Topic: environmental health

Federal regulations on chemicals in environment need overhaul

Federal policies regulating the sea of industrial chemicals we encounter in everyday life—and new ones being formulated in laboratories—are “broken” and in need of urgent overhaul to better protect our brains from harmful toxins, a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researcher…

Harvard professor wins ‘Nobel Prize of water’

For immediate release: Friday, March 21, 2014 Cambridge, MA – A Harvard professor who has made a career of tackling water insecurity challenges around the world will receive the Stockholm Water Prize, known informally as the "Nobel Prize of water." John Briscoe,…

Long-banned chemical found in yellow dyes

Traces of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) 11—which belongs to a harmful group of chemicals banned in the 1970s—were found in yellow paints and dyes used in common items such as clothing and paper, according to new research from Rutgers University. HSPH’s Aaron Bernstein,…

BPA exposure in pregnant women

Joseph Braun, research fellow in the Department of Environmental Health, discusses BPA exposure in pregnant women. November 3, 2010 (5:48) Please click the player icon above to play this podcast in your browser. Alternatively, you may download the podcast in mp3 format by…

Safer nanoparticles for safer sunscreens

Zinc oxide nanoparticles are used in sunscreens to make them less opaque and more appealing to consumers. But the potential adverse health effects of using nanoparticles in these and other products have not been fully explored, according to Philip Demokritou, associate professor…

Four Countries

Four Water Challenges INDIA - Sacred Ganges River, severely polluted, needs clean-up BRAZIL - Amazon deforestation threatens farming, hydropower PAKISTAN - Receding Himalayan glacier cuts meltwater to vital Indus River YEMEN - Unregulated extraction has depleted groundwater in this arid nation _________________________________________________________________________ Harvard Water Security Initiative…

Prevailing winds

[ Fall 2012 ] A decades-long fight to bring clean air standards in line with environmental health science offers lessons for today. On a raw January day in Washington, DC, Douglas Dockery climbed Capitol Hill on his way to testify to Congress…

From pond to pump

[ Winter 2011] HSPH student sees the future of energy production—and cleaner, healthier skies—in tiny green algae Birds no longer fall dead out of the sky in Mexico City. One of the most polluted spots on Earth 20 years ago—when it was dubbed…