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How We Do Science Can Make or Break Lives

By Anabelle Farnham, Communications Intern October 13, 2021 Ever since I can remember, I enjoyed science in school because it helped me to explain the world with concrete answers. It was a way of illuminating universal truths, and providing objective views of the world….right?  Though I have abandoned all hope of becoming a STEM major, [...]

Living near fracking wells is linked to higher rate of heart attacks: Study

Living among fracking wells is linked to higher rates of hospitalizations and deaths due to heart attacks, according to a new study. The study, published in the Journal of Environmental Research, compared heart attack rates in Pennsylvania counties with fracking to demographically similar counties in New York where fracking is banned. "There's a large body of [...]

‘They’re killing us’ 5th ward neighbors say of contamination from railyard

"We all had to deal with it. I know at least every person I grew up with within this area," Kashmere Garden's resident Nakia Osbourne said. "I'm 44 right now, almost 45. Half of them have a child that has a disability." Osbourne's son, Charlie, was one of them. He was born with autism and [...]

‘This is environmental racism’ How a protest in a North Carolina farming town sparked a national movement

Ben Chavis was driving on a lonely road through rolling tobacco fields when he looked in his rearview mirror and saw the state trooper. Chavis knew he was a marked man. Protests had erupted over North Carolina’s decision to dump 40,000 cubic yards of soil contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals in a poor Black farming community in Warren [...]

Trump’s EPA team overrules career scientists on toxic chemical

Political officials at EPA have overruled the agency’s career scientists to weaken a major health assessment for a toxic chemical contaminating the drinking water of an estimated 860,000 Americans, according to four sources with knowledge of the changes. The changes to the safety assessment for the chemical PFBS, part of a class of "forever chemicals" called [...]

Ex-Governor of Michigan Charged With Neglect in Flint Water Crisis

Rick Snyder, the former governor of Michigan who oversaw the state when a water crisis devastated the city of Flint, has been charged with two counts of willful neglect of duty, according to court records. The charges are misdemeanors punishable by imprisonment of up to one year or a maximum fine of $1,000. Prosecutors in [...]

U.S. Communities Unequally Exposed To Arsenic in Drinking Water, Study Finds

Despite efforts to reduce the amount of arsenic in drinking water systems across the U.S., not all communities have benefited from these efforts equally. A study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives earlier this month describes the regions in which arsenic remained prevalent in public drinking water supplies after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [...]