Environmental Health

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According to an article published in The Jersey Journal (Graham, May 3, 2007), the level of mercury in the Hackensack river, while down from 1987, was still present in unsafe amounts in 2003. Stringent environmental laws have meant that industries are no longer dumping their toxic wastes in the river.


With the increase in temperatures, insects which were until now confined to tropics are now spreading in the Europe. The article lists a number of food, air and water borne diseases which are increasing in Britain as well as the problem of storms, floods and droughts.
In a study conducted by a team from Indian Institute of Technology on the commercial kitchens in Mumbai, India, it was found that these kitchens contribute 23% of the total pollution load (Mumbai Newsline, Basu, May 1, 2007). While the acceptable standards for outdoor air quality is 60 micrograms particulate matter concentration per cubic meter for residential areas and 120 for industrial area, it was found to be as high as 567 in some of these commercial kitchens. The carbon dioxide concentration was also above 1000 parts per million, an indication of poor air quality.
Another disturbing article appeared in The Australian (Prichard, Taylor, April 30, 2007). The Magellan Metals lead mine, which exports the metal through the port town of Esperance, was found transporting the metal 900 kilometers in dusty granular form rather than heavier pellets, thus contaminating the air. ...
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