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  • The Global Spread of Cholera

    Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

    I’ve mentioned before the quality graphics related to environmental issues offered by the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) GRID-Arendal center in Norway. Here’s another one just released by them that is more on the health side of the environment-health interface which I found quite striking.  Click on the image to see a larger version.

    GRID-Arendal says this […]

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    UNEP/CARICOM: Drastic Climate Change Consequences for Insular Caribbean / PNUMA/CARICOM: drásticas consecuencias por cambio climático en el Caribe Insular

    Saturday, December 27th, 2008

    Although this report (English only) was finished in October, it was formally unveiled at the global climate change talks in Poland in November, but did not get much media play because of all the other actions, initiatives, reports and declarations made in Poznan at the same time.  But it deserves much more attention and hopefully […]

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    A Water and Sanitation Atlas for Brazil

    Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

    Last month a branch of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (“Fiocruz“), the Institute of Communication and Scientific and Technological Information in Health (Instituto de Comunicação e Informação Científica e Tecnológica em Saúde – Icict), in partnership with the Health Ministry’s (MS) General Coordination for Environmental Health Surveillance (Coordenação Geral de Vigilância em Saúde Ambiental – CGVAM), […]

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    A New System to Deal with International Public Health Threats / Un nuevo sistema para responder a las amenazas a la salud pública mundial

    Friday, June 15th, 2007

    Today is the day that the new International Health Regulations (IHR) take effect.
    If you are not closely involved with public health, you may not know what the IHR are and their importance. [Even some inexperienced public officials might know what they are, but consider them a “big yawn.’] But if you ever are […]

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    Probable Impact of Climate Change on Brazil

    Monday, May 21st, 2007

    The reports issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have stolen the headlines and thunder in the global and regional press, but in Brazil it was the release of eight country-focussed studies coordinated by that country’s National Institute for Space Studies (INPE) that caught the public’s attention. Taken together, the eight studies […]

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    Is Meeting the MDGs for Water & Sanitation Good Enough?

    Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

    This month the World Health Organization (WHO) released a progress report on meeting the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as they apply to access to “improved” water and sanitation, using data collected by the WHO/UNICEF joint Monitoring Programme (JMP).
    As the WHO report I recently reviewed on the linkage between environmental conditions and health underlined, […]

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