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Sign the petition: There’s no “controversy” around gas stoves

You’ve heard about the controversy, here’s the facts: Gas stoves are bad for your health, and especially the health of children living in the same home (enclosed space) as them.  They’re also super-bad for the climate, with roughly a third of US homes using this dirty, toxic fossil fuel to cook their food, and our climate. By RL […]

January 19th

EPA updates rules on dangerous soot (but could have done a lot more for at-risk communities)

While welcoming efforts to update U.S. air quality standards for soot, environmental and public health advocates on Friday warned that the Biden administration’s new proposal falls woefully short of what’s needed to protect vulnerable communities from deadly pollution. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declined to make any changes during the industry-friendly Trump administration, […]

January 10th

How to keep COVID-safe this Christmas

It’s Christmas 2020 and COVID-19 is unfortunately still here. Many people are visiting loved ones, including vulnerable family members. So, to try to keep our loved ones safe during this festive period, there are two questions we need to answer: what’s the best thing to do for me and my family this Christmas? And if we […]

December 24th

Science: COVID or the common cold? What to do if you have symptoms this Christmas

There’s a lot to be jolly about this Christmas. COVID has been significantly, although not completely, “defanged”, thanks to vaccines and treatments. Christmas dos, nativity plays and New Years Eve parties are all back on the festive calendar. Simon Nicholas Williams, Swansea University The Conversation However, the return to “normal” brings with it the return […]

December 23rd

The cost they don’t talk about: Burning fossil fuels kills MILLIONS every year

“Health at the mercy of fossil fuels” is the headline of the 2022 Lancet Countdown on Health and  Climate Change that was released by the renowned medical journal Tuesday. The seventh annual report tracks 43 health and climate indicators, including exposure to extreme heat. This year’s edition is another grim study of how our “fossil fuel addiction” is killing us. By […]

November 5th

Earth Matters: The next pandemic could be a virus released from melting glaciers by climate change

Nearly four years ago, an analysis published in the journal Science found that the oceans were warming 40% faster than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had reported in its fifth climate assessment in 2014. This week that acceleration was confirmed in a paper published in the journal Nature Reviews. It found that the top 2,000 meters of the oceans have […]

October 21st

Going fossil fuel free: Is your gas stove terrible for your health?

Cooks love their gadgets, from countertop slow cookers to instant-read thermometers. Now, there’s increasing interest in magnetic induction cooktops – surfaces that cook much faster than conventional stoves, without igniting a flame or heating an electric coil. Jonathan Levy, Boston University The Conversation Some of this attention is overdue: Induction has long been popular in […]

September 17th

How would you like lung cancer? New study shows how fossil fuels fill our lungs with deadly pollution

Experts emphasized the importance of more ambitiously addressing air pollution from fossil fuels after the presentation of a new breakthrough on lung cancer in Paris on Saturday. Scientists at the Francis Crick Institute and University College London (UCL) shared their findings—part of the TRACERx lung study funded by Cancer Research U.K.—at the annual conference of the European Society […]

September 12th

9/11 survivors’ exposure to toxic dust and the chronic health conditions that followed offer lessons that are still too often unheeded

The 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York resulted in the loss of 2,753 people in the Twin Towers and surrounding area. After the attack, more than 100,000 responders and recovery workers from every U.S. state – along with some 400,000 residents and other workers around ground zero – were exposed […]

September 11th

If you thought this summer’s heat waves were bad, a new study has some disturbing news about dangerous heat in the future

As global temperatures rise, people in the tropics, including places like India and Africa’s Sahel region, will likely face dangerously hot conditions almost daily by the end of the century – even as the world reduces its greenhouse gas emissions, a new study shows. David Battisti, University of Washington The Conversation The mid-latitudes, including the […]

August 26th

Cancer Alley: Can the EPA Get Environmental Justice Right?

In 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency promised justice in the Texas town of Port Arthur. Some residents say the EPA failed then, but now they see a potential path forward. By Nancy Averett Ensia Plopping down on a plush sofa next to his ailing mother, Dennis Mitchell sighs and shakes his head when asked […]

August 26th

How to destroy a ‘forever chemical’ – scientists are discovering ways to eliminate PFAS, but this growing global health problem isn’t going away soon

PFAS chemicals seemed like a good idea at first. As Teflon, they made pots easier to clean starting in the 1940s. They made jackets waterproof and carpets stain-resistant. Food wrappers, firefighting foam, even makeup seemed better with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. A. Daniel Jones, Michigan State University and Hui Li, Michigan State University The Conversation […]

August 22nd