include information for investing, news, and careers.

Scorecard
Scorecard is a project of Environmental Defense, which offers tools to get facts on local pollution in your community. Enter your zip code to find out what pollutants are being released into your community-and who is responsible. Also, learn about air pollutants, land contamination, lead hazards, environmental priorities in your neighborhood and more.



WOMEN'S HEALTH:

American Cancer Society - Breast Cancer
The American Cancer Society's Breast Cancer page enables users to answer critical questions about breast cancer. Also, users can create their own Breast Cancer Profiler, to access treatment options and their possible side effects. Other features include an information page linking to various Web sites, books, and related information on breast cancer.

About Breast Cancer
A community based information and education resource about breast health, breast cancer risk factors, diagnosis and treatment. About Breast Cancer provides scientific articles, recent news, a 24/7 chat room, drug and payment info, and links to more than 600 sites sorted by subject.

Oncolink: Breast Cancer
From the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, this site includes comprehensive breast cancer information for patients, physicians and health care professionals. Topics covered include Introduction to Breast Cancer, Breast Self-Examination, and Classification of Breast Cancer Tumor Types. Other features include Risk and Prevention, Screening, Treatment Options, Ask the Experts, and the latest news on breast cancer research.

The Breast Cancer Network
The Breast Cancer Network is a non-profit clearinghouse for information on the detection and treatment of breast cancer. It contains the latest news including a searchable database and articles on breast cancer, as well as hundreds of links to other breast cancer related sites and resources on the Internet. Other features include support information and treatment centers categorized by state.

Breast Cancer Info Center
The Feminist Majority Foundation's site on breast cancer contains critical information that separates myth from reality, links to breast cancer hotlines, an extensive list of internet resources, suggestions on actions you can take to support breast cancer research, and information on clinical trials of possible treatments. Other features include Breast Cancer News and Mammography 101.

Cancer and Careers.org
Cosmetic Executive Women's mission serves women, their employers, coworkers and caregivers and offers a variety of articles, news, charts, checklists, tips and a community of experts, patients, and survivors to help women continue to work through treatment. The site includes helpful information regarding how to deal with stress, traveling with cancer, and a "What to Do" area for employers when an employee is diagnosed with cancer. Other features include a section on "How to be an Effective Point Person" to a co-worker struggling with cancer.

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