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Four Surprising Reasons to Love Fish Oil

You know that fish oil is a powerful supplement for heart health, but we've found four surprising reasons to love fish oil that may shock -- and delight -- you


Why Walnut Resembles the Brain It Nourishes

Nothing could be more beautiful or poetic than when a healing food actually looks like the organ system it nourishes and heals in the body.


Green and organized: Tips for recycling paper, plastic and other materials

As of 2018, 292.4 million tons of municipal solid waste were generated in America in a single year. This amounts to 4.9 pounds per person per day. About 69 million tons were recycled and 25 million tons were composted for a 32.1 percent recycling and composting rate. If you want to be part of the solution, learn how to recycle paper, plastic and other materials properly.


Chesapeake Bay sees smaller-than-average ‘dead zone’ in 2022

This year’s Chesapeake Bay “dead zone” was the 10th-smallest observed since 1985, according to findings released today by the Chesapeake Bay Program and its partners, including the University of Michigan.​


Volkswagen Says EV Battery Plants "Practically Unviable" In EU Due To Soaring Energy Costs

Volkswagen’s CEO wrote that electric vehicle battery plants in the European Union are “practically unviable” at this moment due to soaring energy costs.


What Industrial Ag Gets Wrong and How Regenerative Farming Can Fix It: Joe Rogan Chats With 4th-Generation Farmer Will Harris

Prior to the mid-’90s, Will Harris ran White Oak Pastures the way his father and most other farmers in the country had — “as a very linear, monocultural cattle operation.” In an interview with Joe Rogan, Harris explained how and why he converted his 3,000-acre farm to a “kinder, gentler agriculture.”​


Strongest Arctic cyclone on record led to surprising loss of sea ice

A warming climate is causing a decline in sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, where loss of sea ice has important ecological, economic and climate impacts. On top of this long-term shift due to climate change are weather events that affect the sea ice from week to week.


Justice Department intervenes for struggling water system

The Justice Department made a rare intervention Tuesday to try to bring improvements in the beleaguered water system in Mississippi’s capital city, which nearly collapsed in late summer and continues to struggle.


When will Antarctica’s ice cliffs come crashing down?

As increased warming in Antarctica causes glaciers to retreat and shed their increasingly-unstable shelves, towering walls of ice are left looming high above the sea. But how tall these rugged cliffs actually grow before they come crashing down has been a question for glacial scientists—and one that has important implications for sea-level rise.


The Bureau of Land Management proposes new rule targeting methane emissions on tribal lands

The Bureau of Land Management proposed a new rule Monday that aims to reduce wasted natural gas on federal and Tribal lands which will help tamp down methane releases.


Waste pickers risk their lives to stop plastic pollution – now they could help shape global recycling policies

Globally, waste pickers are responsible for collecting and recovering – from homes, businesses and landfills – up to 60% of all plastics which are then recycled. These workers do more than any other people to prevent plastic contaminating the environment, yet their work is rarely valued and they struggle to earn a decent living.


Can This Chicken Company Solve America’s Food Waste Problem?

Do Good Foods sells chickens raised on surplus supermarket food, and they’re hoping to cash in on consumers who want to fight climate change over dinner.


The Planet Desperately Needs That UN Plastics Treaty

An agreement can’t magically end the catastrophe of plastic pollution. But it could be a step in the right direction.


Modern Slavery Is a Global Problem in All Renewable Energy Supply Chains: New Report

There is growing evidence that clean energy supply chains throughout the world are linked with modern slavery, according to a new report from Australia’s Clean Energy Council. The report calls attention to Australia’s part in global efforts to stop the problem, despite the country’s relatively small role in the industry, according to a Clean Energy Council press release.


Colorado: Capital of ‘responsibly sourced’ oil and gas

The Dream Weaver oil well pad is notable for what’s not here. No emissions. No flares. No tanker trucks rumbling in and out. Oil, gas, and wastewater get whisked miles away by pipeline, not stored on site. Air monitors mounted on poles sniff for signs of methane leaks. The site has been declared by a rating firm to be more responsible than 75 percent of other operators.


Petition Urges U.S. Fish and Wildlife to List Manatees as Endangered After Massive Declines

A petition filed last week with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) urges increased protections for the West Indian manatee after dramatic declines in its population over the last several years. In 2017, the USFWS downgraded protections for the manatee, a move that was widely criticized by conservation groups as premature. That sentiment has become a reality, with nearly 2,000 manatees dying over the last two years from a range of preventable factors.


EPA needs funding boost to meet new TSCA requirements

The Environmental Protection Agency continues to suffer from long-term congressional underfunding, which has starved it of the resources needed to meet its existing and future needs. The agency needs more resources to equip it to handle these all-important challenges.


Top-flight recovery: the inspiring comeback of the California condor

Nearly extinct in the 1980s, an intensive programme to reverse the bird’s decline has made it a conservation success story


Air pollution linked to almost a million stillbirths a year

Almost a million stillbirths a year can be attributed to air pollution, according to the first global study.


Plastic additives found to contaminate the sea and selectively harm corals' reproductive processes

A new study by Tel Aviv University and the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat examined the effect of plastic additives on the reproductive process and larvae development of corals and other organisms commonly found in the coral reef of Eilat.


‘Forever chemicals’ may pose a bigger risk to our health than scientists thought

Growing evidence of PFAS’ danger prompts new guidance for safe drinking water and health care


Mapped: Carbon Dioxide Emissions Around the World

According to Our World in Data, the global population emits about 34 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO₂) each year. Where does all this CO₂ come from? This graphic by Adam Symington maps out carbon emissions around the world, using 2018 data from the European Commission that tracks tonnes of CO₂ per 0.1 degree grid (roughly 11 square kilometers).


New sustainable aviation fuel would significantly reduce long-haul flight emissions

An interdisciplinary team of researchers has developed a potential breakthrough in green aviation: a recipe for a net-zero fuel for planes that will pull carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the air.


Researchers discover new form of antimicrobial resistance

Australian researchers have uncovered a new form of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), undetectable using traditional laboratory testing methods, in a discovery set to challenge existing efforts to monitor and tackle one of the world's greatest health threats.


Water risks facing apparel and textile clusters

New WWF and Open Supply Hub report details growing water risks to world's major apparel and textile clusters​


US to spend $250m on cleanup at California’s toxic Salton Sea

The US government said on Monday it will spend up to $250m over four years to help mitigate an environmental health disaster that has been brewing in California’s Salton Sea for nearly two decades.


About 72% of gold miners are poisoned with mercury at artisanal mining sites in Cameroon

A recent study reveals that 71.7% of miners at artisanal gold mining sites in Cameroon show mercury levels at concentrations above the limit recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).


Water thieves abound in dry California. Why are they so hard to catch?

A short-staffed state agency struggles to catch rogue water users.


Defending the environment can be a death sentence

More than 1,700 environmental and land defenders have been killed in the last decade. Most of them were Indigenous people — and most were in Latin America, a DW analysis shows. Efforts to protect them are nascent.


'Range Anxiety,' Battery Fires, and High Costs Cause Consumers to Hit the Brakes on Electric Vehicles

As technology and the push to protect the environment grow, so does the plan for electric vehicles. Sales are up more than 60 percent this year with a growing number of Americans wanting to ride the green energy wave. Given the potential long-term investment, more car buyers are considering the environmental impact by purchasing an EV.


How postbiotics could boost your health and even help reverse ageing

Postbiotics are the newest gut health trend promising to improve our skin, boost our strength and even reverse signs of ageing. But what are they and do they live up to the hype?


New solar panels from solar panel waste

Solar energy is good news for planet Earth – but solar panels are not as climate-friendly as they should be. Researcher Martin Bellmann is using what he calls the ‘black gold’ waste materials from solar panel manufacture to make new panels.


Even weak tropical cyclones have grown more intense worldwide – we tracked 30 years of them using currents

Tropical cyclones have been growing stronger worldwide over the past 30 years, and not just the big ones that you hear about. Our new research finds that weak tropical cyclones have gotten at least 15% more intense in ocean basins where they occur around the world.


Drivers are warned of lava inching toward a key highway as 2 volcanoes erupt in Hawaii

Days after rare dual volcanic eruptions in Hawaii, officials are urging people not to park vehicles along a key highway because lava is flowing nearby. Kilauea, located inside Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, has been active for more than a year – and neighboring Mauna Loa erupted Sunday.


Nuclear buildup sickened his community. Then it caught up with him.

U.S. Cold War decisions that harmed the Navajo Nation keep rippling. Activist Earl Tulley fought for justice, then unexpectedly found himself on a scary, uncertain path.


The Real Environmental Disaster: Toxic “Forever Chemicals” Everywhere, Even Babies’ Umbilical Cords

The corporate state assumes for itself the role of environmental savior, ordained by God Himself to wage holy war against “climate change.” But it doesn’t apparently care too much, strangely, about the ongoing synthetic “forever” chemicals infestation of literally everything, including the food and water, which eventually make their way into even babies’ umbilical cords.


Centenarian walks two to three miles a day, lives life with no medications, and a smile on her face

Mick Roberts walks two to three miles a day, lives life with no medications, and a smile on her face​


Research in Brief: Have Humans Wreaked Too Much Havoc on Marine Life to Halt Damage?

What a tangled web we weave. Well, when it comes to the climate crisis' impact on marine food webs, we apparently didn't know the half of it. That’s according to a new UNLV study which compared ancient and modern ocean ecosystems in a bid to understand how to make them healthier and more resilient.


When cyclones and fires collide…

As strong winds and torrential rains inundate Australia’s south-eastern coast, new research suggests that high intensity bushfires might not be too far behind, with their dual effects extending damage zones and encroaching on previously low-risk residential areas.


It’s been decades since toxic dust rules for mines have improved. Lawmakers are taking notice.

Vonda Robinson watches her husband struggle to breathe. She says he contracted the incurable black lung disease after working in coal mines with little to no safety protocols. She’s been to pulmonologist appointments where doctors showed her what looked like “slivers of glass” inside his lungs.


WaPo Tells Americans To Eat Bugs As They Can No Longer Afford Traditional Seasonal Dinners

The Washington Post advised Americans Sunday that instead of a traditional season dinner, which now is unaffordable for a quarter of families, they should instead look to eating bugs.


UK Power Prices Skyrocket As Wind Generation Collapses

Good thing the UK recently "war gamed" emergency plans to deal with energy shortfalls because a collapse in wind power has skyrocketed electricity prices, and network operator National Grid Plc might ask homes and businesses to reduce power use on Tuesday.


Mercury use by Uganda’s small-scale gold miners

The project which is targeting 4,500 artisanal miners working in 11 mines around the country is aimed at reducing the use of mercury by 15 tonnes over the next five years. It also intends to support the formalization of the artisanal gold mining sector and increase access to finance.


Covid Lockdowns Helped Fuel a Methane Surge, Study Finds

When pandemic-related lockdowns grounded planes and brought car traffic to a near standstill in early 2020, transport emissions plummeted, leading to a drop in levels of a short-lived gas that scrubs methane from the atmosphere. The slump in travel helped fuel a spike in methane, a new study finds.



Thomas Galvin lobbied on behalf of a Saudi company soaking up Arizona’s groundwater. He is now mediating an ongoing water dispute in neighboring Maricopa County.


Continued Reduction in Sperm Count Raises Call for Action

Based on new international research adding weight to previous research on falling sperm counts, it is critical that environmental agencies address this and other problems related to endocrine disruption. The study by Levine et al. finds that the drop in sperm count—a drop of 51.6% from 1973 through 2018—is global and that the rate of decline is accelerating.


Each Sunday roast could contain 230,000 particles of microplastics, scientists warn

Eating a Sunday roast can result in swallowing 230,000 particles of microplastics, a study has warned.​


We’re decoding ancient hurricanes’ traces on the sea floor – and evidence from millennia of Atlantic storms is not good news for the coast

Two thousand years of this evidence indicates that the Atlantic has experienced even stormier periods in the past than we’ve seen in recent years. That’s not good news.


In Bangladesh, popular eggplant comes with a side of lead. And cadmium

Food safety in Bangladesh faces a serious threat from heavy metal contamination, according to recent studies, with one of the country’s most widely consumed vegetables, the eggplant, containing potentially cancer-causing amounts of lead, nickel and cadmium.


US cracks down on methane pollution

The US has put forward draft rules that would cut emissions of natural gas. It's part of a broader global push to limit the powerful planet-heating gas. But experts say it still may not be enough.


Plant-based diet can cut bowel cancer risk in men by 22%, says study

Eating a plant-based diet rich in vegetables, whole grains, nuts and legumes can reduce the risk of bowel cancer in men by more than a fifth, according to research.


Vaping can ruin your smile, speed up development of cavities, study warns

Vaping could ruin someone’s smile by increasing the risk of developing dental cavities, a new study warns.​


Cannabis For Pain Relief? Review of 20 Studies Provides Sobering Results

Cannabis is one of the most widely used drugs in the world. While there are only a few countries where cannabis is legal for recreational use, many more countries have legalized the use of cannabis for medical reasons.


Tomatoes may help balance your gut microbiome

Researchers at Ohio State University (OSU) discovered that pigs fed substantial amounts of tomatoes experienced favorable changes in gut bacteria, including greater microbe diversity.


Seagrass crucial to stemming the tide of coastal erosion

The sea devours large tracts of land when storms wash sand out to sea from the coast. In a new study involving a researcher from the University of Gothenburg has shown that seagrass can reduce cliff erosion by up to 70% thanks to its root mats binding the sand.


30 million Americans under severe weather warnings with tornadoes forecast from Louisiana to Tennessee as major snowstorm threatens to slam the Northwest

Powerful tornadoes and damaging winds are threatening several parts of the southern United States this week while a major snowstorm is expected to bury the Pacific Northwest under several feet of snow. ​


‘Green’ Mediterranean diet burns twice as much visceral fat than the original version

A “green” Mediterranean diet can help people shed twice as much visceral fat than a standard version of the healthy diet. Researchers in Israel say modifying this popular diet to cut out even more red meat and increase polyphenols makes the Mediterranean diet even better at removing this harmful form of fat.


Glowing lava sprays up to 200ft high as the world's biggest active volcano erupts: Hawaii's Mauna Loa erupts sending fire, smoke and ash across the Big Island as officials warn thousands to prepare for the worst

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake shook the Big Island of Hawaii early Tuesday morning as the world's largest active volcano continued to erupt in the area — though officials say they've avoided the worst case scenario.


Offshore wind farms change marine ecosystems, study shows

The expansion of offshore wind farms in the North Sea is making progress. But the consequences for the marine environment they are built in have not yet been fully researched. Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon have already provided valuable insights into the effects of wind farms in past studies.​


Study Suggests Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Could Be More Devious Than We Thought

A recent hospital case in Spain suggests antibiotic-resistant bacteria can sometimes migrate from the bowels to the lungs, and possibly back again.


Star Wars to science: Researchers harvest water from air to address shortages

In "Star Wars," Luke Skywalker grows up on the hot desert planet Tatooine. His family owns a moisture farm that uses devices called "vaporators" to pull drinking water from the air. But while vaporators are a figment of science fiction, the technology that makes them work may be moving closer to fact.​


Plastic pollution: Three problems that a global treaty could solve

Plastic is one of the fastest growing materials and production is on course to double, to more than one billion tonnes a year, by 2050. With that, will come more pollution. This week, delegates from more than 150 countries are expected to meet in Uruguay to begin negotiations for a historic global agreement to end plastic pollution.


What Causes Agricultural Pollution?

Agricultural pollution is a hot topic right now. Although farming is crucial to our modern way of life, it’s also responsible for a significant amount of pollution. According to studies, agriculture consumes 70% of global water resources, while it emits up to 21% of greenhouse gases and has contributed to 40% of climate damage.


Radiation Hazards in Commercial Aviation

A look is being taken at the effects of radiation in commercial aviation and the measures taken to limit its effect on passengers, Flight Crews, and aircraft.


Slow cognitive decline with flavonols, study says

Eating more flavonols, antioxidants found in many vegetables, fruits, tea and wine, may slow your rate of memory loss, a new study finds.


Secret files reveal Boeing doctor warned of toxic risks, birth defects

“During the ‘routine and usual’ course of their employment,” tens of thousands of Boeing workers in the Puget Sound region were being exposed to “probably hazardous” and “certainly uncontrolled” amounts of toxic chemical mixtures, Dr. Barry Dunphy warned in a presentation to the company’s president. ​


Mother loses peripheral vision from apparent exposure to mercury in beauty creams. Toxic levels in her home put family at risk, say experts

A woman in Minnesota lost part of her vision and inadvertently put her entire household at risk of mercury poisoning, most likely from using beauty creams containing high levels of the toxic chemical, according to a case report shared exclusively with CNN.


Chemotherapy could increase disease susceptibility in future generations

A common chemotherapy drug could carry a toxic inheritance for children and grandchildren of adolescent cancer survivors, Washington State University-led research indicates.



Studies continue to document how wireless radiation exposure can damage sperm, just as newly-published data reveals a major decline in sperm count worldwide.


Will Radioactive Water From Pilgrim Plant Be Released Into Cape Cod Bay? Update Expected Monday

Environmental activists who have resisted the idea all along said they won't be satisfied unless "not one drop" is discharged into the ocean


Florida scientists discover toxic algae levels along the coast

Scientists are saying a red tide bloom that’s lingered along the coast for a few weeks is now being fed by nutrients running off the landscape in the wake of Hurricane Ian.



Hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific studies independent from industry including the most recent research prove radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF EMF) have harmful bioeffects at intensities millions of times lower than current limits. We demand the application of the precautionary principle to RF EMF in order to protect against risks to the environment and human health.


War puts cleanup of Russia’s radioactive wrecks on ice

When Russia assumed the rotating chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2021, Moscow brought the environmentally minded eight-nation body an ambitious proposal. Over the next 14 years, it would raise from the depths of the Arctic a toxic array of rusting nuclear garbage—including two entire nuclear submarines—that had been dumped during the Soviet era.


IT’s Role in Sustainability and E-Waste

In an era when enterprises are concerned about sustainability, IT is still a primary source of electronic waste. How concerned should IT be about sustainability and e-waste?


6 Health benefits of grounding for autoimmune disease

Earthing, or grounding, is a therapeutic technique that offers many benefits. According to some, it can also help protect against harmful free radicals and autoimmune diseases.


Toxic PFAS Chemicals Found in Baby Products, Tests Reveal

New research by the Environmental Working Group found per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS chemicals, in popular baby products and pet food packaging, adding to a growing list of household items found to contain these toxins linked to serious health issues.


New Yorkers want THOUSANDS of 5G towers in the city to be gone for being “unsightly,” oblivious to their real purpose

In New York City, particularly in the borough of Brooklyn, city residents are suddenly seeing thousands of giant 5G towers being erected all over their neighborhoods. These residents want the towers gone because of their appearance and how they might affect property values.


Half of replanted tropical trees don’t survive, new study finds

On average, about half of trees planted in tropical and sub-tropical forest restoration efforts do not survive more than five years, but there is enormous variation in outcomes, new research has found.​


Iron-Rich Dust From South America Played Role in Last Two Glacial Periods, Says Study

Dust from the high Andes of southern Bolivia and northern Argentina was an important source of iron for the nutrient-deficient South Pacific in the last two glacial cycles, especially at the beginnings of these cycles. This is the key finding of a new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Scientists Revive ‘Zombie’ Virus After 50,000 Years Trapped in Siberian Permafrost

Researchers documented 13 never-before-seen viruses that have been lying dormant, frozen in thick ice, over tens of thousands of years.


Synthetic fibers discovered in Antarctic samples show the ‘pristine’ continent is now a sink for plastic pollution

As nations prepare to meet in Uruguay to negotiate a new Global Plastics Treaty, a new study has revealed the discovery of synthetic plastic fibres in air, seawater, sediment and sea ice sampled in the Antarctic Weddell Sea.


Vitamin C Boosts Health in 11 Powerful Ways

Vitamin C has certainly been an important highly-studied vitamin over the centuries. The latest benefits scientists are discovering for vitamin C span from treating sepsis, pneumonia and COVID-19, lowering heart disease risk, preventing respiratory tract infections and protecting the brain, gut and bones, to relieving pain and bleeding after surgeries.


EV Charging Stations By 2035 Will Need More Power Than A Small Town

A new report from the electricity and gas utility National Grid (which serves parts of New York and Massachusetts) found a rapid increase in electric vehicles on the city streets and highways will require upgraded power grids to handle all the new demand. By 2035, a charging station could demand as much power as a sports arena or small town.


The Diesel Crisis Is Going Global

"Within months, almost every region on the planet will face a danger of a diesel shortage just as supply crunches in nearly all the world's markets have worsened inflation and hurt growth," Bloomberg warned.


