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New Reports: My “Top 10” Picks for January and February

March 04, 2014

Sign in contaminated black neighborhood in Augusta, GA

Numerous reports and studies were published in January and February. I had the opportunity to read a few of them for an article.  Here are my “Top 10” picks that focused on environment, health and social inequality.

Environment and Health

Toxic chemicals may be triggering the recent increases in neurodevelopmental disabilities among children, such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dyslexia, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Icahn School of Medicine. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422(13)70278-3/abstract

New study from CDC researchers shows low-income Hispanics and African Americans are highly exposed to potentially carcinogenic chemicals found in household products. http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1306816/

Study shows frequent discrimination during youth puts African Americans at risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and even stroke later in life, a new study has found. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-02/sfri-fya012714.php

The report, Climate of the Southeast United States: Variability, Change, Impacts and Vulnerability, predicts a changing climate in the Southeast region of the U.S. over the next 20 years and beyond. http://cakex.org/virtual-library/climate-southeast-united-states-variability-change-impacts-and-vulnerability

New report, Environmental Justice Milestones and Accomplishments: 1964-2014, from the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern tracks the environmental justice over five decades—from the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the twentieth anniversary of the Executive Order 12898 in February 2014. http://drrobertbullard.com/2014/02/09/new-report-tracks-environmental-justice-movement-over-five-decades/

Social Inequality

New paper from the Brookings Institution examines inequality in U.S. 50 largest cities. “All Cities Are Not Created Unequal” (February 2014) http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2014/02/cities-unequal-berube

new economics paper explains why the U.S. recession ended only for people in the top 5% and is actually continuing for the bottom 80%. Rising inequality causes sluggishness in the U.S. recovery. http://pages.wustl.edu/files/pages/imce/fazz/cyn-fazz_consinequ_130113.pdf

New study from Johns Hopkins School University School of Nursing and the Bloomberg School of Public Health finds race trumps economic status in access to healthy food. The researchers found without regard to income, predominantly black neighborhoods have the most limited access to supermarkets and to the healthier foods such markets sell. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131203124526.htm

A new survey from the Emerson College Polling Survey found 61 percent of African-Americans believe race relations are getting worse in the United States.  As a whole, 44 percent of poll respondents said race relations are not getting better, with 41 percent of Caucasians and 42 percent of Hispanics holding the same view. http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/02/04/poll-61-percent-of-african-americans-say-us-race-relations-getting-worse/

A new study, “The Color of Corporate Corrections, Part II: Contractual Exemptions and the Overrepresentation of People of Color in Private Prisons,” by University of California at Berkeley researcher Christopher Petrella found people of color who are sentenced to prison are more likely than their white counterparts to serve their time in private institutions. http://journal.radicalcriminology.org/index.php/rc/article/view/44






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