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    • Seeds of doubt.
      Feeding an ever-expanding population without further harming the Earth presents one of the greatest challenges of our time, perhaps of all time. Many scientists are convinced that we can hope to meet those demands only with help from the advanced tools of plant genetics. Vandana Shiva disagrees; she looks upon any seed bred in a laboratory as an abomination.
    • Fukushima disaster: Inside the world’s most dangerous room.
      Three and a half years after the most devastating nuclear accident in a generation, Fukushima Daiichi is still in crisis. So much radiation still pulses inside the crippled reactor cores that no one has been able to get close enough to survey the full extent of the destruction.
    • Alabama community alleges race bias over toxic landfill site.
      Last week, Environmental Protection Agency investigators traveled to Uniontown, Alabama, to interview residents and activists who say a local landfill that accepted much of the Tennessee coal ash is polluting air and water sources nearby, causing people who live in the area to become sick.
    • Deadly DDT levels in St. Louis, Michigan, robins' eggs.
      A Michigan State University environmental toxicology professor presented part two of the results from the 2013 dead bird collection in St. Louis, Michigan, and, American robins eggs collected contained DDT levels far above those found to induce death in laboratory settings.
    • Donations pour in to influence GMO debate, but are they being disclosed?
      The growing debate over genetically modified food and farming in Hawaii has attracted more than $77,000 so far this year to influence political elections, according to an analysis of state campaign spending data and additional financial information.
    • EPA cleanups and the toxins left behind.
      The EPA is responsible for protecting human health at 1,700 hazardous waste sites across the country through the Superfund program. But an EPA "cleanup" does not mean all toxics are gone.
    • US EPA makes strides in air toxics but work remains in cities: Report.
      The United States has made progress in reducing dangerous air pollution since 1990 but work remains to reduce risks for the country's most overburdened urban areas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's top official said on Thursday.
    • Study finds that brains with autism fail to trim synapses as they develop.
      A new study suggests that in children with autism, something in the process of pruning synapses goes awry, leaving an oversupply of synapses in at least some parts of the brain.
    • India court orders uranium company to study impacts.
      India’s sole uranium mining company is being ordered by a regional court to disclose radiation levels and the presence of any heavy metals in soil and water in a cluster of villages with reports of unusual numbers of deformed and sick children.
    • Pesticides cause lead contamination among pregnant women: Study.
      Unplanned use of pesticides and herbicides in crops is one of the key reasons for presence of higher level of lead in blood among pregnant women in rural Bangladesh, a study revealed.
    • Kenya: River of death - no help for villagers exposed to poisonous waters.
      Thousands of people in the Lower Yatta Sub-County in Kitui are now exposed to dangerous diseases from the highly polluted Athi River waters. Lab tests on the water show the river is contaminated with industrial chemicals.
    • Drought-stricken California town struggles to keep the water flowing.
      All summer, Montague, California, has been a town in trouble. The city sits half an hour south of the Oregon border, in a rugged patch of Northern California that offers little refuge from the scorching sun.
    • Iran: Dried out.
      Farmers who worked the fertile lands around Isfahan have had to find a new way to make a living since the river at the heart of this Iranian city ran dry.
    • Epic drought in West is literally moving mountains.
      Some parts of California's mountains have been uplifted as much as 15 millimeters (about 0.6 inches) in the past 18 months because the massive amount of water lost in the drought is no longer weighing down the land, causing it to rise a bit like an uncoiled spring, a new study shows.
    • Global warming slowdown answer lies in depths of Atlantic, study finds.
      The key to behind the slowdown in global warming in recent years could lie in the depths of the Atlantic and Southern oceans where excess heat is being stored – not the Pacific Ocean as has previously been suggested, according to new research.
    • $24M ad campaign for Keystone pipeline had little impact: Survey.
      America and Canada are friends. That’s the main message Americans got from phase one of the federal government's multimillion-dollar advertising campaign to promote Canadian oil in Washington and drum up support for the Keystone XL pipeline.
    • Natural gas production falls short in China.
      Faced with severe air pollution from coal and a rising dependence on energy imports, China has been eager to follow the United States by rapidly increasing natural gas output. Replacing coal with natural gas has also been central to Beijing’s hopes to limit emissions of global warming gases in China.
    • Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks.
      Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle.
    • China pulls plug on genetically modified rice and corn.
      China’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to renew biosafety certificates that allowed research groups to grow genetically modified rice and corn.
    • Up in flames: Flares in Eagle Ford Shale wasting natural gas.
      Oil and gas companies rushing to drill in the Eagle Ford Shale since 2009 have burned and wasted billions of cubic feet of natural gas – enough to meet the needs of every San Antonio-area household that relies on the fossil fuel for an entire year.

CONFLICT AND HEALTH; Civil conflict and sleeping sickness in Africa

This presentation attempts to shed some light on how conflict in various regions of Africa has helped spread infection with trypanosomiasis and has made it almost impossible to contain sleeping sickness. Solutions are also offered that national and international authorities could implement in the control and prevention of sleeping sickness. This presentation should also be of interest to those of you interested In Environmental health. It shows ways in which environments of conflict can have an effect on our health.

 Please click here to view 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.

Esther Shisoka

PUBH 6165-5, Environmental Health

Walden University

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