Environmental Health

"'It Was Our Job. We Had To Eat.'"

"Sitting at the kitchen table with his wife, Carole, Mervin Klees recalled showing up to work at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe train shops outside West Burlington. He and his coworkers would file into the massive locomotive repair building early in the morning, where the maintenance crew sometimes had re-fitted the pipes in the ceiling the night before. To get to the pipes, workers would have to cut through the asbestos insulation."

Source: Burlington Hawkeye, 05/15/2012

"FDA Delays Sunscreen Rules. Again."

"If you've been following the epic saga of the FDA's long-awaited sunscreen regulations, you probably won't be surprised to hear that the agency has pushed back enforcement of its latest set of rules from this summer to mid-December of this year. The rules -- you know, someday—will bar manufacturers from making outlandish claims on their labels (no more SPF 150)."

Source: Mother Jones, 05/14/2012

"USDA To Test Beef for More Strains of E. Coli"

"On her 14th birthday, Kayla Boner got her driver's permit and then went home complaining of stomach-bug symptoms that landed her in the hospital two days later. Antibiotics didn't work. Kayla's condition deteriorated. Her kidneys failed. She had a seizure and went on a ventilator. Soon after, her brain activity ceased. Just 11 days after her symptoms surfaced, Kayla's distraught parents decided not to keep her on life support."

Source: Wash Post, 05/14/2012

SEJ Member Spotlight: William Souder

Freelance writer William Souder has reported on a wide variety of environmental subjects and is the author of three books, including the forthcoming On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson, marking the 50th anniversary of Carson's Silent Spring — and, by extension, a half century of environmentalism.

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"Chikungunya Disease In NYC? Warming Could Make It Happen"

"NEW YORK -- The name of the disease, chikungunya, means 'that which bends' in an African language, and it describes the posture of its victims, bent over by severe joint pain. Once a sporadic problem in Africa and Asia, this viral disease has been expanding its range since 2004, even spreading within Italy. And, with some help from global warming, New York City could be next, Laura Harrington, a medical entomologist at Cornell University warned on Tuesday here at Cornell."

Source: LiveScience, 05/10/2012
May 16, 2012

Sustainability and Certification Impacts

To air the evidence that sustainability certification is achieving its goals, the Rainforest Alliance presents this daylong workshop in New York where leading executives, producers and sustainability experts from around the world will gather to share and contextualize current data on diverse impacts of the sustainability certification movement. Journalists and bloggers are invited to attend and cover.

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"Food-Packaging Chemical Could Lead To Breast Cancer, Study Finds"

"A new study of fetal exposure to BPA, a plastic additive found in some food packaging, shows that the chemical altered the mammary gland development in monkeys. The researchers reported that the changes they observed in the monkeys reinforce concerns that BPA - bisphenol A - could contribute to breast cancer in women."

Source: McClatchy, 05/08/2012

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