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World Environmental Health Day

9/23/2016: Every year on September 26, the International Federation of Environmental Health celebrates World Environmental Health Day. This year’s theme is ‘Tobacco control…a response to the global tobacco pandemic’. To bring awareness to this topic, CHE has showcased a blog posting from Stanton Glantz, PhD, professor and researcher with the University of California’s Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, focused on how e-cigarettes are expanding the tobacco epidemic. As Dr. Glantz makes clear, new technologies are not necessarily the answer to 6 million tobacco-related deaths that occur globally every year.

Toxipedia to Merge with CHE

9/16/2016: We are very pleased to announce that Toxipedia's wealth of resources is being integrated into CHE's greatly expanded and updated website to be launched soon. Brain child of long-time CHE partner Steve G. Gilbert, PhD, Toxipedia has tens of thousands of visitors a month seeking information on the impact of toxic chemicals on our health, the history of toxicology, practical solutions and much more. Look for more announcements about our new website in the coming weeks!

September Calls

9/2/2016: CHE welcomes you back from summer break. We have an exciting lineup of calls planned for this month. We will engage with experts on integrative cancer therapy, a new method of targeting cancer cells with less negative impacts to health; we will revisit TSCA reform with an eye towards implementation; and we will hear from the Director of the NIEHS on the accomplishments and future of endocrine disruption research. You can RSVP for our calls in the left sidebar of this page. We look forward to learning together.

A Story of Health is Filling the Gap in Environmental Health Literacy

8/1/2016: The award-winning multi-media eBook and online CE course, A Story of Health, has received further recognition in today’s publication of Environmental Health Perspectives. CHE and its partners launched the first three chapters of the eBook last year and expect to release the next chapter, focused on reproductive health, soon. In the past year, A Story of Health online CE course offered by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has received three times more registrations than the next most popular course that ATSDR offers. 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. Click here to see the eBook.

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.

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
25 Sep Dozens of U.S., Canadian tribes unite against proposed oil pipelines. U.S. Native American tribes and Canadian First Nations are banding together to "collectively challenge and resist" proposals to build more pipelines from tar sands in Alberta, Canada. At least 50 First Nations and tribes signed a treaty on Thursday at ceremonies held in Vancouver and Montreal. National Public Radio.

25 Sep Lawsuit claims Dalton, Ga., carpet companies polluted Alabama drinking water with chemical linked to cancer. An Alabama water utility is suing North Georgia's carpet manufacturers, saying they polluted the Conasauga and Coosa rivers with toxic chemicals that have undermined the quality of drinking supplies and encouraged many customers to switch to bottled water. Chattanooga Times Free Press.

25 Sep Florida residents sue Mosaic over sinkhole. Three Florida residents have filed a lawsuit against Mosaic Co. that seeks to hold the fertilizer company responsible for potential contamination of their drinking water wells after a 45-foot-wide sinkhole opened at one of its plants, releasing wastewater into an underground aquifer. Wall Street Journal.

25 Sep How to raise an environmentalist. How do we encourage people?especially our kids?to care more and take action? Yes! Magazine.

25 Sep Iowa, Wisconsin prepare for flooding. It's a tense waiting game for people facing flood threats from swollen rivers and creeks in parts of Iowa and Wisconsin. CNN.

25 Sep Living in a resistant world. It is hard to grapple with the possibility that the smallest of entities may pose the biggest of problems for our society. The Varsity, Toronto.

25 Sep Toxic algal bloom explodes in Chesapeake Bay this summer. Toxic algae that first turned up in the York River in 2007 hasn't merely taken hold ? its bloom has exploded this summer in the Chesapeake Bay and beyond, expanding farther and lasting longer than scientists have ever seen before. Newport News Daily Press.

25 Sep Shell Oil could lose millions over false California environmental cleanup claims. Nailed by a private whistleblower over false claims, Shell Oil Co. has forfeited a chance to collect up to $150 million from a state-run fund that reimburses oil companies for cleaning up leaking underground storage tanks. Sacramento Bee.

25 Sep No on GMO "Measure M": The science just doesn?t warrant it. Eleven years ago, voters were at the center of a food fight over whether genetically engineered crops should be banned in Sonoma County. Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

25 Sep It's time to unmask the Superfund talks once and for all. In the Butte Superfund cleanup, the longest-running Kabuki production this side of the Pacific, what appears to be rational is routinely dismissed as fantasy, and what appears to be real is frequently revealed to be chimera. Butte Montana Standard.

 

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