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    • Lead contamination scare hits Heinz infant food in China.
      U.S. foodmaker H.J. Heinz Co has recalled some infant food products in China after a local watchdog said they contained excessive levels of lead, threatening to dent the company's reputation in a country highly sensitive to food safety.
    • Bad news for Big Coal: Oregon rejects proposed export terminal.
      Oregon has rejected Ambre Energy's plan for barging coal down the Columbia River to be exported to China, the fourth Northwest shipment terminal project to bite the dust.
    • July checks in as 4th warmest on record worldwide.
      If you spent your summer in the Midwest or almost anywhere in the U.S. south of New York where the season was mild, it may have been easy to miss that most of the rest of the world was baking last month.
    • Louisville, fastest-warming city in U.S., reaches for the brakes.
      Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology found that since the 1960s, urban Louisville, Ky., saw its temperature rise above that of its surroundings at a rate greater than any other city in the country and more than double the warming rate of the planet as a whole.
    • Study: High levels of mercury found in fish substitutions.
      New measurements from fish purchased at retail seafood counters in 10 different states show the extent to which mislabeling can expose consumers to unexpectedly high levels of mercury, a harmful pollutant, according to a new study from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
    • Dominion plan will leave fly ash in waste dump with history of leaks.
      Dominion Virginia Power's plan to close its coal-fired power plant on the Elizabeth River would leave nearly a million tons of fly ash in a waste dump that has leaked arsenic and other contaminants into groundwater for more than a decade, company documents show.
    • Peru fights gold fever with fire and military force.
      After years of ignoring the frantic gold rush fouling the Amazon forests of southeastern Peru’s Madre de Dios region, the government has launched a no-mercy campaign to crush it.
    • U.S. farmers fight poisonous wheat fungus with cleaning, waiting.
      Dave Wiechert of Nashville, Illinois, does good business most years cleaning seed for farmers in preparation for planting season. But this year, Wiechert is doing big business after harvest: cleaning fungus off wheat so farmers can sell it.
    • Michigan landfill taking other states' radioactive fracking waste.
      As other states ban landfills from accepting low-level radioactive waste, up to 36 tons of the sludge already rejected by two other states was slated to arrive in Michigan late last week.
    • The prickly pear as California crop.
      California's San Joaquin Valley might seem like an agricultural paradise, but is is also an ancient seabed high in salt, selenium and boron, and for much of the last century, farmers used irrigation to flush those minerals out of their soil and into groundwater or rivers – out of sight, out of mind.
    • Bihar's first all-solar village flickers to life.
      Life has been transformed for the 2,400 residents of Dharnai, a village in Bihar, India's poorest state, by the completion of a solar-powered micro-grid, bringing them light and power for all their daily needs after 30 years with no electricity.
    • E-bike sales are surging in Europe.
      With tens of millions of e-bikes already on the road in China, e-bike sales are now surging in Europe, especially in northern countries with long cycling traditions. For some markets, e-bikes have recently been the only area of growth.
    • Mystery over Kazakh nuclear power plans.
      Russia intends to build the first thermal nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan, the world’s largest uranium producer. But where it will be in that vast country and who will own it remain unclear.
    • China's air pollution worsens in July, highest in north.
      Air pollution across 74 major Chinese cities worsened in July compared to last year, according to government data released on Tuesday, showing that the government is having trouble shaking its smog problem.
    • Blast in China coal mine traps 27 miners.
      An explosion Tuesday in a coal mine in eastern China trapped 27 workers underground, state media reported. China has the world's deadliest mines, although the safety record has been improving in recent years as regulators have strengthened enforcement of safety rules.
    • Poll shows strong Latino support for conservation.
      Max Trujillo caught the conservation bug during childhood summers spent with his father hunting, hiking and camping in the wilderness of northern New Mexico. In the years that followed, Trujillo noticed that many Hispanic families were out enjoying the woods, but they weren’t involved in the mainstream environmental movement.
    • Seeing purpose and profit in algae.
      Entrepreneurs have been trying for years to get something valuable out of algae. It has not been easy, and not just because algae are an unsightly nuisance (and sometimes dangerous, as is the Lake Erie bloom that has endangered drinking water this month).
    • Having good neighbours can help cut heart attack risk, study shows.
      Living in a close-knit community and having good neighbours could have hidden health benefits and may even reduce people's risk of suffering a heart attack, new research has claimed.
    • Viral disease spreads rapidly in Colorado, forcing ranch quarantines.
      Colorado ranchers are spraying horses with insecticide and spreading diatomaceous earth around horse stables to keep stinging pests away.
    • Missionaries deserved access to untested Ebola drug, expert writes.
      Roughly two weeks after a pair of American missionary workers were evacuated from Liberia, debate continues over the decision to treat them with the experimental drug ZMapp, as well as their admission to a special containment ward at Emory University Hospital, in Atlanta.

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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