Rolls-Royce completes the world's first run of a jet engine using HYDROGEN fuel - setting a 'new aviation milestone'

While we all need a holiday every so often to rest and re-charge, travelling abroad by plane unfortunately comes with a hefty carbon footprint. However, engineers at Rolls-Royce have taken us one step closer to guilt-free flying, as they successfully trialled a jet engine that is powered by hydrogen.​


Sandia National Labs expresses EV chargers concerns

According to Sandia National Labs, more than 667,000 electric cars were sold in the United States last year. “We have been seeing a massive upswing in public electric vehicle chargers,” said Johnson. Right now, there are about 47,000 public charging ports nationwide, which Sandia Labs says comes with concerns.”


The Laws of Thermodynamics Will Not Bend for Landfills

You handle waste every day. Tissues. Bottles and cans. Kitchen scraps, maybe yard trimmings. And plastics. So many plastics. The wet, the dry, the smelly, and the disgusting. But the stuff you personally put in this or that bin is the tiniest part of all the waste that arises in the United States and other countries whose economies are premised on mass consumption.


1.8M Chickens Slaughtered In Nebraska As Bird Flu Pecks Away At Food Supply

Another 1.8 million chickens were ordered to be culled in Nebraska after agriculture officials analyzed yet another bird flu outbreak on a farm.


Vitamin B12 deficiency a common health problem that can have serious consequences – but doctors often overlook it

For several months during the summer of 2022, my dog Scout vomited at 3 a.m. nearly every day. If you have a dog, you know the sound. And each time, she gobbled up her mess before I could get to it, making diagnosis of the cause difficult.


Thousands of toddler sippy cups and bottles are recalled over lead poisoning risk

Green Sprouts, a maker of reusable baby products sold at chain retailers including Whole Foods and Bed Bath & Beyond, is recalling its stainless-steel cups and bottles over a lead poisoning hazard.


Unraveling secrets of microplastics released by tires

In Switzerland, tire and road wear particles are one of the biggest sources of microplastics released into the environment, yet the chemical compounds contained in those particles—and their effects—remain largely a mystery.


UK start-up behind algae-based packaging bids for Earthshot glory

A British start-up founded by two ex-students from France and Spain, crafting biodegradable packaging from marine plants, is aiming to seal royal approval this week when Prince William unveils his latest Earthshot prizes.


Crocodiles Seem to Be Thriving in a Toxic River That's More Like a Sewer. Here's Why

In one of the most polluted rivers in Central America, a vulnerable crocodile species is thriving despite living in waters that have become a sewer for Costa Rica's capital, experts say.


"Atmospheric Chess Pieces Align": Polar Vortex May Unleash Arctic Blast As Far As Deep South

According to freelance meteorologist Mike Masco, a "monster negative NAO [North Atlantic Oscillation] signal showing the pattern will reload the cold FAST as the atmospheric chess pieces align to produce major cold & potential polar vortex into the eastern/northern USA Dec. 5 & Beyond."


Food of the future: London air raid shelter to underground farm

In an underground World War Two air raid shelter where London tube trains can be heard rattling overhead, aromatic coriander leaves tilt towards the pink glow of LED bulbs - a vision of how farms could look in the future.


We're told to 'eat a rainbow' of fruit and vegetables: Here's what each color does in our body

Nutritionists will tell you to eat a rainbow of fruit and vegetables. This isn't just because it looks nice on the plate. Each color signifies different nutrients our body needs. The nutrients found in plant foods are broadly referred to as phytonutrients. There are at least 5,000 known phytonutrients, and probably many more. So what does each color do for our body and our overall health?


Can cruise ships be environmentally friendly?

Environmentalists accuse the industry of not doing enough to combat climate change, though shipping companies disagree. Can the cruise ship industry find a solution?


Vitamins: It's best to get them from food, not a bottle

Bottled vitamins might seem a convenient way to get all the important nutrients, but the best delivery method is still just eating actual healthy food.


EU to propose boosting recycled content and reuse of packaging

The European Commission is set to announce this week proposals to reduce packaging waste with new targets for recycled content in plastic drinks bottles and for the reuse of take-away cups and of packages used for online deliveries.


'Cleaner Air Is Coming' as London Expands Vehicle Pollution Fee to Entire Metro Area

"Around 4,000 Londoners die prematurely each year because of long-term exposure to air pollution, with the greatest number of deaths in outer London boroughs," noted Mayor Sadiq Khan in announcing the expansion.


Melting point: could ‘cloud brightening’ slow the thawing of the Arctic?

The climate emergency is prompting some scientists to suggest extreme measures. But whether you call it geoengineering or biomimicry, others feel interfering with nature will have too high a cost


"Freak snowstorm" hits parts of Texas in spite of above freezing temperatures

Some of the chemically nucleated frozen material fell as far south as the Texas / Mexico border while most of the US was exceptionally warm for this time of the year. The moisture for the Texas "winter storm" originated from the record warm Gulf of Mexico and the record warm Gulf of California


Smoking cannabis may be more harmful to lungs than tobacco: study

Cannabis may do more harm to a smoker's lungs and airways than tobacco, according to a small Canadian study published Tuesday.


As shark numbers plummet, nations seek ban on devastatingly effective gear

The U.S. and Canada are seeking a ban in the Pacific on two fishing devices, known as wire leaders and shark lines, that have proven devastatingly effective at catching huge numbers of sharks.


Plastic: Talks on a global treaty begin

Negotiators are meeting this week to start hammering out the details of a global agreement on plastic pollution. What's on the table?


How ‘spurious science’ threatens Antarctica

An international meeting dedicated to the conservation of Antarctica’s delicate ocean ecosystems has once again ended in deadlock. For the sixth year in a row, members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) — part of the Antarctic Treaty System — failed to agree on any new marine protected areas in the fragile Southern Ocean.


In Coastal Communities, the Toxic Legacy of Pulp and Paper Mills

In Canada and elsewhere, decades of balancing good-paying mill jobs with environmental protection comes at a cost.


E-Waste 101: Everything You Need to Know

E-waste – also called electronic waste, e-scrap, end-of-life electronics, or WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) – is electronics that have been discarded, donated, or recycled. The term “waste,” however, is somewhat misleading; many items still have value in that they can be repurposed or recycled to extract desirable materials inside them.


Obesity linked to poor brain health in children

Using MRI data from the largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the United States, researchers have found that higher weight and body mass index (BMI) in pre-adolescence are associated with poor brain health. The findings are being presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).


Are real or artificial Christmas trees better for the environment?

Some experts say a real tree is the more sustainable choice, but you can reduce an artificial tree’s impact if you reuse it enough


The world can’t recycle its way out of the plastics crisis

The International Energy Agency projects that by 2050, more than half of all oil and gas will be used to make plastics and petrochemicals. This has enormous climate impacts.


Top 4 Healing Properties of Pomegranate

Why not add pomegranate to your healthy habits to gain benefits from protecting your brain to increasing your immunity and lowering inflammation in your body?


Florida hospitals weren’t ready for Hurricane Ian. Some fear the next big storm.

Hurricane Ian exposed an alarming weakness in Florida’s healthcare system: Many hospitals in the state are unprepared to quickly evacuate patients and some facilities likely couldn’t withstand a direct hit from a major storm.


Corn Nourishes the Hopi Identity, but Drought Is Stressing the Tribe’s Foods and Traditions

Most Hopi grow corn with only the precipitation that falls on their fields, but two decades of drought have some of them testing the waters of irrigation and hoping they can preserve other customs with their harvests.


5 Reasons to Indulge in Strawberries

In case you're looking for an excuse to satisfy your sweet tooth with strawberries, they're among the healthiest fruits for your heart, brain and body


Lymph Nodes Turn Black From Air Pollution Exposure, Autopsy Photos Show

Lymph nodes are meant to be pink-beige, but they can turn totally black after decades of air pollution.​


It’s a colorless, toxic gas. A US woman won $363m after years of exposure

An Illinois resident won her case against the company Sterigenics – but other sufferers’ lawsuits hang in the balance


Where did the PFAS in your blood come from? These computer models offer clues

New research could help pinpoint “forever chemicals” exposure — giving communities a roadmap for cleanup and individuals direction on what to avoid.


World's largest active volcano, Mauna Loa, erupts on Hawaii's Big Island for first time in 38 years - triggering more than DOZEN earthquakes: Fears of major ash fall as sky over Honolulu turns flame red

Lava has started to flow from Hawaii's Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano in the world, after it erupted for the first time in 38 years Sunday night.


Hero cardiologist saves TWO runners who went into cardiac arrest during half marathon

A cardiologist competing in a California half marathon has saved the lives of two runners using CPR after watching one man collapse in front of him and another at the finish line after he'd completed the race.


EXCLUSIVE: Why didn't we stock up? As whirlwind of post-lockdown illnesses strike children and trigger shortages of key drugs

Experts today slammed the US Government for failing to stock up on key flu drugs and antibiotics during the pandemic — despite warnings that a whirlwind of seasonal illness would return with a vengeance post-lockdown.


Eating Fattening Food, Even If You’re In Good Health, Can Trigger Pain

Scientists have long agreed that nerve damage and pain observed in people with diabetes or obesity is related to their metabolic state. Researchers from the University of Texas-Dallas are now challenging this notion. Could chowing down on fattening food alone be the driving factor behind pain in some people?


5 Reasons to Indulge in Strawberries

In case you're looking for an excuse to satisfy your sweet tooth with strawberries, they're among the healthiest fruits for your heart, brain and body


Underwater tsunamis created by glacier calving

Scientists on a research vessel in Antarctica watched the front of a glacier disintegrate and their measurements ‘went off the scale’. As well as witnessing disruptions on the ocean surface, they recorded ‘internal’ underwater tsunamis as tall as a house, a phenomenon that has been previously missed in the understanding of ocean mixing and in computer models.


The Colorado River Compact Turns 100 Years Old. Is It Still Working?

The agreement didn’t consider the needs of Native Americans, Mexico or ecosystems. Since its signing, the river has dropped, demand has skyrocketed and states have failed to agree on how to share it. ​


FDA issues highest alert over 9,000 high-tech hospital beds that could KILL patients

Thousands of high-tech hospital beds have been recalled amid concerns they could kill or lead to life-threatening injuries in patients.


Visualizing the World’s Largest Hydroelectric Dams

Did you know that hydroelectricity is the world’s biggest source of renewable energy? According to recent figures from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), it represents 40% of total capacity, ahead of solar (28%) and wind (27%).


A Study Offers New Insights Into the Record 2021 Western North America Heat Wave

The heat wave that hammered western North America in late June and early July 2021 was not just any midsummer event. Over nine days, from British Columbia through Washington and Oregon and beyond, it exceeded average regional temperatures for the period by 10 degrees C (18 F), and on single days in some locales, by an astounding 30 C, or 54 F.


Over 20,000 died in western Europe’s summer heatwaves, figures show

More than 20,000 people died across western Europe in this summer’s heatwaves, in temperatures that would have been virtually impossible without climate breakdown, figures show.


One in 50 women admit using cannabis while pregnant in places where recreational use is legal, major study finds — raising risk of birth defects and complications

One in 50 pregnant women use cannabis in places where the drug is legal, a major study suggests — despite the major health risks it poses to babies. Researchers in Canada, where marijuana can be used recreationally, surveyed 1.2million mothers-to-be over six years.


Hormone Mimicking Properties of Glyphosate Weed Killer and Related Compounds Increase Breast Cancer Risk

A study published in Chemosphere adds to the growing body of research demonstrating the endocrine (hormone) disrupting effects of glyphosate play in breast cancer development. Exposure to the herbicide glyphosate and other glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) at high concentrations mimics the estrogen-like cellular effects of 17β-estradiol (E2), altering binding activity to estrogen receptor α (ERα) sites, thus causing fundamental changes in breast cancer cell proliferation (abundance).


Embrace what may be the most important green technology ever. It could save us all

Never mind the yuck factor: precision fermentation could produce new staple foods, and end our reliance on farming


Tackling the Antimicrobial Resistance Challenge

Antimicrobials have protected humans, animals, and plants. But for decades, we have literally been flushing antibiotics down the drain. This goes into the waterways, into the environment and into the foods that we eat. So this, coupled with overuse of antimicrobials works to reduce the effectiveness of antimicrobials themselves. Imagine a world in which the medicines we produce were no longer effective.​


Could Foldable ‘Casitas’ Help Lower the Building Sector’s Emissions?

There are some players in the housing sector modeling a more energy-efficient, sustainable way of doing business. One example is the Las Vegas-based company Boxabl, which wants new homes and buildings to one day be built as efficiently as cars.


Indoor Air Quality Solutions: Ionization

According to Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, Senior Director of Global Biorisk Advisory Council™ (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, the impact of indoor air quality (IAQ) on human health has been well researched and is well known. “Air quality can influence almost every aspect in our lives,” Gavin explained, “from our moods, our energy levels, to our sleep, our productivity.”


How to Blend Science and Cleaning to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Facilities

The pandemic has brought enhanced cleaning and improved indoor air quality to the forefront, and the industry doesn’t want to lose the momentum it has experienced the past few years. While the industry as a whole understands the value and impact of cleaning, disinfecting, and improving IAQ in facilities, there are some common myths, misunderstandings, and issues that may hinder real improvements needed today.


5 Reasons to Adopt Green Cleaning Practices for Safer Schools

By now, you’re probably at least acquainted with green cleaning practices. These practices are based on the idea of working with more environmentally-friendly supplies and equipment and using cleaning products made without harsh chemicals.


Researchers create green fuel with the flip of a light switch

Researchers at Princeton and Rice universities have combined iron, copper, and a simple LED light to demonstrate a low-cost technique that could be key to distributing hydrogen, a fuel that packs high amounts of energy with no carbon pollution.


Artificial sweeteners found to kill off antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Sugar substitutes found in many supermarket foods have been shown to kill off antibiotic-resistant bacteria that cause pneumonia and sepsis. Three artificial sweeteners used in products such as diet drinks, yogurts and desserts dramatically halt the growth of multidrug-resistant priority pathogens.


First pandemic young people's mental health review says service demand will rise

The first comprehensive study to evaluate research on the mental health of children and young people using evidence that spanned before and during COVID-19 has found an impact on mental health that could result in an increased demand for support services.


Study reveals intensive grassland management hampers recovery of soil food webs from drought

New research led by a team of scientists from The University of Manchester has shown that intensive grassland management impairs the capacity of soils to buffer extreme droughts, which are becoming more frequent and intense.


Egg whites remove nearly 100% of microplastics from water, Princeton researchers discover

It turns out that a breakfast staple around the world might just be the answer for removing microplastics from water. Princeton researchers have successfully used egg whites to create a lightweight and porous aerogel material that can be used in several ways, including water filtration, energy storage, and sound, as well as insulation.


Using vapes may set the stage for dental decay

A vaping habit could end up leading to a tarnished smile, and more frequent visits to the dentist.


China’s 26-story pig skyscraper ready to slaughter 1 million pigs a year

The world’s biggest single-building pig farm has opened in Hubei province, but critics say it will increase the risk of larger animal disease outbreaks


Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution

The first session of the INC to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment, will take place in the Punta del Este Convention and Exhibition Centre from 28 November to 2 December 2022.


Alarming manatee death toll in Florida prompts calls for endangered status

Mammals were downgraded from endangered to threatened in 2017, even as pollution and habitat loss drive starvation


Record heat over Great Barrier Reef raises fears of second summer of coral bleaching

‘This does not bode well,’ reef scientist says, as highest November temperatures reached since 1985


San Francisco Police Department asks to use KILLER ROBOTS

The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) is proposing to use robots to kill suspects in 'rare' circumstances - with the force's 12 bots set to assist officers with deadly force and 'ground support'.​



A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Health Research .by the Faculty of Preventive Medicine, Air Force Medical University, Xi’an, China and the Ministry of Education Key Lab of Hazard Assessment and Control in Special Operational Environment, Xi’an, China found that when mice were exposed to a 4.9 GHz (one of working frequencies of 5G communication) radio-frequency (RF) field, the exposure induced depression-like behaviour, but not anxiety-like behaviour or spatial memory. The mice were exposed to 21 days of a 4.9 GHz RF field.


FAA warns against 5G rollout as airlines upgrade radio altimeters to avoid interference

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned against any distribution of 5G technology due to concerns regarding interference with aircraft equipment. Its warning comes amid airports upgrading their equipment to avoid untoward incidents involving the frequency.


Across New York, a Fleet of Google Street View Vehicles Tracks an Array of Key Pollutants

Each vehicle beams data on greenhouse gases and toxins like benzene, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide to servers in California to be analyzed by the air-quality monitoring company Aclima.


U.N. report calls for the ban of mercury trade and its use in gold mining

Small-scale gold mining is the key driver of global mercury demand, according to a U.N. report on the highly toxic metal, with South America accounting for 39% of this demand.


7 Sustainable Decor Ideas for the Winter Holidays

The holiday season is a time for festivities and cheer, but it’s also a time for waste. A 2021 study found that 60% of Americans waste more during the holiday season than any other time of year; 43% more, in fact, among those who celebrate a winter holiday.


Eco-friendly containers

Have patience. That, in essence, is the response of EPA officials to criticism that they are whiffing on an opportunity to strengthen commercial jet aircraft engine pollution regulations and benefit environmental justice communities.


EPA skips stricter aircraft pollution regs

Have patience. That, in essence, is the response of EPA officials to criticism that they are whiffing on an opportunity to strengthen commercial jet aircraft engine pollution regulations and benefit environmental justice communities.


The environmental impact of Black Friday

It's that time of year again: the pre-Christmas consumer frenzy also known as Black Friday. During the biggest shopping event of the year, retailers slash their prices. But what does that mean for the environment?


Emaciated Whale Starves to Death With 330 lbs of Fishing Gear in Stomach

An emaciated sperm whale that washed up in Canada had 330 pounds of fishing gear in its stomach when it died, scientists have found.


How to be a sustainable parent

Reusable nappies and zero-plastic baby food: is sustainable parenting doable?


All Of A Sudden, Huge Earthquakes Are Hitting The West Coast Of The U.S. And Other High Risk Areas

Have you noticed that there have been a lot of very unusual earthquakes around the globe this week? Suddenly, large earthquakes have started to erupt in some of the most high risk areas of the planet. Unfortunately, that includes the west coast of the United States.


USGS: Earthquake reported in SC on Thanksgiving day

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported an earthquake in the Midlands on Thursday. Officials said the earthquake happened around 3.9 miles southeast of Elgin at 4:22 p.m.


4.9 magnitude earthquake reported in west Texas on Thanksgiving Day

A 4.9 magnitude earthquake was reported in West Texas on Thanksgiving Day. According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake was reported in Mentone, Texas at 12:19 p.m.


Disney-themed children’s clothing line recalled due to lead poisoning hazard

One Disney-themed children’s clothing line has been recalled due to a possible lead poisoning hazard.​


Will the next pandemic come from the Arctic? Ancient virus that has lain frozen in Siberian permafrost for 48,500 YEARS is revived

An ancient virus that has lain frozen in the Siberian permafrost for 48,500 years has become the oldest ever revived so far, scientists say.


Here are all the positive environmental stories from 2022 so far

Eco-anxiety, climate doom, environmental existential dread - as green journalists, we see these terms used a lot - and often feel them ourselves.


Beyond Meat factory riddled with mold, other dirty conditions: leaked documents

A leaked internal document revealed Beyond Meat products manufactured at the plant had tested positive for the harmful bacteria Listeria at least 11 times in the second half of 2021 and the first half of this year, Bloomberg reported on Monday.


What are Vegan Probiotics? And Do Supplements Help With Gut Health?

Gut health is key to overall health. If you’re considering vegan probiotics, here’s what you need to know about where to find them.


Why You Should Eat Two Apples a Day

A recent study points to apples' ability to mediate significant gut microbial metabolic activity. All it takes: two apples a day. In light of the increasing link between gut microbiota and human wellness, this new association is worth exploring and further vouches for this fruit's superfood and super healer status


Factory Farms Spew Manure Into U.S. Waterways — Why Doesn’t the EPA Stop Them?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is supposed to protect important waterways from pollution, but manure from concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, continues to harm waterways — and only one-third of the largest facilities have a federal permit.


Natural Oral Health Tips For A Confident Smile

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be tricky to achieve the best smile and maintain great oral health using only natural methods. This guide contains some of the best steps that you can follow to make this happen, so what are you waiting for? Read on to discover more!


Less Than 2 Servings Of Almonds Can Keep Hunger At Bay, Cuts Down On Overeating

Many people give in to the occasional snack craving in a moment of weakness, but if you’re looking to cut down on your daily calories, new research finds that all it takes is a handful of almonds. Scientists at the University of South Australia report that consuming just 30-50 grams of almonds can help people cut back on calories.


