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Gout: Disease of Kings now a 21st Century Epidemic

Around 3 million Americans have gout, an extremely painful arthritic condition. Historically, gout was called the “disease of kings” because it was thought to manifest due to overindulgence in food and alcohol. Scientists discovered that although some food products can exacerbate the condition, it occurs due to a higher concentration of uric acid (urate) in the blood, i.e., hyperuricemia. The uric acid crystals accumulate in the joints, which induces inflammation and triggers acute pain.

 

Gates Foundation commits $200M to digital ID and other public infrastructure

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has renewed its commitment to digital ID, topping up its investment in the space as part of a total package of $1.27 billion in support for global health and development projects. The latest funding commitment includes $200 million for digital public infrastructure, which includes digital ID and civil registry databases.

 

US creeps towards digital ID legislation

The U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has voted to advance the Improving Digital Identity Act, moving one step further toward legislation that lays the foundation for a national Digital ID system for American citizens, according to MeriTalk.

 

Prenatal Care, American Style — A Trojan Horse for Harmful Interventions?

The U.S.’s disgraceful infant and maternal mortality rates — higher than in any other wealthy nation — raise questions about what to do — including fewer unsafe tests and vaccines — to lessen the risk of complications during delivery and postpartum.

 

Bite Me: Human Successfully Vaccinated By Genetically Modified Mosquitos

The total takeover of all genetic material on earth will spawn projects like this, to use weaponize nature against humans to control human health. This will fit well with Biden’s new Executive Order, National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative, that institutionalizes research and development of genetic modification across all branches of government and with billions in grants.

 

UNM researchers find Bitcoin mining is environmentally unsustainable

Taken as a share of the market price, the climate change impacts of mining the digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin is more comparable to the impacts of extracting and refining crude oil than mining gold, according to an analysis published in Scientific Reports by researchers at The University of New Mexico. ​

 

Human Genome Mapping: $200, 2 Days, Twice As Fast

As the price falls and speed picks up, there will be a time in the next few years where everyone’s genome could be mapped and stored. This is a Transhumanist dreamscape because analyzing and comparing everybody’s gene structure would be a goldmine of data, which would be viewed as a pathway to immortality.

 

What goes on in the brain when it gets too hot?

Which organisms survive and which succumb when the climate changes? A small larval fish is providing surprising insight into how the brain reacts when the temperature rises.

 

Battle Erupts Over Alleged Grisly Photos of Brain-Hacked Neuralink Monkeys

A California university is refusing to release a cache of grisly photos of monkeys reportedly injured during experiments testing Elon Musk's Neuralink brain implant technology, in spite of a lawsuit aiming to force the school's hand.

 

Flaring Allows More Methane into the Atmosphere Than We Thought

Oil and gas producers rely on flaring to limit the venting of natural gas from their facilities, but new research led by the University of Michigan shows that in the real world, this practice is far less effective than estimated—releasing five times more methane in the U.S. than previously thought.

 

Chemicals linked to birth defects are being dumped in Pittsburgh’s rivers: Report

More than 50 years after the passage of the national Clean Water Act, industrial polluters still regularly dump toxic chemicals linked to birth defects and cancer into local waterways, according to a new report.

 

OSU Study Finds Higher Rates of Traumatic Injuries for Outdoor Workers During Hotter Weather

Rates of traumatic injury among workers in the Oregon agricultural and construction sectors are significantly higher during periods of high heat compared with periods of more moderate weather, a recent Oregon State University study found.

 

Video: Geoengineering-induced Global Warming and Polar Melting

Guest is Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, founder of the Klinghardt Academy in the USA, as well as founder and director of various other academies, institutes and clinics in the USA and Switzerland, among others. He is an author of a textbook on psycho-kinesiology. His research interests are psychological factors in pain disorders, heavy metal stress, autism, and treatments of chronic diseases (e.g. Lyme disease). This session is about a study on climate change and geoengineering.

 

In the ocean’s twilight zone, a fish that could feed the world – or destroy it

Lanternfish, the Earth’s most abundant vertebrates, may be the ultimate food source. But will catching them ruin the climate?

 

Massive Study Finds Coffee Drinkers Will Probably Outlive The Rest of Us

Based on an analysis of just under half a million records in the UK Biobank, people who drink two to three cups of coffee each day tend to live longer and exhibit less cardiovascular disease compared with those who abstain from the beverage.

 

Giving infants antibiotics may raise their risk of gut health issues in adulthood

We have all, I hope, come to understand that prescribing an antibiotic requires judicious consideration of the drug’s risks and benefits. There should be a clear indication for use, usually an active infection. There are exceptions.

 

EPA’s Failure to Ban Glyphosate Keeps Burden of Protection with Consumers and Local and State Governments

In late September, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the withdrawal of its Interim Decision on glyphosate, the active ingredient in multiple herbicides, most notably Monsanto’s (now Bayer’s) Roundup. The action follows a slew of developments related to the herbicide, including: the 2015 International Agency for Research on Cancer’s declaration of its carcinogenicity; legal judgments and massive rewards to victims who developed cancers after chronic exposures; advocate effo​

 

Arctic Ocean acidifying up to four times as fast as other oceans, study finds

Acidification of the western Arctic Ocean is happening three to four times faster than in other ocean basins, a new study has found.

 

Women overweight when pregnant could impact fertility in sons, but not daughters

Women who are overweight during pregnancy are more likely to birth sons with fertility issues, according to a study out of Denmark. The research showed no correlation between infertility in daughters and maternal weight, however.

 

Boston bans artificial turf in parks due to toxic ‘forever chemicals’

Boston’s mayor, Michelle Wu, has ordered no new artificial turf to be installed in city parks, making Boston the largest municipality in a small but growing number around the nation to limit use of the product because it contains dangerous chemicals.

 

More than superfood: Researchers study use of duckweed

In Asia, duckweed has been used as a food for a long time. The research group CritMET: Critical Metals for Enabling Technologies at Jacobs University Bremen recently discovered that duckweed is not only rich in nutrients, it also stores rare earths to a particularly high degree.

 

Water fleas as 'canaries in a coal mine' offer key to managing chemical pollution

Water fleas, or Daphnia, could provide an important 'early warning system' for chemical pollution in our lakes and rivers.

 

Ozone pollution threatens plant health and makes it harder for pollinators to find flowers

Over the past decades, rising levels of ozone pollution have been interrupting pollination, impacting the livelihood of both plants and the animals that pollinate them. Researchers now explain how an excess of ground-level ozone can damage plant foliage, change plants' flowering patterns, and act as a barrier to pollinators finding blooms.

 

Hidden microbiome fortifies animals, plants too

The microbiome is the collection of microbes that colonize a habitat, human body or otherwise. Because of pioneering microbiome research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, people around the world now understand much more about the fundamental role of gut microbes in human health and disease.

 

Acute respiratory illness due to EV-D68 increased in late summer 2022

In late summer 2022, for children and adolescents, there was an increase in acute respiratory illness (ARI) resulting from enterovirus (EV)-D68 in the United States, according to research published in the Sept. 27 early-release issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

 

Cannabis Use Associated With Higher Sedation Doses for Gastroscopy

Patients’ baseline cannabinoid use is associated with an increased likelihood of requiring high doses of sedation for gastroscopy but not for colonoscopy, according to new research presented at Digestive Disease Week 2022.

 

Dietary supplementation may improve antibiotic-induced GVHD following stem cell transplants

Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have identified a specific gut bacterium involved in the progression of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after antibiotic treatment of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) and discovered that nutritional supplementation can prevent antibiotic-induced GVHD in preclinical models, according to a study published today in Cell.

 

Virus kills 100,000 cattle in India, threatens livelihoods

A viral disease has killed nearly 100,000 cows and buffaloes in India and sickened over 2 million more.​

 

This Halloween, Be on the Lookout for ‘Rainbow Fentanyl’ Masquerading as Candy

First it was razorblades in apples then marijuana-laced gummies, but this year, parents have a new Halloween worry – rainbow fentanyl.

 

US proposal would permit eagle deaths as renewables expand

The Biden administration on Thursday proposed a new permitting program for wind energy turbines, power lines and other projects that kill eagles, amid growing concern among scientists that the rapid expansion of renewable energy in the U.S. West could harm golden eagle populations now teetering on decline.​

 

Methane gas: What's the big deal?

Methane leaking from pipelines on the floor of the Baltic Sea are only the tip of the iceberg: Scientists have reported that methane emissions from the oil and gas industry are far worse than previously thought.

 

Visualizing the Range of Electric Cars vs. Gas-Powered Cars

EV adoption has grown rapidly in recent years, but many prospective buyers still have doubts about electric car ranges. In fact, 33% of new car buyers chose range anxiety—the concern about how far an EV can drive on a full charge—as their top inhibitor to purchasing electric cars in a survey conducted by EY. So, how far can the average electric car go on one charge, and how does that compare with the typical range of gas-powered cars?

 

The Batteries in Electric Vehicles Are Not The Solution to Replace Fossil Fuels

For those excited about electric cars and a green revolution, take a closer look at batteries (as well as windmills and solar panels). All three technologies have significant environmentally destructive production costs. A typical EV battery weighs one thousand pounds, about the size of a travel trunk. It contains twenty-five pounds of lithium, sixty pounds of nickel, 44 pounds of manganese, 30 pounds cobalt, 200 pounds of copper, and 400 pounds of aluminum, steel, and plastic. Inside are over 6,000 individual lithium-ion cells. Keep in mind that all those toxic components come from mining.

 

Reef-Toxic Sunscreen Blocked

Starting Oct. 1, Maui County is banning the sale, usage and distribution of nonmineral sunscreen. Only sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as active ingredients will be allowed. The ordinance, which was passed last year, is an effort to lead actions to protect reefs from environmental degradation. A historically significant move, this sunscreen ban is the first of its kind in the U.S.

 

More Plastic Than Fish by 2050

Plastic pollution has become one of the major global environmental challenges of the century; projections show that by 2050 the oceans may have more plastic than fish. Nuclear technology has emerged as one innovative solution to this growing problem.

 

Is the Human Body Becoming More Radioactive?

Radioactivity has become a word that most human beings are afraid to hear. It has almost brought humanity to its end during the Cold War and yet it is helping to treat cancer, it is a very painful choice. What most people aren’t aware of is that the human body itself is radioactive as each of us emits a certain level of radioactivity that until now has been seen as harmless.

 

Chernobyl Radiation Caused Frogs to Genetically Mutate, Turning Black

According to a study published in the journal Evolutionary Applications, the radiation from the Chernobyl accident has resulted in the changing of the skin coloration of the Eastern tree frog (Hyla orientalis) in Ukraine, turning from green to black.

 

Young non-smokers told not to take up vaping by experts

Researchers looked at the evidence and say while vaping is far safer than cigarettes, the long-term effects of vapes are still unknown.

 

From 'super-asthma' to extreme blues: Doctors warn Hurricane Ian could trigger host of hidden health issues

Experts have come forward to warn over the hidden health risks of hurricanes battering the American coast ​

 

Hurricane Ian flooded a hospital and forced evacuations from dozens of nursing homes – many health facilities face similar risks from severe storms

Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful storms to hit the U.S., tore part of the roof off a hospital in Port Charlotte, Florida, and flooded the building’s lower level emergency room, sending staff scrambling to move patients as water poured in. At least nine hospitals and dozens of nursing homes had to transfer patients after losing access to clean water because of the storm.

 

‘Absolute devastation’: Hurricane Ian decimates Fort Myers Beach

“The island is like somebody took an atom bomb and dropped it,” one resident said surveying the destruction in Southwest Florida.

 

How Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ Contaminate Your Food

New research shows disturbingly high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals, or PFAS, in widely used pesticides. When the pesticides are sprayed on plants, the chemicals enter the food supply through contaminated soils.

 

Acetaminophen during pregnancy may be linked to attention and sleep problems in young children: New study

Taking the pain medication acetaminophen, also known under the brand name of Tylenol, during pregnancy may be associated with child behavioral issues at three years old.

 

Detection of Messenger RNA COVID-19 Vaccines in Human Breast Milk

Vaccination is a cornerstone in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the initial messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine clinical trials excluded several vulnerable groups, including young children and lactating individuals.

 

Coffee Drinking Is Associated With Increased Longevity

Drinking two to three cups of coffee a day is linked with a longer lifespan and lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared with avoiding coffee, according to research published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the ESC.1 The findings applied to ground, instant and decaffeinated varieties.

 

As Carbon Dioxide Grows More Abundant, Trees Are Growing Bigger, Study Finds

Trees are feasting on decades of carbon dioxide emissions and growing bigger as a result, according to a new study of U.S. forests.

 

Emperor penguins still free of microplastics

Good news from Antarctica: researchers have examined emperor penguins and found no evidence of microplastics in their stomachs. The study, conducted by the University of Basel and the Alfred-Wegener Institute, is an important assessment of environmental pollution at the South Pole.

 

Scientists improve process for turning hard-to-recycle plastic waste into fuel

Turning plastic waste into useful products through chemical recycling is one strategy for addressing Earth's growing plastic pollution problem. A new study may improve the ability of one method, called pyrolysis, to process hard-to-recycle mixed plastics — like multilayer food packaging — and generate fuel as a byproduct, the scientists said.

 

Pollution from Florida mining a concern with Hurricane Ian

The polluted leftovers of Florida’s phosphate fertilizer mining industry, more than 1 billion tons in “stacks” that resemble enormous ponds, are at risk for leaks or other contamination when Hurricane Ian comes ashore in the state, environmental groups say.

 

Dogs can smell when we're stressed out, a new study shows

In an experiment, dogs were surprisingly accurate in detecting sweat and breath samples from people who were stressed.

 

Flint might miss lead pipe replacement deadline

Flint resident and activist Melissa Mays is, in her words, enraged that it appears Flint will miss a court-ordered deadline to replace and excavate all lead service lines in the Vehicle City by Friday. Mays says there are 1419 homes the city hasn’t contacted yet, and that’s not all.

 

Voices from the White House Conference on Hunger and Nutrition

The first conference of its kind in half a century brought together hundreds of anti-hunger advocates, nutritionists, researchers, farmers, and policymakers to hammer out a set of shared goals. Here’s what people were saying on the ground.

 

Virus associated with polio-like muscle weakness is spreading among kids, CDC warns

The CDC has detected 260 cases of enterovirus D68, which most commonly leads to respiratory illness among kids but can also cause acute flaccid myelitis in rare cases.

 

West Chicago Is Cleaning Up The Last Of Its Nuclear Contamination. Residents Exposed To Radiation Say ‘It’s Not Over’

A local factory was once the largest producer of thorium in the world. This fall, the “radioactive capital of the Midwest” is doing one last cleanup.

 

Ocean oil pollution is growing — and not from oil spills

Oil spills may be dramatic and devastating, but they’re not the biggest contributor to ocean oil pollution — not by a long shot.

 

Hurricane Ian could slam into over 1 billion tons of polluted radioactive waste from Florida’s mining industry in giant pondlike structures

The polluted leftovers of Florida’s phosphate fertilizer mining industry, more than 1 billion tons in “stacks” that resemble enormous ponds, are at risk for leaks or other contamination when Hurricane Ian comes ashore in the state, environmental groups say.

 

The FDA announces a new definition of what’s ‘healthy’

The Food and Drug Administration announced new rules Wednesday for nutrition labels that can go on the front of food packages to indicate that they are “healthy.”

 

Beach cleanup goes high-tech

Plastic-munching robots, floating drones and other "smart" contraptions are starting to ply beaches and waterways, systematically removing dangerous debris left by summertime revelers.

 

What does the Nord Stream pipeline gas leak mean for the environment?

Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is spewing into the atmosphere after Nord Stream pipeline explosions. Here's what we know so far about what that means for the climate.

 

Exposure to Pesticides in the Womb Increases Risk Associated with Rare Eye Cancer Among Children

A study published in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health finds an association between retinoblastoma risk and prenatal exposure to pesticides. Retinoblastoma is rare eye cancer, with over 200,000 cases in the U.S., most of which are children under the age of five.

 

Stress can actually protect the body from injury and disease, study reveals

Although stress plays a role in the onset of a number of health issues, a new study finds it may also protect the body in certain circumstances.

 

Experts decry ‘funny math’ of plastics industry’s ‘advanced recycling’ claims

Critics say the passing of a federal bill into law would substantially increase the number of advanced recycling plants across the U.S., allowing them to evade many environmental regulations while disproportionately polluting the air in low-income communities and communities of color.

 

More than 1,700 environmental activists murdered in the past decade – report

More than 1,700 murders of environmental activists were recorded over the past decade, an average of a killing nearly every two days, according to a new report.

 

The pandemic may have changed your personality forever, study reveals

The COVID-19 pandemic may have changed people’s personalities, according to new research.

 

In Oregon, farmers are revamping century-old irrigation canals to stem water loss

In the desert of central Oregon, east of the Cascade mountains, farmers have been working the arid soil for more than a hundred years. They were lured to the area by turn-of-the-century infrastructure projects — a network of open-air canals carved into the landscape that would carry water from the Deschutes River to their fields for irrigation.

 

Patients hooked on antidepressants may be more prone to heart disease, study finds

Long-term antidepressant use could raise the risk of suffering and dying from heart disease, scientists say.

 

Opioid crisis cost the US a record $1.5TRILLION in 2020 and deaths rose to all-time high as fentanyl use rocketed during pandemic, new figures show — as officials say lockdowns pushed people over edge

The devastating opioid epidemic in the US has cost the government nearly $1.5trillion in 2020 alone after being exacerbated by the Covid pandemic and rise of fentanyl, new figures show.

 

Diamond From 660 Kilometers Below Earth's Surface Reveals a Water-Rich Environment

A diamond recently unearthed in a diamond mine in Botswana is just such a stone. It's riddled with flaws containing traces of ringwoodite, ferropericlase, enstatite, and other minerals that suggest the diamond formed 660 kilometers (410 miles) below Earth's surface.Moreover, they suggest that the environment in which they formed – a divide between the upper and lower mantle called the 660-kilometer discontinuity (or, more simply, the transition zone) – is rich in water.

 

Fasting-mimicking diet reduces signs of dementia in mice

Cycles of a diet that mimics fasting appear to reduce signs of Alzheimer's in mice genetically engineered to develop the illness, according to a new study. Short cycles of a low-calorie diet that replicates fasting appeared to reduce inflammation and delay cognitive decline in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease; initial data indicates diet's safety in Alzheimer's patients.

 

Chemicals linked to birth defects are being dumped in Pittsburgh’s rivers: Report

More than 50 years after the passage of the national Clean Water Act, industrial polluters still regularly dump toxic chemicals linked to birth defects and cancer into local waterways, according to a new report.

 

Study demonstrates that ticks weaken skin's immune response

Hitherto, scientists have not fully understood why ticks are such dangerous disease vectors. A research team now shows that tick saliva inhibits the skin's defense function, thereby increasing the risk of diseases such as tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) or Lyme disease.

 

200M pounds of toxic chemicals dumped into US waterways in 2020: analysis

Polluters in just 10 states were responsible for more than half of the 193.6 million pounds of contaminants released into U.S. waterways in 2020, a new report has found.

 

VA to screen all patients for toxic exposure issues

Veterans Affairs physicians will begin screening all department patients for military-related toxic exposures starting in November, the latest step in efforts to understand the scope and severity of injuries caused by burn pit smoke and other battlefield toxins.

 

Omega-3 fatty acids, and in particular DHA, are associated with increased attention scores in adolescents

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is associated with a greater capacity for selective and sustained attention in adolescents, while alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is associated with lower impulsivity, according to a new study. The results confirm the importance of having a diet that provides sufficient amounts of these polyunsaturated fatty acids for healthy brain development.

 

First Program for Healthy and Sustainable Schools Launched

Today, Healthy Green Schools & Colleges launched a program to support facilities leaders in identifying and implementing low- or no-cost measures that make a significant difference in school indoor air quality.

 

TOXIC TEXAS REVEALED

In a new report by Environment America, a Denver-based nonprofit, Texas ranks first among U.S. states for toxic discharges into streams, rivers and lakes, a title held by Indiana since the organization began analyzing nationwide water pollution in 2009, when Texas ranked fourth.

 

For coastal communities, the canary is a sparrow

During the 19th century, miners would bring canaries into coal mines to test if there were toxic amounts of gasses, such as carbon monoxide, that could harm humans. If the bird got ill or died, miners would take proper precautions.

 

Visualized: The World’s Population at 8 Billion

At some point in late 2022, the eight billionth human being will enter the world, ushering in a new milestone for humanity.

 

Teens Are Ditching Drinking But Taking Up Toking: Study

Young people may be abusing substances less but teens, especially those with jobs, have increased their use of marijuana, new research suggests.

 

Information Bulletin- Lithium-Ion Battery Safety

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries supply power to many kinds of devices including smart phones, laptops, scooters, e-bikes, smoke alarms, toys, Bluetooth headphones, and even cars. Li-ion batteries store a large amount of energy and can pose a threat if not treated properly.

 

What's the health impact of pesticides?

From bees to birds and soil to rain, pesticide pollution can have a far-reaching and devastating effect on wildlife. How can this effect your health without you coming into direct contact with toxic pesticides?​

 

117 recent reasons to stop vaping

To help demonstrate the breadth and complexity of e-cigarette risk analysis, here's a sampling of 2022 nicotine, c-cig, and vaped flavoring findings

 

Study finds folic acid treatment is associated with decreased risk of suicide attempts

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the US, with more than 45,000 people dying by suicide in 2020. Experts recommend many strategies and treatments to decrease the risk of suicide, including psychotherapy, peer support, economic support, and medications like antidepressants. Few if any would be likely to put folic acid supplements on that list, but a recent study done at the University of Chicago may change that.

 

Hurricane Ian has left HUNDREDS dead after monster storm unleashed 'tsunami-style' flooding and left 2.5M without power: Sanibel Island is cut off from mainland and thousands are trapped in their homes

Hundreds of people are feared dead after Hurricane Ian ripped Florida apart and continued to barrel its way northwards through Orlando. ass casualties are expected from 'tsunami-style' flooding and 155mph winds that battered the coastline before the monster storm blew inland. ut rescuers this morning admitted they are only 'scratching the surface' and the actual number of victims could soar even higher.​

 

National School Lunch Testing For Glyphosate, Pesticides, Heavy Metals, Hormones And Nutrients Revealed

Moms Across America announces a nationwide project measuring pesticides, heavy metals, veterinary drugs, hormones and nutrient test results of 43 school lunches gathered from public schools in 15 states in the United States. The initiative was conducted by Moms Across America – mothers, fathers and students who gathered school lunch samples. The testing was funded by Moms Across America supporters and Children’s Health Defense.

 

Case study: Remission of metastatic breast cancer may have been due to use of cannabis oil and magic mushrooms

A small team of medical researchers from the U.K. and the U.S. has found that a cancer patient may have put her cancer into remission by taking cannabis oil and magic mushrooms along with receiving a standard course of chemotherapy. In their paper published in the journal Drug Science, Policy and Law, the group describes their study of the circumstances surrounding the patient and the possible ramifications of her experiences.

 

How to Help Tweens Escape ‘Grasping Tentacles’ of Corporate Marketing

In her new book, “You Are Your Own Best Teacher! Sparking the Curiosity, Imagination and Intellect of Tweens,” Claire Nader guides tweens on how to liberate themselves from the commercial pressures coming down on them every day.

 

Six Reasons Why Everyone Should Add Black Garlic To Their Diet

Black garlic is quite an essential ingredient for any savory dish. Raw garlic is one such condiment that affects the flavor profile of any dish that you are cooking. And it also has added benefits of offering several health advantages.

 

New Brain Science Shows Us a Sinister Effect of an Idle Mind

In 2001, Marcus Raichle, a neurologist at Washington University, ran such an experiment—and he noticed an odd consistency in the brain states of participants in his study.

 

Half of world’s bird species in decline as destruction of avian life intensifies

Nearly half of the planet’s bird species are in decline, according to a definitive report that paints the grimmest picture yet of the destruction of avian life.

 

Hydrogen is unsuitable for home heating, review concludes

Hydrogen is unsuitable for use in home heating, and likely to remain so, despite the hopes of the UK government and plumbing industry, a comprehensive review of scientific papers has concluded.

 

2022 Arctic Summer Sea Ice Tied for 10th-Lowest on Record

According to satellite observations, Arctic sea ice reached its annual minimum extent on Sept. 18, 2022. The ice cover shrank to an area of 4.67 million square kilometers (1.80 million square miles) this year, roughly 1.55 million square kilometers (598,000 square miles) below the 1981-2010 average minimum of 6.22 million square kilometers (2.40 million square miles).

 

Another reason not to change the clocks! Daylight Saving Time makes people DRIVE more dangerously because it disrupts our sleep and circadian rhythms, study finds

Changing the clocks could have greater consequences than just missing your alarm, as a new study has found it makes us drive more dangerously.

 

California Air Resources Board (CARB) Voted To Ban Natural Gas Heaters And Furnaces by 2030

Without natural gas in homes, all heating will instead rely on electricity. And it is already a demonstrated fact that windmills and solar panels will never produce enough energy to power everything, including EVs, with electricity.

