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.
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.
The rates of autism in the United States have skyrocketed over the past decade. While researchers are still debating the role that preservatives in vaccinations may play, other environmental chemicals are being added to the list of suspects that could be responsible for this alarming trend. The list includes many consumer products we use in and around our homes.
On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug interview Britta Belli, author of a new book called The Autism Puzzle, in which she examines the latest research on environmental links to this heartbreaking neurological disorder.
Many people suffer from “Multiple Chemical Sensitivity,” a term that includes a variety of symptoms that may be experienced during or after exposure to an environmental trigger.
Symptoms can headache, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, chest pain, changes in heart rhythm, breathing problems, muscle pain or stiffness, skin rash, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and mood changes. Common triggers are pesticides, fragrances, and recently, electromagnetic radiation from wireless networks and smart meters.
On this edition of Green Street Patti and Doug speak with Linda Wojcik, author of Joshua’s Lessons – Raising a Healthy Child in a Toxic World. This inspiring and remarkable book chronicles her son’s experiences as a young child with MCS, and provides lessons for all of those concerned about environmental exposures.
The air they breathe, the water they drink and the food they eat all contribute to a child’s risk of developing a serious illness. Our environment contains a growing list of chemicals, many of which are known causes of human illnesses.
So what can we do about it?
On tonight’s show Doug and Patti are joined by world-renowned pediatrician and environmental health expert Dr. Leo Trasande, who will explain how chemical exposures put our kids at risk, how much environmentally-mediated illness costs our nation, and what steps we can take to protect our children from harm.
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.
Despite all the controversy over the new natural gas exploration technique called “fracking,” many people still dont really know what it is or how it works.
On this edition of Green Street Patti and Doug are joined by Bill Cooke, upstate landowner, political strategist and legislative liaison for Citizens Campaign for the Environment, who explains in plain English how the gas companies are planning to frack New York.
How Chemicals Move Around the World and Into Your Body
Award-winning science writer Lizzie Grossman brings her knowledge and humor to this edition of Green Street. Her recent book, Chasing Molecules, documents the ways in which synthetic chemicals travel around the world, disrupting human health and the environment.
Brominated flame retardant chemicals have been in the news recently – the Chicago Tribune ran an excellent series of investigative articles called “Playing With Fire,” and Nicholas Kristoff wrote a fabulous editorial in the Times called “Are You Safe On That Sofa?“
On this edition of Green Street, Patti and Doug talk with Dr. Arlene Blum, founder and Executive Director of the Green Science Policy Institute about flame retardant chemicals and human health.