Chemicals

Environmental Factors Affect Aging Brains

Researchers are finding increasing evidence that environmental factors -- ranging from exposure to toxic chemicals to physical and mental exercise -- can have important effects on aging brains. While older people may have a surprising capacity for neurological regeneration, chemical exposures (even exposures earlier in life) have been linked to neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.

Source: EHP, 09/18/2014
September 24, 2014

Estimation of Community Exposure to Toxic Releases: A Perspective from the Geography of Public Health

This free webinar from the Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and EPA's TRI Program, Noon - 1:30 p.m. EDT, will feature Dr. Jamison Conley, associate professor of geography at West Virginia University.

Pesticides A Concern for Aquatic Life in Most U.S. Urban Streams: Study

"Some of the more than 500 million pounds (220 million kg) of pesticides used yearly in the United States are concentrated at levels that pose a concern for fish and water-dwelling insects, the U.S. Geological Survey report on pesticides from 1992 to 2011 said. The levels seldom topped human health standards."

Source: Reuters, 09/12/2014

Firm Seeks To Silence Fracking Pollution Concerns with Defamation Suit

The video of Steve Lipsky setting his drinking water on fire nearly went viral on You Tube. The fracking company he thinks caused the problem is suing him for defamation. Now that case is headed for the Texas Supreme Court. Oral arguments are scheduled for December 4.

White House Nears Decision Shielding Frack Chem Disclosure

BLM has drafted a "final" rule — but that must be approved by the White House Office of Management and Budget, which often serves as a backroom channel for industry to change regulations. The final product — still undetermined — is likely to be a disappointment to those who had hoped for Obama administration leadership on fracking disclosure.

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