Posts Tagged Public Health

Health Effects of Climate Change

Climate Change and Human Health


Read this: There is “a major new report on how manmade global warming is making Americans sicker—and it’s only going to get worse”. The report, released by the Obama administration, involved hundreds of experts in various fields, covering several years. The detached consensus is that “as the climate continues to change, the risks to human health will grow, exacerbating existing health threats and creating new public health challenges, and impacting more people in more places” and “every American is vulnerable”. In typical neoliberal fashion, all sense of urgency seems to have been well contained.

The article linked below from salon.com, by Reynard Loki, lists 9 ways that Climate Change will affect human health. Each area is dealt with in expanded detail along with external links. Read the rest of this entry »

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CA Water Dissapearing and What’s Left May Be Contaminated

 Clean Water California Water  Read this:  “About 20 percent of the groundwater that Californians rely on to keep their taps flowing carries high concentrations of contaminants like arsenic, uranium, and nitrate.”  How’s that for a shocker?  A “ten-year US Geological Survey study of 11,000 public-water wells across the state”  The findings were not reassuring as “naturally occurring trace elements like arsenic, manganese, and uranium turned up at high levels much more commonly than did agriculture-related chemicals like nitrate.”  As you would expect, different areas within California have different problems, but high readings of chemicals such as these are very disturbing.  Read this short article by Tom Philpott of Mother Jones to get more details.http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2015/07/california-groundwater-not-just-vanishing-also-widely-contaminated

 

 

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Guns, Guns, Everywhere a Gun

 Guns  Read, watch & cry:  I recently attended a meeting discussing violence and gun control in the US.  There were speakers representing several of the recent shootings across the US.  A father who lost his daughter at the UC Santa Barbara tragedy, speakers touched by the Arora incident in Colorado, representatives from the Brady organization, etc..  Unbelievable stories and the statistics on gun violence in the US were staggering.  I have consistently supported increased regulations on the use of guns and this meeting made me realize we all need to do more.  For some reason, I left with the overall thought that we are making progress, although very slowly.  The article below in The Daily KOS by Leslie Salzillo is just dumbfounding.  It shows I / we have no idea how massive and bizarre the push to spread guns everywhere in the US really is.  Satirically and yet sadly and truthfully, Michael Moore shows a bank in Michigan that gives you a free gun (many to choose from) if you open up a new CD account.  NO, you might be thinking.  Sure enough, Michael opens an account and walks out with a gun.  What could go wrong, it’s America?  Further emphasizing the mentality of the gun enthusiast is Michael’s previous video “Bowling for Columbine” that opens with Charelton Heston’s famous 5 word quote “From My Cold Dead Hands”.  I guess all of the other dead hands don’t seem to matter much.  If this moves you, stop thinking about it.  Find a anti-gun violence organization and get active.


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/22/1395147/-Michael-Moore-Tweets-Out-To-Every-Racist-War-Mongering-Pseudo-Christian-Right-Wing-Gun-Extremist?

 

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It’s Not Just Me Air Travel Is Intentionally Miserable!

 Air Travel Misery  Read this and moan:  This article in The Daily KOS by Dartagnan explores what we all know is happening in Air Travel – an overt collusion is going on and we are the rats being experimented (tortured) with.  To me this really amounts to a subtle almost overt form of violence tied to our will and ability to purchase our way out as well as a visible display of inequality as some are pampered while others must succumb.  Tim Wu, writing for The New Yorker, “acutely points out, the “fee” system itself leads to a downward spiral in quality”.  He goes on to point out that “in order for fees to work, there needs be something worth paying to avoid. That necessitates, at some level, a strategy that can be described as ‘calculated misery’.”  And misery needs to be spread everywhere, not confined to just seating.  No, the boarding process must become a commodity (via misery and discomfort) that can be monetized and we already have accepted paying (way too much) for our baggage and there are other things that can manipulated.  My sarcastic nature looks to the day they will charge for oxygen, toilets, the privilege of talking to an agent when you have a problem.  Will it ever end and when will “We The People” say enough is enough?  It is really past time for the airlines to become regulated like a utility and be governed by a sense of reason, returning humanity to the whole process.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/01/1355081/-Why-Airlines-Collude-To-Make-Flying-As-Miserable-As-Possible?

