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National Collaborative for Health Equity webinar September 9th: Leveraging Fair Housing Policies to Promote Better Health Outcomes.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015event
This webinar explores the connection between fair housing planning, housing mobility, and public health, giving participants practical examples of how they can get involved on a local level.

National Climate Seminar call series.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015announcement
This is a biweekly, lunchtime dial-in conversation that features climate scientists, political leaders, and policy analysts, each exploring the politics and science driving critical climate change decisions. The first and third Wednesday of each month at noon Eastern time.

Low-dose mixtures and cancer highlighted at NIEHS symposium.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015news article
Scientists gathered at NIEHS Aug. 25 to consider how exposures to low doses of chemical mixtures may contribute to the development of cancer. NIEHS Environmental Factor.

Scientists discover mechanism for air pollution-induced liver disease.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015news article
Exposure to air pollution has a direct adverse health effect on the liver and causes liver fibrosis, an illness associated with metabolic disease and liver cancer. Newswise.
[See the study: Exposure to fine airborne particulate matters induces hepatic fibrosis in murine models]

Health watchdog group finds cancer-causing chemicals [from] e-cigarettes.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015news article
The Oakland-based Center for Environmental Health (CEH) tested dozens of e-cigarettes and found high levels of "cancer causing chemicals" formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, in violation of California safety standards. CBS SF Bay Area.
[See the report: A Smoking Gun: Cancer-causing chemicals in e-cigarettes]

Better health a key benefit of renewables, study says.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015news article
Researchers from Harvard University have found that energy efficiency measures and low-carbon energy sources can save a region between $5.7 million and $210 million annually, based on the accepted dollar value of human life. Climate Central.
[See the study: Health and climate benefits of different energy-efficiency and renewable energy choices]

The global fight over our drinking water is just getting started.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015news article
Both "first-" and "third"-world problems are converging in movements for the "remunicipalization" of water systems in diverse cities including Berlin, Kuala Lumpur, and Buenos Aires. The Nation.

The war over soda: new study finds link between carbonated drinks, higher risk of heart attacks.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015news article
Researchers found that the more money people spent on carbonated beverages the more likely they were to suffer from heart attacks of cardiac origin outside of a hospital. Washington Post.
[See the European Society of Cardiology Congress press release: Carbonated drinks linked with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest of cardiac origin]

Fukushima-related child cancers unlikely to rise.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015news article
An increase in thyroid cancer among children is unlikely after the meltdown at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant four years ago, the United Nations' nuclear watchdog said in a report released on Monday. Reuters.
[See the report, along with 5 accompanying technical volumes: The Fukushima Daiichi Accident]

EPA webinar September 9th: Clean Power Plan for Communities.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015event
This webinar will discuss the Clean Power Plan and the first-ever national standards that address carbon pollution from power plants. The webinar will focus on what communities need to know about the Clean Power Plan.

Study: no reliable scientific evidence of health benefits from raw milk.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015news article
John A. Lucey, PhD, food science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reviewed more than 50 scientific articles and the websites of groups advocating raw milk consumption before coming to the conclusion that there is no evidence to suggest that raw milk provides any health or nutritional benefits, including everything from eliminating lactose intolerance to better digestion. Food Safety News.
[See the study: Raw milk consumption: risks and benefits]

Job opening: San Francisco, Washington, DC.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015job opening
Natural Resources Defense Council is seeking a Safer Chemicals Advocacy Fellow to help run private-sector focused campaigns to reduce toxic chemicals in consumer products and food. This is a two-year position. Applications will be considered upon receipt on a rolling basis until September 8, 2015, or until filled.

New report: Exploring Opportunities for Collaboration between Health and Education to Improve Population Health: Workshop Summary.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015announcement
To understand the complex relationship between education and health and how this understanding could inform our nation's investments and policies, the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Population Health Improvement held a public workshop in Washington, DC, on June 5, 2014. This workshop, which featured presentations and extensive discussion periods, also explored how the health and education sectors can work together more effectively to achieve improvements in both health status and educational achievement.

New statement: EPA's Clean Power Plan, Climate Change and Children's Health.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015announcement
This document from the EPA details the effects of climate change on children's health and the benefits of the Clean Power Plan.

What's in all that e-cig vapor?
Tuesday, September 1, 2015news article
While many users perceive e-cigs as safer than traditional cigarettes, some of the flavorings that make them so enticing may have their own toxic consequences. Washington Post.

