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Air pollution at home could lower kids’ GPAs

Grist.org - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 19:46

It’s a safe bet that most kids who make excuses for bad grades are just totally full of it. Couldn’t upload your homework because the internet was down? Nice try. The latest video in your YouTube series went viral, and you just had to spend all night responding to comments? You’re not that important. Dog ate your homework? Stop it. But if a kid says her GPA is a touch low because her home is shrouded in toxic air pollution, maybe listen to her.

In a recent study published in the journal Population and Environment, researchers at the University of Texas at El Paso reported that kids living in highly polluted areas tended to have lower GPAs than their peers — and that’s after the researchers accounted for the child’s age, race, and sex, their family’s household income, and the mother’s education level, age during pregnancy, and English proficiency.

Previous studies have shown correlations between students’ academic performance and air pollution levels around schools, but this is the first to look at home environments, where students likely spend most of their time. The researchers conducted the study using data from the EPA’s National Air Toxics Assessment and the academic records of 1,895 fourth and fifth graders around El Paso. The overall differences in GPA were small, the researchers reported, but the association with home toxicity was strong, and that’s cause for concern:

Effects appear to be insidious, since they are mild, unlikely to be perceived, and, hence, unlikely to be addressed in any way. It would be important to note that seemingly trivial effects on children’s development may translate into substantial impacts throughout the life course, in terms of physical and mental health and personal success (e.g., lifetime earnings).

How exactly these pollutants influence a child’s academic performance is a bit murky. Sara E. Grineski, an associate professor of sociology and anthropology at UTEP and one of the study’s coauthors, said in the press release that there could be a few things going on here:

“Some evidence suggests that this association might exist because of illnesses, such as respiratory infections or asthma. Air pollution makes children sick, which leads to absenteeism and poor performance in school. The other hypothesis is that chronic exposure to air toxics can negatively affect children’s neurological and brain development.”

The primary sources of the harmful pollution came from what the researchers called “non-mobile road sources” — things like trains, construction vehicles, and airplanes. That the researchers separated out these various sources of pollution is another reason that this study is unique compared to previous research that just looked at pollution in aggregate:

While point (e.g., factories) and on-road mobile (e.g., freeways) sources of air pollution have received the most attention in the policy and academic arenas, the contribution to non-road mobile sources to the overall pollution burden is increasingly being recognized nationwide. For example, new evidence suggests that the particle pollution generated from the Los Angeles International airport extends over 10 km and is of the same general magnitude as the entire freeway system in Los Angeles, California, USA (Hudda et al. 2014).

Since low-income and minority neighborhoods tend to be the most popular dumping grounds for air pollution compared to their more affluent counterparts, this is clearly a job for — oh, sorry. It’s just that environmental justice gets violated so often these days that it seems like it should have its own superhero by now — a Superman to its Metropolis, a Batman to its Gotham. Do you think we could get Captain Planet to spearhead an Environmental Justice League?


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Categories: Environment

Bes-Tech, Inc. and St. John’s Air, Inc. Join Forces to Deliver Energy...

PR Web - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 18:35

Bes-Tech, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of St. John’s Air, Inc. to the Bes-Tech National Dealer Network. St. John’s will deliver energy savings to their clients using Bes- Tech's...

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Beckwood and Triform to Showcase 360-Degree Manufacturing Capabilities...

PR Web - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 18:35

Beckwood Press Company, a leading manufacturer of custom hydraulic presses, automation systems and the Triform line of sheet hydroforming presses, will be showcasing their newest press technologies at...

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Low-income, black women largely ignored in Katrina recovery

Grist.org - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 17:44

This story was originally published by Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina displaced 40,000 people in New Orleans, opinions about the recovery can be traced along racial lines. A pair of new studies underscores that African American women, particularly those who lived in public housing, faced some of the biggest hurdles after the storm.

Nearly four in five white residents in New Orleans say their state has “mostly recovered,” while nearly three in five African American residents say it has not, according to survey results released Monday by the Louisiana-based Public Policy Research Lab. More than half of all residents, regardless of race, said the government did not listen to them enough during the recovery, but African American women struggled more than any other group to return to their homes in the months and years after the hurricane, PPRL noted.

On Tuesday, a study by the Washington-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research found that recovery policies in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina largely ignored the needs of African American women who lived in four of the city’s largest public housing complexes. These women were forced to move into more expensive housing, and some had to relocate to areas where they faced racial intimidation.

The study, based on interviews with 184 low-income black women, offers a look at how redevelopment efforts affected some of the city’s most vulnerable residents. A majority of the women interviewed said they wanted to move back to their homes but were unable to do so because city and federal officials demolished the buildings in the years after the storm.

The demolition plan, announced in 2006 by the Housing Authority of New Orleans and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), aimed to deconcentrate poverty in the city by replacing the public housing complexes with mixed-income housing. However, the new developments included fewer low-income apartments, which meant many people had to pay more for housing.

