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Climate Change Is Taking A Major Toll On Public Health

Climate change is already taking a major toll on public health and threatening to reverse progress made over the past century in combatting infectious diseases, according to one of the world’s oldest and most respected medical journals.
In a landmark new report released Monday evening, The Lancet found that heatwaves over the past two decades were hotter and lasted longer, vector-borne diseases increased as warmer temperatures spread insects, and allergies worsened as unseasonable weather prolonged exposure to pollen.
The journal discussed the potential health effects of climate change in an earlier version of the report, called the Lancet Countdown, but this year’s 107-page paper is the first to chronicle the existing impacts. As another new feature, the study included a 10-page companion report focused on the United States.
“When you go to the doctor and have high blood pressure or a fever, what the doctor does is take a measurement and track it over the next few days,” Howard Frumkin,…

Cancer-Causing Chemicals In New Jersey's Water Finally Getting Attention

The Christie administration said Wednesday the state will regulate levels of two contaminants in drinking water that have been largely unregulated across the country but which are quite common and have been linked to cancer and various other illnesses.
The maximum allowable levels being proposed for the chemicals PFOA and PFNA would be the most stringent standards in the nation. 
The state Department of Environmental Protection is accepting the standards proposed by a scientific water quality panel that had studied the issue and made the recommendation more than a year ago.
“Setting protective standards for these contaminants continues New Jersey’s long tradition of being a national leader in using strong science to ensure residents receive the highest quality drinking water,” DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said during an announcement about the new standards.
The PFOA standard will be 14 parts per trillion, and the PFNA standard will be 13 parts per trillion.
Since 2007 the state had less str…