Jessika Fruchter

Green City: Early puberty's toxic causes and effects

New report links chemicals to problematic early development
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GREEN CITY As if growing up weren't hard enough, a new report published by San Francisco's Breast Cancer Fund says girls, particularly African American girls, are hitting puberty earlier — and it's lasting longer.

Environmental toxins, obesity, and psychological stressors are all cited as possible reasons for the trend in the report written by Ithaca College professor Sandra Steingraber. Read more »

Green City: Saving people and the planet

Widespread attention for Oakland's Green Jobs Corps
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GREEN CITY The average young person doesn't pay much attention to things like wind turbines and energy efficiency. Friends and family, yes. School or work, sure. Green technology? Probably not. And for youths in underserved communities, where violence and economic hardship are a backdrop for everyday life, the likelihood of thinking green is even lower.

Enter activist groups like the Oakland's Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and watch as things begin to change. Read more »