public health

Ocean Acidification: What is It, and Which Communities are at Risk?

January 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Ocean Acidification and Risk

Chad Coffin, president of the Maine Clammers Association, worries about Maine’s mudflats. That’s because in some areas these low-lying coastal wetlands have become acidic enough to kill young clams before they reach maturity.[read more]

Making it Safer to Breathe in Hong Kong and Beyond

November 24, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

Hong Kong and Air Pollution

I traveled to Hong Kong last week and was greeted by a layer of smog. The city’s famous skyline was marred by haze, and the pollution in the air exceeded World Health Organization guidelines four out of the five days I was there. Hong Kong isn’t the only metropolis struggling with air pollution.[read more]

I Want a Nuclear Energy Plant in My Backyard, and So Do Some of My Neighbors

November 7, 2013 by Rod Adams

Nuclear NIMBYism?

My stomach tightens when someone asserts that “no body wants a nuclear plant in their backyard.” Perhaps it is because I have lived for several months at a time — 11 times — with a nuclear propulsion plant sealed up in the same 425 foot long steel tube that I occasionally called “home."[read more]

Wildfire Smoke Puts at Risk the Health of Americans Living far From the Flames

October 27, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

Wildfires and Public Health

People in Western Australia continue to battle more than 60 wildfires raging across the region. They've left unprecedented destruction in their wake, creeping close to Sydney and burning homes. Yet the damage doesn’t end there. Even people living far from the flames may suffer.[read more]

One in Five Americans Living in High Traffic Pollution Areas

October 8, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

A new study came out showing that 19 percent of people in the U.S., 60 million people, live close to high traffic roadways and as a result likely face the elevated air pollution levels, and the public health problems such as increased risk of asthma, that come with it.[read more]

Concerns of Flooded Oil and Gas Sites Add to Colorado Disaster

September 20, 2013 by Amy Mall

Colorado Flooding and Spill Risk

The Colorado disaster is tragic; lives, homes, and more have been lost. There are many terrible impacts of this flood, and local citizens have been rightfully concerned about the flood’s impacts on oil and gas production sites, with so many located near homes.[read more]

Update on "Highly Radioactive" Water Leaks at Fukushima

September 8, 2013 by Rod Adams

The media frenzy about the detection of water leaks from the vast tank farm that Tokyo Electric Power Company has been forced to build to store water used to cool the three damaged cores at their Fukushima Daiichi power station continues to sizzle.[read more]

This is California on Acid

September 5, 2013 by Briana Mordick

California Fracking and Public Health

California is sitting on one of the largest tight oil deposits in the country, the Monterey Formation, estimated to hold over 15 billion barrels of oil. But to unlock oil from the Monterey, drillers may rely not on hydraulic fracturing, but on another technique known as acidizing.[read more]

Is the World Health Organization Underestimating the Annual Deaths from Biomass by Two Million?

September 5, 2013 by N Nadir

While browsing the news and comments portion of an issue of Nature I came upon a note by two scientists suggesting that someone on this planet should offer an innovation prize to the person who can invent better biomass burning stoves.[read more]

Update on Fukushima Leaks: Unrepresentative Sampling Supports Fear Mongering

August 31, 2013 by Rod Adams

It is the height of absurdity to make believe that a 0.1 cubic meter puddle on an industrial clean up site is something people who live in the United States should worry about. Heck, no one anywhere should worry that the material is going to harm them.[read more]

Colorado: Put Clean Air and Health Before Oil and Gas Profits [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 30, 2013 by Amy Mall

Colorado Wells

Last week the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment delayed consideration of important new clean air rules that are essential to rein in dangerous ozone being generated by emissions from oil and gas polluters in Colorado.[read more]

Public Health: Fossil Fuel Collateral Damage

August 22, 2013 by Bill Chameides

Crude Lines

Neighborhoods can be turned upside down by shale oil and shale gas drilling, by pipelines dug through backyards, and by pipeline spills that send crude oil across entire neighborhoods. All of it gives me the willies, but it had always been theoretical, until recently.[read more]

How Anti-Fracking Activists Deny Science: Public Health

August 18, 2013 by Steve Everley

Anti-fracking groups are increasingly focused on public health issues, specifically those that may or may not be related to shale development. Primarily based on air emissions, the “health issue” has also become emotional, with terms like “cancer” being tossed about recklessly.[read more]

Interior Secretary Visits Fracking Fields, But Questions Remain

August 15, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

Fracking Fields

Brenda and Richard Jorgenson have farmed in the White Earth Valley of North Dakota for more than 30 years. They have weathered the rugged conditions of the Northern Plains because they love working the land, but now their way of life is threatened by the Bakken oil boom.[read more]

James Hansen on Nuclear Energy [VIDEO]

August 12, 2013 by Joseph Koblich

Nuclear Energy, Health, and Pollution

James Hansen, former head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, earlier this year co-authored a study that conservatively estimated that nuclear power has saved 1.8 million lives since 1971 that would have been lost due to fossil fuel pollution.[read more]