Environmental Health

"Trump's Top Environmental Adviser Says Pesticides Aren't Bad for You"

"To lead the transition of the Environmental Protection Agency, President-elect Donald Trump settled on notorious climate change denier Myron Ebell. The decision rattled climate activists ... Farm chemicals, too, would likely flow unabated if Ebell's agenda comes to dominate Trump's EPA."

Source: Mother Jones, 11/17/2016

"Will Our Food be Safe Under Trump?"

"On the campaign trail, Donald Trump railed against what he called the 'FDA food police' and 'inspection overkill.' He has said he’d dramatically overhaul and limit federal government regulations. Now, big questions have arisen about how far he’ll go to scale back the incremental work done in recent years to keep pesticides, GMOs, and additives out of the food supply."

Source: Civil Eats, 11/17/2016

"Tests Show Monsanto Weed Killer in Cheerios, Other Popular Foods"

"Independent testing on an array of popular American food products found many samples contained residue levels of the weed killer called glyphosate, leading the nonprofit organization behind the testing to call for corporate and regulatory action to address consumer safety concerns."

Source: USRTK/Huffington Post, 11/16/2016

"Mirroring A Drop In Emissions, Mercury In Tuna Also Declines"

"For years, public health experts have warned against eating certain kinds of fish, including tuna, that tend to accumulate mercury. Still, tuna consumption provides more mercury to U.S. consumers than any other source. But recently, as industry cuts down on its mercury emissions, research has found mercury concentrations in some fish are dropping."

Source: Science Daily, 11/15/2016

Infrastructure — Covering the Hidden, Neglected Stories

With the nation's infrastructure suddenly atop the political agenda, thanks to incoming President Trump, Circle of Blue reporter Brett Walton talks with SEJournal Online about his award-winning series on the neglected risks of septic system pollution, in our latest 'Inside Story' Q&A. 

"What Can Donald Trump Do to Screw Up the Planet?"

"Trump certainly can’t dismantle climate action and the clean energy economy as quickly as he’s promised (day one), and in some cases, he won’t be able to do it at all. But here’s what’s on his hit list, along with an analysis of what he can and can’t do."

Source: Grist, 11/14/2016

"Canada’s Big Dams Produce Clean Energy, and High Levels of Mercury"

"Protests. Hunger strikes. Sit-ins that disrupt construction. At the immense Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam project in a remote and rugged part of Labrador, the indigenous people who live nearby have been raising louder and louder alarms. But it is not about the dam itself. The controversy is over what will flow from it."

Source: NY Times, 11/11/2016

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