High amounts of salty, processed foods could double stress levels, study finds

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland theorized that high salt consumption might also impose stress on the brain. The results from the experiment showed that high salt intake could elevate stress hormone production.


How to Rebuild Sovereignty: ‘Stop Financing the Enemy and Start Financing our Friends’

Observing the unraveling of sovereignty and the rule of law in the U.S., citizens are pondering an array of tactics that could help rebuild sovereignty.


Now pharmacists run out of CHILDREN'S TYLENOL after crippling antibiotic shortage

A children's Tylenol shortage currently affecting Canada has carried over into the United States, pharmacists in multiple American cities have warned.


Push to use antibiotics to prevent sexually transmitted infections raises concerns

A health department in the United States has become one of the first to recommend that people who are at high risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) take a preventive dose of antibiotics after unprotected sex. Clinical trials have shown the strategy can reduce infections such as chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhoea. But some researchers worry it will contribute to antibiotic resistance.​


'I've never seen anything like this': Doctors warn America is running out of FOUR child antibiotics and flu drugs

America is running short on four key antibiotics and respiratory drugs for children, as seasonal bugs come back with a bang after being suppressed during lockdowns.


6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off Baja California coast

A 6.2 preliminary magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Baja California Tuesday, with shaking being reported in Southern California, according to the United States Geological Survey.


Wind farms kill millions of birds each year. Scientists may have found a simple solution: paint turbines black

Birds—from eagles to wrens—share a deadly habit of blithely flying into wind turbine blades that, at their outer edges, can reach speeds of up to 170 miles per hour. The tools wind farm owners have been using to cut the casualty rate are often high-tech, complex, and expensive. Now, scientists believe they’ve hit on a surprisingly simple solution: painting one turbine blade black.


World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2022: The Antibiotic Footprint of Farming

The Alliance aims to achieve more responsible use of antibiotics in farming. We are not a group that campaigns for no use of antibiotics in farming as we accept that there are cases when use is responsible and good for animal welfare. But the Alliance campaigns against all forms of routine farm antibiotic use, particularly the use of antibiotics for purely preventative group treatments.


Eating Honey May Help People Manage Cholesterol, Blood Sugar

A new analysis from the University of Toronto shows that eating honey may help people manage high cholesterol or blood sugar levels.


How unhealthy is YOUR state?

Fitness experts have created a health index to compare six key health indicators nationwide — including smoking and obesity rates, and the number of gym memberships and fast food restaurants.


New insights into how long-banned PCBs unleash their toxicity inside the body

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been widely used in industrial and commercial products including plastics, paints, electronic equipment and insulating fluids. Their manufacture was extensively banned from the late 1970s onwards due to their toxicity, but large amounts still remain in our environment and accumulate inside animals' bodies.



Strong local cell tower laws are important because they can better protect scenic corridors and environmentally-sensitive areas, safeguard public health and safety, preserve historic zones, protect property values, and ensure that residents are notified about pending and approved wireless antenna applications.​


High demand and prices for lithium send mines into overdrive

Salty water gurgles quietly through a pipe across a dry lakebed and into a Caribbean-blue pond. It's carrying an element that is crucial to the electric car revolution and, suddenly, one of the world's hottest commodities: lithium.


A surprising trigger of western New York ‘thundersnow’: Wind turbines

Sparks of groundbreaking science are emerging from the historic lake-effect snowstorm that pummeled western New York over the weekend. A research project based at State University of New York at Oswego has gathered unprecedented data on how wind turbines can spawn lightning within a snowstorm, often referred to as “thundersnow.”


Green stormwater control measures clean up urban streams

Catching urban runoff in raingardens and rainwater capture tanks improves the water quality of nearby streams and rivers and lowers water temperatures that have risen in the region due to climate change and the urban heat island effect, according to a new report spanning two decades in the greater Melbourne metropolitan area of Australia.


6 Health Benefits of Rutin, and Where to Find It

Rutin is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powerhouse found in a variety of delicious food that may boost your health via multiple avenues, from promoting healthy circulation to providing pain relief​


Scientists say chemicals could undercut global plastics treaty

Next week the United Nations intergovernmental negotiating committee will meet in Uruguay to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution. There is concern brewing among scientists that the negotiations will overlook the diversity and complexity of chemicals present in plastics. This would severely undermine the treaty's effectiveness


Antioxidant flavonols linked to slower memory decline

People who eat or drink more foods with antioxidant flavonols, which are found in several fruits and vegetables as well as tea and wine, may have a slower rate of memory decline, according to a new study.​


Put the kettle on! How black tea may help your health later in life

A daily cup of tea could help you to enjoy better health late in life -- however if you're not a tea drinker, there are other things you can add to your diet. The key is flavonoids, which are naturally occurring substances found in many common foods and beverages such as black and green tea, apples, nuts, citrus fruit, berries and more.


What should I do about PFAS in my water?

What can you do if you have PFAS in your water? The answer is complicated. Here’s what to know about navigating threats from the chemicals.


How Wastewater Turned the Bay Brown with Toxic Algae

According to water testing done by San Francisco Baykeeper and the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI), the specific organism that made up this bloom is called Heterosigma akashiwo. This type of algae often blooms when there is an excess of available nutrients. Unfortunately, in a highly urbanized estuary, nutrients like this are often in surplus.


Mapped: Where Does Our Food Come From?

Did you know that over two-thirds of national crops originated from somewhere else?


Plastics tsunami: Can a landmark treaty stop waste from choking the oceans?

As nations meet this week to negotiate an agreement on plastics pollution, researchers warn that a lack of information will make it hard to enforce any agreement.


Is your favorite ‘green’ product as eco-friendly as it claims to be?

Not all environmental claims are created equally. “Greenwashing” is a form of misinformation often used to entice an aspiring green consumer. Companies promising to be sustainable, biodegradable, or environmentally conscious sometimes fail to meet the promises they make to consumers.


These new induction stoves want to convince you to ditch gas

Induction stoves are better for both the environment and indoor air. And now, they can deliver a superior cooking product as well.


A small Maine town investigates how ‘forever chemicals’ got into its school water

When the Surry Elementary School learned it had dangerously high levels of hazardous chemicals in its drinking water, it did what most schools do: handed out bottled water and looked for a filtration system.​


Corals Saving Corals

Under the right living arrangement, disease-resistant corals can help “rescue” corals that are more vulnerable to disease, found a study from the University of California, Davis, that monitored a disease outbreak at a coral nursery in Little Cayman, Cayman Islands.


Cracking the chemical code on how iodine helps form clouds

A new experiment by an international research team demonstrates the mechanism for how the most stable gas-phase form of iodine known as iodic acid is formed. The researchers suggest it has a catalytic role in atmospheric particle formation.


Sweet corn sweltering in summer heat spells uncertainty for corn lovers

Few things say summer in America more than buttery corn on the cob, but as summer temperatures climb to unprecedented levels, the future of sweet corn may not be so sweet. New University of Illinois research shows sweet corn yields drop significantly with extreme heat during flowering, especially in rainfed fields in the Midwest.


Does it make sense to install heat pumps in older buildings?

In light of the energy crisis, demand for heat pumps is on the rise — even for older buildings. Here's a breakdown of whether it makes sense to switch and why proper consultation beforehand is key.


Innovative Company Wants to Drill 10 Miles Down For Geothermal Energy

Usually when we think of drilling beneath the Earth’s surface for energy, we think of fossil fuels. But U.S.-based company Quaise Energy is working on a way to drill, baby, drill that would actually harness renewable energy.


Hiding in household products: Study links phthalates to uterine fibroids

A new study finds exposure to the harmful class of chemicals known as phthalates poses particular risks for women. These substances lurk in many household items people use every day, including personal care products, clothing and more.


Study Finds that Pollinators, Not Pesticides, Are More Important to Higher Crop Yields

A new study throws into question the value of the pest management concept of setting action levels around pest infestations. In the course of watermelon production over a span of two years, pollination, not pest levels, was the key determining factor for yield. “These data advocate for a reprioritization of management, to conserve and protect wild bee pollination, which could be more critical than avoiding pest damage for ensuring high yields,” the study, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, indicates.


Your pet is helping to fuel factory farms

It may come as a shock, but dogs and cats consume, one study found, between 25% and 30% of the calories derived from animals in the U.S. By those numbers, if America’s companion animals comprised their own country, its meat consumption would rank fifth in the world (behind only Russia, Brazil, the United States, and China.)


50 Groups Target Bill Gates on Farming and Technology: ‘You Are Part of Creating the Very Problem You Name’

Fifty organizations dedicated to food sovereignty and food justice issues signed an open letter calling out Bill Gates over his latest claim that technology is the solution to world hunger and food sovereignty and asking the media to do a better job of covering the issue.


Vandana Shiva: What’s Missing From Climate Debate

Corporations are exploiting the climate crisis to push costly, unproven and often dangerous technological fixes, but the real source of the crisis is really a symptom of the broader ecological crisis being perpetuated by an extractivist and profit-driven system.


Your next dog could be a robot

Researchers from the University of Glasgow in Scotland are trying to work out how humans could bond with robots better and dogs may provide some of the answers.


South Pole Hits Record Cold November Temperatures

Extreme cold records continue to tumble at the South Pole. Three recent days – November 16th, 17th and 18th – have recorded a daily record, with the 18th plunging to –45.2°C, compared with –44.7°C on the same day in 1987. The records follow the six-month winter of 2020-21, which was the coldest since records began in 1957. Inexplicably, all these facts and trends have escaped reporting in the mainstream media.


Dallas’ yellow school buses go green to cut emissions

Dallas students will soon be shuttled in new electric school buses that will reduce the district’s greenhouse gas emissions.


Tackling plastic pollution with a net of law and chemical coding

An innovative proposal to tackle the global plastic pollution crisis with a combination of DNA-like encoding of plastics and international law has been put forward by a transdisciplinary team of QUT researchers.​


3 Key health benefits of vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin

Known as the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D is essential for the body’s important systems. When the skin is exposed to direct sunlight, it triggers the production of vitamin D3 – its natural form.


New Study Provides a Unique Resource for Understanding How Environmental Exposures in Early Life Affect our Health

Researchers now have a unique resource for identifying new biomarkers of environmental exposures in early life and understanding their health effects.


Air pollution harms the brain and mental health, too – a large-scale analysis documents effects on brain regions associated with emotions

People who breathe polluted air experience changes within the brain regions that control emotions, and as a result, they may be more likely to develop anxiety and depression than those who breathe cleaner air. These are the key findings of a systematic review that my colleagues and I recently published in the journal NeuroToxicology.


Will shipping noise nudge Africa’s only penguin toward extinction?

A colony in South Africa’s busy Algoa Bay is suffering a population crash that researchers say coincides with the introduction of ship-to-ship refueling services that have made the bay one of the noisiest in the world.


Two EV-Charging Roads Are Coming to Detroit - What Will The Health Impact Be?

You may find yourself driving on an EV charging road in the near future.In Detroit, inductive charging technology is being added to two short roads, a project that will be the first wireless electric road system (ERS) in the U.S. The roads will be capable of charging electric vehicles that install a special receiver while they drive. The roadway will be fully functional by 2023.


Protecting kids from wireless radiation in school and at home

Children are almost constantly exposed to wireless radiation, starting as early as the first weeks of life. As they get older, that exposure grows every day, thanks to the widespread use of smartphones, laptops and other wireless devices in the classroom and at home.


How ‘multitasking’ preservatives might help to make cosmetics safer

The lack of preservation in cosmetics has a notorious history – in just one instance, four women were almost permanently blinded in 1977 because the chemicals failed to keep their mascara clean and safe.That scare prompted regulators to step up the quality and amount of preservatives used in personal care products.


Fungus that Survive Fungicide Use Multiply and Thrive

Fungus that survive a fungicide application may be able to multiply and thrive, putting plant yields at risk. This finding comes from research recently published by scientists at University of Illinois, focusing on the impact of fungicide use on soybean yields and the disease Septoria brown spot, caused by the fungus Septoria glycines. The research underlines the danger of preventive chemical applications in an attempt to protect yield and shows how precarious pesticide use can be when subject to the complexity seen in field conditions.


Three MORE women sue L'Oreal and other cosmetic companies over claims chemical hair straighteners caused their womb and breast cancer

Three more women are suing L'Oreal and other beauty brans over claims chemicals in hair straighteners gave them cancer and tumors.


Building green energy facilities may produce substantial carbon emissions, says study

First, the bad news: Nothing is free. Moving the world energy system away from fossil fuels and into renewable sources will generate carbon emissions by itself, as construction of wind turbines, solar panels and other new infrastructure consumes energy—some of it necessarily coming from the fossil fuels we are trying to get rid of. The good news: If this infrastructure can be put on line quickly, those emissions would dramatically decrease, because far more renewable energy early on will mean far less fossil fuel needed to power the changeover.


Lab mice fed processed food found to fare worse against flu than those eating grains

A team of researchers at the University of Sydney working with a colleague from Shenzhen University School of Medicine has found that lab mice are more likely to survive a flu infection if they are fed grain-based foods rather than processed food. The paper is published in Cell Reports.


Rapidly Melting Glaciers Are Releasing a Staggering Payload of Unknown Bacteria

Fast-melting glaciers are releasing staggering amounts of bacteria into rivers and streams, which could transform icy ecosystems, scientists warn.


Decades of air pollution undermine the immune system, lymph nodes study finds

The diminished power of the immune system in older adults is usually blamed on the aging process. But a new study by Columbia immunologists shows that decades of particulate air pollution also take a toll.​


What happens when humans meddle with nature?

Seven ways in which our destruction of the natural world has led to deadly outcomes


The Cause of Alzheimer's Could Be Coming From Inside Your Mouth

In recent years, a growing number of scientific studies have backed an alarming hypothesis: Alzheimer's disease isn't just a disease, it's an infection.


Researchers find 2.8% of pregnancies were exposed to opioids

Targeted public health strategies have been employed to reduce opioid use in reproductive-aged persons, but there has been a lack of research that adequately describes the individuals in the United States who actually use opioids during pregnancy. The first nationwide, geographically diverse study of pregnant people to describe the epidemiology of opioid use, including the demographic and medical characteristics of these people, helps to fill this gap.


25 Most Polluted Countries in the World

Pollution is one of the main problems being faced by the world right now, being detrimental to both food security and health. Every year, pollution results in the death of more than 3.7 million people in the world while resulting in the destruction of crops that could feed millions of people every year.


Endangered status sought for manatees as hundreds starve

Pollution is triggering algae blooms that have killed much of the seagrass on which manatees depend, conservations groups said.


Exclusive lab tests show toxic 'forever' chemicals in America's tap water

Toxic “forever” chemicals are seeping into the water Americans drink every day. The more we learn about the potential health impacts of these chemicals, the more serious the problem becomes. As the EPA takes bold steps to try to limit PFAS contamination, Spotlight on America conducted a series of exclusive lab tests and discovered just how widespread the contamination of America’s water system is. ​


Most coal plants in Missouri are causing toxic groundwater pollution

A new report found nearly all Missouri coal plants are releasing toxins into the local groundwater.The report from two nonprofits, the Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice, showed improper storage of waste material from coal-fired power plants is causing unsafe levels of groundwater contamination at 91% of U.S. coal plants.


Agricultural effects of Colorado's water shortage

As water experts and researchers started forecasting Colorado's water supply, they saw a hurting agriculture industry.


Doing your part amid a ‘season of waste’, E-waste increased by 21%

Electronic waste (e-waste) has increased by 21% percent over the last few years, which has Solid Waste Department’s working hard to stress the importance of recycling and reuse.


The U.S. Promised Tribes They Would Always Have Fish, but the Fish They Have Pose Toxic Risks

For decades, the U.S. government has failed to test for chemicals and metals in fish. So, we did. What we found was alarming for tribes.


How disposable tech is feeding an e-waste crisis

As humanity’s desire for new technology grows, so do the mountains of potentially toxic electronic waste.​


Texas Just Had Its Biggest Earthquake in Decades, and Fracking Is a Prime Suspect

The Railroad Commission Texas, which regulates the state’s oil and gas industry, is investigating a 5.4-magnitude earthquake that rocked communities in West Texas last Wednesday, The Texas Tribune reports. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a drilling technique common in the area that is known to cause earthquakes.


Study shows superbugs in the environment rarely transfer over to humans: Hospitals are more risky than farms

An international team of scientists investigating transmission of a deadly drug resistant bacteria that rivals MRSA, has found that whilst the bugs are found in livestock, pets and the wider environment, they are rarely transmitted to humans through this route.


Buildings damaged but no tsunami warning for Solomon Islands after 7.0 earthquake

Authorities in the Solomon Islands said no tsunami warning would be issued after two powerful earthquakes struck on Tuesday, damaging Australia’s embassy, the airport and shopping malls and triggering power cuts in the capital, Honiara.


A Huge Volcano Just Erupted Next to the Deepest Place on Earth

A huge volcano hundreds of feet beneath the ocean's surface has started erupting next to the deepest point on Earth. The Ahyi Seamount—a large submarine volcano—lies 449 feet deep in the Pacific Ocean below the Northern Mariana Islands, which are more than 3,700 miles west of Honolulu, Hawaii.


Search underway as magnitude-5.6 earthquake leaves over 200 dead in Indonesia

Rescuers were digging through debris on Tuesday to find survivors of a powerful earthquake that toppled homes and buildings in a highly populated area of Indonesia’s West Java province, killing at least 268 people. A further 151 people remain missing and more than 1,000 were injured, the country’s National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) said.


GMO Food Labeling Rules ‘Restrictive and Unclear,’ Lawsuit Alleges

Center for Food Safety and a coalition of nonprofits earlier this month appealed the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling allowing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to use the misleading terminology "bioengineered" and avoid labeling the majority of genetically engineered foods.


‘Staggering’ Decline in Kids’ Reading, Math Skills, Latest Testing Reveals

The results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, often referred to as the “nation’s report card,” show the largest drop in mathematics scores seen since the initial assessments were given in 1990.



5G in New York City is making headlines news. People are shocked at how ugly the monster poles are and they are also concerned about the long term safety of the radiation. Here is a list of the latest rews reports from New York City about these 5G poles.


FAA Has Documented 100+ Incidents of Potential 5G Aviation Interference

Several airlines and their manufacturers, including American, Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, aviation unions, and others, signed a letter backing the FAA’s extension request. According to the letter sent to the White House, global supply chain issues mean “air carriers will likely be unable to fully meet either the December 2022 deadlines for smaller regional aircraft and many large transports or the July 2023 retrofit deadline.”Reuters reported that the letter noted since January, “the FAA has docume​



Did you know that researchers are cautioning that 5G could contribute to climate change and increase energy consumption?


Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, November 19, 2022

The former balance of four seasons is no more, flash cooldowns now commonly turn summer to winter in many regions over the span of only a few days. Many agricultural regions are drying up, others are drowning under the deluge. A long and growing list of countries is descending into collapse and chaos while future wars loom on the horizon. When will the branch break for us all?


Engineering Winter: The Untold Story Of Hurricane Nicole

Was hurricane Nicole a random act of nature? Or is there much more to the story? What agendas and objectives might Hurricane Nicole have served for those in power? Can winter weather be engineered from what started out as a tropical storm? For how long after the initial event might the implications and consequences of engineered weather linger?


International Scientists, German High Schoolers: The “Thermal Threshold Theory” Is Becoming Extinct

Internationally, the idea that the only mechanism of harm is “heating” has prevailed regarding non-ionizing radiation, despite the fact that non-thermal effects have been documented. This is an Age when myths about microwave safety are proving to be false. Hearts and minds are changing, worldwide, in regard to wireless.


'Like a shotgun': Tongan eruption is largest ever recorded

A deadly volcanic eruption near Tonga in January was the largest ever recorded with modern equipment, a New Zealand-led team of scientists revealed Monday.


Massive methane leak in Cambria County remains uncontrolled at natural gas storage field

A natural gas storage well in Cambria County has been leaking gas for 10 days, blanketing the mountains in Jackson Township with a roar like a jet engine and its valleys with an odor of hydrocarbons.


Mitochondria transmit signals in the immune and nervous systems

Mitochondria are primarily known as the powerhouse of the cell. However, these cellular organelles are required not only for providing energy: Researchers recently discovered that mitochondria play an important role in signal transduction in innate immune pathways. They regulate a signalling pathway that helps to eliminate pathogens, but can cause damage through inflammation upon overactivation.


Social bees travel greater distances for food than their solitary counterparts, study finds

Social bees such as honeybees and bumblebees have larger foraging ranges, according to researchers at the University of Bristol.


Study Finds Ubiquitous Fungus Fights Mercury Contamination

A University of Maryland researcher and colleagues found that the fungus Metarhizium robertsii removes mercury from the soil around plant roots, and from fresh and saltwater. The researchers also genetically engineered the fungus to amplify its mercury detoxifying effects.


