Researchers Find Dangerous “Forever Chemicals” on Mount Everest

Researchers Find Dangerous “Forever Chemicals” on Mount Everest

For years, scientists have known that there is no valley low enough or river wide enough to avoid contamination by forever chemicals, but now they know for sure that there is no mountain high enough either. Researchers have found high levels of PFAS, dangerous chemicals used in the production of plastics and waterproof materials, on Mount Everest. 

Why This Matters: PFAS and other chemicals don’t just disappear over time. Instead, they collect in people and environments and can cause harm not only to those exposed first-hand but also generations later.

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Toxins from Decades of Manufacturing Contaminate Orange County’s Water

Toxins from Decades of Manufacturing Contaminate Orange County’s Water

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Over 70% of the drinking water in Orange County, California comes from groundwater. But historic manufacturing nearby has polluted it due to the improper discarding of toxic chemicals. The LA Times reports that there are three major cleanup projects involving groundwater beneath 22 Californian cities, including Anaheim, Santa Ana, […]

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Consumer Reports Says “Don’t Drink That Water” To More Than One Third of Americans

Consumer Reports Says “Don’t Drink That Water” To More Than One Third of Americans

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Having a glass of clean, safe water should be as easy as turning on the tap. But that’s not what a Consumer Reports/The Guardian US investigation of tap water nationwide found. More than a third of the water they sampled had “concerning” levels of PFAS, a class of lab-created […]

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PFAS in Protective Gear Put Firefighters at Risk of Cancer 

PFAS in Protective Gear Put Firefighters at Risk of Cancer 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has required PFAS, cancer-causing chemicals used in manufacturing, in firefighting gear for years despite cancer being the leading killer of firefighters. An extensive investigative two-part story by E&E News’ Ariel Wittenberg reveals not only the dangers of current equipment standards but the lengths the NFPA has gone to hide them.

Why This Matters: A study of 30,000 firefighters from 2010 to 2015 found that firefighters have an increased risk of many different cancers including: leukemia, malignant mesothelioma, bladder and prostate cancers, lung cancer, brain cancer, and digestive and oral cancers.

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The Military Can Lead on Energy Innovation and Environmental Justice, Starting in Georgia 

The Military Can Lead on Energy Innovation and Environmental Justice, Starting in Georgia 

By Sherri Goodman and Monica Medina While our nation’s first priority must be to tackle the COVID crisis, we must also address the challenge of climate change and the opportunity of the energy transition in a way that creates more jobs and improves health and safety for more Americans. Today, our military, in Georgia and […]

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Heightened PFAS Levels Linked to Severe COVID-19

Heightened PFAS Levels Linked to Severe COVID-19

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer A new Danish study has found that elevated levels of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of man-made chemicals linked to cancer, in the bloodstream are linked to severe COVID-19. The study observed 323 patients infected with the virus and found that those with elevated levels of the […]

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