Environmental Health

Disruptive, Disappointing, Chaotic: Shutdown Upends Scientific Research

"Kay Behrensmeyer was supposed to be preparing for a three-week expedition to look for evidence of ancient humans in Kenya. Instead, she spent Thursday packing her research permits, her fossil-collecting supplies, and maps she’d spent weeks compiling and annotating by hand into a FedEx box, which she shipped to a junior colleague on the project. Behrensmeyer, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the National Museum of Natural History, wasn’t going anywhere. The federal government was shut down."

Source: Washington Post, 01/02/2019

"Trash, Toilet Odor Build At National Parks Amid Government Shutdown"

"California's Joshua Tree National Park on Wednesday will become the latest casualty of the federal government's partial shutdown, closing campgrounds amid health and safety concerns over near-capacity pit toilets."

Source: CNN, 01/02/2019

New EPA Plan Could Free Coal Plants to Release More Mercury Into the Air

"The Trump administration proposed on Friday major changes to the way the federal government calculates the benefits, in human health and safety, of restricting mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants."

Source: NY Times, 12/31/2018

Climate Team, and Its Boss, Just Got Harder to Find at Top Health Agency

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has quietly folded its Climate and Health Program into a branch that studies asthma and expunged the word climate from the name of the newly consolidated office, the agency confirmed on Thursday."

Source: NY Times, 12/21/2018

Detroit School Leader’s Reaction To Lead In Water: Shut Off The Taps

"The results landed on Nikolai Vitti’s desk on a late summer afternoon, days before Detroit’s nearly 50,000 public school students would return to class. The findings were definitive and disturbing: In initial tests, two-thirds of schools showed alarming levels of lead in the water."

Source: Washington Post, 12/20/2018

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