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Here are links to some of my favorite websites:

Favorite Environment and Health websites:

  • GreenFacts: the science behind Environment and Health issues
    GreenFacts asbl is a truly independent, non-advocacy non-profit organization, with a multi-stakeholder governance. It publishes, on www.GreenFacts.org, faithful summaries of the best scientific consensus publications on health and environment matters, presented in a user friendly Three-Level Structure of increasing details. More on GreenFacts...
     
    Discover in English, Spanish, French, German or Dutch the unbiased scientific facts on important issues such as:
     
Recent GreenFacts Digests:
Provided by GreenFacts
    • The Chernobyl accident: what is the impacts of Chernobyl on health and the environment, 20 years after the nuclear accident?
       
    • Phthalates are additives widely used in plastics and other materials, mainly to make them soft and flexible. What is known about possible effects on environment and health of DIDP and DINP, and DBP?
       
    • Endocrine disruptors: are some chemicals affecting our hormonal system?
       
    • Aspartame : is this artificial sweetener really toxic?
      Read the summary the European scientific review on this sweetener, often misspelled aspertame, and sold in tablets under the brand names Nutrasweet and Canderel.
       
    • Ecosystem change: How to limit harmful consequences of ecosystem degradation?
      A popularized summary of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the comprehensive scientific study launched by the UN on the current changes to ecosystems, their impact on humanity and the solutions to limit their consequences.
        
    • Genetically Modified Crops: GM foods are in our plates. In what way are they different from conventional crops? What is known about the possible risks for health or the environment?
       
    • Air Pollution: Do current levels of air pollutants, notably by Ozone, Nitrogen Dioxide and Particulate Matter, still affect public health, cause respiratory diseases and reduce life expectancy?
       
    • Alcohol: what are the effects of its consumption on health and society?
    • Diet and Nutrition: can a healthier diet and physical activity help improve health?
    • PCBs: what are the risks for health?
    • Static fields: do they pose health risks when used in medical imaging (NMR)?
    • Tobacco: what are the health effects caused to smokers and passive smokers?
    • Fisheries: To what extent are fish stocks overexploited? 
    • Fluorides help preventing cavities. Can they also be bad for the health?
    • Respiratory Diseases: Asthma and allergies are increasing. What can cause children to develop these diseases? 
    • Arsenic: when can it presence in water cause health problems?
    • Power lines: are they dangerous for our health?
    • Dioxins: how dangerous are they really?
    • Water disinfectants: are their by-products threatening our health?
    • Mercury: what are the risks for the environment and health?
    • Boron: could its presence in food and drinking water harm my health or the environment?
       
    • forestfacts.org presents some environmental aspects of forestry and forest depletion in the GreenFacts 3-level structure of increasing details.
  • The oceans are being over-fished: save them!
    Many fish species are currently over-fished, leading to drastic reductions in their numbers.
    As a scuba diver for nearly 25 years, I have clearly observed a sharp decline in marine life.
    More in the GreenFacts Digest on Fisheries...

     
    You can buy fishes that not threatened by extinction by buying MSC-labelled seafood - see where to find them...

    The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an independent, global, non-profit organization, set up to find a solution to the problem of over-fishing. It was established in 1997 by Unilever (the world's largest buyer of seafood) and WWF (the international conservation organization), then became fully independent in 1999.
     
  • Interested in sustainable housing?
    Then visit adobealliance.org, the website of my friend Simone Swan: she is developing environmentally-friendly, owner-built adobe housing in the desert of West Texas and Northern Mexico, using the design revived by Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy. Such houses are ideal for desert or semi-desert regions. They are inexpensive to build and to maintain. Because of adobe's high thermal inertia, they remain reasonably warm in the winter and cool in the winter, therefore requiring virtually no air-conditioning or heating...

Favorite Art and Museums websites

Other favorite websites:

  • Say no to email spamming: webmasters, crypt the email addresses on your websites using the script available on JSM-Hosting.com.
     
  • Beware of chain mails: most of them contain junk or obsolete information - but circulate for years on the web. Before you forward any chain mail, please consult one of the several websites devoted to investigating them: hoaxbusters.org, www.snopes.com, urbanlegends.about.com... and find more such websites on Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_legen
     
  • Hippotherapy in Brussels?
    The hippotherapy center and pony club "Les Rênes de la Vie" asbl is a non-profit organization teaching horse-riding to a mix of both handicapped and valid children, in view of developing them and blooming their personality.
    It provides congenial horse-riding classes in the magnificent domain of the La Hulpe castle, just ten minutes away from the Brussels center (in the province of Walloon Brabant, Belgium).
    See the photos I shot at "Les Rênes de la Vie"...
     
  • Buying camera equipment?
    First consult www.kenrockwell.com and find lots of useful recommendations...
     
  • Recruiting in Brussels?
    Then place an add on EuroBrussels.com : it's free and you'll get lots of excellent applications.
    Looking for a job in Brussels?
    Then go to EuroBrussels.com and "find your perfect job in Brussels, the EU institutions, or international organizations."
     
  • And if you need a really good website, contact the webdesign mobile studio of Jacques Moyersoen on macrosens.be : he will create just the website you need... at an affordable price.

Enjoy your surfing!


I contribute to the following websites:

Faithful summaries of leading scientific reports on Health and the Environment
     
Beautiful scuba photos by various underwater photographers The museum of the Ceramic Clock in Brussels Belgian heart-flag for a tolerant Belgium
   
Gigapixels Panoramas Photos from the 34th floor of the Brusilia Residence in Brussels
   
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