Environmental Health

"Mad Cow Strain Found in Tulare County Mysterious"

"Federal officials have been quick to reassure the public that there is no health threat from the mad cow disease discovered in the carcass of a Tulare County dairy cow. But there is a lot they don't know about the type of infection in that carcass -- including how the cow got the disease, how long it was ill, and the risk to the public if that strain gets into the food supply."

Source: Fresno Bee, 04/30/2012

"Analysis: Dow's New Corn: 'Time Bomb' Or Farmers' Dream?"

"A new biotech corn developed by Dow AgroSciences could answer the prayers of U.S. farmers plagued by a fierce epidemic of super-weeds. Or it could trigger a flood of dangerous chemicals that may make weeds even more resistant and damage other important U.S. crops. Or, it could do both."

Source: Reuters, 04/25/2012

"State Of The Air 2012: Lung Assn Reports Improvements, Challenges"

"More than 127 million Americans -- about 41 percent of the country -- still suffer from pollution levels that can make breathing dangerous, according to a new report."

"The American Lung Association State of the Air 2012, released Wednesday, shows signs of air-quality improvement, but also indicates struggles in many regions nationwide. The volunteer health organization examined 2008-2010 ozone levels, the main ingredient of smog air pollution, and air-particle pollution at official measuring sites across the U.S.

Source: Huffington Post, 04/25/2012

"EPA: New IG Report Faults Agency's Management of Radiation Monitors"

"Twenty percent of U.S. EPA's radiation monitors were out of service last year when an earthquake caused a meltdown at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, according to a new report that confirms some of the claims of environmental watchdogs."

Source: Greenwire, 04/25/2012


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