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LISTEN: Jennifer Roberts on nature as medicine

Dr. Jennifer D. Roberts joins the Agents of Change in Environmental Justice podcast to discuss nature as medicine for our physical and mental health. Roberts, a tenured Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland School of Public Health in College Park, also talks about inequity in greenspace access and how she approaches mentorship....

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IN-DEPTH: What we know about PFAS in our food

After a much-publicized study this year found high levels of a toxic chemical class in food wrappings, many of us are eyeing that pizza or to-go salad in a new light. Experts warn, though, that we shouldn’t just be concerned about exposure from packaged food. The compounds, PFAS, short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, appear...

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Peter Dykstra: Low crimes and misdemeanors

When Ronald Reagan swept into office in a 1980 landslide, he appointed two contentious figures to run his primary environment agencies. James Gaius Watt was a Wyoming attorney for the Western States Legal Foundation, a freemarket group known for hauling into court federal agencies like the Fish & Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land...

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Most of the world agreed on safe PCB waste disposal. It’s not going great—especially in the US.

A majority of countries are not on track to remove the toxic pollutants known as PCBs from the environment by the 2028 global Stockholm Convention goal, according to a new study. Polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, were largely used to prevent explosions in capacitors and transformers, as well as in products like building materials, paints, flame...

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LISTEN: Brenda Trejo Rosas on the social dimensions of health

Brenda Trejo Rosas joins the Agents of Change in Environmental Justice podcast to discuss how public health can move beyond treating race as a mere data point. Trejo Rosas is a PhD Candidate in the Environmental and Occupational Health Department at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, and a senior Agents...

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Peter Dykstra: The Earth Summit to end all Earth Summits

In 1972, world leaders had gathered in Stockholm in an unprecedented acknowledgement that we were running into trouble. The gathering hammered out a weighty Statement of Principles. It was the first draft of an owner’s manual for planet Earth, but it left much to do. Two decades later, the site was Rio de Janeiro. World...

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Colorado is the first state to ban PFAS in oil and gas extraction

This month Colorado became the first state to ban the use of PFAS in the extraction of oil and gas. While there has been widespread outcry about PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in consumer goods — such as stain- and water-resistant clothing, nonstick pots and pans, firefighting foam, carpets and furniture — the oil and...

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The hidden, potential cancer-causing, danger in woodworking and art supplies

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—In the basement workshop of Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, instructor Palo Coleman is wrapping up a class on epoxy resin art, a popular craft for creating sparkly jewelry or charcuterie boards and “river” tables, with vibrant glass-like features that seemingly flow through the wood surfaces. As Coleman’s students—a woodworking hobbyist, and a retired builder...