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    • Carolinas and Charleston flooded with rain from Hurricane Joaquin.
      As Hurricane Joaquin slowly pulls away from U.S. shores, a veritable firehose of rain is being directed at parts of South Carolina—including Charleston. The result: An ongoing flooding risk that may peak at historic levels. On Saturday, President Obama declared a state of emergency in South Carolina to speed up the flow of disaster aid to the stricken state. […]
    • At least 73 dead in guatemala mudslide, hundreds feared lost., At least 73 dead in Guatemala mudslide, hundreds feared lost.
      Hopes faded of finding any remaining survivors of a massive landslide in Guatemala that killed at least 73 people, even as families scrabbled through rubble hoping to find the bodies of loved-ones, with hundreds of others still missing.
    • Firm says Florida Gov. Scott’s stake in pipeline project is ‘irrelevant.'
      Lawyers for a company that wants to build a natural gas pipeline in North Florida have told a judge that environmental opponents should be blocked from “presenting evidence or argument” about Gov. Rick Scott’s financial interest in the company.
    • Riot on the plantation.
      On the morning of May 24, a rumor started to circulate around Butaw district. The CEO of Golden Veroleum Liberia, the palm oil company that had become the lifeblood of the local villages, was going to visit. It was a big deal. When the roads are good, Butaw is a six-hour drive from the country’s capital, Monrovia. But the roads are rarely good, and dignitari […]
    • AP analysis: Dozens of deaths likely from VW pollution dodge.
      Volkswagen's pollution-control chicanery has not just been victimless tinkering, killing between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years, according to an Associate Press statistical and computer analysis.
    • Climate change literally moves mountains.
      No, it isn't love that moves mountains. Climate change does and scientists have evidence that could prove it.
    • British public becoming more aware of scientific consensus on climate change.
      The British public is becoming more aware of the scientific consensus that exists around climate change, according to new survey results.
    • An Italian village fighting against agrochemicals.
      Malles, in South Tyrol, Italy, is considered the first pesticide-free community in Europe. The village fights against monoculture and bans on their own poison plants - against powerful interests [Google Translate].
    • Children who are born 'pre-polluted.'
      Two international medical societies released separate reports this week highlighting the threats to human health from endocrine disrupting chemical, the Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) and The Endocrine Society (TES) [Google Translate].
    • 25% of fish sold at markets contain plastic or man-made debris.
      Roughly a quarter of the fish sampled from fish markets in California and Indonesia contained man-made debris—plastic or fibrous material—in their guts, according to a study from the University of California, Davis and Hasanuddin University in Indonesia.
    • The decline of ‘Big Soda.’
      Five years ago, Mayor Michael A. Nutter proposed a tax on soda in Philadelphia, and the industry rose up to beat it back. Soda lobbyists made campaign contributions to local politicians and staged rallies, with help from allies like the Teamsters union and local bottling companies. To burnish its image, the industry donated $10 million to the Children’s Hosp […]
    • Ship vanishes in hurricane; Historic rainfall looms in South Carolina.
      A stricken cargo ship with 28 Americans on board that vanished during Hurricane Joaquin remained missing early Saturday as forecasters warned a separate storm would bring a once-in-200 year rainfall event to South Carolina.
    • California's toxics enforcer is given sharper teeth.
      In the wake of controversy over the delayed cleanup of the Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a batch of bills Friday aimed at boosting the power of the state’s toxic-substances watchdog.
    • Court upholds $236M verdict in Exxon Mobil pollution case.
      New Hampshire's highest court upheld a record $236 million judgment Friday against Exxon Mobil for its use of a gasoline additive that contaminated groundwater in the state.
    • How Monsanto mobilized academics to pen articles supporting GMOs.
      Monsanto Co.'s undisclosed recruitment of scientists from Harvard University, Cornell University and three other schools to write about the benefits of plant biotechnology is drawing fire from opponents.
    • 5 mistakes to avoid as you monitor Hurricane Joaquin.
      Hurricane Joaquin is the Atlantic hurricane season’s 3rd hurricane and 10th named storm of the year. At the time of writing, Joaquin is a Major Hurricane (category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale). Initially, there appeared to be a real threat that parts of the U.S. would see a landfall of the storm. This brings a host of speculation, innuendo, and “social med […]
    • East coast is extremely vulnerable to hurricane flooding.
      Models so far fail to agree on where Joaquin might make landfall, but shorelines from North Carolina to Massachusetts are possible targets for the high rise of ocean water, or surge, that hurricanes push ahead of them. Even if the storm veers east in the Atlantic Ocean, an unusually large atmospheric pressure gradient near the storm is destined to push stron […]
    • Monsanto to chart growth plan as farmers feel squeezed.
      Investors are looking to Monsanto Co. this coming week to explain its plan for growth after the failure of its ambitious bid for rival Syngenta AG and amid a continued slump in the farm economy.
    • VIDEO: Watch Ben Carson’s bizarre rant on science and climate change: ‘Gravity, where did it come from?’
      Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson engaged in another round of climate change denial while also veering off into remarks about evolution and gravity during a Sept. 30 appearance at the University of New Hampshire, the New Republic reported.
    • SolarCity to make high-efficiency panel.
      When SolarCity, the fast-growing provider of rooftop solar electricity systems, announced last year that it would begin making its own equipment, executives said they would focus on creating high-efficiency panels in an effort to reduce the cost of the electricity they sell.

