2014 Lecture Series
Please join us for this year’s outstanding lecture series dedicated to healing our environment and ourselves, starting with “Toxic Hot Seat”, the award-winning HBO documentary about a 40-year campaign of deception that left a toxic legacy of flame retardants in our homes and bodies. From changes in our weather, in the bay around us, to the truth about chemical exposure and cancer, the series is a journey into the key health issues of our time.
Lectures begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.
Reception honoring the speaker(s) at 5:30 p.m.
Center for Marine Studies, 55 Main Street, Blue Hill
(note: September 24 Lecture on Deer Isle**)
Lectures are free and open to the public.
Click here to view the speaker line up.
Fire Fighters Call for Tighter Restrictions on Toxins in Household Products
Institute President and Founder Dr. Susan Shaw is launching a study at the end of the year with 100 Portland firefighters, studying blood and urine samples after fires. The goal is to help figure out exactly which chemicals are triggering cancer and get them out of the home. Watch the stories on WSCH6-TV and WMTW-TV to learn more >
Fire Fighters Sound Alarm on Toxic Chemicals
Dr. Susan Shaw was recently interviewed for an article in the Huffington Post on toxic exposure among fire fighters.
Click here to read the article >
Blue Hill Group Studying Plastic in Maine Sea
The Institute's microplastics monitoring program was featured on WABI-TV's evening news.
Click here to see the story >
Scientists Eye New Threat to Gulf of Maine Ecosystem: Microplastics
Listen to Tom Porter's story on our microplastics monitoring program and volunteer initiative which aired July 8th on "Maine Things Considered".
Click here to see the full story >
Study: Firefighters Face Higher Cancer Risk than Previously Thought
Read the Bangor Daily News article about our latest study on flame retardant chemicals in homes and buildings that may explain firefighters’ high rates of cancers. Dr. Shaw spoke with the Ellsworth Fire Department about toxic exposure and firefighter health. Instead of protecting lives, when flame retardants burn, they form cancer-causing dioxins and furans that firefighters cannot avoid inhaling and ingesting in smoke and dust while on the job. Read the full article online here.
When Flame Retardants Burn: Toxic Exposure and Health Risks to Firefighters
A groundbreaking new study published by environmental toxicologist Dr. Susan Shaw and co-authors provides new evidence that brominated flame retardants in burning household materials endangers the health of U.S. firefighters. It is the first study to measure brominated dioxins and furans in firefighters’ blood and shows for the first time that exposure to these chemicals during fires may carry even higher risks for cancer and other health problems than already demonstrated.
Click here to read the highlights of the study >