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An OnQ Special Report
OnQ is proud to partner with Highmark for this series of special reports focusing on connections between our habitat and our health. OnQ's staff explores everything from air and water quality to mold in our homes. Another featured segment looks at cancer caused by environmental factors.

Monday | October 1 at 7:30pm

THE AIR WE BREATHE - OnQ begins another week of Highmark-sponsored special programs devoted to offering healthier choices. Michael Bartley begins the indepth coverage with a closer look at air quality in Western Pennsylvania, reporting on why some health experts believe this region's air is making us sick.

Department of Environmental Protection
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

ALSO FEATURED: Burning Hazardous Waste - OnQ contributor Harold Hayes reports on past and present fears among people living down wind of an incinerator in East Liverpool, Ohio.

AND: THE PITTSBURGH FISH STUDY - In 2005, OnQ followed researchers fishing local rivers to determine if cancer-causing contaminants are seeping into the rivers and into our tap water. In this 2007 follow-up report, Michael Bartley has the startling results of the major study.

Center for Healthy Environments & Communities- University of Pgh.

Tuesday | October 2 at 7:30pm

Mold, Moisture & Our Homes - Molds are microscopic organisms essential to our environment. Outdoors, mold helps break down organic matter such as fallen leaves. But indoors, mold can create unhealthy living conditions. OnQ's Tonia Caruso takes a look at what homeowners can do to prevent mold from growing in their homes.

EPA Mold Information
CDC Mold Information

ALSO FEATURED: Environmental Myths and Reality - Is living near electrical power lines dangerous? Do chemicals leach into liquids or foods from plastic bottles or containers? Find out what's fact, what's not.

Center For Environmental Oncology, Univ. of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
American Chemistry Council Plastic Info

AND: Rachel Carson's Legacy - Long before most people understood the crucial connection between our environment and our health, a woman from Springdale, Allegheny County raised a warning flag. OnQ contributor Dave Crawley reports on "Silent Spring" author Rachel Carson, a groundbreaker in the world's environmental movement.

The Rachel Carson Homestead

Wednesday | October 3 at 7:30pm

COVER STORY: Center for Environmental Oncology - Groundbreaking work continues at this University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute facility. OnQ's Tonia Caruso reports on how researchers are learning more about the connections between the environment and cancer.

Center for Environmental Oncology, Univ. of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

FEATURED GUEST: Devra Davis, Ph.D. - The renowned environmental health expert is the director at the Center for Environmental Oncology, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and visiting professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School of Public Policy and Management. Dr. Davis talks about her new book, The Secret History of the War on Cancer, and answers viewer questions about the connections between cancer and the environment.

Thursday | October 4 at 7:30pm

COVER STORY: Green Buildings - OnQ is going green - as correspondent Tonia Caruso gives you ten simple tips to make your home healthier and more environmentally friendly.

Green Building Alliance
KSBA Architects
Energy Star

ALSO FEATURED: Artemis - OnQ visits this environmental building materials store, which sells green, renewable materials for homes and offices, the goal: healthier living.

Artemis Environmental Building Materials & Development

AND: Green Solutions - Learn about alternative ways to commute that are fun and can save the environment, too.

Carnegie Mellon Green Practices



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