Buenos Dias, D.C. — Una Introducción a los Peligros de las Cenizas de Carbón (An Introduction to the Dangers of Coal Ash)
Coal ash is a nationwide problem and is responsible for high-profile drinking water contamination, air pollution and public health threats. On July 28, Earthjustice Legislative Representative Andrea Delgado sat down with Buenos Dias D.C host Nestor Bravo on Univision in Washington, D.C. to explain what coal ash is, where it comes from, why we need regulations to protect communities and the opposition these safeguards face in Congress. Nearly 70 percent of coal ash waste ponds are located in communities of color and low-income communities.
When I think of national parks, the things that come to mind are huge rock formations, awe-inspiring natural features and memories of some of the best family vacations I experienced as a kid. Today, however, I’m struck by the news that the air in our national parks is likely to drive visitors away.
Wolves have influenced human language for many thousands of years. In ancient Greece, “λύκον ἰδεῖν” meant “to see a wolf,” or to be struck dumb, apparently the result of being sighted by a wolf. The word “wulf” was one of the most common compounds in early Anglo-Saxon names, and today we lament (or sometimes celebrate) how fast we “wolf down” a meal or complain of someone who has “cried wolf” again.
Imagine for a moment you are forced to breathe through a straw, only from one nostril. Now, imagine that straw shrinks to the size of a coffee stirrer, making it even more difficult—nearly impossible—to inhale enough oxygen. This is what asthma feels like for Doris Toles, a Baltimore resident who had her first asthma attack when she was just two years old.
This is a guest blog by Ana E. Nobis, M.D., MPH, a recent graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Occupational and Environmental Medicine residency program. Dr. Nobis is also a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where she was an Annika Rodriguez Scholar.
Have you noticed that the latest tactic to discredit anyone who doesn’t buy into a corporate claim that a product is safe is to label the person “anti-science?” If you try to get better regulation of pesticide use around schoolchildren or farmworkers, you’re not prudent, you’re “anti-science.” Don’t care to have genetically engineered products on your dinner table while companies fight every attempt to label them so you have a choice? They’re happy to label you “anti-science,” too.