“Look, Mommy!” Your four-year old rounds the corner carrying a lit votive candle that had been scenting the room from a seemingly safe spot. Surprised by your immediate yelp, she drops the candle on the couch. Potential crisis now averted through quick thinking, you take the time to talk about fire with your child, and breathe a sigh of relief that it wasn’t worse. It brings to mind headlines you have seen recently on flame-retardant chemicals. The slow steady release of chemicals into the air, our homes and places where we sleep have been under heavy scrutiny for years, because of the long-term damage they may cause. Now, finally, they are coming to light in more mainstream media. As is often the case with products that contain multiple chemicals, from cleaners to pharmaceuticals, teasing out our understanding of the impacts on our health takes good scientists and sound science."
It's less about fire-fighting and more about fighting an industry.Read More »