Lung Cancer & New York City Kitchens: Why Increased Radon in Natural Gas Could Be a Public Health Disaster
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
New York, NY
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Radon is an invisible, but dangerous substance that is found in natural gas. It is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Increases in levels of radon in natural gas used for cooking and heating in our homes and workplaces could become a major public health disaster.
The Bloomberg administration and Con Edison are promoting increased use of natural gas in New York City. The source of this additional gas is a Pennsylvania region that appears to be unusually high in radon. This poses a risk to City residents and workers in restaurants, gas utilities, and building maintenance.
Join scientists and health professionals to learn more about this threat to the health and safety of City residents and workers and how we can prevent it.
Sponsored by: Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability/NYH2O, Food & Water Watch, New York Committee on Occupational Safety & Health, Sane Energy Project, United for Action.
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The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design (CUISD)
The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design seeks to provide the greater Cooper Union community—architects, engineers and artists—with the cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills that are necessary to create a sustainable society. We define a “sustainable society” as one that prospers because its economy, social practices, physical infrastructure and engineering systems all work in harmony with the ecological dynamics and resource limitations of the earth.