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July 2011

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This month in EHP

By Eddy Ball
July 2011

Cover of the July 2011 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives. Chemical Aftermath: Contamination and Cleanup Following the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami A290.
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Anchored by an image of the devastation at Japan's east coast, the Focus feature story of the July Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP)( examines the chemical aftermath following the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. This article discusses current efforts under way to characterize industrial chemical releases following the disaster, and to limit and prevent exposures to hazardous substances.

A second news story, "Phosphorus Recovery: New Approaches to Extending the Life Cycle," looks at some of the novel methods researchers are using to recapture phosphorus from animal and human waste. These methods can augment current sources of phosphorus - which by some estimates are in danger of being depleted - as well as mitigate water pollution by diverting the mineral from runoff.

In this month's Researcher's Perspective podcast(, journalists Lizzie Grossman and Winnie Bird tell host Ashley Ahearn what it was like to cover the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami for this month's Focus feature story.

Featured research in the July EHP includes the following:

  • Environmental Lessons from China
  • Dietary Intervention to Reduce BPA and DEHP
  • Thyroid Cancers in Ukraine after the Chornobyl Accident
  • PCBs and IVF Outcomes
  • Air Pollution and Low Birth Weight

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