Is America Foisting Its Plastic Problem On Africa?

Is America Foisting Its Plastic Problem On Africa?

By Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer The New York Times reported this week that an industry group “representing the world’s largest chemical makers and fossil fuel companies” is attempting, as part of a trade deal being negotiated now, to get Kenya to “reverse its strict limits on plastics,” as well as to get the country […]

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New Study Finds Shutting Down Coal Plants Saved 26,000 Lives

New Study Finds Shutting Down Coal Plants Saved 26,000 Lives

A new study published this week in the Journal Nature found that the switch from coal-fired power plants to natural gas plants during the 11 year period from 2005-16 coincided with a huge reduction of 26,000 deaths and a significant increase in agricultural productivity nearby the plants.  These changes in power plants (combined with advances […]

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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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Growing Group of Doctors Talk Climate With Their Patients

Growing Group of Doctors Talk Climate With Their Patients

by Miro Korenha and Alexandra Patel When you visit your doctor it’s usually to remedy something that’s bothering you or a routine preventative visit, but during those visits has your doctor ever talked to you about climate change and how it might be affecting your health? Even if your doctor hasn’t, a growing number of […]

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120 Minutes of Nature Needed Each Week

120 Minutes of Nature Needed Each Week

The study in Nature’s Scientific Reports surveyed people about how they felt and how much time they had spent out of doors, and the study’s authors found that the participants were more likely to report feeling well if they had spent more than 120 minutes out of doors over the past week, with little difference between key groups (such as the elderly) or how the outdoor time was spent (longer versus shorter outdoor activities).  The benefits peaked between 3 and 5 hours, with no further reported well-being gain after that.

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EPA Cutting Funds for Studies of Kids Health

EPA Cutting Funds for Studies of Kids Health

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), have for more than two decades sponsored a network of centers that study children’s environmental health from before birth, but now the EPA has decided not to renew the support when it runs out in July. 

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