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220+ medical journals unite to call for urgent action on climate emergency

Asserting that humanity “cannot wait for the pandemic to pass” before acting to rapidly reduce carbon emissions fueling the climate emergency, more than 220 health journals around the world on Sunday published an unprecedented joint editorial calling for “urgent action to keep average global temperature increases below 1.5°C, halt the destruction of nature, and protect health.” […]

September 7th

Exposure to wildfire smoke linked to preterm births

As many as 7,000 babies were born prematurely because of exposure to wildfire smoke between 2007 and 2012, new research from Stanford discovered. The study, published in <a href=”https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S001393512101166X?via%3Dihub” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener”>Environmental Research</a>, found the more days a pregnant person was exposed to smoke the more likely they were to have a preterm birth. […]

August 28th

‘Victory for Environmental Justice’: Review Ordered for Proposed Cancer Alley Plastics Complex

Environmental justice and climate campaigners celebrated after a federal official on Wednesday ordered a detailed review of the impacts of a massive Formosa Plastics complex set to be built on over 2,000 acres in an area of Louisiana long known as “Cancer Alley.”   By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “Today’s announcement is the ultimate David v. […]

August 20th

Eliminating carbon emissions by 2050 would avoid 74 million premature deaths this century

Providing further evidence of the deadly consequences of the fossil fuel-driven climate emergency and the far-reaching health benefits of decarbonization, new research out Thursday shows that eliminating greenhouse gas emissions within the next three decades would save tens of millions of lives around the world. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams Roughly 74 million lives could be […]

August 3rd

Male infertility is rising – studies show that environmental toxins could be a reason

In the U.S., nearly 1 in 8 couples struggles with infertility. Unfortunately, physicians like me who specialize in reproductive medicine are unable to determine the cause of male infertility around 30% to 50% of the time. There is almost nothing more disheartening than telling a couple “I don’t know” or “There’s nothing I can do […]

July 30th

Urban oil wells linked to asthma and other health problems in Los Angeles

When California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a goal to phase out oil drilling statewide by 2045, he focused on its impact on climate change. But oil drilling is also a health problem, particularly in Los Angeles, where thousands of oil wells still dot the city. These wells can emit toxic chemicals such as benzene and […]

Could EPA ban glyphosphate? Monsanto’s parent Bayer mulls pulling Roundup

After a federal judge rejected a $2 billion class-action proposal from Bayer to avert future lawsuits alleging its popular Roundup herbicide causes cancer, the pharmaceutical and chemical giant announced Thursday that it would consider ending sales of the glyphosate-based weedkiller for residential use in the United States. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams In a statement, […]

May 28th

Fracked gas IS a bridge… to tens of thousands of premature deaths

A new study by researchers at Harvard University confirmed Wednesday that natural gas and wood as energy sources—billed by proponents as “cleaner” alternatives to coal and oil—are a major threat to public health and are responsible for pollution which causes tens of thousands of premature deaths each year. By Julia Conley Common Dreams The study, published in […]

May 6th

COVID-19 mortality rates are higher in communities with poor air quality

A UCLA-led study found neighborhoods with the worst air pollution saw a 60% increase in deaths from COVID-19, compared with communities with the best air quality. By Dan Bacher Below is the press release from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health: LOS ANGELES (April 14, 2021) – A research project led by the UCLA Fielding […]

April 16th

Minimum Viable Planet: Body cues for climate blues (Am I sad, or did I just eat bad cheese?)

I think about this short little piece by the lovely Edith Zimmerman about once a fortnight because it introduced me to a simple concept I hadn’t known: Interoception. Or, the sense of the internal state of the body. It’s so obvious and yet so often missed, even among those of us (me!) who like to think we know how to […]

March 21st

Lawmakers urge President Biden to block massive new petrochemical complex in Cancer Alley

A pair of lawmakers known for fighting for environmental justice in Congress sent a letter to the White House on Wednesday urging President Joe Biden to deliver on his campaign promises to curb pollution in frontline communities by permanently blocking a large petrochemical complex in an area of Louisiana called “Cancer Alley.”   By Jessica Corbett Common […]

March 18th

Elevated levels of ethylbenzene, styrene, and toluene in children living near fracking wells

“While financial analysts, policymakers, and massive corporations squabble over the finer points of the fracking debate, families living amidst the wells day in and day out live in constant fear about what the industry might cost them—if they had another child, would they need to worry about birth defects? Are these exposures increasing their kids’ cancer risk? Would it […]

March 5th

What are phthalates, and how do they put children’s health at risk?

By Stephanie Eick, University of California, San Francisco The Conversation You may not realize it, but you likely encounter phthalates every day. These chemicals are found in many plastics, including food packaging, and they can migrate into food products during processing. They’re in personal care products like shampoos, soaps and laundry detergents, and in the […]

February 27th

Carbon Brief: Health benefits of Paris climate goals could save millions of lives by 2040

On World Health Day in 2008, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that “protecting human health is the ‘bottom line’ of climate change strategies”. The WHO went on to describe climate change as “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century”. This is because – through its effects on food security, heatwaves, floods, storms, wildfires, infectious diseases, air quality, migration, conflict and mental health – climate change both exacerbates […]

February 24th

Has ExxonMobil murdered millions of people with the pollution from the fossil fuels it sells?

For decades, polluters and their apologists have conducted a concerted campaign to discredit and destroy science they knew showed how burning fossil fuels is a public health threat. (There’s even a pithy hashtag!) Then, in the 1990s, when the EPA considered regulating second-hand smoke, the tobacco industry devised a plan to substantially restrict the science EPA […]

February 11th