A new study of air quality in early childhood education (ECE) environments in Northern California discovered that levels of several cancer-causing chemicals exceed the age-adjusted “Safe Harbor” levels set by California’s Proposition 65 in a majority of the facilities tested. These chemicals included the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) benzene, ethylbenzene, naphthalene, and chloroform.
"Automotive technicians are commonly exposed to organic and chlorinated solvents, particularly through use of cleaning products. Occupational solvent exposures have been associated with deficits in cognitive function but, to our knowledge, no previous studies have investigated automotive technicians. The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether previous exposures to n-hexane, in particular, or general solvents posed a persistent neurotoxic hazard to automotive workers."
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Kirk Smith and John Balmes discuss their findings analyzing the future of the summer Olympic in a warming world:
"The Summer Olympics represent only a small part of all outdoor work, but are iconic as the most prestigious and inclusive sporting competition in the world. Using the mean of two standard climate models, we made projections of rising temperature and humidity over the next century, assuming the high emissions RCP8·5 scenario,11 and estimated the effects on the number and global distribution of cities eligible to host the Summer Olympic Games.”
Read more about this study on The Lancet
John Balmes discusses what studies can tell us about Fracking sites and their potential effects on people's health.
"Dr. John Balmes, a professor of environmental health sciences at the University of California, Berkeley who was not involved in the new study, agreed that the study was not designed to establish a cause-and-effect relationship. The study compared people who live near fracking activity to those who live farther away, at a single point in time. But to establish cause and effect, researchers could follow a single group of people who live in an area where there wasn't previously fracking activity but now there is, over time, he said."
Prof. Justin Remais has joined the Lancet Commission on Healthy Cities, which is focusing on lessons from China's experience with urbanisation. The Commission meets in Beijing in September.
Congrats goes out to those that have earned their Ph.D in Environmental Health Science here at UC Berkeley.
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