The Right To Health: A Global Chronic Disease Perspective

This commentary focuses on the global citizen’s right to health in a climate of chronic disease.

Please click here to view the presentation.

I hope you find the information both helpful and interesting.

I look forward to receiving your comments.

Elizabeth Wesbter
PUBH 8165-2
Walden Unversity

Family Fitness: Off and Running

The objective of this presentation is to pick up the gap of where most adult or youth fitness program leave off which is addressing the family as  as a whole for improving lifestyle for long term health benefits. It offers basic suggestions spanning from exercise and nutrition through to basic psychology that affects the family as a unit and makes some realistic guidance for those who are in a traditional or non-traditional household.

Please click here to view the presentation. I hope that both your family and you will be able to find some benefit from it.

If you have any questions, or care to leave a comment, please do so below.

Have a great day.

Thank you,

Geoffrey B Miller, MS, CSCS, HFS


Doctoral Student

PUBH 8165-2, Environmental Health

Walden University

Preventing Norovirus

The purpose of this presentation is to increase awareness about Norovirus.  It reviews information on how Norovirus is spread, and offers tips for prevention.  This educational presentation on Norovirus was prepared specifically for those who handle food on cruise ships, in restaurants, nursing homes, school cafeterias, child care centers, summer camps, banquet halls, or in the home. 

Please click here to view the presentation.  I hope that you find this information helpful.  Please feel free to reply with your comments or questions.

Heather Mazakas 

PUBH 8165-3, Environmental Health

Walden University

Reduction of Workplace Bottled Water Consumption

This presentation focuses on an effort to reduce workplace bottled water consumption.  It offers several arguments against bottled water consumption including the following:  Waste Associated with Bottled Water Consumption, Exposure to Plastics associated with Bottled Water Consumption, Reduced Quality of Bottled Water compared to Local Tap Water, Inferior Regulation of Bottled Water compared to Tap Water, and the Expense of Bottled Water compared to Tap Water.  This presentation is directed to employees of a business that has decided to stop providing bottled water.

Please click here to view the 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.

Krista Schroeder, M.H.S.

PUBH 8165-03, Environmental Health

Walden University

Healthy Choices, Healthy Kids

This presentation focuses on school nutrition for primary and secondary students.  It offers some suggestions on how more healthy food choices can be  made available in the school environment.  This presentation is directed towards teachers and parents of kids that are in elementary, middle, and high school.

Please click here to view the presentation.  I hope that this information is useful to you and that you can use it in the schools in your community.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them below.  Thank you.

Ms. Djuana Stroud

PUBH-6165-1, Environmental Health

Walden University


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