human health effects

June 23, 2010

Climate change and the California coast

John Largier

photo: Infratec

Crumbling cliffs, algal blooms, interference with drinking water treatment, and hits to tourism and fishing are just some of the ways California's coast will be affected by climate change, according to a new report led by John Largier (2001). To cope with these effects, the report makes a number of recommendations, including engaging people more widely on the issue, reducing stress on ecosystems, and creating policies for adapting to a range of possible changes.

January 13, 2010

Scientists urge halt to mountaintop mining

Margaret Palmer

Mountaintop mining in Appalachia has destroyed 1,500 miles of streams and increased rates of lung cancer and chronic diseases in local communities, according to a study led by Margaret Palmer (2001). Given the severity of the impacts, the authors took the unusual step of recommending the federal government halt such mining. Read more in The Washington Post, The Guardian, and the Winston-Salem Journal.