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What's in Trump's 2018 budget request for science?

May 24, 2017

The budget is far from a done deal; Congress still has to come up with its own spending plan for the next fiscal year, which begins 1 October. But even if it doesn't pass, the budget sends a troubling message. Science.

Trump budget seeks huge cuts to science and medical research, disease prevention.

May 24, 2017

National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, National Science Foundation and National Cancer Institute would see cuts under President Trump's 2018 proposed budget. Washington Post.

Donald Trump's pick for EPA enforcement office was a lobbyist for Superfund polluters.

May 24, 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's pledges to protect human health and the environment by focusing on Superfund are belied by his own priorities and personnel choices for the program. The Intercept.

Chemical contamination from Fairchild now affecting thousands.

May 23, 2017

The chemicals involved, commonly referred to by the abbreviations PFOA and PFOS, were used in firefighting foam on the base for more than 40 years, from 1970 until last year. Pacific Northwest Inlander, Washington.

Job openings: King County, Washington.

May 22, 2017

The King County Environmental Health Services Division currently has these openings: 1) Communication Specialist III (Local Hazardous Waste Management Program), Educator Consultant II (Healthy Community Planning Program) and Educator Consultant III (Healthy Community Planning Program).

Measuring the impact of lead exposure on learning and cognition.

May 22, 2017

With unnerving frequency, school districts and communities are discovering elevated lead levels after undertaking tests of drinking water sources in their facilities. Education Dive.

White House moving ahead with stiff EPA budget cuts: group, citing document.

May 22, 2017

The EPA's grants to state and local governments on pollution issues from air quality management to pesticides enforcement would be cut 45 percent to $597 million in the fiscal year 2018 budget proposal the administration will send to Congress next week, according to details released by the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA). Reuters.
[See the proposed budget]

The "License to Kill" bill is as terrifying as it sounds.

May 22, 2017

The Regulatory Reform Act would make regulating industries—and protecting the health of consumers—much more difficult. Mother Jones.

Why it's hard to get plastic bag bans to stick.

May 21, 2017

Plastic can act as a perfect surface for chemicals to hitch a ride on, chemicals that cause problems in human hormone development. The studies are still underway, but Mason says if the plastic is in the water, it's in us. Michigan Radio.

‘An embarrassment’: U.S. health care far from the top in global study.

May 21, 2017

"Having a strong economy does not guarantee good health care," he said. "Having great medical technology doesn't, either. We know this because people are not getting the care that should be expected for diseases with established treatments." Washington Post.
[See the study: Healthcare Access and Quality Index based on mortality from causes amenable to personal health care in 195 countries and territories, 1990–2015: a novel analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015]

Exclusive: House Science Committee members just sent a letter to President Trump insisting he stop relying on fake news.

May 19, 2017

The letter states that by failing to appoint a qualified director to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy or adequately staff the department, the President has left himself vulnerable to "misinformation and fake news," noting that Trump has, "a tool at your disposal in this regard, should you wish to make use of it, in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) which, under your administration, has been left largely unstaffed and without a director." Popular Science.

New report: Nutrition Across the Lifespan for Healthy Aging: Proceedings of a Workshop.

May 19, 2017

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Food Forum convened a workshop with five objectives: 1) to examine trends and patterns in aging and factors related to healthy aging in the United States with a focus on nutrition; 2) to examine how nutrition can sustain and promote healthy aging, not only in late adulthood, but beginning in pregnancy and early childhood and extending throughout the lifespan; 3) to highlight the role of nutrition in the aging process at various stages in life; to discuss changes in organ systems over the lifespan, including the skeletal, muscular, and cardiovascular systems, and changes that occur with age related to cognitive, brain, and mental health; 4) diet-related sensory preferences, oral health, and the microbiome; and 5) to explore opportunities to move forward in promoting healthy aging in the United States.

Experts press feds to eradicate lead poisoning by 2021.

May 17, 2017

A coalition of scientists, doctors and children's health advocates published an opinion piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics on Monday that calls on the government to stamp out lead poisoning in American children by 2021―or ensure no child has a blood lead level greater than 5 micrograms per deciliter―and eliminate lead exposure altogether by 2030. Huffington Post.
[See the JAMA Pediatrics piece: Establishing and achieving national goals for preventing lead toxicity and exposure in children]

An unlikely resistance surges against Trump's clean water threats.

May 16, 2017

By targeting specific regional efforts alongside more general environmental justice funding, the Trump administration might have inadvertently given opponents a means to fight back—and sparked unlikely alliances. Grist.

