JPB Senior Fellow Dr. Christina H. Fuller shares her work on environmental health and justice, particularly examining how air quality varies down to a block-level across communities. She provides insights on conducting participatory research within frontline communities and advocating for more inclusive environmental justice research. Dr. Fuller also discusses her diverse work experiences from industry, non-profits, consulting, and academia. Listen here.
Blood on the Leaves – Earth in Color
Exploring the racist and colonial roots of nature and “wilderness,” from forced land labor to green space gaps. This contributed piece is a part of our Featured Voices series, which invites writers, poets, artists, and creators to explore the various intersections of Blackness and Greenness. This personal essay is by Dr. Jennifer D. Roberts, a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health at the University…
Correspondence on “Home is Where the Pipeline Ends: Characterization of Volatile Organic Compounds Present in Natural Gas at the Point of the Residential End User”
In the United States, the basic functions of cooking, heating, cooling, and hot water are often powered by natural gas. However, gas is responsible for the majority (81–87%) of carbon emissions generated by buildings. (1) Moreover, cooking with gas contributes to significant indoor air pollution. (2) A recent study published in Environmental Science & Technology further uncovered the presence of multiple volatile organic compounds in unburned gas from kitchen stoves, providing the most comprehensive documentation to…
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Four JPB Fellows Represent Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers
Four researchers affiliated with NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) Core Centers have been selected to join the JPB Environmental Health Fellowship Program, administered by the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University. The competitive program supports junior faculty from U.S. institutions who study how social and environmental factors influence health disparities in under-resourced communities. The new fellowship class includes Max Aung, Ph.D., of the University of Southern California;…
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New Article: Municipal Undergreening: Framing the Planning Challenges of Implementing Green Infrastructure in Marginalized Communities
Flint, Jackson, and Beyond: Infrastructure Failures in U.S. Cities
The disastrous water infrastructure issues in Flint, Michigan, and Jackson, Mississippi are not outliers. Looming failures across water, energy, and transportation systems are threatening dozens of cities. JPB Fellow Dr. Marccus Hendricks, director of the Stormwater Infrastructure Resilience and Justice Lab at the University of Maryland, talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about these emerging challenges. Listen here.
Hair Straightening Chemicals Associated With Higher Uterine Cancer Risk
Women who used chemical hair straightening products were at higher risk for uterine cancer compared to women who did not report using these products, according to a new study from the National Institutes of Health. The researchers found no associations with uterine cancer for other hair products that the women reported using, including hair dyes, bleach, highlights, or perms. The study data includes 33,497 U.S. women ages 35-74 participating in…
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LISTEN: Annie Belcourt on Indigenous health and healing
“Why on Earth would we not want to invest in ways to help people live hopeful, and longer lives?” JPB Fellows Dr. Annie Belcourt joins the Agents of Change in Environmental Justice podcast to discuss using psychology to address the unique mental health challenges and issues in U.S. Indigenous communities. Belcourt is an American Indian Professor in the College of Health at the University of Montana’s Pharmacy Practice and School…
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Northeastern Professor Sara Wylie Appointed to US Department of Energy
Sara Wylie has been working to increase equity in climate change response for years through her work as an associate professor of sociology and health sciences at Northeastern University. Now, with a year-long fellowship in the U.S. Department of Energy’s new Office of Energy Justice Policy and Analysis, she has the opportunity to help shape the future of U.S. climate policy in a meaningful way. Working under the broader banner of…
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Ecopsychology Special Issue on Nature and Health Part 1
Almost two years ago the Ecopsychology journal partnered with the 2021 Nature and Health conference to solicit original manuscripts for a special issue of the journal, edited by JPB Fellows Dr. Gregory N. Bratman and Dr. Hector A. Olvera Alvarez. The first issue was just published online [liebertpub.com] (free access until Oct 12, 2022). The second issue will appear December 2022. Read more.