Environmental Health

"CDC Misled District Residents About Lead Levels in Water, House Probe Finds"

"The nation's premier public health agency knowingly used flawed data to claim that high lead levels in the District [of Columbia]'s drinking water did not pose a health risk to the public, a congressional investigation has found. And, investigators determined, the agency has not publicized more thorough internal research showing that the problem harmed children across the city and continues to endanger thousands of D.C. residents."

Source: Wash Post, 05/20/2010

"Cancer Report Energizes Activists, Not Policy"

"A cancer report that concludes Americans are under constant assault from carcinogenic agents has heartened activists, who hope that finally government and policymakers will pay attention to their concerns. But the report from the President's Cancer Panel on Thursday has underwhelmed most mainstream cancer experts and drawn only a puzzled response from the White House."

Source: Reuters, 05/10/2010

Gulf Dispersants Called Trade Secret

The exact ingredients of the chemical mixture being sprayed on and pumped into the spreading BP oil spill are secret, even though some are rated toxic and may endanger the health of Gulf residents and ecosystems.

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"Turning to Greener Weapons in the Battle Against Malaria"

"Insecticides such as DDT have long been used to combat the scourge of malaria in the developing world. But with the disease parasite becoming increasingly adept at resisting the chemical onslaught, some countries are achieving striking success by eliminating the environmental conditions that give rise to malarial mosquitoes."

Source: YaleE360, 05/05/2010
June 3, 2010

Water Matters! Global Water Conference

The United Nations Environment Programme appointed Pittsburgh to be North America's Host for World Environment Day (WED) 2010. This event is part of Pittsburgh's answer to the call.

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"Fungal Disease Spreads Through Pacific Northwest"

"A rare and dangerous fungal infection named Cryptococcus gattii has been quietly spreading from British Columbia southward to the U.S. Pacific Northwest. And it's changing as it goes. ... The most striking thing about this fungus is that it's popping up and establishing itself far afield from its usual range -- possibly because of climate change."

Source: Vermont Public Radio, 04/23/2010

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