The decision to raze the public housing complexes seemed odd to some former residents because HUD had found them to be structurally sound after the storm, the IWPR reported. Here’s what a 70-year-old retired grandmother told the research group:

The buildings were good, strong buildings. Now, if they say they couldn’t be renovated, well, that’s a different story, but they had some buildings in worse shape and they’re doing them over … I’m very disappointed with our elected officials. They turned their backs on us.

Many of the women interviewed by the IWPR said that even though public housing hadn’t been ideal, they felt safest in their former homes. There, they had known all their neighbors, and the brick apartment buildings had withstood the hurricane’s winds and subsequent flooding. There had even been a saying among poor residents in the city that if a storm ever came, you should “get to the bricks.”

One woman who had lived in the C.J. Peete housing project believed the razing of her building was unjustified.

Bad as the waters were, it did not go into our houses. That was one of the projects that I think they just wanted to tear down. They could have left that project there … They had people coming from other places to come stay in the projects, but they never came down because they are brick.

After nearly three decades living in the C.J. Peete complex, another elderly woman with diabetes and arthritis told researchers that she was forced to move temporarily to a community known for Ku Klux Klan activity.

In Baker [where the emergency trailer park for displaced people was], [the crosses] was all over. Ah, Baker was the main headquarters of the Ku Klux Klan … This white man walked up and he said, ah, “If you all would’ve came here in the ’60s … I’m so glad you all didn’t come … Oh, you all would’ve been dead … They would’ve killed you all.” They put us in a pasture where the cows and horses was living. That’s where the trailer was.

To read more of these stories, check out the report by the IWPR here.


Filed under: Cities, Climate & Energy
Categories: Environment

U.S. Symposium on Imaging Organized by Pittcon’s Program Chairman...

PR Web - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 15:35

Pittcon, in conjunction with its ongoing collaboration with the two Organizing Societies of JASIS 2015 , The Japan Analytical Instrument Manufacturer’s Association (JAIMA) and the Japan Scientific...

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GuideOne Foundation Announces New MyCause Awards Program to Honor...

PR Web - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 15:35

Winner Will Receive a $5,000 Donation to the Charity of their Choice

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RedVector Named to the TrainingIndustry.com Learning Portal Companies...

PR Web - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 15:35

RedVector earns a spot on the 2015 TrainingIndustry.com Learning Portal Companies Watch List for its unique approach to delivering learning solutions and commitment to improving learning through...

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Surviving Mesothelioma Puts New Orphan Drug into Perspective in New...

PR Web - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:35

A new article posted to the Surviving Mesothelioma website explains what is next for the newest mesothelioma orphan drug, and what it could mean for patients.

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Snowbirds Beat the Winter Rush With Earlybird Fiji Packages

PR Web - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:35

Goway Globetrotters get an early start on Winter with new Fiji packages, including airfares, and special gifts for honeymooners.

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A Fitting End (and Resting Place) for Old Tennis Balls

PR Web - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:35

reBounces announces a partnership with Ace Surfaces and Advanced Polymer Technology (manufacturer of Laykold, the official surface of the Miami Open since 1984) that will bring the world’s first...

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Super-Sod's New Website That's Mobile Responsive

PR Web - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 09:35

As of this summer, customers can now experience a mobile friendly web experience on Super-Sod's new website.

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FCPX Plugin Developer Releases a New Final Cut Pro X Transition,...

PR Web - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 09:35

Pixel Film Studios, Final Cut Pro X effects developer, announced the release of TranSlice Motion a new FCPX Transition.

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Hospice Chaplain David C. McGee’s New Book Teaches Honest, Healthy...

PR Web - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 09:35

‘Living After Death’ incorporates 35 years of experience into healing through manageable segments of grief

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Early Bird Registration Deadline for GRC Annual Meeting is This Week

PR Web - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 09:35

Save $100 for this premier geothermal energy event by registering before midnight on Sunday

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Myriant Announces Executive Leadership Changes

PR Web - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 09:35

The Board of Directors of Myriant Corporation announces that Cenan Ozmeral, Ph.D. will retire as Myriant’s President and Chief Executive Officer and will be succeeded by Dennis McCullough, Ph.D.

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BLR Releases OSHA’s Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for 2014...

PR Web - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 09:35

BLR has created an all-new infographic, OSHA’s Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for 2014.

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Soft-Lite Windows Recognizes All American Window & Door for 30th...

PR Web - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 09:35

Soft-Lite Windows is pleased to pay tribute to one of its long-standing dealers, All American Window & Door, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with an elaborate dinner and fundraiser...

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New Memoir Finds God in Oil Fields of North Dakota

PR Web - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 09:35

Author Christian Dell tells his story of going ‘From Bust to Boom.’

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Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. Makes Fortune’s “Change the World” List...

PR Web - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 09:35

Jain Irrigation lauded for “building its business by improving the livelihoods of 5 million small farmers”

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RST Visions In Color signs exclusive distribution agreement in North...

PR Web - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 09:35

For more information contact RST Visions In Color at (845) 742-0210, or email sales(at)rstvisons(dot)com

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