VINYL FLOORING, FLAME-RETARDANT FOAM EXPOSE CHILDREN TO SVOCS
A new study led by Heather Stapleton found that children living in homes with all vinyl flooring or flame-retardant chemicals in the sofa have significantly higher concentrations of potentially harmful semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) in their blood or urine than children from homes where these materials are not present. The researchers presented their findings at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
STUDY YIELDS NEW CLUES TO PREDICT TIPPING POINT FOR MARSH SURVIVAL
A peer-reviewed study of hundreds of U.S. estuaries has yielded new clues that could help stem coastal wetland losses by giving scientists a broader understanding of which wetlands are most at risk, and why. This research was conducted by Anna Braswell PhD’17 as part of her dissertation. Her advisor, Jim Heffernan, served as co-author. Read more>
ATTACKS ON INFRASTRUCTURE IN GAZA AND WEST BANK EXACT HUMAN COST
A new study led by Erika Weinthal shows that Israel’s targeting of agricultural, water and energy infrastructures in the West Bank and Gaza Strip has had dire impacts on human welfare and livelihoods in both locations. The report is based on a database that identifies 982 incidents between 2006 and 2017 in which Israeli forces, agencies or settlers damaged, destroyed, disabled or restricted access to these types of infrastructure. Read more>
NEW STUDY FINDS PRENATAL EXPOSURE TO FOREST FIRES STUNTS GROWTH
Forest fires are more harmful than previously imagined, causing stunted growth in children who were exposed to smoke while in the womb, according to a new paper co-authored by Subhrendu Pattanayak that was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Prenatal exposure to haze from forest fires led to a statistically significant 1.3 inches decrease in expected height at age 17. Read more>