Environmental Health

"U.S. Air Quality Was Improving. Now It’s Getting Worse"

"New data may signal a deadly change in America’s environmental health."

"After years of decline, a spike in air pollution may have taken the lives of almost 10,000 additional Americans over two years.

Following a 24% drop between 2009 and 2016, particulate matter air pollution in the U.S. increased 5.5% in 2017 and 2018, according to a new analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data by two Carnegie Mellon economists.

The working paper published this week by the National Bureau of Economic Research may signal a deadly change in U.S. environmental health.

Source: Bloomberg, 10/23/2019

Scientist Who Discredited Meat Guidelines Didn’t Report Past Food Industry Ties

"A surprising new study challenged decades of nutrition advice and gave consumers the green light to eat more red and processed meat. But what the study didn’t say is that its lead author has past research ties to the meat and food industry."

Source: NY Times, 10/21/2019

Trump Officials Say Aid To Puerto Rico Was Knowingly Stalled After Maria

"Two officials with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) acknowledged during a hearing this week that the agency knowingly stalled sending hurricane relief funding to Puerto Rico after missing a legally required deadline to do so."

Source: The Hill, 10/21/2019

"Cummings Helped Bring Flint Water Crisis to National Stage"

"Rep. Elijah Cummings, a longtime Maryland Democrat best known for his role as the top congressional watchdog of the Trump administration, was a chief force in propelling the Flint, Mich., water crisis to the national stage."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 10/18/2019

"Koch Alumnus At EPA Worked On Toxic Chemical Despite Recusal Plan"

"The Trump administration official leading the Environmental Protection Agency’s research office took part in conversations about a health assessment of formaldehyde even while planning to recuse himself from the issue because of his previous work for one of the country's biggest producers of the toxic substance."

Source: Politico, 10/18/2019

"Pa. Refinery Blast Spewed Deadly Gas; 'Lucky' No Fatalities"

"A towering explosion at a century-old Philadelphia oil refinery earlier this year released 5,239 pounds of a hydrofluoric acid, federal investigators said today, the first time they have seen releases of the potentially deadly chemical during a refinery blast."

Source: Greenwire, 10/17/2019


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