Commission researching how law impacts global health.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015news article
The O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University and The Lancet have partnered to form The Lancet-O'Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and the Law. The commission, which will study the role of law in addressing global health issues, will release research on how international organizations and governments can use law for improving health and safety outcomes. The Nation's Health.

Parents' health literacy influences how they help kids lose weight, study says.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015news article
Parents with adequate health literacy skills had a higher rate of choosing recommended strategies at 58 percent, compared to a rate of 24 percent among parents with low health literacy skills. Of the parents with low health literacy skills, about 3 percent endorsed the use of unsafe weight loss strategies, such as skipping meals and using laxatives. The Nation's Health.
[See the study: Health literacy and parent attitudes about weight control for children]

Environmental sustainability topic of Symposium against Indifference at Ashland University.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015news article
From September 28th through April 14th, a series of events to include films, lectures, and presentations, all focused on an aspect of environmental sustainability. All events for the symposium, in Ashland, Ohio, are free and open to the public. Richland Source, Ohio.

My perspective on Environmental Health Perspectives.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015opinion/editorial
As I come onboard as Editor-in-Chief of EHP this month, I'd like to share my thoughts with you about a vision for taking EHP to the next level. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Indigenous concerns get spotlight at Arctic conference.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015news article
Indigenous residents from some of the smallest communities and most remote parts of Alaska had a message for international leaders who convened in Anchorage for a high-profile State Department-hosted Arctic conference: Climate change is an existential threat. Alaska Dispatch News, Alaska.

Watchdog group calls for less processed meats in school cafeterias.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015news article
A handful of American food and agriculture companies are receiving hundreds of millions of dollars by selling processed meats that are ending up in school lunchrooms and contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic, a new report claims. The Guardian.
[See the report: Who's Making Money from Overweight Kids?]

Smoking in pregnancy puts baby at risk for atrial fibrillation later.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015news article
A new study sheds light on how a baby's exposure to secondhand smoke during development in utero is linked to the common heart condition atrial fibrillation later in life. Everyday Health.
[See the study: Secondhand smoke and atrial fibrillation: data from the Health eHeart Study]

EPA/NIEHS Children's Centers 2015 Webinar Series September 9th.
Monday, August 31, 2015event
The topic of this webinar is Interdisciplinary Approaches to Neurodevelopment. Speakers will be Virginia Rauh of Columbia University, Pam Lein of UC Davis, Susan Schantz of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Brad Peterson of Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

How often is BMI misleading?
Monday, August 31, 2015news article
As part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the agency surveyed body fat levels of over 5,000 people across the country about 10 years ago. Along with measuring people's height and weight, researchers used a special type of density-measuring X-ray called a DXA scan to measure body fat percentage. There was a strong relationship between BMI and body fat percentage, but for almost one in five adults, the two measurements disagreed. New York Times.

Red fireworks go green.
Monday, August 31, 2015news article
Ditching chlorine-based ingredients in red pyrotechnics avoids the production of carcinogenic chemicals in the fallout. Chemical & Engineering News.

Tracking energy's 'fugitive emissions,' from above.
Monday, August 31, 2015news article
Scientists are trying to understand what's released from the nation's biggest energy producing regions. High Country News.

Toxic taint: tests in Alberta industrial heartland reveal air-quality concerns.
Monday, August 31, 2015news article
New air-quality tests in one of Canada's largest petrochemical processing regions have revealed more evidence of short-lived but concentrated plumes of toxic chemicals. Canadian Press.

People are still living in FEMA's toxic Katrina trailers -- and they likely have no idea.
Monday, August 31, 2015news article
Even after the National Institutes of Health declared formaldehyde to be a carcinogen, the Department of Housing and Urban Development didn't bother to regulate levels of formaldehyde for travel trailers or motor homes, under the theory that they were only temporary lodging. Grist.

Security & Sustainability Forum webinar Wednesday: Rethinking Our Land: Growing Sustainable and Resilient Communities.
Sunday, August 30, 2015event
Karen Firehock, founder of the Green Infrastructure Center and author of Strategic Green Infrastructure Planning will present a new way of thinking about natural resources as green infrastructure.

Video: the art of talking climate science.
Sunday, August 30, 2015news article
Communicating science to non-experts in compelling, convincing ways feels more important than ever. But the accepted language of academic reporting as well as the established norms of most scientific fields can set scientists up for trouble. Sightline Daily.

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