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Fed Creates Office for Climate, Health, and Equity

Fed Creates Office for Climate, Health, and Equity

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer   The connection between public health and the climate crisis now has a specific home in the federal government. On Monday, the Biden administration announced the Office of Climate Change and Health Equity, housed within the Department of Health and Human Services. This week’s announcement came as wildfires are creating hazardous air quality in […]

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One Cool Thing: New Office of Climate Change and Health Equity

One Cool Thing: New Office of Climate Change and Health Equity

The COVID-19 pandemic proved that climate change and public health are deeply intertwined. Recent studies have found that wildfire smoke increases positive Coronavirus cases, and infectious disease experts say that as deforestation increases, zoonotic spillover will too. To face these threats, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the creation of a […]

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Wildfire Smoke Could Lead to Premature Births

Wildfire Smoke Could Lead to Premature Births

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer According to a new Stanford study, breathing wildfire smoke while pregnant may increase the risk of preterm birth. As many as 7,000 additional preterm births in California between 2007 and 2012 could have resulted from exposure to smoke from the fires that have hit the state especially hard in recent years. […]

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EPA Bans Pesticide Linked to Neurological Damage in Children

EPA Bans Pesticide Linked to Neurological Damage in Children

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer   The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will at last ban the use of this common pesticide that has been linked to neurological damage in children — four years after the Trump administration chose to allow it despite the danger. Wednesday’s ruling will end the spraying of chlorpyrifos on crops. […]

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One Safe Thing: National Parks Mask Up

One Safe Thing: National Parks Mask Up

Rugged outdoorsmen, post quarantine vacationers, and first-time campers can now breathe easy at the nation’s national parks, even as Delta variant cases continue to rise. The National Park Service has reinstated mask requirements for all visitors at national parks while indoors or at crowded outdoor gatherings. The mandate will apply to all guests regardless of vaccination status. Although the chances are […]

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One Itchy Thing: Cicadas Leave the Gift of Oak Mites

One Itchy Thing: Cicadas Leave the Gift of Oak Mites

The Brood X cicadas have risen and fallen, and their young won’t be back for another 17 years. But while birds were feasting on cicadas, oak leaf itch mites arrived to feed on the billions of cicada eggs laid across the Washington, DC region. Unfortunately, these mites have a nasty bite. Larger than a mosquito bite and as itchy as poison ivy, […]

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