Nigerian teens create fashion from trash to fight pollution

Teenage climate activists in Nigeria's largest city are recycling trash into runway outfits for a "Trashion Show."Chinedu Mogbo, founder of Greenfingers Wildlife Initiative, a conservation group working with the activists, said the show was designed to raise awareness about environmental pollution.


Cleaning RSV: What You Need to Know

As the weather turns cold and indoor gatherings are set to skyrocket over the holidays, plenty of attention is being paid to minimizing the effects of the flu and COVID-19. While crucial, facility cleaning managers and building service contractor (BSCs) should also be on alert for the rise of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).


Honey bees prosper with quality, not quantity, of food in novel laboratory setup

Honey bee workers collect pollen and nectar from a variety of flowering plants to use as a food source. Honey bees typically forage from up to 1-2 miles away from the hive, though sometimes they travel even further, including up to 10 miles away. However, much of the modern landscape consists of agricultural fields, which limits the foraging options for honey bees in these areas.


Dietary change starves cancer cells, overcoming treatment resistance

A dietary change could be a key to enhancing colon cancer treatment, a new study finds. Researchers found in cells and in mice that a low-protein diet blocked the nutrient signaling pathway that fires up a master regulator of cancer growth.


NSAIDs may worsen arthritis inflammation

Taking anti-inflammatory pain relievers like ibuprofen and naproxen for osteoarthritis may worsen inflammation in the knee joint over time, according to a new study being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).


Basketball better for building stronger bones in children than track, study shows

Cross country is good, but hoops are great? According to a new study, youth athletes who play multidirectional sports like basketball, instead of unidirectional sports like track, are able to build stronger bones that decrease their risk of bone injury in adulthood, suggests a new study.


Dairy drinkers more likely to buy cow’s milk with low or no antibiotics

The non-dairy industry has bulldozed its way into the food market in recent years, largely due to animal welfare and health implications of repeated antibiotic exposure through injections that cows receive. In fact, a new Cornell University study reports that consumers are more willing to purchase cow’s milk if the cows are only treated with antibiotics when medically necessary — as long as the price isn’t that much higher.


Spain's new recycling rules launch war on waste

Garbage will now be the exception, recycling the rule. However, Spain needs to make a lot of changes in order for this to happen.


6 feet of snow in Buffalo: What causes lake-effect storms like this?

It’s hard for most people to imagine 6 feet of snow in one storm, like the Buffalo area saw over the weekend, but such extreme snowfall events occasionally happen along the eastern edges of the Great Lakes.The phenomenon is called “lake-effect snow,” and the lakes play a crucial role.


France’s Solar Plan for Parking Lots Could Start an Urban Renewable Revolution

France has approved legislation that will require all car parks with more than 80 spaces to be covered over by solar panels. This is part of a wider program that will see solar panels occupy derelict lots, vacant land alongside roads and railways, as well as some farmland.


Video: Wildlife crossings built with tribal knowledge drastically reduce collisions

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes collaborated with the Montana Department of Transportation to design and build one of the largest networks of wildlife highway crossings in the U.S.


Countries vote for ‘landmark’ regulations on global shark fin trade

Dozens of countries voted this week to regulate a global trade that has killed millions of sharks and threatened numerous species in recent decades — all over a bowl of soup.


Food Waste 101: The Facts and Solutions

Over a third of the world’s food that’s produced gets lost or wasted each year. This happens while over 820 million people worldwide are affected from hunger.


'It's normal to have cancer': Some Colorado communities disproportionally impacted by pollution

An Environmental Task force created by the Colorado legislature submitted their recommendations to fix inequity in pollution effects this week.


Nigeria artist transforms oil kegs into faces to reduce waste

Growing up, Nigerian artist Oluwajuwonlo Adeyemi saw her mother discard large plastic kegs of cooking oil she used for her catering business in Lagos. Distraught at the thought of adding waste to sprawling dumpsites in a city where only a small fraction of rubbish is recycled, Adeyemi turned them into faces that have become a trademark of the artwork.


Car tire chemicals are killing salmon and steelhead

The chemical 6PPD, added to tires to prevent degradation, is causing a “complete breakdown of the blood brain barrier” in fish, a new study found.


Why America’s food-security crisis is a water-security crisis, too

More than 300 homes in Porterville, located in California's Central Valley, were without running water after their wells dried up due to the severe drought in 2015. County officials and charitable organizations provided drinking water and non-potable water to use to wash dishes and bathe.


EPA’s Deficient Pesticide Analysis Contributes to Ecological Decline

Once again, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered a new pesticide without performing a thorough review of its impacts on biodiversity as well as threatened and endangered species. Inpyrfluxam was registered in 2020 and only after being sued by the Center for Biological Diversity for failure to comply with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) did EPA commit to completing draft effects determinations by Fall 2022.



A relatively uncharted island entirely made of trash, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an enigma. Still, reducing its size is an even bigger mystery.The Ocean Cleanup is an organization using high-tech tools to remove trillions of pieces of plastic pollution and other trash that make up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — but what happens to this waste once it gets collected from the ocean?


‘We’ve got no choice’: locals fear life as lab rats in UK hydrogen heating pilot

There are concerns about the practicality of using hydrogen and the resulting cost to residents. Some people fear they are at risk of becoming unwilling “lab rats” for a technology that never takes off.​


From bud to Bud Light: Legalizing marijuana causes alcohol use to RISE, major study finds

Alcohol use rises in states that legalize marijuana for recreational marijuana use, a major study has found.


South Korea has almost zero food waste. Here’s what the US can learn

In the US, most food waste ends up in landfills while South Korea recycles close to 100% annually, and its model could illustrates some core principles


McDonald’s and Walmart beef suppliers criticized for ‘reckless’ antibiotics use

Suppliers of beef to McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Walmart are sourcing meat from US farms that use antibiotics linked to the spread of dangerous superbugs, an investigation has found.


The US Accounts For Nearly Half Of Global Diabetes Drug Sales

Insulin rationing was most prevalent among Black Americans, at 23 percent, compared to 16 percent among white and Hispanic Americans. While the Inflation Reduction Act, signed into law by President Biden in August, will partly address the problem by capping the monthly cost of insulin at $35 for senior on Medicare from January 1, millions of Americans who are uninsured or have private health insurance will continue to grapple with sky-high insulin prices.


FDA Declares Lab-Grown Chicken ‘Safe to Eat’ — But Scientists, Food Safety Advocates Have Questions

Describing the development as “a food revolution,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday said chicken produced using animal cell culture technology that takes living cells from chickens and grows the cells in a controlled environment is safe for human consumption.


Fired Referees Sue NBA Over Vaccine Mandate, as Djokovic Cleared to Play in Australian Open

Three former National Basketball Association referees this week sued the league alleging they were fired for refusing to receive COVID-19 vaccines on religious grounds. Meanwhile, Australian officials will allow Novak Djokovic, previously barred from the country for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine, to play in the Australian Open in January.


Workers’ Compensation: A Pathway to Immediate Relief for COVID Vaccine Injury Victims?

In interviews with The Defender, three lawyers discussed workers’ compensation strategies that may help private-sector employees who sustained COVID-19 vaccine injuries obtain financial relief.


Survey reveals mass mental illness in Gen Z, with 57% of young people now taking medication just to cope

After facing two and half years of lockdowns, restrictions, fear propaganda, isolation, and harmful mandates, the young and aspiring Generation Z are dealing with several mental health conditions.


Cardio Beats Cancer? Aerobic Exercise Can Reduce Risk Of Metastasis By More Than 70%

The benefits of habitual movement are well documented. Finding a few minutes to break a sweat can lead to a healthier body and mind. Now, researchers from Tel-Aviv University report aerobic exercise can also impede cancer from spreading throughout the body. The scientists found that cardio appeared to reduce the risk of metastatic cancer by 72 percent.


Holiday Gift Giving: Think Twice About The Wireless Device

In 2015 a study was published by the Weston Price Foundation, “Does Short-term Exposure to Cell Phone Radiation Affect the Blood.” One question the study asked is “Does the blood as observed under a darkfield microscope change after human subjects are exposed to a smart phone for a short time period?”​


"Paralyzing Snowfall" Could "Cripple" Buffalo With Feet Of Snow

The National Weather Service warned "paralyzing snowfall" will blanket parts of western and northern New York. Folks living in the cities of Buffalo and Watertown could be using yardsticks by the end of the weekend to measure the snow.


"Seismic Unrest Burbling" Under World's Largest Active Volcano In Hawaii

United States Geological Survey data shows earthquake swarms continue around the world's largest active volcano, Mauna Loa, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Such unrest could be a precursor to an eruption not seen in decades.


Magnitude 5.4 Earthquake felt in West Texas; multiple aftershocks

This is the third strongest earthquake ever to strike Texas, and the strongest since 1995.


Miracles sometimes occur... This is uplifting...

‘Miracle’ twin elephants born at Syracuse Zoo. Twins make up less than 1% of elephant births, and this is the first recorded case in the USA where both twins survived the birth…


Deadly coral disease in Florida, Caribbean may be transported in ship hulls, study finds

A new study suggests that ships may be spreading a deadly coral disease across Florida and the Caribbean. The findings by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science could help establish testing and treatment methods to mitigate the risk of further disease spread.


NASA Study: Rising Sea Level Could Exceed Estimates for U.S. Coasts

By 2050, sea level along contiguous U.S. coastlines could rise as much as 12 inches (30 centimeters) above today’s waterline, according to researchers who analyzed nearly three decades of satellite observations. The results from the NASA Sea Level Change Team could help refine near-term projections for coastal communities that are bracing for increases in both catastrophic and nuisance flooding in coming years.


Illinois study: Which weather characteristics affect agricultural and food trade the most?

Changing weather patterns have profound impacts on agricultural production around the world. Higher temperatures, severe drought, and other weather events may decrease output in some regions but effects are often volatile and unpredictable. Yet, many countries rely on agricultural and food trade to help alleviate the consequences of local, weather-induced production shifts, a new paper from the University of Illinois suggests.


Will FDA proposed healthy guidelines make a difference?

The Food and Drug Administration really wants you to believe that healthy is as healthy does. To that end, the FDA wants grocery shoppers to know with some degree of confidence that when they buy processed foods emblazoned with a “healthy” label, by golly, it's healthy eating. Pinky swear.


How air pollution is putting teenagers at risk of high blood pressure and heart attacks in later life

Prolonged exposure to air pollution can significantly increase the risk to teenagers of developing high blood pressure in later life – with obese adolescents particularly vulnerable, a study has found.​


The tragedy of sudden infant death syndrome: A pediatrician explains how to protect your baby

Each year, about 3,400 U.S. infants die suddenly and unexpectedly while sleeping, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Oct. 12, 2022, SciLine interviewed Dr. Rachel Moon, professor of pediatrics at the University of Virginia and the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Moon discussed the best ways for babies to sleep safely and the recent media reports heralding a study on “the cause” of SIDS.


Plastic pollution: Waste from across world found on remote British island

Thousands of pieces of plastic debris from all over the world have washed up on a remote South Atlantic island, according to conservationists.


Carbon Dioxide From Human Breath Can Be Used as Fertilizer for Rooftop Gardens, Scientists Say

Humans breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, and plants turn carbon dioxide into glucose for food, so it makes sense that our breath could be used as fertilizer, right? Scientists at Boston University who recently conducted a study using carbon dioxide from classrooms as fertilizer for their rooftop garden think so.


‘Vast’ mass of microbes being released by melting glaciers

Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of bacteria are being released by melting glaciers, a study has shown.​


Coral conservation groups alarmed over ‘catastrophic losses’

World faces ‘stark reality that there is no safe limit of global warming for coral reefs’, says researcher​


Wasted food, hungry Americans – is donating surplus produce a solution?

Gleaning, the act of harvesting unused or surplus produce and distributing it to food insecure people is one solution to the interconnected challenges of hunger and food waste


Ayahuasca — the psychedelic brew blamed for Packers QB Aaron Rodgers' poor performances — causes mental health problems that last MONTHS in majority of users, landmark study finds

Concerns are being raised about the long-term side effects of a psychedelic drink enjoyed by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Miley Cyrus and Joe Rogan.


FDA bans 15 vape devices for 'utterly flagrant attempt to target kids' — including e-cigarettes that featured The Simpsons, Minions and Rick and Morty

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has axed the sale of 15 child-friendly e-cigarette devices shaped like toys and featuring popular cartoon characters.


Lung infections caused by soil fungi are a problem nationwide, according to new study

Fungi in the soil cause a significant number of serious lung infections in 48 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia, including many areas long thought to be free of deadly environmental fungi, according to a study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.


Increasing heat waves will threaten every child, says UNICEF report

A new report by UNICEF, supported by University of Southampton researchers, says 559 million children currently exposed to high heat waves could rise to 2.02 billion globally by the year 2050.


Lettuce again on the Florida menu to slow manatee starvation

Lettuce will be on the menu again this year for Florida manatees as part of an effort to slow the starvation deaths of the beloved marine mammals, wildlife officials said Wednesday.


Fast Fashion Is an Environmental Catastrophe. Is Composting Your Clothes the Solution?

When Katie Lopes set out to create a women’s underwear brand, she wanted her products to be comfortable and hip — and eventually disappear into a pile of coffee grounds, eggshells and potato peels in her garden.


Fossil fuel past, green future: Abandoned wells may offer geothermal power

Tapping into abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania, products of the state's long history of energy extraction—could provide a future source of affordable geothermal energy, according to Penn State scientists.


Study shows that antibiotic-resistant microbes in the gut make C. difficile more infectious

Clostridioides difficile, often referred to as C. difficile or C. diff, is a bacterium that causes severe intestinal illness and, as its name suggests, can be difficult to study and treat. Approximately 1 in 6 patients infected with C. difficile will be reinfected within two months. Yet scientists have not figured out why C. difficile infection is more difficult to treat in some patients versus others.​


9 Low-Waste Cleaning Practices for Professionals

Look around for zero or low waste cleaning ideas, and you’ll find page after page of products, tips, and practices for cleaning your home. Some of these ideas work well on a small scale, but they just don’t cut it for commercial cleaning. Compostable wipes may be fine when you clean a small bathroom once a week, but things are a little different when you order cleaning supplies by the case.


A Lab-Grown Meat Startup Gets the FDA’s Stamp of Approval

The US regulatory body has signed off on Upside Foods’ cultivated meat—but the company is still figuring out how to make enough of it to sell.


How to Clean Your Keyboard

SPENDING HOURS AT your computer, whether for work or play, is unavoidable for many of us. Constant use is going to take a toll on your keyboard. Dust and hair buildup is inevitable, fallen tortilla chips and sandwich crumbs, not so much. But we’re not here to judge, we’re here to help you clean up. In this guide we’ll highlight the supplies you might need and run through how to clean your keyboard step-by-step.


The One Frozen Food Doctors Say You Should Stop Buying ASAP–It’s So Bad For Your Heart

If you lead a busy life and don’t frequently have time to cook, you may rely on easy-to-make or pre-prepared meals—including frozen varieties. And while we certainly don’t blame you for choosing options that can save you a bit of time, it’s important to remember that highly processed foods can be detrimental to your health, including that of your heart. In fact, there’s one frozen meal that experts say you should avoid as much as possible if you want to keep your heart health in good shape: froz​


More families speak out on pollution and dangerous chemicals in South Memphis

Colorless, odorless, and it could give you cancer.In a FOX13 investigation last week, we told you the EPA is getting involved after learning Sterilization Services of Tennessee in South Memphis could be emitting a dangerous chemical in the air.


Air pollution from wildfires expected to surge as world warms

When wildfires swept across western North America in the summer of 2021, they left a path of destruction in their wake, razing forests, farmland and even entire towns.But new science suggests the fallout from the blazes extended far beyond those charred landscapes.


Short-circuiting the electronic-waste crisis

The computers, smartphones and other technologies that define modern life are creating waste across the world. A combination of technological and policy solutions could help to limit the damage.


‘Pretty shocking’: Utah woman warns others about radon after cancer diagnosis

A Utah woman is warning others about the danger of radon after she received a stage 4 cancer diagnosis for non-smoking lung cancer.


Light pollution raises exposure of birds to toxic chemicals: new study

When migrating birds are drawn to the glow of artificial light, such as in cities at night, they also expose themselves to the higher concentrations of airborne toxic chemicals common to those environments, according to a new study by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.


Co-Exposure to Organophosphate Insecticides and Covid-19 Elevates Threat of Cardiovascular Disease

A report published in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology finds organophosphate (OP) insecticides and the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/Covid-19) illicit similar damage to the heart and co-occurring exposure to both can escalate cardiac (heart) injury.


Hybrid 'Brolar Bears' Could Spread Through The Arctic as The Planet Warms

Earth's largest land predators are increasingly crossing paths with brown bears at higher latitudes, bringing hybrid 'brolar bears' into the Arctic.


Total loss of Arctic summer sea ice will happen at least once before 2050

COP27 started in the wake of a remarkable revelation: Arctic summer sea ice will melt completely for the first time and at least once before 2050.


Revealed: Twenty amazing facts about Antarctica - the mysterious, timeless realm that used to be as warm as Melbourne but now contains 90% of Earth's ice

On the southern-most tip of the planet rests one of the world's most massive landmasses - the frozen realm of Antarctica.It's Earth's least-populated continent - and one of its most inexplicable places.​


Antimicrobial resistance: How factory farming is destroying our planet

The health and well-being of animals, people and our planet are interdependent. Poor animal health and welfare in intensive farming negatively affect food safety, our environment and climate


As Evidence Mounts, New Concerns About Fracking and Health

Two decades after the advent of fracking, a growing number of studies are pointing to a link between gas wells and public health, particularly among children and the elderly. Researchers are now calling for new regulations restricting where wells can be located.


How an innovative hive entrance could help save bees

Raina Singhvi Jain is allergic to honeybees. Just one sting on her foot once rendered her out of commission for weeks.However, that has not deterred the 20-year-old social entrepreneur from her mission to save these essential pollinators, which have been suffering from population decline for decades.​


Container ship accidents are a little-understood but emerging threat to marine ecosystems, new study shows

An estimated 80 percent of the world's cargo is transported via ship-borne containers—a method that has soared in use in the decades after World War II. The efficient, cost-effective method of packaging and moving goods across the world's oceans boomed with the globalization of trade, experiencing a near 20-fold increase in container tonnage in the past 40 years. An estimated 100 million tons were shipped by container in 1980. In 2020, that number reached a staggering 1.85 billion tons.


Arctic vegetation has a major impact on warming

An international team of research scientists, University of Copenhagen researchers among them, has documented the central role of vegetation for Arctic warming for the first time. The new results allow us to make more precise climate predictions, with the researchers pointing out that current models remain flawed.


Sulawesi nickel plant coats nearby homes in toxic dust

Two hamlets in Papan Loe are caked in dust from morning to night. It lines the walls of homes. Dust coats the skin after just a quarter of an hour speaking with Mustajab. It blackens the nose. The dust sticks to the community’s plants. People have to scrub clean moringa before consuming the fruit, which is high in protein and other key nutrients.


A new analysis shows a “crisis” of male reproductive health

Global average sperm count is declining at a quicker pace than previously known, chemical exposure is a suspected culprit.


Natural healing: Is thyme good for acne?

There are many products that claim to treat or prevent acne and some people often prefer these store-bought products over natural remedies because they consider the latter ineffective.


Glyphosate Weedkillers Linked to Antibiotic Resistance in Deadly Infections Commonly Acquired in Hospitals

A study published late last month in the journal Scientific Reports is the latest to link commonly used herbicides to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.


Healthcare Hell: 1 In 5 Seniors Skip Paying Rent, Buying Groceries To Afford Their Cocktail Of Prescription Meds

More than a third of older Americans are worried about affording their medication in the future (34%). A health-focused survey of 2,000 seniors finds that 35 percent have cut down on costs in other aspects of their life in order to have enough money to afford their healthcare needs.


More than 50 earthquakes rattle Hawaii volcano in past 24 hours, geologists say

A swarm of at least 50 small-magnitude earthquakes has rattled the Mauna Loa volcano on the Big Island in Hawaii over the past 24 hours, the U.S. Geological Survey reported Tuesday, Nov. 15.


Study finds presence of cancer-causing carcinogen in COVID face masks

Not only have adults been unwittingly exposed to this likely cancer-causing substance due to widespread mask mandates put in place during the pandemic, but so too have children, whose bodies are especially vulnerable to toxic influences.


Emphysema study finds deadly disease more common among marijuana users than cigarette smokers

Emphysema, a deadly disease that causes breathlessness in sufferers, is more common among marijuana users in comparison to cigarette smokers, a new study reveals.


Pregnant Women’s Exposure to Cancer-Causing Herbicide Increased More Than 3-Fold Since 2017

The average level of dicamba herbicide in the urine of pregnant women has increased more than 3-fold since 2017, the year widespread planting of dicamba-tolerant GMO crops began, Heartland Health Research Alliance reported last week.


