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The Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health

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

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A SHARED future update – June & July 2018

Greetings Team! We have a number of activities to report on. We continue to encourage all team members (researchers, partners, trainees, collaborators) to send in their activity updates, including photos and news items for subsequent updates.

A SHARED Future Update – June-July 2018

A SHARED Future Reports

A SHARED Future updates

Inaugural Team Meeting Report

October-November 2017 Update

February-March 2018 Update

April-May 2018 Update

Environmental Pollution

Thermal and non-thermal health effects of low intensity non-ionizing radiation: An international perspective

Belpomme D, Hardell L, Belyaev I, Burgio E, Carpenter DO

Highlights
  • Exposure to electromagnetic fields has increased dramatically.
  • Electromagnetic fields at low and non-thermal intensities increase risk of cancer in animals and humans.
  • Some individuals are particularly sensitive and develop a syndrome of electrohypersensitivity.
  • There is an urgent need to recognize hazards associated with excessive exposure to non-thermal levels of electromagnetic fields.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0269749118310157 

SDPI Policy Brief #60

Comparative Assessment of Pakistan National Drinking Water Quality Standards with selected Asian Countries and World Health Organization (WHO}.

Dr. Mahmood A. Khwaja and Anum Aslam

Sustainable Development Policy Institute Policy Brief # 60

16 April, 2018

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

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.

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