Julia Hannafin

Intern Stories: Julia Hannafin

When I first walked into CEH’s office in downtown Oakland for my internship interview, I knew little to nothing about environmental toxins affecting public health. I considered myself relatively knowledgeable about environmental health – after all, I had grown up in Berkeley, California (one of the most liberal cities in the nation, if not the…

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Air Pollution and the Olympics

Tahmina Kohistani, the only female Afghan track athlete competing in the London Olympics, trains in the Afghan capital Kabul – a city with some of the worst air pollution in the world. In the Afghan capital alone, the number of deaths caused by air pollution rivals the number of civilians killed nationwide every year by…

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The Plastic Bag Ban: Convenience Has Its Consequences

Billions of plastic bags are given away each year by grocery stores across the globe, polluting the planet and our bodies. Over the past year, Wales has seen the number of plastic bags given away by stores fall by up to 96%. What could this country have done to force such a dramatic drop? Wales…

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Coke’s Plant Plastics: Not The Real Thing?

Plastic. Is. Everywhere. Though many people hate to admit it, plastic is an essential part of our day to day lives (although some people are pushing the no-plastics envelope). We hear the question “Paper or plastic?” every time we leave the grocery store. Small children clutch their favorite super hero toys in small palms, those…

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