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A big green turnaround

Hope you’re enjoying America’s first weekend under Joe Biden. Is it too soon for a little Trump-era nostalgia? Let us pause to remember Scott Pruitt and Ryan Zinke. You do remember Scott Pruitt and Ryan Zinke, don’t you? They were Trump’s initial EPA Administrator and Interior Secretary, respectively. Both left beneath their own ethical clouds....

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Op-ed: Could paint be harming your health?

As the COVID pandemic wears on, we are spending more time than ever working, studying, and playing at home. That is why it’s more important than ever to rid our homes of potentially toxic products. You may spend time seeking out the safest consumer goods, apparel, and cosmetics, but have you considered the chemicals lurking...

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In defense of all species

The new year wasn’t yet a week old when we learned that the beginning of 2021 is going to feel a lot like the 52 weeks of misery that was 2020. Thousands of Rebels Without a Clue stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, resulting in five deaths. This week I just didn’t want to...

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The push for standing forest protections in US climate policy

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY, Mass.—Bob Leverett walked away from the trunk, looking up through the canopy, trying to get eyes on the crown. He crushed the thick pine needle duff with each step, while a light drizzle tapped on the leaves above him, and birds called from a distance. Then he saw it, the top of the...

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Op-ed: A push for answers about the environmental causes of child cancer

“Prevention is the cure for child/teen cancer.” This is the welcoming statement on a website called ‘TheReasonsWhy.Us‘, where families affected by childhood cancers can sign up for a landmark new study into the potential environmental causes. The study is a joint project between Texas Children’s Hospital, part of the world’s largest medical center, and The...

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Moving forward after four years of fights and falsehoods

What the hell just happened? Our democracy was pushed to its absolute limit last week when rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol. We’re coming off a year of contentious politics, the first global pandemic in more than 100 years, and a battered U.S. healthcare system, economy, and collective psyche. Misinformation was at the core of many...

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LISTEN: Dana Williamson on bringing communities to the forefront of environmental justice research

Dana Williamson joins the Agents of Change in Environmental Health podcast to discuss the crucial role of social science in examining and maximizing the impact of environmental justice research and on-the-ground work. Williamson, an Environmental Health Fellow at the U.S. EPA Office of Science Advisor, Policy & Engagement, is part of the current group of...

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LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the health effects of fracking on “In This Climate”

EHN’s Pittsburgh reporter Kristina Marusic recently appeared on the podcast In This Climate to discuss the impacts of fracking in southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond. She shared the story of a community in Braddock, Pennsylvania, that’s been fighting to stop a fracking well from being drilled on the property of a U.S. Steel mill. After recounting...

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Mercy, Mercy Me

On a week where an attempted Capitol takeover shook the U.S. to its core, I thought it fitting to look back at some prophetic words from the man who famously crooned, “what’s going on?” Marvin Gaye was a Motown hitmaker in the 1960’s with a series of upbeat chartbusters like Ain’t That Peculiar, and duets...

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Dirty air and lost pregnancies in South Asia

More than 349,000 lost pregnancies each year in South Asia are linked to excessive air pollution, according to a new study in The Lancet Planetary Health journal. The research builds on previous evidence that small particulate matter pollution (PM2.5) can harm developing fetuses. The study is the first to estimate the air pollution burden on...