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    • Appeals court rules FDA can continue allowing antibiotics in animal feed.
      A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration can continue its policy of allowing widespread antibiotic use in animal feed – a practice believed by many to contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant “superbug” bacteria.
    • Exposure to pesticides in pregnant rats linked to 3 generations of disease.
      New research argues that exposure to the pesticide Methoxychlor could cause diseases three generations later, in offspring who were never exposed to the Methoxychlor themselves.
    • Japanese monkeys' abnormal blood linked to Fukushima disaster: Study.
      Wild monkeys in the Fukushima region of Japan have blood abnormalities linked to the radioactive fall-out from the 2011 nuclear power plant disaster, according to a new scientific study that may help increase the understanding of radiation on human health.
    • Under water: The EPA’s struggle to combat pollution.
      For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been frustrated in its efforts to pursue hundreds of cases of water pollution - repeatedly tied up in legal fights about exactly what bodies of water it has the authority to monitor and protect.
    • Your next roadside attraction: Carbon storage.
      Hitting the road this summer? Take a closer look at the blur of the roadside shrubbery and grass. It soaks up a lot of carbon. With better management, it could soak up a lot more.
    • Colorado judge strikes down Longmont fracking ban.
      A Boulder County District Court judge has struck down Longmont's fracking ban but said the ban can remain in place while the city considered an appeal. Judge D.D. Mallard issued the summary judgment on Thursday. In the ruling, she said Longmont's charter amendment clearly conflicted with the state's regulations and its interest in the efficien […]
    • India’s uranium boss says deformed children may be imported.
      Confronted with reports that villages near Uranium Corp. of India Ltd.’s mines have unusually high numbers of physically deformed people, Chairman Diwakar Acharya said: “I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of those guys are imported from elsewhere, ok?”
    • Global decline of wildlife linked to child slavery.
      New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery. Ecologists say the shortage of wild animals means that in many countries more labour is now needed to find food.
    • Deadly fungus spreads in Everglades, killing trees,
      A fungus carried by an invasive beetle from southeast Asia is felling trees across the Everglades, and experts have not found a way to stop the blight from spreading.
    • Kudzu: The plant that ate the South now heads north.
      As the climate warms, the vine that ate the American South is starting to gnaw at parts of the North, too. Agronomists and landscapers fear what the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Lewis Ziska says is like “a bad 1950s science-fiction plant movie.” Climate change is partly to blame, Ziska said.
    • Colorado River Basin drying up faster than previously thought.
      Seven Western states that rely on the Colorado River Basin for valuable water are drawing more heavily from groundwater supplies than previously believed, a new study finds, the latest indication that an historic drought is threatening the region’s future access to water.
    • China's plan to limit coal use could spur consumption for years.
      Under pressure to reduce smog and greenhouse gas emissions, the Chinese government is considering a mandatory cap on coal use, the main source of carbon pollution from fossil fuels. But it would be an adjustable ceiling that would allow coal consumption to grow for years, and policy makers are at odds on how long the nation’s emissions will rise.
    • Violations pile up at mines owned by billionaire James Justice II.
      Coal mines owned by billionaire James Justice II have been cited for more than 250 environmental violations in five states with unpaid penalties worth about $2 million, according to sources and records obtained by Greenwire.
    • What seafood guzzles the most gas?
      Most of us don’t think about fuel when we eat seafood. But diesel is the single largest expense for the fishing industry and its biggest source of greenhouse gases.
    • Nuclear plants ill-prepared for worst-case scenarios, report says.
      The current approaches for regulating nuclear plant safety in the U.S. are “clearly inadequate” for preventing meltdowns and “mitigating their consequences,” according to a report released Thursday.
    • Overgrown Beijing slaps new limits on industry in bid to cut smog.
      China's overgrown and smog-hit capital Beijing has passed new rules banning the expansion of polluting and resource-intensive industries, the local government said on Friday.
    • The threat to England's chalk streams.
      Geographers say there are only 210 true chalk streams anywhere in the world, and 160 of them are in England. They are an irreplaceable relic of the past, created as the ice sheets retreated 10,000 years ago. There is a growing movement to protect this half-forgotten heritage.
    • Koch brothers' firm threatens lawsuit over Chicago petcoke rules.
      Escalating a fight with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a company that stores enormous mounds of petroleum coke on Chicago's Southeast Side is threatening to sue unless city officials allow the gritty piles to remain uncovered for another four years.
    • Halliburton fracking spill mystery plagues Ohio waterway.
      On the morning of June 28, a fire broke out at a Halliburton fracking site in Monroe County, Ohio. As flames engulfed the area, trucks began exploding. Thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals spilled into the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water for millions of residents. More than 70,000 fish died.
    • Once-common marine birds disappearing from Washington coast.
      The number of everyday marine birds on the Northwest coast has plummeted dramatically in recent decades. The reasons often vary – from climate change and development to pollution and the rebound of predators. But several new studies now also link many dwindling marine bird populations to what they eat.

