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Promoting technology and information exchange on environment and health issues in the Pacific Basin.

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Hybrid, multi-site course on ecosystem approaches to health

An opportunity exists for graduate students to participate in an online/face-to-face course on Ecosystem Approaches to Health, offered by CoPEH Canada. The course is available starting in May. Further information is available in the flyer.

Participants can participate in the full program at UBC, UQAM, or UofGuelph, or participate only in the webinars (which are also available to international students).

NIH e-Waste workshop report

As the global electronic waste (e-waste) stream grows, it is becoming increasingly important to understand how exposure to e-waste affects human health. Components used to make electronic devices, such as laptops, cell phones, and televisions, contain a variety of metals and chemicals that can harm health when people are exposed through handling or just living near e-waste streams. NIEHS will work with WHO to raise understanding of the importance of controlling exposures to e-wastes among health practitioners and decision makers.

Read the report

A SHARED Future Report

A SHARED Future updates

A SHARED Future: Inaugural Team Meeting Report

Update for October-November 2017

A SHARED Future Update February-March 2018

University of Queensland feature article on Pollution

UQ Researchers are working at the intersection of science, education and policy to better understand and reduce pollution’s impact on children’s health.

Stop polluting our children’s future

Cities as a Health Hazard

A recent article in the Australian Financial Review discusses the impacts of short-term and long term-exposure to environmental hazards in urban areas. Professor Peter Sly, PBC Chair and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Children’s Health and the Environment at the University of Queensland, is quoted.

Cities as a health hazard, Financial Review, 8 December 2017.

 

UNEP Minamata Convention Conference of the Parties (COP 1)

Addressing the first Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1), held in Geneva 24-29 September 2017, Dr. Mahmood A. Khwaja, Senior Adviser Chemicals and Sustainable Industrial development, emphasized expedited support to developing countries, through capacity building, technical assistance and technology transfer, for sound chemicals management and safeguarding public health.

Over 1500 delegates from 152 countries (including two Presidents and several Ministers and Vice Ministers of Environment) participated in COP 1.

Policy Briefs for Sustainable Development in Pakistan

This 25th Anniversary Silver Jubilee Publication includes 15 policy briefs on mercury/chemical and Sustainable Industry Development, as well as climate change, economy, trade and governance.

Available for download from the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI): Policy Briefs for Sustainable Development in Pakistan.

Asthma Primer featured on Nature.com

Asthma, authored by ST Holgate, S Wenzel, DS Postma, ST Weiss, H Renz and PD Sly in 2015, Asthma Primer was featured at Nature.com during January 2017.

Pakistan Environmental Challenges and Measures for Pollution Control, published in Urdu

Dr Mahmood A. Khwaja, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and PBC Board member, presenting the new publication.

Pakistan Environmental Challenges and Measures for Pollution Control

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