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News Briefs

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Jan. 13, 2006 -- No. 21

Briefs

Overnight weekend road closings begin
tonight (Jan. 13) near UNC Hospitals

Demolition of an air walk over Manning Drive on the UNC campus will require overnight weekend closures of sections of Manning and East drives beginning tonight (Jan. 13).

The overnight construction will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for the remainder of January, causing the blocking of through traffic on Manning Drive between the East Drive and Hibbard Drive intersections. East Drive north of the entrance to the Dogwood Deck also will be blocked during these periods.

The closures are due to demolition of the Bridge C air walk spanning Manning and East drives in support of construction on the N.C. Cancer Hospital and its Physiciansí Office Building. 

The section of Manning Drive will be closed from 7 p.m. today through 7 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 14), for the same hours Saturday night and Sunday night (Jan. 15), and then again for those periods Jan. 20-22 and Jan. 27-29.

The East Drive closure will take place from 9 p.m. through 7 a.m. Jan. 20-22 and Jan. 27-29 only. 

All roads will otherwise be open to traffic on these dates.

For information on alternate traffic patterns, access to UNC Hospitals, changes to Chapel Hill Transit routes, changes to the Chatham Express Park and Ride Route or amendments to Point-to-Point services, visit: http://www.dps.unc.edu/dps/breakingnews/ManningDetourWeb/DetourMap.htm

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CEP receives EPA grant to study how
climate change will affect human health

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded UNCís Carolina Environmental Program $599,103 to fund a three-year study of how climate change, air pollution and the interaction between them affect human health.

"Effects of Climate Change on Human Health: Current and Future Impacts" will use hospitalization and Medicaid records focusing on cardiovascular disease, asthma, influenza and heat syncope (fainting from exposure to hot environments) to study the effects of climate change and air pollution on these heat- and cold-related illnesses.

The study will focus on North Carolina but is expected to produce results that will help policy-makers and medical personnel understand how climate change and air pollution influence human health nationwide. These conclusions should help decision-makers use environmental and climatic data to improve public health, researchers said.

Dr. Adel Hanna, CEP research professor and director of its Center for Environmental Modeling for Policy Development, will head the study, with collaborators from the School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciencesí departments of geography and statistics.

Information on the center is available at http://cf.unc.edu/cep/empd/index.cfm.

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