November 26, 2019

​A new movie, “Dark Waters,” shines a bright light on a group of dangerous chemicals that are likely in your bloodstream right now. It tells the true story of a polluter that manipulated research and kept evidence hidden from the public – and shows just how crucial it is that scientific evidence be produced by researchers free of conflicts of interest....

Harvard Business Review

March 21, 2018


Companies can be successful and safe at the same time. The reality is that virtually all workplace injuries are preventable, and safety management and operational excellence are intimately linked. Injuries and catastrophic events, in addition to being tragic, are evidence that production is not being managed correctly. Improved operational performance will result in fewer injuries.


September 11, 2019

Public health detectives are desperately trying to find the cause of the hundreds of lung disease cases and at least six deaths that appear to be related to vaping. We don't yet know the cause or causes of the current outbreak; however, in response to a study that found lung-damaging chemicals in some Juul e-cigarette liquids, a spokesman for that company didn't dispute the finding but claimed it was irrelevant. . . .


November 25, 2019​


The tobacco industry may have been the first to recognize that requiring transparency in scientific research could serve as a weapon to defend a dangerous product, but it appears that EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler will soon issue regulation that will make it national policy. Unless he is stopped, the EPA’s ability to protect the public’s health and environment will be badly damaged.

Los Angeles Times

August 16, 2019​


At the height of World War II, as Adolf Hitler was presiding over the mass murder of Europe’s Jews, President Franklin D. Roosevelt kept our borders closed. Informed of the ongoing slaughter, he decided to permit only a thousand refugees entrance to America and allowed them to remain here only until the war ended. I grew up with two families: a traditional one, and the one we called our “Oswego family,” these refugees and their partners and children. . . . 

Washington Post

July 19, 2018

We are smashing heat records again this summer. We hear this so much now that there’s a risk we will start ignoring it before the key message sinks in: Global warming is here, and it’s starting to cook us. Not just the planet — us. Heat is the leading weather-related killer in the United States, and the toll (estimates range up to 1,300 deaths per year) will rise steeply in the coming decades.


October 10, 2019

Across the United States, workers are suffering from, and sometimes dying of, the severe lung disease known as silicosis because they are fabricating and cutting “engineered stone” countertops for our kitchens and bathrooms.

Houston Chronicle

July 29, 2017

At a speech at the U.S. Department of Transportation in early June, President Donald J. Trump dramatically dropped thick binders filled with environmental impact statements to the floor, calling them "nonsense" and declaring "these binders on the stage could be replaced by just a few simple pages." President Trump and his advisers probably have no idea that an environmental impact statement saved the country from what might have been one of the worst environmental disasters in our history.

The Hill

May 30, 2017

Wouldn’t it make sense to be able to find out before applying for a job in a dangerous industry, which firms have a safe record, and which do not? The Obama administration thought the answer was “yes” and proposed a system to provide easy accessibility to workplace safety information via the web.


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