 

How do you get a 50,000 lb. combine that takes up the width of an entire road back to the shop 20 miles away when the battery goes dead?

California seems to fancy itself a bellwether for the rest of the country. Not content to ban all gasoline-powered cars by 2035, California’s Air Resources Board upped the ante last week by decreeing that no new natural gas space and waters heaters were to be sold after 2030, and also “proposed that all big rig trucks must go electric!”

 

Towing With Ford F-150 Lightning A "Total Disaster," Owner Finds

Tyler Hoover from the "Hoovies Garage" YouTube channel was shocked to see the range cut in half even when towing an empty trailer.

 

"The Train Crash Scenario": California EV Mandates Will Further Stress An Already Exhausted Electric Grid

So apparently the idea of EVs providing a problem-free and pollution-free utopia where everybody lives in total harmony and there are no problems isn't quite the reality of the situation. The reality in California, as the Wall Street Journal wrote about this week, is actually that EV charging is putting stress onto an aging grid and forcing the state to think about ways to generate more power.

 

Regular marijuana use may increase the risk of overactive bladder

A recent The American Journal of Medicine study aimed to determine the relationship between self-reported marijuana use and overactive bladder symptoms using information gathered from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) database.

 

Toxic Heavy Metals Manipulate Our Genes & Trigger Illnesses: Here's How

The pernicious upshot of toxic exposure is slow, subtle & dangerous.

 

Engineers discover new process for synthetic material growth, enabling soft robots that grow like plants

An interdisciplinary team of University of Minnesota Twin Cities scientists and engineers has developed a first-of-its-kind, plant-inspired extrusion process that enables synthetic material growth. The new approach will allow researchers to build better soft robots that can navigate hard-to-reach places, complicated terrain, and potentially areas within the human body.

 

Researchers discover method to control carcinogenic formaldehyde release from wood in the home

New research, led jointly by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of North Texas, advances our understanding of how the wood in our homes and offices can release formaldehyde, a potent carcinogen, at levels that can exceed certain health limits.

 

Iron deficiency in Coeliac disease and obesity

Numerous gastrointestinal diseases result in sideropenia (iron deficiency), which, when untreated, can lead to iron deficiency anemia. Sideropenia is observed in a wide range (36–76%) of individuals with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), whereas iron deficiency is found in 10–15% of celiac disease patients and escalates to 50% of patients after bariatric surgery.

 

Ignition: Spontaneous electric vehicle fires prompt recalls, but some owners stalled waiting on repairs

Car companies, NHTSA say explosions are rare but danger significant enough to reduce charging

 

How an Oklahoma City technology center is helping first responders fight electric vehicle fires

The rise of electric vehicles raises questions as to how emergency responders can adapt to the new technology when working car crashes. StateImpact went to Edmond to see what happens when an EV battery is set on fire.

 

Chemical recycling grows — along with concerns about its environmental impacts

Industry says chemical recycling could solve the plastic waste crisis, but environmental advocates and some lawmakers are skeptical.

 

E-Waste Management: What You Can and Can’t Dispose Of

Before you throw that old electronics item away, check if it's safe to do so and consider upcycling it with a DIY project.

 

What Is E-Waste Management Project?

Recycling includes refurbishment, manufacturing, reuses their parts for repair.

 

What Is a Wetland Worth?

As the Supreme Court considers the fate of American wetlands, Annie Proulx’s Fen, Bog, and Swamp offers an elegiac love letter to overlooked ecosystems.

 

Tips to Creating a Safe and Clean School Environment

The first days of school are now behind us, and students and staff are settling in. Unfortunately, so are germs, viruses and bacteria. To keep school environments safe for occupants, Facility Cleaning Decisions reached out to Josh Feinberg, president of The Cleaning Coalition of America to discuss strategies custodial professionals can implement.

 

The Supreme Court case that’s likely to handcuff the Clean Water Act

Sackett v. EPA may prove to be the most significant attack on America’s clean water laws since the 1970s.​

 

Remedies for Harmful Algal Blooms Are Available in Law and Practice

They are expensive, in many cases experimental, and take a long time to work.

 

States get final OK to build highway EV charging network

Attention, potential car buyers: New electric vehicle charging stations are on their way to highway locations near you.

 

New biodegradable materials could be the answer to plastic pollution

As plastic pollution continues to be a global problem affecting both human and environmental health, scientists have developed new biodegradable materials which could help to rectify this.

 

Exclusive: U.S. seeks allies as split emerges over global plastics pollution treaty

The United States is seeking to form a coalition of countries to drive negotiations on a global plastic pollution treaty, weeks after a similar group involving several other G7 nations was launched, according to a document seen by Reuters.

 

EWG applauds administrations proposal to expand plant-based options at federal facilities

EWG today applauds the Biden administration for releasing a bold proposal to end hunger by 2030 and help consumers build healthier diets. In particular, the “National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health” pledges to increase the availability of plant-based and vegetarian options at federal facilities.​

 

Is this the world's next dangerous superbug? Scientists sound alarm over little-known STI 'that causes infertility' and has rapidly developed resistance to EVERY antibiotic used against it

A ‘silent-spreader’ STI which can cause infertility is feared to be evolving into a superbug. Mycoplasma genitalium, also known as M. genitalium or M. gen, has become resistant to every antibiotic used to treat it so far.

 

'It's a mass poisoning': Images show rainbow-colored fentanyl disguised as Skittles and Nerds CANDY - as ex-DEA official warns parents that dealers are peddling the drugs to kids on social media

A drug that's contributed to the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans last year has been found hidden in candy packaging - and could be peddled to young children via social media, experts say.

 

Pesticide problem worsening sixty years on from iconic exposé Silent Spring

Today marks sixty years since the iconic book by Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, first drew attention to the harmful effects of pesticides on humans, animals, and the environment.

 

“Weedy Rice” Develops Herbicide Resistance: Agrichemical Industry Repeating Mistakes?

‘Weedy rice,’ a close relative of cultivated rice that invades rice fields and reduces yields, is rapidly developing herbicide resistance in critical rice growing areas throughout the United States. According to research published this month in Communications Biology, the widespread planting of herbicide-resistant rice, developed through traditional, transitional (non-genetically engineered) breeding techniques, is driving this concerning phenomenon.

 

Are Alexa and Siri making our children DUMB? Voice-controlled devices may have 'long-term consequences' for youngsters, experts warn

Alexa, Siri and Google Home might be making children less intelligent and socially stunted, it was claimed today.

 

Governments might decide to “geoengineer” the planet by spraying substances into the upper atmosphere to form fine reflective aerosols – a process known as stratospheric aerosol injection.

Imagine a future where, despite efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions quickly, parts of the world have become unbearably hot. Some governments might decide to “geoengineer” the planet by spraying substances into the upper atmosphere to form fine reflective aerosols – a process known as stratospheric aerosol injection.

 

Drought is killing Kenya's endangered wildlife

Kenya's worst drought in four decades has killed almost 2% of the world's rarest zebra in three months, and 25 times more elephants than normal over the same period.

 

Hurricane hunters are flying through Ian’s powerful winds to forecast intensity – here’s what happens when the plane plunges into the eyewall of a storm

As Hurricane Ian intensifies on its way toward the Florida coast, hurricane hunters are in the sky doing something almost unimaginable: flying through the center of the storm. With each pass, the scientists aboard these planes take measurements that satellites can’t and send them to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center.

 

How to Buy Ethical and Eco-Friendly Electronics

E-waste, conflict minerals, and poor labor conditions are just a few issues blighting the tech industry. Here's how to shop more sustainably.

 

Low-carb vegan diets just as healthy as going vegetarian — and better for the planet

On the lookout for a fresh diet plan? Researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital report that adopting a low-carb vegan diet offers virtually the same health benefits as going vegetarian. Moreover, the team finds a low-carb vegan diet is also much better for the environment.

 

Factory Farming Is on the Ballot in Switzerland

Factory farming is on the ballot in Switzerland, which could become the first country in the world to ban the agricultural practice linked to a host of environmental harms from animal cruelty to the climate crisis.

 

The type of exercise you do — and how hard you do it — impacts chances of staying colon cancer-free

Regular exercise can help improve treatment outcomes for people who just finished having surgery for Stage III colon cancer, a new study reports. Before this research, it was less clear how the specific type and intensity of physical activity affected disease recurrence and death in people who survive colon cancer.

 

Lifting weights and running regularly cuts risk of premature death nearly in half

Pumping iron can almost halve an older person’s risk of a premature death, according to new research. Muscle strengthening workouts protect against almost every life-threatening illness, study authors from the National Cancer Institute say.

 

Lead poisoning is destroying children’s brains

Lead poisoning — a condition linked to violent behaviour, declining IQs and heart disorders — is pervasive in several communities in South Africa, yet doctors reported only three cases to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases between 2017 and 2022, according to the head of its notifiable medical conditions team Susan Nzenze-Chinyoka.

 

A federally funded study may have found a correlation between aluminum in vaccines and persistent asthma

A number of scientists have wondered if aluminum, a vaccine additive that has been used for decades, had a role in allergies and asthma in children.

 

Melatonin should be avoided in children unless directed by a health care professional, says sleep academy

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is urging parents to consult a health care professional before starting their child on melatonin, according to a recent health advisory.

 

5 Big Threats to Rivers

According to a recent study in BioScience, “Nowhere is the biodiversity crisis more acute than in freshwater ecosystems.” How did things get so bad?

 

Hurricane Ian nears Category 5 strength ahead of landfall in Florida

Hurricane Ian is just shy of a Category 5 storm, and is looming off the coast of Florida. Fox News is updating with the latest news surrounding the storm, its impact, travel and emergency updates.

 

How to Avoid Toxic Disposable Diapers

When it comes to choosing disposable diapers, parents often consider comfort, absorbency and fit — but research suggests parents should pay more attention to the materials and ingredients, including toxic chemicals that could harm babies and toddlers.

 

Young people are being targeted with brightly colored ‘rainbow fentanyl,’ government drug agency warns

The animal tranquilizer xylazine, which is not intended for human consumption, has been linked to thousands of drug overdoses across the United States, according to reports.

 

Flesh-eating drug intended for animals linked to thousands of overdoses in heroin and fentanyl

The animal tranquilizer xylazine, which is not intended for human consumption, has been linked to thousands of drug overdoses across the United States, according to reports.

 

People Who Use Alcohol And Marijuana Simultaneously Often Drive Afterward

A third of drivers – 33 % – who drank alcohol and used marijuana at the same time reported getting behind the wheel two hours or less after consumption, more than the percentage of drivers who only used alcohol. It’s a serious problem: the combination worsens driving performance more than either substance by itself.

 

What to Know About Cannabis and Macular Degeneration

As of 2020, AMD has been a qualifying condition for the Minnesota Department of Health’s state medical cannabis program. However, the department’s press release states that the “decision to add age-related macular degeneration was due to a lack of good treatment options for managing symptoms” and not because there’s evidence to suggest it could effectively treat the condition.

 

Some plants can short-circuit the toxic effects of metals – now scientists are trying to harness their power

At first glance, it’s hard to see what gold, iron, lead, arsenic, silver, platinum and tin have in common. A look at the periodic table will clear up the confusion: they are all heavy metals, typically categorised as those metals with an atomic weight and density at least five times greater than water.​

 

Uganda's Ebola rises to 16 as outbreak grows

Uganda said on Sunday its Ebola caseload had jumped to 16 people while a further 18 people also likely had the disease, fuelling fears of a spreading outbreak that involves a strain for which a vaccine has not yet been found.

 

Fake Meat Sales Plummet

The fake meat industry is getting ground into hamburger - and that doesn't include cannibalistic nose-biting execs, according to Deloitte Consulting, LLC.

 

New York’s Ambitious Billion Oyster Project

The concept of “keystone species” was introduced by ecologist Robert Paine in 1969. A keystone species has a large effect on the community it supports. Keystone species increase the species biodiversity of a community and enhance stability of the environement. Without them, ecosystems are prone to collapse. No other species can fill the function or niche of a keystone species.

 

Brain cancer from cell phones: Chances of developing tumour, risk factors of being constantly on smartphone or devices

Probability of developing brain tumor among smartphone/devices users: Doctors spill the beans on the chances of getting brain cancer from cell phones, how cell phone radiation affects our brain's activity and what are the other risk factors of being constantly on smartphone or devices

 

Lonely Harvest: Farmers Feel Unappreciated And Isolated In Modern Society

Modern farmers are feeling increasingly unappreciated and isolated, according to researchers from the University of Exeter’s Centre for Rural Policy Research and national charity The Farming Community Network (FCN). Farming is an absolutely essential industry, and farmers often work long hours and endure many hardships. These findings suggest many would benefit immensely from just a little more local recognition for their efforts.

 

The Mysterious Radiation Bursts Threatening Aircrew

Scientists have discovered that aircraft sometimes fly through powerful but unexplained radiation bursts. Now they think they know what is going on.

 

4 Top Uses for Cordyceps Sinensis: Caterpillar Fungus

If you want to add years to your life AND life to your years, why not take the "tonic for all ills" -- a funky fungus that grows on caterpillars: Cordyceps sinensis

 

Animation: Visualizing 140 Years of Global Surface Temperatures

For hundreds of years, Earth’s average surface temperature has been steadily increasing. And over the last decade, this global heating appears to have intensified. Since 1880, the global average temperature has risen by an average of 0.08°C (0.14°F) every 10 years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

 

Which Pollutants Can Affect Bottled Water?

If you believe the idyllic images of mountain springs and the clever marketing employed by bottled water companies, buying your H2O in a store is a higher quality alternative to sourcing it from your tap. While the veracity of that particular stance is up for debate, it’s certainly true that bottled water is just as susceptible to contamination as tap water

 

Cobalt Mining: The Dark Side of the Renewable Energy Transition

Cobalt is quickly becoming the defining example of the mineral conundrum at the heart of the renewable energy transition. As a key component of battery materials that power electric vehicles (EVs), cobalt is facing a sustained surge in demand as decarbonisation efforts progress.

 

70 Reasons To Eat More Flaxseed

The science has never been clearer: flaxseed deserves to be top of the list of the world's most important medicinal foods. For just pennies a day it may protect against dozens of life-threatening health conditions

 

Food is Medicine: Fruits and vegetables are the key to preventing and treating diseases, health experts say

Following a healthy diet is crucial for maintaining your overall wellness, but healthy food isn’t always accessible for some people. To address this issue, some experts suggest that diet can be prescribed in the same way as medication, “as a prescriptive intervention, [subsidized] by government, readily available and with plenty of support and information, to help prevent or treat diseases.”

 

3 reasons Hurricane Ian poses a major flooding hazard for Florida – a meteorologist explains

Hurricane Ian strengthened into a major hurricane on Tuesday as it headed for Florida and was on track to bring dangerous storm surge to the coast and flooding rainfall to large parts of the state. Several areas, including around Tampa Bay, were under evacuation orders.

 

U.S. Bitcoin Mining Pollutes as Much as 6 Million Cars Annually, Report Finds

The U.S. bitcoin industry produces as much climate pollution every year as 6 million internal combustion cars and three times more than the country’s biggest coal plant, concludes a new report from multiple environmental groups.

 

Scientists grant a second life to durable plastics

Researchers have found a way to break down certain durable plastics — used in aerospace and microelectronics — into their most basic buildings blocks for potentially limitless reuse.

 

Giant Food Companies Stampede To Raise Insects For Food

Innovafeed has secured big funding to build a bug factory in Illinois and pledges to “place sustainable development and social impact at the heart of its business model and thus reinforce the global positive impact of the industry.” I haven’t talked with anyone who wants to eat insects instead of real vegetables, meat, dairy, etc. What do you think?

 

Which wetlands should receive federal protection?

The U.S. Supreme Court opens its new session on Oct. 3, 2022, with a high-profile case that could fundamentally alter the federal government’s ability to address water pollution. Sackett v. EPA turns on a question that courts and regulators have struggled to answer for several decades: Which wetlands and bodies of water can the federal government regulate under the 1972 Clean Water Act?

 

Carbon-neutralizing propylene production catalyzes change in petrochemical engineering

Hokkaido University researchers find a new way of producing the industrially important propylene that is more energy efficient than existing approaches—and in the process turns carbon dioxide into another usable resource. Their pioneering catalyst design thus contributes to the carbon neutralization of the petrochemical industry.

 

After cancer-causing chemicals were found in Fifth Ward soil, Houston mayor says cleanup plans are inadequate

The city’s health department found dioxins in soil samples along the fence line of a Union Pacific rail yard. Mayor Sylvester Turner said during the 2022 Texas Tribune Festival that plans to clean up the contamination should now include relocating residents.

 

The toxic chemicals in our clothes – lead, chromium, PFAS, phthalates – and the harm they do us, our children and the workers who make them

Lead, chromium, phthalates, PFAS and brominated flame retardants are widely used by clothing manufacturers. Here’s what they do to your body and immune system

 

Heat-related mortality risk is widespread across Washington state, study shows

Heat-related deaths are an issue across Washington state, and they occur even in regions that typically have milder climates, according to a University of Washington study published Aug. 30 in the journal Atmosphere. This is the most extensive study yet of heat-related mortality in Washington state, and the first to look beyond the major population centers to include rural areas.

 

The Rebirth of Hiware Bazar: How a drought-stricken community in India became a “village of millionaires”

Popularly known as the “village of millionaires,” Hiware Bazar’s model is now being replicated in thousands of villages across India. Through effective watershed management, the rebuilding of natural resources, and a shift to more sustainable, less water-intensive crops — all of which hinged on the participation of residents — the village turned itself into a national “model of development.”

 

California governor signs legislation to improve the removal of lead paint from buildings and streamline blood testing for lead levels.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation to improve the removal of lead paint from buildings and streamline blood testing for lead levels. Lead exposure remains a serious problem. The primary sources of lead exposure are painted in older, badly maintained residential units and contaminated drinking water.​

 

The Recycling App That Supports Displaced Women

A tech startup in Nigeria is hiring internally displaced women to give new life to recycled waste, collected from dumpsites causing deadly flooding in the city.

 

Antarctica's Tourists Are Turning into Citizen Scientists to Clean Up the Continent

Antarctica is one of Earth’s last largely pristine places. A decade ago, about 33,000 tourists visited the southern continent each year; today, that number has more than doubled to over 74,000 [PDF]. But with them come non-native species that can disrupt fragile ecosystems, further damaging highly trafficked areas and increasing pollution.

 

Hemp Isn’t the Drought-Resistant Lifeline Texas Farmers Hoped For

The 2022 drought season showed claims of drought-resistant hemp were exaggerated. Farmers are now ditching the crop.

 

Will New Standards for Salmonella in Chicken Cut Down on Food Poisoning?

Under current rules, regulators can’t stop companies from selling contaminated chicken or require practices that could reduce salmonella on farms, but they may soon have new tools at their disposal.

 

Unhealthy gut linked to breast cancer spread, recurrence

As with all cancers, narrowing down the cause is, for the most part, speculation. In the realm of breast cancer, researchers from the University of Virginia Cancer Center have encouraging evidence to help other researchers and oncologists to understand the nature of the disease.

 

7 Ways to Prepare Your Facility for a Hurricane

Despite a hurricane’s tremendous force, it’s important not to assume that all is lost. There are several things you as a building facilitator can do to help prevent damage, injury, and the loss of life in the event of a hurricane.

 

Tiny Robots Have Successfully Cleared Pneumonia From The Lungs of Mice

Scientists have been able to direct a swarm of microscopic swimming robots to clear out pneumonia microbes in the lungs of mice, raising hopes that a similar treatment could be developed to treat deadly bacterial pneumonia in humans.

 

Diets rich in refined fiber may increase liver cancer risk in some individuals

Research has found diets rich in highly refined fiber like inulin may increase the risk of liver cancer, particularly in individuals who have a vascular deformity in which blood from the intestines bypasses the liver. The discovery could help clinicians identify people who are at higher risk of liver cancer years in advance of any tumors forming and potentially enable individuals to reduce that risk through simple dietary modifications.

 

The brown planet? Global warming is literally changing the color of Earth’s water

The next generation may never see a polar bear and, apparently, they may never see blue lakes again as well. A new study from researchers at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) found that if global warming continues along its current path, lakes are likely to shift in color from blue to green-brown. The changing colors are a sign of poor ecosystem health.

 

Not so sweet: Study shows artificial sweeteners’ health harms

Whether it’s yogurt, bread, soda or thousands of other widely consumed products, your sweet treat might lead to a not-so-sweet health problem. If the label says “reduced sugar,” it could contain artificial sweeteners that, a new study says, may raise your risk of certain heart diseases.

 

Hurricanes are growing stronger in every region of the world, study finds

Climate change is most often discussed in reference to rising global temperatures, but a new study finds yet another grim repercussion associated with global warming. Scientists say hurricanes are growing stronger and stronger over time, and not just in one place. This strengthening of hurricane winds is happening in nearly every area of the planet known to give rise to the fearsome storms.

 

Neonicotinoid Insecticide Exposure Harms Amphibians Across Multiple Life Stages

Exposure to widely used neonicotinoid insecticides harms amphibians at multiple life stages, adversely affecting their ability to survive in the wild, according to research published in the Journal of Zoology.

 

Drinking 2 to 3 cups of coffee each day could help you live longer

Coffee drinkers, rejoice! A new study has found a new reason to order that second or third cup — it could help you live a longer life. Researchers in Australia have discovered that consuming two to three cups of coffee each day lowers heart disease risk and the risk of death from all causes. The findings applied to a wide range of coffee varieties, including instant, ground, and decaffeinated coffee.​

 

Hurricane Ian lashes Cuba as Florida prepares for brutal landfall of monster storm

Manatee County emergency officials expanded the mandatory evacuation order to include Level A and Level B zones. Residents living in Level C are encouraged to find shelter inland.

 

‘Would it be able to get into where I fish?’: Lake Huron communities on the risks of a Line 5 oil spill

There’s a potential threat beneath the surface to the west: Line 5, which pumps 540,000 barrels per day of crude oil and natural gas liquids from Western Canada through the United States to refineries in Sarnia, Ont. Its twin pipes run bare and exposed for 6.5 kilometres under the Straits of Mackinac on the U.S. side of the border, where unpredictable currents pull water back and forth between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, reversing direction every couple of days.

 

If ‘Children Of The Vine’ Sounds Like a Horror Flick, That’s Because It Is, Filmmaker Says

When Brian Lilla discovered how toxic Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller had made California’s Napa Valley, he wrote and produced an investigative documentary that he hopes will inspire communities to open a dialogue about the dangers of glyphosate.

 

EPA Withdraws Interim Decision on Glyphosate, After Court Says Agency Violated Law

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will withdraw its interim registration review decision for the weedkiller glyphosate, after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion saying the EPA had violated the law by ignoring important studies on the chemical’s impact on human health.

 

Top 4 realms where technology has been used to chronically DAMAGE humanity

It used to be that most Americans were mainly brainwashed into buying specific products and services by watching television, reading the newspaper, noticing billboards, and seeing films. Propaganda was a front-loaded “machine” that was quite linear in its approach to influence buying motives of consumers. With the invention of the internet and social media, everything changed.

 

After 21-Year Delay, Judge Hears Evidence in Lawsuit Alleging Cellphones Caused Plaintiffs’ Brain Cancer

In an interview with The Defender, Hunter Lundy, an attorney representing plaintiffs in two lawsuits alleging cellphones caused plaintiffs to develop brain cancer, said he was frustrated with the legal system’s slow pace, but that he believes the “truth is going to come out.”

 

Hurricane Ian threatens to bring 5-8 feet of storm surge

Hurricane Ian's steady ascent towards Southwest Florida's coastline has the National Weather Service warning residents to prepare for "life-threatening" storm surges, predicting surges of 5 to 8 feet from Wednesday night through Friday night.

 

A naturally occurring soil bacterium may provide a solution for 'forever chemicals'

University of Tennessee, Knoxville faculty members Shawn Campagna, professor and associate department head in chemistry, and Frank Loeffler, Governor's Chair professor in microbiology, have made a discovery that could lead to new capabilities for managing environmental contamination.

 

Catalytic process with lignin could enable 100% sustainable aviation fuel

Researchers at three institutions—the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Washington State University—report success in using lignin as a path toward a drop-in 100% sustainable aviation fuel. Lignin makes up the rigid parts of the cell walls of plants. Other parts of plants are used for biofuels, but lignin has been largely overlooked because of the difficulties in breaking it down chemically and converting it into useful products.

 

Researcher creates wood-based alternative to single-use plastic

University of British Columbia researcher Dr. Feng Jiang has developed a cellulose film that looks like plastic and behaves like plastic—but is biodegradable.

 

Intestinal fortitude: Gut coils hold secrets of organ formation

A study published in the journal Science finds that gut rotation during development is orchestrated by two waves of expression of a transcription factor called Pitx2. The second wave, it turns out, is triggered by mechanical cues within an elastic tissue that anchors the gut tube, and later becomes a conduit for blood and lymphatic vessels that supply the gut tube.

 

Green tea molecule can break up protein tangles in the brain that cause Alzheimer’s

Scientists at UCLA have used a molecule found in green tea to identify additional molecules that could break up protein tangles in the brain thought to cause Alzheimer's and similar diseases.

