DNR weekend reading: Impacts on human health from forest fires, climate change and rising oceans

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A log truck crosses Naneum Creek in the Naneum State Forest hauling timber salvaged from state trust lands burned in the Table Mountain Fire last September. Photo: Seth Jones/DNR.

Here are links to reading selections about climate, wildlife, the environment and other science news published recently by science journals, universities, websites, and other sources:

BioMedCentralMeasuring the consequence of forest fires on public health
Pollution from forest fires is affecting the health of people with asthma and other chronic obstructive lung diseases, finds a study in Biomed Central’s open access journal Environmental Health. This study uses data from pharmacies and dispensaries to measure the increase in drugs needed to alleviate symptoms associated with pollution.

Science DailyClimate Change Impacts to U.S. Coasts Threaten Public Health, Safety and Economy, Report Finds
According to a new technical report, authored by 79 leading scientists and experts (including lead authors from NOAA and the USGS), the effects of climate change will continue to threaten the health and vitality of U.S. coastal communities’ social, economic and natural systems.

NY TimesThe Budding Health Care Costs of Climate Change
A growing number of public health experts are recognizing the need to integrate information about a changing climate into their disaster preparedness and response planning.are long-term health effects, from increased rates of tetanus and respiratory disease to post-traumatic stress disorder.

environment360.com: To Tackle Runoff, Cities Turn to Green Initiatives
Urban stormwater runoff is a serious problem, overloading sewage treatment plants and polluting waterways. Now, various U.S. cities are creating innovative green infrastructure — such as rain gardens and roadside plantings — that mimics the way nature collects and cleanses water.

University of Florida: UF/IFAS survey of nation’s largest cities finds water supplies not as threatened as believed
Although reports of drought conditions, water wars and restrictions have often painted a bleak picture of the nation’s water availability, a new University of Florida survey finds that conditions aren’t quite so bad as believed. A website that ranks the 225 largest U.S. urban areas based on water availability and vulnerability can be found at soils.ifas.ufl.edu/hydrology/cities.

Princeton Journal Watch: Spring may come earlier to North American forests (Geophysical Research Letters)
Deciduous trees in the continen­tal U.S. could send out new spring leaves up to 17 days ear­lier in the com­ing cen­tury than they did before global tem­per­a­tures started to rise, accord­ing to a new study by Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity researchers.

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