CDC Asthma and Air Pollution Toolkit
In honor of World Asthma Day, the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network has developed a toolkit to help health departments communicate about the association between the environment and asthma. It includes key messages, talking points, and language for social media that can be used when communicating with community members and decision makers. Click here for more information.
CDC Food Safety at Fairs and Festivals Feature
The CDC has a feature on how consumers can protect themselves from foodborne illnesses at fairs and festivals.The feature discusses what precautions consumers should take before buying food, tips to protect the family, and proper food handling and storage practices for bringing food from home. In addition, the CDC offers resources and tips for food vendors, community organizations, and fair organizers on proper food licenses and basic food safety steps. Learn more here.
EPA National U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory
The EPA has released the 17th annual U.S. greenhouse gas inventory report. The report shows that in, 2010, overall greenhouse gas emissions increased 3.2 percent from 2009. The six main greenhouse gases emitted in 2010 were carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride. The increases in emissions are attributed to the increase in energy consumption across all economic sectors. More information is available online.
CDC Healthy Swimming Webpage
The CDC's Healthy Swimming webpage includes new tools and resources on healthy swimming and injury prevention for this year's Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week (May 21-27). The updates include a toolkit with materials for promotion, sample press releases, posters, and relevant links to healthy swimming. Keep updated on the webpage's changes by signing up for e-mail alerts online.
American Thoracic Society Position Paper: Climate Change to Worsen Respiratory Disease
A position paper by the American Thoracic Society reports that global climate change will increase the worldwide incidences of respiratory, infectious, and cardiovascular diseases. Global climate change includes rising temperatures, worsening ozone levels in urban areas, increased desertification, and expansions of the ranges of communicable disease from rising temperatures. The organization issues the position paper to inform members on how to respond to global changes and to support the call for international cooperation to respond to the negative health effects of global warming. Learn more here.
EPA Bed Bug Information Clearinghouse
The EPA's Bed Bug Information Clearinghouse enables communities across the country to exchange resources, information, and tools on the control, detection, and prevention of bed bugs. The online clearinghouse features a searchable database on categories such as the audience, topic, type of product, publications of general interest, and publications in other languages. Visit the clearinghouse online.
IPCC Report: Extreme Weather may be Related to Global Warming
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report on how extreme weather observed since 1950 may be contributed in part to global warming. The authors stated that there is evidence that global warming contributed to changes in flooding, but a weaker association between warming and long-term hurricane trends. The weaker association exists between global warming and long-term hurricane trends may be attributed to the limited data on hurricanes, tornadoes, and other storms compared with the more robust data available for temperature and rainfall. Read the report online.