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China’s Alarming Increase in Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer Deaths Soar in China’s Steel Country, Report Says By MICHAEL FORSYTHEFEB. 19, 2016 China seems to be paying the human price for lack of respect for environmental controls on industrialization. A steel factory in Hebei Province, which surrounds Beijing. Satellite photos of northern China regularly show a miasma of smog centered on the province. Credit Kevin Frayer/Getty Images HONG KONG — The death rate from lung cancer in the heavily industrialized province surrounding Beijing has more than quadrupled in the last four decades, with researchers pointing to worsening air pollution as a likely culprit, according to a local Read More

Visual Signs of Global Warming

As an artist and scientist seeing seems to tie the pieces together for me. Kind of like the saying: “Seeing is believing”. To witness something enormous, watch Greenland melt away, like a dish of ice cream on a warm summer day. Watching ice and snow turn to water at the rate it has been the past several years is shocking. This event is quite hard to ignore or to say this is normal. “Why is this happening?” Right here on planet earth. View the video. Read the story. Decide for yourself. Read the story here.

Rethinking Risk Assessment

Multi-pathway, and synergistic effects have always plagued the science of risk analysis. Refreshing to read this take on the question. A recent article in the “Chemistry World”, December 8, 2015, offers a new look at this issue. Rethinking risk assessment Toxicologists must embrace better ways of accounting for low dose effects, argue Annamaria Colacci and Nicole Kleinstreuer. Toxicological risk assessment is an area of scientific enquiry with deep and far reaching implications for society. Traditionally, it has relied heavily on the concept of the monotonic dose-response relationship, embodied by Paracelsus’s statement ‘the individual response of an organism to a chemical Read More

Air Pollution California Drought 2015

Downtown Los Angeles is seen through the smog. A new report by the American Lung Association found that climate change and California’s four-year drought are worsening air quality in the Golden State. Reuters The drought destroying California’s farmlands and parching its wells has another consequence: dirtier air. Industrial cities in the Golden State are seeing higher levels of air pollution as a result of warmer, drier weather, a trend that is undermining statewide efforts to clean up emissions from power plants and tailpipes. “Climate is playing a big role in the quality of air and impact on public health,” said Read More