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Third Quarter 2007


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September

 

NOAA to Provide More Specific Warning Information for Severe Weather (9/29/07, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

 

Cumulative Risks Associated with N-Methyl Carbamate Pesticides Are Below Levels of Concern (9/28/07, U.S. EPA Pesticides Program)

 

New England Journal of Medicine Telebriefing: Early Thimerosal Exposure and Neuropsychological Outcomes at 7 to 10 Years (9/26/07, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention); read teleconference transcript

 

U.S. Department of Energy Releases Conditional Agreement for New Nuclear Power Plants - Marks Initial Step for Sponsors of New Nuclear Plants to Qualify for Up to $2 Billion in Federal Risk Insurance (9/25/07, U.S. DOE)

 

Call for More Research on Patient Safety (9/24/07, World Health Organization)

 

Final Registration Review Work Plans Available for Nine Pesticides (9/21/07, U.S. EPA Pesticides Program)

 

USDA Web Portal Offers Big Food Safety Benefits for Small Food Processors (9/19/07, Agricultural Research Service)

 

Orsus® Launches Situator™ v5 – All New Situation Management Software (9/19/07, Orsus Solutions); new features include newly developed multi-site management capabilities, guard tour management functionality, an advanced debriefing tool, a new SDK, and more.

 

National Institutes of Health Announce Plan to Implement President’s Stem Cell Executive Order (9/18/07, NIH)

 

Increase in Atmospheric Moisture Tied to Human Activities (9/18/07, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

 

Federal Open Market Committee Lowers Target for Federal Funds Rate to 4-3/4 Percent (9/18/07, Federal Reserves Board)

 

 

Enhanced Version of Algo FIRST Operational Risk Database Released (9/18/07, Algorithmics)

 

U.S. Removes Nine Metric Tons of Plutonium from Nuclear Weapons Stockpile - Declaration Reinforces U.S. Commitment to Nonproliferation (9/17/07, U.S. Department of Energy)

 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and U.S. Food and Drug Administration To Collaborate in Largest Study Ever of Possible Heart Risks with ADHD Medications (9/17/07, AHRQ)

 

European Commission Is World's Largest Public Investor in Nanotechnology (9/13/07, European Commission)

 

U.S. Climate Change Science Program Making Good Progress in Documenting and Understanding Changes, But Study of Impacts on Humans and Communication with Decision Makers Lag (9/13/07, National Academies); read report Evaluating Progress of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program: Methods and Preliminary Results

 

Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA) Announces Peer Consultation Meeting on the Relationship Between Polycyclic Aromatic Compound (PAC) Profile and Toxicity of Petroleum Substances (9/13/07, TERA)

 

Bird Completes Epic Flight Across the Pacific (9/12/07, U.S. Geological Survey)

 

U.S. Life Expectancy Hits New High of Nearly 78 Years (9/12/07, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

 

Harvey V. Fineberg Named to Second Term as President of the Institute of Medicine (9/12/07, National Academies); Fineberg, former dean of Harvard School of Public Health and provost of Harvard University, has devoted most of his academic career to the fields of health policy and medical decision making. He helped found and served as president of the Society for Medical Decision Making and also served as adviser and consultant to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Among numerous books and articles he has written, co-written, and co-edited is Understanding Risk: Informing Decisions in a Democratic Society (1996), which he co-edited with Paul C. Stern.

 

Nanomaterials with a Bright Future - New, Inexpensive Fabrication Technique Can Increase Production (9/11/07, National Science Foundation)

 

Statement by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary on Import Safety (9/10/07, DHS); "Our approach to identifying and barring dangerous items is grounded on three key principles. They include partnership with the private sector; risk management and reduction, not risk elimination; and a layered approach to security."

 

U.S. Declared Canine-Rabies Free - CDC Announces at Inaugural World Rabies Day Symposium (9/7/07, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

 

U.S. EPA Announces Change in News Delivery Service (9/7/07, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

 

Settlements Reached in Eight Enforcement Cases for Hazardous Chemical Risk Management Plan Violations (9/6/07, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

 

"Beyond Einstein" Research Should Begin with Mission to Study Dark Energy (9/6/07, National Academies); read full report NASA's Beyond Einstein Program: An Architecture for Implementation

 

Sophisticated New Feature Will Make U.S. Currency More Secure (9/5/07, National Academies)

 

U.S. Department of Energy Announces Decision to Consolidate Surplus Plutonium in South Carolina (9/5/07, DOE)

 

U.S. EPA Awards More Than $540,000 to Reduce Lead Poisoning in High-Risk Communities (9/5/07, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

 

August 2007

 

U.S. EPA Continues Efforts to Understand Effects of Oxides of Nitrogen on Human Health - First NAAQS Scientific Support Document Prepared Under New Development Process (8/31/07, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

 

U.S. EPA Updates Web Site on Endangered Species Protection Program (8/28/07, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

 

U.S. EPA Evaluated Air Toxics Risks from Petroleum Refineries, Seeks Comment on Additional Emissions Reductions (8/23/07, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

 

International Spread of Disease Threatens Public Health Security - The World Health Report 2007 Focuses on Building a Safer Future (8/23/07, World Health Organization)

 

New Report on Smoking Shows Who's Quitting, and Who's Not - Health Department to Distribute Free Nicotine Patches to Staten Island Residents at Ferry Terminal as Part of Effort to Address High Smoking Rate (8/21/07, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)

 

U.S., Canada and Mexico Take Lead to Manage Industrial Chemicals (8/21/07, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

 

U.S. Department of Agriculture Awards $5.5 Million for Risk and Prevention Research of E. Coli O157:H7 in Fresh Produce (8/21/07, USDA)

 

New Initiative to Study the Glycobiology of Cancer Could Aid Understanding of Cancer Risk and Detection (8/21/07, National Institutes of Health)

 

Increase in College Dorm Fires Prompts Officials to Issue Warning (8/21/07, U.S. Consumer Product Commission)

 

PERI Launches Comprehensive Risk Management Training Program for Local Governments - Courses Will Be Offered Online Through PERI Website (8/21/07, Public Entity Risk Institute)

 

International Atomic Energy Agency Issues Report on Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Plant - Earthquake Damage at Japanese Nuclear Station Less than Expected, Report Says (8/17/07, IAEA)

 

FDIC Issues Tips to Help Consumers Save Hundreds on Loans and Credit Cards - Special Edition of FDIC Consumer News Features 51 Ways to Cut the Costs of Borrowing Money (8/17/07, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)

 

WHO Releases New Guidance on Insecticide-treated Mosquito Nets - Recent Data from Kenya "Ends the Debate" About How to Deliver the Nets (8/16/07, World Health Organization)

 

 

FDA Approves Updated Warfarin (Coumadin) Prescribing Information (8/15/07, U.S. Food and Drug Administration); "Warfarin is the second most common drugafter insulinimplicated in emergency room visits for adverse drug events."

 

University of Pennsylvania Researchers Develop Formula to Gauge Risk of Disease Clusters (8/16/07, University of Pennsylvania)

 

Shaky Financial Ground Awaits Many American Retirees (8/16/07, The Gerontological Society of America); five leading figures associated with identifying and tracking the shifting policy landscape of risk and responsibility present their analyses in the latest issue of Public Policy & Aging Report

 

EU Works to Prevent Dangerous Chinese Toys Entering Market (8/16/07, EUobserver)

 

FDA Issues Public Health Advisory on Nonprescription Cough and Cold Medicine Use in Children (8/15/07, U.S. Food and Drug Administration); Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee to discuss the safety and effectiveness of cough and cold drug product use in children in October (see Federal Register notice, PDF version)

 

Complex Joins and Lookups Now Run Outside a DBMS - New CoSort Features Relieve DBMS Overhead, Assure Accuracy (8/15/07, Innovative Routines International (IRI), Inc.); also see Dashboard Option Now Available for CoSort V9 - IRI Adds Graphical Business Data to Big Data Preparation (7/9/07, Innovative Routines International (IRI), Inc.)

