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  FEBRUARY 06, 2009
Next Week: Web Cast on the Challenge of Peak Petroleum—February 10, 2009

Public Health Reports will host the next "Meet the Author!" web cast, titled "Energy and Public Health: The Challenge of Peak Petroleum," on Tuesday, February 10 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. (Eastern). The web cast will feature Dr. Howard Frumkin, director of the National Center for Environmental Health, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy and a professor in the division of environmental health sciences and adjunct professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

The web cast will focus on "peak oil," the idea that global petroleum production will reach a maximum and begin declining and a reality which health and public health professionals need to start talking about. Petroleum is a finite resource, yet we rely on readily available, affordable petroleum-based products for the daily functions of public health.

Drs. Frumkin and Osterholm will attempt to address questions, such as how long will supplies last, and what will happen when they become less available and even more expensive? The public health community must begin a discussion of how changing and vulnerable energy supplies will impact public health and how the community can anticipate, prepare and begin to plan to meet this inevitable challenge.

The web cast is free and registration is not required. Information on how to access the web cast is available at

Please contact Ms. Jean Schumacher at (202) 296-1099 for further information.