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Environmental Factor, December 2012

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The December issue of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) ( highlights human health impacts of increased imports and green building techniques in tribal housing.

Progress and Pollution: Port Cities Prepare for the Panama Canal Expansion

The Panama Canal expansion, slated for completion by 2015, has sparked the competitive imagination of East Coast and Gulf Coast port authorities, who hope to capture some of the 70 percent of U.S. imports currently controlled by West Coast ports. Experts at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers call the Panama Canal expansion a likely game changer for U.S. trade, and container volumes at East Coast and Gulf Coast ports could more than double within the next two decades. However, with this growth come questions about what major initiatives to expand cargo capacity could mean for public health in these port cities.

Healthier Tribal Housing: Combining the Best of Old and New

A convergence of housing-related factors may be partly to blame for increased disease risks among Native Americans and Alaska Natives, such as climate change, poverty, overcrowding, poorly constructed homes, insufficient indoor ventilation, and use of wood-burning stoves. If housing is a problem, it may also be a solution. Tribes across the country are now building healthier homes that combine traditional indigenous building methods and designs with modern green building techniques.

Podcast — Leaded Aviation Gasoline with Marie Lynn Miranda

Removing lead from gasoline used in cars and trucks reduced atmospheric lead emissions by 98 percent between 1970 and 1995, but some airplanes still use leaded fuel. The Federal Aviation Administration is working to eliminate leaded aviation gasoline by 2018 but, for now, aircraft contribute a large percentage of annual atmospheric lead emissions. In this podcast, ( Marie Lynn Miranda, Ph.D., talks about her research on blood lead levels in children living near airports.

Featured commentaries, reviews, and research this month include:

  • Don’t Hold Your Breath: Indoor CO2 Exposure May Impair Decision Making
  • Exposure Intimacy: A New Metric for Assessing Chemical Intake
  • Potential Obesogen Identified: Fungicide Triflumizole Is Associated with Increased Adipogenesis in Mice
  • Crispy Cravings May Affect Baby’s Health: Prenatal Acrylamide Exposure Is Associated with Reduced Birth Weight

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