Information about this site
The material in these pages has been written
by Dr A. Michael Warhurst, an Environmental Chemist who works
for Friends of the Earth in London, UK. I have a degree in Biochemistry,
a PhD in the microbial breakdown of styrene and an MSc in Environmental
Chemistry (for more details of my current & past work, and
my qualifications, see my brief cv).
Every effort has been made to ensure the
accuracy of the information, but no liability is accepted for
any errors. It would be appreciated if any reproduction of information
from these pages is also accurate and includes a citation of
this work or the original source. I have limited time to devote
to these pages, however if you find any errors, research that
I have missed, or have suggestions for this site, please inform
Please note that this site is in 'maintenance
mode' - it has not had any significant updating of text since
Current E-mail: My name (michael.warhurst)
Why does this site exist?
I became interested in hormone disrupting
chemicals in Autumn 1993, when the BBC showed a Horizon documentary
- 'Assault on the male' which described some of the recent discoveries
of hormonal disruption in animals. In January 1994 a Channel
4 'Dispatches' programme covered similar ground, and I decided
to see what I could find out, focusing initially on the alkylphenolic
chemicals. By the end of 1994, whilst doing an MSc in Environmental
Chemistry, I had produced a detailed report on the alkylphenolic
chemicals, and persuaded Friends of the Earth Scotland and Friends
of the Earth (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) to publish
it. Since the publication of that report I have become involved
in the wider hormone disrupting chemicals field.
I started writing this site in July 1995
because I considered that there was a shortage of reliable, referenced
information available on hormone disrupting chemicals. The great
advantages of producing a web site over a written report are
that you can continue to update it, and the latest version is
available to anyone in the world with internet access. Since
I started this site, several other hormone disrupting chemicals
sites have started, (see the links
from Friends of the Earth's Safer Chemicals Campaign site).
Also in July 1995, I wrote two letters
to UK newspapers following the publication of a report written
by the Institute for Environment
and Health for the UK Government, "Environmental oestrogens:
Consequences to human health and wildlife". These letters
outlined my view then and now that we should be taking action
on hormone disrupting chemicals, not just waiting for new research.
In April 1997 I started working as an Industry
and Pollution Campaigner at Friends
of the Earth in London; in April 2002 I moved to WWF in Brussels;
in 2005 I spent 9 months in the US, before retuning to Friends
of the Earth in November 2005 - see brief cv
for more information.
This site has not had any significant updates
How is this site produced?
Since September 1999 this site has been
produced using Adobe Pagemill 3.0 (now discontinued by Adobe),
initially on an Apple Powerbook
G3/333, most recently on a Powerbook G4. It is hosted by