children’s health


On Children’s Environmental Health Day: A Checklist for Defending Science and Protecting Kids

, Lead science and policy analyst

Today is Children’s Environmental Health Day— a day organized by the Children’s Environmental Health Network and supported by a long list of organizations committed to advocating for policy change that prioritizes children. Earlier this year, our report Endangering Generations outlined some of the policy decisions made in recent years that have ignored the science and walked back progress in protecting children’s environmental health and wellbeing. Read more >

Children's Environmental Health Network
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EPA Chlorpyrifos Assessment: A Harbinger of Restricted Science Rule Havoc

, Lead science and policy analyst

For years, the EPA has been downplaying scientific findings in an attempt to continue the use of organophosphate insecticide, chlorpyrifos, which is a known neurotoxin and threatens the health of children, especially Latinx children who live near farmland or are the children of farmworkers. But now, it has chosen to inexplicably throw out studies from consideration as it approaches a critical registration decision. Read more >

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As Schools Plead for COVID-19 Safety Information, White House Politicizes CDC Guidance

, Lead science and policy analyst

In the latest example of how the Trump administration is monumentally botching the response to a public health emergency, the president called the CDC’s guidance for safely reopening schools too“ tough” and “expensive” and even threatened to cut funding from schools that were planning virtual instruction. In response, CDC head Dr. Robert Redfield suggested that the guidance was indeed “guidance, not requirements” and that it shouldn’t be used to justify keeping schools closed. By restricting what CDC scientists can recommend on how to open schools safely, the Trump administration is heightening the risk to children, their families, and their teachers of contracting a potentially deadly disease. Read more >

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How Safe Are Children’s Products? It Might Depend on Trump’s Next Nominee to the Consumer Product Safety Commission

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Today the Senate holds a hearing on the nomination of Dr Nancy Beck to chair the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). I doubt you spend much time thinking about the CPSC, but the little-known agency plays a crucial role in ensuring that the products in our homes are safe. And when things go wrong, that’s when you do hear about it—from lunchboxes contaminated with lead, to faulty jogging strollers that have injured children, to crib recalls due to infant deaths. Read more >

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Bettina Elias Siegel’s “Kid Food” Explains My Daughter’s Love Affair with a Fast Food Chain

, Economist

I’m not a purist about much when it comes to parenting, and that’s by design. And so, I confess: on occasion, our family indulges in a fast food meal, mostly out of what feels like necessity—think ill-planned long car rides or exhaustion after a stomach bug that started at 1 AM. Read more >

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