SEJ's Fund for Environmental Journalism Awards Grants to Journalists in Three Reporting Categories

In the Summer 2015 cycle of the Fund for Environmental Journalism, SEJ awarded $43,683 in grants to 11 journalism projects in three reporting categories. Pictured: Cynthia Graber (right) and Nicola Twilley of Gastropod, an an award-winning podcast that looks at food through the lens of science and history.

Groups' Efforts for Disclosure of Pesticide "Inerts" Grinds On

Whether pesticides harm the birds and bees — or human health — matters a lot. One of the public's protections is the requirement for disclosure in the nation's pesticide laws. Three groups, represented by Earthjustice, argue that EPA has authority under current federal pesticide law to require disclosure of inert ingredients.

Alternative Vaccination Schedule Presents More Risks Than Benefits

Donald Trump's statement, during the September 16, 2015, debate, that vaccinations cause autism contradicted science and endangered human lives, doctors say. Moreover, the idea (expressed by several candidates) that scheduling childhood vaccinations less frequently than pediatricians recommend also endangers the health of children.

Source: NPR, 09/18/2015

"Greening Health Care"



"Greening Health Care: How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet"

By Kathy Gerwig
Oxford University Press, $27.95


“Greening Health Care: How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet” is an important book that could have far-reaching implications for the American health-care industry.

People concerned about the escalating costs of going to the doctor — that includes just about all of us — should read it.

"Ebola Vaccine Works, Offering 100% Protection in African Trial"

"A highly unusual clinical trial in Guinea has shown for the first time that an Ebola vaccine protects people from the deadly virus. The study, published online today by The Lancet, shows that the injection offered contacts of Ebola cases 100% protection starting 10 days after they received a single shot of the vaccine, which is produced by Merck. Scientists say the vaccine could help to finally bring an end to the epidemic in West Africa, now more than 18 months old."

Source: Science, 08/03/2015

Are Health Warnings on Soda Unconstitutional? Industry Says Yes

The American Beverage Association, California State Outdoor Advertising Association and California Retailers Association sued San Francisco for requiring health warnings on advertisements for certain sugary beverages when posted on city property, saying it violates their First Amendment rights.


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