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Air Quality Index (AQI) tells you how clean or polluted your outdoor air is on a daily basis, along with associated health effects that may be of concern. The AQI translates air quality data into numbers and colors that help people understand when to take action to protect their health.
The National Library of Medicine's Environmental Health and Toxicology Portal provides a starting point for finding reliable information on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. This guide can help you select the right resource for your needs.
An independent online information service covering technical and business information on diesel engines, emissions, fuels, and other technologies required by clean and efficient diesel engines of the future. Includes emission standards for US, CA, and other countries., and technical reports.
Links to information from FEMA, the American Red Cross, U.S. DHHS, and the CDC among others. There are links to information on emergency responders, hospitals, cleanup safety, chemical emergencies and epidemiologic surveillance and much more. There are a few PubMed searches including ones for disasters and hazardous chemicals, and molds and mildew.
Designed to help you determine who is discharging, what pollutants they are discharging and how much, and where they are discharging. The tool calculates pollutant loadings from EPA's Integrated Compliance Information System for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (ICIS-NPDES).
Drinking water standards (e.g. Maximum Contaminant Level Goals, Maximum Contaminant Levels) and health advisories (e.g. Reference Doses, Drinking Water Equivalent Levels, etc.) for a numerous of chemicals.
EPA implements screening, testing and research programs to gather information the Agency uses to evaluate possible endocrine effects associated with the use of a chemical. EPA takes appropriate steps to mitigate any related risks to ensure protection of public health and the environment.
State legislation falling under six topics: asthma, children's environmental health, indoor air quality, pesticides, toxics and chemicals (including asbestos, lead, and mercury), and tracking, surveillance, and biomonitoring. All entries include brief summaries of current legislation as well as status and bill number.
Includes state legislation on topics such as asthma, mercury, lead poisoning, pesticides and indoor air quality. All entries include brief summaries of current legislation as well as status and bill number.
A relational database that integrates data from many different EPA databases. Subjects covered include Air, Chemicals, Facility Information, Grants/Funding, Hazardous Waste, Risk Management Plans, Superfund, Toxic Releases, and Water Permits, Drinking Water, Drinking Water Contaminant Occurrence, and Drinking Water Microbial and Disinfection Byproduct Information.
Plans and coordinates a national program to maintain and improve the health of the American people by promoting a healthy environment and by preventing premature death and avoidable illness and disability caused by non-infectious, non-occupational environmental and related factors. Has information on many environmental health topics.
A system of integrated health, exposure, and hazard information and data from a variety of national, state, and city sources. You can view maps, tables, and charts with data about: chemicals and other substances found in the environment; some chronic diseases and conditions; the area where you live.
A series of ongoing assessments of the U.S. population's exposure to environmental chemicals by measuring chemicals in people's consumer blood and urine. Chemicals studied included mercury, lead, pesticides, and phthalates. Exposure data for the U.S. population divided into age, gender, and race/ethnicity groups.
A database that contains information on toxic chemical releases and other waste management activities reported annually by certain covered industry groups as well as federal facilities. TRI lists amounts of certain chemicals released to the environment using data compiled annually. Also available on the EPA website.
Provides fact sheets are about chemicals that may be found in some public or private drinking water supplies. These chemicals may cause health problems if found in amounts greater than the health standard set by the U.S. EPA.
Identifies and tries to control harmful environmental factors. Provides data, tools, reports, fact sheets, and more. Tools include the Agricultural pesticide Web Mapping Service and Drinking Water Systems Geographic Reporting Tool.
The collection focuses on materials for California and the western states, but also includes national and international resources. The collection consists of technical reports, specialized newsletters, archival maps and hundreds of videos. In addition, WRCA manages manuscript collections, and has historic photographs and aerial photographs that document the history of water development in the West.
Covers development and the environment in Latin America for an international audience of businesses, NGOs and public agencies. Every month, EcoAméricas draws on a network of experienced correspondents in the region to produce a concise report.
Provides an overview of the World Bank's work on environmental issues and links to relevant activities. Includes Information about the Environment Strategy, Operational and Safeguard Policies, environmental work in the regions, capacity-building efforts, partnerships, and publications.
