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Women’s March 2017

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As a child of the 1990s, I was raised on the pink-and-glitter ‘girl power’ of supposed post-feminism ideals. I grew up in a household where both my parents worked, looking up to a mom who could do it all and instilled in me the confidence that I could do the same. Back then, from my…

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Car Seats’ Hidden Hazard

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Environmental Justice Fellow, Center for Environmental Health In the summer of 2017, my sister will give birth to her first child. She will be the first of our five siblings to become a parent. My excitement to become an uncle grows daily; I know that when the baby is born, my life will take on…

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Baby-Poisoning Rat Pesticide Company Now Killing Babies with New Product

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If you think that’s a rejected headline from an especially twisted edition of The Onion, think again. In fact, this is exactly what’s happening with the massive British home products company Reckitt Benckiser (RB). You may have never heard of the company despite its nearly $13 billion in annual sales, but you’ve probably heard of…

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West Oakland: Sick of Coal

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by Alvaro Palacios Casanova West Oakland is a community that faces poverty and chronic disease. The community is disproportionately exposed to air and noise pollution with two freeways, a port, and rail running through it. It is also home to many organizations that are constantly battling for social, economic, environmental, and health equity. So why…

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A Murky Milestone for Children’s Health

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Following the recent passage of the chemical safety bill, President Obama has now signed the first major update to an environmental health law in decades. The bill is being touted as a milestone in our country’s environmental history. While health advocacy efforts won important victories like safeguarding California’s Prop 65 (more below), unfortunately the bill falls…

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Congress Adopts Chemical Safety Bill

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Click here to thank the Prop 65 champions! Last week, Congress passed the first major overhaul of an environmental law in decades. This chemical reform bill is now headed to the President for signature. As we pause to think about how monumental that is, we reflect upon what we’ve won and what we’ve lost. And,…

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New Bill Seeks to Undermine Clean Air Act

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This week, the House is voting on Congress’s latest attempt to stifle the Clean Air Act: H.R. 4775, the so-called “Ozone Standards Implementation Act.” In direct contrast to its title, the bill threatens to restrict implementation of the U.S. EPA’s newest standards for ozone and other ‘criteria’ pollutants supposed to be protected by the National…

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The New Methane Regulations: Adequate or Short-sighted?

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency broke precedent Thursday, May 12th when it announced the country’s first ever methane emission standards for the oil and gas industry. The agency proudly called it a further effort on the part of the Obama Administration to fight climate change, and claimed it would cut 2012 levels of methane emissions…

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Book Review: Modern Poisons

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When I spoke to John Warner, a founder of the field of green chemistry, for the CEH podcast, he made the observation that in educating chemists, the toxicology of the compounds they are creating is rarely considered. In a chemistry class at any level, he said, ask the chemists to describe a compound they are…

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Fracking Chemicals: Respiratory Health Risks to Infants and Children

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by Ellen Webb Two years ago, a midwife from Vernal, Utah, made headlines by suggesting a link between infant mortality and air pollution from fracking. After serving as the town’s midwife for 19 years, she’d delivered a baby that died in stillbirth. This was no isolated incident: the infant mortality rate in Vernal had surged…

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