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10-29: Weekend Reader
Sunday October 29th 2017, 12:53 pm

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Political headlines this week pronounced a GOP at war with itself. Which isn’t



Still, rumblings out of D.C. seemed a little louder, with Republican Sens. Jeff Flake and Bob Corker denouncing President Trump’s lies.

Rosemary Westwood, writing in Toronto’s Metro, wonders if this will

embolden Republicans to speak out on Climate Change

(we’re not holding our breath).

Meanwhile Bill Nye, in a conversation with Neil de Grasse Tyson, believes that, with time, science will make a comeback and younger generations will replace the anti-science crowd currently in power.

Ecowatch has that story


Three big stories about glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s blockbuster herbicide, Roundup:

  1. The weedkiller is increasingly showing up in people’s bodies (

    Time Magazine

  2. The EU voted to ban glyphosate by 2022 (

    Deutsche Welle

  3. Monsanto faces blowback over cancer coverup (

    Der Speigel

Then read HuffPo’s Colin Todhunter: ”

We have to roll back the tide of pesticide use before it’s too late.

When will we stop talking about lead in drinking water? Not this week: editor

Brian Bienkowski on a warning

, by scientists, to be published in an upcoming edition of the journal Hormones and Behavior:

“Inefficient federal testing and outsized industry influence in Washington threaten decades of progress on protecting people from hormone-altering chemicals.”


E&E News’ Chelsea Harvey explains

why the Trump Administration’s wonky CO2 calculation – on the “social cost” of carbon – is a big deal.

Michael Greenstone, the University of Chicago professor and chief economist on Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors:

“This was not evidence-based policymaking, this was policy-based evidence-making.”

Read Chelsea’s story here.

News from around the globe:

  • David Attenborough urges action on plastics after filming Blue Planet II.

    Naturalist says experience making second series of BBC show revealed devastating threat posed to oceans by plastic (

    The Guardian


  • Kristof on Trump’s legacy: Damaged brains.

    A look at what a common pesticide does to a child’s brain. (

    New York Times


  • After the Napa fires, toxic ash threatens soil, streams, and the San Francisco Bay.

    Ash turns into sediment in lakes and streams, carries heavy metals and toxins, and – if it comes from buildings – no one knows what’s in it. (



  • Science says Jack Frost nipping at your nose ever later.

    Across the United States, the year’s first freeze has been arriving further and further into the calendar, according to more than a century of measurements from weather stations nationwide. (

    Associated Press


  • Light pollution is stealing your view of the stars. National parks want to give it back.

    More than half of Americans no longer can see the Milky Way (

    Denver Post


  • On #Sandy5, haunting memories of those killed by Hurricane Sandy

    The five-year anniversary of New York City’s deadliest hurricane in modern history arrives with the families of victims still struggling to find their way in the new terrain created that day. (

    New York Times


How does a hard-hit mining region, still dealing with the collapse of its industry 30 years later, chart a path to recovery?

In Colorado’s Paradox Valley, it starts with a hemp crop. And recreation.

Denver Post has this front page story today

Post has this front page story today

looking at the revived hopes in rural western Colorado.

We’ve seen quite a week here at Environmental Health News.

Our stalwart Weekend Review editor, Peter Dykstra, is off this week. I’ll try to fill his shoes.

Some news is of our own making: Welcome to our completely revamped, mobile- and social-friendly platform!

Meanwhile, in Washington, a Trump White House at war with the GOP brings blowback for the environment beat.

Sadly, we’ve also got the usual suspects on the environmental lineup – lead in water, pesticides in the fields, plastics in the ocean.

Let’s see if we can’t end this with some good news.

– Douglas Fischer, EHS director

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