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From Appalachia to Alaska: Coal Development and the Environmental Justice Movement

CHE-Alaska call: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 (9:00 am – 10:00 am Alaska Time)

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Alaska possesses roughly half the known coal reserves in the United States and there is increasing pressure to develop these reserves. What can Alaskans learn from the health outcomes and environmental justice movement in Central Appalachia? Join us for a one hour teleconference seminar with  Dr. Shannon Elizabeth Bell, author of  Fighting King Coal: The Challenges to Micromobilization in Central Appalachia and Carly Wier, Coal Campaign Director at Cook Inletkeeper. Learn more

Help prevent harm to the communities affected by the proposed Donlin Gold Mine

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Transportation Facility Map (1)Thanks to everyone who signed the petition, the deadline for the public comment period for the Donlin Gold Project DEIS has been extended until May 31st!

The Donlin Gold Mine would be a massive open pit, hard-rock gold mine ten miles north of the village of Crooked Creek – one of the largest undeveloped gold resources in the world. If developed, it would have extensive and permanent effects on the environment and communities along the Kuskokwim River. In its current form, it involves:

• Significant releases of mercury into the Kuskokwim River watershed, contamination of streams and rivers, as well as destruction of wetlands;
• A threat to subsistence food sources, commercial salmon fisheries, wildlife, and public health;
• A 2-square-mile pit that would eventually fill with water and require water treatment in perpetuity;
• A 2,240-acre […]

2016 Breast Cancer Lecture Series Coming Soon to Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Nome

Dr. Ted SchettlerYou are cordially invited to the 2016 Breast Cancer Prevention Lecture Series! The topic this year is The Ecology of Breast Cancer: The Promise of Prevention and the Hope for Healing. We are thrilled to feature Dr. Ted Schettler as our guest speaker.

Our genes are the ultimate book of instructions for all that happens in our body. However when and where genes “turn on” to “print” their instructions are influenced by our constantly changing environment. Breast cancer results from mistakes in genes or their instructions; and these mistakes are often caused by environmental influences. Dr. Schettler will discuss known and suspected environmental risks for breast cancer and ways to prevent exposures.

Ted Schettler, MD MPH is Science Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network. He also serves as science director of the Collaborative on Health and Environment and science advisor […]

Fairbanks Residents Notify EPA of Intent to Sue for Further Delay in Addressing Dirty Air

Community groups frustrated with the government’s continuing failure to address dirty air, some of the worst in the nation

airquality1aThe Fairbanks North Star Borough has some of the worst and most dangerous air quality in the nation. Today, Alaska community groups joined together — for the second time in as many years — to demand that responsible officials stop dragging their feet and finally address the problems that Borough residents and their families face when simply breathing in Fairbanks.

Citizens for Clean Air, Alaska Community Action on Toxics, and the Sierra Club sent a letter calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to meet its obligation under the law to approve or disapprove a plan submitted last year by the State of Alaska to address air pollution in Fairbanks. The letter, submitted by environmental law firm Earthjustice’s Alaska office, notified EPA […]

Toxic Safety: Flame Retardants, Chemical Controversies, and Environmental Health

toxic safetyWednesday, April 6th, 9:00 AM Alaska Time (10:00 AM Pacific; 1:00 PM Eastern)


Alissa Cordner Presentation Slides

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Initially marketed as a life-saving advancement, flame retardants are now mired in controversy. Some argue that data show the chemicals are unsafe while others continue to support their use. The tactics of each side have far-reaching consequences for how we interpret new scientific discoveries. Join environmental sociologist, Alissa Cordner, Ph.D. for a discussion of the more than one hundred interviews she conducted with activists, scientists, regulators, and industry professionals to isolate the social, scientific, economic, and political forces influencing environmental health policy today.

Cordner’s new book, Toxic Safety: Flame Retardants, Chemical Controversies, and Environmental Health (Columbia University Press, 2016) is a revelatory text for public-health advocates that demonstrates that while all parties interested in health issues use science to […]