Paonia researcher wins important world award |

Paonia researcher wins important world award

Phillip Yates
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Paonia resident Theo Colborn, who has studied the possible health effects oil and gas development has on Garfield County residents, has won a prestigious world award.

Colborn, 81, was named as one of the winners of the 2008 Göteborg Award for Sustainable Development, which is awarded by the city of Göteborg, Sweden, along with several Swedish companies.

The purpose of the award is to “stimulate and encourage strategic work for national and international sustainable development,” according to a statement from the group behind the award.

Colborn shared the award with three other people for their research in studying how industrial chemical compounds may effect human health and the environment. Last year’s winner was former Vice President Al Gore.

Colborn is in Sweden and was unavailable for comment Thursday.

“Through comprehensive analysis of available facts, and through her books and lectures, she has effectively initiated a profound global discussion about the survival of mankind and ecological systems on our planet,” according to a statement announcing the award. “Dr. Colborn’s research, mostly performed around the Great Lakes, has revealed how synthetic toxins disrupt the reproduction of birds and mammals, and their affect on sensitive human hormonal systems, including the risk of cancer and reduced fertility.”

The statement from the group behind the award also said that Gore has called her book “Our Stolen Future” a sequel to Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring.” Most American historians view that book, which was published in 1962, as the one of the leading forces behind the growth of the environmental movement in the United States.

Colborn, a professor emeritus in the Department of Zoology at the University of Florida, is the founder and president of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange. That organization focus on possible human health and environmental problems caused by exposure to chemicals.

In recent years, she has turned her attention to focus on the impacts drilling may have on human health in Garfield County.

Contact Phillip Yates: 384-9117

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