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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 me.

Please note that this site is in 'maintenance mode' - it has not had any significant updating of text since 1999.

Current E-mail: My name (michael.warhurst) at foe.co.uk

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 since 1999.

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 Tiscali UK.


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