 

Lightning Fatalities on the Rise: How to Stay Safe in a Storm

So far, the U.S. has recorded 17 lightning fatalities this year, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). That’s more than the 11 that occurred by this time last year and as many as were seen in all of 2020.

 

Hospitals treat thousands of drug-related bike injuries each year

From 2019 to 2020, more than 11,000 people who had been using drugs were treated in U.S. emergency departments for injuries that occurred while riding a bicycle, according to a new report in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

 

What is rainbow fentanyl? Colorful pills drive new warnings about deadliest drug in the US

A new wave of concern has spread across the United States over multi-colored “rainbow fentanyl” pills, powders and blocks – that look similar to candy or sidewalk chalk – being sold and used in several states, and potentially posing a threat to young people.

 

Tesla owner refuses to pay over $21,000 for a new battery, gets locked out of his car

A Tesla owner has seen his TikTok video about the car's apparent shortcomings go viral. Mario Zelaya said that he had been locked out of his Tesla Model S after the battery died, which would have cost him $21,000 to replace.

 

Doctors inform parents of marijuana use linked to youth mental health

September is Suicide Awareness Month, and San Diego health experts all came together Thursday at the City Heights Family Health Centers of San Diego to inform parents about the risks of marijuana use on youth mental health.

 

Longhorned tick discovered in northern Missouri

The Longhorned tick causes the loss of millions of dollars in agricultural revenue to cattle producers worldwide, and it is now in northern Missouri.

 

Mapped: Nuclear Reactors in the U.S.

The United States is the world’s largest producer of nuclear power, representing more than 30% of the world’s nuclear power generation. America has 92 reactors in operation, providing about 20% of the country’s electricity.

 

More than 300 new mines needed to meet electric vehicle demand, says analyst

More than 300 new mines will be needed globally to meet growing demand for electric vehicle (EV) batteries, according to a new forecast from a mining analyst.

 

More Lithium Mining, Wells Running Dry In California And EV Charging Infrastructure

You can be green and make green at the same time–all it takes is some clever science and engineering.​

 

Charted: 40 Years of Global Energy Production, by Country

Energy was already a hot topic before 2022, but soaring household energy bills and a cost of living crisis has brought it even more to the forefront. Which countries are the biggest energy producers, and what types of energy are they churning out?

 

A New Island Has Arisen in The Pacific Following Underwater Eruption

A submerged volcano on the seamount known as the Home Reef in the central Tonga Islands has awoken after 16 years of deep sleep to poke its head out of the blue.

 

The Smartphone's Role In Dumbing Down America

Originated in 1933, the term "dumbing down" was movie-business slang, used by screenplay writers, meaning: "to revise to appeal to those of little education or intelligence." For those with little drive or purpose, the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy find great comfort in the constant flow of dribble a cell phone can provide. In short, dumbing down is the deliberate oversimplification of intellectual co​

 

Watch: Fire Breaks Out At World's Largest Produce Market In Paris

The Rungis market is often described as the largest fresh produce market of its kind in the world. Social media videos are widely circulating which show a huge blaze which appears to be centered on the expansive market which has been in existence for many centuries.

 

Hurricane Fiona ravages Puerto Rican farms near peak harvest, farmers say

On an island that still relies heavily on imports, local foods will probably be in short supply in the wake of the storm

 

Chicken farm giant linked to River Wye decline was sued over water blight in US

One of the world’s biggest food giants with a supply chain linked to the ecological decline of the River Wye faced claims over similar pollution scandals in the US, the Observer can reveal.

 

'It's a total war zone:' Two killed in Canada as remnants of deadly Hurricane Fiona cause 'immense' devastation

Two people have died in Canada following the 'immense' devastation caused by powerful storm Fiona - which swept houses into the sea and caused major power outages for hundreds of thousands of residents.​

 

Hurricane Fiona is being called a "hybrid storm" and "Canada's version of Hurricane Sandy". The reason?

Hurricane manipulation season is here, grab your popcorn, the spectacle is about to begin. Weather everywhere is erratic, extreme, and increasingly destructive. Hurricane Fiona is being called a "hybrid storm" and "Canada's version of Hurricane Sandy". The reason? The anomalous track of the storms that "forecasters" somehow "predict" up to a week in advance.

 

Mountains worldwide have two weeks less snow on average than in 1982

A study by Eurac Research recently published in the Nature journal’s Scientific Reports paints a discouraging picture of recent decades. Between 1982 and 2020, the period of snow cover in mountain areas around the world decreased by an average of about 15 days. The Alps are in line with the average where the reduction in snow cover sits between 10 and 20 days. The study strengthens the results of earlier research by extending the observation period and has also helped to make a NASA model more accurate.​

 

When Green Turns Brown – And Nobody Notices

Imagine – there is a Green Movement, supposedly environmentally friendly, people friendly. It has a relatively short history, some 20 to 30 years, maybe? Who wouldn’t like that? Green is beautiful.

 

Breath training may help reduce blood pressure by serving as a 'dumbbell for the diaphragm': New study

Muscle strength training may be able to help reduce blood pressure, says new study, though more research is needed

 

Getting the lead out — at long last

Lead is especially dangerous to children. A recent FAA decision on aviation fuel moves the country closer to clearing the air.

 

How Kenya Became the World’s Geothermal Powerhouse

An effort that began 70 years ago is poised to propel the country to middle-income status on a wave of green energy.

 

High levels of PFOS detected at Okinawa school next to U.S. base

Extremely high levels of a suspected carcinogen were detected in the grounds of an elementary school next to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma here, rekindling persistent health concerns over the handling of dangerous chemicals at U.S. military bases.

 

As more info on lead in Jackson's water comes to light, parents are in the dark on their children's health

Several concerned mothers and fathers shared with CNN stories of their youngsters suffering from an array of ailments, and there was remarkable overlap in the symptoms and conditions: forgetfulness, lack of focus, hyperactivity, learning and behavioral disorders, sensory issues and skin problems. Lead exposure, the parents are learning, could cause all of these. But they just don't know.

 

Wildfire Smoke Is Reversing U.S. Air Pollution Gains, Study Finds

If you live in the Western U.S., you’ve probably woken up to an August or September morning like this: The sun rises orange through a pinky-brown haze, the wind blowing through your open window smells like burning plastic and the air quality on your IQAir app blazes red for “Unhealthy.” The reason? Smoke from the wildfires that have become more frequent and intense in the region.

 

How birds of prey are exposing a toxic time bomb

Researchers are finding chemicals that have not been fully tested for their environmental impact in eagles, owls and falcons – a sign of widespread, persistent pollution

 

Environmental Toxins 101: Everything You Need to Know

When it comes to environmental toxins, many of us conjure images of industrial smokestacks, but unfortunately, they aren’t in just the most obvious places, but they’re everywhere in our daily lives – in the water we drink, the air we breathe, the food we eat, the products we use on our body, in our homes and our gardens.

 

Buzz stops: bus shelter roofs turned into gardens for bees and butterflies

Bee bus stops first appeared in the Dutch city of Utrecht. Now the UK is planning for more than 1,000 and there is growing interest across Europe and in Canada and Australia

 

Noise pollution: Why the sea needs more peace

Too much noise is not only annoying for us on land but also to animals underwater. Worse, too much noise can kill them. Three solutions for making the oceans quieter and why less noise is good for the climate.

 

Last Chance This Fall to Tell the NOSB To Uphold Organic Integrity

Comments are due 11:59 pm EDT September 29. The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is receiving written comments from the public through September. This precedes the upcoming public comment webinar on October 18 and 20 and deliberative hearing October 25-27—concerning how organic food is produced. Sign up to speak at the webinar by September 29. Written comments must be submitted through Regulations.gov by 11:59 pm EDT September 29.

 

Cost of using electric car charging point in UK up 42% since May

The increased price of wholesale gas and electricity has pushed up the price to charge an average family-size car by 42% to above £32, according to analysis by the RAC. That was £9.60 more than in May, and £13.59 more than a year earlier.

 

Hydrogen could ‘nearly double’ cost of heating a home compared with gas

Using hydrogen would add about 70% to home energy bills, according to a report by a renewable energy charity

 

Why Is It So Difficult To Eat Healthy When Eating Out?

Not only is eating out more expensive than planning ahead and cooking at home, it nearly eliminates the intention that is put into most food. That intention, as food psychologists have pointed out, is vital when learning how to develop a healthy relationship with food. The short truth is that we, as a society, are lazy and could do better to prepare.

 

Corn Syrup in Infant Formula?

Nearly half of U.S. infant formula contain corn sugars. Mounting evidence suggests it may not be the best for babies.

 

Nigeria – 300 Dead, 100,000 Displaced as Government Warns of Worsening Floods

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Nigeria reports that more than 300 people have lost their lives in flooding in the country. Further heavy rain and dam releases are likely to worsen the situation. The UN reported a cholera outbreak in parts of north-east Nigeria attributed to the widespread contamination of water sources by flooding.

 

Twilight of the Tigris: Iraq’s Mighty River Drying Up

Human activity and climate change have choked its once mighty flow through Iraq, where—with its twin river the Euphrates—it made Mesopotamia a cradle of civilization thousands of years ago. Iraq may be oil-rich but the country is plagued by poverty after decades of war and by droughts and desertification. Battered by one natural disaster after another, it is one of the five countries most exposed to climate change, according to the UN.

 

UHC2030: The United Nations’ Global Public-Private Partnership For Healthcare

The Universal Health Coverage agenda for 2030 (UHC2030) is a United Nations (UN) global public health initiative designed to achieve UN Agenda 2030 SDG 3. UHC2030 claims to provide a “global platform and space for multiple stakeholders to connect, work together and influence national and international commitments.” The stated objective of these stakeholders is to make “quality health services available for all.”

 

Video shows ‘desert tsunami’ in Death Valley triggered by earthquake 1,500 miles away

A 7.6-magnitude earthquake 1,500 miles away triggered a “desert tsunami” in Death Valley National Park, rangers said.

 

Another oil refinery, in Ohio, catches fire and has to be shut down

The BP-Husky Toledo refinery in Oregon, Ohio, has been “safely shut down” after a fire reportedly broke out for no apparent reason. A BP spokesperson told Reuters that the company suspects “leaking fumes from a crude unit may have caused the ignition in another unit at the facility.”

 

200+ Groups Urge Senate to Reject Chemical Industry’s ‘Orwellian’ Plan to Burn More Plastic

More than 200 civil society groups sent a letter to members of the U.S. Senate on Monday urging them not to sponsor potential industry-backed bills that critics say rebrand polluting technologies as "advanced recycling" in a bid to keep burning plastic waste.

 

Stevia Kills Lyme Disease Pathogen Better Than Antibiotics

Lyme disease is exceedingly difficult to treat, due to its well-known shape-shifting (pleomorphic) abilities, with conventional antibiotics often failing to produce a long-term cure. Could the commonly used natural plant Stevia provide a safer, and more effective means to combat this increasingly prevalent infection?

 

Global Food Supply Crises May Worsen Due To Poor US Harvest

U.S. agriculture has been facing a poor harvest this year, aggravating the global food supply crisis, industry executives have said.

 

Coastal cities in parts of Asia are sinking fastest, study finds

Cities along the coasts of South and Southeast Asia are sinking — even faster than similar cities elsewhere — because of rapid, poorly controlled urbanization, scientists say, heightening risks already posed by rising sea levels.

 

Horn of Africa drought puts 3.6m children at risk of dropping out of school

More than 3.5 million children are at risk of dropping out of school due to the drought in the Horn of Africa, the United Nations has said, amid warnings the crisis could lead to “a lost generation” that misses out on education.

 

Anthropogenic air pollution impacts health and climate in the Middle East

Modeling air quality over the Arabian Peninsula reveals that pollution from anthropogenic sources is contributing to health risks and climate change.

 

Making a Desk with 10,000 Recycled Chopsticks

Felix Böck remembers the evening five years ago when the solution popped into his mind while he was having dinner with his girlfriend at a sushi restaurant in Vancouver. The engineer and carpenter had just returned from a conference with 60 representatives of the biggest international woodworking companies, where he had presented sustainable solutions for wood waste. He had garnered applause for his presentation.

 

Lagoon blooms out of Red Sea season

Fluctuations in the availability of phytoplankton — a keystone species forming the basis of the food chain — are critical to the health of marine life. However, little is known about the phytoplankton cycle in tropical lagoons.

 

Wildfires are burning higher in the West, threatening water supplies

Winter snowpack that melts slowly in the spring and summer is a primary water source for the West. And so these trends of more fire at higher elevations and faster melting represent “a major threat to a critical water reservoir for the region,” said Dan McGrath, a Colorado State University scientist.​

 

Desalinating seawater sounds easy, but there are cheaper and more sustainable ways to meet people’s water needs

Coastal urban centers around the world are urgently looking for new, sustainable water sources as their local supplies become less reliable. In the U.S., the issue is especially pressing in California, which is coping with a record-setting, multidecadal drought.

 

This Pastor Wants to Recreate a Black Farming Paradise in California

Dennis Hutson aims to champion Black-led sustainable agriculture. First, he has to adapt to the climate crisis.

 

This Pastor Wants to Recreate a Black Farming Paradise in California

Dennis Hutson aims to champion Black-led sustainable agriculture. First, he has to adapt to the climate crisis.

 

A multi-agency state effort has successfully reduced lead in schools, officials say

Almost all Vermont schools and child care programs have addressed lead in their drinking water systems thanks to a state program created and funded by a 2019 law, state officials announced this week. As a result, students’ exposure to lead has plummeted.

 

How the White House can make digital assets more energy efficient

Digital assets that rely upon a process known as “proof of work” use a lot of electricity.

 

If We Want A Global Treaty To Actually Prevent Plastic Pollution Give Companies And Investors Seats At The Table

I get it. If industry has caused so much of the plastic problem, how can we expect them – or even trust them – to be part of the solution? But I believe that if we finally want to achieve a global agreement on plastic pollution that actually ends plastic pollution, we have to give companies and investors seats at the table because public policy is most effective when designed with all stakeholders.​

 

The "Stunning Success" of the Green Revolution Is Yet Another Myth

Celebrating the Green Revolution rests on two fundamental errors in economic reasoning: Malthusianism and misunderstanding agricultural economics.

 

Is There Plastic in Your Soda? Beverage Companies Must Go Beyond Recycling

It’s well-known that plastics recycling is broken, but food conglomerates promising to increase recycling won’t solve the health and environmental problems plastics cause at every stage of production.​

 

‘Forever chemicals’ detected in all umbilical cord blood in 40 studies

Toxic PFAS chemicals were detected in every umbilical cord blood sample across 40 studies conducted over the last five years, a new review of scientific literature from around the world has found.

 

What is fracking, why is it controversial and will it REALLY solve the energy crisis?

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the process of drilling down into the earth before inserting a high-pressure water mixture to release natural gas. However, it's proved controversial due to its use of chemicals, groundwater contamination, noise, air pollution and even earth tremors.

 

One of The World's Largest Organisms Is Disintegrating. Here's How We Might Save It.

While the Pando colony looks like a tightly packed swathe of aspen trees, it's largely considered to be one gigantic plant. One of the heaviest, oldest, and largest organisms in the world, in fact, emerging from a single, complex root system covering some 100 acres (more than 430,000 square meters).​

 

More tick-carrying deer moving into suburban neighborhoods, living closer to homes

Large populations of white-tailed deer can be found all over the east coast, spreading and supporting disease-carrying ticks known to carry Lyme disease and anaplasmosis. It was always assumed that these deer populations primarily live in wooded areas and only pass through neighborhoods at night, but new research reports deer often call it a day and spend the night quite close to suburban areas.

 

Shattered dreams and bills in the millions: Losing a baby in America

More than 300,000 U.S. families have infants who require advanced medical attention in newborn intensive care units every year. Some babies stay for months, quickly generating astronomical fees for highly specialized surgeries and round-the-clock care. The services are delivered, and in U.S. health care, billing follows. But for the smaller fraction of families whose children die, the burden can be too much to bear.

 

Ancient Maya cities were dangerously contaminated with mercury

The cities of the ancient Maya in Mesoamerica never fail to impress. But beneath the soil surface, an unexpected danger lurks there: mercury pollution. This pollution is in places so heavy that even today, it pose a potential health hazard for unwary archeologists.

 

Online atlas shows strong link between gut bacteria and metabolites

There are strong links between bacteria living in the gut and the levels of small molecules in the blood known as metabolites. This is the finding of a new study led by researchers from Uppsala University and Lund University, which is now published in the journal Nature Communications.

 

Charging electric cars at home at night is not the way to go, study finds

The vast majority of electric vehicle owners charge their cars at home in the evening or overnight. We're doing it wrong, according to a new Stanford study.

 

Reusable contact lenses more than triple risk of rare preventable eye infection

People who wear reusable contact lenses are nearly four times as likely as those wearing daily disposables to develop a rare sight-threatening eye infection, finds a study led by UCL and Moorfields researchers.​

 

Mediterranean Sea hit by marine heatwave

Marine heatwaves are extreme rises in ocean temperature over an extended period of time. Their magnitude and frequency have harmful impacts on marine ecosystems, threaten marine biodiversity and negatively impact fisheries, aquaculture and tourism industries.

 

A sea change for plastic pollution: New material biodegrades in ocean water

Plastics, now ubiquitous in the modern world, have become a rising threat to human and environmental health. Around the planet, evidence of plastic pollution stretches from grocery bags in the deep sea to microplastics in our food supplies and even in our blood.

 

5 Ways Safe and Clean Schools Can Engage Students

Engaging students through clean schools can have a positive impact on entire communities. Here’s how.

 

CNN TO AIR REPORT ON IMMACULATE CONCUSSION: THE TRUTH BEHIND HAVANA SYNDROME

In a CNN Special Report Immaculate Concussion: The Truth Behind Havana Syndrome, airing Sunday at 8pmET/PT, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta investigates one of the most complex and controversial health mysteries in recent years known as “Havana Syndrome.”

 

Dow, 3M and others exploit loophole to avoid reporting ‘forever chemicals’ releases

At least five facilities around the U.S. operated by Dow Chemical, 3M and other companies are using very large amounts of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS but are likely using a regulatory loophole to avoid reporting their releases of PFAS into the environment.

 

LEADING MANUFACTURER OF HEART PACEMAKERS (MEDTRONIC) RECOMMENDS USERS OF ITS DEVICES STATES AT LEAST 12 INCHES AWAY FROM ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS.

The leading manufacturer of heart pacemakers (Medtronic) recommends users of its devices states at least 12 inches away from electric vehicle charging stations, electric fences, electric pet containment fences and transformer boxes, and the green box in the yard.

 

Humans are dosing Earth’s waterways with medicines. It isn’t healthy.

A study published in June analyzed samples from 1,000 sites along waterways in more than 100 nations, looking for 61 active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). Their results suggest that concentrations of at least one API breached safe levels for aquatic life at nearly 40% of sites tested globally.

 

South Africa teens build solar train as power cuts haunt commuters

For years, students in a South African township have seen their parents struggle to use trains for daily commutes, the railways frequently hobbled by power outages and cable thefts. To respond to the crisis, a group of 20 teenagers invented South Africa's first fully solar-powered train.

 

Possible association between air pollution exposure, especially at young age, and alterations in brain structure

A study published in the journal Environmental Pollution has found an association, in children aged 9‑12, between exposure to air pollutants in the womb and during the first 8.5 years of life and alterations in white matter structural connectivity in the brain. The greater the child's exposure before age 5, the greater the brain structure alteration observed in preadolescence. The study was led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal).

 

Solar panels have come a long way. Recycling them has not

Making solar panel recycling more commonplace will require a mix of technological advances, economic incentives and smart policies at the state and federal levels.

 

Alaska's newest lakes are belching methane

Two things happen as the permafrost layer thaws beneath lakes: microbial activity increases and pathways form in the permafrost . At Big Trail Lake and other thermokarst lakes in the Arctic, microbes digest dead plants and other organic matter in the previously frozen soil in a process that produces carbon dioxide and methane.

 

Wind turbines are almost impossible to recycle. These engineers think they've found the answer

Wind turbines could be given a truly sweet second life thanks to a new discovery from engineers in the US. They have invented a new type of resin, the material that coats turbine blades, that could be reused to make countertops, car tail lights, power tools, nappies and even gummy bears.

 

Neonicotinoid Insecticides Keep Poisoning California Waterways, Threatening Aquatic Ecosystems

(Beyond Pesticides, September 23, 2022) According to a September 15 Environment California press release, California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) data confirm more bad news on neonicotinoid (neonic) contamination: nearly all urban waterways in three counties show the presence of the neonic imidacloprid at levels above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) chronic benchmark for harm to aquatic ecosystems; in five other counties, well over half showed its presence at similar levels.

 

Rice University researchers 'dissolve' final roadblock in perovskite solar panels

The new production method increases the efficiency of solar cells and makes them more durable too.

 

Can Wind Turbines Make You Sick?

The United States ranks first in the world for electricity generated from wind, according to the Department of Energy. But for some, the shifting winds of the renewable energy revolution isn’t a pleasant one.

 

Lawmakers, preservationists share Lake Erie wind turbine concerns

Preservationists have been speaking out against the proposal for months, saying it could by harmful to wildlife, but most importantly to the water itself.

 

Turn over a new leaf: Ditch your salad's harmful chemicals with healthier dressings

Salad is the original health food, full of vitamins and nutrients and ideal for a healthier lifestyle. Just beware of dressings containing chemicals that could do more harm than good.

 

Could Impossible Burger’s Key GMO Ingredient Cause Weight Gain, Kidney Disease in Humans?

A rat-feeding study commissioned by Impossible Foods suggested the Impossible Burger’s key ingredient — genetically engineered soy leghemoglobin — caused the rats to develop unexplained changes in weight gain, changes in the blood that can indicate the onset of inflammation or kidney disease, and possible signs of anemia.

 

Bill Gates’ ‘Magic Seeds’ Won’t Solve World Hunger But Will ‘Create Ecological Disaster’

Bill Gates is rebranding genetically engineered seeds as “magic seeds” and says they’re the answer to world hunger, but according to Vandana Shiva, Ph.D., a “failed, clumsy crude manipulation of living systems does not create ‘magical seeds.’ It creates an ecological disaster.”

 

Jury Awards $363 Million to Woman Who Alleged Toxic Gas Emitted From Chicago Medical Company Caused Her Cancer

In the first of nearly 800 lawsuits against Sterigenics, a medical tool sterilization company, a Cook County, Illinois, jury on Monday awarded 70-year-old Sue Kamuda $363 million. Kamuda alleged the ethylene oxide gas emitted by Sterigenics caused her cancer.

 

Swarm of 25 earthquakes rattles California’s Salton Sea in 24 hours, geologists say

More than two dozen earthquakes have rattled California’s Salton Sea in 24 hours, geologists said.

 

View On Air Pollution: Seeing Through The Smoke

Dirty air will damage our health if we respond to rising oil and gas prices by burning more solid fuels​

 

Alzheimer’s might not be primarily a brain disease. A new theory suggests it’s an autoimmune condition.

A laboratory at the Krembil Brain Institute, part of the University Health Network in Toronto, is devising a new theory of Alzheimer’s disease. Based on their past 30 years of research, they no longer think of Alzheimer’s as primarily a disease of the brain. Rather, they believe that Alzheimer’s is principally a disorder of the immune system within the brain.

 

U.S. charts course for adopting ropeless fishing to reduce whale deaths

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has published a report laying out a strategy to allow the use of “ropeless” or “on-demand” fishing gear off the U.S. East Coast with the goal of reducing entanglements of the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale.

 

Pesticide Exposure Associated with Anemia and Blood Disorders in Farmworkers

A study published in the International Journal of English, Literature, and Social Science (IJELS) finds an association between pesticide exposure and anemia among female farmers in Indonesia.

 

Major Tech and Car Companies May Be Using ‘Blood Gold’ Mined Illegally From the Amazon Rainforest

A new report from Amazon Watch and the Association of Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples (APIB) published Monday reveals that the gold used by major tech and car companies including Apple, Tesla, Samsung, Microsoft, Intel, Sony, Volkswagen, Ford and General Motors could have been mined illegally from Indigenous lands in the Brazilian Amazon.

 

Hibernating bears may hold the secret to curing diabetes

Winnie the Pooh’s real-life cousins could hold the key to beating diabetes, according to new research. Scientists with Washington State University say a bear’s hibernation cycle has a unique ability to regulate insulin, even as the bears sleep for months.

 

Toxic Metals Entered Soil From Pittsburgh Steel-Industry Emissions, Study Says

Pittsburgh’s soil is contaminated in some areas by five toxic metals emitted by historic coking and smelting from the region’s now-diminished coal and steel industry, according to a new study by geologists at the University of Pittsburgh.

 

The Global ‘Green Energy’ Push Is Causing Fertilizer Shortages and Threatening the Human Food Supply

The push for “green” energy alternatives is causing a shortage of sulfuric acid, a resource critical for the production of food and lithium-ion batteries, according to a new report from the University College London.

