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      Endocrine disrupting chemicals are everywhere, found in cosmetics, preservatives, medicines and countless household products such as shampoos and toothpaste, which are used every day by billions of people across the world. Now, for the first time anywhere in the world, the European Union is attempting to regulate them.
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    • A vacuum cleaner for the Web's dusty corners.
      Ah, if only it were possible for each one of us to suction away the carbon emissions we contribute to the overburdened atmosphere, much as we vacuum dirt from the carpet. Appliance maker Electrolux is promising to help us do exactly that, at least for one oft-neglected portion of our personal greenhouse gas output.
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    • Environmentalists sue over nuclear reactor's impact on Columbia River.
      Three environmental groups sued a Washington state agency Thursday over the effects of the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant on the water quality of the Columbia River.
    • Richard Berman energy industry talk secretly taped.
      If the oil and gas industry wants to prevent its opponents from slowing its efforts to drill in more places, it must be prepared to employ tactics like digging up embarrassing tidbits about environmentalists and liberal celebrities, a veteran Washington political consultant told a room full of industry executives in a speech that was secretly recorded.
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      Chinese steel mills, among the biggest in the world, are altering their production schedules to offset disruption from forced plant closures aimed at curbing choking air pollution during a summit of world leaders in Beijing next month.
    • Olympics bid fuels drive for clean air.
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    • Leaked Sellafield photos reveal 'massive radioactive release' threat.
      Dilapidated nuclear waste storage ponds abandoned 40 years ago containing hundreds of tonnes of fuel rods pose an immediate danger to public safety, photographs sent to The Ecologist reveal.
    • Michigan sites no longer environmental areas of concern.
      Two Michigan sites, tainted by major environmental contamination for decades, have officially been removed from the U.S. and Canada's official list of Areas of Concern.
    • Two locations in Michigan dropped from list of Great Lakes contaminated sites.
      Two waterways in Michigan have been removed from a list of highly contaminated sites around the Great Lakes – progress in the effort to restore toxic hot spots left over from the region's early manufacturing era, federal officials said Thursday.
    • Texas county resents oil drilling, despite the money it brings.
      Dennis Seidenberger has farmed cotton for 49 years in this close-knit community 40 miles southeast of Midland. Farming is a way of life that he passed on to his son, and one that he hopes will stay in the family for generations.
    • Sick Alabama veterans fighting for help.
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    • W. M. Anderson dies; faced Bhopal plant disaster.
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    • 'Smart Sewage' could spot epidemics before they happen.
      Valuable insight into the health of cities is lurking beneath our city streets. Researchers are working to characterize the bacteria, viruses, and chemicals leaving peoples' bodies.
    • Killer fungus threatens salamanders.
      Legend says that salamanders can spit poison and extinguish flames, but even such pyrotechnic powers would not be enough to save them from a new scourge.
    • Early animals couldn’t catch a breath.
      The diversification of early animals may have been suffocated by a lack of oxygen. New data suggest that oxygen levels were less than 1 percent of today’s levels, low enough that they may have stalled the emergence of animal life.
    • Smog causes lung cancer: Lawmaker.
      A senior lawmaker in China on Thursday warned of the increasing mortality rate of lung cancer caused by air pollution.

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This weblog is for the discussion of contemporary environmental public health issues – issues that may occur locally, nationally, or internationally. My name is Dr. Raymond W. Thron and I will be one of your hosts for this weblog. Joining me is Dr. Shana Morrell. Additional contributors and authors will be announced as they join. The commentaries reflect the opinions and beliefs of the individual writer. Your hosts will will attempt to ensure that all information posted is credible.

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Raymond W. Thron, Ph.D.
Dr. Thron has had a life long career in environmental public health, having worked for both local and state agencies, the private sector, and currently as a faculty member at Walden University. At Walden University, he helped create and served as the first faculty chair for its doctorate program in public health. For ten years, he served as the director of environmental and occupational health for the State of Minnesota.

Previously he had the opportunity to work in several East European countries helping them regarding public health infrastructure, including environmental and occupational health issues, workforce development, and public health collaborative endeavors. Past academic affiliations include the University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN), Howard University, and through training provided to faculty at Namibia University, Namibia, and Kenyata University, Kenya.

Shana Morrell, Ph.D., MPH
Dr. Morrell received her MPH and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She majored in environmental health, specializing in environmental toxicology. She currently is the Academic MPH Program Coordinator with Walden University, in the School of Health Sciences.  She maintains a special interest in global environmental health and environmental and social justice.

Mehrdad M. Javaherian, Ph.D., MPH

 Dr. Javaherian holds degrees in civil/environmental engineering and public health, and a PhD in public health focused on epidemiology. His current research is focused on quantitative assessment of the benefits of sustainable best management practices on carbon dioxide emission reductions, including potential health implications. His past research has included quantitative assessment of the association between the built environment and pedestrian activity, and on mathematical modeling of vapor intrusion to indoor air. Dr. Javaherian also has 19 years of consulting experience in the field of environmental health, including performing site investigations, human health and ecological risk assessments, and design and implementation of in-situ remediation technologies at hazardous waste sites. He is currently involved on research, development, and application of multiple patented green and sustainable technologies focused on generating renewable sources of energy, and achieving unrestricted soil and groundwater cleanup in a sustainable manner.

Nina M. Bell, MPH
Mrs. Bell has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and public relations, most of which encompass the healthcare arena. A resident of Northwestern Pennsylvania, she currently works as the Vice President of Stewardship and Development for The Wesbury Foundation, which supports a Continued Care Retirement Community of 400 aging adults.

In the realm of athletics, Mrs. Bell is a triathlete and completed five Ironman competitions as well as several Olympic and Sprint distance races. In 2000, she was named the ASCInet Ohio State Triathlon Series Age-Group Champion. She has also won her division in several regional races in Northwestern Pennsylvania/Eastern Ohio. In 2007, she was named the Ford Ironman Everyday Hero at Ironman Wisconsin for her work in developing a children’s bicycling program to combat childhood obesity. That program is being developed into a publication that will be used as a model for other communities.

She holds a BA degree in public relations/journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s diploma from the University of London in organizational behavior, and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), a credential held by only 5,000 people worldwide. She is currently working toward her MPH and PhD in public health/health promotion and education at Walden University.

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One Response

  1. Hello,
    I am a Walden University student, and I was to create a username and post my presentation on this weblog. However, I accidentally created a blog account rather than just obtain the username. I was wondering how exactly I would be able to contribute my presentation on here, or if I would need to create a different account.

    Thanks,

    Abe

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