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Pollution-guzzling, Air-cleaning Buildings

Pollution-guzzling, Air-cleaning Buildings | Pollution and Human Health | Scoop.it

Seven million premature deaths in a single year were the result of air pollution exposure, the World Health Organization reported recently. That’s one in eight of total global deaths in 2012. This new finding doubles previous estimates, confirming that air pollution is now the world’s single largest environmental health risk. Cities around the world are increasingly turning to technology for solutions, and here are some of the most innovative designs...

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Via Lauren Moss
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Great synoptic links to the Technological fix unit in A2 Geography. Good case study for health risk management. Where does this fit on the Kuznet Curve?

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Norm Miller's curator insight, May 31, 8:46 AM

More integration with nature and more technology that caotures pollution.

Stephen Kavanagh's curator insight, June 1, 5:29 AM

We have a right to clean air!!! Support our environment!!!

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HIV breakthrough reveals virus hidden in immune system cells

HIV breakthrough reveals virus hidden in immune system cells | Pollution and Human Health | Scoop.it
Cancer-fighting drug romidepsin has been shown to expose hibernating HIV, making it susceptible to attack (Researchers have used the anti-cancer drug to activate HIV and bring it out of hiding - exposing it to immune system
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Danish researchers have used an anti-cancer medicine to to activate HIV hidden in the cells of patients taking anti-HIV drugs, exposing the virus to the immune system and making it susceptible to attack. This is a hugely important case study and great at highlighting the complexity of managing a health risk.

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Africa: raising the profile of obesity, heart disease and diabetes

Africa: raising the profile of obesity, heart disease and diabetes | Pollution and Human Health | Scoop.it
Public health efforts in Africa have focussed on infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDs, but chronic diseases are now the second biggest killers

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Although the epidemiology model emphasises the role of degenerative diseases in MEDC's dont forget that poorer populations in both NICs and LEDCs can face a double burden when managing infectious and degenerative diseases.

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GeoPaul's curator insight, September 10, 2013 11:12 AM

Welcome back! Why is coronary heart disease a big ledc killer?

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Pollution-plagued Manila set to spark an electric transport revolution - The Guardian

Pollution-plagued Manila set to spark an electric transport revolution - The Guardian | Pollution and Human Health | Scoop.it
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A fleet of 30 eJeepneys operate in the Makati green route in the Philippine capital, Manila. Photograph: iCSC.
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The mega city of Manila is home to over 20 million people and is known as the city that has run out of space. Rapid population growth has led to inevitable health and environmental consequences. Does government intervention and management such as this have much affect?

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Australia kills off carbon tax - The Guardian

Australia kills off carbon tax - The Guardian | Pollution and Human Health | Scoop.it
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Power lines Business as usual: the Australian government's Direct Action policy is voluntary and puts no overall cap on carbon emissions. Photograph: Joe Castro/AAP.

Via Maria Nunzia @Varvera
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Australia’s carbon price has been repealed, leaving the nation with no legislated policy to achieve even the minimum 5% greenhouse emissions reduction target it has inscribed in international agreements. This recent story links in with your work on health risks associated with climate change and the issue sinvolved in managing both current and future health risks.

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Mexico to tackle obesity with taxes on junk food and sugary drinks

Mexico to tackle obesity with taxes on junk food and sugary drinks | Pollution and Human Health | Scoop.it
President calls for hour of exercise per day and a 'change of culture' as Mexico has higher rates of adult obesity than the US Mexico has become the standard bearer in the global fight against obesity, after parliamentarians passed a law imposing...

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Interesting case study of the 'double burden' health risks being managed by NICs such as Mexico. Infectious and chronic diseases would remain an issue in rural parts and slum areas yet the Government is having to be pro-active in managing an increased rise in health risks associated with mass consumption. Also see this most recent article to further develop your case study:

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-28325105

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Climate change poses health risks for coastal people | Dhaka Tribune

Climate change poses health risks for coastal people | Dhaka Tribune | Pollution and Human Health | Scoop.it
Climate change has been causing an increase in the health risks faced by residents of the several coastal and riverside districts of Bangladesh, a recent study has found.

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Good case study that focuses on the increased health risks facing Bangladeshis due to climate change. The most hazard prone country in the world makes a great case study.

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Fighting malaria with your cell phone? | WFP | United Nations World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger Worldwide

Fighting malaria with your cell phone? | WFP | United Nations World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger Worldwide | Pollution and Human Health | Scoop.it
4.8 million mosquito nets are on the move in #Zambia! Find out why: http://t.co/9vF0xFPC1K @UNDP @GlobalFund http://t.co/M3j5E2JW7x
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Brilliant World Food Programme source that focuses on simple solutions to managing malaria helath risks. Also use this synoptically to consider the role of technological fixes to the world's problems - in this case using QR codes.

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Deaths from malaria since 2010 in one graph (and a 1870 map showing U.S. malaria deaths)

Deaths from malaria since 2010 in one graph (and a 1870 map showing U.S. malaria deaths) | Pollution and Human Health | Scoop.it
Those of you who live in currently malaria-free places, take a moment to appreciate how lucky you are. (Deaths from malaria since 2010 in one graph (and a 1870 map showing U.S.
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Some good factual detail on the dangers of malaria. Use this alongside todays news story on the bbc about the complex nature of managing malaria. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28235609

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The Environment and Human Health

Learn how the environment impacts human health and the ecosystems around us, on both a small/local and large/global scale. http://www.bioedonline.org/videos/...
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Interesting video that uses examples to illustrate the links between environmental degradation and human health.

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Africa Battles To Stop Deadly Spread Of Ebola

Africa Battles To Stop Deadly Spread Of Ebola | Pollution and Human Health | Scoop.it
Hundreds have died and a host of factors means the virus is set to kill many more in some of the world's poorest countries.
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Worrying developments from Africa on the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Consider how this case study can link to all 4 of our enquiry questions.

 

Monitor how this story is developing via BBC news. Evidence today of the need for a Pan African, even global management strategy:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-28156263

 

Unsure what Ebola actually is? Problem solved with this short video link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28105531

 

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Revealed: how #UK water companies are #polluting #Britain's #rivers & #beaches ~

Revealed: how #UK water companies are #polluting #Britain's #rivers & #beaches ~ | Pollution and Human Health | Scoop.it
The Guardian Revealed: how UK water companies are polluting Britain's rivers and beaches The Guardian Pollution incidents, which have included sewage illegally pouring into a harbour for more than a year, and managers destroying records, show no...

Via Marian Locksley
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Despite the plentiful range of case studies of pollution from NICs it is important to try and balance this with examples from the UK and other MEDC's. Even if these tend to be more incidental and smaller scale.

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Marian Locksley's curator insight, August 4, 2013 1:14 AM

The companies, which are responsible for treating waste water and delivering clean supplies, have been punished for more than 1,000 incidents in the past nine years, but fined a total of only £3.5m

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India's remarkable growth story clouded by a degrading environment - The Times of India

India's remarkable growth story clouded by a degrading environment - The Times of India | Pollution and Human Health | Scoop.it
The past decade of rapid economic growth has brought many benefits to India, but on the flip side the environment has suffered the most, exposing the population to serious air and water pollution.

Via Gordon McGlone
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Great case study of a NIC and the environmental consequences of development. Where does India belong on the environmental degradation Kuznet curve?

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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, August 12, 2013 10:08 AM

The true but hidden costs of unfettered environmental growth - The World Bank report says that the annual cost of environmental degradation in India amounts to about Rs 3.75 trillion ($80 billion) equivalent to 5.7% of GDP.

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China's pollution-cleaning towers will be the world's tallest (Science ...

China's pollution-cleaning towers will be the world's tallest (Science ... | Pollution and Human Health | Scoop.it
Pollution-cleaning towers are being built in China, and they're set to be the tallest skyscrapers in the world.
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Fantastic use of new technology. China trying to deal with the environmental consequences of its rapid industrialisation and economic development.

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HIV establishes viral reservoirs with surprising speed - Los Angeles Times

HIV establishes viral reservoirs with surprising speed - Los Angeles Times | Pollution and Human Health | Scoop.it
HIV establishes viral reservoirs with surprising speed Los Angeles Times The study, published Sunday in the journal Nature, comes on the heels of news that the so-called Mississippi Baby -- a child once considered functionally cured of HIV due to...
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The speed with which HIV can attack the human body means that even early drug treatment can be limited in impact. Further your reserach with this BBC article:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28352370

 

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Global Incident Map Displaying Terrorist Acts, Suspicious Activity, and General Terrorism News

Global Incident Map Displaying Terrorist Acts, Suspicious Activity, and General Terrorism News

Via Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson
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This is a brilliant source courtesy of Lucy Tillier. Change the tabs below the map for a range of different global incidents - in particular disease outbreaks for Unit 4.

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Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson's curator insight, April 16, 2013 2:13 PM

Keep an eye out on those oil spills.

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How China's Pollution Became a National Emergency

Cancer Villages: The shocking extent of Chinese pollution For downloads and more information visit: http://www.journeyman.tv/?lid=63641 The Chinese governmen...
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Use this You tube clip as a strating point for further research on China and the health consequences of its rapid industrialisation. Cancer Villages and clusters are a shocking result.

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Global AIDS epidemic can be controlled by 2030: UN

Global AIDS epidemic can be controlled by 2030: UN | Pollution and Human Health | Scoop.it

The United Nations said on Wednesday new HIV infections and deaths from AIDS were decreasing, making it possible to control the epidemic by 2030 and eventually end it “in every region, in every country”. 


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AIDS is a very versatile case study for this unit. Management and the difficulties in reducing fatalities is a common theme. Look at countries such as Uganda where very positive action has been taken.

This BBC article further develops the story.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28325761

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New study investigates the impact of climate change on malaria

New study investigates the impact of climate change on malaria | Pollution and Human Health | Scoop.it
A new paper uses climate model downscaling to investigate how the spread of malaria will change in a warming world
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Brilliant Guardian source that links the health risk of malaria to global climate change. Useful case study across all the enquiry questions.

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How old is your body? New life expectancy calculator reveals how healthy 75 ... - Daily Mail

How old is your body? New life expectancy calculator reveals how healthy 75 ... - Daily Mail | Pollution and Human Health | Scoop.it
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They asked participants key questions about four of life's biggest 'risk factors': whether they drank, smoked, did exercise and ate fruit.
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Interesting life expectancy calculator. Take the test yourself! Link this theory with this recent story from bbc news: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28191865

 

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Gates Foundation battling big new threat in malaria fight - The Seattle Times

Gates Foundation battling big new threat in malaria fight - The Seattle Times | Pollution and Human Health | Scoop.it
Gates Foundation battling big new threat in malaria fight The Seattle Times Malaria mortality has fallen 42 percent worldwide since 2000, but the disease continues to sicken more than 200 million people and kill 500,000 children a year, or about...
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Interesting case study from the mysterious Asian country of Myanmar. Also use this case study to ocnsider the 4th enquiry question on management.

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Child Mortality in India

India has shown real progress in reducing child mortality over the past decade. According to the United Nations, in 2001, 2.5 million Indian children under the age of 5 died. In 2012, 1.5 million died. This is good news, but India alone still accounts for 20 percent of child mortality worldwide — and a shocking 48 percent of Indian children under the age of 5 are chronically malnourished.


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Interesting case study with lots of hard hitting factual data to back it up.

 

Also consider how this situation has changed - see todays article on BBC news about the rise in vaccines to combat child mortality.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-28156436

 

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AIDS, TB and Malaria in Africa

AIDS, TB and Malaria in Africa | Pollution and Human Health | Scoop.it
Despite the gains, more Africans still die from Malaria even as the spotlight remains firmly fixed on HIV/AIDS.

Via Seth Dixon
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Fantastic infographic on health risks in Africa. Particular focus on infectious diseases.

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Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, March 17, 1:52 PM

As funding in Africa benefits its health system, Africans are still dying every day from Malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS. Hopefully as this funding continues Africans will see a change in their health and lifestyles.

Nathan Chasse's curator insight, April 1, 7:41 AM

This infographic shows how pervasive disease is in Africa. Though HIV gets a lot of attention, malaria and tuberculosis are just as prevalent as HIV/AIDS. The attention given to HIV/AIDS is reflected in the amount of aid sent to Africa, with a significant amount more being spent to halt the spread of HIV. These efforts are not entirely in vain as there have been decreases for all three diseases, but the funding necessary to make serious progress not on its way.

 

Though there is an even greater need to fight malaria, more international aid for HIV/AIDS is likely because most of the countries sending aid are not as familiar with malaria and HIV/AIDS has become sensationalized.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 12:52 PM

Disease is a global problem. Not having enough resources to keep diseases such as malaria out of Africa is unfortunate. People are dying every day and in efforts to save these people, it still can't be done. In the past, AIDS was the main disease that killed people in Africa. More recently, malaria is working its way through humans and killing them more than AIDS.

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PM warns of antibiotic resistance

PM warns of antibiotic resistance | Pollution and Human Health | Scoop.it
Medicine could soon be "cast back into the dark ages" unless action is taken to tackle the growing resistance to antibiotics, David Cameron says.
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Really interesting article. Link this to enquiry question 1 - the complex causes of health risk and enquiry 4 - management.

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China's Water Pollution Mire | The Diplomat

China's Water Pollution Mire | The Diplomat | Pollution and Human Health | Scoop.it
Despite all the focus on air pollution, the contamination of China's water is at least as serious.
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China provides a great source of pollution based case studies. To reallyt further your research scroll to the bottom of this article and look at the story of China's renewable energy. Despite all the pollution and environmental degradation China is actually investing more money in renewable energy than any other country in the world.

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10 Innovations Analysts Predict Will Change The World By 2025 - International Business Times

10 Innovations Analysts Predict Will Change The World By 2025 - International Business Times | Pollution and Human Health | Scoop.it
International Business Times 10 Innovations Analysts Predict Will Change The World By 2025 International Business Times The onset of dementia, Alzheimer's and other neuro-degenerative diseases will decline as more funds are directed toward...
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How technology could help in the future management and treatment of degenerative and infectious diseases.

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