 

Hertz places a risky wager on EVs

Car rental company Hertz Corp. made its biggest bet yet on electric vehicles Tuesday with a commitment to buy up to 175,000 of them from General Motors Co. These EVs — if Hertz can actually get them — could get many Americans behind the wheel of an EV for the first time and supplement cars entering the company’s fleet from Tesla Inc. and Polestar. But Hertz could get the blame from its customers if the charging experience goes awry.

 

No sugar needed: Scientists discover healthier, natural sweeteners in citrus

Too much sugar on a daily basis can eventually result in serious health issues like obesity or Type 2 diabetes. Still, the greater snack industry relies on sugar and enticing people to eat consume plenty of it. Even artificial sweeteners are getting a bad rap for being detrimental to health. Now, however, new research from the University of Florida may finally point to a natural, non-caloric sugar substitute that tastes just as sweet.

 

Profiting from poison: how the US lead industry knowingly created a water crisis

The lead water crisis facing Chicago and many other US cities today has roots in a nearly century-old campaign to boost the lead industry’s sales

 

New study sheds light on the effect of rain and clouds on atmospheric aerosols

Wet processes in the atmosphere, such as clouds and precipitation, have a strong impact on the concentrations and chemical composition of atmospheric aerosols. New findings from the study show that when air masses travel to the SMEAR II research station located in a rural boreal forest site in Finland in northern Europe, the concenn.trations of chemical species contained in the particles (such as sulphate, black carbon and organics) significantly decrease upon a precipitation event, i.e., rain.

 

‘Dramatic’ rise in wildfire smoke triggers decline in US air quality for millions

Recent record fire seasons in the west have increased pollution across the country, affecting people’s health, scientists say

 

Chemical cocktail in skin summons disease-spreading mosquitoes

Mosquitoes that spread Zika, dengue and yellow fever are guided toward their victims by a scent from human skin. The exact composition of that scent has not been identified until now.

 

Small number of huge companies dominate global food chain, study finds

The dominance of a small number of big companies over the global food chain is increasing, aided by the rising use of “big data” and artificial intelligence, new research has found.

 

Blueberries really ARE a superfood! Study finds eating the fruit every day can reverse cognitive decline in elderly people, study finds

Eating wild blueberries each day could reverse cognitive decline in elderly people, a new study highlighting the oft-dubbed superfood's potential finds.

 

A New Tool Can Help Address Ocean Plastic Pollution

Breaking the Plastic Wave Pathways Tool will assess effectiveness of reduction strategies and solutions from local to global scales

 

Chicago's sewage district fails to warn gardeners free sludge contains toxic forever chemicals

Bags of the earthy muck are labeled organic or natural. Sometimes it is billed as exceptional quality compost. Industry held a nationwide contest years ago and decided to call it biosolids, a euphemism that beat out black gold, geoslime and humanure.

 

Chronic lack of sleep may negatively affect our immune cells, raising certain health risks: New study

Losing one-and-a-half hours of sleep over 6 weeks may lead to inflammation and cardiovascular disease, a Mount Sinai study found

 

Mediterranean diet could play a key role in preventing cognitive decline

A recent study published in the journal Alzheimer’s & DementiaTrusted Source found that the levels of six plasma metabolites were associated with lower cognitive function across all racial/ethnic groups, and the levels of most of these blood metabolites were associated with adherence to a Mediterranean diet.

 

New Analysis: Building Material Pollution Harms Communities

As billions of pounds of new insulation is being installed in buildings each year, failure to address these toxic impacts will mean that building decarbonization efforts will further entrench environmental injustice.

 

How is air quality measured?

“Air quality monitoring and transparent access to data through platforms as the World Environment Situation Room, is critical for humanity as it helps us understand how air pollution impacts people, places and planet,” says Alexandre Caldas, UNEP’s Chief of Big Data, Country Outreach, Technology and Innovation Branch.

 

Chornobyls Blown Up Reactor 4 Woke Up and Could Reignite

Scientists from Ukraine have placed many sensors around reactor 4 that constantly monitor the level of radioactivity. Recently those sensors have detected a constant increase in the level of radioactivity. It seems that this radioactivity is coming from an unreachable chamber from underneath reactor 4 that has been blocked since the night of the explosion on the 26th of April, 1986.

 

How to Negotiate for Peace, Resilience, and Environment on the Colorado River

Current government modeling shows the potential within the next 24 months, there could be a “day zero” scenario where reservoir water supplies fall so much that major dams are unable to reliably release water.

 

Thermal Imaging Successfully Assesses Hand Hygiene Technique Among Health Care Professionals

According to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), a recent study in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) suggests that portable thermal-imaging cameras might provide a new approach to assessing and improving hand hygiene practices among health care professionals.

 

LITHIUM mining for electric vehicles is incredibly destructive to the environment and about as far from “green” as you can imagine

Electric vehicles are promoted as the solution for combating “climate change.” Governments are currently incentivizing the production of electric vehicles, while punishing the fossil fuel industry. However, lithium mining for electric vehicles is incredibly destructive to the environment, and is about as far from “green” as one could imagine.

 

Albuquerque health insurance company now home to 120K bees

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque health insurance company is the new home to two colonies of bees. 120,000 bees are now abuzz at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico headquarters near Ballon Fiesta Park.

 

Drought-proof your Ranch

Ask a rancher how they reduce stress and improve their grazing and rangeland health, and they’ll quickly cite talking to other ranchers and attending grazing improvement events.

 

A once-obscure type of beekeeping could help save colonies

Honeybee colonies have been dying more frequently in recent years than they used to, in large part because of a phenomenon commonly known as colony collapse disorder. Parasites and the stresses caused by commercial beekeeping practices have contributed to the problem, according to Thomas D. Seeley, a retired Cornell University professor who studies the behavior and social life of honeybees.

 

Social factors and behavioural reactions to radon test outcomes underlie differences in radiation exposure dose, independent of household radon level

Radioactive radon gas inhalation causes lung cancer, and public health strategies have responded by promoting testing and exposure reduction by individuals. However, a better understanding of how radon exposure disparities are driven by psychological and social variables is required.

 

California fish conservation law could protect bees

The California Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the state to consider protecting threatened bumblebees under a conservation law listing for fish.

 

Turkey: Plastic Recycling Harms Health, Environment

Plastic recycling in Turkey is harming the health of many people and degrading the environment for everyone, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

 

Indonesia’s electric vehicle batteries dream has a dirty nickel problem

Indonesia’s nickel sector is particularly carbon-intensive and environmentally damaging. This creates an awkward challenge for EV manufacturers, who are under pressure to manage environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues in their supply chains, including carbon emissions.

 

Bosch Cautions Automakers About Going All-In On EV Tech

Germany-based engineering giant Bosch has issued a warning to automakers about throwing thrown all their efforts behind electric cars.

 

6.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Mexico, killing at least 1

Thursday's earthquake follows a more powerful 7.6 earthquake that struck Mexico City three days ago

 

Michigan study linking environment to cancer provides ammo for health policy

A new University of Michigan study aims to understand how environmental exposures contribute to cancer.​

 

Vaping: a future public health catastrophe

Will the doctors of the future be dealing with the long-term health consequences of vaping? Sometimes I think this is inevitable as more teenagers take up the habit which involves inhaling aerosolised liquid which has been heated in a special device. Vaping among secondary-school children is rising, with nearly one in five 15-year-olds using e-cigarettes in 2021, a survey by NHS Digital suggests. ​

 

Reducing Electrocution Risk After EV Crash

Although the chances are low, gas-powered cars can sometimes catch on fire following a crash. But as the market shifts more toward electric vehicles (EVs), is there an equivalent safety issue, whereby passengers might be electrocuted following a crash?

 

EV's lithium batteries could pose deadly hazards in an accident. Here's how to stay safe.

Electric vehicles are exploding in popularity these days, but when accidents happen - as they often do - first responders are facing challenges they've never experienced before, that could prove deadly. ​

 

Driving an EV does not make you pro-environment

In the end, an electric car is still a car — and mass car ownership has devastating environmental consequences​

 

Nina Lee: Investigating the impact of noise pollution on children’s health outcomes

“We’re exposed to it every day of our lives from when we’re born, but it’s only been in very recent years that it’s been studied outside of the occupational or industrial environment,” Lee said. “There’s preliminary evidence that it impacts neurodevelopment, our immune systems and our nervous systems.”​

 

Yoga's Age-Defying Effects Confirmed by Science

While yoga's longevity promoting effects have been the subject of legend for millennia, increasingly modern science is confirming this ancient technology for spiritual and physical well-being actually can slow aging and stimulate our regenerative potential.

 

Lockdowns Hurt Kids Even Worse Than We Thought

Perhaps the most obvious consequence of The Experts’™ fanatical focus on COVID restrictions was the harm to children they would cause. Without evidence, they advocated for closing schools and mandating masks, vilifying anyone who dared disagree.

 

Why Are So Many Historic Natural Disasters Suddenly Hitting Our Planet As We Reach The End Of Summer?

Just over the past few days, our planet has been hit over and over again by major natural disasters. So why is this happening?

 

Operators say green energy transition rendered US power grid unreliable, prone to blackouts

Electric grid operators said the U.S.’s power-generating capacity has been struggling to keep up with demand thanks to the “green energy” transition, putting the country at risk of rolling blackouts.

 

Chinese-based company buys Levy land for primate facility

A Chinese-based biological research company purchased 1,400 acres for $5.5 million in July with hopes to build a primate quarantine and breeding facility, according to Levy County officials and records.​

 

Flaming Gorge falls as drought felt higher up Colorado River

Tony Valdez wasn’t worried about being left high and dry when he bought Buckboard Marina three years ago, but that’s changed with the receding waters of Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

 

Documentary: “Obesity and Corporate Greed”

Doctors predict that by 2030, half of the world’s population will be overweight or obese. An epidemic of obesity is causing a rapid rise in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. It’s becoming the biggest health challenge worldwide.

 

More than a dozen sperm whales die in mass stranding on King Island north of Tasmania

Tasmania’s environment department says the young male whales might have been part of same ‘bachelor pod’​

 

Food Supply Stays Tight as Disappointing U.S. Harvest Adds to Global Challenges

A lackluster U.S. harvest this year is setting back efforts to relieve a global food supply that has been constrained by Russia’s war in Ukraine, agriculture-industry executives said.

 

Waterloo leads interdisciplinary team investigating new forever chemicals in Canadian water systems

University of Waterloo is leading an interdisciplinary team to identify and treat per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – better known as forever chemicals – in water systems affecting more than 2.5 million Canadians.

 

California Has Provided Incentives for Methane Capture at Dairies, but the Program May Have ‘Unintended Consequences’

Scientists and environmentalists appeal for more data, noting that research on the ammonia emissions from processed manure raises troubling questions about a vital element of California’s climate change strategy.

 

Texas A&M AgriLife to lead historic investment in Texas’ efforts to become ‘climate-smart’

Texas A&M AgriLife Research is anticipating the largest competitive grant in the organization’s history, up to $65 million, to execute a five-year multi-commodity project to work with Texas’ large agricultural sector on expanding climate-smart agriculture and forestry practices.

 

NYUAD Researchers Discover Expanding and Intensifying Low-Oxygen Zone in the Arabian Gulf

A team of researchers from the Arabian Center for Climate and Environmental Sciences (ACCESS) at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) studied the evolution of dissolved oxygen in the Arabian Gulf over three decades and discovered a significant decline in oxygen concentrations and the expansion of the seasonal near-bottom hypoxic zone (lower oxygen levels near the bottom of the Gulf in certain seasons).

 

Egyptian environmental group builds 'world biggest plastic pyramid'

On the Western bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt, men, and women are busy cleaning the river. They are part of the veryNile initiative. A project launched in 2018 to gather plastic garbage and raise awareness of the importance of protecting the environment.

 

Electric planes are coming: Short-hop regional flights could be running on batteries in a few years

Electric planes might seem futuristic, but they aren’t that far off, at least for short hops.

 

MAGNETIC ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS IN YOUR HOME: BUILDING BIOLOGIST ERIC WINDHEIM INTERVIEW ON SAFE HAVENS IN A TOXIC WORLD

Kaiser Permanente researchers have published several studies linking pregnant women’s exposure to electromagnetic fields to increased miscarriage as well as increased ADHD, obesity and asthma in their children.

 

Are Air Force Pilots’ Cancer Cases Linked To Cockpit Radiation? Calls Rise For Studies.

Too little is known about direct links between cockpit radiation and a variety of cancers in U.S. Air Force aircrews. The director of the USAF Operational Test Team for the F-35 says, “We’re just starting to tease out some of the data on that and it’s not very encouraging.”

 

U.S. HEALTH SECTOR CYBERSECURITY COORDINATION CENTER ISSUES ALERT ABOUT 5G AI NETWORKS IN HOSPITALS

The Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center issued an alert Sept. 8 warning about the security risks associated with AI, 5G networks, nanomedicine, smart hospitals and quantum computing.

 

More than 80% of pregnancy deaths in the US are PREVENTABLE - including deaths from suicide, infection and heart complication, CDC reveals

A vast majority of pregnancy-related deaths could have been prevented with proper care while a mother is expecting, and post-partum, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed Monday.​

 

NC residents demand accountability as chemical polluter expands production

Chemours, a spin-off of DuPont, is expanding production after letting toxic "forever chemicals" seep into the air, water, and soil. Thousands of North Carolina residents do not have clean drinking water at their homes because of the contamination.

 

Gross! Houseflies can carry diseases that they puke on your food!

Common houseflies are notoriously annoying and elusive, but they’re nothing more than a non-biting nuisance, right? It appears that the flies living among us are more of a threat than most realize, according to researchers from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Scientists warn that “synanthropic” flies (non-biting flies typically seen living beside humans) could be carrying diseases in their vomit.

 

Night owls more likely to develop diabetes and heart disease than early birds

Staying up late can be fun, but a new study finds it can also be bad for your heart and overall health. Researchers have found that “night owls” are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes or heart disease than people who get to bed and wake up early.

 

Scientists discover gut bacteria differences in multiple sclerosis patients

Although multiple sclerosis (MS) is on the more rare side, it greatly disrupts the lives of people who have it and all close to them, and all without a cause. Now, UC San Francisco is behind an international research consortium demonstrating significant differences between the gut bacterial environment between people with MS and people without, and also between MS patients receiving different therapies. ​

 

How an effort to reduce fossil fuel use led to another environmental problem: light pollution

In 2014, Los Angeles cut its annual carbon emissions by 43% and saved $9 million in energy costs by replacing the bulbs in more than half of the city's street lamps with light-emitting diodes.

 

Drought decimates Texas' key cotton crop

On Sutton Page's ravaged cotton fields, there is almost nothing left to pick. The Texas farmer managed to salvage maybe a fifth of his crop, but the rest was lost to the severe drought that has taken a steep toll across the region.

 

How many ants are there on Earth?

How many stars are there in our galaxy? How many grains of sand in the Sahara? How many ants live on Earth? These are all questions that seem impossible to answer. However, through intensive and extensive data analysis, science is coming amazingly close to finding the solutions. When it comes to ants, a team led by Würzburg biologists Sabine Nooten and Patrick Schultheiss has done just that.

 

Uganda declares first Ebola death since 2019

Uganda's health ministry on Tuesday announced the country's first fatality from the highly contagious Ebola virus since 2019, declaring an outbreak in the central district of Mubende.

 

The Ebola virus: profile of a dreaded killer

The highly contagious Ebola virus has claimed more than 15,000 lives since it was first identified in central Africa in 1976. On Tuesday, Uganda announced its first Ebola fatality since 2019 in an outbreak in the central district of Mubende.

 

Current status of e-waste management in Vietnam

Electronic waste is an enormous, and growing, problem around the world, with unimaginable numbers of broken and obsolete devices and gadgets being fed into a waste stream that threatens to become a deluge. Not only is the problem one of waste and loss of rare and costly materials, but many of the materials, the metals in particular, represent an environmental threat if they enter ecosystems.

 

Why the Rush to Mine Lithium Could Dry Up the High Andes

The demand for lithium for EV batteries is driving a mining boom in an arid Andes region of Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia, home to half the world’s reserves. Hydrologists are warning the mines could drain vital ecosystems and deprive Indigenous communities of precious water.

 

Typhoon Merbok, fueled by unusually warm Pacific Ocean, pounded Alaska’s vulnerable coastal communities at a critical time

The powerful remnants of Typhoon Merbok pounded Alaska’s western coast on Sept. 17, 2022, pushing homes off their foundations and tearing apart protective berms as water flooded communities.

 

Super-typhoon forces NINE MILLION people to evacuate in Japan – leaving at least two dead and hundreds of thousands more without power

Nine million people in Japan have been told to evacuate their homes as the country is hit by one of the worst typhoons in its history, killing two and leaving 300,000 homes without power.

 

Fiona barrels toward Turks and Caicos as Cat. 3 hurricane

Hurricane Fiona blasted the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday as a Category 3 storm after devastating Puerto Rico, where most people remained without electricity or running water and rescuers used heavy equipment to lift survivors to safety.

 

Tonga warning as Home Reef volcano erupts eight times in 48 hours

Pilots have been warned to take precautious and mariners told to not sail closer than 4km (2.4 miles) from volcano.

 

Supervolcano warning as threat level raised 1,800 years after world's biggest eruption

A supervolcano responsible for the largest eruption over the past 5,000 years, has been cranked up a level on the alert stakes.

 

Gutter to gut: How antimicrobial-resistant microbes journey from environment to humans

From sore throats to fevers and life-threatening infections, most people have periodically used antibiotics. Recent reports show that the global COVID-19 pandemic has increased the use of antibiotics.​

 

People's eating habits are just as unhealthy today as they were 30 years ago - with Americans being among the worst eaters in the world, study finds

The average person's diet has not improved much in the past 30 years despite major gains made in nutrition science - and Americans are among those eating the worst, a new study finds.

 

Shell’s $6 Billion ‘Cracker’ Plant Part of ‘Ponzi Scheme for Natural Gas,’ Critic Says

Supporters of Shell’s Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex allege it will revive the region’s economy, but critics say it will pollute the environment and harm human health — especially children’s health.​

 

Video: Why isn't weed killer working anymore?

Farmers used to worry about weeds. Then, herbicides solved that problem. At least for a while. In 1997, there were 432 new patents for herbicides; by 2009, there were only 65.

 

Pet Trade in Colorful Songbirds Could Drive Species to Extinction

Sometimes, beauty can be a death sentence. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the demand for decorative feathers devastated the populations of birds like great egrets and birds of paradise. Today, it is the exotic pet trade that threatens bright birds with extinction.

 

How to help heat-stressed bees and protect global food supply

Plants struggle to produce nectar and pollen during heatwaves, limiting the pollinating power of bees or butterflies. Researchers are finding ways for agriculture to adjust to a hotter world.

 

Temperature contributes most to geographical distribution of two giant honeybees

Anthropogenic climate change has a significant impact on the geographical distribution and phenology of species. Apis laboriosa and Apis dorsata are two species of giant honeybees distributed in Asia and play important roles in their ecosystems. Understanding species ranges, drivers and the possible impacts of climate change on these species can provide a basis for ensuring sustainable management and targeted conservation into the future.

 

Not Accessible to All, Court Finds QR Codes Unlawful as Means of Disclosing Genetically Engineered Food Ingredients

A federal court this month declared that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) acted unlawfully in allowing food retailers to label genetically engineered (GE, or GMO) foods with only a “QR” code. The decision, made by U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, comes as a result of a lawsuit against USDA by a coalition of nonprofits led by Center for Food Safety, along with organic retailers Natural Grocers and Puget Consumers Co-op. “This is a win for the American family. They can now make fully informed shopping decisions instead of being forced to use detective work to understand what food labels are hiding,” said Alan Lewis, Vice President for Advocacy and Governmental Affairs at Natural Grocers.

 

EPA Must Halt Fracking Waste Discharges Into Gulf of Mexico

Arguing that the Inflation Reduction Act, which mandates massive offshore lease sales to oil companies, will likely accelerate offshore drilling and fracking, the Center for Biological Diversity urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to prohibit discharges of fracking chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Cereal crops and fish currently used to feed livestock could provide food for a BILLION people and help tackle famine and malnutrition, study suggests

Environmental scientists have calculated that we are giving away enough food to animals to stop a billion people going hungry.

 

Mapped: Countries With the Highest Flood Risk

Devastating floods across Pakistan this summer have resulted in more than 1,400 lives lost and one-third of the country being under water. This raises the question: which nations and their populations are the most vulnerable to the risk of flooding around the world?

 

In countless countries crop production is being drastically reduced from the same factor, weather.

Seventy percent of Pakistan's primary food crops have been wiped out by unprecedented weather catastrophes. In countless countries crop production is being drastically reduced from the same factor, weather.

 

Three consecutive years of La Nina: The world is barreling towards a $1 trillion weather-disaster damages – And it could even get worse

Unprecedented monsoon floods in Pakistan. Scorching heat and wildfires in the US West. Torrential rains in Australia and Indonesia. A megadrought in Brazil and Argentina. Weather disasters across the world are reaching new extremes.

 

Administration Announces Floating Offshore Wind Projects That Could Power 5 Million Homes

The Biden administration committed Thursday to build enough floating offshore wind capacity by 2035 to power 5 million homes.

 

Feeling the Heat in the Extremes

In summer 2022, record-breaking heat waves in California and elsewhere have triggered a stream of health alerts and warnings, strained power grids, and left millions of the most vulnerable Americans sweating through uncomfortable and sometimes deadly conditions. If trends continue, oppressively hot and humid summers like this one are going to become much more common.

 

Something Very Strange Is Going On With Artificial Intelligence

We have all seen the reports, robots replacing human beings in the workforce. Robots are winning art competitions against human beings. Robots are making and serving food at fast food restaurants. Robots are being weaponized.

 

Canada’s Government-Run Healthcare Is Euthanizing Sick & Poor People

While Canada often receives praise for its socialized healthcare, the government-run medical system is now euthanizing the country’s sick and poor people.

 

Earth had its 6th-warmest August on record

August 2022 was the world’s sixth-warmest August in 143 years, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. The warm August wrapped up the Northern Hemisphere’s second-hottest meteorological summer on record.

 

One Year of Global Waste Visualized

Waste generation is expected to jump to 3.4 billion tonnes over the next 30 years, compared to 2.2 billion in 2019. This is due to a number of factors, such as population growth, urbanization, and economic growth.

 

As demand for electric cars grows, Chileans face the effects of lithium mining

The South American country of Chile has become a center of lithium mining, which has boomed as demand for electric car batteries has risen. But what are the environmental costs?

 

Fetuses exposed to pesticides often used on citrus and apple trees are up to 87% more likely to develop rare eye cancer that may leave them with vision problems or blindness, study finds

Fetuses exposed to pesticides often used on citrus and apple trees are up to 87 percent more likely to develop a rare type of eye cancer, a study suggests.

 

Beyond Pesticides Calls on Administrators to Keep Pesticides Out of Schools, Children at Elevated Risk

Schools have been deeply concerned about providing safety from COVID-19, but often overlook that the toxic pesticides to which students, teachers, and other staff may be exposed in going back to school threaten their health, both short- and long-term. Beyond Pesticides identifies the health hazards that pesticides pose to the nervous, immune, and respiratory systems, as well as brain function, and their association with cancer and other chronic effects. At the same time, practical, and cost-effective pest management practices are available that do not utilize toxic pesticides (including disinfectants). Tell your Governor to ensure that children, teachers, and staff in all schools throughout your state are protected from toxic chemicals.

 

A potential connection between dementia and air pollution

In the past decade, a growing body of research has shown that air pollution harms older adults’ brains, contributing to cognitive decline and dementia. What hasn’t been clear is whether improving air quality would benefit brain health.

 

Drinking tea significantly slashes risk of diabetes

If you’re worried about developing diabetes, drinking tea throughout the day may help. New research shows that people who consume at least four mugs a day are 17 percent less likely to develop the disease.​

 

Regular vaping can cause damage to the airways of a person's lungs - giving them symptoms similar to asthma, study finds

Regular vape users could be putting themselves at risk of suffering obstructions to their lungs' airways and asthma like symptoms, a new study finds.

 

Cattle Farmer Says New Livestock Grazing Method Could Save Grasslands, Reverse Desertification

Livestock farming has been at the forefront of media and environmentalist attacks for decades. That’s because many researchers insist the United States has reached a tipping point with animal husbandry, citing extended drought conditions as evidence.

 

Website aims to make pollution permit information more accessible in Houston

Texas’ environmental regulators make it tricky for residents to track, or speak out against, industrial projects proposed near their homes. Advocates in Houston built a high-tech workaround.

 

Hurricane Fiona makes landfall in Dominican Republic as more than a million people in Puerto Rico are still without power

Hurricane Fiona made landfall in the Dominican Republic early Monday after slamming Puerto Rico with heavy rain, life-threatening flooding and an islandwide power outage.

 

Air Pollution causes Negative Changes in a Baby’s gut

Air pollutants are directly linked with the composition and function of the gut microbiome in adults. But this is neglected in infancy as exposure to air pollution in the first six months could affect a child’s inner world of gut bacteria or microbiome, which increases the risk of allergies, obesity, and diabetes and impacts brain development.

