Links to articles in today's press about environmental health. Many more links available today at www.EnvironmentalHealthNews.org
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Every hurricane season we face the threat of another Katrina or Sandy. We take potential storms seriously, issuing warnings and emphasizing preparedness plans. Between storms, it's the swirling clouds of pollution on land that should be treated with the same heightened alert.
The Lansing Board of Water and Light has had systems in place to reduce the amount of mercury its Erickson plant in Delta Township lets off into the environment. However, costs and changing mercury regulations led the utility to hold off on implementing the pollution controls.
Smartphones are great innovative gadgets, but they also entice people to change even phones that are as good as new, and thus worsen the already serious environmental pollution.
Children living in cities are at an increased risk of developing brain inflammation and neurodegenerative changes, including Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease due to air pollution, scientists say.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is out with a new ad slamming Republican Senate candidate Terri Lyn Land in Michigan over her ties to conservative donors Charles and David Koch.
Towns and cities will be able to impose tough curbs on pollution-pumping vehicles – to cut the heavy death toll from fumes – under Labour plans. Local councils would be handed the power to introduce a ‘low emission zone’ along the lines of London.
Fans are desperate to lay their hands on the larger-screen iPhone 6. But too few people spare a thought to environmental damage caused by cell phones.
An exhibit showing the harmful effects of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes is coming to West Michigan. The collection called, “Plastic Waters: from the Great Lakes to the Ocean,” consists of artifacts gathered from sailing expeditions around the world.
A new study has found alarmingly high levels of pesticides in the urine of pregnant Costa Rican women working in and living near the banana industry in Matina, Limón.
People living near natural-gas wells were more than twice as likely to report upper-respiratory and skin problems than those farther away, says a major study Wednesday on the potential health effects of fracking.
The central Indian state of Chhattisgarh has decided to survey its air quality by installing two air-monitoring systems in the state capital. Two similar systems would also be installed, one each in Bilaspur and Raigarh.
Emergency rooms in Chicago and other Midwestern cities are seeing a jump in the number of children with respiratory infections, possibly the result of a rare virus that can cause difficulty breathing but is generally not fatal, authorities said Monday.
The mayor of London is failing to tackle air pollution. And the record of this Tory-led Government is even worse.
Winged Warnings Part 9. It's well-known that high levels of lead poison birds. But now it's becoming clear that amounts commonly encountered by waterfowl and raptors can mess up their digestion, brains, hearts, vision and other body processes critical for their survival. Fledglings exposed to low levels may wander from nests and stumble around, while their parents may be unable to maneuver around power lines or swerve out of oncoming traffic.
South Africa's dependence on coal to generate 85 percent of its electricity is taking a substantial toll on human health, according to environmental groups.
Acacia Ridge residents are clearing their roof gutters every couple of weeks because of constant dust clouds blowing from a southside industrial recycling facility.
Parents have a right to know the dangers at their schools when immunization rates fall too low. Maybe peer pressure from alarmed parents will persuade vaccine doubters to join in what is a community, not just individual, concern.
Why are certain neighborhoods healthier than others? It's a question that's received no small share of academic attention in recent years. With no definitive single answer, the discussion continues to expand.
Health officials in at least 10 states have reported hundreds of cases of a respiratory illness that has sent scores of children to emergency rooms and, in some cases, even to intensive care units.
Hundreds of children in more than 10 states, possibly including Ohio and Michigan, have been sickened by a severe respiratory illness that public health officials say may be caused by an uncommon virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold.