In the Media

COEH faculty were featured in a number of news outlets. Here are some highlights. covered Kirk Smith’s study that calculates a metric called the International Natural Debt to “account for the full impact of methane on warming.” The article appeared on November 25, 2015

Tree Hugger and Berkeley News reported on a study by Brenda Eskenazi, John Balmes, and Asa Bradman that published the first findings to link chronic, low-level exposures to organophosphate pesticides to decreased lung function in children. The stories appeared online on December 3, 2015. Stories quickly followed in AOL, Tech Times, Chronicle Council, Western Daily Press, and Medical Xpress.

The New York Times included an in-depth account of Kirk Smith’s work to reduce household air pollution in India through the use of clean cookstoves. The special report appeared on December 8, 2015. AP included a feature on indoor air pollution with a quote from Smith on November 11, 2015.

In an article in The Huffington Post, Kirk Smith called indoor air pollution from cooking with biomass fuels a bigger problem than outdoor air pollution and dirty water. The story, published on January 4, 2016, explores the possibilities of solar energy products as an alternative to dirty-fuel cookstoves. Smith was also quoted in an EcoWatch article on April 8 about the global health risks of black carbon emitted from solid fuel cookstoves.

The Economic Times featured an article coauthored by Kirk Smith on the ‘Give it Up’ scheme, which encourages wealthier households in India to relinquish their liquefied petroleum gas subsidy to poorer households still reliant on biomass fuels for cooking and heating. The article appeared on January 29, 2016.

AETHAER quoted John Balmes on February 9, 2016, in an article covering a British entrepreneur’s scheme to sell bottles of clean air to ”pollution-choked cities in China.” Balmes confirmed the bogus idea offered no health benefits.

A New York Times article on California Occupational Safety and Health Standards board’s proposal to regulate the use of condoms in the pornographic film industry included a photo of board member Patricia Quinlan listening to the testimony of actors opposed to the idea. The story appeared on February 18, 2016.

Dr. Paul Blanc’s podcast on February 25, 2016, covering the health impacts of common household chemicals, is made available by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Learn more: Dr. Blanc is the author of How Everyday Products Make People Sick. Visit:

Dr. Robert Harrison co-produced a video on methylene chloride safety made available by the California Department of Public Health. Visit:

The New York Times quoted Dr. Paul Blanc in a story on April 1, 2016, about the health risks facing workers who manufacture quartz countertops. The engineered stone contains silica, and although the countertops pose no health risks to consumers, workers who cut the stone may be exposed to workplace dust containing silica. Over time, inhalation exposure can lead to silicosis, a possibly fatal lung disease caused by inhaling silica particles.

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