Improving the pollution-mortality link

first_imgAs the nation celebrates the 45th Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, researchers from Harvard and MIT are calling for an improved approach to studying the link between pollution and human health. In an article published April 18, 2014 in the journal Science, the researchers note that in recent years, one-third to a half of all benefits gained from major regulations in the U.S. have come from the regulation of just one pollutant: particulate matter. With particulate matter playing such a vital role, it is critical to ensure that the estimated health benefits are based on the best available evidence.“The first Earth Day reflected a growing need to improve protection of human health and our environment by relying on the best available science,” says Cass Sunstein, the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School and former administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. “We’re celebrating this Earth Day by renewing that commitment. The best available science now includes quasi-experimental evidence, on which there has been a great deal of recent progress and success.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Jessie J ‘Can’t Wait to Do a Musical’

first_imgSinger-songwriter Jessie J began her career in musical theater and she’s impatient to get back to the stage! “I can’t wait to do a musical. It was my first musical love,” the Brit recently wrote on her Facebook page after she visited Broadway’s Book of Mormon. She also posted a clip of her singing her “back inna di day audition song” from Les Miz, “On My Own” on the stage of the Eugene O’Neill, where the hit tuner is currently playing. View Comments The “Domino” diva was nine when she was cast in a lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End production of Whistle Down the Wind, the musical he co-wrote with Meat Loaf legend Jim Steinman. (Remember “No Matter What”? That show!). She later joined the U.K.’s prestigious National Music Theatre.center_img Jessie J’s obviously never forgotten her roots. Check her out in all her superstar glory paying tribute to Lloyd Webber, the “first person who ever believed in me” below. We’re thinking a beautiful collaboration could be on the cards…last_img read more