PFAS Contamination in U.S. Communities
Concussions and Brain Health
Communities in several states have recently reported concerning levels of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in their drinking water. This class of toxic chemical compounds is found in a wide range of common industry and household products and some studies have linked exposure to altered fetal development, higher cancer risks, and fertility issues. But the science is nascent and only a fraction of the many types of PFAS have been thoroughly researched. SciLine’s upcoming media briefing will cover what scientists know about the health effects of PFAS exposure, the lack of consensus on what level of exposure is “safe”, and what is being done to detect and address PFAS contamination in affected communities.
The Role of Climate in Heat, Fire & Floods
Concussions are a common injury among athletes and can happen to anyone. But there are shockingly few evidence-based protocols for their clinical management – and their long-term health effects are still poorly understood. Our Oct. 11 media briefing covered what scientists now know about the links between concussions and long-term brain health, new studies that suggest women may be more vulnerable to concussion risks, and emerging advances in diagnostics, prevention, and treatment.
Understanding Sea Level Rise
Extreme weather is on the rise. But to what extent are these record-breaking events directly related to climate change? The emerging science of climate attribution is revolutionizing scientists’ understanding of the relationships between various extreme weather events and climate change.
Our August 13 panel discussed the latest findings in climate attribution science and provided tips for reporters on how to communicate accurately about these complex relationships.
Sea levels are rising as a consequence of climate change, and rising oceans will affect many millions of people in the years ahead. But how much will the seas rise, and how fast? This media briefing focuses on how scientists model and project sea level rise, and how to interpret and communicate the range of possible outcomes accurately and in proper context to your readers, listeners, and viewers.
Gene drives represent a new take on genetic engineering offering previously impossible means of fighting disease-spreading insects and invasive species but also raising the specter of ecological disruption. This briefing reviews the current status of gene-drive technology, applications under consideration, and related ethical, legal, and regulatory issues.