Basking in just 30 seconds of sunlight each morning may be ‘most effective way’ to prevent cancer, doctor says

Here’s one more reason that a daily walk after waking up can do wonders for your health. Grabbing just 30 seconds of sunlight every morning could slash the chances of developing most types of cancer significantly, early research by one of the United Kingdom’s leading specialists suggests.


Dam safety: Probable maximum flood events will significantly increase over next 80 years, study finds

The flood capacity of dams could be at greater risk of being exceeded due to out-of-date modelling for potential maximum rainfall, according to industry-funded research by UNSW and the University of Melbourne.​


Largest known manta ray population is thriving off the coast of Ecuador, new research shows

Scientists have identified off the coast of Ecuador a distinct population of oceanic manta rays that is more than 10 times larger than any other known subpopulation of the species.


In El Salvador and Beyond, an Unsolved Kidney Disease Mystery

The ballooning epidemic has swamped hospitals and wiped out whole families. Baffled researchers can’t agree on a cause.


The dirty little secret of sustainability goals

Many companies have climate goals, but few are on track to achieve them. Buro Happold’s Mike Stopka offers stark insights into why that is.


Biogas Expansion May Compound Worker Risks

Government incentives are driving larger, more crowded CAFOs—while protections for the workers inside lag behind.


Why DID thousands of crabs and lobsters wash up dead in the North East last year?

An independent panel is being set up to look into the cause of a mass die-off of crabs and lobsters on North Sea beaches last year, the Government has announced. Thousands of dead and dying crustaceans washed ashore along parts of the north-east coast of England between October and December 2021.


Microplastics pervade even top-quality streams in Pennsylvania, study finds

Scientists have recently become aware that tiny fragments of plastic waste are almost everywhere, from the highest and lowest points on the earth’s surface to beer, tap water, living lung tissue and even human fetuses—all the result of the ubiquitous manufacturing of the material and a failure to seek out alternatives.


California sues manufacturers like 3M and DuPont over toxic ‘forever chemicals’

On November 10, California Attorney General Rob Bonta filed a lawsuit against chemical companies like 3M and DuPont for endangering public health, and harming and destroying the state’s natural resources with the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.


Pesticide Spraying of Urban Trees Found to Disrupt Natural Biological Management of Landscapes

Putting up with moderate pest levels can attract and maintain predators and parasitoids that provide important biological control services throughout the landscape, according to research recently published in Environmental Entomology. While scale insects can be a problem in urban areas, dropping sticky ‘honeydew’ on cars and structures, they also play a critical role in maintaining native populations of pest predators.


What Seed-Saving Can Teach Us About the End of the World

Interest in the ancient practice spiked during the pandemic. But as climate change bears down, why we save seeds may matter as much as the act of saving them.


EPA Urged To Regulate Plastic Film In Laundry Detergent Pods And Sheets

Consumers have become more environmentally aware, there are questions about the chemical composition of some of these pods, and whether they are contributing to micro-plastic pollution in our rivers and oceans.


Prenatal phthalate exposure can significantly impact infant behavior and cognition, says study

Prenatal exposure to phthalates, a set of chemicals commonly found in plastics and personal care products, has been shown to significantly impact aspects of behavior and cognition in infants, according to a team of researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


4 Key Benefits of a Sustainable Workplace

Climate change remains one of the most disturbing crises of our time, causing more problems than we imagined. Our activities contributing to greenhouse gas emissions are at a record high, and there's a need for environmental sustainability across all areas of society.


FDA finds pesticides, undeclared colors, and heavy metals in imported foods

The Food and Drug Administration is continuing its use of import alerts to enforce U.S. food safety regulations for food from foreign countries. The agency updates and modifies the alerts as needed.


Electric vehicles are less reliable because of newer technologies, Consumer Reports finds

Electric vehicles are among the least reliable cars and trucks in the automotive industry today, according to Consumer Reports rankings released Tuesday.


EPA Announces the Addition of CHITOSAN to the List of Active Ingredients Eligible for Risk Pesticide Exemption

On November 8, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule adding chitosan (Poly-D-Glucosamine), a naturally occurring substance found in the cell walls of all crustaceans, many fungi, and the exoskeletons of most insects, to its minimum risk pesticide exemption list.


Wireless radiation exposure limits outdated and unsafe

The science behind supposed safe exposure limits for radiation from cell phones and other wireless devices is being challenged by a coalition of noted, global researchers.


Cannabis not made safer by increasing its CBD content, new research finds

New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London has found no evidence that cannabidiol (CBD) reduces the negative effects of cannabis.


It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s a killing field at Brazil’s airports

Wildlife strikes, or collisions between aircraft and animals, are flight safety risks. In Brazil alone, more than 2,000 cases are reported annually by CENIPA, the Aeronautical Accidents Investigation and Prevention Center. However, these and other negative impacts of airplane traffic on wildlife are rarely studied from the perspective of conservation and the well-being of animals by scientists and airline industry decision-makers in Brazil.


The Construction Industry’s Growing Waste Problem

Globally around 2 billion tons of waste is generated every year and the construction industry is a large contributor. What’s more, demand for construction materials is growing alongside population and economic development, but the production of new materials to support this growth consumes both energy and resources.


One billion young people risk hearing loss from loud music

More than 1 billion teenagers and young adults may be at risk of hearing loss because of their use of headphones, earphones and earbuds and attendance at loud music venues, a study suggests.


Weather disasters hit 90% of US counties in last 11 years, report finds

Ninety percent of the counties in the US suffered a weather disaster between 2011 and 2021, according to a new report.


Warning over surge in accidental child cough medicine poisonings: FDA tells parents to keep Tessalon 'out of reach' of minors because gel capsules look like candy

There has been a marked increase in the number of children being poisoned by a specific type of cough medicine, health officials have warned.


Greenwashing on a grand scale?

Many food and beverage companies promise to reduce plastic waste but fail to deliver. We examine the story of ambitious plans, deception and failure — and how to hold companies accountable.


Ants – with their wise farming practices and efficient navigation techniques – could inspire solutions for some human problems

According to a Jewish legend, Solomon conversed with a clever ant queen that confronted his pride, making quite an impression on the Israelite king. In the biblical book of Proverbs (6:6-8), Solomon shares this advice with his son: “Look to the ant, thou sluggard, consider her ways and be wise. Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.”


Visualizing Mismanaged Plastic Waste by Country

Only a fraction of plastic waste is recycled, and about one-fifth ends up in the mismanaged category, meaning that it is dumped or littered without proper waste management practices. Mismanaged plastic waste threatens the land and marine environments, and most of it doesn’t decompose, polluting the environment for hundreds of years.


Yet ANOTHER hospital chain is struck by cyberattack: Half a million patient records in Texas 'are leaked' - weeks after massive multi-state healthcare IT breach led to cancer delays and ambulance diversions

Another hospital system has gone down in a ransomware attack with half a million patient records accessed — just weeks after one of the biggest healthcare hacks in US history.


A new design for wind turbines

Wind turbines cast long shadows, generate noise and are dangerous for birds. But there is an alternative: a slim, vertical post that generates electricity through eddies and vibrations, almost silently.​


LISTEN: Ashley James on protecting children from environmental exposures

We should “think of children not necessarily as a special sub-group or population, but as a life stage that everyone experiences.”


International research team cracks chemical code on how iodine helps form clouds

An international team led by CU Boulder researchers has cracked the chemical code driving the formation of iodine particles in the atmosphere, revealing how the element contributes to increased cloud cover and depletes molecules in the Earth’s protective ozone layer.


A new way to recycle plastic

Young engineering student Nivedha RM in Bangalore has developed a machine that can recycle 500 tons of plastic a day. Garbage from landfills is turned into furniture, school desks and building materials.​


Study Shows How to Boost Early Intervention for Climate-Related Health Risks

A new analysis by researchers from 15 institutions evaluates barriers that have hindered the implementation of early warning systems intended to help local health officials predict and proactively respond to outbreaks of climate-related diseases in the Tropics. The researchers use knowledge and tools from the field of implementation science to propose a four-step, science-based framework for overcoming these barriers and enhancing the success of the early warning systems.


Here’s what happens to gut bacteria after cocaine ingestion, according to mouse model

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health were curious about the effects of cocaine on common gut bacteria in mice, and the effects of gut bacteria on cocaine in mice.​


Moms Were Right: Acetaminophen During Pregnancy Can Cause ADHD, Autism

There are major lawsuits against the manufacturers of acetaminophen for compensation for the cost of neurodevelopmental disorders that follow due to its use during pregnancy.


Is Cargill the ‘Most Evil Corporation in the World?’

U.S. agricultural giant Cargill’s profits jumped 23% in 2022 as food prices soared for consumers. In this episode of “The Most Censored News,” news commentator Lee Camp exposes the corruption that has defined Cargill’s 150-year history.


5 Science-Backed Wound Healers Found in Nature

Support your body's natural wound healing potential with potent compounds like honey, aloe vera and curcumin. Even tasty fruits like kiwi contain special enzymes to support the wound healing process


How vitamin D promotes oxidative balance, boosts gut health and fights inflammation

The beneficial biological actions of vitamin D support just about every physiological system in your body – brain health, cognitive function and nervous system health, gut health and immunity, healthy digestive system, heart health and cardiovascular function, hair and skin health, skeletal health, bone metabolism and others.


Weather warfare over Australia as 4.2 million bolts are registered within 48 hours

That’s not natural… That’s not ‘Climate Change’… That’s weather warfare… More than 4.2 million lightning strikes hit mainland Australia during wild weekend thunderstorms…



Concrete is thought to be better able to withstand intense heat than asphalt, which softens in the heat. However, new research led by Lev Khazanovich, Anthony Gill Chair Professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering, finds that’s not quite true.


The $6 Billion Shot at Making New Antibiotics—Before the Old Ones Fail

Antimicrobials cost as much to develop as other drugs, but don’t earn the same returns. Congress could give drugmakers a boost, but time is running out.


Australian government pledges to recycle all plastics by 2040

Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek says despite the collapse of a major soft plastics recycling scheme, the federal government has set a target to recycle or reuse 100 per cent of plastic waste by 2040 and end plastic pollution.


Teflon-coated pans might be riskier than you'd think

The non-stick coating is made of a synthetic fluoropolymer called polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), more commonly known under the brand name Teflon. A 2022 report from the non-profit organization Ecology Center shows that 79 percent of non-stick cooking pans and 20 percent of non-stick baking pans were coated with PTFE.


What is hydroelectric energy and how does it work?

There is a long history of harnessing the energy in the flowing waters of rivers to do useful work. For centuries, people used water power to grind grain to make flour and meal. In modern times, people use water power to generate clean electricity to help power buildings, factories and even cars.


Indonesia’s grand EV plans hinge on a ‘green’ industrial park that likely isn’t

Indonesian President Joko Widodo is courting investment for a “green industrial park,” a key component in his ambitions to boost Indonesia’s economy by making the country a global hub for the production of electric vehicles.


Inflation’s next victim: U.S. offshore wind projects

A rising tide of interest rates, supply chain bottlenecks and inflation is threatening the Biden administration’s ambitious offshore wind targets, creating a significant challenge for one of the president’s top climate priorities.


World’s Largest Wind Farm Goes Live

The world’s largest wind farm generated its first electricity off the coast of Norway Sunday at 12:55 p.m. local time. This isn’t the win for the climate you might think, however; the wind farm was built by Norwegian state oil company Equinor to power its North Sea oil and gas production.


Gaza's chicken farmers rejoice in recycled egg trays

Cheaper, stronger, available and environmental - for Gaza chicken farmers seeking to deliver eggs unbroken, there is everything to like about trays made from recycled paper waste.


Findings Add to Crisis, Antibiotics in Agriculture, Lawns, and Landscapes Threaten Health

Glyphosate weed killers induce antibiotic resistance in deadly hospital-acquired bacteria, according to a new study published late last month in the journal Scientific Reports. This is the latest finding connecting commonly used herbicides to the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria.


Senators representing Appalachia call out delay of new mining safety standard

Five Democratic senators whose states comprise much of Appalachia wrote to the federal mine safety regulator Monday, questioning the delay in new standards for exposure to a compound linked to incurable respiratory diseases.


Synthetic Fertilizers and Pesticides Make Plants Less Attractive to Bumblebees, Research Shows

Spraying a flowering plant with synthetic fertilizers makes it less attractive to bumblebees, according to research published this month in PNAS Nexus. “A big issue is thus—agrochemical application can distort floral cues and modify behaviour in pollinators like bees,” said study author Ellard Hunting, PhD, of the University of Bristol, UK.


The meat you eat is already fake

Worried about eating meat grown in a lab? Meat producers already use technology to transform every aspect of raising animals of food, including the animals themselves.


Schools Prioritizing Federal Funds to Improve Air Quality

A report recently released by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has found U.S. school districts widely committing funding from last year’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) to upgrading or improving their air filtration and heating/cooling systems, more so than for other facility improvements.


Is regenerative agriculture the future of farming or the next greenwashing fad?

To lower emissions, companies from Stonyfield Farms to Pepsi to Cargill are investing big money to change how farmers treat their soil. Can it succeed—or is it just an excuse to prevent more radical changes?​


Don’t let Adderall scarcity trigger a repeat of the opioid epidemic

Many people who have been taking this amphetamine-based stimulant – whether prescribed for attention deficit or narcolepsy or used illicitly as a performance or party drug – will lose access. This carries serious physical and mental health risks.


Text program helps teens still struggling with vaping addiction

A dangerous addiction still haunts the halls of middle and high schools across the country. Smoking cigarettes used to be the debauchery of choice for young people, but when vaping took its place, some say the problem with nicotine addiction got much worse than ever before.


As veteran suicides climb, groups call on Congress to designate National Warrior Call Day

A military and veterans coalition is calling on Congress to designate the Sunday after Veteran’s Day as National Warrior Call Day after thousands across the country participated in an effort to express support for U.S. service members and veterans.


Cows Fed With Industrial Hemp Produce Milk With THC, Study Finds

German researchers have fed ten dairy cows with industrial hemp for 28 days with interesting results in terms of animal health and risk for milk consumers.


Toxic chemical lurking in LUNCHBOXES and makeup raise women's risk of womb tumors, study warns

A toxic chemical found in lunchboxes and other household plastics raise the risk of womb tumors, a study has found.


E-bike batteries have caused 200 fires in New York: ‘Everyone’s scared’

New York City delivery workers have to deal with an array of threats: speeding cars, volatile weather, armed robbers and app algorithms that can “deactivate” them if they don’t rush to customers quickly enough. Lately, workers have added another to the list – their electric bikes bursting into flames.​


A palm-sized drone to track chemical plumes

Robots that can automatically recognize and track specific odors could have a wide range of valuable applications. For instance, they could help to identify the sources of harmful chemical substances in the air after hazardous accidents at power plants, explosions, or other disasters.


Study shows full decarbonization of US aviation sector is within grasp

Everyday, 45,000 planes fly across the United States, carrying some 1.7 million passengers. Aviation dominates a frequent traveler's individual contribution to climate change, and yet is one of the most challenging sectors to decarbonize.


Exposure to outdoor lights at night can significantly increase diabetes risk

Researchers in China report that artificial outdoor lights at night alter the human body clock, impairing blood sugar control. Streetlights, cars, and well-lit storefronts could have a harmful effect on metabolic health. The team notes that the findings have implications for late-night shift workers.​


California tries to harness mega storm floods to ease crippling droughts

Amid the cycles of wet and dry — both phenomena exacerbated by climate change — a coalition of local farmers and the nearby city of Huron are trying to turn former hemp and tomato fields into massive receptacles that can hold water as it percolates into the ground during wet years.


How can 8 billion people sustainably share a planet?

As the number of people in the world ticks past another major milestone, Earth's natural resources are feeling the stress. But sustainability experts say we need to focus on overconsumption, not just overpopulation.​


No butts about it — A Greener Future cleaning up smokers’ mess

It’s the most littered item globally and the most commonly found. Cigarette butts account for one-fifth of all garbage found at shoreline cleanups, according to A Greener Future, a non-profit environmental group.


A new analysis shows a “crisis” of male reproductive health

Global average sperm count is declining at a quicker pace than previously known, chemical exposure is a suspected culprit.


Popular air fresheners can cause major HEALTH PROBLEMS for humans breathing them in, studies claim

What emanates in your home may be burning down your health, slowly and methodically, and many consumers don’t even realize it until it’s too late. Chemicals in candles, air fresheners (including plug-ins), deodorants, aerosols, and smell-fresh sprays can intoxicate the atmosphere, enter the lungs, and cause chronic damage throughout the body, over time, say new studies.


Not Green at All

Wind turbines steal energy from the atmosphere and must affect local weather. Turbines are always placed on the highest ground and along ridges to catch more wind. Natural hills already affect local weather by causing more rain along the ridge, and a rain shadow further downwind. Wind turbines enhance this rain shadow effect by robbing the wind of its ability to take moisture and rain into the drier interior. Promoting more inland desertification is not green.


Shady “Clean Label Project” seemingly running “black box” junk science operation that rates clean protein powders as contaminated based on sketchy “detectable” heavy metals claims

It is looking more and more like the “Clean Label Project” is just a huge scam project that falsely accuses certain protein powders of being heavily contaminated with heavy metals, when all they’re doing is pointing out that heavy metals were “detectable” at the parts per billion level.


Don’t use and cruise: Thousands of drug-related bike injuries reported by hospitals each year

The dangers of getting behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated are well documented, but noteworthy new research finds a troublingly large amount of bike injuries are connected to drugs on an annual basis. Scientists report that between just 2019-2020 over 11,000 people who had been using drugs were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for injuries sustained while riding a bicycle.


Belching lakes, mystery craters, ‘zombie fires’: How the climate crisis is transforming the Arctic permafrost

Thawing permafrost — the long-frozen layer of soil that has underpinned the Arctic tundra and boreal forests of Alaska, Canada and Russia for millennia — is upending the lives of people such as Alexie. It’s also dramatically transforming the polar landscape, which is now peppered with massive sinkholes, newly formed or drained lakes, collapsing seashores and fire damage.


Charted: Healthcare Spending and Life Expectancy, by Country

Over the last century, life expectancy at birth has more than doubled across the globe, largely thanks to innovations and discoveries in various medical fields around sanitation, vaccines, and preventative healthcare. Yet, while the average life expectancy for humans has increased significantly on a global scale, there’s still a noticeable gap in average life expectancies between different countries.​


Lake Erie's toxic cyanobacterial bloom lasted an unusually long time this year

The toxic cyanobacterial bloom that’s become a yearly problem in Lake Erie’s western basin was relatively small this year. But the bloom has lasted an unusually long time. Usually, it starts to clear up toward the end of the summer. But this year, the bloom was still there well into the fall.


A proposed lithium mine presents a climate versus environment conflict

As world leaders meet for another climate summit in Egypt, the U.S. is pushing to mine more lithium for electric vehicle batteries at home. EVs will help cut pollution from transportation, the nation's largest source of greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. But there's a tradeoff, as residents have learned near Charlotte, where a big open-pit mine is proposed.


How air pollution affects the central nervous system over time

Neurotoxicants are chemicals capable of inducing adverse side effects in the nervous system during development. Neurotoxicants could be of different types, including industrial chemicals, pesticides, organic solvents, and pharmaceuticals. It has been estimated that about 30% of commercially used chemicals have neurotoxic effects.


GMO skeptics still distrust big agriculture's climate pitch

As a changing climate intensifies extreme weather, agricultural multinationals are hyping the ability of genetically modified crops to boost yields when facing drought, heat or even heavy rainfall. But skeptics of engineered foods, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), still aren't buying it.


Why is a weedkiller showing up in Midwesterners’ urine?

A research group says levels of the controversial and drift-prone weedkiller dicamba have more than tripled in the urine samples of people in the Midwest — even in urban areas.


Food Labeling Regulations: Organic vs. 100% Organic

Step into the lawyer’s kitchen with food attorney Jennifer Allen, Partner at Zwillinger Wulkan, as she breaks down current organic food labeling regulations and requirements.


How do you clean all the sand on a radioactive beach?

Thousands of radioactive particles have been found on the coastline at Dalgety Bay in Fife since 1990. It is believed they came from radium-coated glow-in-the-dark components in World War Two aircraft that were incinerated and dumped there.


Problems related to toxic water still affect Hawaii military families

Hundreds of people are still reporting health problems a year after jet fuel contaminated the Navy water system in Hawaii, according to a new report based on a survey by Hawaii state officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Salmon’s Arctic Expansion Has Communities Worried

Inuvialuit fishers are adapting to rising numbers of Pacific salmon in the western Canadian Arctic, but fears remain about impacts on native species.


