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West Nile 2012: Reduce, Repel, Report

Posted: June 19th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Just in time for the summer months and kids on summer vacation, there was a recent Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) memo that alerted healthcare providers and public health officials that West Nile Virus (WNV) activity in mosquitoes and birds is increasing throughout the state.  The current high summer temperatures and low rainfall in Illinois are providing favorable breeding conditions for the type of mosquitoes (Culex Pipiens and related species) that carry WNV. Read more »

Lessons From the Mercury Disaster at Minamata Bay, Japan

Posted: June 5th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Have you ever wondered why environmentalists are so concerned about the way we dispose of even trace amounts of mercury, such as that contained in your fever thermometers, thermostats, and compact fluorescence lightbulbs (CFLs)? The answer comes from a hard lesson we learned over a half century ago involving an environmental disaster at a place called Minamata Bay, Japan. Read more »