A call for authentic Black engagement in the academy and beyond

Efforts to eliminate anti-Black racism in academia must go far beyond superficial ticking of boxes. The academic community must create conditions for authentic, not tokenistic, Black engagement, argues JPB Fellow Tony Reames. During the summer of 2020, the streets of cities and towns across America, and even the world, filled with protesters demanding justice for the state-sanctioned murders of Black Americans, most recently George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. At the…

Democratizing Environmental Data Event on Oct.22nd

Democratizing Environmental Data: Panel Discussion & Report Release On Thursday, October 22nd, from 6:00-7:30 pm EST, join the Environmental Enforcement Watch team, activists, scientists, policy makers, and more for a discussion on the need for transparency in federal environmental data and how to build more just data infrastructures. We’ll show, for the first time, how well environmental laws are being followed and enforced in the congressional districts of representatives who…

We’ll Have to Learn to Live With Smoke. Here’s Why.

There’s a huge fire debt in the West that must be paid off, experts say, either through controlled burns or out-of-control blazes. Either way, that means smoke. PORTLAND, Ore. — For a full week this month, my family did not leave our house here in this famously outdoorsy city. At times, smoke from the state’s huge wildfires made it hard to see to the end of the block. Sometimes, we…

Citizen Science Project: Analyzing Patterns of Land Loss in the Gulf

Concerned about Climate Change? Help Healthy Gulf map land loss in the Gulf and protect vital wetlands at http://cartosco.pe/landloss. If you can see it, you can change it. That’s why HealthyGulf has partnered with Cartosco.pe and Northeastern University to create Land Loss Lookout, which can train your eye to see how climate change is drowning Louisiana’s wetlands. On Louisiana’s Gulf Coast, the Mississippi River Delta has grown into one of the…

National Sleep Foundation Highlights New Evidence for Sleep Health Disparities

National Sleep Foundation Highlights New Evidence for Sleep Health Disparities Washington, D.C. (September 24, 2020): The latest issue of the National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) Sleep Health Journal features a collection of new research studies that add to the evidence base for racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in sleep health. “The mission of Sleep Health is to explore sleep’s role in population health and elucidate the social science perspective on sleep and health. Sources and…

Smoke waves expected to intensify, continue to threaten public health across Colorado and the West

Wildfire-produced smoke waves that harmed air quality in the Roaring Fork Valley this summer may be associated with health risks for months after the fires end, while additional research shows that long stretches of smoky days are likely to become more frequent and more intense across the West as the climate warms. In mid-August, thick smoke pooled in the valley from the Grizzly Creek and Pine Gulch fires, and earlier…

Biological signs of disease examined at National Academies event

The workshop focused on biomarkers of effect, which are molecular changes that result from exposure to environmental and social stressors. Exposure to environmental and social stressors can cause molecular changes that lead to poor health outcomes, but identifying which changes are true indicators of adverse effects or potential risk is a challenge. Environmental health scientists say that more knowledge about such biological indicators — called biomarkers of effect — could shed light…

Mobile-shred workers uniquely vulnerable to toxic metals

Researchers have discovered that shredding e-scrap materials in trucks may expose employees to as much toxic metal dust as in-plant shredding, but mobile workers may not be as protected as their plant-based counterparts. The first-of-its-kind study was conducted by Diana Ceballos from the Boston University School of Public Health and Michael Zhou and Robert Herrick, both from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Their paper was published in August in…