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.
In April, an award-winning documentary film about the vaccine controversy—”Vaxxed”—was abruptly pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival.
On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug welcome the film’s producer, Del Bigtree, to discuss the strange and disturbing story behind the massive campaign to cut off any discussion regarding the safety of vaccines, and the story behind the CDC whistleblower whose research supports the possibility of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism.
In this edition of Green Street, we hear from an MIT-trained scientist who became fascinated with the environmental links to autism, and who has analyzed the data and read the reports and has developed an amazing theory about how a common weed killer may be interfering with the microbes in our bodies, affecting our brains and contributing to the increasing prevalence of autism.
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.
Cell phones, tablets, cordless phones, laptop computers, baby monitors and wireless routers have become so ubiquitous in our modern world we don’t even think about the fact that they all emit radio-frequency radiation, also called wireless radiation. If we could actually see wireless radiation in the air in the same way we see visible light, we’d see an increasingly dense web of electromagnetic smog that envelops us pretty much everywhere we go.
Dr. Joel Moskowitz is the Director and Principal Investigator of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Visit his web site at www.saferEMR.com.
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.
How a Texas gas company plans to turn the caverns under Seneca Lake into New York’s largest gas station… and what some people are doing about it!
What’s happening in New York with fracking? When will Governor Cuomo decide whether to permit fracking in New York State, and why will fracking impact the citizens of New York even if the Governor doesn’t approve it?
On this edition of Green Street we hear from attorney and activist Elisabeth (“Beth”) Radow and Albany insider Bill Cooke, Director of Legislative Affairs for Citizens Campaign for the Environment.
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 pipeline 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.
The new Spectra pipeline will bring lots of shale gas to NYC, along with high levels of cancer-causing radon. Shale gas extracted from the Marcellus region of Pennsylvania and West Virginia has high levels of naturally-occurring radon, a potent carcinogen. According to the EPA, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
Now, thanks to the new Spectra gas pipeline which went into operation on November 1st, this radon-rich gas is now being delivered to homes, apartments and businesses in New York City and Westchester County.
Wilma Subra is an environmental chemist and natural gas expert who has received the MacArthur Fellowship “Genius” award for her work with communities fighting against polluting industries.
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