California Pollution Mapping Program Could Be a Model for the Nation

California Pollution Mapping Program Could Be a Model for the Nation

California is a leader when it comes to both controlling air pollution and giving the public the power to know where it still exists, Reuters reports.  The California Air Resources Board’s “Pollution Mapping Tool” provides the public with access to emissions data for toxic air pollutants, major chemical air pollution, and greenhouse gases from large industrial facilities.

Why This Matters:  If you can see it, you can change it.  By mapping these neighborhoods and showing pollution levels in real-time, the injustices faced by minorities are hard to overlook or explain away.

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Scientists Develop Wearable Electric Generators, Harness the Power of the Human Body

Scientists Develop Wearable Electric Generators, Harness the Power of the Human Body

The world is becoming more and more like The Matrix every day, at least in one particular way: scientists have figured out how to use the human body as a battery. No, your body can’t produce enough energy to create a global simulation, but it can produce enough heat to charge wearable devices like smartwatches and implants like pacemakers. 

Why This Matters: Battery production and disposal have been problematic for decades. Mining for rare earth metals like such as cadmium, mercury, lead, and lithium threatens environments and communities across the globe.

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Scientist Discovers California’s Offshore DDT Mess

Scientist Discovers California’s Offshore DDT Mess

Using underwater robots that can travel more than half a mile down, a research team from the University of California at Santa Barbara recently uncovered new evidence on the ocean floor of thousands of drums full of the notorious pesticide DDT, which has been banned in the U.S. for decades.

Why This Matters:  Xia’s top-notch reporting reveals that there could be half a million barrels of DDT on the ocean floor — still contaminating marine life.

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What’s Really in Our Sunscreen? Human and Environmental Health Risks Prompt More Oversight

What’s Really in Our Sunscreen? Human and Environmental Health Risks Prompt More Oversight

New research from the FDA has shown that 7 chemicals traditionally found in chemical (vs mineral) sunscreen enter the human bloodstream at levels that exceed safety thresholds. Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, the arm of the FDA which conducted the studies explained that just because an ingredient enters […]

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PFAS Found in “Compostable” Sweetgreen and Chipotle Containers

PFAS Found in “Compostable” Sweetgreen and Chipotle Containers

by Miro Korenha and Alexandra Patel While fast-casual restaurant chains Chipotle and Sweetgreen are praised for their consciously sourced ingredients and vegetarian-friendly options, their compostable containers have come under fire for containing harmful chemicals despite otherwise being seen as a more sustainable alternative to plastic and styrofoam. A recently-released report from the New Food Economy revealed […]

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Yikes, We’re Eating 2,000 Pieces of Plastic Each Week

Yikes, We’re Eating 2,000 Pieces of Plastic Each Week

A new study put out by the University of Newcastle in Australia has revealed that humans are eating, swallowing or breathing in about 2,000 tiny pieces of plastic each week, an amount equal to the weight of one credit card. That’s some literal food for thought as we consider how to curb our addiction to […]

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