childrens health

Food Additive in Starbursts, Sour Patch Kids, Skittles, +3,000 Others No Longer Considered Safe

Food Additive in Starbursts, Sour Patch Kids, Skittles, +3,000 Others No Longer Considered Safe

A study conducted by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has deemed that titanium dioxide, an additive found in more than 3,000 ultra-processed foods, including Starbursts, Sour Patch Kids, Skittles, Jello, and Little Debbie snack cakes, may cause cell mutations and damage DNA. This conclusion came after the review of hundreds of scientific studies. Titanium […]

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    We’re All Ingesting Microplastics at Home; Here’s How to Reduce Your Risk

    We’re All Ingesting Microplastics at Home; Here’s How to Reduce Your Risk

    By Mark Patrick Taylor, Neda Sharifi Soltani and Scott P. Wilson Australians are eating and inhaling significant numbers of tiny plastics at home, our new research shows. These “microplastics,” which are derived from petrochemicals extracted from oil and gas products, are settling in dust around the house. Some of these particles are toxic to humans […]

    Delaying Climate Action Harms Youth, German High Court Rules in ‘Huge Win for the Climate Movement’

    Delaying Climate Action Harms Youth, German High Court Rules in ‘Huge Win for the Climate Movement’

    Germany’s highest court ruled Thursday that the country’s 2019 climate law unconstitutionally saddles young people with the burden of fighting climate change by “irreversibly offload[ing] major emission reductions burdens onto periods after 2030.” Olaf Scholz, Germany’s finance minister, said the government would rapidly propose legislation to comply with the ruling. The case was brought by […]

    Reps. Ocasio-Cortez and Bush Introduce Green New Deal for Cities

    Reps. Ocasio-Cortez and Bush Introduce Green New Deal for Cities

    By Brett Wilkins In the latest of a flurry of proposed Green New Deal legislation, Reps. Cori Bush and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday introduced the Green New Deal for Cities Act of 2021, a $1 trillion plan to “tackle the environmental injustices that are making us and our children sick, costing us our homes, and […]

    Study Links Pesticide Exposure to Childhood Central Nervous System Tumors

    Study Links Pesticide Exposure to Childhood Central Nervous System Tumors

    A new study adds to the evidence that pesticides harm children’s health. The study, published in Environmental Research last week, found that children were more likely to develop central nervous system (CNS) tumors if their mothers had lived within 2.5 miles of land where pesticides were being sprayed when they were born. “This study is […]

    Contaminated Military Bases ‘Are No Place’ for Kids, Advocates Warn as Biden Ramps up Detention Capacity

    Contaminated Military Bases ‘Are No Place’ for Kids, Advocates Warn as Biden Ramps up Detention Capacity

    By Kenny Stancil In a move that was condemned by environmental justice advocates on Friday, President Joe Biden’s administration earlier this week sent 500 unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors to Fort Bliss — a highly contaminated and potentially hazardous military base in El Paso, Texas — and is reportedly considering using additional toxic military sites as detention […]

    How to Improve Public Health, the Environment and Racial Equity Through Housing

    How to Improve Public Health, the Environment and Racial Equity Through Housing

    By Jonathan Levy During a presidential election debate on Oct. 22, 2020, former President Donald Trump railed against Democratic proposals to retrofit homes. “They want to take buildings down because they want to make bigger windows into smaller windows,” he said. “As far as they’re concerned, if you had no window, it would be a […]