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I just came across this…
GuLF STUDY is investigating health issues associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. It is studying the health effects (both short and long term) of the disaster on oil spill cleanup workers and volunteers including those that helped with oil spill cleanup, took training, signed up to work, or were sent to the Gulf to help in the disaster.
The study began in February, is expected to last 10 years, and has already reached out to many of the 100,000 or more people involved in the cleanup work … with a goal to ultimately enroll at least 55,000 people in the study.
This is an important study for fishermen, seafood industry workers, and others who may have helped clean up the oil spill. GuLF STUDY is currently enrolling participants in Louisiana. They are looking for feedback on how to best connect with workers and volunteers in our area and to encourage participation in the study. By participating in the study, response workers and volunteers will have a chance to share their experiences during and after the oil spill cleanup.
for more info, go to: http://bayoulog.com/2011/11/03/gulf-study/
U.N.: Environmental hazards, social factors hamper poor nations - Environmental trends threaten to halt or even reverse development progress in the world’s poorest nations unless significant measures are taken to curb influences such as climate change and habitat destruction, according to the United Nations Development Program’s annual report on the quality of life worldwide.
The report is entitled “Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All.” It was launched today, Wednesday in Copenhagen. Read about it here.
Toymaker Hasbro cuts deforestation from its supply chain: the second largest American toy company, today announced a new packaging policy that excludes the use of fiber produced via destruction of rainforests.
Hasbro says is will not use any virgin fiber that contains Mixed Tropical Hardwood (MTH), which typically indicates the fiber has been derived from clearing of natural rainforests. Mattel took a similar decision last month. It seems that companies such as LEGO and DISNEY need to follow suit.
Interesting related video on the future of sustainable packaging — paper, board and plastics industry.
This article really carries the importance of environmental responsibility for people, communities and countries…
Countries must plan for climate refugees:
WASHINGTON, Oct 27 - The world’s governments and relief agencies need to plan now to resettle millions of people expected to be displaced by climate change, an international panel of experts says.
If global temperatures rise, as predicted, by as much as 7.2 degrees F (4 degrees C) this century, “resettlement would become virtually unavoidable in some regions of the world,” the scientists wrote in the journal Science late last week.
The trailer. from the film Climate Refugees, also helps to illustrate this point.
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has a great video and other resources that help us understand how coral reefs aren’t just another pretty ecosystem. They’re also “storehouses of genetic resources with vast potential for medicines.” We need to keep them healthy to keep ourselves healthy.
Some examples of ways that the health of humans and coral reefs intersect are:
anti-inflammatory agent gorgonian coral (genus Pseudoterigorgia)
anti-tuberculosis agent gorgonian coral (genus Pseudoterigorgia)
orthopedic implants coral skeleton
anti-viral drugs sponge (Cryptotethya crypta)
anti-malarial agent sponge (genus Cymbastela)
anti-cancer drug sponge (genus Jaspis)
anti-cancer drug tunicate (Ecteinacidia turbinata)
anti-cancer drug bryozoan (Bugula neritina)
anti-cancer drug seahare (Dolabella auricularia)
A message given by Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, about climate change and its effect on human health. While her message dates from 2008, I find its relevance still strong and extremely pertinent… “The reality of climate change can no longer be doubted…For health, climate change will be a high consequence event.”
Interesting learnings from this U.S. Environmental Protection Agency resource - highlighting key environmental change factors and their impact on human health:
Throughout the world, the prevalence of some diseases and other threats to human health depend largely on local climate. Extreme temperatures can lead directly to loss of life, while climate-related disturbances in ecological systems, such as changes in the range of infective parasites, can indirectly impact the incidence of serious infectious diseases. In addition, warm temperatures can increase air and water pollution, which in turn harm human health. More here…
Researchers, from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, have shown that significant increases in annual temperatures are having a devastating affect on glaciers in the mountainous regions of south-western China.
The implications of rapid glacier melt-off are far more serious than simply altering the landscape; glaciers are an integral part of thousands of ecosystems and play a crucial role in sustaining human populations.
Continued widespread melting of glaciers, caused by increasing temperatures, could potentially lead to floods, mudflows and rock falls, affecting traffic, tourism and wider economic development.
Richard Muller, Global Warming Skeptic, Now Agrees Climate Change Is Real: A prominent physicist and skeptic of global warming spent two years trying to find out if mainstream climate scientists were wrong. In the end, he determined they were right: Temperatures really are rising rapidly.
The study of the world’s surface temperatures by Richard Muller was partially bankrolled by the Koch Foundation - connected to global warming deniers. Muller pursued long-held skeptic theories in analyzing the data.
He found that the land is 1.6 degrees warmer than in the 1950s. Those numbers from Muller, who works at the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, match those by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA. Read more here
And here’s a video of Dr. Richard Muller at a UC Berkeley lecture describing how his project to analyze temperature records is finding “substantial global warming.”
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