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Scented period products bring worrisome toxic exposures. Who’s most at risk?

Many everyday household products expose us to chemicals and pollutants. Few products, however, allow these chemicals to interact with our bodies as intimately as pads, tampons, menstrual cups and other period care products. The risks of exposure to potentially harmful chemicals in menstrual products is not equal for everybody. In a new paper, researchers drew...

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LISTEN: Ebony Martin on merging labor, voting and environmental rights

Ebony Martin joins the Agents of Change in Environmental Justice podcast to discuss how Greenpeace has expanded its focus on voting and labor rights, peaceful dissent and protest, and free speech rights to push for environmental progress and justice. Martin, the executive director of Greenpeace, also talks about how the organization bolstered its staff diversity,...

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LISTEN: A couple must-read environmental justice books

Fellows Dr. Carolyn Ramírez and Gabriel Gadsden join the Agents of Change in Environmental Justice podcast to discuss some eye- and mind-opening books they’ve been reading on environmental justice. Ramírez, a staff scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Gadsden, a Ph.D. student of Environmental Sciences at Yale University’s School of the Environment, discuss...

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EHN reporter discusses new proposed fracking regulations in Pennsylvania on “Living on Earth”

PITTSBURGH — Environmental Health News reporter Kristina Marusic joined NPR’s “Living on Earth” to discuss whether newly proposed fracking regulations in Pennsylvania could improve transparency about the chemicals used by the industry. Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro recently announced that he has directed regulatory agencies in Pennsylvania to draft new regulations that would improve the disclosure...

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“Plastic will overwhelm us:” Scientists say health should be the core of global plastic treaty

More than 20 international scientists put forth a plan today to encourage world leaders to put human health at the center of global plastic treaty negotiations taking place this week in Nairobi, Kenya. The plan, dubbed the Health Scientists’ Global Plastic Treaty by its proponents, comes as negotiators from about 175 countries — along with...

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Opinion: Pete Myers discusses the “Health Scientists’ Global Plastic Treaty”

Pete Myers, chief scientist at Environmental Health Sciences, which publishes EHN.org, breaks down the “Health Scientists’ Global Plastic Treaty” — a plan released today to encourage world leaders to put human health at the center of global plastic treaty negotiations taking place this week in Nairobi, Kenya. More than 20 international scientists put forth the...

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Delays in joining the RGGI regional climate program means excess ER visits and child illness in Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH — On November 1, a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled against Pennsylvania joining a Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a program that limits climate-warming carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. The ruling, which is expected to be appealed, marks the latest hurdle in nearly two years of legal delays for the project, which was voted...

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“Stop hurting us:” Protestors plead for their health outside a Pittsburgh gathering of coal and steel execs

PITTSBURGH —“Will your grandkids forgive you?” “Stop hurting us,” “Asthma is not generational,” and “Cancer is not normal” were just a few of the messages delivered by protestors outside a meeting of steel industry executives on Wednesday afternoon. The MetCoke World Summit is an annual gathering for leaders in the coke, coal and steel industries....