Fertility & Environmental Justice: A conversation with Shanna Swan and Annie Hoang

"These toxics chemicals are affecting you—not just the polar bears, the insects, and the birds."

Agents of Change founder and director Dr. Ami Zota sat down with Dr. Shanna Swan and Annie Hoang to discuss fertility, environmental chemicals, and reproductive justice.

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Male fertility: How everyday chemicals are destroying sperm counts in humans and animals

Our chemical environment appears responsible for an alarming plummet in sperm counts – in humans and in animals.

Stealth chemicals: A call to action on a threat to human fertility

In an interview with Yale e360, epidemiologist Shanna Swan talks about how falling sperm counts and other fertility problems are linked to chemicals in consumer products and explains why the Biden administration needs to follow Europe’s lead in restricting these substances.
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Why more men are suffering from infertility than ever before

Men's average sperm counts are down globally and testosterone levels have plunged, while erectile dysfunction is, cruelly, on the rise.


Countdown: An expert predicts the West's sperm count will soon be zero

Call it an existential crisis. According to a 2017 analysis co-authored by Shanna, the Western world's collective swimmers have been taking a dive — between 1973 and 2011, there was a 59% decrease in sperm count.


Falling sperm counts 'threaten human survival', expert warns

Epidemiologist Shanna Swan says low counts and changes to sexual development could endanger human species

Pete Myers: Our failure on fertility

Your hormones have been hijacked.

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WATCH: Fertility crisis leaves little time for solutions

On fertility, we are running out of time.

And the growing number of plastics in our lives are accelerating the crunch.

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Count Down: Hormonal havoc in our midst

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Count Down: The infertility crisis

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LISTEN: A conversation about infertility with Shanna Swan

EHN senior editor Brian Bienkowski talks to Dr. Shanna H. Swan—one of the world's leading environmental and reproductive epidemiologists—about her new book, Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race.

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Coronavirus hasn't lead to the baby boom that was anticipated, according to a new study

Health professionals speculated that the end of 2020 and 2021 may be busy for expecting parents. But unlike after World War Two, it’d seem people are putting off conceiving until the world is a little more certain.

Shanna Swan: Toxic chemicals threaten ability to reproduce

In a new book, epidemiologist Shanna Swan looks at the impact of environmental chemicals on human sexuality and reproductive systems.

Ocean pollutants 'have negative effect on male fertility'

Harbour porpoises exposed to PCBs had shrunken testicles, suggesting sperm and fertility effects. The effects are likely to be found in other cetaceans, including killer whales.


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For one year, the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting periodically sampled for pesticide drift in five locations surrounded by agricultural fields in Central Illinois, where large numbers of corn and soybeans are planted.

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