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Treated fracking wastewater contaminated watershed with radium and endocrine disrupters, study finds.

July 20, 2017

A study in the Marcellus Shale region of western Pennsylvania has shown that even after being treated, wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations left significant contamination in a waterway downstream of treatment plants. Yale Environment 360.

How to prevent dementia: managing smoking, hearing loss and depression can ward off condition.

July 20, 2017

An international team of scientists found that up to a third of dementia cases across the globe could be prevented through non-pharmacological interventions, such as exercise, social contact and weight management. Newsweek.

The lead crisis: tackling an invisible, dangerous neurotoxin.

July 20, 2017

Tulane University School of Medicine Professor Howard Mielke has been on a journey that has stretched decades to try to help save the country's children from a danger hidden in the soil on which they play. Think Progress.

Under Trump's orders, EPA considers gutting lead contamination rules even as water in schools tests positive.

July 20, 2017

Under the leadership of the Trump administration, which has pledged to slash federal regulations at every level, lead protections and regulations may be at risk. Truthout.

Left-sided cancer: blame your bed and TV?

July 20, 2017

As we sleep on our coil-spring mattresses, we are in effect sleeping on an antenna that amplifies the intensity of the broadcast FM/TV radiation. Scientific American.

New report: Sidelining Science from Day One.

July 20, 2017

This report from the Union of Concerned Scientists details how the Trump presidency has shown a clear pattern of actions that threaten public health and safety by eroding the role of science in policy.

Understanding the needs, challenges, opportunities, vision, and emerging roles in environmental health.

July 20, 2017

Understanding the Needs, Challenges, Opportuni­ties, Vision, and Emerging Roles in Environmental Health (UNCOVER EH), has the potential to increase awareness of the profession by obtaining information directly from environmental health professionals about their practice and the challenges they currently face andenvision for the future. Journal of Environmental Health.

Job opening, Oakland, California.

July 20, 2017

The Center for Environmental Health seeks a Managing Director of Programs to lead program strategy and enhance the effectiveness of program staff. Candidates must have ten to fifteen years of professional experience, including progressively responsible leadership positions and experience supervising multiple direct reports.

Half of all plastic that has ever existed was made in the past 13 years.

July 20, 2017

Researchers have published a sweeping, public, and in-depth accounting of all plastic that has ever been made in the entire world. The number is so big as to defy human comprehension: 8,300 million metric tons since 1950. Of this, 6,400 million metric tons has outlived its usefulness and become waste; 79 percent of that waste is sitting in landfills or the natural environment, 12 percent has been incinerated, and just 9 percent has been recycled. The Atlantic.

A new environment for climate change litigation.

July 20, 2017

Both the denial of the motion to dismiss and the denial of the interlocutory appeal In Juliana v. United States represent an unusual judicial receptiveness to climate change litigation. The fate of Juliana and other cases like it is worth watching closely as the federal judiciary reacts to the new administration. Marten Law.

Transgenerational transmission of asthma risk after exposure to environmental particles during pregnancy.

July 20, 2017

The data indicate that pregnancy airway exposure to diesel exhaust particles triggers a transgenerationally transmitted asthma susceptibility and suggests a mechanistic role for epigenetic alterations in dendritic cells in this process. American Journal of Physiology—Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology.

New report: Application of Systematic Review Methods in an Overall Strategy for Evaluating Low-Dose Toxicity from Endocrine Active Chemicals.

July 19, 2017

From the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, this report proposes a strategy that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should use to evaluate the evidence of adverse human health effects from low doses of exposure to chemicals that can disrupt the endocrine system.

Is blue light bad for your health?

July 19, 2017

Last year, the US National Toxicology Program convened a 2-day workshop to explore mounting research linking exposure to artificial light at night not just to sleep problems, but also to weight gain, depression, cancer, and heart disease. Web MD.

 

 

The costs of coal storage and its impact on disadvantaged communities.

July 17, 2017

Increases in the level of coal stockpiles held by US power plants increase local air pollution levels, which in turn increases the average infant and adult mortality rates in the communities near these plants. Environmental News Network.