 

Repealing or Weakening Age 21 Drinking Laws Would Increase Teen Highway Deaths, National Transportation Safety Board Warns (8/14/07, NTSB); read recent PARADE magazine article "Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered?"

 

Manufacturers of Some Diabetes Drugs to Strengthen Warning on Heart Failure Risk - Companies Will Include Boxed Warning on Drug Label (8/14/07, U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

 

Britain's EU Climate Change Goals a "Challenge" (8/14/07, EUobserver)

 

Mattel Recalls “Sarge” Die Cast Toy Cars Due To Violation of Lead Safety Standard (8/14/07, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)

 

IAEA Team to Report on Kashiwazaki Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant Examination (8/14/07, International Atomic Energy Agency)

 

Public Meeting to Discuss Nanotechnology (8/13/07, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

 

NHTSA Urges Drivers to Check Their Tires During the Hot Weather (8/13/07, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

 

Pesticide Re-registration Review and Risk Mitigation Allow Special Reviews to Be Closed Out (8/10/07, U.S. EPA Pesticides Program)

 

Foot-and-Mouth Disease: Standing Committee Approves European Commission Decision Maintaining Measures for Great Britain (8/9/07, European Union); also see Foot-and-Mouth Disease: Commission Adopts Decision to Reinforce Measures in the UK (8/8/07, European Union)

 

A Two-Year Anniversary and a Brand-New School (8/9/07, Federal Emergency Management Agency); also find links to hurricane recovery updates

 

National Institutes of Health Scientists Target Future Pandemic Strains of H5N1 Avian Influenza (8/9/07, National Institutes of Health)

 

New U.S. DOT Rule to Ban Non-Rechargeable Lithium Battery Shipments on Passenger Aircraft Finalized (8/9/07, U.S. Department of Transportation)

 

Public Meeting to Address Agenda Items for the Seventh Session of the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived from Biotechnology (8/9/07, USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service)

 

U.S. EPA Scientist Assumes Leading Role in Toxicology Communication (8/9/07, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

 

 

New Search Engine Ranks Tables by Title, Document Content, Text Reference (8/8/07, Pennsylvania State University)

 

Attacks on Ports, Power Grid Studied - Conclusions from USC Risk Analysis Center Could Help Authorities with Their Emergency Planning for Los Angeles Ports and Electric Systems (8/8/07, University of Southern California); also see Study Evaluates Dirty Bomb Attack Scenario at Los Angeles Ports - Suitcase Bomb Attack Could Have Major Impact; Second Study Predicts Minor Damage from Terrorist Attack on Power Grid (8/7/07, University of Southern California), the Risk Analysis: An International Journal special issue on terrorism, and the Fox News special report "How Would a 'Dirty Bomb' Used on the Port of Los Angeles Affect the U.S. Economy?" (video)

 

New Water Quality Trading Guide Available (8/7/07, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

 

 

Foot-and-Mouth Disease: Commission Adopts Decision to Reinforce Measures in the UK (8/6/07, European Commission); European Commission adopted a decision today setting out interim protection measures that reinforce the measures taken by UK authorities in response to the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease on a farm in Surrey last Friday

 

Social Security Administration Should Make Revamping Electronic Services a High Priority (8/6/07, National Academies)

 

Antioxidants, Over Time, Support Aging Minds (8/6/07, USDA Agricultural Research Service)

 

NOAA Increases U.S. Tsunami Warning Capability with Four Dart Buoy Deployments (8/3/07, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

 

Vaccine for Deadly Intestinal Parasite Discovered at University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine (8/2/07, University of Calgary)

 

Forest Fires: 2007 Is Worst July on Record (8/2/07, European Union)

 

