Japanese officials have admitted that nuclear rods inside three of the Fukushima reactors are melting.
Environmental health addresses assessment and control of external physical, chemical, and biological factors as part of the natural and built environment that can potentially affect health. It is a public health service with an orientation toward environmental protection, geared towards preventing and curing disease and creating health-supportive environments, lifestyles, and communities.
Radioactive fallout from the three melting Japanese nuclear reactors reached the US and continues to appear through the ocean and air, necessitating health protocols.
Japan’s earthquake and tsunami have triggered meltdowns at several nuclear reactors, increased radiation levels, evacuations of hundreds of thousands of people in the face of radiation exposures already being reported.
The world’s dirtiest oil is produced by strip mining the Athabascan Tar Sands of Alberta, Canada, destroying an area of Northern Boreal forest and wetlands the size of Florida, with toxic settling ponds that pollute rivers fished by First Nations people, requiring pipelines to the Gulf Coast and hauling routes through the Northern Rocky Mountains.
In the wake of a 12-year battle to keep Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered (GE) crops from contaminating the nation’s 25,000 organic farms and ranches, USA’s organic consumers and producers are losing the battle to Monsanto’s dominance over Obama’s corporate-friendly USDA.
As the President’s Cancer Panel report says, about 41 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some time in their lives, and some 21 percent will die of it. In the last few years “[a] growing body of research documents a myriad established and suspected environmental factors linked to genetic, immune, and endocrine [hormonal] dysfunction that can lead to cancer and other diseases.”
One method to rescue this unsustainable, fossil-fuel-addicted, disease-inducing polluted mega-metropolis from its sterile streetscape of cars, exhaust, and non-descript sidewalk-life, is to provide alternative transportation that cuts out the need for parking and forces people to walk.