Environmental Health

"Australia Tells Thousands To Leave Homes As Bushfire Threatens Perth"

"Strong winds threatening to fan a bushfire prompted Australia on Wednesday to urge thousands of people to leave their homes in the provincial capital of Perth, complicating a lockdown after the state detected its first coronavirus infection in 10 months."

Source: Reuters, 02/03/2021

"Biden Orders Sweeping Review Of Government Science Integrity Policies"

"President Joe Biden today [Jan. 27] created a task force that will conduct a 120-day review of scientific integrity policies across the U.S. government, including documenting instances in which “improper political interference” interfered with research or led to the suppression or distortion of data."

Source: Science, 02/03/2021

"Firefighters Battle an Unseen Hazard: Their Gear Could Be Toxic"

"This week, in a first, firefighters are demanding independent testing for cancer-linked chemicals known as PFAS in their gear and that their union drop sponsorships from chemical and equipment makers."

"Every day at work for 15 years, Sean Mitchell, a captain in the Nantucket Fire Department, has put on the bulky suit that protects him from the heat and flames he faces on the job. But last year, he and his team came across unsettling research: Toxic chemicals on the very equipment meant to protect their lives could instead be making them gravely ill.

Source: NYTimes, 02/02/2021

"A Consensus Builder for E.P.A. When Some Want a Fighter"

"As Michael S. Regan was settling in as North Carolina’s top environmental regulator in a new Democratic administration, a powerful Republican wanted to send a message to the young head of the state’s Department of Environmental Quality."

Source: NYTimes, 02/02/2021

Sea Lions Are Dying From Mysterious Cancer. The Culprits? Herpes and DDT

"On a former Cold War missile base perched high above the Golden Gate Bridge, in what is now the largest marine mammal hospital in the world, Frances Gulland still remembers the shock she felt when she first started working here as a veterinarian 26 years ago."

Source: LA Times, 02/01/2021

"Biden Environmental Challenge: Filling Vacant Scientist Jobs"

"Polluting factories go uninspected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Leadership positions sit vacant at the U.S. Geological Survey’s climate science centers. And U.S. Department of Agriculture research into environmental issues important to farmers is unfinished."

Source: AP, 02/01/2021
March 11, 2021

Tom Pelton: Blue Collar Environmentalism and the Red/Blue Divide

Journalist and author Tom Pelton will speak via Zoom, 6:00 p.m. ET, about how focusing on nuts and bolts issues like litter, sewage, and septic systems can help bridge the divide between 'red' and 'blue' America over environmental issues. Q&A to follow.



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