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Reversing the Plastics Crisis Through a Human Rights Approach

CHE-Alaska’s March 30 webinar was a presentation on The Stages of the Plastics Cycle and their Impacts on Human Rights from the UN Special Rapporteur on Toxics and Human Rights, Dr. Marcos Orellana. His most recent report to the UN General Assembly is on the plastics cycle and human rights (link to full report in…

Plastics and Climate Change: A Major Contributor to Climate Warming and Harm to Health

Plastics have become an everyday part of our lives, including the  many unintended consequences of plastic production, use, and disposal. Chemicals added to plastics – to make them stronger, more flexible, or UV resistant – have been found to be toxic and have widespread adverse effects on environmental and human health. The production and disposal of plastics is unjustly concentrated near low-income communities and…

The Challenge of PFAS with Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class comprising thousands of ‘forever chemicals’ that are environmentally persistent and present in soils, drinking water, foods, and in the bodies of wildlife and people worldwide.  PFAS are used in a wide variety of consumer products, industrial applications, and fire-fighting foams because of their stain resistance, durability, and nonstick…

From Exploration to Closure of a Large-Scale Mine: Environmental and health impacts of the proposed Donlin Gold Mine on the watershed, communities and people of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region

On Tuesday, December 7 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM, CHE-Alaska hosted a lunch-and-learn webinar entitled “From Exploration to Closure of a Large-Scale Mine: Environmental and health impacts of the proposed Donlin Gold Mine on the watershed, communities and people of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region”.  Large-scale mining in the Y-K Region will impact the health of communities, ecosystems,…

Protecting Water Quality, Health and the Environment: Urgent Questions Pertaining to PFAS with Dr. Carla Ng

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class comprising thousands of ‘forever chemicals’ that are environmentally persistent and present in soils, drinking water, foods, and in the bodies of wildlife and people worldwide.  PFAS are used in a wide variety of consumer products, industrial applications, and fire-fighting foams because of their stain resistance, durability and nonstick properties.   PFAS’ environmental persistence and widespread distribution are of serious concern, as PFAS are associated with cancer, heart disease, birth defects, liver disease, and decreased…

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