Online Premiere Six Classes Videos: Healthier Products, Healthier People.

May 15, 2017

Green Science Policy Institute is launching new videos about the six classes of chemicals of concern. Each hour-long webcast will feature three short videos and live conversation with distinguished scientists and thought leaders. Learn more about the science of the six classes, where they are used, why they are harmful, and how to reduce their use in everyday products.

Job opening: Albany, New York.

May 13, 2017

Clean and Healthy New York (CHNY) seeks an articulate, enthusiastic, detail-oriented Development and Communications Coordinator to join their team, promote positive public image among CHNY's various audiences and advance their fundraising capacity. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2017.

Trump's intel agencies tell Congress that climate change poses national security threats.

May 12, 2017

According to the new report, delivered to the Senate Intelligence Committee by Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence (DNI), warns that climate change is raising the likelihood of instability and conflict around the world. Mashable.

How your suburb can make you thinner.

May 11, 2017

People drive because their neighborhoods encourage it—and sometimes even leave them with no choice. What, then, if their neighborhoods were built to foster walking? Politico.

What broke the Safe Drinking Water Act?

May 10, 2017

Two decades after the seriousness of the perchlorate problem began to come into focus, the federal government is still just studying the issue, and still years from setting a national standard for drinking water—if it ever sets one at all. Politico.

New resource: Materials Management Wizard (MWiz).

May 9, 2017

From the US Environmental Protection Agency, MWiz provides access to EPA-sourced materials management tools and resources designed to support and promote sustainable materials management and community planning decisions.

Who lives longer? Study finds Colorado wins by 20 years.

May 9, 2017

When the team broke those differences down even more, they found that "behavioral and metabolic risk factors" accounted for 74 percent of the differences. Smoking and obesity—itself caused by poor diet and lack of exercise—are the major culprits when Americans die too young. NBC News.
[See the study: Inequalities in life expectancy among US counties, 1980 to 2014: temporal trends and key drivers]

New resource: Physical Activity: Built Environment Approaches Combining Transportation System Interventions with Land Use and Environmental Design.

May 8, 2017

The Community Preventive Services Task Force systematic review included 90 studies—16 longitudinal studies and 74 cross-sectional studies. Studies were grouped by type of built environment comparison and reported outcomes.

Trump administration hollows out EPA science integrity board.

May 8, 2017

The Trump administration will not reappoint half the expert members of a board that advises the Environmental Protection Agency on the integrity of its science, the latest in a series of moves that could benefit industries whose pollution the government regulates. Newser.

Polluted environment linked to higher cancer rates.

May 8, 2017

Poor quality across a wide range of physical measurements—notably air, water, built environment, population density and soil—collectively contribute to cancer incidence, new research has revealed. Cosmos Magazine, Australia.
[See the study: County-level cumulative environmental quality associated with cancer incidence]

Could lead hazards exist in your home discussed in new video.

May 7, 2017

The IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates released a new video discussing possible lead sources that may still exist in many homes across the country. Environmental Xprt.
[See the video: Lead—Could It Be in Your Home?]

10 incredible things climate change will do.

May 5, 2017

Bumpy plane rides, greater mood swings and more volcanic eruptions are just a few of the things we can expect over the decades to come. Deutsche Welle, Germany.

How ACA repeal would hurt farmers and rural communities.

May 4, 2017

When farmers are unable to afford health insurance, their families and communities are also impacted. Civil Eats.

New report: Using Health Impact Assessments to Enhance the Environmental Regulatory Process: Case Studies and Key Messages.

May 3, 2017

From the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and others, this report highlights case studies from jurisdictions that have successfully integrated health impact assessments (HIAs) into or alongside National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements and presents key messages showcasing the potential for HIAs to enhance environmental regulatory reviews.

Bottled water is a scam for most Americans—but a new report reveals some surprising places where it's dangerous to drink the tap.

May 3, 2017

A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council suggests that the problem is much worse than researchers thought. It all comes down to testing—or in some cases, a failure to do so. Business Insider.
[See the report: Threats on Tap: Widespread Violations Highlight Need for Investment in Water Infrastructure and Protections]

US EPA asks what rules to cut, gets earful about dirty water.

May 3, 2017

The Trump administration got an earful Tuesday from people who say federal rules limiting air and water pollution aren't tough enough, even as it was seeking suggestions about what environmental regulations it should gut. Associated Press.