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CHE Partnership call: Climate Change and Health - What's New and What To Do?
Thurs, Sept 18

CHE Partnership call: Prenatal Exposures: What Do Providers Know?
Tues, Sept 30
Hosted by the CHE Fertility and Reproducitve Health Working Group

CHE Partnership call: NIEHS and Environmental Health Disparities in Alaska
Wed, Oct 1
Hosted by the CHE Alaska Working Group

CHE Partnership call: Home Invaders: Are Flame Retardants Fattening Us Up and Harming Our Bones?
Thurs, Oct 9

9/17/14: MP3 recording available: Maternal Bisphenol A Programs Offspring Metabolic Syndrome

9/9/14: MP3 recording available: PCBs in Schools - Still a Problem?

7/10/14: MP3 recording available: Breathing Deep: Air Pollution, Health, and Public Health Policy

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CHE Partners on why they value our work

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WHAT'S NEW

CHE announces new newsfeed: Your Health

9/15/14: CHE’s core mission is to bring attention to emerging science that is relevant to environmental impacts on human health and that of other species. In addition to this primary service, we have decided to occasionally post  “Your Health” selections (also referred to as “News You Can Use”) which you may find are directly useful to your health or the health of others you care about.
See the archive or subscribe to this news feed

WHO Health and Climate Summit

9/10/14: High level researchers, health ministers and intergovernmental congratulated the WHO on their vision and leadership in convening the first ever Health and Climate Summit in Geneva from August 27-29th, an historic event which brought together over 300 policy makers, health professionals, academics, and civil society representatives from around the world. 

Biomonitoring and environmental exposures

9/8/14: Sharyle Patton, CHE Director of Special Projects and Director of the Commonweal Biomonitoring Resource Center, contributed to this new paper: Reporting individual results for biomonitoring and environmental exposures: lessons learned from environmental communication case studies. From the conclusion: "Researchers and IRBs have often speculated that reporting to people on their own chemical exposures might be harmful, because results could generate excessive worry when the health effects and remedies are unclear. However, study participants generally want their results, and studies that have reported individual results along with comparative benchmarks and interpretive context find that participants benefited by learning a great deal about environmental health."

CHE participates in Reach the Decision Makers Team

5/12/14: Sarah Howard (2nd from left), National Coordinator of the CHE Diabetes-Obesity Spectrum Working Group, and Karin Russ (3rd from left), National Coordinator of the CHE Fertility and Reproductive Health Working Group, were a part of the Reach the Decision Makers team (sponsored by UCSF's Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment), that met with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to discuss how they evaluate thyroid hormone disrupting chemicals in the Endocrine Disrupter Screening Program. The Reach the Decision Makers Fellowship trains scientists, community members, clinicians and public health professionals to effectively promote science and health-based policies at the US EPA.

CHE Director interviewed on NYC-based public radio on health and the exposome

3/15/14: During this interview on WBAI-New York, Elise Miller, CHE's director, discusses how the success in mapping the human genome has fostered interest in mapping the “exposome", a term coined to describe everything a person is exposed to starting at conception and includes lifestyle choices and well as chemical exposures. Elise further explains to health journalist, Liz Seegret, how the genome and the exposome, as well as the interactions between them, affect our health across the lifespan. This interview was based on Elise's "pioneer pitch" to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation last October in New York City.
Listen to the interview

Read more about RWJF's Pioneer Pitch

Ecology of Breast Cancer

12/1/13: The Ecology of Breast Cancer: The Promise of Prevention and the Hope for Healing is a new book by Ted Schettler, MD, MPH that makes the case that breast cancer is a disease arising from diverse societal conditions. Although well-recognized risk factors and a person’s life style are important, they simply do not explain why many people develop the disease. Nor do they fully explain breast cancer patterns in populations.
Download the book (complete version or chapter-by-chapter)
Listen to the CHE call featuring Dr. Schettler
Listen to the New School conversation featuring Dr. Schettler


 
PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

CHE regularly highlights the work of our Partners here in our Partner Spotlight.