Probiotic ‘backpacks’ could soon improve treatments for inflammatory bowel disease

Probiotic “backpacks” could soon help improve the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).


Large increase of brown marmorated stink bugs poses serious threat to Oregon crops

The amount of invasive brown marmorated stink bugs in 2022 tops anything seen in Oregon for at least five years and poses a serious threat to Oregon crops and garden plants, according to Oregon State University Extension Service’s orchard crop specialist.


As California’s wells dry up, residents rely on bottled water to survive

In drought-parched Central Valley, thousands rely on trucked and bottled water as they wait for new wells​



What’s in that IV bag besides saline and medication? As we become more aware of the harms of chemicals embedded in plastics and other materials, consumers — including patients — are demanding a higher standard.


Animal Agriculture Is Dangerous Work. The People Who Do It Have Few Protections.

Federal OSHA protections don’t apply to 96 percent of the animal agriculture operations that hire workers in America. When people die on the job, the federal agency doesn’t respond 85 percent of the time.​


A green town of the future

The Oosterwold project in the Netherlands is a neighborhood where you can build a home for yourself for your family, sustainably and completely green. The residents decide together what their town should look like.


Dying lands: Farmers fight to save the 'skin of the Earth'

In America's dusty Corn Belt this spring, the land was drowning. In China's Yangtze river basin, it's bone dry. Farmers in both are fighting a losing battle to save the soil that produces our food.


A rainy future for the desert Southwest

Prehistoric patterns of climate change suggest the desert Southwest faces a future of more powerful monsoons, a new study has found.


Saving the dragon’s blood: how an island refused to let a legendary tree die out

A unique species on Socotra in Yemen, famed for its bright red resin and umbrella-shaped crown, has been in decline for years. Now islanders are leading efforts to save it


Ghost farms: the mink sheds abandoned to the pandemic

More than 1,000 mink farms in Denmark were ordered to close over fears a Covid mutation was a risk to human health. Two years on, most will never reopen


Breaking free from photosynthesis: Will high-tech foods save nature?

Soaring industrial livestock production is dramatically increasing greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation and biodiversity loss. Current meat production methods are unsustainable and fast pushing the natural world and the global food system to the edge of collapse, argues British environmentalist George Monbiot.


The Most Common Pain Relief Drug in The World Induces Risky Behavior, Study Shows

One of the most consumed drugs in the US – and the most commonly taken analgesic worldwide – could do a lot more than simply take the edge off your headache.


Massive Fire Ant Infestation in Hawaii Is Largest on Record, Officials Warn

The discovery of millions of fire ants in Kauai, Hawaii, marks the island's most extensive infestation since the invasive species was first detected there in 1999, the news website SFGATE reported.


Honey bee life spans are 50% shorter today than they were 50 years ago

A new study by University of Maryland entomologists shows that the lifespan for individual honey bees kept in a controlled, laboratory environment is 50% shorter than it was in the 1970s. When scientists modeled the effect of today's shorter lifespans, the results corresponded with the increased colony loss and reduced honey production trends seen by U.S. beekeepers in recent decades.


Study: Popular dietary supplement causes cancer risk, brain metastasis

While previous studies have linked commercial dietary supplements like nicotinamide riboside (NR), a form of vitamin B3, to benefits related to cardiovascular, metabolic and neurological health, new research from the University of Missouri has found NR could actually increase the risk of serious disease, including developing cancer.


Think storms are getting worse? Rapid rain bursts have become at least 40% more intense in two decades

A series of major floods in Australia has made global headlines in recent years. People around the world were shocked to see Sydney, the city known for the 2000 Olympics, the Harbor Bridge, the Opera House, sunshine and Bondi beach culture inundated with flash floods this year. But were these floods a freak occurrence or a sign of things to come?


A Notorious Invasive Plant Shows Promise in Green Construction

MacDonald and Schumann, who became architectural fellows at the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2019, are the co-founders of After Architecture, an architectural studio established in 2012, whose work “responds and confronts environmental crises.” Central to their approach is repurposing invasive species for architectural use due to the immense harm caused by conventional building materials to the environment.


Autumn Fires in Central Appalachia

Dry autumn conditions and high winds spurred numerous wildland fires in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia in November 2022. Smoke from the fires is visible in this natural color image, acquired on November 9, 2022, with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.​


Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, November 12, 2022

The COP 27 global climate conference is being carried out in Egypt with government representatives from all over the world in attendance. Are they there to discuss greenhouse gas reductions? Or, in fact, are climate intervention operations the primary focus of the gathering in "behind closed door" meetings?​


Why we breathe: Everything from thoughts, emotions, and way we experience the world influenced by the breath

It’s well established that steady, deep breaths promote stress relief and bring calm to an anxious brain. Now, research from Aarhus University is shedding further light on how the very act of breathing shapes our thoughts, emotions, attention, and how we process the world around us.


Digitized “Ready to Eat”, Ultraprocessed Foods (UPFs) Worldwide: Millions Suffer as Junk Food Industry Rakes in Global Profits

UPFs are ready-to-eat-or-heat industrial formulations made with ingredients extracted from foods or synthesised in laboratories. These have gradually been replacing traditional foods and meals made from fresh and minimally processed ingredients in many countries.


After A Two-Year Delay, Federal Judge Says Fluoride Lawsuit May Continue

U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen has ended a two-year stay on a historic lawsuit seeking to end water fluoridation in the United States. Judge Chen also ruled that a long-delayed study of fluoride by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) could be reviewed in its unpublished form to better inform the judges final decision.


Major winter storm buries Mammoth Mountain under 5-feet during one of the biggest November snowstorms on record – 33 low temperature records fall in Alberta alone

A major winter storm is currently barreling its way across the Western Rockies dropping snow from the PNW down to Northern Arizona. The bulk of the storm is dumping snow throughout Utah, Idaho, western Montana, and western Wyoming and further north into Canada. The Sierras are the big winners racking up storm totals upwards of 60″.


EXCLUSIVE: Donuts, cereal and pizza should be redefined as DRUGS: Scientists say highly processed foods are just as addictive and harmful as CIGARETTES

Highly-processed foods should be reclassified as drugs because they are as addictive and harmful as cigarettes, scientists argue.


Sharks Closer To Extinction — Even As Other Species Rebound — From Years Of Overfishing

Sharks are inching closer to extinction, even as the populations of other ocean species bounce back in recent years. An international team says the predators are continuing to struggle, while populations of tuna and billfish are coming back from the abyss.


Deforestation and Grassland Conversion are the Biggest Causes of Biodiversity Loss

The conversion of natural forests and grasslands to agriculture and livestock is the biggest cause of global biodiversity loss


Reflecting on two decades of progress in environmental health and science communication

Founder Pete Myers on breaking down outdated scientific paradigms to better protect public health.


Shrimpers join environmentalists in protest of LNG terminal expansions

A group of Lake Charles residents assembled on a flotilla of shrimp and fishing boats last week to protest the planned construction of new liquefied natural gas terminals nearby. It took place while petroleum industry executives watched from a nearby casino where they held an LNG summit.


States mull limits on foreign ownership of farmland

Amid growing concern about Chinese investment in U.S. agriculture, there has been a renewed push to limit and more closely monitor foreign ownership of farmland across the country.


Lawsuit by Washington County homeowner says fracking caused "forever chemicals" to contaminate his drinking water

“It doesn't take a lot of PFAS in your body to cause harm. And the harm that PFAS causes is pretty extensive," said a pediatrician and anti-fracking group leader.


What Are Those Mysterious New Towers Looming Over New York’s Sidewalks?

Giant ugly new 5G towers are starting to take over New York City and, despite attempting to look futuristic, many can’t help but notice just how much of an eyesore the additions to city streets have become.


Plastics pose a problem in waterways. Could chemical recycling be a solution?

A recent study suggests enlisting bioengineered microbes to solve the mixed-use plastic recycling problem.​


Weed Killer Use Destroys Soil Life and Ecosystems, Paper Finds

A paper published in Trends in Ecology & Evolution in late October sounds an unnerving alarm about the globally ubiquitous use of herbicides and the ecological destruction being caused. It asserts that widespread environmental contamination with these herbicide compounds is influencing soil, plant, and animal microbiomes in ways that are not only not well understood, but also, can have significant impacts on the functioning of organisms and their ecosystems


The building potential of demolition debris

Build, demolish, repeat. A cycle generating mountains of debris that ends up in landfills or the environment. Though it has great recycling potential, construction and demolition waste is still hardly reused in India.


Cows are getting HIGH off industrial hemp: Animals given feed containing cannabinoids show increased yawning, salivation and unsteady movements, study finds

Our cows could be enjoying more than one type of grass, as a new study has found that they are getting high from cannabinoids in their feed.


How to have a healthier gut: Hang out with your friends more often!

Having good friends could be essential for a healthy stomach, according to new research. Researchers from the University of Oxford found that friendship is just as important for our physical health as it is for our mental well-being.


Biofuel combined with advanced engine design shows promise for energy and cost savings

Biofuel is closer to becoming a cost-competitive, climate-friendly solution for slashing carbon emissions in cars and trucks, according to two new studies.


Vaping exposes users to harmful levels of particulate matter, study suggests

The use of electronic cigarettes is increasing, especially among young people. In the U.S., outbreaks of lung injury and other respiratory illnesses and deaths associated with vaping have been reported, but the short- and long-term health implications are largely unknown.


What is a flash drought? An earth scientist explains

Many people are familiar with flash floods – torrents that develop quickly after heavy rainfall. But there’s also such a thing as a flash drought, and these sudden, extreme dry spells are becoming a big concern for farmers and water utilities.


A constant barrage: US companies target junk food ads to people of color

Advertising for fatty, salty and sugary food and drink is disproportionately aimed at Black and Hispanic children, teens and adults, a new study finds


The inconvenient truth of Herman Daly: There is no economy without environment

Herman Daly had a flair for stating the obvious. When an economy creates more costs than benefits, he called it “uneconomic growth.” But you won’t find that conclusion in economics textbooks. Even suggesting that economic growth could cost more than it’s worth can be seen as economic heresy.


Time for a new label on ‘organic’ eggs?

Today the public comment period will close on a USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) rulemaking that, if all goes as planned, should increase the price of organic eggs. With food prices up 8.2 percent since September of last year, why would AMS do such a thing?


Concussions can cause disruptions to everyday life in both the short and long term – a neurophysiologist explains what to watch for

The word concussion can evoke a variety of different images for different people. While concussions are most visible during high-profile sporting events, they can also occur on the playground, during the junior varsity football team practice or on the ski slope. The effects can be just as severe for children and teens as for high-profile athletes.


California sues 3M, DuPont over toxic ‘forever chemicals’

California’s attorney general on Thursday sued 3M Co, DuPont de Nemours Inc and several other companies to recoup the “staggering” clean-up costs from toxic pollutants known as “forever chemicals.”


GAO office says FDA’s hands shouldn’t be tied on food package chemicals

The Government Accountability Office says the FDA should have the power to ask for and receive information from food companies about food packaging and food production surfaces in relation to chemical contamination.


Army base to be investigated after stationed soldiers develop terminal blood cancer

Federal health officials are conducting a new study to determine whether veterans once stationed at a now-shuttered California military base were exposed to dangerously high levels of cancer-causing toxins. ​


Lost and found: how two dead giant bees on eBay sparked the hunt to find one alive

An expedition to find Wallace’s giant bee in the wild led to its ‘rediscovery’ in Indonesia’s Maluku islands


Tobacco usage among teenagers down from 6 to 3 million since 2019

An estimated 3.08 million U.S. middle and high school students reported using a tobacco product in the last 30 days in 2022, down from 4.47 million in 2020 and 6.20 million in 2019, according to government data released on Thursday.


Legacy of dust: How Owens Valley air pollution increases LA water bills

Even as worsening drought and aridification force Los Angeles to end its overwhelming dependence on imported water, Angelenos may soon realize that weaning themselves off supplies from the rugged eastern Sierra Nevada doesn't mean they will stop paying for the city's long, complicated history there.​


Deadly Nicole batters Florida beaches, now brings heavy rain, tornado threat as it moves up East Coast

Even though Nicole is now a weakening tropical depression as it moves up the East Coast, it will team up with a cold front and bring a soaking rain, gusty winds and a threat of tornadoes on Friday.


Terrified locals flee for higher ground after tsunami warning as 7.3-magnitude earthquake strikes near Tonga

Terrified locals in Tonga have fled to reach higher ground after the government issued a tsunami warning in response to a 7.3-magnitude earthquake off the island's coast today.


Don’t dump on U.S. coal plan. Make it better!

Sceptics fear an American plan to use voluntary carbon markets to accelerate the energy transition in poor countries could amount to greenwashing. But if it is done in the right way it could help developing markets close down one of the world’s biggest carbon emitters: coal power plants.


Source of 'forever chemical' in the Roanoke River traced to Elliston plant

A “forever chemical” detected in the Roanoke River has been traced to a plant in Elliston that services industrial water treatment equipment.


In Utero Air Pollution Exposure Tied to Infant Neurodevelopmental Delays

Exposure to air pollution during pregnancy is significantly associated with delays in neurodevelopment, according to a study published online Nov. 9 in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology.


Here’s Why Recycling Plastic Isn’t a Panacea

The world’s plastic mountain keeps growing, with ugly consequences for the planet and those who inhabit it. I’ve been looking into why pinning all hopes on recycling may not be the way forward. But first... ​


As the planet warms, risks of geoengineering the climate mount

Nations meeting to advance action on climate change at COP27 in Egypt know we’re headed for dangerous climate impacts. The UN Environment Programme confirmed in its 2022 emissions gap report that there is no longer a ‘credible pathway’ to keep global warming below 1.5°C based on 2030 commitments. The report, titled The closing window, suggests that we may still have a shot at keeping warming to 2.0°C, but only if all countries fully meet their net-zero pledges.


U.S. colleges talk green. But they have a dirty secret

Harvard. Dartmouth. NYU. UNC. These and other American colleges stress their green credentials. They also use some of the dirtiest fuels to power their campuses – and crank out carbon dioxide or smog-forming gases at higher rates than the typical commercial power plant, a Reuters data analysis has found.​


Industrial Farming Linked to Respiratory Disease in Rural Communities

Rural communities in the U.S. risk dangerous exposure to agricultural toxins linked to increased rates of respiratory disease, new study shows.


How the FCC Protects Cellphone Companies, Ignores Public Safety

The wireless industry is rolling out thousands of new transmitters amid a growing body of research that calls cellphone safety into question. Federal regulators say there’s nothing to worry about — even as they rely on standards established in 1996.


8 Weeks Of Mindfulness Training Can Lower Blood Pressure For Months

A custom mindfulness program which teaches people how to have healthy relationships with their diet, physical activity, alcohol use, and stress can help lower blood pressure for at least six months, a new study finds.


The Digestive Benefits of Psyllium Husk

Dietary fiber is essential for good health, but the sad truth is most Americans are not getting enough of it. Research suggests that as few as 5% of U.S. adults are meeting recommendations for fiber intake, leaving a whopping 95% at increased risk of heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer and other diseases as a result


Africa drought: Hundreds of elephants, zebras die as Kenya weathers drought

Hundreds of animals, including elephants and endangered Grevy’s zebras, have died in Kenyan wildlife preserves during East Africa’s worst drought in decades, according to a report released Friday.


“RobotFalcon” Takes to the Skies to Replace Pesticides and Lethal Tactics to Deter Birds at Airports

A team of Dutch researchers has developed an artificial predator dubbed the RobotFalcon that can quickly and successfully scare bird flocks away from fields, providing a new practical, ethical tool to deter bird strikes near airports.


Water wars: Several major rivers experiencing drought at the same time. I wonder what could be causing this…

The water wars are looming across the world as several major rivers are experiencing drought at the same time. I wonder what could be causing this… The depopulation deniers are quiet now…


Beavers will become a bigger boon to river water quality as U.S. West warms, Stanford study finds

American beaver populations are booming in the western United States as conditions grow hotter and drier. New research shows their prolific dam building benefits river water quality so much, it outweighs the damaging influence of climate-driven droughts.


Back from the dead: Meet the frogs overcoming extinction

Researchers from MSU and Ecuador have confirmed that many harlequin frogs once believed to be extinct are, in fact, persisting


Can polluting shipping sector clean up its act?

Countries around the world need to make laws to force the emissions heavy shipping industry to switch to cleaner fuels, say analysts, as the United States and Norway launched a "Green Shipping Challenge" at the UN's COP 27 climate conference in Egypt.


Scientists Are Uncovering Ominous Waters Under Antarctic Ice

A super-pressurized, 290-mile-long river is running under the ice sheet. That could be bad news for sea-level rise.


‘Rare earth element’ permitting measure advances

Wyoming would oversee federal licensing and permitting for radioactive byproducts of rare-earth-mineral mining, which proponents say would make the state more attractive to industry.


Petitions, spills, empty coolers: Large-scale fishing controversy broils in Virginia

Recreational anglers and environmentalists are ratcheting up their pressure on Virginia leaders to shut down large-scale commercial menhaden harvests in the Chesapeake Bay.


Uncertainty for Alaskan Salmon as Mining Companies Dig In

Active mines, proposed mines, and exploratory projects in Alaska and British Columbia may affect key salmon watersheds.


Popular flea collar Seresto has been linked to more than 100,000 reports of harm

In the latest information about Seresto flea and tick collars for dogs and cats, reports include at least 2,698 pet deaths and nearly 900 human incidents.


Experimenting With Disaster

In America’s biolabs, hundreds of accidents have gone undisclosed to the public.


Renewable energy transition in 5 charts

Heat waves, floods and tropical cyclones will grow increasingly violent if the world fails to clean up its electricity supply, research shows. Here's where we stand now.


Deforestation is pushing Amazon to ‘point of no return’: WWF report

A new report from the World Wildlife Fund, called the Living Amazon Report, warns that threats to the Amazon have gotten worse in recent years, and could result in the disappearance of the biome if more drastic action isn’t taken.


Visualizing Changes in CO₂ Emissions Since 1900

Leaders from all over the world are currently gathering at the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 27) in Egypt to discuss climate action, and to negotiate the commitments being made by countries to the global climate agenda.


Food labels revealing how many calories you need to burn don’t convince people to make healthier choices

Food and drink labels showing the amount of exercise you’d need to burn off the calories from your selection don’t change what people choose to eat, a new workplace study reveals.


US farms lobby to use ‘cruellest’ killing method as bird flu rages

US agriculture officials are being lobbied to make it easier for chicken farmers to use the “cruellest option” for killing birds affected by the continuing bird flu epidemic.


EXCLUSIVE: Are hand sanitizers a cancer risk? THOUSANDS of gels and sprays have been recalled since 2021 because they may contain deadly chemical - after becoming everyday essential during pandemic

Nearly two dozen hand sanitizer brands have been recalled or banned in the US after they were found to contain a cancer-causing chemical.


Increased Levels of CO2 Are Proving to Be Too Much of a Good Thing For Plants

While it is certainly true that plants need CO2 to thrive, it appears that even plants can overdo it. Our CO2 habit is gradually making it harder for plants to absorb the vital nutrients they need to grow, the same nutrients that we rely on them to obtain.


Cancer and bone health: Chemotherapy and smoking may up fracture risk

There are an estimated 18.1 million cancer survivors currently in the United States. Due to the country’s growing and aging population, there may be 26.1 million survivors by 2024. Of these, 73% will be older than 65.


How Veterinary Vaccines Affect Human Health

The use of veterinary vaccines is increasing exponentially to protect both animal health and public health. However, there is evidence indicating that humans unintentionally exposed to veterinary vaccines can develop adverse events.


Air pollution threatens natural pest control methods in sustainable farming

When fields of oilseed rape are exposed to diesel exhaust and/or ozone—both found in emissions from diesel burning vehicles and industry—the number of parasitic insects available to control aphids drops significantly, according to research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B today.


Biodegradable microplastics in soils cause carbon dioxide emissions to rise

Biodegradable microplastic particles in soils can lead to an increased rise in CO2 emissions to the Earth's atmosphere. This is shown by an interdisciplinary study published in Applied Soil Ecology by the Collaborative Research Centre 1357 "Microplastics" at the University of Bayreuth.


Voting on the Future of the Shark Fin Trade

Next week, representatives from more than 180 nations will attend the 19th conference of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)—an international treaty tasked with regulating the trade of endangered species.


An overview of plastics waste management and its sustainable approaches

Researchers in India have reviewed the state of play when it comes to plastics recycling in the International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management. Their main conclusion is that there are huge inefficiencies in plastics recycling and that major improvements are needed to the reprocessing systems so that we might begin to address this growing problem urgently.


Vacuuming-up rare metals from the deep sea floor without harming marine life

A collaboration between five European countries called 'Blue Harvesting,' has designed and now tested a new collector that can gather these nodules from the deep sea bottom with minimal disturbance to the natural environment.


