By: Jennifer Plank
Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.
Deadly Amoeba in Water Supply Possibly Linked to Hurricane Katrina – Following the death of a 4 year old child, a deadly brain eating amoeba (Naegleria fowleri) was found in the water in St. Bernard Parish’s (a suburb of New Orleans) water supply. Following hurricane Katrina, there was a significant drop in the population in the region potentially affecting the water supply and allowing water to remain stagnant for longer periods of time. The parish is currently flushing the water systems with chlorine to eliminate the amoeba.(Gillian Mohney)
Humans Almost Certainly Cause Global Warming – A panel of scientists found that, with 95 percent certainty, humans have been greatly contributing to global warming since 1950. They also concluded that sea level will continue to rise and it will do so at a greater rate than we have been experiencing. In fact, the current sea level could rise 3 feet by 2100. The group who conducted the study, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is comprised of 800 scientists from around the world. (Darryl Fears)
Antibiotic Resistant Infections Lead to 23,000 Deaths Per Year – For the first time, the CDC quantified the number of individuals affected by antibiotic resistant organisms- approximately 2 million are infected by antibiotic resistant bacteria with approximate 32,000 fatalities. The number of fatalities is a baseline estimate, so only causes where the infection is listed of the cause of death is included. The report includes infections from 17 bacterial and 1 fungal pathogen. Potential causes for the surge of antibiotic resistant infections are increased antibiotic use in animals and inappropriate use of antibiotics in humans. (Sabrina Tavernise)
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