 

Fury over ‘forever chemicals’ as US states spread toxic sewage sludge

States are continuing to allow sewage sludge to be spread on cropland as fertilizer and in some cases increasing the amount spread, even as the PFAS-tainted substance has ruined farmers’ livelihoods, poisoned water supplies, contaminated food and put the public’s health at risk.

 

Regenerative Thinking — Not ‘Sustainability’ — Will Heal Humans, Ecosystem

It’s clear corporate influence over our national government is having an appalling effect on our health and on the health of the plants, animals, fungi and myriad wee beasties with whom we share the planet, but “sustainability is a stalemate” solution.

 

Millions of Newborns Get Routine ‘Heel Prick’ Blood Tests — Why Are States Keeping Those Samples Without Parents’ Consent?

Within their first 48 hours, nearly all newborns are pricked in the heel so their blood can be tested for dozens of life-threatening genetic and metabolic problems. Not all of the blood is used, so states hold onto the leftover “dried blood spots,” as they’re called, often without parents’ knowledge or consent.

 

7 Evidence-Based Activities for Parkinson's Disease

Simple and enjoyable physical activities, like bicycling, dancing and tai chi, can lead to significant improvements in physical and mental symptoms of Parkinson's disease while in some cases even slowing the progression of the disease

 

Secret To A Long, Healthy, Fit Life — Is A Handful Of Walnuts Every Day?

Parents, if you want your kids to have long, healthy, and active lives, make sure the kitchen pantry is always stocked with walnuts. An expansive new study covering decades of research reports people who eat walnuts early in life are more likely to be physically active, eat healthy in general, and experience a better heart disease risk profile as they age and enter middle adulthood.

 

Diabetes affects millions of Americans and hits Hispanic, Latino adults especially hard, CDC says

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in the United States — and it may impact Hispanic or Latino adults in particular.

 

COMPLETELY CHECKED OUT: Major grocery store unveils new ‘Fast Scan’ technology that registers whole basket in 1 go – ways it impacts how you pay

A SUPERMARKET is testing a futuristic way for shoppers to check out after a shopping trip and the new "Fast Scan" technology will reportedly save customers an unbelievable amount of time.

 

States to Ban Gas-Powered Cars Despite EVs’ Human, Environmental Costs

In Chile’s Salar de Atacama, locals watch helplessly as their ancestral lands wither and die, their precious water resources evaporating in briny salars.

 

Geoengineering The Poles: Refreezing Poles Feasible and Cheap, New Study Finds

The poles are warming several times faster than the global average, causing record smashing heatwaves that were reported earlier this year in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

 

Warming Waters Challenge Atlantic Salmon, Both Wild and Farmed

Higher ocean and river temperatures are stressing Atlantic salmon, depriving these iconic fish of oxygen and forcing them to swim farther to find food. These climate-change pressures are also impacting salmon in ocean farms, which have seen an increase in mass die-offs.

 

A group of First Nations Elders is trying to ban glyphosate. They say it's killing their way of life

The elders say glyphosate is contaminating the food and medicines in their territory

 

Rats to the rescue: could pesky rodents finally get New Yorkers composting?

Campaigners hope to harness revulsion at booming rat numbers to expand composting services throughout the city and cut waste

 

Commentary: How plastics reshaped the planet

When it comes to plastics, the world doesn't have a moment to waste. Plastics are everywhere and poised to dominate the 21st century as one of the yet-unchecked drivers of climate change.

 

Most 30-somethings are sleepwalking into a diabetes diagnosis because they are eating 3 TIMES more potatoes and bread than needed, expert says

Most people in their 30s could unknowingly be on the way to developing diabetes because of society's carb-heavy diets, a top expert warned today.

 

Nanoplastics can disrupt human liver and lung cell processes in lab experiments

What happens when people unknowingly eat, drink or inhale nearly invisible pieces of plastic? Although it's unclear what impact this really has on humans, researchers have now taken a step toward answering that question.

 

Dozens of gut bacteria associated with multiple sclerosis

An international research consortium led by UC San Francisco scientists has shown significant differences between the gut bacteria profiles of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and healthy individuals, as well as between MS patients receiving different drug treatments

 

Strawberries are smaller when bees ingest pesticides, study finds

Solitary bees that ingested the pesticide clothianidin when foraging from rapeseed flowers became slower. In addition, the strawberries pollinated by these bees were smaller. This is shown by a new study from Lund University in Sweden.

 

Grimy windows could be harbouring toxic pollutants

Dirty windows can harbor potentially harmful pollutants under protective films of fatty acids from cooking emissions—and these can hang around over long periods of time.

 

Adult ADHD linked to elevated risk of cardiovascular diseases

Adults with ADHD are at greater risk of developing a range of cardiovascular diseases than those without the condition, according to a large observational study led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet and Örebro University in Sweden.

 

Pollutants from burning structures linger in waterways post-wildfire

As the frequency of wildfires has increased, so have pollutants in the waters from burned watersheds, say researchers in a review paper that highlights the need for more research in the area.

 

Greener and more 'walkable' urban areas encourage physical activity

Urban areas with more "walkable" and greener environments favor the practice of physical activity among citizens.

 

Winter Viruses Stress Importance of Seasonal Cleaning

The goal of the professional cleaning industry is to keep people healthy. With winter coming up, this means it’s time to focus on winter viruses and ways the industry can prevent the spread of winter diseases. ​

 

Could Syracuse's lead paint problem be causing more youth violence? Researchers think so

In Syracuse, hundreds of kids become lead poisoned in their own homes every year. The city has one of the highest rates of teen violence in the country. Syracuse researchers and activists are now looking to show the two tragic realities are intertwined

 

24 of 26 air pollutants have decreased in Sweden

Of the 26 air pollutants that the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency measures, 24 have decreased in absolute numbers during the period 1990–2018. At the same time, Sweden's population increased by roughly 1.6 million and the economy almost doubled.

 

Why do so many kids need glasses now?

A decade into her optometry career, Marina Su began noticing something unusual about the kids in her New York City practice. More of them were requiring glasses, and at younger and younger ages.

 

Lithium mining’s water use sparks bitter conflicts and novel chemistry

Replacing gas cars with electric ones is a main pillar of plans to fight climate change. But the lithium-ion batteries used in electric cars come with a cost.

 

America's fentanyl problem a growing threat for teens

America's epidemic of overdose deaths tied to fentanyl is posing a growing threat to teens — and as they return to school, officials warn they may more frequently encounter the drug disguised in unexpected forms.

 

Farmworkers Still Inadequately Protected from Pesticides, Report Finds

A report issued on September 7 analyzes the U.S. regulatory structure that is supposed to protect agricultural workers from the harms of pesticide use. Its conclusion? The current, “complex system of enforcement . . . lacks the capacity to effectively protect farmworkers. . . . [and] the cooperative agreement[s] between federal and state agencies makes it nearly impossible to ensure implementation of the federal Worker Protection Standard.”

 

Energy crisis: Can large-scale heat pumps replace fossil fuels for heating?

Oil, coal and gas still provide most energy for heating in Germany. Large-scale heat pumps offer a cost-effective, climate-neutral alternative that use waste and environmental heat.

 

‘Greenwash,’ ‘Microgrid’ and ‘Oat Milk’ Are New Terms in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Merriam-Webster has just added 370 new terms to its dictionary, several of which are linked to sustainability. Among the new terms added are “greenwash,” “microgrid,” “oat milk” and “plant-based,” as well as other sustainability-related terms like “supply chain” and “virtue signaling.”

 

More rural Americans smoke cigarettes versus urban residents, have harder time quitting too

Cigarettes aren’t nearly as popular as they once were, but new research finds smoking is still much more common in rural U.S. regions today in comparison to urban areas. Additionally, rural-living Americans find it more difficult to stop smoking cigarettes than their urban counterparts.

 

Teaching ‘Selfish’ Wind Turbines to Share Can Boost Productivity

A software update can help turbines become less disruptive to their neighbors and distribute the wind more efficiently.

 

School start times and screen time late in the evening exacerbate sleep deprivation in US teenagers

With the school year underway around the U.S., parents and caregivers are once again faced with the age-old struggle of wrangling groggy kids out of bed in the morning. For parents of preteens and teenagers, it can be particularly challenging.

 

He was drenched in a weed-killer made by Monsanto in a workplace accident. Then he was diagnosed with cancer

New documentary follows former groundskeeper Dewayne “Lee” Johnson’s trial against agrochemical giant Monsanto

 

‘Dark winter’ could bring utilities controlling your thermostat

A combination of smart devices, utility control, unreliable “green” energy, and poor planning will mean a retread of Soviet-style shortages and rationing.

 

Humans evolved with their microbiomes – like genes, your gut microbes pass from one generation to the next

When the first humans moved out of Africa, they carried their gut microbes with them. Turns out, these microbes also evolved along with them.

 

Nearly 1 in 10 US schools now using solar power

Thousands of schools across the U.S. are beginning to make the switch to solar power, generating significant cost savings and helping them meet their hefty energy needs, a new report has found.

 

Staring at smartphones could trigger early puberty in children

Smartphones and tablets are causing early puberty in children, according to new research. Researchers say the devices emit blue light which reduces melatonin, a hormone that slows sexual maturity.

 

The West’s water crisis is worse than you think

The West’s water crisis is worse than most think. You can see the lack of appropriate concern in the way the Colorado River is being managed.

 

Lies Big Food Tells Consumers to Cover Up Destruction Caused by Industrial Ag

As food sovereignty and agroecology increasingly are seen as solutions to the loss of biodiversity, world hunger and the climate crisis, food and agribusiness corporations are using misleading or false marketing claims to make it appear the products they sell provide solutions to these problems.

 

GMO Labeling Win: Court Says Companies Can’t Use QR Codes Alone to Designate Genetically Engineered Foods

A federal court on Tuesday ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture erred in allowing food companies to label genetically engineered products simply with digital codes that consumers have to scan, without any accompanying disclosure options.

 

Stanford Researchers Model Thawing at Base of Antarctic Ice Sheet

Across Antarctica, some parts of the base of the ice sheet are frozen, while others are thawed. Scientists show that if some currently frozen areas were also to thaw, it could increase ice loss from glaciers that are not currently major sea-level contributors.

 

Here's Why Toyota Isn't Going All-In On Electric Vehicles

While many automakers have committed billions of dollars in recent years to develop all-electric vehicles, Toyota has approached the technology with far more caution - opting instead to continue investing in a portfolio of hybrid "electrified" vehicles, such as the Prius.

 

Google Deepmind Scientist Warns AI Existential Catastrophe "Not Just Possible, But Likely"

A paper co-authored by a senior scientist at Google's artificial intelligence (AI) research laboratory DeepMind has concluded that advanced AI could have "catastrophic consequences" if left to its own methods of achieving goals.

 

Collapse of Earth's Biosphere: A Case of Planetary Treason

Earth's life support systems are breaking down, including the stratospheric ozone layer, which protects all higher life on the planet from deadly ultraviolet radiation. This breakdown is a direct result of human activities including the large-scale manipulation of processes that affect Earth's climate, otherwise known as geoengineering. We present further evidence that coal fly ash, utilized in tropospheric aerosol geoengineering, is the primary cause of stratospheric ozone depletion, not chlorofluorocarbons, as "decreed" by the Montreal Protocol

 

'Significant contamination' from New Zealand aluminum smelter

A ‘’significant mass of contamination’’ has been discharged into the environment from the New Zealand Aluminium Smelter at Tiwai Point and the extensive pollution is likely to still be occurring.

 

Louisiana judge vacates state air permits for $9.4B plastics complex in chemical corridor

A Louisiana district court judge on Wednesday vacated state air permits granted to a Taiwan-based company looking to construct a $9.4 billion plastics complex in St. James Parish, further stalling a controversial project that has faced backlash from some residents and environmental advocates.

 

Topsoil protection should be stressed in the next farm bill, U.S. House Ag panel told

Farmers and academics at a Wednesday hearing stressed the need for members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee to support regenerative agriculture farming practices in the upcoming farm bill in order to protect topsoil.

 

How Cash-Strapped Schools Are Benefiting From the Sun

Public schools are increasingly using savings from solar energy to upgrade facilities, help their communities, and give teachers raises — often with no cost to taxpayers.

 

The Titans of Plastic

Pennsylvania becomes the newest sacrifice zone for America’s plastic addiction.

 

Children whose parents breathed cigarette smoke more likely to get asthma – study

Children are much more likely to develop asthma if their father was exposed to tobacco smoke when he was growing up, a new study has found.

 

Firefighters and supporters are pushing hard for PFAS-free turnout gear

Firefighting is an occupation that comes with inherent risks. In addition to the physical demands, there are also health risks associated with the job. For instance, the rate at which firefighters develop cancer outpaces the general population by 9 percent, and their risk of dying from cancer is 14 percent higher, according to a study published by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

 

Japan harvesting junk electronics to tackle resource shortages

A new "urban mining" campaign aims to extract valuable metals from used smart phones, televisions and computers. The goal is to reduce Japan’s dependence on foreign suppliers and shaky supply chains.

 

Toilet Paper Companies Destroying Canada’s Boreal Forests: New NRDC Report

The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has just released its Issue With Tissue report for 2022, and while it does show some progress in regards to sustainable bathroom tissue, the findings also show that many major toilet paper companies are destroying Canada’s boreal forests.

 

Keep buildings cool as it gets hotter by resurrecting traditional architectural techniques

From western Europe to China, North Africa and the US, severe heatwaves brought drought, fire and death to the summer of 2022. The heatwaves also raised serious questions about the ability of existing infrastructure to cope with extreme heat, which is projected to become more common due to climate change.​

 

Dogs still not safe from toxic algae blooms in 2022

EWG’s annual tracking of algae bloom news reports finds more than 400 stories already this year, and further proof that toxic algae can be deadly for dogs.

 

Study Finds Surface Sanitizers Inconsistent

When it comes to inactivating norovirus, not all surface sanitizers behave the same, according to a study by North Carolina State University

 

With Global Disease Rates Rising, Do Pesticides Take Some of the Blame? Science Says, “Yes.”

A review published in Scientific African finds pesticide exposure contributes to the increase in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Tanzania, reflecting implications for global health. There are four main NCDs, including cardiovascular diseases, cancers, respiratory diseases, and endocrine-disrupting diseases like diabetes.

 

Some cancer-causing viruses suppress the immune system, thanks to regular gut bacteria

A new study from the University of Chicago reports that commensal bacteria encourage leukemia caused by the murine leukemia virus (MuLV) by suppressing the anti-tumor immune response in mice.

 

Why plastic is building up at recycling centers and catching fire

Recycling plants are amassing millions of tons of plastic bottles, the Environmental Protection Agency says, with some becoming part of a growing problem of toxic fires at these plants, according to data provided by environmental advocates. Critics say beverage companies should be doing more to make their products more recyclable.

 

Increase in LED lighting ‘risks harming human and animal health’

Blue light from artificial sources is on the rise, which may have negative consequences for human health and the wider environment, according to a study.

 

Primary school children lose one full night's sleep a week due to staying up late on social media sites, study finds

Young schoolchildren are missing out on the equivalent of one full night of sleep a week, with their sleep worse the more time they spend on social media.

 

Nanoparticulate Rain, Interview With A Scientist

Nanoparticulate rain, are climate engineering operations the source? What aren't we being told? A highly credentialed scientist provides extensive analysis, this is a must watch report.

 

Cannabis contamination is a serious public health risk

Newly published research highlights the dangers of legalized marijuana that many regulators have overlooked in the United States. “Cannabis regulation is unlike any agricultural commodities, food, or drugs in the U.S. Currently, there are no national-level guidelines based on conventional risk assessment methodologies or knowledge of patients’ susceptibility in medical use of cannabis,” said lead author Max Leung, an assistant professor at Arizona State University.

 

71 children in Hartford have lead poisoning; city is fourth highest in Connecticut. What’s being done?

Hartford, like other large cities in Connecticut, has a large number of cases of lead poisoning and many dwellings with lead paint, built before 1978 when lead was banned in paint products.

 

This Deadly Fungus Shapeshifts to Get Deep Inside Your Brain Tissue

It sounds a little bit like the premise of a horror movie, but scientists have determined that the pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans actually changes in size once it enters a body, increasing its chance of infection.

 

Brain injury can be reversed! Boxers and MMA fighters may see their cognitive skills and brain structure recover after they hang up the gloves, study finds

Brain damage suffered by athletes who take part in combat sports that subject them to repeated head trauma can be reversed after they step away from fighting, a new study finds.

 

Dietary supplement shows ability to prevent macular degeneration

The most common cause of blindness in older Americans is age-related macular degeneration (AMD). However, there is hope that people can slow the progression of vision loss down. Researchers with the National Eye Institute analyzed 10 years’ worth of data and found that a modified version of the AREDS2 formula, which contains the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, was effective in slowing down AMD progression.

 

Beloved children’s fruit snacks test positive for pesticides

Pesticides are found at detectable levels in dozens of fruit leather strips and dried fruit, two of the most popular children’s snacks, according to the results of new Environmental Working Group testing.​

 

Homeopathy: God Save the Queen's Medicine

Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) passed away at the impressive age of 96…and her mother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (1900-2002) lived until the even more impressive 101 years of age. This longevity may not just be happenstance or even genetics, but it may in part be due to the fact that they had both been active advocates for and users of homeopathic medicine.

 

Gas stoves can cause asthma in children and cancer in adults by emitting the same gas pumped out by cars on roads - even when they're turned off

Gas stoves can give children asthma and put adults at risk of cancer by emitting the same particles belched out by cars and trucks - and can do so even when they're switched off, scientists warn.

 

Conifer communication is complex and can be altered by air pollution

A new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows that upon attack by bark-feeding weevils, conifers release substantial quantities of volatile organic compounds that provide important cues to neighbouring seedlings.

 

3 Reasons Food Is Getting More Toxic

Processed foods are the worst, but even plant and animal foods can be contaminated by phosphate fertilizers, glyphosate herbicides and biosolids (human waste used as fertilizer).

 

Food shortage simulation predicts 400% SURGE in food prices by 2030

A 2015 food shortage simulation predicted that food prices could increase by as much as 400 percent from 2020 t0 2030. The simulation, titled the “Food Chain Reaction,” was conducted at the headquarters of the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C. According to a press release from Big Ag company Cargill, the simulation was held over two days and involved 65 international policymakers, academics and business leaders

 

Creepy and sick! School children in Canada and Australia are being groomed to eat insects...

School children in Canada and Australia are being groomed to eat insects, in an attempt to normalize it for when this is the only viable food source in the future.

 

Bill Gates-funded Colombian mosquito factory breeds 30 million bacteria-infected mosquitoes weekly

A Colombian mosquito factory funded by businessman Bill Gates is breeding 30 million bacteria-infected mosquitoes per week. The self-proclaimed world health czar and Microsoft founder has already invested $185 million in the creation of the mosquito factory as part of his World Mosquito Program (WMP). The project’s stated purpose is to eliminate native mosquito populations believed to be responsible for dengue, zika and other viral diseases in humans using bacteria-infected mosquitoes that cause sterility.

 

Executive Order Unleashes Transhuman, Genetic Modification Firestorm On America

Transhumanists and Technocrats in Big Pharma have cracked the U.S. government wide open to flood the bioeconomy with taxpayer money and labor to push the frontier of genetic modification of all living things, especially humans. This will ultimately spark the biggest public backlash in modern history.​

 

Terrifying moment slow-moving mudslide BARRELS down California hill

Rescuers searched for a person missing in a mudslide Tuesday as big yellow tractors plowed through dark, thick sludge and pushed boulders off roads after flash floods swept dirt, rocks and trees down fire-scarred slopes, washed away cars and buried buildings in small mountain communities in Southern California.

 

Pitt looks to recruit Southwestern Pa. families for childhood cancer study

Several thousand parents across eight Southwestern Pennsylvania counties are being asked to participate in a University of Pittsburgh study examining a possible link between fracking — or other environmental risk factors — and childhood cancer.

 

‘We are drowning’: Pakistan floods push toxic lake over edge

Heavy rain compounds decades-long environmental catastrophe at country’s largest freshwater lake

 

Teens who get more exercise are also more likely to vape, shocking study shows

Exercise gives you a healthier body and mind, but that may not include learning to make good decisions. A recent study from the University of Georgia reports that high school students who work out four to five days a week were surprisingly 23% more likely to use electronic vaping cigarettes than more sedentary peers.

 

Daily multivitamin may sharpen thinking skills, protect against cognitive decline

Could the secret to a sharp brain in old age be as simple as taking a daily multivitamin? New joint research from Wake Forest University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital suggests as much. Scientists conclude that multivitamins can improve thinking skills in older individuals and help stave off cognitive decline.

 

Cleaning Up Beach Showers

New research shows how beach showers send a flood of harmful contaminants into the ocean.

 

Early Risers Who Stay Active Throughout The Day Are Happier, Mentally Stronger

Night owls take note! Early risers who remain active throughout the day tend to be more content and sharper mentally, especially in older age. Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh report that seniors who get up early and stay busy all day long are both happier and perform better on cognitive tests in comparison to those with more irregular daily activity patterns.

 

The ozone layer is slowly getting healthier

Ozone-killing materials in Earth's stratosphere fell over 50% to levels seen before the ozone hole became a problem, scientists say. But there's still a way to go. Here's why we need a healthy ozone layer.​

 

Honeywell lobbying Gov. Newsom to veto measure banning ‘forever chemicals’ from cosmetics products

Technology giant Honeywell is lobbying California Gov. Gavin Newsom to veto a bill that would ban the sale in the state of cosmetics intentionally made with the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, say Sacramento advocates familiar with the situation.

 

4 Countries Harbor 80% of the World’s Deforestation Caused by Industrial Mining

While more than 70 percent of deforestation worldwide is linked to agriculture, this isn’t the only threat faced by the world’s tropical forests. Another threat is industrial mining, and this could grow in significance as demand for rare-earth minerals rises due to the clean energy transition.

 

The opioid crisis isn’t just the Sacklers’ fault – and making Purdue Pharma pay isn’t enough on its own to fix the pharmaceutical industry’s deeper problems

You may have heard of the Sackler family and the role that they and their privately held company, Purdue Pharma, played in the opioid crisis. One TV series depicting the family as a villainous clan earned 14 Emmy nominations, winning two. Another is in the works.

 

Couple says their sugarless, ‘high-raw vegan diet’ cured their digestive issues, leaves them ‘revitalized’ every day

Meet the super strict vegans who refuse to eat any sugar or salt and exist almost entirely on a diet of fruit and nuts. Allee and Hendry Gurung, both 29, are high-raw vegans and their intake consists mostly of raw and exotic fruits like durians and mangos, as well as vegetables and nuts. They only eat cooked foods such as potatoes, rice and pasta once a day or once every few days.

 

EPA Confirms PFAS “Forever Chemicals” Leach into Pesticides from Storage Containers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is confirming that PFAS (per and polyfluorinated alykyl substances) forever chemicals leach into pesticides from their storage containers, and is taking steps to remove 12 “inert” PFAS ingredients that are currently allowed to be added to pesticide products. The agency’s move is a step toward some measure of health protections from chemicals that may have been widely sprayed throughout many American communities, and have been linked to cancer, liver​

 

Healthy teenagers at risk of irregular heartbeats from air pollution, says study

Healthy teenagers are more prone to irregular heartbeats after breathing in fine particulate air pollution, according to the first major study of its impact on otherwise healthy young individuals.

 

Pregnant with PFAS: The threat of ‘forever chemicals’ in cord blood

The developing fetus faces a threat from the harmful “forever chemicals” known as PFAS in their umbilical cord, a new Environmental Working Group science review finds.

 

Heartwarming moment Arizona veteran walks again thanks to robotic exoskeleton after being wheelchair-bound for a DECADE from spinal-cord injury in Iraq explosion

U.S. Army veteran Richard Neider is able to walk again after suffering a spinal-cord injury in Iraq thanks to a robotic exoskeleton.

 

‘Unstoppable’ bird flu epidemic causes growing alarm among Dutch farmers

With millions of chickens and ducks culled, farmers say only a vaccine can save the poultry sector from the ‘invisible enemy’

 

Scientists Say There Are Two Types of Obesity, And One Is Worse For Our Health

A new study splits obesity into two distinct subtypes, each with their own effects on our body's functioning. Not only could the finding inform a more nuanced approach to diagnosing health conditions associated with weight, it could lead to more personalized ways of treating them.

 

YouTube found to be especially bad for teens' sleep

Many teens look at screens at bedtime, but some apps are more likely to keep them awake than others, leading to sleep problems.

 

Gas-powered car bans won't work without infrastructure investments, expert says

California lawmakers have passed a measure cracking down on the future sales of new gasoline cars. The rules call for the ban of new gas-powered cars by 2035, with target guidelines to phase out the cars in increments. It is the first ban of its kind, and states nationwide are expected to enact similar policies.

 

Insects struggle to adjust to extreme temperatures making them vulnerable to climate change

Insects have weak ability to adjust their thermal limits to high temperatures and are thus more susceptible to global warming than previously thought.

