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April 2011

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This month in EHP

By Matt Goad
April 2011

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Public health officials are starting to speak out about what they see as a lack of preparation for managing the human health issues expected to arise from climate change. Now public health departments are evaluating how to develop climate change adaptation policies at the local and state level, in a move beyond simple mitigation efforts. The April issue of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP)(http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/home.action) takes a look at this shift in its featured article, "Preparing a People: Climate Change in Public Health."

April's second news story, "Black Carbon: The Dark Horse of Climate Change Drivers," looks at the latest climate science on black carbon, considered by many experts to be the best candidate for high-impact emission-reduction policies, and discusses where policy on this pollutant, the major component of diesel exhaust, might head in the future.

In the podcast(http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/category/news/podcasts/) for the month, Richard Lemen, Ph.D., former U.S. assistant surgeon general and deputy director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, tells host Ashley Ahearn what's driving worldwide trends in asbestos use.

Among the reviews and research included in this issue of EHP are:

  • PM-Induced Health Effects: Who Is Susceptible?
  • Formaldehyde Alters Lung Cell microRNA Expression
  • Comparison of BPA Kinetics in Mice, Monkeys, and Humans
  • Global Magnitude of Reported and Unreported Mesothelioma

(Matt Goad is a contract writer with the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison)

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