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CHEM Trust publications on Wildlife


Below is a selection of CHEM Trust publications, reports and press releases on the topic of wildlife.

Frogs at risk and possible implications for humans?  Why EU chemicals legislation needs updating to address chemicals that damage the immune system by Professor Susan Jobling, Dr Alice Baynes and Dr Trenton Garner, October 2013

This report highlights serious concerns for the health of frogs (amphibians) in the UK. Scientific research suggests that exposure to man-made chemicals in our environment may be playing an important role in disease because some chemicals can weaken the immune system and increase susceptibility to infections and disease.  There are likely to be implications for human health too.

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Persistent organic pollutants and indicators of otter health: other factors at play? by Dr Eleanor Kean, Gwynne Lyons and Dr Elizabeth Chadwick, February 2013

Otters are one of our best loved species and research indicates that they may not be in the best of reproductive health. This raises the question as to whether modern chemicals, particularly endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs – hormone disruptors), could be to blame.

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Why Mollusc Toxicity Tests for Endocrine Disruptors and Other Chemicals Are Needed – CHEM Trust briefing November 2009

Non-animal test methods can pick out some chemicals with hormone disrupting properties, but not all. A test method utilising molluscs should be seen both as a vital tool to identify chemicals which could harm these important creatures and to potentially identify some hormone disrupting chemicals implicated in disorders in other animals, including man.

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Effects of Pollutants on the Reproductive Health of Male Vertebrate Wildlife – Males Under Threat by Gwynne Lyons

This report shows that male fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals have been harmed by chemicals in the environment. Widespread feminisation of male vertebrate wildlife is highlighted. These findings add to mounting worries about the role of hormone-disrupting or so-called ‘gender-bending’ chemicals in the environment, and the implications for human health.

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