Vi Waghiyi is a St. Lawrence Island Yupik mother and grandmother, Native Village of Savoonga Tribal Member, and Environmental Health and Justice Program Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT), which is also the organizational host of CHE's Alaska Working Group. In this CHE Partner Spotlight, Vi discusses her work addressing environmental contamination and its impact on human health in Alaska.

What inspired you to begin working in the field of environmental health, and in your current work in particular?

I am a Yupik mother of four boys and a grandmother from Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island, located in the northern Bering Sea. Our people have maintained a traditional culture of reliance on traditional foods from the land and sea that provide physical, cultural, and spiritual sustenance.

I learned about the high levels of PCBs in our people in a news article in the Anchorage Daily News when I was a stay-at-home mom. This touched me personally because so many family members and friends from my community, including my parents, have suffered and died of cancer. I have had three miscarriages. I am inspired by this awareness and what I have come to learn about the contamination from military and distant sources and making the connection with the illnesses suffered by my people. I was brought up in a culture of caring where people work together. We were wronged by the US military and corporations that have contaminated my people without our consent. We are the victims of environmental violence. This goes against my culture and upbringing. I am inspired to hold the military and other polluters accountable and to achieve justice. I am inspired to work for the health and well-being of my people and our future generations.

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EHN News
17 Sep Kids exposed in the womb to plasticizers more likely to have asthma. New York City children exposed in the womb to moderate levels of two plasticizers had a 72 to 78 percent higher chance of developing asthma, according to a new study published today. The study is the first to link prenatal exposure to phthalates to childhood asthma, which has been increasing in recent decades. Environmental Health News.

17 Sep Mine spill devastates Mexican farmers. Growers, cattle ranchers and dairy farmers in Mexico are bearing the brunt of a man-made ecological disaster after 40,000 cubic metres of acid-laced copper sulfate and heavy metals spilled into the Sonora River from a mine on August 6. Al Jazeera.

17 Sep Green Latinos: Will environmental worries dispel idea of one-issue voters? In some key races, Hispanics who care about climate, air quality could provide key support for candidates. Activists say the green movement has hit a tipping point. Al Jazeera America.

17 Sep The next green revolution. The genes of all living things on Earth consist of varying sequences of four chemical compounds. By identifying genes and manipulating them, scientists hope to create new crops that will help us face the challenges of global warming and population growth. National Geographic Magazine.

17 Sep Floods, storms and quakes uproot 22 million in 2013, numbers to rise. Almost 22 million people were forced to flee their homes due to natural disasters last year and the numbers uprooted could increase as urban populations grow, a refugee agency said on Wednesday. Reuters.

17 Sep Researchers seek to solve puzzle of swallow decline. Nova Scotia was forced to add barn swallows to its list of protected species last year, after the birds experienced a drop of 60 to 98 percent in recent years. What?s happening to the swallow population in Nova Scotia and across the Maritimes? That is what scientists are trying to find out. Halifax Chronicle Herald.

17 Sep The obstacle to treating China's contaminated soil is finding someone to pay. Environmental experts worry that if it's hard to deal with contaminated land in Beijing, where there is greater political will to tackle pollution, it will be even more difficult to detoxify farmland in China's poorer rural areas. Reuters.

17 Sep Obama delays key power plant rule of signature climate change plan. Barack Obama applied the brakes to the most critical component of his climate-change plan on Tuesday, slowing the process of setting new rules cutting carbon pollution from power plants, and casting a shadow over a landmark United Nations? summit on global warming. The Guardian.

17 Sep US moves to reduce global warming emissions. The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a series of moves aimed at cutting emissions of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, powerful greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. New York Times.

17 Sep A flood of energy projects clash with Mexican communities. Since January, villagers and townspeople near the Los Pescados river in southeast Mexico have been blocking the construction of a dam, part of a multi-purpose project to supply potable water to Xalapa, the capital of the state of Veracruz. Inter Press Service.

 

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