Tracing tomatoes' health benefits to gut microbes

Two weeks of eating a diet heavy in tomatoes increased the diversity of gut microbes and altered gut bacteria toward a more favorable profile in young pigs, researchers found.


Former coal plant near Pittsburgh is poisoning groundwater: Report

Groundwater near the site contains arsenic levels 372 times higher than safety threshold. Coal ash sites across the U.S. are seeing similar contamination.


Deaths from bacterial infections in the heart are on the rise among young people who inject drugs

Infective endocarditis (IE)—a bacterial infection in the heart or blood vessels— affects 40,000–50,000 patients in the United States per year and has a 1-year average mortality rate of 30%. People who inject drugs (PWID) tend to be younger and have a higher risk for IE due to the entrance of bacteria in the bloodstream.


A Tiny Lab Finds Danger on Drugstore Shelves While the FDA Lags Behind

Valisure has found tainted heart burn pills, sunscreens and dry shampoos, shaking up products that generate more than $9 billion in sales. Why are they outrunning regulators?


How a sand battery could transform clean energy

A new way of storing renewable energy is providing clean heat through the long Nordic nights.


An “Environmental Catastrophe” – Why Is the Salton Sea Turning Into Toxic Dust?

As the lake dries up, the concentration of salt and chemicals in the remaining water has skyrocketed, triggering a mass die-off of fish and birds, including endangered species. The salty, toxic water that coats the dry lakebed turns it into dust, causing respiratory problems for nearby residents.


Solution for reducing car exhaust emissions to help us breathe cleaner air

With the shift to electric cars a cumbersome process, improvements to exhaust gas purification in petrol or diesel cars are crucial in the fight to reduce emissions. A research group has developed a Cerium-Zirconium-based oxide that boosts the purifying qualities of ceramics inside catalytic converters -- a device attached to conventional cars that converts harmful gases to less-toxic pollutants.


New Mexico's air pollution visible from space, methane from operations suspected as source

Air pollution over Carlsbad is visible from space, according to a recent study, and environmentalists blamed the fossil fuel industry's presence in the Permian Basin region of southeast New Mexico for the growing problem.


What Does the Future of Wood Recycling Look Like?

A recent webinar hosted by TOMRA asked, “What is the future of wood recycling?” TOMRA’s mission is to transform how the planet's resources are obtained, used and reused, to enable a world without waste. The discussion covered current market trends; how waste wood recycling is advancing the circular economy; the importance of recycled wood for manufacturers, and more.


Here’s how your asphalt roofing can be recycled using mushrooms

In what’s believed to be a first-of-its-kind project, four companies worked to give asphalt roofing shingles a sustainable second life by using mushrooms to break them down in a technique known as mycoremediation.​


Lithium battery triggers New York high-rise fire

The New York City authorities have determined that a lithium battery in an unspecified micromobility device triggered a recent high-rise fire that injured dozens in Manhattan.


Low levels of air pollution deadlier than previously thought

A recent study involving McGill researchers now suggests that the annual global death toll from outdoor PM2.5 may be significantly higher than previously thought. That's because the researchers found that mortality risk was increased even at very low levels of outdoor PM2.5, ones which had not previously been recognized as being potentially deadly.


Energy crisis: How living in a cold home affects your health

With the world in the grip of a global energy crisis, hundreds of millions of people are now facing fuel poverty this winter as they struggle to keep their homes warm. The consequences could be wide-reaching and long-lasting


Does air pollution during pregnancy affect a child's neurodevelopment?

A recent study in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology has linked exposure to tiny particles of air pollution—called fine particulate matter—during pregnancy to delays in children's gross motor, fine motor, and personal–social development.


Moderate to Heavy Drinking Linked to Higher Risk of Stroke in Young Adults

According to new research, people in their 20s and 30s who drink moderate to heavy amounts of alcohol may be more likely to have a stroke as young adults than people who drink low amounts or no alcohol.


Fertilizers limit pollination by changing how bumblebees sense flowers

Pollinators are less likely to land on flowers sprayed with fertilizers or pesticides as they can detect electric field changes around the flower, researchers at the University of Bristol have found.


How Much More Expensive Is It to Buy Organic? We Do the Math

Organic foods aren't nearly as expensive as they used to be when compared to nonorganic. Here's how much more you'll pay.


A fortune in gold is buried in electronic waste

US consumers could generate more than 1 billion pieces of e-waste a year by 2033.


How is human health impacted by the welfare of animals

The welfare of animals is not only important to animals but is also intrinsically linked to human health and the environment


Food Safety Hazards of Edible Insects

A recent review of available scientific literature suggests that, when cooked or processed in certain ways, edible insects can be a safe food product. Food safety considerations for the commodity were explored in the review, including microbiological contaminants, anti-nutritive factors, pesticide residues, toxic heavy metals, mycotoxins, and allergens.


Electrospun Nanofibers Used to Produce Cultured Meat

Cultured meat (CM), also called artificial meat, in vitro meat, cultivated meat, lab-grown meat, cell-based meat, synthetic meat, or clean meat, is generally produced by culturing cells in vitro as opposed to harvesting animal-derived tissue.


Embrace complexity to understand microplastic pollution

Environmental cycling of microplastics and nanoplastics is complex; fully understanding these pollutants is hindered by inconsistent methodologies and experimentation within a narrow scope. Consistent methods are needed to advance plastic research and policy within the context of global environmental change.


Lion's Mane: Shaggy Fungi for Your Brain and Neuronal Health

Lion's mane mushrooms (Hericium erinaceus), with their shaggy, mane-like spines, stand out among fungi not only for their appearance but for their mild, sweet, seafood-like flavor. Like other mushrooms, lion's mane are multi-faceted healers, with antimicrobial, antihypertensive, antidiabetic and wound healing properties among their many therapeutic properties.


MCT Fats Found In Coconut Oil Boost Brain Function In Only One Dose

A groundbreaking 2004 study published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging found that the administration of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), the primary fat type found in coconut oil, almost immediately improved cognitive function in older adults with memory disorders.


Sustainable Recycling Using Electrochemistry: Carl Zeiss Foundation Supports New Research Project

Increasing the recovery of valuable fossil raw materials, avoiding climate-damaging carbon dioxide emission, and stabilizing our energy supply network – these are the three major objectives of a new joint research project of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and TU Kaiserslautern.



Invasive plants can have devastating effects on local ecologies, comparable to the effects wrought by global warming. And yet, there is currently no reliable understanding of how many invasive plant species there are in the world. New research, led by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and recently published in Ecological Applications, is the first to comprehensively pinpoint the various unknowns that need to be addressed in order to intelligently manage invasive species around the world.


Waikīkī Beach studies reveal complex drivers of changing shoreline

The Royal Hawaiian Beach in Waikīkī is a popular beach at the center of Hawai‘i’s tourism hub, with a valuation of $2.2 billion, according to a 2016 study. Two recently published studies from researchers at the University of Hawai‘i (UH) at Mānoa’s Climate Resilience Collaborative (CRC) provide new understanding of how and why this iconic beach is chronically eroding—enabling coastal managers and policymakers to more effectively manage the coastline.


This loophole allows pesticide-coated seeds to kill birds. It’s time to close it.

Pesticides kill almost 100 million birds every year in the United States — and a federal loophole ensures this crisis will continue.


Children’s scooters recalled due to violation of federal lead paint ban; lead poisoning hazard

Anker Play Products has recalled about 5,000 foldable children’s scooters due to a violation of the federal lead paint ban.


A cycle of septic repairs, washouts on park service beaches

Researchers say improvements in solar panels mean we need to change expectations about when they’ll need to be repurposed or recycled.


Why the Feared Wave of Solar Panel Waste May Be Smaller and Arrive Later Than We Expected

Researchers say improvements in solar panels mean we need to change expectations about when they’ll need to be repurposed or recycled.


Life On or Near Chemical-Intensive Farms Associated with Increase in Respiratory Diseases

Rural populations in the U.S., a new study finds, are particularly at risk for agriculture-related exposures associated with respiratory diseases and other kinds of airway inflammation. The exposures include those to pesticides, livestock facilities, smoke from biomass burning, agricultural dust, and endotoxin.


HALF of US dentists say patients come in high for dental appointments on marijuana or other drugs

The American Dental Association (ADA) said it was due to more states legalizing the drug, warning using it before an appointment 'may affect treatment'. The survey found patients who came in high were often 'stressed' and confused, which the ADA said 'limited' their care options.


Sustainability claims behind booming food technologies lack evidence, study finds

A new analysis reveals significant gaps in evidence related to the sustainability claims of new food technologies such as vertical farming, blockchain, food deliveries and plant-based alternatives to animal products.


These air conditioner alternatives are cheaper—and better for the planet

Heatwaves in numerous countries during 2022 sent all-time temperature records tumbling. On the day before the UK endured a shaded air temperature of 40°C for the first time ever, the Met Office issued its first ever red alert for extreme heat, which meant that people needed to take extra care to keep cool and avoid heat stroke.


Global warming in the Arctic increases megafires on the permafrost

The Siberian Arctic experienced an unusual number of fires in 2019 and 2020. This raised concerns in the scientific community, as the Arctic has large areas of permafrost, a permanently frozen layer of subsoil that accumulates large amounts of carbon. Fires damage the permafrost and contribute to the release of carbon emissions in the form of greenhouse gases.


If more houses had water barrels, it could help with drought, flooding and water pollution

Earlier this year, southern England experienced its driest July on record. The drought affected many parts of the UK and grew so acute that Thames Water's hosepipe ban will remain in force into 2023.


The potential for biogas production from autumn tree leaves to supply energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Using Berlin as a case study, scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB) have compared the composting of leaf litter with its energetic utilization in biogas plants. The study indicates that recycling pre-treated leaves in a biogas plant not only generates electricity and heat, but also significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The results were published in the journal Resources, Conservation and Recycling.


Could coffee offer protection from catching COVID-19?

Could consuming a cup of coffee be an effective way to protect yourself against infection with coronavirus? What has not yet been proven in practice is at least very plausible according to biochemical research.


A high fat diet during pregnancy wrecks immune systems of babies — 'leaving them prone to severe disease later in life'

Eating junk food while pregnant may hinder the development of babies' immune systems, leaving them vulnerable to future illness, a study suggests.


Substance use disorders linked to poor health outcomes in wide range of physical health conditions

People who have a past history of hospitalization because of substance use disorders have much worse outcomes following the onset of a wide range of physical health conditions, according to researchers in the UK and Czechia.


Carbon offsets: A key tool for climate action, or a license to emit?

Most experts say the offset market is not meant to contribute meaningful change to emissions, but rather to be an extra tool to channel funds toward sustainable development when companies are failing to transition from fossil fuels.


EPA awards grants to monitor air quality in 37 states

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday awarded grants for projects to monitor air quality in 37 states, with a focus on minority communities and other areas overburdened by pollution.


PFAS contamination likely at 58,000 sites in US: Study

Researchers for a recent study found that 57,412 sites nationwide, including 1,452 in North Carolina, are presumed to be contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.


Simple methods to protect exposed soil

In Ivory Coast, farmers are trying out ways to protect land exposed to both drought and heavy rain. They build rock walls to redirect rainwater. They also plant trees to act as windbreaks and keep sandstorms at bay.


Forget antibiotics, try MAGGOTS!

To many, they are just revolting, squirming larvae associated with decaying, dead bodies. But that hasn't put off NHS doctors – who are increasingly resorting to using maggots to treat wounds and prevent infections.


Element Africa: Keeping platinum in the ground, and minors out of mines

South Africa’s minister of mines has approved a platinum mine in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve despite objections from a farming community of 500 whose homes sit atop the deposits.


Potting soil has a dirty secret

The soil used to grow potted plants and fill raised beds seems perfect. But it hides some disturbing problems for the environment and our health.


Microplastics are everywhere, even in Pennsylvania's cleanest waterways

According to a new report by the activist and research group PennEnvironment, tests for the presence of microplastics conducted in 50 of some of the cleanest streams and waterways throughout the commonwealth found the pollutants present in every single one.


Corpus Christi Sold Its Water to Exxon, Gambling on Desalination. So Far, It’s Losing the Bet

Concerns over ecological destruction have delayed desalination plans for years in this booming seaside city, where environmentalists see water supply as the “chokehold” on an oil sector buildout along the rugged Gulf Coast of South Texas.


Monkeypox mutations cause virus to spread rapidly, evade drugs and vaccines, study finds

Monkeypox has infected more than 77,000 people in more than 100 countries worldwide, and—similar to COVID-19—mutations have enabled the virus to grow stronger and smarter, evading antiviral drugs and vaccines in its mission to infect more people.


Now we know how plants steer clear of salt

To avoid salt in soil, plants can change their root direction and grow away from saline areas. University of Copenhagen researchers helped find out what makes this possible. The discovery changes our understanding of how plants change their shape and direction of growth and may help alleviate the accelerating global problem of high soil salinity on farmland.


Investigation uncovers family's home is riddled with radioactive contamination

For decades, a family in Southern Ohio has been dealing with unexplained sickness and tumors. They suspected their home was contaminated but had no way of proving it, until now.


New pathways for e-waste recycling

Despite growing mountains of electronic waste, only a fraction is recycled. Now, a study meshing material flow and geospatial analysis shows how e-waste pathways could be integrated with virgin mining to build viable strategies around metal supply chains.


Toxic smog turns India's capital "into a gas chamber"

Authorities in India stepped up efforts on Friday to address deteriorating air quality as farmers burning crop stubble and calmer winter winds left a thick blanket of haze and smog to choke residents across the Delhi capital region. Factories, construction sites and primary schools were ordered to shut down and Delhi authorities urged people to work from home as dangerous fine particle pollution filled the air.


Blind spots in the monitoring of plastic waste

Whether in drinking water, food or even in the air: plastic is a global problem -- and the full extent of this pollution may go beyond of what we know yet. Researchers have reviewed conventional assumptions for the transport of plastic in rivers. The actual amount of plastic waste in rivers could be up to 90 percent greater than previously assumed. The new findings should help improve monitoring and remove plastic from water bodies.


It’s a ‘wild west out there’: CEO says regulation needed to keep firms in line on sustainability

Companies need regulation and greater accountability to ensure they’re meeting goals related to sustainability, according to the CEO of SDG Monitor, a firm focused on measuring performance in that area.​


How much e-waste does Europe generate, recycle and repair?

The world has a growing problem with electronic waste. Electronics are everywhere in our daily lives, from smartphones and computers to kitchenware, toys and wearable devices..


Does It Cost More To Run An EV Or An ICE?

Along with the environmental benefits, one of the main advantages of owning an electric vehicle (EV) is their relatively low running costs.


Port Arthur pollution fight shows how Texas blocks citizen protests

A local activist went before a judge, arguing for lower pollution limits on two new liquified natural gas facilities. The judge sided with him, but the state environmental agency sided with the companies. ​


Syngenta on Mexico’s GMO Corn Ban: It won’t stop there

Ag science giant, Syngenta, is asking the White House to personally step in and settle a dispute with Mexico over a proposed ban on GMO corn.


Is Big Ag out to kill animal welfare rule for the Organic Label?

That new animal welfare rule for the Organic Label may be held up by a hidden force, namely Big Ag.


Report: Toxic pollutants leaking from 12 Iowa coal storage sites

Twelve sites in Iowa that store coal ash — a waste product formed during coal-fired energy generation — are leaching toxic pollutants into the environment, according to a new report released Thursday.​


Carnivore Gut Microbes Offer Insight Into Health of Wild Ecosystems

A new study finds the microbial ecosystem in the guts of wild marten (Martes americana) that live in relatively pristine natural habitat is distinct from the gut microbiome of wild marten that live in areas that are more heavily impacted by human activity. The finding highlights an emerging tool that will allow researchers and wildlife managers to assess the health of wild ecosystems.


Bayer Ordered to Pay $275 Million for Brain Damage Caused by Monsanto’s PCBs, But Chemical Giant Vows to Appeal

A Washington court last month awarded 13 adults and children $275 million for neurological damage caused by polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, produced by Monsanto before the company was acquired by Bayer. Bayer said it will challenge the verdict.


Common Chemical In Household Products Found In Sewage — May Be Causing Rise In Antibiotic Resistance

A common, bacteria-fighting ingredient in soaps, toothpastes, and cleaning products may be the reason for the recent increase in antibiotic-resistant germs.


The Next OPEC-Like Cartel Could Be In Battery Metals

The world’s largest nickel miner, Indonesia, is considering the idea of forming a cartel to manage the supply of nickel and some other key battery metals, similar to what OPEC does for oil.


Krygyzstan’s Graveyard Of Factories Is A Ticking Time Bomb

For more than two decades, 80 tons of dangerous chemicals have sat in disused Kristall, which once transformed volatile compounds into materials for semiconductors and was slated to become one of the biggest plants in the world of its type. In the age of microchips and solar panels, its output would have been in high demand.


Green tea and blueberries may protect you from DEMENTIA, study suggests

Chemicals found in the herbal drink called catechins reduced plaques strongly linked to Alzheimer's in a lab study.


Humans may ‘evolve’ to have deformed bodies, second eyelid from overusing technology

Hunched back, clawed-hands, and second eyelids could be common features of human anatomy in the future, a recent computer model reveals. The shocking, hopefully tongue-in-cheek report warns that overusing technology could somehow steer human evolution in a direction that leaves people looking deformed compared to what we consider normal today.


Just one drink a day significantly raises risk of stroke among young adults

Young adults who down just one drink a day raise their risk of a stoke by a fifth, a new study warns.​


Volcanic activity and low ocean oxygen events linked to climate warming and rapid ice melt during last ice age, study finds

A chemical analysis of sediment cores from the North Pacific Ocean show a consistent pairing of volcanic ash and hypoxia, a low ocean oxygen interval spanning thousands of years, during times of rapid climate warming at the end of the last ice age, new research shows.


Has Fake Meat Already Peaked?

The financial struggles of companies like Beyond Meat are further proof that we can’t rely on alternative proteins to create a sustainable food system. We must forcibly shrink Big Meat.


Over 130 Power Plants That Have Spawned Leaking Toxic Coal Ash Ponds and Landfills Don’t Think Cleanup Is Necessary

EPA coal ash regulations issued in 2015 allow polluting utilities to self-regulate. And a giant loophole exempts coal ash piles that stopped receiving coal plant waste before that year.


U.S. Communities of Color Breathing Higher Levels of Toxic Metal Pollution, Study Finds

Not only do U.S. communities of color breathe more fine particulate pollution, they also breathe a form of particulate pollution that is richer in toxic, cancer-causing metals, new research finds.


The nonprofits cleaning up the oil and gas industry’s ‘dirty little secret’

Curtis Shuck stumbled upon what he calls one of the oil and gas industry’s “dirty little secrets” while visiting Montana for a work-related trip in 2019. It was a rusted, uncapped oil well in the middle of a wheat field — literally a hole in the ground. And there wasn’t just one; there were several.


Quibble with Kibbles: ‘Forever chemicals’ in pet food packaging add to perils at home

The toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS create health hazards at home, since they’re used in everyday items like cookware and cosmetics – and new EWG research finds some popular pet food packaging can be yet another way we’re exposed to the perils of PFAS.


Why is India's single-use plastic ban failing?

Plastic waste has become a significant source of pollution in India. But the country is struggling to find an alternative to single-use plastics and establish an effective waste management system.


Most US pet food contaminated with ‘forever chemicals’, study finds

Much of America’s pet food packaging could be contaminated with PFAS “forever chemicals”, creating a potentially dangerous exposure to the toxic compounds for cats and dogs.


As America prepares to wind the clocks back an hour this weekend... studies show risk of heart attacks, strokes and car crashes all go up thanks to jet lag-like effect on body

While an extra hour of sleep may sound great, experts warn there are serious health consequences when clocks go back this weekend.


’Tis the Season…for Norovirus

Norovirus is common to certain locations. While someone can contract norovirus just about anywhere, it most commonly occurs in schools and universities, restaurants and food service facilities (including cafeterias and banquet halls), and health care facilities, including senior and long-term care residences.​


This simple material could scrub carbon dioxide from power plant smokestacks

How can we remove carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from fossil-fuel power plant exhaust before it ever reaches the atmosphere? New findings suggest a promising answer lies in a simple, economical and potentially reusable material analyzed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where scientists from several institutions have determined why this material works as well as it does.​


The City of Atlanta Banned E-Scooters in 2019. The Impact Was Profound

Going electric with our transportation options is a crucial part of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and e-scooters are one mode of transport emerging as an alternative to gas-powered cars for shorter trips. But how much difference do they actually make?


Permanent daylight saving time would reduce deer-vehicle collisions, study shows

There are an estimated 2.1 million deer-vehicle collisions in the United States each year, killing about 440 people, causing 59,000 injuries and costing upwards of $10 billion.


