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Extreme Heat Threatens Babies In Utero

Extreme Heat Threatens Babies In Utero

Just a couple of weeks ago we wrote about a study that revealed that a child born today will experience a world that is more than 4˚C warmer by the time they turn 71 years old, which will threaten their health at every stage of their life. Now, a new study shows that climate change […]

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Don’t Let Food Contamination Spoil Your Thanksgiving

Don’t Let Food Contamination Spoil Your Thanksgiving

CNN reported that dozens of people have fallen ill across more than 15 states from food contamination in recent days.  Keep reading for the products to avoid — especially lettuce in pre-packaged bags and romaine lettuce from Salinas, California.

Why This Matters:  No one wants to have Thanksgiving ruined by foodborne illnesses that are preventable if you get the warning.    So watch closely for any warnings and food recall notices that the government puts out.

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Mark Ruffalo Uses Star Power to Push For Passage of PFAS Legislation

Yesterday, in a tour-de-force of star power, the actor and activist Mark Ruffalo crisscrossed Washington. D.C. — from a Washington Post Live event, to a Capitol Hill press conference, to testifying at a House hearing answering questions from Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, to a screening of his new film “Dark Waters” at the Motion Picture Association –– all to make the point that it is high time for the government to act to keep the public safe from a little-known but ubiquitous toxin called PFAS (also known as “Forever Chemicals” because they never break down) that can now be found in the bloodstream of 99% of all Americans

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Climate Change Risks the Lifelong Health of All Kids Alive Today

Climate Change Risks the Lifelong Health of All Kids Alive Today

According to the Lancet’s 2019 Countdown report, the worst effects of climate change will fall to the youngest, and most dire for them lie ahead.

Bottom Line: Children alive today stand to experience significant public health risks unless we take drastic action on climate change.

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Limit Science By Requiring “Transparency” — EPA’s New Strategy

Limit Science By Requiring “Transparency” — EPA’s New Strategy

The New York Times reported on Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is preparing to issue a new draft of a controversial rule they floated once before, but have now expanded, that would request raw data for nearly every study the EPA considers in preparing regulatory rulemakings, including confidential medical records.

Why This Matters: Scientists and public health groups believe that this proposal will not increase the reliability and public accountability of the rulemaking process.  Instead, this rule will make it more difficult to enact new clean air and water rules because many studies linking pollution to health problems rely on patient information provided under confidentiality agreements. 

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J & J Pulls 33,000 Bottles of Baby Powder After Asbestos Traces Are Found in Testing

J & J Pulls 33,000 Bottles of Baby Powder After Asbestos Traces Are Found in Testing

Johnson & Johnson (J&J), the makers of baby powder and many other baby and beauty products, was forced to recall 33,000 bottles of baby powder in the United States after the Food and Drug Administration found trace amounts of asbestos, a known carcinogen, in samples taken from a bottle purchased online.  The recall caused retailers like Target and CVS Drug Stores to remove all 22 oz J&J baby powder products from their shelves, even those not covered by the recall, and stock prices for the company took a hit.

Why This Matters:  J&J has maintained that its powder products do not contain asbestos — but now that the government testing revealed traces of asbestos, the company is at even greater risk of losing the public’s trust.

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Climate Change Greatly Increases The Risk That Ebola Will Spread

Climate Change Greatly Increases The Risk That Ebola Will Spread

According to a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, the climate crisis will bring a 1.75 to 3.2-fold increase by 2070 in the rate at which the deadly Ebola virus spreads from animals to humans and the risk that it would spread to the U.S. also increases.

Why This Matters:  The estimates of global deaths that will be attributable to climate change just keep going up. The climate crisis could, in fact, “halt and reverse” all the progress made in human health over the past century. 

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Surge In Dangerous Viruses Spread by Mosquitos, Climate Change May Be Why

Surge In Dangerous Viruses Spread by Mosquitos, Climate Change May Be Why

There have been eight locally-transmitted cases of dengue fever in Florida confirmed this year according to the Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, part of a global surge in the virus. Similarly, nine Americans have died this year of a virus called Eastern equine encephalitis, or “Triple E,” which is also spread by mosquitos and causes swelling of the brain.

Why This Matters:  Experts believe the surges in these mosquito-borne viruses are caused by climate change.

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Healthcare Sector is the World’s 5th Largest Emitter of Greenhouse Gases

According to a new study conducted by Healthcare Without Harm, if the global health care sector were a country, it would be the fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet. Not only are doctors, nurses and health facilities all first responders to the impacts of climate change, but hospitals and health care systems paradoxically make a major contribution to […]

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Rising Heat and Humidity, a Lethal Combination

Rising Heat and Humidity, a Lethal Combination

Daytime highs across much of the Southern United States have been breaking records this past week but a stifling combination of high heat and humidity is preventing nights from cooling off, creating dangerous heat situations in cities like Houston (also neighboring Galveston where the heat index remained above 100 for 40 straight hours). As the […]

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U.S. Soldiers and Minorities Unduly Impacted by Excessive Heat From Climate Change

U.S. Soldiers and Minorities Unduly Impacted by Excessive Heat From Climate Change

A new Defense Department report on the security impacts of climate change provides startling evidence of the impacts of climate change on military readiness and the welfare of servicemembers — Health impacts from heat have already cost the military as much as nearly $1 billion from 2008 to 2018 in lost work, retraining and medical care, according to a new report by NBC News and Inside Climate News.

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Toxic Chemicals Churned Up By Natural Disasters a Long-Term Threat to Human Health

Toxic Chemicals Churned Up By Natural Disasters a Long-Term Threat to Human Health

Climate change often compounds natural disasters such as fueling wildfires and increasing the risk for catastrophic flooding. While this results in billions of dollars of damage new evidence has revealed that these disasters are also stirring up toxic chemicals and making Americans sick. As the New York Times reported, “By knocking chemicals loose from soil, […]

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