Category Archives: General Environmental Concerns

The Precautionary Principle with Carolyn Raffensberger

On this edition of Green Street, Carolyn Raffensberger, Executive Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network, talks about the founding of the Wingspread Conference, and how this unusual meeting of scientists, medical professionals, philosophers and environmentalists developed a new paradigm for analyzing risk assessment: The Precautionary Principle.

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What’s Happening in the Water? with Dr. Chris Gobler

 

Dr. Chris Gobler of Stony Brook University
Dr. Chris Gobler of Stony Brook University

Recent fish kills on the east end of Long Island and in the Hudson River have raised new questions about what’s happening to our water. Algal blooms and fish kills are not new to this area, but their frequency and severity seem to be increasing.

On this edition of Green Street, we talk with Dr. Chris Gobler, Professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University.

 

 

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Environmental Links to Autism with Dr. Martha Herbert

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Dr. Martha Herbert

For many years, the research on autism has been focused on the role of genes – and looking for that single “autism gene” that may be causing the condition. But as Dr. Herbert points out, genes don’t function in a vacuum – they interact with proteins and other chemicals in the body – and with chemicals that enter the body from our environment that aren’t supposed to be there.

Dr. Martha Herbert is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and a Pediatric Neurologist and Neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Visit her website at MarthaHerbert.org.

 

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Gas Pipelines and Nuclear Power? with Paul Blanch

Why not put a big natural gas pipeline right next to an old nuclear power plant that sits near a known seismic fault line? What could possibly go wrong?

Spectra Energy has applied for permission to install a giant new 42-inch gas pipPaul Blanchjpgeline right next to the Indian Point nuclear power plant. It’s part of their AIM Pipeline Expansion Project to help gas companies to export natural gas overseas. Current federal regulations require a distance of ten miles between a gas pipeline of this size and a nuclear facility, so why is the approval process is rolling along without a hitch?

On this edition of Green Street, we talk with nuclear engineer Paul Blanch, who has been a consultant to New York State and has worked at Indian Point. Find out who’s protecting the health and safety of the residents of Westchester County – and for that matter, all of the NY metro area – and what you can do to help avert what could be one of the greatest nuclear disasters in modern history.

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The Environmental Health Movement with Dr. Kate Davies

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Kate Davies

The movement that began with Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal Community has mushroomed into a global movement to protect public health from environmental toxins. On this edition of Green Street, we’re joined by biochemist, anthropologist and author Kate Davies.

Kate’s new book, The Rise of the U.S. Environmental Health Movement, chronicles the growing concern over chemicals in our air, water and food, and the efforts being undertaken by doctors, nurses, parents and non-profit organizations to address these concerns.

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Tanning Beds with Dr. Elini Linos

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Dr. Elini Linos

Everybody wants to look their best, and for some people that means spending hours under the UV lamps inside a tanning bed. But a recent report by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco found that indoor tanning not only increases the risk for melanoma, but appears to also increase the chances of developing other skin cancers as well.

On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug welcome Dr. Eleni Linos, an assistant professor of dermatology at UCSF and lead author of that study. Dr. Linos will explain more about her research, and why anyone under the age of 25 should stay far away from tanning salons.

For more info: See Helping to Heal blog about tanning beds

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Rachel Plus Fifty Years with Dr. Paul Ehrlich

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Dr. Paul Ehrlich

What would Rachel Carson make of our world today? What would she think of fracking? Of the worldwide proliferation of toxic chemicals? Of government efforts to bend the rules for industry? Of industry’s penchant for discrediting scientists who tell the truth? Would she be surprised, or simply dismayed?

On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug discuss these issues with Dr. Paul Ehrlich, the outspoken and entertaining Stanford University professor, biologist and futurist who is the author of “The Population Bomb.”

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The Theory of Obesogens with Bruce Mohun

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Bruce Mohun

Could early-life exposure to chemicals pre-determine our size?

Obesity has become a worldwide epidemic, and scientists are puzzled over its cause. Is it really just a matter of calories in and calories out? Could there be another reason?

On this edition of Green Street Patti and Doug welcome filmmaker and science journalist Bruce Mohun to talk about his new documentary film, “Programmed to be Fat.” The film explores the highly controversial theory of obesogens – chemicals in our environment that may play a significant role in causing obesity in humans.

For more info:  Learn more about the film

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Pass The Pesticides, Please with Jay Feldman

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Jay Feldman

2,4-D, the FDA, GMOs and Your Health

A major chemical company recently announced it had produced genetically modified corn and soybeans that could withstand applications of 2,4-D, a highly toxic herbicide that was one of two chemicals used to make Agent Orange, the defoliant used during the Vietnam War.

On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug welcome Jay Feldman, Executive Director of Beyond Pesticides in Washington DC, to talk about pesticides in the food chain, how our government is letting us down and what you can do about it.

For more info:  Visit the web site of the Beyond Pesticides

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Sunscreens – To Use or Not to Use? with Dr. David Andrews

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Dr. David Andrews

The FDA has finally given us some guidance on sunscreen use, but did the agency go far enough to protect us from some of the chemicals typically used in these product?

On this edition of Green Street Patti and Doug are joined by Dr. David Andrews, senior scientist at EWG, to discuss these recommendations and explore the safest sun protection options available.

For more info:

See the latest EWG Sunscreen Recommendations

Helping to Heal blog posts about Sunscreen