Why Recyle?

Hello everyone, my name is Tonya Herring and I posed the question, “why recycle” in hopes that by the end of my presentation you will be galvanized to be a part of the solution and contribute your efforts to saving our planet.  This presentation is purposed to educate the country at large to include; private citizens, governments, and organizations on why we should collaboratively endeavor to recycle; and make a difference in global warming, air and water pollution, conservation, and energy preservation.   Also, not only does recycling create a salubrious environment, it is a driver of job creation and economic activity.

Drink to Your Health

This presentation focuses on efforts to increase the participation rate of choosing tap water as the drinking water choice.  This presentation is directed to adults in the general population.

I hope that the information is helpful. If you have any questions, or care to leave a comment, please do so.

Click here to view presentation. Drink to Your Health

Thank you.

Rhonda J Noriega

PUBH 8165-2, Environmental Health

Walden University

Say No to the Plastic Bottle

The purpose of this presentation is to increase your knowledge of the environmental health factors which surround the plastic container used for bottled water.  Most Ivy League schools have already begun the process of banning bottled water on their campuses.  I will share with you some key facts about what bottled water does to our ability to manage plastic waste; how plastic influences the taste of water especially if it gets hot (when plastic heats up it emits toxins into the water); and also talk about some of the myths surrounding tap water not tasting good or being unsafe.

I hope that this information is helpful. If you have any questions or care to leave a comment, please do below. Thank you. Please click here to view the presentation:Say No To the Bottle

Cheryl Lassiter-Edwards, LCSW, PhD Candidate

PUBH 8165-1 Environmental Health

Walden University

Eliminating Food Deserts in Georgia’s Urban Communities.

Eliminating Food Deserts in Georgia’s Urban Communities

Asthma and your premature baby

This presentation focuses on reducing the asthma triggers and attacks which increase hospital admission rates among premature infants. This is an educational tool meant to empower parents of premature infants. The presentation is geared towards the parents of premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit in Chicago who are preparing for taking their infants home.

Please click here to view presentation

Julie Grutzmacher

Walden University

PUBH 6165-2

Environmental Health (PUBH – 8165 – 1) West Nile Virus PPT

West Nile Virus



Hello, I created this educational PPT in order to update Oklahoma Creek County public health nurses  on some of the latest information and statistics  on West Nile Virus. It is important for public health nurses to have this information as they are in a position to identfy high risk geographical areas for mosquito breeding, educate the public of preventitive measures, and to recommend further resources and health care referrals as needed.

While my targtet audience was Oklahoma  Creek County public health nurses, this updated West Nile Virus information may be utilized for any target audience or individual wanting to know some of the latest West Nile Virus statistics and public health recommendations.

Thank you!

Rebekah Doyle

Walden University

Ph.D. Public Health Student

Meningitis: A Review for Health Care Professionals

Meningitis:  A Review for Health Care Professionals

This presentation focuses on educating and informing health care professionals of community hospitals and clinics on meningitis.  Background information is reviewed and strategies to prevent and address an infection are discussed.  The presentation is directed to physicians, nurses, technicians,  aides, public health professionals, and any other health care providers that have direct or indirect involvement with meningitis.

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


This presentation focuses on interesting “need to know” information related to waterborne disease for United States travelers.  Anyone who travels or knows of others who travel outside the US will find this presentation informative and useful.

  • Waterborne disease is described as any disease that can spread through contaminated water (LMASDHD, 2012; RD, 2012).
  • Cholera is an acute, diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine with the bacterium Vibrio Cholerae (CDC, 2011)

Below are three of many important reasons why travelers need to know about Cholera, one of several waterborne diseases!

  1. The World Health Organization (WHO; 2010) reported in 2010 that Cholera affects an estimated 3-5 million people worldwide, and causes 100,000-130,000 deaths a year.
  2. Cholera continues to be both epidemic and endemic in many areas throughout the world (Sack, Sack, Nair, Siddique, 2004).
  3. Effective prevention requires individual and global involvement!

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.

Mary Ann Mueller

PUBH 8165-01, Environmental Health

Walden University

Interpreting reports of Blue Green Algae at Lake Texoma 2012: A primer for the recreational user of the lake

This presentation is not intended to be a technical or medical review of the health risks to pets or humans about Blue Green Algae (BGA), it is intended for the non-medical public to have additional understanding and perspective with regard to the BGA issue at Lake Texoma.

The scientific references utilized in this presentation are available to the public, along with additional materials for further understanding, at the end of this slide presentation.

To view the presentation, follow this link https://environmentalhealthtoday.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/8165_app9_miller_s2.ppt

Hydraulic Fracturing

This presentation was created to inform community members, school administrators, and land owners of the benefits and potential risk factors associated with Hydraulic Fracturing.  The benefits of this procedure are hard to ignore.  They include jobs, money, and more cost efficient fuel.  However there are also potential hazards that could effect the health of community members, endanger our environments, and decrease property values.


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