Tagged with Public Health

Analysis of the Public Health Impacts of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, 2009–2014

Abt Associates / by Michelle Manion, et al. http://abtassociates.com/RGGI#sthash.OtKDIetw.dpuf [Politico’s Morning Energy] The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has resulted in an estimated $5.7 billion in health savings and other benefits for participating states, according to a new independent study out today. The nine-state effort to curb carbon emissions has prevented 300-830 adult deaths, avoided 13,000 – 16,000 … Continue reading

Towards Cleaner Air: Scientific Assessment Report 2016

UN Economic Commission for Europe http://bit.ly/1WvgC1L (Summary for Policymakers) http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=42861 (Full Report) [Science and Technology Research News] The main findings of the report show that air quality in North America and Europe has improved significantly over the past 30 years thanks mainly to policy-driven reductions in air pollution. The effects of such reductions are that … Continue reading

CDC Groundwater Assessment Contradicts EPA on Dimock, PA

Health Consultation: Dimock Groundwater Site, Carter Road and State Route 3023, Dimock, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Centers for Disease Control http://1.usa.gov/22qHP5t [State Impact Pennsylvania] A federal public health report on Dimock’s much-publicized water woes found threatening levels of chemicals in 27 private water wells, and explosive levels of … Continue reading

Global Health Risk Framework: Resilient and Sustainable Health Systems to Respond to Global Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Workshop Summary

National Academies Press http://bit.ly/1qiObWy Since the 2014 Ebola outbreak many public- and private-sector leaders have seen a need for improved management of global public health emergencies. The effects of the Ebola epidemic go well beyond the three hardest-hit countries and beyond the health sector. Education, child protection, commerce, transportation, and human rights have all suffered. … Continue reading

Even Small Amounts of Pollution Can Lead to Long Term Health Effects for Developing Fetuses: Johns Hopkins Study

Intrauterine Inflammation and Maternal Exposure to Ambient PM2.5 during Preconception and Specific Periods of Pregnancy: The Boston Birth Cohort Environmental Health Perspectives (2016; DOI:10.1289/EHP243 / by Rebecca Massa Nachman, et al. http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/ehp243/ [From Press Release]  Even small amounts of air pollution appear to raise the risk of a condition in pregnant women linked to premature … Continue reading

Proposed Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy

California Air Resources Board http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/shortlived/meetings/04112016/proposedstrategy.pdf [From a Climate Wire article by Debra Kahn, sub. req’d] …The California Air Resources Board released a plan to reduce emissions from short-lived climate pollutants 40 to 50 percent by 2030. It targets substances that stay in the atmosphere for a shorter time than carbon dioxide but play an outsized … Continue reading

Toxic Secrets: Companies Exploit Weak US Chemical Rules to Hide Fracking Risks

Partnership for Policy Integrity / by Dusty Horwitt http://www.pfpi.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/PFPI_ToxicSecrets_4-7-2016.pdf [From Politico’s Morning Energy email] There seems to be a lot of data missing from EPA’s review of 105 fracking and drilling chemicals the agency reviewed under the Toxic Substances Control Act, according to a report out today from the environmental group the Partnership for Policy Integrity. The … Continue reading

Global Health Impacts of Vector-Borne Diseases: Workshop Summary

National Academy Press http://bit.ly/1UGIEqf Pathogens transmitted among humans, animals, or plants by insects and arthropod vectors have been responsible for significant morbidity and mortality throughout recorded history. Such vector-borne diseases – including malaria, dengue, yellow fever, and plague – together accounted for more human disease and death in the 17th through early 20th centuries than … Continue reading

The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment

White House https://health2016.globalchange.gov/ [From Politico’s Morning Energy email] WHITE HOUSE CLIMATE HEALTH REPORT LANDS TODAY: The White House will launch National Public Health week with the release today at 2 p.m. of “The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment,” a report from the U.S. Global Change Research Program. … Continue reading

Particulate Matter Exposure and Preterm Birth: Estimates of U.S. Attributable Burden and Economic Costs

Environmental Health Perspectives (March 29, 2016; DOI:10.1289/ehp.1510810) / by Leonardo Trasande, et al. http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/15-10810/ [Yale Environment 360] Air pollution may be causing thousands of premature births in the U.S. every year, particularly in urban areas like the Ohio River Valley, Southern California, New York City, and Chicago, according to a new study in the journal … Continue reading