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The Environmentalist Papers make the case for conservation in the age of Trump.

April 22, 2017

In the spirit of the Federalist Papers, this new collection of essays tries to make it clear to the new administration that there are massive economic benefits in our environmental regulations. Fast Company.
[See The Environmentalist Papers: A Science-Based Case for Action to Protect Human Health]

Goodbye, candy counter: CVS embraces store redesign.

April 22, 2017

CVS executives said Wednesday that they would implement the new format at several hundred stores by the end of 2018, demonstrating the company’s commitment to remake itself as a beacon of healthy living rather than a place devoted primarily to treating illnesses and selling candy bars. USA Today.

The unfolding tragedy of climate change in Bangladesh.

April 22, 2017

CVS announces removal of harmful chemicals from beauty products.

April 22, 2017

The Cut reports that the retail chain will be removing all products containing harmful known toxins like parabens and phthalates, as well as the most common formaldehyde contributors from their store-brand beauty prods—i.e. the CVS Health, Beauty 360, Essence of Beauty, and Blade lines. Teen Vogue.

 

People trust science. So why don't they believe it?

April 22, 2017

The General Social Survey shows that although trust in public institutions has declined over the last half century, science is the one institution that has not suffered any erosion of public confidence. So why all the headlines about the "war on science"? USA Today.

Hundreds more lead hotpsots are identified as Trump prepares to gut programs.

April 22, 2017

An ongoing Reuters investigation has found another 449 areas around the US with lead exposure rates double those found in Flint. But cities across the country say pending federal budget cuts could imperil efforts to eradicate the toxic metal. Reuters.

Beyond the roots of human inaction: fostering collective effort toward ecosystem conservation.

April 22, 2017

Particularly in developed countries, fostering legions of sustainability leaders rests upon a fundamental renewal of humans’ connection to the natural world. Science.

An Alaskan's fight to ban the chemical that poisoned her childhood.

April 22, 2017

Pamela Miller boarded a plane Wednesday morning bound for Geneva, Switzerland, where she hopes the world will ban a chemical [short-chain chlorinated paraffins, called SCCPs] she believes may have killed five members of her family. Alaska Dispatch News, Alaska.

Risk of psychosis from cannabis use lower than originally thought, say scientists.

April 20, 2017

At a population level, an increased risk of psychosis from cannabis use is low, and those vulnerable to developing serious mental health problems is relatively rare. The research highlights, however, that more reviews on the impact of high potency cannabis is needed in order to make a full assessment of the risks. ScienceDaily.
[See the study: Cannabis, psychosis and schizophrenia: unravelling a complex interaction]

New evidence in France of harm from epilepsy drug valproate.

April 20, 2017

Mothers treated with valproate for epilepsy were up to four times likelier to give birth to a malformed child, the preliminary study found. BBC.
[See the report (in French): Malformations congénitales chez les enfants exposés in utero au valproate et aux autres traitements de l'épilepsie et des troubles bipolaires - Communiqué]

Records found in dusty basement undermine decades of dietary advice.

April 20, 2017

Ramsden, of the National Institutes of Health, unearthed raw data from a 40-year-old study, which challenges the dogma that eating vegetable fats instead of animal fats is good for the heart. Stat.

Youth challenge: How green is your dream?

April 20, 2017

To tackle pressing environmental issues in ways that grow the economy together, North American governments need your bright ideas. What are your innovative solutions? Ideas are invited until April 30th.

Why doctors are urging people to stop using plastic food wrap.

April 20, 2017

“If you’re heating a plate in the microwave, just cover it with another plate or a chemical-free paper towel,” suggests Andrea Gore, professor of pharmacology at the University of Austin in the US, who has studied the effects of chemicals on reproductive function. Collective Evolution.

Scientists find risk of lead exposure comes from both ends of firearms.

April 20, 2017

Individuals at firing ranges are exposed to very high amounts of lead from shooting firearms, and exposure is as high at outdoor firing ranges as it is at indoor ranges. Medical Xpress.
[See the study: Lead exposure at firing ranges—a review]

Across Los Angeles, toxic lead harms children in neighborhoods rich and poor.

April 20, 2017

More than 17 percent of small children tested here have shown elevated levels of lead in their blood, according to previously undisclosed LA County health data. That far exceeds the 5 percent rate of children who tested high for lead in Flint, Michigan, during the peak of that city's water contamination crisis. Reuters.

Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study.

April 20, 2017

Dow Chemical is pushing a Trump administration open to scrapping regulations to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. Associated Press.

Mapping those affected by North Carolina's factory-farm protection bill.

April 20, 2017

 As legislation to limit North Carolina residents' ability to collect damages in civil lawsuits against factory farms makes its way through the General Assembly, a new mapping initiative offers a clearer picture of how many people could be affected by the controversial proposal and where they live. Facing South.

Why poverty is like a disease.

April 20, 2017

The science of the biological effects of the stresses of poverty is in its early stages. Still, it has presented us with multiple mechanisms through which such effects could happen, and many of these admit an inheritable component. Nautilus.

The story of how fake sugar got approved is scary as hell.

April 20, 2017

The common-sense wisdom about the most widespread artificial sweetener on the market, aspartame, is that it's perfectly safe. But some independent scientists conclude that there are insufficient data. And how it was approved by the FDA is not reassuring. Vice.

A focus on health to resolve urban ills.

April 20, 2017

Discrimination, poverty, inequality and violence create unbearable stress, and stress kills. Relieving all of them saves lives and cities. New York Times.

Antidepressants not as harmful during pregnancy as previously thought, a new study shows.

April 20, 2017

A study of 1.6 million children found a small increased risk of preterm birth but no increased risk of autism or ADHD from antidepressants during pregnancy. Washington Post.
[See the study: Associations of maternal antidepressant use during the first trimester of pregnancy with preterm birth, small for gestational age, autism spectrum disorder, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in offspring]

Why the menace of mosquitoes will only get worse.

April 20, 2017

Anything that improves conditions for mosquitoes tips the scales for the diseases they carry as well: the West Nile virus that flattened Dallas, the dengue that returned to Florida in 2009 after 63 years and the newest arrival, Zika, which gained a toehold in the United States last year and is expected to surge this summer. “Climate change is clearly altering the environment in ways that increase the potential for these diseases.” New York Times.

New certification for safer chemicals in textiles meets market needs.

April 19, 2017

Clean Production Action (CPA) launched GreenScreen Certified™ for Textile Chemicals. The new certification program meets industry demand for safer chemicals in manufacturing and communicating the use of those chemicals across supply chains.

Call for comments: OAR Regulatory Reform.

April 19, 2017

The US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), will host a public teleconference to obtain additional stakeholder feedback on air and radiation regulatory actions on Monday, April 24, 2017. Written public comments can also be submitted through May 15, 2017.

New issue: Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.

April 19, 2017

Articles in the May/June 2017 issue involve arsenic, air pollution, PFCs, climate, socioeconomic factors, cadmium, parabens, phthalates and VOCs,

Call for proposals: Clean Diesel National Grants.

April 19, 2017

The US Environmental Protection Agenda anticipates awarding at least $11 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants, subject to the availability of funds. Proposals must be received by June 20, 2017.

Air pollution may cause year-round runny noses: study.

April 19, 2017

"In places like New Delhi, Cairo or Beijing, where people heat their houses with wood-burning stoves, and factories release pollutants into the air, our study suggests people are at higher risk of developing chronic sinus problems." Deccan Chronicle.
[See the study: Airborne particulate matter induces non-allergic eosinophilic sinonasal inflammation in mice]

California again leads list with 6 of the top 10 most polluted US cities.

April 19, 2017

Some 125 million Americans nationwide live with unhealthful levels of air pollution, the report said, placing them at risk for premature death and other serious health effects such as lung cancer, asthma attacks, cardiovascular damage and developmental and reproductive harm. USA Today.
[See the report: State of the Air 2017]

How a warming planet drives human migration.

April 19, 2017

Climate change is a threat multiplier: It contributes to economic and political instability and also worsens the effects. It propels sudden-onset disasters like floods and storms and slow-onset disasters like drought and desertification; those disasters contribute to failed crops, famine and overcrowded urban centers; those crises inflame political unrest and worsen the impacts of war, which leads to even more displacement. New York Times.

Nationwide reconnaissance of contaminants of emerging concern in source and treated drinking waters of the United States: pharmaceuticals.

April 18, 2017

Treatment processes appear effective in reducing concentrations of most pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceuticals more consistently persisting through treatment include carbamazepine, bupropion, cotinine, metoprolol, and lithium. Science of The Total Environment.