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Mr. Kym Watson, Fraunhofer IOSB’s manager and EO2HEAVEN’s Project coordinator, presented an overview of the project to the high level seminar ‘Harnessing cooperation between South Africa and the European Commission to advance the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS)’ at the South African – EU Summit in Brussels on 28/09/2010
A Dutch study conducted for eight years reveals that higher levels of traffic pollutants (nitrogen dioxide, PM2.5 and soot) are more likely to be recorded at the homes of those children who developed asthma and asthma symptoms.
A recent research published in Nature magazine shows that the incidence of malaria is decreasing despite rising temperatures. These results conflict with previous studies suggesting that climate change and warmer conditions could facilitate the spread of malaria to currently unaffected areas.
The results obtained by EDEN project (Emerging Diseases in a changing European eNvironment)have been disseminated in several conferences and publications during the last weeks. The results obtained by the project will also be used by global public health agencies including the ECDC, OMS, FAQ and OIE.
US President’s Cancer Panel recently released a report entitled “Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk,” focusing on environmental toxins and their role in causing cancer. The presidential advisory group concluded that widespread exposure to environmental pollutants is an underappreciated cause of cancer that is inflicting "grievous harm" on citizens. According to the President Obama’s Cancer Panel, government agencies have not adequately addressed these threats.
New research in the US has reported on developments assessing the cumulative human health risk caused by multiple toxic substances. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is creating a tool that will provide maps and other information to depict exposure data and risks at both a national and a local level.