Tuesday, May 17, 2011

FWS releases plan to combat white-nose syndrome in bats

The Department of the Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today unveiled a national management plan to address the threat posed by white-nose syndrome, which has killed more than a million hibernating bats in eastern North America since it was discovered near Albany, New York in 2006.

“Having spread to 18 states and four Canadian provinces, white-nose syndrome threatens far-reaching ecological and economic impacts,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “We’ve learned a lot in the past few years about the disease, but there is much more work to be done to contain it. This national plan provides a road map for federal, state, and tribal agencies and scientific researchers to follow and will facilitate sharing of resources and information to more efficiently address the threat.”

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

WVU Study Finds Poorer Health Near Mountaintop Mining - WBOY.com

WVU Study Finds Poorer Health Near Mountaintop Mining - WBOY-TV - WBOY.com: "A new study conducted by the West Virginia University School of Medicine finds poorer health in Appalachian counties where coal is mined, especially those with mountaintop mining operations.

The study, “Health-Related Quality of Life Among Central Appalachian Residents in Mountaintop Mining Counties” appears in the May issue of the “American Journal of Public Health.”"

Monday, May 9, 2011

Environmental Illness in U.S. Kids Cost $76.6 Billion in One Year

Environmental Illness in U.S. Kids Cost $76.6 Billion in One Year: "It cost a 'staggering' $76.6 billion to cover the health expenses of American children who were sick because of exposure to toxic chemicals and air pollutants in 2008, according to new research by senior scientists at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

Published in the May issue of the journal 'Health Affairs,' three new studies by Mount Sinai scientists reveal the economic impact of toxic chemicals and air pollutants in the environment, and propose new legislation to require testing of new chemicals as well as those already on the market."

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

PR Industry Fills Vacuum Left by Shrinking Newsrooms

This article by John Sullivan (ProPublica, co-published with the Columbia Journalism Review) talks about consequences of shifts in journalism as well as the history of the public relations field. Here's an excerpt:

The Gulf oil spill [3] was 2010's biggest story, so when David Barstow walked into a Houston hotel for last December's hearings on the disaster, he wasn't surprised to see that the conference room was packed. Calling the hearing to order, Coast Guard Captain Hung Nguyen cautioned the throng, "We will continue to allow full media coverage as long as it does not interfere with the rights of the parties to a fair hearing and does not unduly distract from the solemnity, decorum, and dignity of the proceedings." It's a stock warning that every judge gives before an important trial, intended to protect witnesses from a hounding press. But Nguyen might have been worrying too much. Because as Barstow realized as he glanced across the crowd, most of the people busily scribbling notes in the room were not there to ask questions. They were there to answer them.(Read the whole story...)