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    • Songbirds dying from DDT in Michigan yards; Superfund site blamed.
      Jim Hall was mowing the town’s baseball diamond when he felt a little bump underneath him. “And there it was, a dead robin,” he said. Just last week, he found another one. “Something is going on here,” said Hall, who has lived in this mid-Michigan town of 7,000 for 50 years.
    • Tour de France sees protest over toxic waste nobody wants.
      French environmentalists used the Tour de France to protest plans of Australian chemical manufacturer Orica to ship dangerous waste to Europe from Sydney, where it's been for three decades, raising questions of just where it will end up.
    • Born too soon: Can pollution lead to premature births?
      Last year, one-tenth of all births in the United States came before the pregnancy’s 37th week, premature by current standards. Many of the infants survive; prematurity is no death sentence. But it can bring a complicated life: blindness, cerebral palsy, autism.
    • Mercury poisoning report kept secret, Ontario tribe says.
      The people living in a northern Ontario community near where a toxic dump of 10 tonnes of mercury occurred five decades ago are still suffering the neurological effects of mercury poisoning, and a report about the effects of the poisoning was never made public, First Nations leaders say.
    • A watershed moment: Formidable invasive species won't be easy to keep out of Great Lakes.
      Ballast water, used to steady less-than-full ships on the high seas, has been blamed for moving all manner of species around the globe - including into the Great Lakes. Is there a better way to keep invasive species out of the lakes? (Part 2 of 4)
    • Groups press New York state to ban poisons that kill wildlife.
      For years, wildlife and conservation groups have raised alarms that a class of poisons used to kill rats in New York has been indiscriminately killing wildlife in places like Central Park. Relying on fresh evidence from post-mortem examinations, six groups are pressing for a statewide ban.
    • Looks like we'll be blessed with a little more rain....
      Drought in the West has grabbed headlines lately. But a good portion of North America's grain belt would happily bid adieu to the storm clouds. A Climate at Your Doorstep video.
    • Welcome to Williston, North Dakota: America's new gold rush city.
      Thanks to the shale-oil boom, what was once an isolated city in the emptiest part of the continent is now the fastest-growing small center in North America. It has the highest average wages in the U.S. and the worst housing shortage. It is the most expensive place in the U.S. in which to rent new housing.
    • Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad.
      Coal from Appalachia rumbles into this port city, 150 railroad cars at a time, bound for the belly of the massive cargo ship Prime Lily. The ship soon sets sail for South America, its 80,000 tons of coal destined for power plants and factories, an export of American energy — and pollution.
    • Rust devastates Guatemala's prime coffee crop and its farmers.
      A fungus has spread through Central America at an alarming rate, causing crop losses of more than a billion dollars. Lately it's become more aggressive due to climate change, says Francisco Anzueto of Guatemala's coffee board, leaving hundreds of thousands unemployed.
    • Maryland's manure-burning power plant in limbo.
      The project seemed simple enough — build a waste-to-energy plant on the Eastern Shore fueled by poultry manure, keeping it from flushing into and polluting the bay, while creating green jobs and boosting Maryland's fledgling renewable energy industry But 18 months after it was heralded by Gov. Martin O'Malley, the $75 million project has been stymi […]
    • Deal is said to be near to expand bike sharing in New York.
      After months of financial uncertainty surrounding the program, city officials are nearing a final agreement that would reshape the system’s management as it was established under Mr. Bloomberg, and bring the bikes to a wider swath of the city beginning next year.
    • In Illinois, residents demand answers about coal plant’s future.
      Ameren paid Dynegy to take over financially flailing coal plants. Given trends affecting coal plants nationwide, including pending EPA carbon rules, many environmentalists and energy experts think the E.D. Edwards plant and other aging coal plants may close in coming years.
    • Antarctic lead pollution traced to 19th century.
      The first lead pollution in Antarctica occurred more than 20 years before explorers reached the South Pole, scientists have found. Data from 16 ice cores collected from all over the frozen continent show that lead concentrations begin in the 1890s and increase rapidly until 1975.
    • Big Mac banished in Shanghai as meat scare prompts probe.
      If you want a burger from McDonald’s in China’s biggest cities, you’ll have to get one made from fish. The latest scare is fueling concerns that China has yet to gain control over the safety of its food supply, despite years of government investigations and penalties.
    • Trial in salmonella outbreak from peanuts to begin.
      Three people accused of scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people, sickened more than 700 and prompted one of the largest food recalls in history are set to go to trial this week in south Georgia.
    • 2,500 Ground Zero workers have cancer.
      More than 2,500 Ground Zero rescuers and responders have been diagnosed with cancer, and a growing number are seeking compensation for their illnesses. The grim toll has skyrocketed from the 1,140 cancer cases reported last year.
    • As Ebola, MERS and HIV/AIDS make headlines, what are the biggest risks to the world's health?
      The World Health Organisation, a UN body that exists to protect and advise the international community about threats such as Ebola and MERS, have raised concerns about the “striking changes in the communicable disease situation”.
    • Plants show injuries on their leaves when exposed to pollution.
      A new ozone garden exhibit at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History shows the harmful effects of air pollution on plants, a physical representation of how human actions can affect living systems.
    • Scientific coalition studies plants’ role in fighting disease.
      In the worldwide search to learn more about plants’ role in fighting human disease, an unusual coalition has formed at North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.

