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First Alaskan Children’s Environmental Health Summit: Oct 5-6, 2016

8/1/2016: CHE Partner Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT) is organizing a Children’s Environmental Health Summit – the first of its kind in Alaska – on October 5 and 6, 2016 at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage. The purpose of the summit is to bring together scientists, Alaska Native tribal and community leaders, health care professionals, parents, policy makers, teachers, students, and children’s advocates to discuss the latest science about the health disparities experienced by children of Alaska and the Arctic and to develop recommendations to protect the health of children at the top of the world. To find out more, see ACAT’s announcement.

EDCs and Metabolic Disease in Children

7/13/2016: CHE Core Advisory committee members Karin Russ, MS, RN, and Sarah Howard, MS, have just published “Developmental Exposure to Environmental Chemicals and Metabolic Changes in Children” in the journal, Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care. This review summarizes the epidemiological evidence linking environmental exposures during early development and metabolic outcomes in infancy and childhood. See the publication for a summary of resources available for health care providers to support patients in reducing chemical exposures and for policy recommendations to improve public health.

Europe’s Dark Cloud: Coal dust kills 23,000 per year

7/8/2016: This week, CHE partner the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) and several other organizations based in the European Union released a new report titled, ‘Europe’s Dark Cloud: How coal-burning countries are making their neighbours sick’. Read the report to learn more about the health costs associated with individual coal power plants in 28 EU countries and how coal pollution travels geographically. In addition to the report, see video presentations from leading experts in health and research on HEAL's webpage. Also see news coverage at phys.org.

Gas Production, Air Quality, and Community Health

7/6/2016: “When the Wind Blows: Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Gas Fields and Impacted Communities,” a community-based research report, was just published. For two years, residents in a town in Wyoming collaborated with researchers, environmental experts, and health experts to test their air quality and the burden of chemicals circulating in their bodies with the suspicion that local oil and gas production activities were polluting their air. The study develops new methods for combined air and biomonitoring, assesses health hazards of the chemicals found, and provides policy recommendations for protection of workers and their communities.

New Scientific Consensus Statement Released on Neurotoxic Chemicals

7/1/2016: An unprecedented alliance of leading scientists, medical experts, and children’s health advocates agree for the first time that the latest scientific evidence supports a link between exposures to toxic chemicals in food and everyday products and children’s risks for neurodevelopmental disorders. The alliance, known as Project TENDR, released a Consensus Statement today calling for immediate action to significantly reduce exposures to toxic chemicals to protect brain development for current and future generations. CHE and many partner organizations have been involved in TENDR since its inception in 2014. See full press release, consensus statement, and background materials on the project’s website. Also of note, CHE will be holding a partnership call on Project TENDR and the Consensus Statement on July 12. To join the call, RSVP here.

New Features on EPA’s EJSCREEN: A focus on vulnerable populations

6/16/2016: The EPA released the latest version of EJSCREEN, a screening and mapping tool focused on issues of environmental justice. This tool highlights locations that have disproportionate burdens of environmental pollution and populations that are more vulnerable to exposures. New features include environmental indicators for cancer risk and respiratory disease, scalable maps, map side-by-side comparison, and the addition of Puerto Rico. If you want to learn more about this tool, its design, and how to use it, register for a free informational webinar. CHE will be listening too!

TSCA Reform Bill Signed into Law

6/23/2016: Many CHE partners have been working for years to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 in order to strengthen public health protection from harmful toxic chemical exposures. On June 22 the Frank R Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was signed into law. Though CHE doesn’t work directly on legislation, the emerging environmental health science that we continuously highlight through our conference calls, listservs, social media, etc. has served as the basis for pressing for the overhaul of TSCA. For more information about the implications of the Act, here are two different analyses: Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families and the Environmental Defense Fund. See our call page to learn more about our upcoming Partnership call!

A Story of Health

Multimedia eBook
receives high praise

4/23/15: Your health. The environment. What’s the story? CHE and partners have created A Story of Health multimedia eBook to investigate just that.

The eBook is usable by parents and individuals who have no formal training in science or medicine, but it also has layers of additional information and materials for physicians, nurses, and other clinicians who want to dig deeper. In fact, free continuing education credits are available for health professionals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

A Story of Health has received high praise from health leaders across the country. Brian Linde, MD, Pediatric Hospitalist at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, said, “This is a fantastic resource. It is compelling, educational, and engaging, and will absolutely make a difference.” Lawrence Rosen, MD, Founder of The Whole Child Center, added, “A Story of Health is the most engaging and compelling environmental health resource I’ve experienced. I recommend it for all who care our planet and the impact we have on its health—and vice versa.” Read more testimonials about the value of A Story of Health.

A Story of Health was developed by ATSDR, the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), the University of California, San Francisco, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (UCSF PEHSU), the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, California EPA (OEHHA), and the Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN).


 
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EHN News
30 Jul Philadelphia punditry. What was?and wasn't?said at the two conventions previews how the environment will play as the presidential race heads into the homestretch. Environmental Health News.

30 Jul Bayer says will halt future U.S. sales of insecticide. The agricultural unit of German chemicals company Bayer AG will halt future U.S. sales of an insecticide that can be used on more than 200 crops after losing a fight with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the company said on Friday. Reuters.

30 Jul Environmentalists blast TVA plan to leave coal ash at power plants. TVA will close and cap 10 coal ash ponds at power plants across the Valley, but the federal utility will not dig up and remove the toxic coal residues as many environmentalists urged to limit future groundwater and soil pollution. Chattanooga Times Free Press.

30 Jul Trump indicates towns, states should be able to ban fracking. Donald Trump seemed to support state and local bans on fracking in a Colorado interview Friday.   In a departure from the usual position of Republicans and the wishes of the oil and natural gas industry, the GOP nominee for president said he thinks voters should be able to ban fracking at the state and local level, despite his personal support for the practice. The Hill.

30 Jul England's plastic bag usage drops 85% since 5p charge introduced. The number of single-use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has plummeted by more than 85% after the introduction of a 5p charge last October, early figures suggest. The Guardian.

30 Jul GMO wheat found in Washington state could affect US trade. Genetically modified wheat not approved for sale or commercial production in the United States has been found growing in a field in Washington state, agriculture officials said Friday, posing a possible risk to trade with countries concerned about engineered food. Associated Press.

30 Jul Where are the world?s most water-stressed cities? More than 2.5 billion people don?t have access to basic levels of fresh water for at least one month each year ? a situation growing ever more critical as urban populations expand rapidly. The Guardian.

30 Jul Suncor proposes leaving oil sands in ground to cut greenhouse gas emission intensity. A proposal by oil sands giant Suncor Energy to leave some of its more difficult-to-produce reserves in the ground, to reduce emissions and costs, is being endorsed by environmentalists ? but not by rival producer Cenovus Energy. Globe and Mail.

30 Jul GMO labels are now the law of the land. We?re officially a country that labels GMOs now. President Obama signed a bill on Friday that requires food companies to label products with genetically engineered ingredients. They can do this by writing it on the box, slapping on a symbol, or applying a Quick Response (QR) code ? something like a barcode. For more on the law, check out our previous coverage. Grist.

30 Jul New water supply to Saskatchewan city to deal with Husky oil spill by weekend. Saskatchewan's third-largest city was expecting to have alternate sources of water on the weekend to help deal with an oil spill that has tainted the river it usually draws from. National Observer.

 

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