Posts tagged "environment"
Can we all eat healthy food?

Can we all eat healthy food?

Good nutrition is essential for a healthy lifestyle — but is it possible for everyone?

Jackson says EPA ‘is all about health’ on ‘Colbert Report’

Taking on late night comedian Stephen Colbert last night, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson made her case that a healthy environment is essential to human health.

EPA proposes stronger soot standards to lower particle pollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed strengthening its national air quality standards for harmful fine particle pollution, including soot. The proposal follows a federal court ruling requiring the agency to update the standard based on the best available science, according to an EPA press release.

Federal agencies announce asthma plan to reduce incidence, promote equity

Asthma is not only one of the most widespread chronic diseases nationally, affecting nearly 26 million Americans, but it also disproportionately affects poor and minority children. To culminate Asthma Awareness Month, U.S. agencies on Thursday presented the “Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities” in Washington, D.C.

Webinar: How climate control will lower health costs

Increasingly dangerous shifts in climate worldwide — including an unprecedented national number of extreme weather events last year such as fatal heat waves, droughts, floods and snowstorms — are threatening the livelihoods of local communities everywhere.

Earth Day is April 22: How are you celebrating?

A local cupcake store in New Jersey is donating 10 percent of its sales to local environmental centers. The Glen Ellyn Park District outside of Chicago is organizing a clean-up day. Even the U.S. Postal Service is holding events to recognize Earth Day.

Partnership Council to create unified voice on environmental health

A group of environmental and public health leaders has come together to address environmental health challenges and bring a unified voice and leadership to the field.

Health concerns of ‘fracking’ drawing increased attention

Energy independence has become a popular catchphrase, and efforts to achieve it have led companies to hydraulic fracturing. While "fracking" offers hope for a robust domestic supply of energy, it may come at a cost to health. Read more from this story as reported in the March 2012 issue of The Nation's Health.

Webinar: Public health vital to climate change adaptation

APHA and the CDC have been supporting a webinar series to better equip state and local public health professionals with the latest knowledge and research on climate change. The first of two webinars this year, held last week, focused on the crucial role of climate change policy in helping the public health community prepare for...

Power plants are top emitters of greenhouse gases

A new tool released Wednesday by EPA shows that power plants are by far the nation’s largest stationary source of emissions contributing to climate change. The tool makes public for the first time greenhouse gas emissions data searchable across industry from more than 6,700 facilities.

Bike commuting, a win-win for health and environment

Every time someone substitutes a short car trip, less than five miles, with a bike commute, that person plays an important role in improving the air quality of that city, according to a recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives.

New video illustrates health impact of the environment throughout history

Illustrating the tremendous impact the environment has on health, APHA’s Environment Section has produced a new short film that presents a historical overview of public and environmental health in the U.S. over the past century.