 

 

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What Really Makes Meat Eaters Tick

 Meat Eaters - Proteim  Read this:  As a vegetarian, I often wonder why do so many people who seem to care about rampant use of antibotics, cruelty to animals and the effect of the meat industry on the environment still unblushingly defend their love of eating meat.  The article below from Mother Jones Magazine, By Gabrielle Canon takes a quick look at this seeming dichotomy in the minds of somewhat liberal meat eaters.  What makes them tick, and what are the most common justifications, the “four Ns” for their dietary decisions.  “Though researchers found that ‘necessary’ and ‘nice’ were the most strongly voiced defenses and might be most difficult to overturn, Americans are eating much less meat than they used to, and cultural movements like Meatless Monday have made it clear that people can at least be convinced to cut back.”

http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/06/meat-excuses

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We Need To Urge FERC to Secure a Consumer Advocate

 Climate Change - Earth burning  Sign the petition: Ever wonder who approves fracked gas pipelines, hydro power facilities, utility mergers and our electricity rates?  It is a federal agency most of us couldn’t name.  It is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  It is a very powerful agency that operates “with virtually no input from We the People”.The group Public Citizen “is calling for a dedicated office at FERC that not only advocates for consumers, but also provides funds for communities and public interest groups to intervene in FERC proceedings.”  Interestingly, this is “already written into law. In 1978, a consumer office at FERC with intervenor funding was passed into law, but it has never been created.”

If this makes sense to you please sign the petition.

http://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12797

 

 

 

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Tiny Plastic Beads That Never Go Away

 News  Read this: It is becoming a full-time job to try to keep from consuming petroleum based products in one form or another.  When I read this I actually said out loud “my toothpaste too”.  Yes, among other places, “microbeads” are manifest in the cosmetic industry, including of all things, our toothpastes.  California is the latest state thinking about changes.  “There are other concerns about ingesting microbeads—both from products like toothpaste and from eating fish containing the plastic bits. The Environmental Working Group notes that the plastics that make up some microbeads are suspected to be hormone disruptors, so ‘eating them at your fish fry would not only lend an unpleasant texture to your beer-battered fish but could also add an unhealthy dose of estrogen-mimicking chemicals’.”

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/05/microbeads-exfoliators-plastic-face-scrub-toothpaste

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GMOs, A Shocking Video About the Worldwide MONSANTO Plague

 GMO - No Thanks
Watch this and become angry:  The chemical company Monsanto is actively spreading (legally forcing) the use of its’ favorite chemical glyphosate everywhere it can.  In an article on http://www.addictinginfo.org/ by Jameson Parker, reports that Monsanto “recently made headlines once again when a World Health Organization report found that the ingredient glyphosate was likely posing considerable risk to people.”  The legal methods by which it is able to force itself on people in the United States is unbelievable, but what it is able to do in less developed countries should make us all outraged.  This film gives you an overall feel for legal corporate monstrosities running amuck worldwide.  Watch and listen to experts in many fields who have been fighting Monsanto and other companies often to their own dismay.
 

 

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A chemical-safety bill written by the “Chemical Industry” – What could go wrong?

 Chemical Industry - Safety
Read this: This article in The Nation, by Zoë Carpenter, examines “legislation, sponsored by Louisiana Republican David Vitter and New Mexico Democrat Tom Udall, would reform the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)”.  To many states that law was not tough enough so many states have “picked up the slack by putting their own regulations in place.”  According to the bill’s opponents, “it would undermine these state laws, without strengthening the EPA’s oversight powers enough to compensate. Unsurprisingly, the proposed overhaul has the ‘unequivocal support’ of the chemical industry.”  Meanwhile Barbara Boxer, the ranking Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee…has introduced a competing bill with stronger consumer protections.  Boxer further says she has “never before seen so much heavy-handed, big-spending lobbying on any issue”.  What is really deceptive here is when “someone at Hearst Newspapers checked the authoring information contained in the Word document—and found that it originated with the American Chemistry Council, the “leading trade organization and lobbyist for the chemical industry.”  This was bit sloppy!
 

 

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