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    • Consumer Reports: Pregnant women should avoid all tuna.
      In June, the Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration proposed a minimum weekly level for fish consumption for the first time since fish is a great source of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids. The problem: Fish also can be a good source of mercury — and, in an article published Thursday, Consumer Reports is taking issue with the ne […]
    • Is fluoride in private wells causing an IQ decline?
      Excess fluoride, which may damage both brain and bone, is leaching out of granite and into Maine's drinking water—and potentially other New England states.
    • Buffalo’s other waterfront renaissance.
      The Buffalo River was everyone’s – industries’ and individuals’ – dumping ground for most of the last century. But when finished at year’s end, the $44 million cleanup of the waterway will allow residents to use the Buffalo River in ways no one thought imaginable.
    • China mine disasters point to poor safety record.
      Rescuers sought Wednesday to reach 36 coal miners trapped underground after two separate fatal incidents. Deadly accidents highlight the perils of mining in China. Despite recent safety gains, China remains home to the world's deadliest coal mines, resulting in more than 1,000 deaths last year.
    • Judge rules Corps can ignore mining health studies.
      A federal judge in Charleston, West Virginia, ruled this week that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does not have to consider scientific studies linking mountaintop removal to public health problems when the agency approves new Clean Water Act permits for mining operations.
    • Toronto is smog free for the first summer in decades. But why?
      The summer of 2014 has been a tentative triumph for air quality in Toronto, according to a new study demonstrating remarkable improvements in regional air pollution since 2000, but that success is tentative.
    • Maryland fracking study cites toxic air emissions as top concern.
      A state-commissioned report found that air emissions trump water pollution and drilling-induced earthquakes as a top public health threat posed by future fracking projects in Maryland.
    • North Carolina House passes compromise coal ash bill.
      The state House voted 83 - 14 Wednesday to approve a measure that leaders are calling a "first in the nation" bill that manages the removal of coal ash from 33 unlined pits throughout the state, despite objections from some environmental groups that it leaves too much of the decision making to an appointed board.
    • Earthquakes in Colorado near deep-earth wells raise concerns.
      A series of small but unusual earthquakes near a well being pumped full of liquid drilling waste north of Denver has reignited a debate about the impacts of oil and gas development near homes.
    • In the Rockaways, pipeline debate takes a contentious turn.
      A natural gas pipeline under construction worries New York residents still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Activists say the project is inherently dangerous and is just the latest sign of a broken approval and monitoring process for the United States’ energy infrastructure.
    • If you think the California water crisis can't get worse, wait until the aquifers are drained.
      Aquifers provide us freshwater that makes up for surface water lost from drought-depleted lakes, rivers and reservoirs. We are drawing down these hidden, mostly nonrenewable groundwater supplies at unsustainable rates, threatening our future.
    • California gives away more water than it has.
      In the past 100 years, California has promised five times more water than actually flows through its rivers and streams.
    • Water dispute boils in Oregon.
      Oregon ranchers and farmers are being falsely accused by environmental groups of not doing enough to protect fish and natural resources, according to Maupin rancher Keith Nantz.
    • Thai locals tested for toxic metals.
      Volunteer doctors, health activists and environmentalists yesterday travelled to Phichit to gather first-hand information about health problems of villagers living near gold mines in tambon Khao Jed Luk in Thap Khlo district.
    • Tribe official: Tests not shared on North Dakota brine spill.
      The environmental director of an American Indian tribe said he's been shut out of the tribe's response to a massive saltwater spill on its North Dakota reservation, and criticized leaders for leaving the public "in the absolute dark" on its severity.
    • First Enbridge trial begins.
      The trial before Calhoun County Circuit Court Judge James Kingsley is the first involving Enbridge Energy Inc., responsible for the spill which dumped nearly 1 million gallons of oil into Talmadge Creek near Marshall and the Kalamazoo River all the way into Kalamazoo County.
    • Kejimkujik National Park mercury source still a mystery.
      It has been nearly 20 years since scientists made a the shocking discovery of mercury in Nova Scotia’s Kejimkujik National Park: Loons were contaminated by the pollutant methyl mercury, leaving them with some of the highest levels in North America. Researchers are still trying to get to the bottom of the mystery.
    • New formaldehyde report supports EPA's assessment that chemical is 'human carcinogen.'
      The ongoing debate about the risks of formaldehyde is intensifying in light of a new report by the National Academy of Sciences that said the Environmental Protection Agency's labeling of the chemical as a "human carcinogen" is supported by research.
    • Liberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record.
      Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people and counting across West Africa.
    • Microbes thrive below Antarctic ice.
      The discovery of bacteria in an ice-bound lake bolsters the case that similar life could exist elsewhere in the solar system. But on Earth, the find raises the prospect that Antarctic melting will release greenhouse gases.

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

millergb@hotmail.com

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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