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January 2011

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This month in EHP

By Melissa Kerr
January 2011

Follow EHP on Twitter ( With a vivid cover photo of a melting iceberg, the January issue of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) revisits climate change. The news article "Out of Equilibrium? The World's Changing Ice Cover" discusses our current understanding of how and why the earth's cryosphere is changing as well as the impact of those changes on human health. The second story, "Vehicle Motion Alarms: Necessity, Noise Pollution, or Both?" weighs the safety benefits and noise pollution drawbacks of warning signals including backup beepers and artificial engine noise for quiet-running electric vehicles.

EHP January 2011 cover: melting iceberg

In this month's podcast (, host Ashley Ahearn speaks with Åke Bergman( Exit NIEHS, head of the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry at Stockholm University. They discuss the San Antonio Statement on Brominated and Chlorinated Flame Retardants, which was published in the December issue of EHP.

Among the reviews and research studies included in this issue are:

  • Strategies to Reduce Air Pollution Impacts
  • Lead Causes Retinal Proliferation and Neurogenesis
  • Exposure to PFOA via Drinking Water
  • Xenoestrogens Alter Physiologic Estrogen-mediated Signaling
  • Urinary BPA Concentrations During Pregnancy

(Melissa Kerr studies chemistry at North Carolina Central University. She is currently an intern in the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison.)

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