Category Archives: public health

Public Health and Environmental Protection

While Caitlin attended the VLS symposium on Friday, I was at the University of Michigan Law School’s Environmental Law and Policy Program’s fall conference.  Co-sponsored by the school’s Environmental Law Society and the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law, … Continue reading

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“Rebranding” climate change as a public health problem

The August 8, 2013 issue of Time Magazine challenges us to rethink the popular image of climate change:  a polar bear floating forlornly on a melting bit of ice.   Instead, what if climate change was about “an increase in childhood … Continue reading

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Our Bodies, Our Environment

This new report from the EPA explores how the built environment affects the natural environment and human health.  It reviews hundred of studies published since 2001 (when EPA first did such a technical review) that track the interactions between land use, … Continue reading

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Senator Frank Lautenberg, environmental public health advocate

Senator Lautenberg, who has figured so prominently in this blog for the past week, died this morning.  He was 89.  A five-term senator from New Jersey, he came to public service after a career in business, at the end of … Continue reading

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Popular reaction to the Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013

I listened with interest today to On Point’s segment on this proposed bipartisan bill.  The segment was captioned “Toxic Chemicals:  A New Push to Get a Grip.”  Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group was a featured guest (I mentioned his group’s … Continue reading

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TSCA Redo Redux?

The New York Times reported yesterday  that Senator Frank Lautenberg’s Sisyphean battle to improve federal regulation of chemicals used in U.S. manufacturing may succeed this time.  Lautenberg, a Democrat from New Jersey (who will retire this year), has offered bills … Continue reading

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Tax Carbon for Public Health

I was listening to Vermont Public Radio the other day and heard Thomas Friedman discuss carbon taxes. He is back in the spotlight on this issue because he wrote another op-ed about why the U.S. should adopt this tax. The … Continue reading

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The Role of Government

The Sequester is back in the news. People have to wait longer at airports, and federal agencies are putting off hiring new employees because of budget uncertainty. The Sequester is representative of the way the U.S. federal government approaches so … Continue reading

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A Dam Shame – Reservoirs and Elevated Mercury Levels

One of the oldest forms of “renewable” energy comes from hydropower. From ancient grain mills to tanneries to hydroelectric generation, humanity has long harnessed the power of flowing water. Unfortunately, increased use of water power has corresponded with increased environmental impacts. Tanneries, … Continue reading

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High Fructose Corn Syrup and Diabetes

A shocking health article on corn syrup and the adverse health consequences from consuming too much of it was reported by The Guardian on June 11, 2012.The article, ‘Why food is making us fat,’ pointed out that we are way … Continue reading

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