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Environmental Factor, May 2012

This month in EHP

By Ian Thomas

EHP May 2012 cover

The federal government recently approved Shell’s oil-spill response plans for drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, setting the stage for exploratory drilling in the Arctic that could begin as early as July. The lead news story in the May issue of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) (http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/home.action) examines Shell’s plans for addressing oil spills in one of the most inhospitable regions on earth.

A second story, titled “Wrangling Reactive Nitrogen: Strategies for Mitigating Pollution,” discusses recent reports outlining proven methods for better managing the flow of reactive nitrogen into the environment from agricultural production, transportation, and electricity generation.

Finally, in this month’s Researcher’s Perspective Podcast, (http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/static/podcasts.action) host Ashley Ahearn sits down with guest Kathryn Cottingham, Ph.D., to discuss her study of arsenic contamination in organic brown rice syrup, a common alternative to high-fructose corn syrup in some food products.

Featured commentaries, reviews, and research this month include the following:

• Arsenic, Organic Foods, and Brown Rice Syrup

• Climate Change, Migration, and Health

• Global Mortality and Smoke From Landscape Fires

• Mortality and Particulate Matter: A Canadian National Cohort Study

(Ian Thomas is a public affairs specialist in the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison.)




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