This month in EHP
By Ian Thomas
A widespread underappreciation of the human health benefits and other services provided by ecosystems means these services often are not factored into decisions about natural resource management. In its feature story this month, Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) (http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/home.action) takes on the issue of assigning actual dollar values to ecosystem services, as a step toward better managing them and, thus, preserving human health.
A second story examines new tools for capturing information about individual exposomes, the compilation of things an individual is exposed to over a lifetime. The tools were discussed at a recent workshop of the National Academies’ Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions committee.
In this month’s Researcher’s Perspective Podcast, (http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/category/news/podcasts/) host Ashley Ahearn interviews guests Fay Johnston and Sarah Henderson about their latest work estimating global mortality attributable to smoke from landscape fires.
• Public Health Impacts of Environmental Chemicals on Neurodevelopment
• Regulation of Adipose Tissue Inflammation by Pollutants
• Global Trends in Insecticide Use for Vector Control
• Acute Childhood Lead Poisoning in Nigeria
(Ian Thomas is a public affairs specialist in the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison and a regular contributor to the Environmental Factor.)