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March 2011



U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Posts Updated Seismic Questions and Answers (PDF version) (3/19/11, NRC)


NIH Announces New Strategic Plan to Combat Diabetes - Multiple Stakeholders Tapped to Develop Roadmap for Preventing, Treating, and Finding a Cure (3/18/11, National Institutes of Public Health)


Resource for the Future Press Book Launch, March 25, 2011: The Reality of Precaution: Risk Regulation in the United States and Europe (PDF version) (3/18/11, Resource for the Future); this book, edited by Jonathan B. Wiener, Michael D. Rogers, James K. Hammitt, and Peter H. Sand, is available in hardcover or paperback at


Revised: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Sends Additional Experts to Assist Japan (PDF version) (3/15/11, NRC); read original version (PDF)


International Atomic Energy Agency Update on Japan Earthquake (3/14/11, IAEA)


Japanese Government Asks for Assistance with Reactor Events; U.S. Government and NRC Preparing Response (PDF version) (3/14/11, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission); also read NRC Experts Deploy to Japan as Part of U.S. Government Response (PDF, released 3/12/11)


FEMA, NOAA, and Partners Encourage U.S. Residents to Prepare for Springtime Flooding - March 14 Through 18 Marks 2011 Flood Awareness Week (3/14/11, Federal Emergency Management Agency)


U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Sees No Radiation at Harmful Levels Reaching U.S. from Damaged Japanese Nuclear Power Plants (PDF version) (3/13/11, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission)


Massive Earthquake Strikes Japan, Tsunami Alerts Issued (3/11/11, National Academies)


United Nations Voices Sorrow and Pledges Assistance After Deadly Quake and Tsunami Strike Japan (3/11/11, United Nations)


Earthquake and Tsunami Update (3/11/11, International Atomic Energy Agency)


Obama Administration Sends Tenth Bill to BP (3/11/11, Restore the Enhances Its Crime Report to Help Underwriters & Agents to Better Assess and Price Crime Risk (March 2011, RiskMeter Online)


U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary and Canada Public Safety Minister Announce Release of Joint Border Threat and Risk Assessment (3/10/11, DHS)


Insights from Oil Spill Air Pollution Study Have Applications Beyond Gulf (3/10/11, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)


Videocast, March 29–30, 2011: Disaster Information Outreach - A Symposium for Information Professionals Meeting Disaster Health Information Needs (3/7/11, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services); find links to videocasts on Day 1 and Day 2, and see symposium FAQ page


Study Evaluates the Threat Posed by Cadmium in Children's Jewelry (3/4/11, Newswise Inc.); source Environmental Health Perspectives


February 2011


New Report on Health Effects Due to Radiation from the Chernobyl Accident (2/28/11, United Nations Information Service)


Wal-Mart Bypasses Federal Regulators to Ban Controversial Flame Retardant (2/28/11, The Washington Post)


Webcast: Thursday, February 24, Study on Cancer Risks Near Nuclear Power Facilities—First Meeting (update 2/28/11, posted 2/22/11, National Academies); see archived video here and links to presentations here


Urgent Action Essential to Protect Malaria Therapies Says WHO - Preventing the Development and Spread of Drug Resistant Parasites (2/2/11, World Health Organization)


Phosphorus: Too Much or Too Little? Scientists and Artists Collaborate on Accompanying Works to Address Looming Environmental Issue (2/2/11, National Science Foundation)


Risk Management Solutions to Integrate Building Permit Data from BuildFax to Enhance Its Solutions for Insurers and Reinsurers - Data to Provide Detailed Information on Building History and Enable Improved Risk Assessment (PDF version) (2/1/11, BuildFax)


U.S. Food and Drug Administration Reminds Health Care Professionals About Safe Use of Non-sterile Alcohol Prep Pads (2/1/11, FDA)


January 2011


Past Smoking Rates Are a Major Reason for Shorter Lifespans in U.S. Compared to Other High-Income Countries; Obesity Also Appears to Be Significant Factor (1/25/11, National Academies); read full report Explaining Divergent Levels of Longevity in High-Income Countries


Digital Defense Announces Latest Security Education Upgrade (PDF version) (1/25/11, Digital Defense Incorporated)



Departments of Energy and Commerce Announce New Partnership to Further Cooperation on Renewable Energy Modeling and Forecasting (1/24/11, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)


iJET® Outlines Risk Landscape for 2011 - Intelligence Firm Issues Recommendations for Protecting Travelers, Operations and Supply Chains (1/19/11, iJET International, Inc.)


Researchers Discover How Progesterone May Increase Breast Cancer Risk (1/18/11, Michigan State University)


European Food Safety Authority Launches Public Consultation on Guidance for the Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials in Food and Feed (1/14/11, EFSA)


ARkStorm: California’s Other "Big One" (1/14/11, U.S. Geological Survey)


Urgent Action Essential to Protect Malaria Therapies Says WHO - Preventing the Development and Spread of Drug Resistant Parasites (1/12/11, World Health Organization)


Haiti Dominates Earthquake Fatalities in 2010 (1/11/11, U.S. Geological Survey)


HAITI ONE YEAR ON: Europe's Action in Haiti (1/10/11, European Union)


National Toxicology Program Workshop on Role of Environmental Chemicals in the Development of Diabetes and Obesity Begins January 11 (1/10/11, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program); slides and audio of the plenary sessions will be available by remote access


Rotary Clubs Remain Committed to Rebuilding Quake-Ravaged Haiti (1/10/11, PRNewswire)


HHS Recommends Lower Fluoride Levels in Drinking Water (1/10/11, National Academies); read 2006 report Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA's Standards


The Toughest Decision You Can Make (1/7/11, International Atomic Energy Agency)


HHS and EPA Announce New Scientific Assessments and Actions on Fluoride - Agencies Working Together to Maintain Benefits of Preventing Tooth Decay While Preventing Excessive Exposure (1/7/11, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)


Foot and Mouth Disease: European Commission Adopts Urgent Protection Measures After Case in Wild Boar in Bulgaria (1/7/11, European Union)


United Nations Urges Clean-up Following Acute Lead Poisoning in Nigeria (1/7/11, UN Environment Programme)


The IT Hit List: Seven Key Features in a Risk Pool Solution (1/7/11, CHSI Technologies)


Renewed Commitment Needed in Haiti to Deal with Earthquake Aftermath (1/4/11, PRNewswire)


A Turning Point for the European Financial Sector (1/3/11, European Union)


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