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Polluted Water Spreads Cholera in Zimbabwe

Article: Polluted Water Spreads Cholera in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe, December 10, 2008 (ENS) – “I am feeling a little uncomfortable,” Henry said quietly. He is a middle-aged man, lying on a dirty floor, politely looking up at Clara Chamizo. Henry is so dehydrated his cheeks are hollow. Chamizo, a nurse with the Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) project in Beitbridge, Zimbabwe,…

Climate Change Human Health Research Fast-Tracked for 2009

Article: Climate Change Human Health Research Fast-Tracked for 2009

MADRID, Spain, October 9, 2008 – World health experts will document the human health effects of climate change under a new high priority research agenda agreed Wednesday at the end of a three-day meeting here convened by the World Health Organization and hosted by Spain’s Ministry of Health. “This meeting has made clear that there…

Beijing Air Improves, Olympic Village Earns LEED Gold

Article: Beijing Air Improves, Olympic Village Earns LEED Gold

BEIJING, China, August 13, 2008 – Beijing’s air quality has improved, with the sky clearly visible today after rains on Sunday and Monday reduced the air pollution, heat and mugginess that made Olympic athletes, visitors and residents uncomfortable for days. Weather officials measured an Air Pollution Index of 32 on Tuesday, far below the benchmark…

Penn Study Pinpoints New DNA Weapon Against Bird Flu

Article: Penn Study Pinpoints New DNA Weapon Against Bird Flu

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 2, 2008 (ENS) – A new way to vaccinate against avian influenza that tricks the immune system into mounting a broad response against multiple strains of the disease, including strains to which the immune system was never exposed, has been devised by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In…

New York City Hosts Summit on Public Health and Climate Change

Article: New York City Hosts Summit on Public Health and Climate Change

NEW YORK, New York, June 27, 2008 (ENS) – Government officials and policymakers from 30 cities meeting in New York City have spent the past two days considering urban public health issues related to global warming. The “Public Health and Climate Change: The Urban Policy Connection” summit began Thursday at Columbia University, and continued today…

Lower Passaic River to Be Cleaned of Dioxin-Laden Sediment

Article: Lower Passaic River to Be Cleaned of Dioxin-Laden Sediment

NEWARK, New Jersey, June 25, 2008 (ENS) – The removal of contaminated sediment from the lower Passaic River took a step forward Monday when an agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and two companies was signed at a park overlooking the river. The deal requires Occidental Chemical and Tierra Solutions to remove 200,000 cubic…

Toxic Algae Poisons Klamath River and Two Reservoirs

Article: Toxic Algae Poisons Klamath River and Two Reservoirs

SANTA ROSA, California, June 18, 2008 (ENS) – A California Superior Court judge has invited the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board to exercise its authority to regulate water quality to rid the Klamath River of toxic algae. The ruling by Judge Elaine Rushing comes in a lawsuit filed by Klamath Riverkeeper, the Karuk…

Aid Begins to Reach Myanmar Cyclone Survivors

Article: Aid Begins to Reach Myanmar Cyclone Survivors

BANGKOK, Thailand, May 13, 2008 (ENS) – Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej of Thailand will travel to Myanmar Wednesday to coordinate assistance between the international communities and Myanmar, which was hit by the deadly Cyclone Nargis on May 2 and 3. Winds up to 200 kph destroyed 95 percent of the homes and businesses in the…

UN: Climate Change Puts Human Health at Risk

Article: UN: Climate Change Puts Human Health at Risk

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 8, 2008 (ENS) – Bringing a rise in air and sea temperatures and extreme weather patterns, global warming endangers not only the planet but also threatens human health, top United Nations officials warned on Monday – World Health Day – which marks the founding of the UN World Health Organization on April…

Lack of Political Will Impedes Sanitation Improvements

Article: Lack of Political Will Impedes Sanitation Improvements

NEW YORK, New York, March 23, 2008 (ENS) – A lack of political will remains the greatest obstacle to efforts to reduce the number of people without access to basic sanitation and clean, running water, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Saturday in a message to mark World Water Day. This year, World Water Day coincides…

Iraq Braced for More Cholera Outbreaks

Article: Iraq Braced for More Cholera Outbreaks

BAGHDAD, Iraq, February 4, 2008 (ENS) – Health experts are warning that Iraq could be hit by new cases of cholera once temperatures start to rise. The government said its last cholera case was recorded in late November and has credited a public awareness campaign and the colder winter temperatures for halting the spread of…

Bird Flu Flares Up Anew

Article: Bird Flu Flares Up Anew

ROME, Italy, January 24, 2008 (ENS) – Bird flu outbreaks in 15 countries since December are evidence that the deadly H5N1 viral strain remains a global threat and requires close monitoring and strong controls, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization said today. While animal health officials are better prepared to keep the virus under control…

Rhode Island's Ten Mile River Clear of Toxic Algae

Article: Rhode Island's Ten Mile River Clear of Toxic Algae

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, December 24, 2007 (ENS) – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the Department of Health have lifted the four month long “no contact” advisory imposed for the Ten Mile River and its impoundments, Turner Reservoir and Omega Pond. The river originates in Massachusetts and forms the boundary between Massachusetts and…