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Racist beauty standards leave communities of color more exposed to harmful chemicals: NYC study

"How do you change centuries of colonialism and racism that have always uplifted light and white skin tone and features?”

Racist beauty standards are driving the use of beauty products that are often contaminated with chemicals that alter the human endocrine system, cause organ damage, and spur cancer in communities of color, according to new research.

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Just one meal of caught fish per year is a significant dose of PFAS

People who eat just one U.S. freshwater fish a year are likely to show a significant increase of a cancer-causing chemical in their bloodstream, new research warns.

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A new analysis shows a “crisis” of male reproductive health

For years, scientists across the world have gathered evidence showing declines in sperm quality. Now, new research compiling the results of those studies has found that sperm count has dropped dramatically around the world, and the rate of decline is accelerating.

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Doctors advocate for treating obesity as an environmental problem

When Dr. Rob Sargis sees a patient struggling with obesity, his recommendations go beyond diet and exercise. He may advise them to stop heating things in plastics, or to avoid congested roads during rush hour.

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Using comedy to combat climate change

A car pulls up to a street corner, and a young, bearded man hops in the passenger seat, only to come face to face with a weathered and bald future version of himself.

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Workers exposed to PFAS in a variety of industries

For the better part of 20 years, Peter Arlein worked as a professional ski technician, waxing skis across Colorado.

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“Green” children's products not always PFAS-free, warns new study

PFAS are finding their way into “green” and “nontoxic” products, especially waterproof products marketed toward children and adolescents, according to new research.

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Chemicals in everyday products are spurring obesity, warns a new review

Many years ago, endocrinologist and medical doctor Robert Lustig had a patient, a 5-year-old girl, who was suffering from obesity. Unable to determine the cause of her obesity, Lustig scanned her for tumors.

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Op-ed: Public lands are not neutral. We must grapple with their racist roots

Op-ed: Public lands are not neutral. We must grapple with their racist roots

Green spaces should feel like everyone’s backyard.

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Los parques naturales no son neutrales. Debemos enfrentarnos a sus raíces racistas

Los espacios verdes deberían sentirse como un patio trasero para todes.

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What will it take to give babies a phthalate-free start in the world?

It is currently impossible to have a completely phthalate-free neonatal intensive care unit in the U.S. Health experts say that needs to change.

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Investigation: PFAS on our shelves and in our bodies

Testing finds concerning chemicals in everything from sports bras to ketchup, including in brands labeled PFAS-free.

WATCH: Pete Myers and Tyrone Hayes reflect on tremendous progress in the environmental health field

WATCH: Pete Myers and Tyrone Hayes reflect on tremendous progress in the environmental health field

"It isn't one scientific finding that accomplishes a structural change in science. It's a drumbeat — one after the other — for decades."