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EnviRN News – November 20, 2017 – Water Harder PEHSU Movie Bonus

November 20, 2017


I know you have read the ANHE report on water at Water. Take a look at the case studies that start on page 17. Another good read on toxic algae and our water is at Algae. I am sure every state has a water advisory system. I think we had about 15 alerts in my state this year. Oreon Algae. Take a look at your state’s warning system and see if the frequency of alerts is changing. Apperently our water is so fouled the Wicked Witch of the West would just laugh at the bucket of water being thrown on her.


It just keeps getting harder. A good read about the need to remove carbon from the atmosphere and hide it away is at The Economist. Good luck converting all those “tonnes” to something you recognize. However the message is clear – even the moderate IPCC scenarios require huge amounts of sequestration. Drawdown has various references one of which is at Drawdown Afforestation. The numbers differ in each piece, but we can probably agree it is A LOT OF CARBON that needs to be returned. The only part of this that brings a smile to me is remembering the Vonnegut passage in Slaughterhouse-Five where all the bombs are returned to the planes.


Please make sure you are connected to your Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit. Go to PEHSU. The PEHSU central site has a number of learning venues, e.g. go to PEHSU Webinars, and find our very own Laura Anderko’s webinar from last week and soon to be archived. I know that the regional PEHSUs often create materials that are worthwhile but may not show up on the central site – if you find some that you think will be worthwhile to others, let me know.


I hope you have had the chance to view the Sattler and Ruiz video about nursing and climate change. It is inspiring. Go to Climate Change and Nursing. If they don’t win an Oscar perhaps we can give them an Elmo?


ANHE is your nursing organization that works for you on environmental issues. Keep it going, go to Donate.


Honor system again. If you have read all the way here to the end and if you donate this week, you have permission to go to Wind.


APHN annual conference – April 29 – May 2, 2018
Clean Med – May 7-9, 2018
ACHNE annual conference – June 7-9, 2018

Webinars and Courses

Course – Case Studies in Environmental Medicine – Case Studies
Course – Chemicals of Concern – Six Classes
Webinar – Brain Development – UOG
Webinar – EPA Schools – Archived
Webinar – EPA Rules and Children – Archived
Webinar – Mental Health and Climate – Archived

ANHE Website

Go to ANHE.

ANHE has a number of workgroups. Education, Practice, Research, Policy, and Climate. If you are interested in one of them, go to the pull down menu ‘Work Groups’ at the ANHE site.

Be Well!

Tom Engle
Newsletter Ed.