 

Tailored Approaches Key to Optimizing Occupational Radiation Protection

There is an increasing awareness of the need to protect people exposed to radiation in the course of their work. Methods and approaches must be tailored towards broader workforce requirements as the use of radiation and nuclear technologies grows across a range of sectors, experts agreed at the third International Conference on Occupational Radiation Protection that took place in Geneva last week. ​

 

Monitoring Improves Hand Hygiene Compliance

A GOJO Industries study recently published in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (ICHE) found that health care facilities actively partnered with an automated hand hygiene monitoring system (AHHMS) vendor were able to achieve significant improvement in hand hygiene performance rates.​

 

Breast Milk and the Microbiome

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that all children be exclusively breastfed from the first hour of their life to a minimum of six months of age. There are many advantages associated with breastfeeding, for both the lactating mother as well as the infant, some of which are related to the microbiome composition of human breast milk.

 

Is your gas stove bad for your health?

Cooks love their gadgets, from countertop slow cookers to instant-read thermometers. Now, there’s increasing interest in magnetic induction cooktops – surfaces that cook much faster than conventional stoves, without igniting a flame or heating an electric coil.

 

'Years of life lost' to unintentional drug overdose in adolescents spikes during pandemic

The first year of the COVID-19 pandemic saw a 113% increase in the "Years of Life Lost" among adolescents and young people in the United States due to unintentional drug overdose, according to researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine.

 

‘Monstrosities in the farmland’: how giant warehouses transformed a California town

Ontario was once at the center of the dairy industry. Now it’s home to Amazon’s largest warehouse and hundreds of others – with dangerous consequences

 

The Role of Toxicology in Wildlife Conservation

Wildlife toxicology involves the investigation of how various environmental contaminants can alter the physiology and anatomy of wildlife. Such effects can determine the overall fitness and survival of these animals by impacting their reproduction success, health, and overall well-being in the wild. ​

 

Bigger plants don’t always equal more nutritious ones

While increased carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere encourage plant growth, they also reduce the nutritional value of plants, which can have a larger impact on nutrition and food safety worldwide.

 

Why Promoters of Great Reset Are Pushing Ultra-Processed Foods

According to promoters of The Great Reset, a traditional whole food diet is not only “unsustainable” but “environmentally destructive” and must be replaced with GMOs and protein alternatives made from insects, plants and synthetic biology.

 

EPA watchdog to probe Jackson, Miss., water crisis

The EPA inspector general office, which previously issued a scathing report about the agency’s handling of the Flint, Mich., water crisis, is now probing the federal response in Jackson, Miss., where a public water system crashed and left 150,000 people without safe drinking water.

 

As EPA Fails to Fine Oil and Gas Polluters, New Mexico Officials Demand Answers

New Mexico officials are asking the federal government to explain why it decided not to impose fines on oil and gas producers it caught violating the Clean Air Act in the state. In May, Capital & Main reported that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that 24 companies had 111 leaks from wells and other equipment, following an airborne monitoring program over New Mexico’s portion of the Permian Basin in 2019.

 

Terrifying video shows thousands of dead cattle in Rajasthan, as 57,000 cows have already died so far from Lumpy Skin Disease outbreak in India

Rajasthan has turned into a giant cattle graveyard as the lumpy virus is wreaking havoc. In overall, over 57K cattle have died due to lumpy skin disease in India. 46K have died in Rajasthan alone.

 

Phasing out fossil fuels and replacing them with “green” energy is a “dangerous delusion,” report warns

Mark Mills of the conservative Manhattan Institute published a report highlighting how the anti-fossil fuel agenda is a misguided recipe for disaster. If there is anything the “lessons of the recent decade” make clear, Mills writes, it is that SWB technologies – meaning solar, wind, and battery – “cannot be surged in times of need.”

 

Germany's Power Grid Faces Collapse As Millions Stock Up On Inefficient Electric Heaters For The Winter

The managing director of the German association of energy and water utilities, BDEW, told daily Handelsblatt that customers could be left with even heftier power bills if they do not use the devices sparingly. "And they can overburden the power grids, for instance when many households switch on their fan heaters in one part of town at the same time on a cold winter's night," BDEW director Kerstin Andreae was quoted as saying. She said she understood people's fears of cold homes, but some of the coping mechanisms could backfire.

 

Recycling Materials: Turning Old Batteries into New Ones

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is largely involved in a new battery recycling project. LiBinfinity focuses on a holistic concept for recycling materials of lithium-ion batteries. A mechanico-hydrometallurgical process without energy-intensive process steps will be transferred from the lab to an industry-relevant scale.

 

How One Rust Belt College is Transforming Its Local Food System

In Michigan, Kalamazoo Valley Community College has built a rare model aimed at connecting people through growing food, supporting local farmers, and educating a wide variety of community members.

 

What the Western drought reveals about hydropower

The relentless Western drought that is threatening water supplies in the country’s largest reservoirs is exposing a reality that could portend a significant shift in electricity: Hydropower is not the reliable backbone it once was.

 

Hydroponics Help Urban Schools Grow Food Year-Round

In New York, Maryland, California, and beyond, hydroponic farms are being used as teaching tools while also addressing food access challenges.

 

Multiple Pesticides Detected in All Store-Bought Milkweed, Threatening Further Monarch Declines

Every store-bought milkweed sample tested in a recent study contains multiple toxic pesticides, placing monarchs reliant on these plants in harm’s way at a time the species can ill afford any further loss to its population. Pollinator declines have influenced many residents throughout the U.S. to take action into their own hands and transform their home yards or businesses into an oasis for bees, birds, and butterflies. Yet the recent study published in Biological Conservation finds that many retailers are dousing their ‘wildlife-friendly’ plants with pesticides that put this vulnerable species in further danger.

 

10,000 steps a day is key to better health — but so is how fast you’re walking

Millions of fitness-centric individuals aim to walk 10,000 steps each day to help lower their chances for serious health problems. Scientists now say that the speed at which they’re walking may be just as important as hitting the number alone.

 

How effective is vitamin D supplementation in COVID-19?

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), led to hundreds of millions of infections worldwide, with over 6 million deaths so far. Many researchers have suggested that low vitamin D levels increase the risk of clinical infection and severe and fatal COVID-19.

 

'Robots will never take over the world': World's most advanced humanoid robot Ameca reassures there's 'no need to worry' and says androids are here to 'help and serve humans'

Ameca, a humanoid robot developed by Cornwall-based Engineered Arts, said: 'There's no need to worry, robots will never take over the world. We're here to help and serve humans, not replace them.'

 

Ultra-Processed Food Is Everywhere. The Health Risks Go Deeper Than We Realized

In countries such as the UK, US and Canada, ultra-processed foods now account for 50 percent or more of calories consumed. This is concerning, given that these foods have been linked to a number of different health conditions, including a greater risk of obesity and various chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and dementia.

 

New long-term opioid use after lung cancer surgery linked to 40% higher death risk within next 2 years

New long-term use of opioids to quell pain after lung cancer surgery is linked to a 40% heightened risk of death from any cause within the next 2 years, finds research published online in the journal Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine.

 

In Nigeria, finding value in waste recycling

Mounds of waste scattered along roads and vast landfills are a Nigerian eyesore. In Africa's biggest economy and most populous country, collecting, sorting and recycling trash is despairingly rare. But there is also good news. Some entrepreneurs are working hard to tackle the rubbish mountain, despite the many challenges.

 

'It's scary': Authorities warn of rainbow fentanyl and urge parents to talk to kids about the drug

There’s a new warning from police about rainbow fentanyl and a mother who lost her son to a fentanyl overdose shares her story. "He was my oldest child, my only son. This happened and to this day, I just can’t understand it," mother Tanya Niederman said.

 

Are EV Batteries Creeping Into the Waste & Recycling Streams?

It’s no secret that fleets are going electric. In fact, California’s new rules, which are dubbed the strictest in the nation, will require all new cars, pickups and SUVs to be electric or hydrogen-powered by 2035, and 17 other states are considering similar rules.

 

Cannabis use during pregnancy may cause mental health problems in children

Children whose mothers used cannabis after the fifth or sixth week of pregnancy may be more likely to develop mental health problems in early adolescence, a new study suggests.

 

Concussions at school may affect academic performance

Adolescents who have experienced a concussion in the past 12 months could be 25% more likely to be in poor academic standing than youths who have no concussions, suggests a study published online in the journal Injury Prevention.

 

California’s Water Threatened by Overuse of Unregulated Pesticides and Herbicides

The water scarcity California has been experiencing over the last two decades is the result of the worst drought to hit the American Southwest in the past 1,200 years. While climate change plays a significant role in reducing precipitations, the unsustainable use of groundwater aquifers further diminishes the state’s limited water supplies.

 

Nanoplastics can move up the food chain from plants to insects and from insects to fish

A new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows that lettuce can take up nanoplastics from the soil and transfer them into the food chain.

 

Oldest female condor in Central California survives lead poisoning after emergency surgery

Lead poisoning, the principal threat to the California Condor Recovery program, often results in mortality for these critically endangered birds.

 

Banned Decades Ago, Lead Paint Still Causing Poisoning

Lead-based paint was banned for use in residential homes in 1978. Yet, many Connecticut cities are still seeing cases of lead poisoning related to it, and many of those cases are children.

 

Toxic Metals in Baby Food Remain Unregulated

An investigation by the U.S. Congress revealed that baby food produced by several major U.S. manufacturers contained elevated amounts of toxic metals. The investigation identified high concentrations of cadmium, lead, mercury, and arsenic, which present long-term health risks to growing toddlers.

 

Are pesticides affecting childhood growth in low-income countries?

Pesticides are abundantly used throughout the world, both in farming practices and domestically. Yet, despite their widespread use, there is little evidence on how pesticides affect the development of children in utero and after birth in low-resource settings.

 

Why solar panels do not always live up to expectations

The need to switch to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar has never been more urgent. As the gas tap is slowly turned off, electricity becomes more and more expensive, and the effects of the warming climate are becoming painfully visible, more and more people are acquiring solar panels.

 

Understanding the Risks of Toxic Exposure

Chemicals are everywhere. You will find them in toothpaste, shampoo, clothing, cleaning products, and even the food you eat. It is almost impossible to avoid them completely, but most chemicals are harmless in small amounts, keeping the average person safe from health risks. Unfortunately, the risk of severe adverse health effects is much higher for the millions of people who regularly work with dangerous substances.

 

Air quality plummets as smoke from roaring wildfires chokes US west

Blazes in California, Washington and Oregon cause widespread damage as plumes travel across states and into Canada

 

Half of Health Care Facilities Globally Lack Hygiene Basics

A recent Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed that slightly more than half of the world’s health care facilities lack extremely basic hygiene services—specifically soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

 

Floating Solar Farms Are a Game Changer

With a span of four soccer fields and a peak capacity of five megawatts, the Alqueva Floating Solar Power Plant, built by Portugal’s main public utility EDP, is the largest floating solar farm in Europe, generating enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 30 percent of the region’s population. It’s part of a rising tide of floating solar — or “floatovoltaic” — power plants that are proving the renewable revolution need not stop at land’s end.

 

The Onslaught Of Genetic Engineering 2.0

Over the past 30 years OCA and our allies across the world have fought hard against gene-spliced GMO foods and crops and the toxic pesticides and chemicals that always accompany them, exposing their dangers, limiting their market share, and in some countries bringing about mandatory bans (Mexico) and/or labeling and safety-testing (USA and Europe).

 

Monsanto/Bayer Declares War On The 30,000 Roundup Cancer Victims Who Are Suing Them

Fresh off a fifth-in-a-row trial victory, Monsanto owner Bayer AG is rejecting a proposed “global resolution plan” put forward by plaintiffs’ lawyers as a last chance to try to settle tens of thousands of pending Roundup cancer claims before a wave of new trials get underway, newly filed court documents show.

 

The Stage Is Being Set For A Massive Global Rice Shortage

An announcement that India just made should be front page news all over the globe right now. India usually accounts for over 40 percent of all worldwide rice shipments, but now they have placed severe restrictions on all future exports this year…

 

Food Banks All Over The U.S. Are “Overwhelmed” As The Cost Of Living Pushes More People Into Poverty

The food lines are back, and they are starting to get really long. But this wasn’t supposed to happen. We are being told that unemployment is very low, even though that is not actually true. And we are also being told that the inflation rate is still only in the single digits, and of course that is not exactly true either. All over the country, middle class Americans are watching their lifestyles be absolutely eviscerated by the cost of living crisis, and an increasing number of them are tur​

 

Ultraprocessed Food — The Worst Choice for Planet and Health

According to promoters of The Great Reset, a traditional whole food diet is not only “unsustainable” but “environmentally destructive” and must be replaced with GMOs and protein alternatives made from insects, plants and synthetic biology. Life on earth cannot be sustained, they say, unless we transition to what amounts to an ultraprocessed and highly unnatural diet. A scientific review throws The Great Reset’s talking points in the proverbial trash, as ultraprocessed foods are “fundamentally un​

 

All Electric Semi Truck Models in One Graphic

Electric semi trucks are coming, and they could help to decarbonize the shipping and logistics industry. However, range remains a major limitation. This presents challenges for long-hauling, where the average diesel-powered semi can travel up to 2,000 miles before refueling. Compare this to the longest range electric model, the Tesla Semi, which promises up to 500 miles. A key word here is “promises”—the Semi is still in development, and nothing has been proven yet.

 

Want Your Kids To Get Smarter? Teach Them How To Play Music – Say Scientists

Parents always want their kids to be smart and intelligent. Some experts have been suggesting that teaching children how to code can benefit them in many ways, but new research has pointed out that music is the gateway to getting smarter kids.

 

Satellite Image Reveals 'Agriculture Wasteland' Across California's Rice Capital

New satellite imagery shows a large swath of California's rice fields has been left barren without harvest as fears of a 'mini dust bowl' emerge due to diminishing water supplies. Kurt Richter, a third-generation rice farmer in Colusa, the rice capital of California, told San Francisco Chronicle that fields upon fields of the grain have already transformed into a "wasteland."

 

A New Plant in Indiana Uses a Process Called ‘Pyrolysis’ to Recycle Plastic Waste. Critics Say It’s Really Just Incineration

After two years, Brightmark Energy has yet to get the factory up and running. Environmentalists say pyrolysis requires too much energy, emits greenhouse gases and pollutants, and turns plastic waste into new, dirty fossil fuels.

 

Chemicals in our food may be contributing to weight gain

A likely culprit behind weight gain is the harmful chemicals in what we consume. Some of these substances, called obesogens, can contribute to weight gain and lead to obesity, in turn raising a person’s risk of heart disease and other serious health problems.

 

Geoengineering Watch: Forest fires, flash droughts, flash floods, extreme UV radiation and crop destruction

Forest fires, flash droughts, flash floods, extreme UV radiation and crop destruction, the super-rich are frantically preparing to try and save themselves by investing in underground bunkers. Will they succeed?

 

World’s Deadliest Virus: ‘Spanish Flu’ Reverse Engineered, Recreated

These Frankenstein crazed geneticists who are creating killer viruses have seemingly created a secret society amongst themselves, all agreeing to zero transparency, lies, deceit. and corruption. This cartel must be broken down and exposed to the light of sanity and humanity. If they are not stopped, all of mankind is at risk.

 

The 10 most polluted states in the US

How clean are the air and water in your state? Using 2021 data, U.S. News and World Reports’ feature on the “Best States” has ranked U.S. states on several metrics, including economics, education and health care. The listing also measures natural environment, which is based on a state’s air/water quality and pollution levels.

 

How you can help protect sharks – and what doesn’t work

Sharks are some of the most ecologically important and most threatened animals on Earth. Recent reports show that up to one-third of all known species of sharks and their relatives, rays, are threatened with extinction. Unsustainable overfishing is the biggest threat by far.

 

Get up and stretch! Sitting down too much can double a woman’s risk of breast cancer

Exercising more and sitting down less can lower the risk of women developing breast cancer, according to a new study.

 

What is ‘triple-dip’ La Niña?

Meteorologists have predicted that a “triple-dip” La Niña is expected to occur through the remainder of 2022 and possibly into early 2023.

 

Aging and the gut: Why taking care of your microbiome as you get older is vital

The relationship between healthy gut microbes and a flourishing aging process is a growing area of exploration. Many experiments conclude that the gut environment is a considerable determinant of immunity and cognition complications related to aging.

 

Diesel exhaust fumes change blood in women significantly more than men

Air pollution hits women harder than men, according to a new study. Researchers say diesel exhaust fumes change components of blood affected by inflammation and infection — but these changes were greater among women.

 

‘Water is our most precious resource’: alfalfa farmers asked to give up crop amid megadrought in US south-west

Agriculture – mainly alfalfa – consumes 80% of the Colorado River’s dwindling water supply, prompting calls for conservation efforts

 

Megadrought in the American south-west: a climate disaster unseen in 1,200 years

Nearly four decades later, the consequences of a sweltering Earth are hitting home in the US south-west and mountain west – comprising states from California to Colorado. Over the past two decades, extreme heat and dwindling moisture levels have converged to create a “megadrought” deemed the driest period in 1,200 years.

 

How sunlight could turn seawater into freshwater for coastal communities

Abu Dhabi-based startup Manhat, founded in 2019, is developing a floating device that distills water without requiring electricity or creating brine. It consists of a greenhouse structure that floats on the surface of the ocean: sunlight heats and evaporates water underneath the structure -- separating it from the salt crystals which, are left behind in the sea -- and as temperatures cool, the water condenses into freshwater and is collected inside.

 

Organic Integrity Before the Public, Comments Due By September 29

Comments are due by 11:59 pm EDT September 29.The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is receiving written comments from the public through September. This precedes the upcoming public comment webinar on October 18 and 20 and deliberative hearing October 25-27—concerning how organic food is produced. Sign up to speak at the webinar by September 29. Written comments must be submitted through Regulations.gov. by 11:59 pm EDT September 29.

 

9/11 survivors’ exposure to toxic dust and the chronic health conditions that followed offer lessons that are still too often unheeded

The World Trade Center dust plume, or WTC dust, consisted of a dangerous mixture of cement dust and particles, asbestos and a class of chemicals called persistent organic pollutants. These include cancer-causing dioxins and polyaromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, which are byproducts of fuel combustion.​

 

Scientists Studying Earth's Trees Issue a Stark Warning to Humanity

From soaring coastal redwoods to dinosaur-era Wollemi pines and firs that make the perfect Christmas trees, even our most revered woody plants are in an awful lot of trouble. But it turns out that losing some species won't just endanger local forests; it will threaten entire ecosystems, says a new study. ​

 

Study finds antibiotics may make melanoma worse, by depleting the gut microbiome

The use of broad-spectrum antibiotics in mice with malignant melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer, accelerated their metastatic bone growth, likely because the drugs depleted the mice's intestinal flora and weakened their immune response, according to a new study by researchers at Emory University in Atlanta.

 

Scientists discover how air pollution triggers lung cancer

Scientists said Saturday they had identified the mechanism through which air pollution triggers lung cancer in non-smokers, a discovery one expert hailed as "an important step for science—and for society". ​

 

Small nuke reactors emerge as energy option, but risks loom

A global search for alternative sources to Russian energy during the war in Ukraine has refocused attention on smaller, easier-to-build nuclear power stations, which proponents say could provide a cheaper, more efficient alternative to older model mega-plants.

 

Soaring energy costs could threaten future of electric cars, experts warn

Soaring energy costs are threatening the future of the electric car, industry bosses in Germany have warned.

 

To clean up the Potomac, engineers are digging a 2-mile tunnel under it

This mission — the largest infrastructure project undertaken in this Northern Virginia community — is meant to address the city’s most glaring pollution problem: the millions of gallons of raw sewage that it puts into the Potomac every year.

 

First discovery of microplastics from water trapped on plant leaves

Although they have not been around for long, microplastics have found their way to almost every ecosystem on the planet. They have been discovered in the soil, in rivers, in our food and bottled water, and even in the human body. Recently, a team of researchers found, for the first time, microplastics in water trapped in plant leaf axils.

 

You can unlearn chronic back pain

Chronic pain is a leading cause of disability worldwide. But new research shows that people can be taught to retrain their brains and reverse the pain.

 

La Crosse virus is the second-most common virus in the US spread by mosquitoes – and can cause severe neurological damage in rare cases

La Crosse disease is the nation’s second-most prevalent mosquito-borne virus. According to the CDC, West Nile virus makes up more than 90% of annual viral infections from mosquito or tick bites, with La Crosse the next-most prevalent at about 2% of mosquito or tickborne viral infections a year – or 50 to 150 cases a year. Both children and adults can be infected with La Crosse virus.

 

Why are some people mosquito magnets and others unbothered? Entomologist points to metabolism, body odor and mindset

It's rare to attend an outdoor party in warm weather without hearing people complain about mosquitoes. They swat away, sit in campfire smoke, cover up with blankets and eventually just give up and go indoors. On the other end of the spectrum, there are plenty of people who don't seem bothered by mosquitoes in the slightest.

 

1-hour walk through nature lowers stress, research shows

Several studies have found higher rates of major mental illnesses in urban versus rural areas. A 2012 meta-analysis, for instance, found an increased risk for schizophrenia for those who live in cities.​

 

Nearly all Minnesota deer exposed to pesticides linked to pollinator die-off

The pesticides linked to bee, butterfly and pollinator deaths across the nation are being found in the organs of far more of Minnesota's wild deer, and in higher concentrations, than previously thought.​

 

The dark side of LEDs: Suppression of melatonin by blue light

You may have heard that exposure to blue light can disrupt your sleep. As it turns, out it's also harmful to wildlife.

 

Magnesium's Pain-Relieving and Anti-Inflammatory Effects

Did you know that magnesium has the power to both relieve your pain and help you reduce inflammation throughout your body?

 

Why the Fake Food Race Is Worth $3 Trillion

Once living animals are eliminated and replaced with patented plant-derived alternatives, private companies will effectively control the food supply in its entirety, and those who control the food control the people.

 

Honey: Nature’s Miraculous Healing Food – But is the Honey You Buy Contaminated by Commercial Agriculture’s Herbicides and Pesticides?

Honey is one of nature’s most perfect and beneficial foods. The documented research on the incredible health benefits of honey is truly astounding. If you type in the search term “honey” in the National Library of Medicine on the NIH Government website, you will get 15,480 results from peer-reviewed medical journals.

 

'Disgusting': Environmental groups call for more oversight after hog waste system erupts

Samantha Krop was doing a routine flyover of the Neuse River basin last month — a part of her job with the environmental group Sound Rivers — when she noticed something strange at White Oak Farms here.​

 

What is the environmental cost of factory-farmed meat?

Across the four hot spots, the annual consumption of chicken creates the same climate change impact as keeping 29 million cars on the road for a year

 

Mysterious rainbow rings are appearing in the sky around the world and nobody knows why

A recent unusual cloud formation in Southern China is going viral on the internet, but they are only getting part of the story. In Puning City, in China’s southern Guangdong Province, a beautiful, iridescent pileus cloud was seen.

 

The Energy Transition Could Be Derailed By A Looming Copper Shortage

“Think of copper as a common carrier, so to speak, of decarbonization. It is literally the wiring that connects the present to the future,” writes Nathaniel Bullard, BloombergNEF's Chief Content Officer. While many of us imagine renewable energies to be just that – infinitely renewable, with no use of finite resources – the reality is that solar planes, wind turbines, energy transmission infrastructure, batteries for energy storage, and motors for your electric cars and electric bicycles all rely on metals that are not infinitely sourceable.

 

Monarchs still need your help

How are monarch butterflies really doing? Could their presence in backyard gardens be a sign of stronger populations? The answer to these questions has been the subject of contentious debate in recent years. But one thing scientists agree on is that the orange-winged insects remain gateways to engagement with the local environment — and they still need our help.

 

No September on record in the West has seen a heat wave like this

In just the past week, nearly 1,000 heat records have been broken

 

A close look at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch reveals a common culprit

An overwhelming amount of plastics hauled from the patch trace back to fishing industries in Japan, China, South Korea, and the US.

 

Hurricane Kay Could Be Rare Tropical Storm to Impact California

Hurricane Kay, which is currently churning off the coast of Baja California, could be the rare Northeast Pacific hurricane to impact the northern Mexican peninsula as well as drought-ravaged Southern California. The storm could bring relief to a state baking under a record-breaking September heat wave, but heavy rainfall poses risks as well.

 

Ghost islands of the Arctic: The world’s ‘northern-most island’ isn’t the first to be erased from the map

In 2021, an expedition off the icy northern Greenland coast spotted what appeared to be a previously uncharted island. It was small and gravelly, and it was declared a contender for the title of the most northerly known land mass in the world. The discoverers named it Qeqertaq Avannarleq – Greenlandic for “the northern most island.”

 

Exposure to formalehyde - emitted by cars and often found in construction sites - in high concentrations can decrease semen quality in men, study finds

Breathing in large amounts of formaldehyde released from cars, burning wood and factories could slash the quality of sperm, a study has suggested.

