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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.

West Nile Virus and You

This is a presentation about West Nile Virus, its incidence, and on the need for us to protect ourselves against the infection. This presentation is designed with the general public as the target.

Please click here to view the presentation. I hope you would find it beneficial. Kindly leave comments or questions below if you care. I shall appreciate it.

Thank you.

Darlington Etumni

PUBH 6165-04, Environmental Health

Walden University


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