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NIEHS Support for E-Waste Research

On March 16, NIEHS sponsored a panel on climate change as part of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).  The panel featured four prominent speakers on global climate change adaptation, and explored perspectives on the role of local data, partnerships with the private sector, and how organizations are addressing climate change.

e-Factor Article

GEH Podcast

Podcasts: Global Environmental Health Chat

Meeting website and presentations

Members of the Climate Change and Global Health Using Science to Protect Populations panel
"Members of the Climate Change and Global Health Using Science to Protect Populations panel agreed on the urgency of the climate change issue, and the need to collaborate across disciplines and with local communities, to have an impact on health. Shown, left to right, are Dr. John Balbus, Dr. Kristie Ebi, Dr. Pamela Anderson, Dr. Gueladio Cisse, and Dr. Rao Aiyagari.
(Photo courtesy of Paula Whitacre)

E-Waste Recycling in China: A Health Disaster in the Making?

Trash piled up along a street

Guiyu, China, is the last stop for tens of millions of tons of discarded TVs, cell phones, batteries, computer monitors, and other types of electronic waste each year. In this area of Guangdong province in southeast China, the industry is characterized by thousands of small, family-run workshops interspersed with residences, schools, and stores. The workshops employ hundreds of thousands of local and migrant workers to extract copper, silver, gold, platinum, and other materials for resale, often burning or using acid baths to separate out the elements of interest. NIEHS-supported researcher Aimin Chen, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, is studying the impacts of e-waste recycling on pregnant women and their children in Guiyu.

E-Factor Article:NIEHS spurs investigation into the health effects of e-waste recycling

E-Waste in India Short documentary -

GEH Chat

Building India’s Public Health Capacity, with Dr. Rao Aiyagari

The GEH podcast series brings you the knowledge and experiences of people working to understand and combat environmental health problems that reach beyond national boundaries and contribute to the global burden of disease. The newest podcast features Dr. Rao Ayagari of the Public Health Foundation of India, who spoke at a recent Consortium of Universities on Global Health Conference, on efforts to build India’s public health capacity.

Podcasts: Global Environmental Health Chat

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Science Spotlight

Scientists Work Together to Reveal Cause of a Lead Poisoning Outbreak in Nigeria

people digging for water

An interdisciplinary team of earth and health scientists helped define the major causes of a devastating lead poisoning outbreak linked to artisanal gold processing in Zamfara State, Nigeria. The 2010 outbreak, first discovered by Doctors Without Borders , killed hundreds of children under the age of 5, and left thousands more with permanent disabilities. The researchers attribute the mass lead poisoning to both the method in which villagers process the ores and the geology and climate of the region which influence how readily lead is absorbed into the body.

Other Research

Training & Capacity Building

Focus on Trainees: Oleksii Motorykin

Oleksii Motorykin

Oleksii Motorykin, traveled from Mariupol, Ukraine, to Corvallis, Oregon, to become an NIEHS-funded Superfund Research Program (SRP) trainee at Oregon State University (OSU). He is now a graduate student working on an OSU SRP project to understand the composition, exposure, and mutagenicity of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in highly exposed populations.

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Hazardous Waste Infographic

Electronic waste, or E-Waste, the components of electronics that are discarded, is of growing concern worldwide, particularly as purchases of electronics increases and options for recycling remain limited.  E-waste is often globally traded and discarded in unhealthy and environmentally toxic ways. Toxic corrosives are often used to treat metals, and improper disposal and handling have severe health and environmental consequences for workers and the vulnerable people, particularly children, who live in nearby communities.

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5th GEO Health and Environment Community of Practice (CoP) Workshop Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.
July 23-25, 2013

Global Environmental Health and Sustainable Development Innovation Collaborative Webinar

July 25, 2013

Twenty-Fifth Conferrence of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology

Basel, Switzerland
August 19-23, 2013
A joint conference with the International Society of Exposure Science and the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate

First Africa Food Security Conference

Nairobi, Kenya
August 20-21, 2013

Latin American Carbon Forum 2013

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
August 28-30, 2013

World Water Week 2013

September 1-6, 2013

First International Conference on Global Food Security

Noordwijk, Netherlands
September 29-October 2, 2013