The Right To Health: A Global Chronic Disease Perspective

This commentary focuses on the global citizen’s right to health in a climate of chronic disease.

Please click here to view the presentation.

I hope you find the information both helpful and interesting.

I look forward to receiving your comments.

Elizabeth Wesbter
PUBH 8165-2
Walden Unversity

Family Fitness: Off and Running

The objective of this presentation is to pick up the gap of where most adult or youth fitness program leave off which is addressing the family as  as a whole for improving lifestyle for long term health benefits. It offers basic suggestions spanning from exercise and nutrition through to basic psychology that affects the family as a unit and makes some realistic guidance for those who are in a traditional or non-traditional household.

Please click here to view the presentation. I hope that both your family and you will be able to find some benefit from it.

If you have any questions, or care to leave a comment, please do so below.

Have a great day.

Thank you,

Geoffrey B Miller, MS, CSCS, HFS


Doctoral Student

PUBH 8165-2, Environmental Health

Walden University

Preventing Norovirus

The purpose of this presentation is to increase awareness about Norovirus.  It reviews information on how Norovirus is spread, and offers tips for prevention.  This educational presentation on Norovirus was prepared specifically for those who handle food on cruise ships, in restaurants, nursing homes, school cafeterias, child care centers, summer camps, banquet halls, or in the home. 

Please click here to view the presentation.  I hope that you find this information helpful.  Please feel free to reply with your comments or questions.

Heather Mazakas 

PUBH 8165-3, Environmental Health

Walden University

Reduction of Workplace Bottled Water Consumption

This presentation focuses on an effort to reduce workplace bottled water consumption.  It offers several arguments against bottled water consumption including the following:  Waste Associated with Bottled Water Consumption, Exposure to Plastics associated with Bottled Water Consumption, Reduced Quality of Bottled Water compared to Local Tap Water, Inferior Regulation of Bottled Water compared to Tap Water, and the Expense of Bottled Water compared to Tap Water.  This presentation is directed to employees of a business that has decided to stop providing bottled water.

Please click here to view the presentation.  I hope that the information is helpful.  If you have any questions, or care to leave a comment, please do so below.  Thank you.

Krista Schroeder, M.H.S.

PUBH 8165-03, Environmental Health

Walden University

Healthy Choices, Healthy Kids

This presentation focuses on school nutrition for primary and secondary students.  It offers some suggestions on how more healthy food choices can be  made available in the school environment.  This presentation is directed towards teachers and parents of kids that are in elementary, middle, and high school.

Please click here to view the presentation.  I hope that this information is useful to you and that you can use it in the schools in your community.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them below.  Thank you.

Ms. Djuana Stroud

PUBH-6165-1, Environmental Health

Walden University


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