 

Antibiotics given in infancy may have adverse impact on adult gut health

A new study published in The Journal of Physiology has found that early life exposure to antibiotics in neonatal mice has long-lasting effects on their microbiota, enteric nervous system, and gut function. This could mean that babies given antibiotics may grow up to experience gastrointestinal issues.​

 

It’s Time to Make Cities More Rural

Enough with the urban vs. rural binary. When rurbanization brings agriculture into cities, everyone benefits.​

 

Children born from obese pregnant women are TWICE as likely to suffer from ADHD, study finds

Expecting mothers who are obese are putting their children at an increased risk of suffering from attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), a new study finds.

 

New kit enables study of microplastics in the ocean

New equipment designed by British Antarctic Survey is helping scientists to study the impact of microplastics in the ocean. The Ocean Plastic Incubator Chamber (OPIC) exposes various types of plastics to oceanic conditions for predetermined lengths of time to measure weathering rates. Lots of discarded plastic ends up in the ocean, where it remains, so it's important to understand how plastic may impact the ecosystem.

 

Brush and floss every day to keep Alzheimer’s disease away, doctors say

An international study finds that people with poor dental hygiene are 21 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease later in life.

 

Study: Newly discovered predator damaging our ecosystems

ASU researchers discover new predatory bacteria in soil biocrusts

 

A cardiologist says she's seeing a rise in 20-somethings with heart arrhythmias caused by herbal supplements

Cardiologists are sounding the alarm on herbal supplements, which are giving their young patients heart problems.

 

Air pollution hurts baby “gut biome,” Colorado study shows

Particles in air from traffic and industry slash good bacteria and risk inflammatory disease, CU researchers say in a look at Los Angeles infants

 

Seeing the Value of Nature through Beavers, as Cattle Ranchers Benefit from These “Ecosystem Engineers”

One kind of solution to the biodiversity crisis that is likely not on most folk’s bingo cards comes from a Nevada cattle rancher, who has shifted his relationship with . . . wait for it . . . beavers. As climate change impacts ramp up their toll in the U.S. via intensified droughts, floods, and wildfires, solutions are widely and eagerly sought, if deployed at insufficient pace. In this Nevada case, Agee Smith — unlike his rancher father, who reportedly “waged war against the animals, frequently​

 

Radiation therapy elevates risks for future cancers

A standard treatment for localized prostate cancer — meaning cancer that is confined to the prostate gland — is to kill or shrink tumors with radiation. The long-term outcomes for most men treated this way are excellent. But as with other cancer treatments, radiation involves a certain amount of risk, including the possibility that it might cause secondary cancers to form in the body later.

 

An obscure UN agency okayed the first industrial sea floor mining project

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) has authorized the first large-scale effort to scoop valuable metals from the Pacific sea floor, which could help speed the transition away from fossil fuels.

 

Lithium leach fields kill birds within minutes after they land on the fields.

According to New Scientist, lithium mines are environmentally dangerous and disrupt wildlife habitats. It is energy intensive business and reduces access to fresh water, affecting local communities.

 

What Do Electric Cars Really Cost?

Clean cars drive some very dirty businesses and grubby regimes. That’s the main takeaway from Henry Sanderson’s fine new book Volt Rush: The Winners and Losers in the Race to Go Green.

 

How Does Coffee Affect the Immune System?

As one of the most widely consumed beverages worldwide, coffee is largely consumed for its stimulating effects due to its caffeine concentration. Although previous studies touted coffee as a potential source of health problems, recent studies have found that coffee elicits a wide range of benefits to human health, particularly on the immune system.

 

UN Food Official Warns Fertilizer Affordability Crisis Could Slash Global Grain Production By 40%

More than six months into the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the global fertilizer crunch threatens to starve a planet as prices are too high for some farmers ahead of the next planting season.

 

How Meditation Can Help Kids Deal With Trauma, Depression and Attention Disorders

Children actively meditating experience lower activity in parts of the brain involved in rumination, mind-wandering and depression.

 

Sweeteners may be linked to heart disease risk, study suggests

A large study suggested Thursday that artificial sweetener could be associated with a higher risk of heart disease, however, experts urged caution about the findings.

 

The Middle East is warming up twice as fast as the rest of the world

Temperatures in the Middle East and eastern Mediterranean are rising almost twice as fast as the rest of the world, according to a new study, with far-reaching consequences for the health and well-being of the roughly 400 million people who live in the region.

 

Bird flu forces egg farm to euthanize 3 million chickens

An outbreak of bird flu that has led to the deaths of 43 million chickens and turkeys this year across the U.S. has been found at a giant egg-laying operation in Ohio, state and federal agriculture officials said Wednesday.

 

Swiss Citizens Who Overheat Their Homes This Winter Could Face Hefty Fines & 3 Years In Jail

After the Swiss and Finns joined the Germans, Austrians, and Swedes in bailing out there energy providers, who are facing trillions in margin calls; new legislation covering Switzerland’s energy supply will make heating homes to more than 19°C unlawful in the event of an energy shortage.

 

Scaling Up: The weighty impact of hog farming’s evolution?

The number of large hog operations increased while small farms disappeared in recent decades

 

Why Aren’t Federal Agencies Enforcing Pesticide Rules That Protect Farmworkers?

Without protection from OSHA, farmworkers rely on EPA’s Worker Protection Standard, which is not adequately enforced.

 

Storms are getting worse. What does that mean for our health?

As adverse weather events like heavy rainfall, subsequent flooding and heat waves grow more severe and increase in frequency, checking the weather forecast means much more than knowing if you need an umbrella: Extreme weather is inextricably linked to our safety and well-being.

 

DEP hears concerns over evaporator at Rostraver landfill that processes frack waste

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection held two public hearings last week about a plan by a Westmoreland County landfill to build a gas-fired leachate evaporator.

 

Residential exposure to petroleum refining could be related to strokes in the southern US

A new study has revealed that exposure to pollutants from petroleum refineries has a strong link to stroke rates across the Southern United States. The results were published today in Environmental Research Letters.

 

Survey: Safer baby diapers are more important than ever

Disposable diapers are stinking with chemicals used to keep a baby’s bottom dry

 

Ingestion of Real-World Pesticide Residues in Grain Threatens Bird Offspring More than Parents

A study published in Environmental Pollution finds parental exposure to real-world, sublethal concentrations of pesticide residues on grains is a major contributor to unfavorable offspring development among foraging birds. Parents’ ingestion of grains with conventional pesticide residues, whether from contaminated or pesticide-treated seeds, results in chronic exposure that adversely affects offspring health, even at low doses.

 

Manuka honey could help to clear deadly drug-resistant lung infection, research suggests

A potential new treatment combining natural manuka honey with a widely used drug has been developed by scientists at Aston University to treat a potentially lethal lung infection and greatly reduce side effects of one of the current drugs used for its treatment.

 

Air pollution harms infant gut health, low-income communities take the brunt

Air pollution affects just about all of us. It’s a largely unavoidable daily toxin exposure that we can only hope doesn’t wreak too much havoc. However, it’s an even more pressing concern for babies in their first six months of life. Researchers at the University of Colorado reveal a link between inhaled pollutants, such as those from industrial waste and cars, and harsh changes in the gut bacteria of infants.

 

Insomnia increases risk of memory decline, dementia in older adults

Sleep isn’t always easy to come by in today’s fast-paced “always on” culture, but new research shows just how essential a little bit of shut eye is to our minds. Researchers at Concordia University report older adults with insomnia are more likely to experience memory decline as well as even more serious long-term cognitive impairments like dementia.

 

US lobster put on ‘red list’ to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales

Lobster nets and pots have become such a threat to the survival of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales that the crustaceans have been “red-listed” as seafood to avoid by a major fish sustainability guide.

 

A cost-effective way to transform water into fuel

Researchers from the Nano and Molecular Systems Research Unit (NANOMO) at the University of Oulu in Finland, have developed a cost-effective way to transform water into fuel. Their new nickel-based catalyst (a substance that accelerates the speed of a chemical reaction) uses sunlight to split water into oxygen and hydrogen, allowing them to harness the hydrogen as a source of energy.

 

Study finds damage in the lungs of chronic e-cigarette users

Chronic use of e-cigarettes, commonly known as vaping, can result in progressive small airway obstruction and asthma-like symptoms such as shortness of breath and chest pains, according to researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

 

Elephants can hear with their feet and understand different languages

Elephants are skilled communicators with memories that could give humans a run for their money. But culling and habitat loss is making it harder for them to pass on this expertise.

 

Much of the Amazon Rainforest Has Hit a Tipping Point and Might Not Recover, Major Study Finds

A new study from scientists and Indigenous organizations has found that many parts of the Amazon rainforest are already at their tipping point, meaning they face a point of no return when it comes to recovery.​

 

Rusty oil ship in the Red Sea threatens an ecological catastrophe

The Red Sea is under imminent threat of a massive oil spill from an aged Yemeni tanker. The UN's plans to avert the disaster have stalled for lack of funding.

 

Grapes, berries and robots: is Silicon Valley coming for farm workers jobs?

The global ag-tech revolution has sped up in recent years, spurring a debate on how it will affect the workforce

 

How does light impact kids in school?

Did you know that light is a factor that affects both learning and the psychological development in school children? The right kind of light can boost performance in reading, writing and math, and suppress restlessness and aggression.

 

Craving donuts? Scientists discover urge for junk food comes from gut signal to brain

A gut-brain signal that gives people the urge to gorge on junk food has been discovered by scientists. It fuels cravings for fatty foods, offering hope of new treatments for obesity and binge eating. ​

 

Bee It Known: Biodiversity Is Critical to Ecosystems

A Rutgers-led study on bees shows how different species pollinate the same plants over time

 

Are 'green' household consumer products less toxic than traditional products?

To reduce the environmental impacts related to the manufacturing and disposal of household consumer products (HCPs)—such as laundry detergents, all-purpose cleaners, insecticides, and toothpaste—several companies are marketing "green" product formulations.

 

Danger Looms Where Toxic Algae Blooms

Billions spent on strategies to limit nutrient pollution that don’t work.

 

'Gateway' foods like candy, pastries and frozen treats may lead to unhealthy teen eating

A study of adolescent eating habits found that certain ultra-processed foods, such as candy, prepackaged pastries and frozen desserts, may act as a 'gateway' and lead to increased intake of other unhealthy foods. 43% of the adolescents estimated that they increased their consumption of ultra-processed foods between 2019, before pandemic restrictions were implemented, compared to 2022, after pandemic restrictions were lifted. 57% of adolescents estimated that they decreased their consumption of ultra-processed foods between 2019 and 2022.

 

How Vaping Almost Killed Me

Recorded in October 2019, Bloomberg Quicktake spoke to three teens about how vaping almost cut their lives short. Then, they called on the industry to make sure it doesn't happen again.

 

The Dirty Problem With Electric Vehicles? Mining for Batteries

Personal automobiles cause a huge amount of pollution, but electric vehicles have their own problems.

 

Khat: Meet the Plant Gunning for Marijuana’s Spot

There is one plant that rivals marijuana in terms of popularity among black-market transactions: khat.

 

Cancer On The Rise Globally Among Adults Under 50

Over the past three decades, a troubling trend has emerged regarding cancer diagnosis rates on a global scale. More and more adults under the age of 50 are developing various forms of cancer. Scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital report the incidence of early onset cancers (cancers detected in individuals younger than 50) all over the world has increased “dramatically” since around 1990.

 

Is Your Child Eating Candy That Contains This Possible Carcinogen?

Titanium dioxide, a possible carcinogen used as an artificial color additive, anti-caking agent or whitener in supplements and in a wide variety of processed foods — including candy — is linked to changes in gut microbiota that may lead to inflammatory bowel disease or colorectal cancer.

 

"Blackouts Imminent" - 75,000 Powerless As Record California Power Usage Sparks 'Demand Response Event'

As was expected earlier, California power usage surged to a record high this afternoon raising the emergency status of the state’s electrical system to the highest possible level amid a blistering heat wave, which means rolling blackouts are imminent.

 

Parents’ eating behaviors can turn their teens into emotional eaters

Parents who reward children with food or restrict their diet risk their kids becoming “emotional eaters” who use food to regulate their feelings.

 

A new method to assess the health of the ozone layer

Researchers have developed a new method for assessing the impact of ozone-depleting chemicals released into the atmosphere. 

 

Juul to pay nearly $440M to settle states’ teen vaping probe

Electronic cigarette maker Juul Labs has agreed to pay nearly $440 million to settle a two-year investigation by 33 states into the marketing of its high-nicotine vaping products, which have long been blamed for sparking a national surge in teen vaping.

 

On the frontlines of drought, communities in Mexico strive to save every drop of water

Sixteen Indigenous Zapotec communities in Mexico have created over 579 water infrastructure projects, including absorption wells, small dams and water pans, to conserve water in the Oaxaca Valley – a region impacted by recurrent droughts.

 

Increased physical activity reduces breast cancer risk, international study suggests

Increasing physical activity and reducing time spent sedentary is likely to decrease the risk of breast cancer, a study of more than 100,000 women suggests.

 

Mothers' stress rollercoaster while pregnant linked to negative emotions in babies

Pregnant people who had bigger fluctuations in stress from one moment to the next—also called lability—had infants with more fear, sadness and distress at three months old than mothers with less stress variability, reports a new Northwestern University study that examined how a child's developmental trajectory begins even before birth.

 

Researchers suggest it's time for updated warning labels on alcoholic beverages

A pair of researchers, one with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the other with the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, are suggesting that it is time to update the warning labels that appear on bottles and cans containing alcohol-based beverages made for sale to the public.

 

US farmers face plague of pests as global heating raises soil temperatures

Agricultural pests that devour key food crops are advancing northwards in the US and becoming more widespread as the climate hots up, new research warns.

 

Out of thin air: new solar-powered invention creates hydrogen fuel from the atmosphere

Researchers have created a solar-powered device that produces hydrogen fuel directly from moisture in the air.

 

Trouble for Bambi: Neonic Levels in Wild Deer Spiking in Minnesota, Raising Concerns for Hunters and Conservationists

Neonicotinoid (neonic) insecticides are causing widespread contamination within deer populations in Minnesota, with recent data showing significant increases over sampling that took place just two years earlier. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) began sampling the spleens of deer in the state after research conducted in South Dakota found widespread contamination, but also links to harmful effects as a result of the exposure.

 

‘Renewable’ waste pit leaches into waterways

A pit of hog waste in eastern North Carolina billed as a renewable energy solution leaked tens of thousands of gallons of toxic sludge into local waterways for months over the summer, the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

 

Mercury pollution makes ducks more likely to get bird flu: study

Ducks contaminated by mercury pollution are significantly more likely to get bird flu, a study found Wednesday, pointing towards another way that human-driven changes to the natural world increase the risk of viruses spreading.

 

Sugar disrupts microbiome and immune function, leading to metabolic disorders

Research shows that an estimated 70% of the immune system resides in the gut. Immune cells in the gut interact with the microbiome — the bacteria and fungi that live in the intestines — linking diet directly to the health of the immune system.

 

NATIONAL SPECTRUM MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION WARNS FCC THAT 6 GHZ BAND “SWARM OF DEVICES” COULD “WREAK HAVOC” ON POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS , ELECTRIC UTILITIES AND RAILROADS

The National Spectrum Management Association (NSMA) issued a press release on it’s formal filing to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) detailing a “deep concern” regarding the FCC’s regulatory change that opens up the 6 GHz band to unlicensed use.

 

How To Protect Yourself From Toxic Chemicals

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think about toxic chemicals very often. But the truth is, they’re all around you, and many of them can be seriously harmful to your health. This article will discuss how to protect yourself from toxic chemicals and keep your family safe.

 

Beware of the glare! Even just looking at sun's reflection on PHONE SCREEN can ruin your eyes, doctors warn

But even gazing at its glare in your phone screen for too long could equally harm your eyes, experts have now warned.

 

Microplastics Found in Homes Pose Greatest Risk to Kids, Research Shows

A study of global microplastics exposure inside homes across 29 countries shows people living in lower-income countries and young children — regardless of income status — are at greater risk of exposure. ​

 

'We don’t have enough' lithium globally to meet EV targets, mining CEO says

Climate provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act put the U.S. back on track toward significant emissions reductions, potentially reducing greenhouse gas output by 40% of 2005 levels.But one miner warned that when it comes to the transportation sector, domestic resources for lithium, the most critical mineral used for electric vehicle production, may not be sufficient enough to meet some of the most ambitious targets.

 

A New Chinese Military-Linked EV Battery Giant Has Emerged

The military-linked company is expanding fast, further cementing Beijing’s dominance of the supply chain and pushing past any geopolitical concerns.

 

Europeans could be paying $270 to charge their electric cars by early 2023 as electricity rates explode

Record highs are being set around the globe for the cost of electricity, and countries in Europe are experiencing the worst of it. The entire scam of electric cars is now being realized by the majority of the populace, as they finally realize it costs more to own, maintain and ‘fuel’ an electric car than any standard gasoline-fueled automobile. Don’t believe it?

 

As concerns about PFAS rise, doctors scramble to learn about the toxic chemicals

A major report from the National Academies recommended that individuals with significant exposure to toxic chemicals, known as PFAS, get a blood test and ongoing medical monitoring. The guidance covers a wide range of people, including those who live near commercial airports, military bases and farms where sewage sludge may have been used.

 

Scientists unlock secrets of 'immortal jellyfish'

This jellyfish can repeatedly reverse its age. Scientists hope the immortal jellyfish can provide clues for human aging.

 

Local Food Movement: Everything You Need to Know

The local food movement is the push to eat food that is grown and harvested nearby to where it is purchased. It is often contrasted with the contemporary mainstream food system, in which avocados from Mexico are purchased in January from a big-box grocery store in New England. It champions a more direct relationship between growers and consumers, so that community members can get produce directly from a local farmer instead of a supermarket.

 

The PPE used throughout the COVID-19 pandemic is getting tangled up in wildlife

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, masking has been one of the key public health measures put in place to combat the disease. Since March 2020, billions of disposable surgical masks have been used around the world, raising the question: What happens to all those used masks?

 

Indigenous Knowledge Informs Mercury Research in Arctic

A recent paper finds that active collaboration with Indigenous Peoples is critical to monitoring mercury in the Arctic.

 

Antarctica's 'Doomsday Glacier' is 'holding on by its fingernails'

Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier is 'holding on by its fingernails', experts say, after discovering that it has retreated twice as fast as previously thought over the past 200 years.

 

Determining if a Cleaning Product Is Green

If you manage a facility that is looking to go green—that is, be as environmentally friendly as possible—a great way to start is by finding and using green cleaning products. But what exactly makes a cleaning product green? What are the characteristics of a green cleaning product? Is a product green just because the label says so?

 

Arsenic in Manhattan housing complex water

In the latest crisis for New York City’s troubled public housing system, residents at a Manhattan housing complex are without safe drinking water because their supply may contain arsenic — and officials in Mayor Eric Adams’ administration are facing questions about what they knew and when they knew it.​

 

The World Is Not Ready For The Next Super-Eruption, Scientists Warn

Even if humanity manages not to self-destruct with war or climate change, there are still other existential threats we must be ready for.

 

Video exposes disgusting innards of trendy vaping devices

People who routinely use vapes have been delivered an eye-opening reminder of just how filthy the ‘trendy’ devices are inside.

 

New study questions effectiveness of ADHD medication for kids

About 6 million kids in the U.S. are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. Of those diagnosed, 90% are prescribed stimulant medications to help with their academic performance. But a new study reveals some surprising findings about these drugs’ effectiveness.

 

Dark matter and lithium water: 15 big issues poised to affect oceans and coastlines

Global experts consider the impact of emerging trends on marine and coastal biodiversity

 

Teens More Likely to Vape If Parent Smokes

Parents who smoke should know that their kids are more likely to vape and try smoking. Those teens were 55% more likely to try e-cigarettes than those of nonsmoking parents and 51% more likely to have tried traditional cigarettes, according to a large study out of Ireland.

 

'Small piranhas': Beachgoers in California plagued by SWARMS of tiny, hungry bugs that bite their feet

Tiny, flesh-eating bugs known as 'mini-sharks' are wreaking havoc along the California coastline, feasting on beachgoers' feet, causing pain and drawing blood.

 

What is croup? Mothers can prevent ‘barking’ cough in children by taking vitamin D supplements

Vitamin D and fish oil supplements could significantly help pregnant women keep their children from developing a common viral chest infection, a new study reveals.

 

'Forever Chemicals' Spread Among Us by Moving Underground, Study Finds

Scientists reviewing over a decade's worth of studies on the fate of notorious pollutants – dubbed 'forever chemicals' for the way they persist in waterways, soils, and sea ice – have unearthed where environmental hotspots of contamination lie.

 

Do you vape? Check your charger NOW: Shocking video shows the lithium battery from an e-cigarette EXPLODING during charging test

Shocking new footage suggests you might want to make sure you're using the correct charger for your e-cigarette.​

 

Replicating mangosteen peel extract as a treatment for intestinal inflammation in humans and animals

A group of researchers in Thailand has replicated "Hydroxy-xanthones," the antioxidant-rich vital extracts found in mangosteen peels that kill germs and halt infections in the intestinal mucosa.

 

Robo-bug: A rechargeable, remote-controllable cyborg cockroach

An international team led by researchers at the RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research (CPR) has engineered a system for creating remote controlled cyborg cockroaches, equipped with a tiny wireless control module that is powered by a rechargeable battery attached to a solar cell. Despite the mechanic devices, ultrathin electronics and flexible materials allow the insects to move freely.

 

Having high cholesterol and reduced physical stamina and being overweight are long COVID sequelae in young adults

Healthy young people with just a mild COVID infection can sometimes suffer temporary post-infection consequences such as tiredness, loss of smell and taste or reduced fertility. These symptoms usually improve with time. But a new UZH study conducted with Swiss Armed Forces personnel shows that young people post COVID are likely to have increased cholesterol, a high BMI, and a reduced level of physical stamina. As a result, they may be more likely to develop metabolic disorders and cardiovascular complications in the long term.

 

The power of compost: Making waste a climate champion

A new way of using compost could boost global crop production and deliver huge benefits to the planet, according to a study co-led by The University of Queensland.

 

Making nanodiamonds out of bottle plastic

What goes on inside planets like Neptune and Uranus? To find out, an international team headed by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), the University of Rostock and France's École Polytechnique conducted a novel experiment. They fired a laser at a thin film of simple PET plastic and investigated what happened using intensive laser flashes. One result was that the researchers were able to confirm their earlier thesis that it really does rain diamonds inside the ice giants at the periphery of our solar system. And another was that this method could establish a new way of producing nanodiamonds, which are needed, for example, for highly-sensitive quantum sensors.

 

Flash flood watch under way for 80m in eastern US as heatwaves broil west

More than 80 million people in the eastern US were under flash flood watches late on Monday, marking still more extreme weather in a country reeling from record heatwaves in some regions, as the US increasingly feels the effects of the climate crisis.

 

Young Twitch users more likely to fall for unhealthy food ads

Watching streams about video games on Twitch could be affecting your diet more than you think. Researchers from Penn State and Dartmouth College have found that seeing food advertisements on the social media platform makes adolescents and young adults more likely to crave and buy nutrient-poor foods like candy and energy drinks.

 

See how electric cars are changing this South American desert

The Atacama Desert of Chile is know as the Saudi Aravia of the electric vehicle industry. It is one of the largest lithium reserves in the world, with an estimated 8 million tons.

 

Break A Sweat For Your Brain: Exercise Protects Aging Synapses

If you want robust cognition and sharp thinking skills in old age, a recent study finds that a proper exercise routine will go a long way toward keeping your brain young – no matter how old you are.

 

What Would You Do If Your Utility Bill Was TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS?

Imagine going to the mailbox to face the usual onslaught of bills and finding something different…something that could totally destroy life as you know it. Many Europeans are finding just that – utility bills for 1-2 months of power that work out to around $10,000 because of their energy crisis. Yep, you read that right. I didn’t add an extra zero.

 

Average Child Spends Less Than An Hour A Day Doing Physical Activities, Parent Survey Shows

Forget staying at home – nearly four in five parents would rather catch up with their family while doing a physical activity together (78%). It might be the best way to get kids to exercise more, according to a new poll, considering the average child isn’t even spending an hour a day being active.

 

Spring forward: Changing climate’s early winter wakeup call is a buzz kill for bumblebees

New research from the University of Ottawa has found the earlier arrival of spring in parts of North America negatively impacts bumblebee survival, which could potentially threaten bee-pollinated agricultural crops and other plant sources.

 

Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, September 3, 2022

Relentless heat waves and wildfires are taking a terrible toll on the US West. Even forested regions of Northern California are currently scheduled to hit 115 degrees in the coming days while hovering around 110 degrees in the meantime. Crops continue to be crushed by heat and drought. In other parts of the world constant deluge is drowning out food production and decimating populations.

 

Forty years of “just around the corner”

And now that electric vehicles may really be ready, a few new things to think about.

 

Plastic certificates: Greenwashing or a step to climate neutrality?

A new brand of offsetting allows companies to call themselves "plastic-neutral" while continuing to use plastic themselves. What's it all about?

 

India: Why are suicides among farmers on the increase?

Financial burdens caused by climate change and government polices have led to a rise in the number of suicides among agricultural workers. Maharashtra state has suffered more than most.

