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20 Apr BP Oil spill four years later: Return to Barataria Bay and Cat Island. When a crew of journalists and environmental groups studying the effects of the BP Deepwater Macondo oil spill disembarked on Cat Island in Baratria Bay last week, there was a collective gasp. The bones of black mangrove stumps are all that remain of what was a thriving bird rookery. New Orleans Times-Picayune.

20 Apr Contamination warning issued about raw milk from Snyder County dairy. Raw milk from Greenfield Dairy, Snyder County, sampled by a commercial laboratory on April 8 tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, the state Department of Agriculture said. The department warned consumers to discard the contaminated milk. Harrisburg Patriot-News.

20 Apr Researchers only 'scratching surface' of long-term oil spill effects. Four years after more than 200 million gallons of Macondo oil began to leak into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists are learning more about what long-term effects the ecosystem may endure. The findings are buffeted by rhetoric from various sides of the debate. Houma Today.

20 Apr In Kansas, some urge caution in linking fracking to earthquakes. Supporters of the oil and gas industry are urging a three-member, governor-appointed task force in Kansas to avoid jumping to conclusions in its study of whether fracking is causing a rise in earthquakes across the south-central region of the state. Al Jazeera America.

20 Apr How the Koch brothers? greenback influences green jobs, clean energy debate. Just last month, the Maine Heritage Policy Center and the Beacon Hill Institute, housed at Suffolk University in Boston, released a new study attacking Maine?s efforts to promote public health and mitigate climate change through its membership in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative ? a highly successful, regional cap-and-trade program that has contributed more than $92 million to the state?s economy and more than 900 new jobs between 2009 and 2011. Bangor Daily News.

Initiative on
Children's Environmental Health

The Initiative on Children's Environmental Health – formerly the Institute for Children's Environmental Health – is now an active working group of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment. ICEH is devoted to the promotion of children's health and the prevention of environmental exposures and other factors that may undermine healthy development.

For more information or to join ICEH, please contact CHE's Administrative Coordinator or see the Join CHE section of this website.


Conference Recordings and Materials, July 2012.
Descriptions and links to recordings and presentation materials from recent conferences on children's environmental health are now available on the Presentations webpage.

Practice Prevention Column Updates and Translations, March 2011.
Updates to columns on mold, pesticides and the Top 10 Things You Can Do are now available on our Practice Prevention page. Several columns have also been translated into Spanish.

New program: Eco-Healthy Child Care, October 2010.
The Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) launched its national Eco-Healthy Child Care program (EHCC), which encourages healthier child-care settings by training child-care providers to protect children and staff from harmful chemical exposures – from bisphenol-A in plastic food containers, PVC in toys, and formaldehyde in commonly used furniture to lead and mercury – with free or low-cost alternatives that are easy to implement.

Children First Conference, October 1, 2010.
Promoting Ecological Health for the Whole Child, held at the University of San Francisco. This one-day symposium highlighted a range of interacting factors that influence child health and development, including nutrition, education, socio-economic status, exposures to toxic chemicals, and access to preventive health care. Presentations and recordings will be posted soon. See the symposium page.

BP Oil Spill: Keeping Kids Safe! August 2010. The Healthy Schools Network has published this two-page flyer for parents regarding the effects of the Gulf oil spill on children. See the flyer

New Practice Prevention Column on PFCs, April 2010.
A new column on perfluorochemicals, including PFOA / C8, is now available on our Practice Prevention page. Written to make the science and current knowledge accessible to parents and others, this succinct fact sheet summarizes health hazards and methods to reduce exposures.

Other ICEH news is listed on the ICEH History page.

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