Evergreen Issues: Trump’s stance on abortion, Hawaii bans certain sunscreens and coffee’s effect on life span

EVERY TUESDAY WE BRING YOU ISSUES THAT IMPACT YOU AS AN OUTDOOR LOVING WOMAN. WHETHER IT HAS TO DO WITH CLIMATE CHANGE OR FEMALE EMPOWERMENT, WE SCOUR THE INTERNET, INCLUDING GOVERNMENT BILLS, SOCIAL MEDIA AND LOCAL AND NATIONAL NEWS, AND DELIVER IT TO YOU – SO YOU KNOW.

1. Open Supreme Court seat raises questions about Trump’s stance on abortion

A new analysis from NPR breaks down the potential ramifications a Supreme Court opening could have on abortion rights.

President Trump has vowed NOT to ask any SCOTUS picks where they stand on the issue, but NPR argues, he doesn’t have to, as all of his prospects are conservative.

During a televised debate in 2016, Trump made a different promise to voters when he said he would overturn Roe if he got to change the balance on the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973. It’s the most widely discussed legal case in America from the past 50 years.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was often the swing vote on the high court and voted to uphold Roe multiple times, announced his retirement last week.

This piece dives into what Kennedy’s retirement could mean for abortion rights.

2. Hawaii to ban certain sunscreens

Hawaii is about the become the first place in the world to actually BAN certain sunscreens because of their negative effect on the environment.

The legislation was approved in May but the governor is expected to sign the bill into law this week.

The two chemicals in question are oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are found in most sunscreens, but are harmful to the fragile coral reefs that encircle the islands.

A 2015 study found that every year, up to 14,000 tons of sunscreen enter our oceans, causing harm to marine life.

The bill prevents skin care companies from selling creams with these two chemicals anywhere in the state. It takes effect in 2021. Yahoo reports that the Consumer Healthcare Products Association has said any limiting of access to sunscreen is cause for alarm.

3. New research shows coffee drinkers are more likely to live longer

New research shows the secret to living a long life, could lie in everyone’s beloved brown beans.

Scientists surveyed half a million people living in the U.K.

“We found that people who drank two to three cups per day had about a 12 percent lower risk of death compared to non-coffee drinkers” during the decade-long study, Erikka Loftfield, a research fellow at the National Cancer Institute told NPR.

And the association doesn’t appear to have to do with caffeine – the study found that decaf coffee worked, too, which means the bean is the likely source of the secret sauce.

Nutrition experts say coffee beans are full of nutrients and phyto-chemicals, and of course, the pure joy many people feel from drinking it doesn’t hurt, either.