Fact Checking Claims for Nutritional Products

http://www.consumerlab.com/ Has the stated mission “To identify the best quality health and nutritional products through independent testing.” If you’re familiar with Consumer Reports, the leader for decades in unbiased testing of consumer products and services, then you understand what Consumer Lab is all about. They appear mostly to focus on products such as vitamins, herbal supplements and similar products. They have no advertising on their site, similar to the approach long practiced by Consumer Reports. They have a page on their site dedicated to a long list of various press releases, news stories and testimonials related to the foundation here. Additionally they have a “Where to Buy” page that helps people find where to buy products recommended on the site. Some online vendors pay a fee to be included on this page, but they receive no proceeds from sales through Consumer Lab. Suffice it to say, consumerlab.com appears to be the gold standard of information regarding effectiveness, safety and legitimacy of these products.

Memberships may be purchased by organizations such as libraries, or for around $40 a year individuals may subscribe to all articles on the site.

Climate Change Indicators in the United States

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-08/documents/climate_indicators_2016.pdf

The Environmental Protection Agency has put out a report detailing the effects of climate change on the nation. “Climate Change Indicators in the United States” “partners with more than 40 data contributors from various government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations to compile a key set of indicators related to the causes and effects of climate change”, from the site. Previous editions of the report can be found here.

The report includes greenhouse gases, ocean temperature changes, weather anomalies, snow and ice melt, health effects, and ecosystem effects. Number of cases of lyme’s disease and west nile virus in the U.S. are also included. There is no index in the back of the book, but the table of contents is very inclusive.

NIDA for Teens: The Science behind Drug Abuse

http://www.teens.drugabuse.gov

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) created this site in consultation with teens to offer “science-based facts about how drugs affect the brain and body so that kids will be armed with better information to make healthy decisions.” The site features facts about selected drugs, FAQ’s, personal stories, games, a blog, and materials for teachers and parents. Designed for teens from 11 – 15 years of age.

 

Water Pollution Information for Your Area

http://cfpub.epa.gov/dmr/index.cfm

The Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) Pollutant Loading Tool  is a new tool provided by the Environmental Protection Agency that allows you to find out what industries are discharging pollutants into water sources in your area.  You can also find out what and how much pollutants are being emitted and where they are being introduced into bodies of water.  This tool was made as a part of the EPA’s Clean Water Action Plan that is making information about pollutants more easily accessible.

Tox Town

http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/

“Visitors can learn in English or in Spanish about environmental health concerns and over 30 toxic chemicals in these imaginary neighborhoods: a City, Farm, Town, US-Mexico Border, and Port. In either language, Tox Town uses neighborhood scenes along with color, graphics, sounds, and animation to add interest to learning about connections between chemicals, the environment, and the public’s health.”  En espanol.