A report released Earth Day by a federal interagency working group highlights 11 key categories of diseases and other health consequences that are occurring or will occur due to climate change. A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change (PDF) provides a starting point for coordination of federal research to better understand climate?s impact on human health. The recommendations of the working group include research to identify who will be most vulnerable, and what efforts will be most beneficial. "This white paper articulates, in a concrete way, that human beings are vulnerable in many ways to the health effects of climate change," said Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Toxicology Program, whose institute led the interagency effort. "It lays out both what we know and what we need to know about these effects in a way that will allow the health research community to bring its collective knowledge to bear on solving these problems."
The white paper highlights the state-of-the-science on the human health consequences of climate change on:
The report also examines a number of cross-cutting issues for federal research in this area, including susceptible, vulnerable, and displaced populations; public health and health care infrastructure; capacities and skills needed; and communication and education efforts.
» Read the Press Release from NIEHS.
» The report is also featured in Environmental Health Perspecitves.
Links to information on "Crude Oil Spills and Health" are now available from the National Library of Medicine at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/oilspills.html
The links under "Featured Sites" focus on the latest updates about the recent spill and subsequent controlled burning of crude oil in the Gulf of Mexico. This spill followed the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit oil platform 50 miles southeast of the Mississippi Delta on April 20, 2010.
This page also provides links to information on:
The Bay Area Automated Mapping Association - BAAMA, the local chapter of Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) - is hosting a public health GIS educational session on May 27th.
This is only the second time BAAMA has focused on public health. Please consider attending as it promises to be an interesting set of presentations:
GIS in Public Health: Svetlana Smorodinsky, Research Scientist, Environmental Health Investigations Branch, CDPH
Racial Disparities in Sexually Transmitted Diseases and using GIS for Targeted Action: Michael Samuel, Chief, Surveillance and Epidemiology Section, STD Branch, CDPH; Denise Gilson, Research Scientist, STD Branch, CDPH
The Use of GIS for Health Policy and Planning: Cynthia Comerford Scully, Senior Environmental Health Planner, City and County of San Francisco, Dept. of Public Health
Overview and Demonstration of California Environmental Health Tracking Program's Web-Based Services: Craig Wolff, IT/GIS Director, California Environmental Health Tracking Program, CDPH
Details: Thursday, 5/27/2010, 8:30 am - 12 noon, MTC, 101 8th St., Oakland, $10 for non-members.
See the BAAMA web site for talk descriptions and directions.
Green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. A key component is product reformulation to replace hazardous chemicals with less hazardous ones. A major obstacle is the lack of data on exposure, environmental effects and human toxicity in determining the safety of a chemical.
The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and it's event co-sponsors, UC Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry, UC Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, UC Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program, and the UCLA Law and Environmental Health Sustainable Technology Policy Program, will hold the workshop: Indicators of Ecotoxicity Hazards and Exposure Potential at the David Brower Center, Berkeley CA on May 10 and 11, 2010.
The workshop will explore indicators of ecotoxicity and exposure potential for inclusion in the Toxics Information Clearinghouse as part of the California Green Chemistry Initiative.
Registration - please send your name, email address and affiliation to: email@example.com
Information on event location.