The next CHE-AK teleconference on coal and mercury

Our guest blogger and VLS alum Maricarmen Cruz-Guilloty Environmental HealthCHE_AK and Justice Coordinator, Alaska Community Action on Toxics, invites you to this teleconference on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 9am Alaska/10am Pacific/1pm Easter:

Dirty Coal: From Mining to Mercury Contamination – Alaska to Asia and Back

Join this free one-hour teleconference with Dr. Steven G. Gilbert, Director and Founder of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND) to trace what happens from the time dirty coal is mined until it is burned to release the mercury that blows our way from coal-fired power plants in China. On this call we will discuss how mercury biomagnifies and bioaccumulates in Pacific fish and the health effects of mercury exposure in children and adults.

This call is presented by ACAT’s Alaska Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE-AK).


small dose of toxicologySteven G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT is Director and Founder of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND), and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington. His research has focused on neurobehavioral effects of low-level exposure to lead and mercury on the developing nervous system.  His book, A Small Dose of Toxicology- The Health Effects of Common Chemicals was published in 2004 and the 2nd edition is available for free as an E-book. He recently started the wiki based web site Toxipedia which includes a suite of sites that put scientific information in the context of history, society, and culture.

Listen to the recording of Dr. Gilbert’s CHE-AK call The Toll of Alaska’s Coal: Health Impacts of Coal Export, recorded January 23, 2013. Visit the webpage for that call.

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