Nicole Barcega


Nicole is a recent graduate from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology and minors in Spanish and Global Poverty and Practice. Aside from long, frustrating discussions about the intersections between human health, environmental health, and poverty, she is always down for a good book, solo road trips, crocheting, and some Locksley.

Nicole has written 7 post(s)

Some people grow up or live in the same neighborhoods for decades, greeting the same faces and passing through familiar streets. For many in abandoned neighborhoods, that familiar location and the social network are what make it home, despite the lack of resources and poor living conditions. Gentrification disrupts that sense of community and becomes a … Read More

Many who exercise outdoors prefer to do so for the fresh air, but in areas with high air pollution, many worry that that quality of air and exercise can be an unhealthy combination. Recent studies have demonstrated evidence that the long-term benefits of exercise outweighs the potentials risks of exercising in polluted areas. Air pollution is a … Read More

Twenty five years ago, AquaBounty, a biotechnology company aiming to improve aquaculture productivity and sustainability, created a genetically modified Atlantic salmon that is now in the process for approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be the first genetically modified meat for human consumption to hit the markets…and it might not even be labeled as “genetically … Read More

On June 30, 2015, Bill SB277, which limits people’s ability to opt out of vaccines, was approved and signed into state law by California Governor Jerry Brown. In response to the large measles outbreak in December, a situation linked to low immunization rates, the law requires mandatory vaccinations for children prior to starting school and prevents … Read More

In recent decades, California has made efforts to reduce emissions succeeding in partial smog reduction. Even the annual report from the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association indicated long-term trends of air quality improvement. However, the current drought in California has presented itself as a challenge to those efforts. In a report from the American Lung Association, which evaluated … Read More

As technology advances, we tend to find ourselves frequently buying and accumulating more and more electronics, even when we don’t really need them. Now the question is, what do you usually do with your old devices when you can’t sell them or trade them in? Electronic waste, commonly known as e-waste, is any “electronic or … Read More

E-cigarettes have gotten more and more popular in the past few years, especially as a “healthier” alternative to smoking tobacco. The safety of e-cigarettes is still debatable given the scarcity and spotty nature of studies surrounding the product. Even so, e-cigarettes threaten to undo the public health victories made against tobacco and secondhand smoke, especially if their production … Read More

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