CDC Urges Parents to Protect Preteens with Three Recommended Vaccines - New CDC Campaign Launched During National Immunization Awareness Month Encourages a Routine Health Checkup for 11- and 12-Year-Olds (8/1/07, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

 

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Releases the "Top Five Hidden Home Hazards" - Safety Agency Places Popular Magnetic Toys on the List of Deadly Dangers (8/1/07, CPSC)

 

Most Intriguing and Influential Operational Risk Events of the Last 15 Years (8/1/07, Algorithmics)

 

July 2007

 

NOAA Report on Nutrient Pollution Forecasts Worsening Health for Nation's Estuaries (7/31/07, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

 

Frequency of Atlantic Hurricanes Doubled During Last Century - Climate Change Is Suspected Cause (7/30/07, National Science Foundation)

 

After a Decades-Long Search, Scientists Identify New Genetic Risk Factors for Multiple Sclerosis (7/29/07, National Institutes of Health)

 

Data Suggest a Possible Association Between Agent Orange Exposure and Hypertension, But the Evidence Is Limited (7/27/07, National Academies); read full report Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2006

 

Report Recommends Off-Site Disposal of Secondary Waste from Chemical Agent Destruction (7/26/07, National Academies); read full report Review of Chemical Agent Secondary Waste Disposal and Regulatory Requirements and go to report brief and Powerpoint presentation links

 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Nanotechnology Report Outlines Scientific, Regulatory Challenges (7/25/07, FDA); also read consumer article FDA Readies for More "Nanoscale" Challenges

 

Hunting the American Terrorist and National Geographic Connect - Terrorism Book Lends Insight to Forthcoming Documentary (7/25/07, History Publishing Company); Co-author Kathleen Puckett conducted a multi-jurisdictional risk assessment study concerning lone domestic terrorists including Theodore Kaczynski, Timothy McVeigh, and Eric Rudolph

 

 

FTC Testifies on Potential Risks of Peer-to-Peer File Sharing (7/24/07, Federal Trade Commission)

 

Framingham Observational Study Notes Greater Incidence of Metabolic Syndrome Among Adults Consuming Soft Drinks (7/23/07, National Institutes of Health)

 

DOE Seeks Industry Participation for Engineering Services to Design Next Generation Nuclear Plant - Gen IV Reactor Capable of Producing Process Heat, Electricity and/or Hydrogen (7/23/07, U.S. Department of Energy)

 

Nuclear Power as an Engine for Development - IAEA Chief Addresses Nuclear Power´s Outlook in Talks in Thailand and Malaysia (7/23/07, International Atomic Energy Agency)

 

TERA to Conduct Peer Consultation in Web Meeting on a Draft Framework to Evaluate Adult-Child Differences in Inhalation Dosimetry of Gases: Application to Selected Systemically-Acting Volatile Organic Chemicals (posted 7/20/07, TERA)

 

 

Glaciers and Ice Caps to Dominate Sea Level Rise Through 21st Century - Ice Loss from Glaciers and Ice Will Cause a Greater Rise in Sea Level Sooner Than Expected (7/19/07, National Science Foundation)

 

Countries Urged to Be More Vigilant About Food Safety - Recent Food Scares Prove Weaknesses in Food Safety Systems, Say FAO and WHO (7/19/07, World Health Organization)

 

European Food Safety Authority Concludes Review of New Scientific Data on Potential Risks to Human Health from Certain Hormone Residues in Beef (7/18/07, EFSA)

 

International Atomic Energy Agency Team Confirms Shutdown of DPRK Nuclear Facilities (7/18/07, IAEA)

 

 

EPA Announces Public Meeting and Documents on New Nano Stewardship Program (7/16/07, Center for Regulatory Effectiveness); also see EPA Invites Public Comment on Design of Nanotechnology Stewardship Program (7/11/07, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

 

UNDP Helps Jump-Start Carbon Market in Eastern Europe and the CIS (7/16/07, United Nations Development Programme)

 