Study: mountaintop coal mining causes Appalachian rivers to run "consistently saltier."

July 17, 2017

"Over time, alkaline salts and other contaminants from the coal residue and crushed rocks in these valley fills leach into nearby streams and rivers, degrading water quality and causing dramatic increases in salinity that are harmful to downstream ecosystems," says Fabian Nippgen, assistant professor of ecosystem science and management at UW. Environmental News Network.

Epigenetics between the generations: we inherit more than just genes.

July 17, 2017

Researchers show robust evidence that not only the inherited DNA itself but also the inherited epigenetic instructions contribute in regulating gene expression in the offspring. ScienceDaily.

New resource: Toxic Docs (Alpha).

July 17, 2017

This dataset and website, presented jointly by Columbia University's Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health and the City University of New York's Graduate Center, contain millions of pages of previously secret documents about toxic substances.

What to do when a child has a toxic exposure.

July 17, 2017

When encountering a patient who may have toxic environmental exposures in your community, there is a free, regionally based national network of experts available to help you: the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU). Medscape.

Ozone pollution connected to cardiovascular health.

July 17, 2017

Exposure to ozone, long associated with impaired lung function, is also connected to health changes that can cause cardiovascular disease such as heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke, according to a new study of Chinese adults. Duke University News.

Stress and poverty may explain high rates of dementia in African-Americans.

July 17, 2017

Harsh life experiences appear to leave African-Americans vulnerable to Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, researchers reported Sunday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in London. Weekend Edition, NPR.

Paradise cost: coal, natural gas, and the true price of power.

July 17, 2017

Despite the Trump administration’s attempts to roll back regulations on the mining and burning of coal, natural gas is rapidly becoming the power industry’s fuel of choice. It’s a switch that also brings big changes for the region’s economy, environment, and public health. Ohio Valley ReSource.

Environmental regulations weren't created without cause.

July 17, 2017

Join us on a trip to the 1960s and early 1970s with this true-or-false test about the Clean Water Act, which turns 45 this year, and the Clean Air Act, which is 2 years older. Las Vegas Sun, Nevada.

In the Grand Canyon, uranium mining threatens a tribe's survival.

July 17, 2017

The Havasupai are attempting to fight back against the operation of a uranium mine that they say could contaminate their sole water source. The Guardian.

A pass to poison.

July 17, 2017

In Texas, companies emitting excess air pollution are often let off the hook. That's thanks in part to a provision in Texas law that allows polluters to claim that such emission events are unavoidable to escape penalties. But an even bigger factor is a general unwillingness by state environmental regulators to challenge them on those claims, the Tribune has found. Texas Tribune, Texas.

Climate-altering gases spiked in 2016, federal scientists report.

July 16, 2017

The climate-warming influence of greenhouse gas emissions rose more quickly last year than it has in nearly three decades, an increase scientists attributed in part to a strong El Niño weather pattern, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported this week. New York Times.

Rising seas could force a large-scale retreat from US shores within decades.

July 16, 2017

A new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists offers us the best look yet into how coastal communities will experience debilitating inundation this century. Grist.

The Louisiana environmental apocalypse road trip.

July 16, 2017

Louisiana serves as a terrifying example of what can become of a state that shortchanges science and environmental regulations to boost industry and infrastructure. Longreads.

Mortality from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease among different occupation groups—United States, 1985–2011.

July 16, 2017

This study identified higher ALS and Parkinson's disease mortality among workers in higher socioeconomic status occupations, but was unable to identify occupational or nonoccupational factors that might explain these findings. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

New report: Local Health Department and School Partnerships: Working Together to Build Healthier Schools.

July 16, 2017

From the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, this report uses the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model builds on five tenets, providing a valuable framework to address the important relationship between student learning and health.

Harmless elements can replace toxic lead in electronics.

July 16, 2017

"Now, we are able to produce the films in the laboratory, so the next step is to find a way to produce quantities that are large and cheap enough to be used industrially." ScienceDaily.