Monday, November 28, 2016

In September Issue of Estuary News: "Purple Pipe to Wetlands Will Flow Soon"

Yes, I know it's now days from December. But I never posted this when it originally came out. And I like to get things on the record. So here it is: a tiny article I wrote for the September issue of Estuary News. It provides an update on salt pond restoration efforts (using recycled water) at the Napa-Sonoma Marsh. Find "Purple Pipe to Wetlands Will Flow Soon" on page 11 here. I previously wrote about the project in more detail in the June 2014 issue of Estuary News (page 12).

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Heat Can Be Deadly: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Montreal's Heat Action Plan

Yesterday I posted a link to my feature on the cover of this month's issue of Environmental Health Perspectives. Within the issue you will find another article with my byline, one I wrote months ago that finally made it into the journal. (These news stories, called Science Selections in EHP, run in the same issue as the paper they're covering, so if the paper gets held up so does the article.) It's on a study evaluating the effectiveness of program developed in Montreal, Canada, to reduce health effects, particularly mortality, associated with extreme heat. Turns out the program was pretty effective in its early years. Another outcome of the study was the development of a novel method for evaluating the effectiveness of these sorts of public health programs, which are increasingly common worldwide with global average temperatures on the rise and extreme heat events increasingly common and severe. Read more here. And if you'd like to learn more about the health effects of heat (and cold, which, it turns out, is responsible for even more deaths than heat), check out my November 2015 feature on the subject.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Breast Cancer and the Environment: Story 2 of 2

As promised here's part two of my post from a few days ago describing a pair of recent stories addressing environmental factors in breast cancer. Titled "Institutes in the Lead: Identifying Environmental Factors in Breast Cancer," it appears on the cover of the November issue of Environmental Health Perspectives and addresses the roles of the NIEHS and NCI in leading research nationwide in the field. My story was also highlighted in the daily environmental health newsletter Above the Fold, which is always cool. Enjoy.