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Molly Rauch
Molly Rauch is a mom who lives and works in Washington, DC. She is a blogger and Public Health Policy and Outreach Manager for Moms Clean Air Force, a national organization fighting for clean air to protect our children’s health. She has authored reports on coal and clean air for Physicians for Social Responsibility, and has written about environmental health issues for The Green Guide. A native New Yorker, she holds a masters degree in public health, with a focus on epidemiology.

Entries by Molly Rauch

The Paris Agreement Is a Win for Parents

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 1:41 PM

It was unseasonably warm last week when I arrived home in D.C. from the U.N. climate talks in Paris. The holiday lights seemed misplaced. The balmy 60-degree weather was a glaring symbol of the disrupted climate that led me to Paris in the first place. I rushed home to see...

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5 Reasons the Pope's Message on Climate Change Is for Everyone

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 10:32 AM


I never expected to sit down and read a 180-page treatise written by the pope. As a Jew, I don't generally spend my spare time studying Catholic teachings. But I do think about my children's future, and how climate change will...

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Updated Smog Standards Are Needed to Protect Little Lungs

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 12:08 PM


Co-authored by Katie Huffling

In November, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed updating our national standard for ground level ozone, also known as smog. This updated standard would better protect little lungs, and moms and nurses applaud the effort.

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Fracking And Toxic Air

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 5:09 AM


A new study, published this week in the journal Environmental Health, identifies potentially hazardous concentrations of air pollutants near some oil and gas operations in five states.

The research shines a light on what some communities face as US oil and...

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Trick or Treat? Why Halloween Scares Moms

(8) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 8:48 AM


Halloween preparations are in full swing in our house. But I have a confession to make -- I force a stiff smile when my kids squeal in excitement about the trick or treating. Because if there's anything that raises my Mommy hackles, it's...

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People's Climate March: 10 Reasons Why This Mom Is Marching

(6) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 4:14 PM


I'll be in New York City, my hometown, on Sunday, September 21, marching with thousands of others who want to see meaningful action on climate change. Why am I marching?

1. Because climate change is real. It is

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Toxics Bill Fails the Mom Test

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 12:44 PM


What do shower curtains, cleaning products, couches, crafting supplies, and cooking pans have in common? Untested chemicals. Store shelves are full of products that contain untested chemicals, products whose ingredients may or may not harm the brains, hormones, lungs, metabolism and...

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What Is Mother Love?

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 11:57 AM


I thought I could never love anything as much as I loved my newborn first baby, my daughter, a piece of my heart beating outside of my own body.

But then I had another baby, and then another, and each time it amazed...

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Parents Can and Will Fix the Climate Crisis

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 4:52 PM


Parents make the best activists.

I remember when my 10-year-old was just a baby. I had just moved to Washington, D.C., when I learned the heavy metal lead had been found in the DC water system at very high levels. I knew a...

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True or False: Is Arkansas Fracked?

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 7:05 PM


After my visit to the Fayetteville Shale in Arkansas to see fracking close up, I got to talk with community members who have been impacted by the frack-fueled increase in natural gas development.

Here's a quiz based...

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Putting a Face on Fracking: Two Stories From the Fayetteville Shale

(3) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 10:04 AM


I thought I knew something about fracking. I had seen maps. Graphs. Charts. Diagrams. Scientific papers. Infographics. A Hollywood film. A documentary. But until I met the brave women of the Fayetteville Shale, I didn't get it. I didn't...

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Why I'm Celebrating an Obscure Bureaucratic Moment

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 2:33 PM


As a mom and climate activist, I read this week's headlines with a strange, conflicted feeling. I want more people to be aware of the urgency of the climate crisis, so I am glad that the latest report from the Intergovernmental...

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Foul Air in the Frack Zone: Touring the Fayetteville Shale, Arkansas

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 6:28 PM


The couple, married for decades, looked out along a rural dirt road that was home to no fewer than 27 fracked natural gas wells. Shaking their heads, they said they suffer from headaches, nosebleeds, nausea, hair loss and irritability. The cause of their...

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Faith Leaders Call for Limits On Carbon Pollution

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 2:59 PM


When EPA held a public hearing earlier this month on its proposed rule to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, I expected to hear comments from engineers, economists, policy experts, health professionals, and atmospheric scientists about the rule....

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Environmental Justice Interview: Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 3:15 PM

February 11th marked the 20th anniversary of Executive Order 12898: Federal actions to address environmental justice in minority populations and low-income populations. To commemorate that milestone, I spoke with Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome, federal policy analyst with MCAF partner,WE ACT for Environmental Justice.

Here are excerpts from...

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Cleaning Up Our Power Industry

(2) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 11:27 AM

This week I went to the EPA to speak in support of carbon pollution standards for new power plants. EPA is in the process of finalizing standards that would, for the first time, place limits on the amount of carbon pollution that power plants are permitted to spew...

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Climate Change Worsens Mercury Pollution

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 12:22 PM


A summary of recent research shows climate change will increase our exposure to mercury, a toxic heavy metal that threatens fetal growth and development and targets the brains of children.

Pregnant women hear a lot about mercury from their...

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Survival Guide For Climate Change Debates

(7) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 10:32 AM


When extended family gets together over the holidays, dinner conversations can sometimes be awkward -- such as when your uncle from South Carolina talks politics with your niece from the Bay Area. When thorny questions about climate change arise over your...

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New Furniture Standard to Reduce Toxic Flame Retardants

(3) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 2:16 PM

In the midst of increasing information about the ubiquity of our exposure to industrial flame retardants, the revision of a 40-year-old furniture flammability standard in California last month could dramatically reduce the amount of flame retardants added to foam-filled furniture in the future. As reported in the Chicago...

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What to Expect When You're Expecting Safe Baby Products

(9) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 11:59 AM

I remember the first time I went to a big baby retail store. I saw thousands of products, many I hadn't even known existed, all guaranteed to make my baby happier, sleepier, smarter, healthier, stronger, safer, quieter, cleaner, or prettier. It was my first exposure to the behemoth that is...

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