Summer drought may be preview of extreme weather cycles
Drought conditions in parts of Massachusetts and other Northeast states are likely to be repeated in future years as climate change hastens extreme weather cycles, in which dry periods become drier and wet periods wetter, according to experts.
Fossil fuel extraction is harming Indigenous communities, say experts
Fossil fuel production causes environmental health effects in Indigenous communities, and leadership from frontline Indigenous activists has been critical in fighting these environmental injustices, according to experts who spoke at a Harvard Chan School event.
Interactive web series explores environmental racism
A new series of interactive web resources titled Environmental Racism in Greater Boston, produced by experts at Harvard Chan School, tells a multifaceted and accessible story, including interactive data visualizations, about disparities in environmental exposures from the regional…
‘Boot camp’ draws researchers focused on environmental health disparities
A group of scientists from across the U.S. took a deep dive into the foundations of environmental justice research during a new two-day intensive course.
Innovations through Public Health History
A sample of “next-generation” ideas from the past
New Superfund Research Center will explore metals’ effects on cognitive health
March 6, 2020 – Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has been awarded a five-year, multimillion-dollar federal grant to establish a Superfund Research Center to study the effects of metals and metal mixtures on cognitive health in…
New tests find widespread PFAS drinking water contamination
Drinking water in dozens of cities across the U.S. is contaminated with toxic chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), according to a new study, and the contamination appears to be more widespread than previously thought. The Environmental…
Massachusetts poised to limit ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water
Perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs—a group of toxic chemicals linked with health issues such as cancer, immune system problems, and thyroid disease—will likely be subject to new regulations in Massachusetts in 2020. In mid-December, the commonwealth of Massachusetts proposed…
Dealing with health problems and health care as the climate changes
Climate change makes it harder for people to stay healthy and for medical providers to do their jobs, says Aaron Bernstein, co-director of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of…
PFASs found in some Massachusetts schools
Significant amounts of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances—toxic chemicals known as PFASs—have been found in the drinking water of some schools in Massachusetts. High levels of the chemicals turned up in schools in Stow and several other communities after…