The plastic crisis: What's the big deal with microplastics?

Plastic waste is a growing global problem. The negative impact of plastic debris, particularly on marine ecosystems, has been appreciated for decades. But potentially, an even more significant danger is the insidious microplastic we cannot see. Plastic waste does not biodegrade, rather, it breaks down, fragmented by wind, waves, and sunlight into ever-smaller pieces.

A UC Davis Health Team of Scientists Pilots an Integrated Approach to Study Health Effects of Wildfires

The climate crisis continues to escalate, leading to extreme weather events, such as wildfires, further exacerbating socioeconomic and health disparities. Given projections of worsening climate conditions, there is a critical need for large-scale, multidisciplinary research that can fully address health impacts of climate change. 

Dr. Hertz-Picciotto is leading a team of faculty members across UC Davis that received a UCDH School Of Medicine Cultivating Team Science Award to develop a research program focusing on the effects of climate change on health.

Natalia Deeb Sossa Wins 2023 Thong Hy Huny Award

EHSC Member Natalia Deeb-Sossa recently received The City of Davis 2023 Thong Hy Huynh Award, which is given to local individuals or organizations promoting civil rights and civic engagement. 

Forged in Fire: Environmental Health Impacts of Wildfires

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” ― Rachel Carson Introduction

Wildfires have dramatically increased in number, size, and duration over the past several decades. Defined as unplanned and uncontrolled fires, wildfires are spreading to every corner of the globe. From the Siberian taiga forest to the Australian bush, wildfires have affected 17 million people since 2010.

Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire: The Gas Stove Toxicity Debate

Recent comments by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission about regulating gas stoves have triggered significant public debate in the United States (U.S.) about the harmful effects of gas stoves on human health. So, what is the science surrounding this issue? Gas cooking is a predominant source of household air pollution

It is now scientific consensus that household air pollution can increase the risk for numerous noncommunicable diseases, including stroke, ischemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer.

UC Davis EHSC Center Members Leading Autism Research

This April, in honor of Autism Awareness Month, we want to spotlight our members’ research on autism. In a recent report, the CDC estimated that 1 in 36 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASD is a complex and multifaceted condition that affects communication, social interaction, and behavior. While the exact cause of autism is not yet fully understood, research has identified a number of potential genetic and environmental risk factors.

Honoring the Women Who Were Trailblazers in Environmental Health

Women's History Month, observed annually in March, is a time to celebrate the contributions of women throughout history. Today we want to celebrate women who have made significant strides in pursuing environmental justice. Their work has helped us better understand the natural world, identify environmental challenges, and develop solutions to protect our planet. Their legacies inspire us to continue the work of advancing environmental science and inclusivity in science.

UC Davis EHSC Collaborates with SEIU-UHW on COVID-19 Workers Survey

The COVID-19 pandemic flipped our world upside down. Among other things, it had a dramatic effect on work & workers. Yet, particularly during the early days of the pandemic, this effect was unclear. 

EHSC researchers developed a survey to understand how workers and their families have been affected by COVID-19 – both on the job and at home. We also collaborated with several organizations to develop customized versions of the survey. 

International Women's Day Q&A with Scientists and Staff

March 8th is International Women's Day. To celebrate, we sat down with some of our staff and scientists to ask about the women who inspired them.

Below is a transcript of our conversations – edited for brevity and clarity. 

Could Everyday Noise be Affecting your Health?

Did you know that all five of your senses are exposed to environmental factors that can affect your health? You breathe in wildfire smoke, you see how droughts are affecting agriculture, taste compounds polluting your water, and you touch chemicals in cosmetics and shampoos- but can you hear a threat to your health? 

The simple answer is yes. A walk in the city, blasting music on the radio on your daily drive, or working around loud machines all expose you to noise pollution. 

Black History Month: Environmental Scientist Features

February is Black History Month and we would like to feature a few of the Black and African-American scientists and researchers who have propelled the field of Environmental Health Sciences forward. 

Environmental Scientist Features: