Ecology of Breast Cancer: the promise of prevention and the hope for healing
Ted Schettler's new book, Ecology of Breast Cancer: the promise of prevention and the hope for healing is now available! Schettler reviews and analyzes an extensive literature addressing known, probable and plausable risks for developing breast cancer as well as its recurrence and progression after diagnosis and treatment. "In many ways, breast cancer is a design problem," Schettler concludes. "It is not only a disease of abnormal cells but also of communities that we create and live in. Breast cancer is profoundly a public health concern, requiring a public health response."
Environmental groups differ over ruling.
DNR, environmental groups differ over court ruling. Jeff Ricardson, Fairbanks Daily News, November 6, 2013. The Alaska Supreme Court announced that it had denied the state’s petition to reconsider a March decision on its leasing procedures. In its March decision, the Supreme Court disagreed with a Superior Court ruling that required the state to conduct a “best interest” finding at each phase of a project. It agreed, however, that “consideration of cumulative impacts is constitutionally required throughout all phases of a project.” The five environmental plaintiffs in the lawsuit said that mandated “hard look” at cumulative impacts will require a deeper consideration of the effects of exploration and development in the review process.
Better way to assess impacts of ports on the Great Barrier Reef
It all adds up: port development on the Great Barrier Reef. Alana Grech, Bob Pressey and Rob Coles, JCU, The Sydney Morning Herald Environment, November 4, 2013. The Queensland and Australian government’s draft strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area has been released today. Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has said the strategic assessment ”is a model where you really begin to look at the deep, long-term cumulative impacts”. The government’s assessment and approvals process is not the right vehicle by itself to evaluate the cumulative impact of each new development. That is because it operates at the scale of ports, not at the scale of the reef.
Animals in Marine Sanctuaries Not Immune to Human Impact. Laura Poppick, Live Science, November 1, 2013. A team of scientists based at the University of California, Santa Cruz have conducted the first study that maps the potential cumulative impacts of human activities on marine predators along the West Coast. The researchers found that many of the areas with the greatest cumulative negative impacts on the predators fell within National Marine Sanctuaries. This finding was not entirely unexpected, they said, because many of these sanctuaries occur close to shore and, therefore, are more vulnerable to human activity than areas farther from the coast.
Great Barrier Reef affected by development
Great Barrier Reef report warns of cumulative effect of development. Oliver Milman, The Guardian, October 31, 2013. Strategic assessment of marine park recommends new policy whereby human activity must have a “net Benefit.” The health of the Great Barrier Reef is declining and facing numerous threats. The marine park assessment states that "urgent and effective" intervention is required. It proposes that a "net benefit policy" should ensure coastal activities produce an overall benefit to the reef, with more focus on the overall impact of human activities and weather events such as cyclones, rather than individual events.
Calendar of Events (Updated December 7)
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