 

Demand for green technology, less fossil fuel will leave us in a sulfur shortage, experts warn

The world is running out of sulfuric acid, a valuable resource in modern industrial society. A recent study from the University College London suggests a sulfur shortage could stifle advancements in green technology and threaten global food security.

 

If you got really sick from COVID, your gut could be to blame

It seems that there’s a laundry list of illnesses these days that can be traced back to the state of our gut, and scientists are now adding COVID-19 to it. Researchers from Flinders University in Australia have shown a molecular link between COVID-19 and serotonin cells in the gut, which could be key to understanding infection and severity of the virus.

 

Prevent tree extinctions or face global ecological catastrophe, scientists warn

Scientists have issued an urgent “warning to humanity” about the global impact of tree extinctions.

 

What’s ailing the sea lions stranded on California beaches?

The concerned calls began in mid-August. Sea lions – mostly adult females – were turning up along the southern California coast with signs of poisoning: disoriented and agitated, with their heads bobbing and their mouths foaming.

 

Most Farmworkers Speak Spanish, but Pesticide Safety Labels Are Often Only Printed in English

Pesticide labels are designed to help prevent dangerous exposure, but the EPA doesn’t ensure most farmworkers can read them—an oversight that has serious implications for their health, and the environment. ​

 

A new way to produce pheromones as a crop pest repellent

A team of researchers from Sweden, China and the U.S. has developed a much cheaper way to produce pheromones as a crop pest repellent. In their paper published in the journal Nature Sustainability, the group describes how they genetically altered a plant to force it to produce a pheromone that could be used as a pest repellent.

 

DNA responses to childhood trauma offer clues on which children will have long-term health issues as adults

New research from Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Pharmacy brings the medical community closer to identifying children with the highest need for treatment and intervention following traumatic events.

 

You need to exercise more than TWICE as much as guidelines recommend to maximize your lifespan, study finds, as CDC says just HALF of Americans are meeting that inadequate benchmark

Physical activity guidelines laid out by U.S. health officials - markers that a vast majority of Americans are not reaching - are still inadequate for a person who wants to maximize their lifespan, a new study finds.

 

Circadian rhythm disruption found to be common among mental health disorders

Anxiety, autism, schizophrenia and Tourette syndrome each have their own distinguishing characteristics, but one factor bridging these and most other mental disorders is circadian rhythm disruption, according to a team of neuroscience, pharmaceutical sciences and computer science researchers at the University of California, Irvine.

 

Review suggests 'parent-centered' approach to medical imaging can enhance emotional connection to the unborn baby during pregnancy

A systematic review of twenty-three studies suggests that, during pregnancy, expectant parents' feelings towards their unborn baby (fetus) can be positively enhanced by sonographers (specialist healthcare professionals who are trained to perform pregnancy ultrasound scans) making imaging examinations a truly parent-centred experience. Such an experience can allay feelings of anxiety and stress in the parents, helping them to feel more informed about the health and well-being of their unborn baby, and reassured of their emotional investment in the on-going pregnancy.

 

Deadly 6.8 magnitude earthquake shakes southwest China

At least seven people were killed after a strong earthquake hit southwestern China on Monday, triggering landslides and shaking residents in a major city that was under lockdown, state media reported. ​

 

FDA’s ‘Closer to Zero’ plan fails to adequately address toxic heavy metals in baby food

After reports of widespread heavy metal contamination in U.S. baby food products surfaced in 2019, the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy launched an investigation targeting seven major manufacturers.

 

Chinese companies slated for mercury pollution in Cameroon

An environmental think tank in Cameroon has raised the alarm over the pollution of rivers in the country’s east and north. The Centre for Environment and Development (CED) says two Chinese gold mining companies are discharging toxic mercury and cyanide into the rivers every day, putting downstream communities and wildlife at risk.

 

Exposure to ionizing occupational radiation affects over 24 million workers globally

Over 500 experts from all over the world are to exchange information and experiences on strengthening the protection of workers from radiation.

 

Is There A Link Between Autism And Air Pollution?

A growing body of research is examining how air pollution affects our health, and some of that research has determined potential links between autism and air pollution, reports Healthline. While more research is needed for firm conclusions to be drawn, knowing how to protect yourself and your children from the dangers of air pollution is paramount in creating barriers against toxins in the air.

 

How pollution changes a baby's gut, and why it matters

Exposure to air pollution in the first six months of life impacts a child's inner world of gut bacteria, or microbiome, in ways that could increase risk of allergies, obesity and diabetes, and even influence brain development, suggests new University of Colorado Boulder research.

 

Study finds pesticides in plants used as butterfly habitat

A new study finds milkweed plants from retailers across the country contain pesticides that could harm the monarch butterflies attracted to the plants.

 

2 dead in Mill Fire as California wildfires grow and evacuations are ordered

As the West continues to roast in dangerous heat, two Northern California wildfires are growing and some residents have been told to leave, officials say.

 

The Heat Wave Crushing the West Is a Preview of Farmworkers’ Hot Future

By the end of the century, the San Joaquin Valley could endure two months of extreme heat every summer. What will this mean for agriculture and farmworker communities?

 

Arctic Lakes Are Vanishing a Century Earlier Than Predicted

Arctic lakes are drying out nearly a century earlier than projected, depriving the region of a critical source of fresh water, according to new research.

 

New Mexico Town Has Only 20 Days Of Fresh Water Left

The city of Las Vegas, New Mexico, has 20 days of fresh water left, and officials are searching for alternative sources to prevent contaminated water from flowing to households and businesses, according to CNN.

 

‘America’s Other Drug Problem’ — Overprescribing

Another name for overprescribing medications is “polypharmacy.” The issue has been snowballing in the last decade as Big Pharma continues to develop new drugs. The stated intent is the hope of lengthening life through chemistry, but the goal is growing revenue.

 

Car fumes could pose higher risk to women as they cause increased levels of proteins linked to hardened arteries, research suggests

Road pollution may affect women more than men, suggest researchers. Diesel fumes appear to raise levels of proteins linked to cardiovascular disease, according to a study in which ten volunteers – five men and five women – were asked to inhale the fumes for four hours at a time.

 

Children born from frozen embryos more likely to develop cancer

Children born from frozen embryos appear to have a higher risk of developing cancer, according to new research. Researchers from the University of Gothenburg say chemicals used in the thawing process could cause genetic changes that trigger tumors.

 

‘Data Mining Our Children’? Parents Wary of Digital Hall Pass That Records Students’ Movements

Many schools are using SmartPass, a hall pass application that tracks students and generates weekly reports about trends in their movements. But, not all parents are in favor of the app.

 

Too much sugar reduces gut bacteria essential for weight gain prevention

Feasting away on sugary foods regularly can destroy the “good” bacteria living in your gut, warns a new paper from Columbia University researchers. Their mouse study suggests sugar alters the gut microbiome composition and can lead to greater risk for metabolic disease, prediabetes, and weight gain.​

 

Rethinking indoor air chemistry

People typically spend 90% of their lives inside, at home, at work, or in transport. Within these enclosed spaces, occupants are exposed to a multitude of chemicals from various sources, including outdoor pollutants penetrating indoors, gaseous emissions from building materials and furnishings, and products of our own activities such as cooking and cleaning.

 

Texas’ oil and gas industry will produce “massive amount” of toxic wastewater with few reuse options, study finds

Oil and gas companies produce 3.8 billion barrels of wastewater per year in the arid Permian Basin. A state consortium is trying to figure out whether it can be reused.

 

To wipe childhood cancer off the map, scientists must chart its genomic landscape

Scientists have created a roadmap of the genetic mutations present in the most common childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital study is the first to supply a comprehensive view of the genomics of all subtypes of ALL.

 

ADHD Specialists Worry Stimulant Drugs Are Overprescribed, Push for Treatment Guidelines

Goal is to prevent a backlash against stimulant medications: ‘We don’t want a repeat of what happened with opioids’

 

Young Children are Ingesting Dangerous Batteries at an Alarming Rate

Small children have been ingesting batteries at increasing numbers over the past decade, and many are suffering severe injuries. New rules and regulations may finally be helping, however.

 

Lead poisoning remains a hidden epidemic in New Jersey

Lead in drinking water gets a lot of attention in America. Although lead poisoning can be a direct cause of lead in drinking water, lead poisoning from water sources makes up a very small percentage of the total cases of human lead poisoning in America. The main culprit is often either hidden or visible in your home — walls, household balusters, baseboards, doors and windows often contain lead paint, and the resulting dust and chipping caused by repeated friction leads to lead poisoning.

 

Beware of Ultraviolet (UV) Wands That Give Off Unsafe Levels of Radiation

Certain UV wands may cause injuries within seconds and should not be used. The FDA issued a safety communication alerting consumers about these products.

 

EPA Proposes to Stop Authorized Use of Certain PFAS in Pesticide Products

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to remove 12 chemicals identified as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from the current list of inert ingredients approved for use in pesticide products to better protect human health and the environment.

 

Man gets shocking $30,000 quote to replace electric vehicle’s battery

A Florida man learned his electric vehicle needs a new battery — at the price of nearly $30,000.

 

How Does EV Battery Recycling Work?

More EVs means more batteries. But what happens when those EV batteries reach the end of their working life?

 

Toxins in old toys an obstacle for circular economy

Letting children play with hand-me-down plastic toys could constitute a health risk. When researchers at the University of Gothenburg tested a large number of old toys and dress-up items made of plastic, 84% of the items were found to contain toxins that can disrupt growth and development and reproductive capacities in children. These toxins are an obstacle for the circular economy in the future involving reuse and recycling, the researchers explain.

 

Let them eat bugs: Hunger-stricken African nations urged to farm insects

UK aid spending is encouraging hunger-stricken Africans to eat insects, with projects aiming to develop the practice in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zimbabwe.

 

Air pollution can raise risk of Covid-19 death 51%, study says

People who are live in areas that come with long-term exposure to high levels of air pollution face a 51% higher chance of dying from Covid-19, and thousands of lives could have been saved during the pandemic if air quality standards were met, a new public health research study has found.

 

EWG: Bailout to keep Diablo Canyon nuclear plant running ‘dangerous and dumb’

California lawmakers have voted to approve Senate Bill 846, thereby paving the way to keep the aging Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant operating. This action can only hurt the state’s shift to safe, renewable energy and prolong the risk of a disaster at the plant, says the Environmental Working Group.​

 

Compounds in Pesticides Shown to Harm Fetuses and Children with Disproportionate Risk to People of Color

Revelations of toxic risks to pregnant people seem to emerge with alarming frequency. In late August a peer-reviewed study published in Chemosphere finds that the compound melamine, its primary byproduct (cyanuric acid), and four aromatic amines were detected in the urine of nearly all pregnant research participants. These chemicals are associated with increased risks of cancer, kidney toxicity, and/or developmental harm to the resultant child.

 

How to Grow a Late-Season Vegetable Garden

It’s not too late! The main growing season might be waning, but you can still plant crops for some late-season gardening this fall. Summer garden staples like tomatoes and eggplant can’t handle the coming fall frosts, but many crops thrive in the chillier temperatures. Growing a successful fall garden is all about predicting the weather, choosing the right crops, and protecting the plants on frosty mornings.

 

Giant Viruses in Climate-Endangered Arctic Epishelf Lake

Less than 500 miles from the North Pole, the Milne Fiord Epishelf Lake is a unique freshwater lake that floats atop the Arctic Ocean, held in place only by a coating of ice. The lake is dominated by single-celled organisms, notably cyanobacteria, that are frequently infected by unusual “giant viruses.”

 

How Weed Became the New OxyContin

Big Pharma and Big Tobacco are helping market high-potency, psychosis-inducing THC products as your mother’s ‘medical marijuana’

 

Dollar store products commonly tested positive for toxic chemicals, analysis says

One in four dollar store products tested by Environmental Defence were positive for substances managed under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Many of the findings were within the allowable limits, but the report says those limits are not strong enough

 

Study Finds Microbes With a Surprising Appetite

Researchers have discovered a new player in aquatic environments that thrives on nitrate.

 

Getting to The Bottom of The Arctic Sea Ice Decline: Investigation of Heat Movement near The North Pole and Under the Arctic Sea Ice

Sea ice levels in the Arctic Ocean are rapidly declining, thanks to global warming. Now, to understand and forecast the growth and decay of the ice, researchers from Japan and collaborating countries have conducted a survey in the Arctic Ocean to investigate the influence of ocean heat on sea ice in the ice-ocean boundary layer.

 

How Modern Medicine Fails to Protect Children From Chronic Disease

Modern medicine has become too insular and reductionistic. Our children deserve medical care that takes a larger view of health beyond infectious diseases. Our children can’t be healthy if they are suffering from chronic illnesses in perpetuity.

 

These tiny homes are 3D printed from 100,000 recycled plastic bottles

The startup Azure Printed Homes uses a range of recycled plastic to build 180-square-foot spaces that start at just $40,000.

 

Study Shows This Supplement Can Reduce Depression and Anxiety

Your emotions, including anxiety and depression, have a strong connection to your overall health. One study published in July 2022 found college students using high-dose vitamin B6 supplementation experienced a reduction in anxiety and a trend toward less depression. The need for strategies to lower the risk of anxiety and depression has risen dramatically as more people report emotional challenges during the COVID pandemic.

 

Iron Deficiency Anemia Among Older Adults Weakens Muscles, Doubles Risk Of Death

Taking iron supplements not only benefits people with anemia, but it may also prevent a life-threatening loss of muscle mass among older people.

 

The Food Industry Has Been Selling You Bugs For Years, And You Didn’t Know It

Small subtropical bugs have been crushed up and sold in popular food products for years, and most people are totally oblivious.

 

3 Health benefits of black cumin seed oil

Black cumin seed oil might not be as popular as other superfoods like olive oil, but it also offers many impressive health benefits. According to research, black cumin seed oil contains powerful antioxidants and other therapeutic compounds.

 

Just Days After Phasing Out New Gas Cars, California Says "Avoid Charging EVs" Amid Grid Emergency

Shortly after 1800ET, just as Californians begin to head home for the day, the California Independent System Operator issued a level-1 energy emergency alert shortly after tapping all its available power supplies. Despite earlier warnings to reduce usage, Californians - in all their self-righteous virtue - decided to charge their EV anyway, pushing demand above capacity

 

Cloud wars in the Middle East: Governments are working to drain the heavens dry with geoengineering

Iranian officials have worried for years that other nations have been depriving them of one of their vital water sources. But it was not an upstream dam that they were worrying about, or an aquifer being bled dry. In 2018, amid a searing drought and rising temperatures, some senior officials concluded that someone was stealing their water from the clouds.

 

Making EVs without China’s supply chain is hard, but not impossible – 3 supply chain experts outline a strategy

Two electrifying moves in recent weeks have the potential to ignite electric vehicle demand in the United States. First, Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act, expanding federal tax rebates for EV purchases. Then California approved rules to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035.

 

Your immune system ‘prepares for battle’ just from seeing sick co-workers

Out of sick days? No problem! A researcher from Chapman University says the human immune system actually springs into action just by seeing sick people.

 

Thousands of dead fish wash up in Oakland lake to create a putrid mess

Thousands of fish carcasses have been floating up to the edges of the San Francisco Bay, and the scummy top of Oakland’s Lake Merritt – stewing under the sun and wafting a putrid stench into nearby neighborhoods.​

 

Child counsellors of the future could be ROBOTS

Researchers say robots could be a useful addition to traditional methods of mental health assessment​

 

New study links ultra-processed foods and colorectal cancer in men

For many Americans, the convenience of pre-cooked and instant meals may make it easy to overlook the less-than-ideal nutritional information, but a team led by researchers at Tufts University and Harvard University hope that will change after recently discovering a link between the high consumption of ultra-processed foods and an increased risk of colorectal cancer.

 

Is Wood the Climate-Friendly Urban Building Material of the Future?

One of the challenges urban planners face as they attempt to fashion climate-friendly cities is how to construct new buildings. Common materials steel and cement are notoriously difficult to decarbonize, yet the number of people living in cities could increase to 80 percent of the total population by 2100, potentially requiring more new construction between now and 2050 than between now and the start of the industrial revolution.

 

Chronic Blue Light Has Alarming Effects on Flies. What About The Rest of Us?

The blue light emitted by phones, tablets, televisions, and other gadgets may substantially accelerate the process of biological aging in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster), new research shows.

 

Scientists discover compound found in trees has potential to kill drug-resistant bacteria

Researchers have found a naturally occurring compound, known as hydroquinine, has bacterial killing activity against several microorganisms.

 

Smoking actually damages heart structure, study finds

Tobacco use, including smoking, claims more than 8 million live around the world each year. Past research shows that smoking has a negative impact on a person’s blood vessels — more than 30% of deaths from coronary heart disease occur from active smoking or secondhand smoke exposure.

 

The Periodic Table of Endangered Elements

The building blocks for everything on Earth are made from 90 different naturally occurring elements. This graphic made by the European Chemical Society (EuChemS), shows a periodic table of these 90 different elements, highlighting which ones are in abundance and which ones are in serious threat as of 2021.

 

The shift to electric vehicles is about to overwhelm meager US mining operations

There may not be enough critical mineral deposits in the US to satisfy demand for EVs

 

Legalization of Marijuana Linked to an Increase in Traffic Crashes and Deaths

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, states that legalized recreational marijuana had an increase in traffic crashes and deaths.

 

Marijuana outpaces cigarette use for the first time in US

A new Gallup poll revealed that more Americans are now using marijuana than smoking cigarettes. According to the results published last Friday, 16% of Americans say they currently smoke marijuana, while only 11% reported being cigarette smokers.

 

Study reveals fentanyl’s effects on the brain

Tests show why opioid is so deadly: ‘It stops people’s breathing before they even realize it’

 

Half of fish tested in an Amazon river have unsafe levels of mercury

At four locations close to the Yanomami Indigenous reserve in Brazil, many species of fish were found to have mercury levels considered unsafe for consumption

 

Cleaning up a nuclear mess

Now, the Tokyo Electric Power Company is trying to clean up the mess. It plans to release millions of tons of radioactive water into the ocean as soon as 2023.

 

Firefighter shares concerns around electric vehicle fires

As more drivers make the jump from gasoline-fueled vehicles to electric ones, firefighters are growing concerned about an alarming trend surrounding them: Putting out a fire in an electric vehicle is a lot less straightforward than you might expect.

 

Recycling EV batteries require proper solutions

With the rise of electric vehicles (EVs), learning how to prepare for battery recycling is a must. Batteries that EVs use contain harmful chemicals that must be disposed of properly. Recycling batteries typically come with a fee, so finding a way to recycle electric car batteries could pose a challenge. Studies are emerging that offer insight into ways we can safely recycle these batteries.

 

Car Companies Are Making a Deadly Mistake With Electric Vehicles

It’s not too late for the U.S. to do something about it.

 

The Benefits Of Switching To Green Cleaning

Chemical companies have also jumped on the green bandwagon in recent years, offering a wealth of environmentally friendly and safer options for cleaning solutions in workplaces, commercial and residential buildings, and public facilities.

 

Researchers find link between health outcomes and sugarcane smoke exposure

A new study from a Florida State University team estimates that sugarcane fires in South Florida emit harmful particulate matter in quantities comparable to motor vehicles and is a factor in mortality rates across the region.

 

Omaha making progress on lead Superfund cleanup

American Smelting and Refining Company’s smelting facility in Omaha was arguably the worst lead polluter in the country. The Environmental Protection Agency said as much when it designated the Omaha Lead Superfund Site on a seven-zip code area surrounding the facility along the Omaha Riverfront. It closed in 1997, but the damage was already done.

 

Extreme heat is forcing students out of the classroom

Schools from San Diego to Philadelphia have opted to dismiss classes early or move to virtual learning due to extreme heat and poor school ventilation.

 

Is 'Juliet' Unwittingly Poisoned in Today's Environment?

What could connect such disquieting and disparate health concerns as early onset puberty, female depression, and fatty liver disease? Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are leading candidates for all of these health aberrations. Moreover, these chemicals have become ubiquitous in the contemporary U.S. environment as well as globally. Virtually all humans born today are exposed to a variety of chemicals, especially EDCs that are measurably detectable in common products and in most humans.

 

Why Do Some People in New Jersey Suddenly Have Bags and Bags of Bags?

A ban on single-use plastic and paper bags in grocery stores had an unintended effect: Delivery services switched to heavy, reusable sacks — lots of them.

 

What they’re saying about the EPA designation of ‘forever chemicals’ as ‘hazardous substances’

Here’s what leaders from health and environmental advocacy groups and communities around the U.S. say about the significance of this designation.

 

Death Valley braces for 124-degree temperatures as heat wave broils California

An unforgiving heat wave will smother Southern California over the Labor Day weekend and Death Valley could see temperatures reach 124 degrees.

 

Exposure to Synthetic Pyrethroids During Infancy Associated with Developmental Delays in Toddlers

Low level exposure to synthetic pyrethroid insecticides at 6-8 months of age is associated with language development delays in two-year old toddlers, according to research published in Neurotoxicology this month. This is the latest study to link this class of chemicals to developmental delays in young children.

 

8 Benefits of Pine Bark Extract for Your Brain

Our brains can be harmed by many factors such as disease, stress from the environment, physical injuries or natural aging but pine bark extract may be one key to a healthier brain

 

Powerful Protection for Women Against Tumors

According to research presented at the Endocrine Society's annual meeting, March 23, 2019, intermittent fasting, where you eat all your meals for the day within a narrow window of time — in this case eight hours — drastically reduces a woman's risk of breast cancer.

 

Marijuana with high THC levels linked to addiction, psychiatric illness, study finds

High-cannabis-potency products associated with greater risk of cannabis use disorder (CUD), study review finds

 

DEA warns "emerging trend" of brightly-colored fentanyl being used to lure youth

The Drug Enforcement Administration issued an advisory Tuesday about an "emerging trend" of "brightly-colored" fentanyl pills being used to lure children and young people. What is often called "rainbow fentanyl" has been seized by law enforcement agencies in 18 states just this month, the DEA said.

 

Visualizing China’s Dominance in the Solar Panel Supply Chain

Many governments are investing in renewable energy sources like solar power, but who controls the manufacturing of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels?

 

Why You Should Avoid Osteoporosis Medications

According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation,1 osteoporosis affects approximately 200 million women worldwide, including 1 in 10 women aged 60; 2 in 10 women aged 70; 4 in 10 women aged 80; and two-thirds of women aged 90. Prevalence in all age groups is far higher in women than in men. Across Europe, the rate of prevalence among men ranges between 6.7% and 6.9%.

 

Hidden Poison in Candy and Supplements?

Even when choosing supplements to protect and support your health, you may inadvertently be ingesting a toxic poison. A class action lawsuit filed in California by a San Leandro resident claims the “taste the rainbow” candy — Skittles — is “unfit for human consumption.”

 

‘The Tide Is Turning’: How to Engage Effectively in Battle to Protect Children’s Health

The battle for our children’s safety will be fought in our pediatricians’ offices and in our conversations with friends and family.

 

Stressed? Why You Need Reiki

This gentle, nontoxic technique may restore calm and balance to your body, helping to reduce stress and anxiety using a hands-off biofield energy healing approach

 

Brits Told To Get Used To Drinking Recycled Sewage

British Environment Agency CEO James Bevan says that Brits should get used to the idea of having to drink recycled sewage in times of water uncertainty.

 

Warning: Gates-Funded Factory Breeds 30 Million Mosquitoes A Week For Release In 11 Countries

Inside a two-story brick building in Medellín, Colombia, scientists work in muggy labs breeding 30 million genetically modified mosquitoes weekly in labs. They tend to the insects’ every need as they grow from larvae to pupae to adults, keeping the temperature just right and feeding them generous helpings of fishmeal, sugar, and, of course, blood. They are then released into the wild in 11 countries.​

 

New York stores to enforce ban on whipped cream cannisters to anyone under 21 in effort to stop deadly inhaling of 'hippy crack' nitrous oxide 'whippets' - as 1 in 5 kids admit using inhalants by the time they are 13

New York stores are set to launch a crackdown and enforce a year-old state law that bans anyone under 21 from purchasing whipped cream cannisters. It comes amid concerns that teenagers and young adults are increasingly getting high by inhaling the nitrous oxide, known as ‘laughing gas’, that is used in the cans.

 
 

Greening hydrocarbon separation and crude oil refining

Polymer-based membranes that selectively separate hydrocarbon and crude oil mixtures could eclipse current industrial thermal processes.

 

As the climate crisis intensifies, lakes across the Arctic are vanishing

The Arctic is no stranger to loss. As the region warms nearly four times faster than the rest of the world, glaciers collapse, wildlife suffers and habitats continue to disappear at a record pace.

 

Some Carmakers Say Recycling Car Parts Is the Future. But Is It Realistic?

“Circular manufacturing” has the promise to reduce waste by reusing parts to make new cars. There are glimmers of hope, but they are currently outweighed by challenges.

 

The Homeowner’s Sunshine Problem

To fight climate change, get a white roof.

 

The Surreal Abundance of Alaska’s Permafrost Farms

In a place where the summer sun shines for twenty-one hours a day, climate change is helping to turn frozen ground into farmland.