Books & eBooks
The Built Environment and Public HealthThe Built Environment and Public Health The Built Environment and Public Health explores the impact on our health of the environments we build for ourselves, and how public health and urban planning can work together to build settings that that promote healthy living. This comprehensive text covers origins and foundations of the built environment as a public health focus and its joint history with urban planning, transportation and land use, infrastructure and natural disasters, assessment tools, indoor air quality, water quality, food security, health disparities, mental health, social capital, and environmental justice. The Built Environment and Public Health explores such timely issues as: Basics of the built environment and evidence for its influences How urban planning and public health intersect How infrastructure improvements can address chronic diseases and conditions Meeting the challenges of natural disasters Policies to promote walking and mass transit Approaches to assess and improve air quality and our water supply Policies that improve food security and change how Americans get their food How the built environment can address needs of vulnerable populations Evidence-based design practices for hospitals and health care facilities Mental health, stressors, and health care environments Theories and programs to improve social capital of low-income communities How the built environment addresses issues of health equity and environmental justice This important textbook and resource includes chapter learning objectives, summaries, questions for discussion, and listings of key terms. Companion Web site: www.josseybass.com/go/lopez
Publication Date: 2012
Utilizing Innovative Technologies to Address the Public Health Impact of Climate ChangeClimate change impacts the wellbeing of societies across the entire globe. By utilizing innovative technologies, public health can be better protected in the years to come. Utilizing Innovative Technologies to Address the Public Health Impact of Climate Change: Emerging Research and Opportunities presents an ambitious examination on the implementation of technology to mitigate and create resilience against the impacts of climate change. Highlighting a range of topics such as water management, vulnerable populations, and disaster risk analysis, this book is ideally designed for academics, students, researchers, and professionals interested in emerging progress in climate change protection.
Publication Date: 2018
Environmental Policy and Public HealthAs with the first edition, this second edition describes how environmental health policies are developed, the statutes and other policies that have evolved to address public health concerns associated with specific environmental hazards, and the public health foundations of the policies. It lays out policies for what is considered the major environmental physical hazards to human health. Specifically, the authors describe hazards from air, water, food, hazardous substances, and wastes. To this list the authors have added the additional concerns from climate change, tobacco products, genetically-modified organisms, environment-related diseases, energy production, biodiversity and species endangerment, and the built environment. And as with the first edition, histories of policymaking for specific environmental hazards are portrayed. This edition differs from its antecedent in three significant themes. Global perspectives are added to chapters that describe specific environmental hazards, e.g., air pollution policies in China and India. Also there is the material on the consequences of environmental hazards on both human and ecosystem health. Additionally readers are provided with information about interventions that policymakers and individuals can consider in mitigating or preventing specific environmental hazards.
Publication Date: 2017
Global Climate Change and Public HealthPulmonary physicians and scientists currently have minimal capacity to respond to climate change and its impacts on health. The extent to which climate change influences the prevalence and incidence of respiratory morbidity remains largely undefined. However, evidence is increasing that climate change does drive respiratory disease onset and exacerbation as a result of increased ambient and indoor air pollution, desertification, heat stress, wildfires, and the geographic and temporal spread of pollens, molds and infectious agents. Preliminary research has revealed climate change to have potentially direct and indirect adverse impacts on respiratory health. Published studies have linked climate change to increases in respiratory disease, including the following: changing pollen releases impacting asthma and allergic rhinitis, heat waves causing critical care-related diseases, climate driven air pollution increases, exacerbating asthma and COPD, desertification increasing particulate matter (PM) exposures, and climate related changes in food and water security impacting infectious respiratory disease through malnutrition (pneumonia, upper respiratory infections). High level ozone and ozone exposure has been linked to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, and acute lower respiratory infection. Global Climate Change and Public Health is an important new volume based on the research, findings, and discussions of US and international experts on respiratory health and climate change. This volume addresses issues of major importance to respiratory health and fills a major gap in the current literature. The ATS Climate Change and Respiratory Health Workshop was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, on May 15, 2010. The purpose of the meeting was to address the threat to global respiratory health posed by climate change. The workshop was attended by domestic and international experts as well as representatives of international respiratory societies and key US federal agencies. Dr. Pinkerton and Dr. Rom, the editors of this title, were co-chairs of the Climate Change Workshop and Symposium.
Publication Date: 2021
Tackling Health Inequalities: Reinventing the Role of Environmental HealthAlthough environmental health has received some recognition as a field which can positively impact on the social determinants of health, it remains little known outside its immediate sphere of influence. There is also limited literature available to support the potential impact of the profession in public health policy circles, and there has been an overreliance on anecdotal rather than firm evidence.
This book presents the findings of an empirical research project focussed on public health policymaking (English Health and Wellbeing Boards), health inequalities and environmental health and provides an insight to the environmental health profession and routes of impact and influence. It discusses environmental health in the context of public health, the role of the profession, issues of visibility and opportunities for impact in today’s policy landscape. In particular, a focus on the local government context is timely given the shifting of the public health function from the National Health Service to local authorities. This book is essential reading for students, practitioners and policymakers in the fields of environmental health and public health.