FDIC, Neighborworks® America Form National Partnership To Help Consumers at Risk of Foreclosure (7/16/07, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Travel Health Book Advises Travelers on Hazards Both Ordinary and Extraordinary - New Edition of CDC′s Yellow Book Provides Updated Information on International Travel Health Risks (7/13/07, CDC)

 

FSIS Publishes Final Rule Prohibiting Processing of "Downer" Cattle (7/12/07, USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service)

 

Global Risk Experts and Practitioners to Meet at Algorithmics Risk Conference in Cannes, September 24-26 (7/12/07, Algorithmics)

 

Algorithmics Implements Operational Risk Management Solution for AFORES in Mexico (7/12/07, Algorithmics) (Note: AFORESAdministradoras de Fondos para el Retirois the mandatory, funded, defined contribution pension plan program that was established in Mexico in 1997.)

 

European Commission Adopts a Green Paper on Bio-preparedness (7/11/07, European Union)

 

Partnering to Make School Bus Safety Even Safer, U.S. Department of Transportation Holds Public Forum on Seat Belts on School Buses (7/10/07, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

 

Second Major U.S. Climate Change Science Program Report Issued - Report Evaluates the Emissions, Energy, and Economic Implications of Stabilizing Greenhouse Gas Concentrations (7/10/07, U.S. Department of Energy)

 

Dashboard Option Now Available for CoSort V9 - IRI Adds Graphical Business Data to Big Data Preparation (7/9/07, Innovative Routines International (IRI), Inc.)

 

Codex Adopts New Food Safety and Quality Standards - Invites Governments to Follow Risk Analysis in Setting Food Standards (7/9/07, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

 

Better Protection from Sun After European Commission Action (7/9/07, European Union); also see Sunscreen Products: What Matters? (7/9/07, European Union)

 

New Guidelines Adopted on Smoke-free Environments - Parties to Tobacco Control Treaty Agree to Negotiate Protocol on Illicit Tobacco Trade (7/6/07, World Health Organization)

 

Business Leaders Call for Climate Action (7/6/07, United Nations Environment Programme)

 

Nutritional Needs of People Living with HIV/AIDS - International Atomic Energy Agency Hosts July 2007 Meeting Focusing on Food, Nutrition and Health Experts (7/6/07, IAEA)

 

Live Earth (7/5/07, United Nations Environment Programme)

 

Live Earth Concerts Blow Hot Air - Gore’s Proposed Reductions in Emissions Are Expensive and Infeasible (7/5/07, Cato Institute)

 

Research Reveals Missing Link in Parkinson’s Disease and Suggests New Therapeutic Target (7/5/07, Ottawa Health Research Institute)

 

Member of the European Commission Responsible for Environment Speaks to International Biofuels Conference in Brussels: Credible and Serious Choices About Biofuels (7/5/07, European Union)

 

Growing Bio-Fuel Demand Underpinning Higher Agriculture Prices - Joint OECD-FAO Report Published (7/4/07, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization)

 

European Food Safety Authority and U.S. Food and Drug Administration Strengthen Cooperation in Food Safety Science (7/3/07, EFSA)

 

Member of the European Commission Responsible for Agriculture and Rural Development Speaks to Conference on "Adapting to Climate Change - Launching of the Green Paper" in Brussels: Farming's Role in Mitigating Climate Change (7/3/07, European Union)

 

United Nations Food Standards Commission Meets - Safer Infant Formula, Hygienic Egg Production on the Agenda (7/2/07, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization); see the Codex Alimentarius Commission website for the agenda in several languages

 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Finds Consumers Continue to Buy Potentially Risky Drugs Over the Internet - Practice Puts Consumers at Risk and May Be More Expensive than Domestic Purchasing (7/2/07, FDA)

 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's New Go Green! Newsletter Helps Consumers Make a Difference (7/2/07, U.S. EPA)

 

China Closes Ozone Depleting Chemical Plants - A Contribution to Avert a Global Health Catastrophe (7/1/07, United Nations Environment Programme)

 


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