This Week in EPA Science

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This week in his State of the Union Address, President Obama declared that climate change is the greatest threat to our future. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy showed support of his statement in her blog, Climate Action Protects the Middle Class, where she discussed how EPA is taking action and delivering on a key part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

EPA researchers support both the Agency and President Obama in taking action on climate change by providing the science that decision makers, communities, and individuals need to protect human health and the environment in the face of a changing climate.

You can learn more about the work EPA researchers have done to support climate action here.

And here is some more research we’ve highlighted this week.

  • EPA Releases Final Connectivity Report in Support of the Clean Water Rule
    On January 15th, EPA released the final report Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence. Researchers found that the scientific literature clearly demonstrates that streams, regardless of their size or frequency of flow, are connected to downstream waters in ways that strongly influence their function.
    The report can be read here.
  • EPA Funded Research Finds BPA Exposure during Pregnancy Causes Oxidative Stress in Child, Mother
    A study done by the EPA/NIEHS Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center at University of Michigan was published in the journal Endocrinology, which found that exposure to the chemical BPA during pregnancy can cause oxidative damage that may put the baby at risk of developing diabetes or heart disease later in life.
    Read more about the study here.

If you have any comments or questions about what I shared or about the week’s events, please submit them below in the comments section!

About the Author: Kacey Fitzpatrick is a student contractor and writer working with the science communication team in EPA’s Office of Research and Development.

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