Shipping: An industry’s slow boat to change

Most goods are transported by sea. But international shipping produces as much carbon dioxide each year as Germany.


Marijuana smokers are a THIRD more likely to develop potentially deadly heart condition — while cocaine and opioids raise risk by up to 75%

Smoking marijuana regularly may raise the risk of potentially-deadly irregular heartbeats, a study suggests.​


Fireworks: Growing evidence they distress animals builds case to restrict use

The crackle, fizz and bang of fireworks exploding overhead in a shower of intense colors is considered the highlight of many festivals and celebrations. But have you ever taken a moment to imagine how your local wildlife feels about it?


Big agriculture warns farming must change or risk ‘destroying the planet’

Food companies and governments must come together immediately to change the world’s agricultural practices or risk “destroying the planet”, according to the sponsors of a report by some of the largest food and farming businesses released on Thursday.


New York puts $4.2bn environmental bond act on the midterm ballot

New Yorkers heading to the polls this month have a chance to vote for a ballot measure that would fund up to $4.2bn for environmental improvement projects – including increasing flood resiliency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, electrifying school buses and creating more green and open spaces.


Hunt for deep sea minerals draws scrutiny amid green push

High demand for metals ranging from copper to cobalt is pushing the mining industry to explore the world's deepest oceans, a troubling development for scientists who warn that extracting minerals from critical ecosystems that help regulate climate could cause irreparable damage.


Who decides on ‘priorities’ for ecosystem restoration?

A set of maps from research published in 2020 in the journal Nature suggested that restoring ecosystems in “priority areas” offered a cheap and effective way to slow climate change and stem the global loss of species.


Can you trust the label? Fast fashion under increasing scrutiny over greenwashing

As consumers become aware of the environmental cost of fast fashion, brands are finding new ways to market their clothing as sustainable.


Chemicals Added to Herbicides to Reduce Drift Actually Drift Themselves, Are Significant Air Pollutants

Inert ingredients called “amines” that are added to pesticides in attempts to reduce drift and volatility are themselves highly volatile and may represent a significant source of air pollution, according to research recently published in Environmental Science and Technology.


Flavonolignans reduce the virulence of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains

Antibiotic resistance is currently a serious health problem. Since the discovery of new antibiotics no longer seems to be a sufficient tool in the fight against multidrug-resistant infections, adjuvant therapy is gaining importance as well as reducing bacterial virulence.


Most 'home-compostable' plastic doesn't fully break down in compost bins, study finds

Most certified "home-compostable" plastics do not fully break down in home compost bins, a UK citizen science project has found.


New baby textile product tests show concerning levels of toxic ‘forever chemicals’

You may have noticed an uptick in media reports detailing new discoveries in various consumer products of the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. They’re highly toxic and pervasive – and found in everything from drinking water to food packaging and many items we use every day. Now you can add baby and children’s products to the list.


A Caustic Shift Is Coming for the Arctic Ocean

Scientists have already begun to observe the ecological effects of acidifying oceans on sea life. The changes ahead may be more drastic.


Lack of graphite could gum up American EV market

President Joe Biden’s ambitions for an American-made electric vehicle industry have a graphite problem. A key ingredient in the modern EV battery, graphite is used in making rechargeable cells. But it hasn’t been mined in this country for decades. There’s also synthetic graphite — often made with coking coal — but little production exists today in the United States.


Exposed to Toxic Chemicals at School: A Teacher’s Story

Joyce Marquardt taught in a school in Washington state contaminated with PCBs. She became sick and was one of three teachers who received a settlement from her district and a $185 million jury award for damages from PCB manufacturer Monsanto. This is her story.


Plastic makes up 81% of trash in national parks, report says

Plastic items make up 81 percent of all waste found in the country’s national parks and other public lands, according to a report released Tuesday by an advocacy group.


Canada orders three Chinese firms to exit lithium mining

Canada ordered three Chinese companies on Wednesday to divest their investments in Canadian critical minerals, citing national security.


EV Battery Recycling: A Critical Component Of The Green Revolution But One That Continues To Present Major Hurdles

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 140 million EVs will be on the road globally by 2030. In the same year, 11 million metric tons of lithium-ion batteries will reach the end of their lives. Efficiently and effectively recycling these batteries is imperative and at this point, the global recycling capacity is severely lacking.


Real-time bioelectronic sensing of environmental contaminants

Real-time chemical sensing is crucial for applications in environmental and health monitoring. Biosensors can detect a variety of molecules through genetic circuits that use these chemicals to trigger the synthesis of a colored protein, thereby producing an optical signal


Why environmental groups support the Israel-Lebanon gas deal

When Israel and Lebanon reached a historic agreement regarding their maritime border last week to open up drilling in two natural gas fields in the Mediterranean that were previously in disputed territory, the deal had unexpected supporters: two Israeli environmental groups.


Brain changes in autism are far more sweeping than previously known, study finds

Brain changes in autism are comprehensive throughout the cerebral cortex rather than just particular areas thought to affect social behavior and language, according to a new UCLA-led study that significantly refines scientists' understanding of how autism spectrum disorder (ASD) progresses at the molecular level.


GAO urges review of satellites’ environmental impacts

The Federal Communications Commission has not properly documented why it should be allowed to skirt environmental review laws when launching large constellations of satellites into space, according to a report released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office.


Canceled Green Hydrogen Project 'Should Be a Lesson... for All Toxic Polluters'

Green groups in Oregon celebrated on Wednesday after NW Natural withdrew its application for approval to build a green hydrogen pilot program in Eugene, citing local uproar.


Fishing kills at least 24,000 fishers every year—yet most countries refuse to adopt international safety rules

Fishing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. The International Labor Organization has estimated that every year, fishing vessel accidents claim as many as 24,000 fishers' lives. This figure is more than 10 times more lives claimed than in accidents on merchant ships which transport either cargo or passengers.


New tests find toxic “forever chemicals” in pet food bags and baby textiles

The toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS have been found in pet food packaging and textile products made for babies and toddlers, according to new Environmental Working Group test results.


New study provides first look at green roof distribution across NYC

Roofs planted with vegetation—known as green roofs—can help cities adapt to a changing climate by absorbing storm water, lowering local temperatures, and providing insulation that cuts indoor heating and cooling costs. Yet green roofs cover less than 0.1% of New York City's 1 million buildings, according to a new analysis.


Glyphosate exposure linked to lower birth weights for Indiana babies

Glyphosate exposure during pregnancy is linked to lower birth weights for babies, according to a new study of pregnant people in Indiana.


Chemical Recycling Plants: How Toxic Are They?

While there are limited data on what kinds of emissions are associated with chemical recycling facilities, environmental advocates are concerned the plants — which break down used foam containers into raw materials that can be turned into other kinds of plastic — represent a new source of carcinogens like dioxin and benzene.


A Surprising Threat To The US Power Grid Could Plunge The Country Into Darkness

The importance of a strong power grid cannot be emphasized enough. Often, when a grid fails, the results are terrifying. Of all the major power grids in the world, the United States’ is one of the more vulnerable to attack. State-sponsored hackers from the likes of Iran, Russia, and, unsurprisingly, China pose a real threat to the United States’ electrical transmission lines. However, there’s another (far less obvious) threat to the grid: electric vehicles (EVs).


U.S. is running out of common children's antibiotic amoxicillin - forcing parents to shop around multiple pharmacies

A common antibiotic used to treat ear and sinus infections in children is in short supply in the US. Four drugmakers behind the nation's amoxicillin supply now have limited doses of the liquid form of the medication.


Can Native America Transform The World Again?

November is Native American Heritage Month — a good time to take a look at these ancient cultures that have given us so much and have so much more to share now. For many Americans, the 500 Native Nations are like a Big Pink Elephant in the living room they don’t see. Yet, many of our states, cities, rivers carry Native American names. In fact, the colonists used the name “American” to describe the indigenous people until they declared their independence from Britain and established the United States of America.


5 Popular Tampon Brands — Including Two Labeled ‘Organic’ — Test Positive for Evidence of Toxic PFAS Chemicals

Five popular tampon brands — including two advertised as organic — have detectable levels of fluorine, an indicator of the group of chemicals known as PFAS, according to a new report from Mamavation.


Exclusive: shark finning rampant across Chinese tuna firm’s fleet

Dalian Ocean Fishing used banned gear to deliberately catch and illegally cut the fins off of huge numbers of sharks in international waters, Mongabay has found.


Plastic recycling a 'myth' as packaging explodes

Major companies are falling short on their commitments to recycle and reduce plastic, a fossil fuel byproduct, even as Coca-Cola sponsors this year's climate conference.


CSU researchers design model that predicts which buildings will survive wildfire

CSU engineers have developed a model that can predict how wildfire will impact a community down to which buildings will burn. They say predicting damage to the built environment is essential to developing fire mitigation strategies and steps for recovery.


Whales ingest 10 million bits of microplastics daily — study

US-led researchers estimate whales consume millions of plastic particles each day. Scientists must now determine how much harm this is causing.


Aston University Researchers ‘Feed’ Leftover Coffee Grounds to Microalgae to Produce Low Emission Biodiesel

Two Aston University researchers have produced high-quality biodiesel after ‘feeding’ and growing microalgae on leftover coffee grounds.


Diesel big rigs have belched smog for years. California may soon ban them.

Lines of them — sometimes lurching, sometimes buzzing, zipping past children walking home from school on the partially paved sidewalks of this mostly Latino unincorporated city and leaving a trail of noxious emissions.


Beyond passenger cars and pickups: 5 questions answered about electrifying trucks

As part of its effort to reduce air pollution and cut greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, California is pursuing aggressive policies to promote clean trucks. The state already requires that by 2035, all new cars and other light-duty vehicles sold in the state must be zero emission.​


Extreme Heat Is Stressing Cows, Jeopardizing Global Dairy Supply

Heat and drought are inflicting perilous strain on dairy cows across the globe, drying up their milk production and threatening the long-term global supply of everything from butter to baby formula.


PG&E asks federal regulators to extend life of aging, dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear plant

Pacific Gas & Electric is formally asking the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission to extend the life of California’s only remaining nuclear power plant – the dangerous, aging and costly Diablo Canyon – until 2030.


The US army corps of engineers is testing for radioactivity in the kindergarten play yard, sports fields and classrooms of a Missouri school serving mostly Black students, after an independent report revealed the school may have been contaminated

The US army corps of engineers is testing for radioactivity in the kindergarten play yard, sports fields and classrooms of a Missouri school serving mostly Black students, after an independent report revealed the school may have been contaminated by nuclear bomb-making waste dumped from the second world war’s Manhattan Project.


In Niagara Falls, bitcoin mining brings a new roar to town

In the US border town of Niagara Falls, residents accustomed to the soothing roar of the famous waterfalls recently discovered a much less pleasant sound: the "haunting hum" of bitcoin mining farms.


Germany calls for ‘precautionary pause’ before deep-sea mining industry starts

Germany has called for a pause in the controversial deep-sea mining industry, saying not enough is known about the likely impacts of digging up the ocean floor for metals.


What you see: Scientists use human perception to define bumble bee mimicry

Despite the broad recognition of mimicry among bumble bees, distinct North American mimicry rings have yet to be defined, due in part to the prevalence of intermediate and imperfect mimics in this region. Scientists employ a generalization approach using human perception to categorize mimicry rings among North American bumble bees. They then then map species distributions on North American ecoregions to visually test for geographic concordance among similarly-colored species.


Technique could clean up mining of valuable rare earth elements

Electric cars, wind turbines, and LED lighting all help keep the environment clean, but making them can be a dirty business. Now, a Chinese group has developed—and tested on tons of soil—an approach called electrokinetic mining that relies on electric currents to free the REEs, sharply reducing the need for polluting chemicals. The strategy, described this week in Nature Sustainability, could be “a game changer, providing that it is feasible at a large scale,” says Anouk Borst, a geologist at KU Leuven.


DR Congo's Faltering Fight Against Illegal Cobalt Mines

In this scene of almost biblical toil, the prize is cobalt -- a strategic metal found in abundance in the impoverished central African nation. But the huge pit in Shabara, about 45 kilometres (30 miles) from Kolwezi, is also emblematic of a headache.


Wind, Solar, EVs Are Going To Take A Huge Increase In Mining & The World Isn’t Ready For It

Travis Deti, executive director for the Wyoming Mining Association, told Cowboy State Daily that Wyoming has very significant amounts of rare earth minerals, which are used in wind turbine, solar panels and EVs. Currently, about 97% of the market in rare earths is controlled by China. Contrary to their name, rare earths aren’t rare, but they are found in such low concentrations that it makes it difficult to mine them.


Key Target To Tackle Plastic Pollution Set To Be Missed, Study Warns

A commitment for global corporations to use only reusable, recycle or compostable plastic packaging by 2025 will not be met, according to a new report.


Vaping nicotine damages blood vessels, raises blood pressure and heart rate

A recent study soon to be presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2022* assessed the impact of nicotine-containing products on cardiovascular and autonomic functions.


Air Pollution Exposure Tied to Greater ALS Risk in Women in Study

Higher long-term exposure to certain forms of air pollution — specifically coarse particulate matter, such as that from traffic pollutants — significantly increases the risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in postmenopausal women, a study showed.


New Report: Unlocking the Potential of Organic Agriculture

Our food system is in peril, with increasing instability in agriculture from climate change, widespread food insecurity, and continued reliance on chemicals that threaten health and the environment. It is time to shift more attention—and resources—to time-tested, proven solutions. Organic agriculture is an ideal starting point.


At least two pesticides in half of bread sold in UK, data shows

Half of bread sold in the UK contains at least two different pesticides, government data has revealed.​


Forget air conditioning! Scientists develop a transparent window coating that can cool buildings without using ANY energy

With global temperatures around the world continuing to rise, the demand for air conditioning in buildings is growing. Scientists from Kyung Hee University in Seoul believe they may have the solution to this issue, in the form of a transparent window coating.


CVS agrees to $5 billion tentative deal in opioid cases. Walgreens and Walmart will also reportedly settle

CVS and Walgreens have tentatively agreed to pay a combined $10 billion to settle lawsuits brought by states and local governments alleging the retailers mishandled prescriptions of opioid painkillers.​


As more electric vehicles hit the road, researchers study EV fires, battery recycling

As more electric vehicles hit the roads in Washington, some people are concerned about their batteries catching fire—and what to do with those batteries once they can no longer hold a charge.


How every glass of tap water you drink has been consumed by up to TEN people before you

The water you drink from the tap has been drunk up to 10 times by people before, because wastewater is continually passed through one of two different cycles before making a full circle back to your sink's faucet.


Choking on factory waste: the Nile's rising scourge

As tourists pose for selfies on the shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda, factories within spitting distance of the source of the Nile dump their waste directly into Africa's longest river.


Candy cancer warning: How a radiant red food dye linked to the disease still ended up in children's Halloween baskets this year

A food dye that may cause cancer in high doses could be lurking in children's Halloween baskets, experts warn. More than a dozen health and campaign groups wrote to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week urging them to ban the red coloring that is prominent in popular candies.


Researchers develop a new tool for estimating people's total exposure to potentially harmful chemicals

A novel metric that estimates our "burden," or cumulative exposure, to a family of thousands of synthetic chemicals that we encounter in everyday life with potentially adverse health impacts, has been created by a team of researchers at Mount Sinai.


Marijuana does NOT make you more creative, says study that disproves common myth

The Beatles credit smoking marijuana with boosting their writing, while some suggest Pablo Picasso's artwork was inspired by weed. But a new study suggests cannabis does not actually make people more creative when they are high, contrary to popular belief.


Poor sleep could make you go blind, study warns

Poor sleep could put you at greater risk for irreversible vision loss due to glaucoma, a new study warns.​


America's alcohol crisis laid bare: Booze is now behind a FIFTH of deaths among adults under 50, CDC report finds

Alcohol use is linked to as many as one in five US deaths from all causes, according to an official study — with states in the Plains suffering the highest mortality.


Impact of obesity on life expectancy in children shown in new modeling

A Queensland child born over the next 10 years could lose five years in life expectancy if the state's current rate of obesity is not reduced, new modelling has found.


Internal papers show Syngenta hid risks of widely used pesticide from public, regulators for decades

A trove of internal documents obtained and published by The New Lede show Swiss chemical giant Syngenta knew in the 1960s and 1970s that the widely used weedkiller paraquat could build up in human brain tissue and trigger effects recognized as hallmarks of Parkinson’s disease.


'Everybody's contaminated:' Maine hunters worried about PFAS contamination in animals

Hunting season is now underway, but with new worries, as many hunters are forced to avoid areas of PFAS contamination.


Conserving Farmland Also Benefits the Air We Breathe

A new study shows how land enrolled in the federal Conservation Reserve Program also significantly improves air quality, which can save thousands of lives per year.



Oral arguments in the Maine Coalition to Stop Smart Meters smart meter case will be heard this Thursday at Maine’s highest court, meeting in Bangor.


CHD Seeks Plaintiffs for Lawsuits Challenging WiFi in Schools, and Cell Towers and Small Cells in Neighborhoods

Children’s Health Defense is seeking plaintiffs for lawsuits challenging WiFi in schools, and cell towers and small cells in residential areas in an effort to protect children and other vulnerable populations from harmful levels of radiofrequency radiation exposure.


Kids in Cancer Alley School Exposed to ‘Extreme’ Levels of Carcinogenic Chemicals

Black residents in southeastern Louisiana bear a disproportionate cancer risk from industrial air pollution, with children at one predominantly Black elementary school having been exposed to a dangerous carcinogen at levels 11 times what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers acceptable.​


UN Seeks $4 to 6 Trillion Per Year to Address Climate

The UN environment report analysed the gap between the CO2 cuts pledged by countries and the cuts needed to limit any rise in global temperature to 1.5C, the internationally agreed target. Progress has been “woefully inadequate” it concluded.


Cold Homes Increase The Risk Of Severe Mental Health Problems – New Study

Concerns about fuel poverty and people not being able to heat their homes adequately are not new in the UK, but these worries have been heightened by significant increases in energy costs and the cost-of-living crisis. And as winter approaches, things are about to get a lot worse.


'Some cities may run dry for a few days': Diesel supplier warns businesses on the US East Coast to prepare for diesel shortage

A diesel supplier has warned businesses on the US East Coast that there may be a shortage for a few days after Russia cut off imports.


'Potentially Hazardous' Monster Asteroid Is The Largest Seen in Years

Astronomers peering into the twilight sky have found three previously unknown near-Earth asteroids. One of which is the largest potentially hazardous asteroid discovered in eight years.


Are insects doomed?

The swings in temperature that accompany global warming could spell trouble for insect populations the world relies on for pollination and food production.


Teflon coating study raises hot questions about microplastics in cooking

Scientists from Newcastle University and Flinders University have now been able to measure how millions of tiny plastic particles potentially come off during cooking and in the wash as non-stick pots and pans gradually lose their coating.


Putting Native America Back On The Map To Re-Discover Ourselves

Professor Robin Wall Kimmerer explains that Skywoman Falling is the Foundational Story for Native America. Professor Kimmerer lives in Syracuse, New York where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.


Copper faces long-term SHORTAGE as experts expect demand to exceed supply in the coming years

The copper market may face a shortage by the end of the decade. BHP Group Ltd. CEO Mike Henry pointed out that despite sufficient reserves of metals essential for decarbonization – such as copper, nickel and lithium – there remains the danger of “a mismatch between the timing of [an] increase in demand and when supply meets that demand.”


The Israeli coastline is contaminated with more than two tons of microplastics

A new Tel Aviv University study conducted in collaboration with the Mediterranean Sea Research Center of Israel examined the level of microplastic pollution along Israel's coastline. The researchers collected sand samples from six beaches, from Haifa to Ashkelon. The research findings revealed that the Israeli shoreline is contaminated with more than two million tons of microplastics, with the most polluted beaches being those of Tel Aviv and Hadera.


The sun was ‘smiling’ in a NASA photo. It might be a warning for Earth.

What looks like a Scrub Daddy sponge set ablaze might not be as cute as it appears. For us here on Earth, the solar emoji could produce a beautiful aurora sighting — or it could signal problems for the planet’s telecommunications systems.


Who sees what you flush? Wastewater surveillance for public health is on the rise, but a new survey reveals many US adults are still unaware

Flush and forget? Not if you have a toilet that flushes to one of over 3,000 sites around the world where researchers are using wastewater to track SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.


Proximity to heavy traffic congestion linked to lower infant birthweight, study finds

An Oregon State University study published in Science Advances has found that traffic congestion is linked to decreased birthweight for full-term babies born to parents living near areas of heavy traffic, such as highways and freeways.


Want to save the bees? Pay attention to pathogens and flowers

New research published in the journal Ecology conclusively shows that certain physical traits of flowers affect the health of bumblebees by modulating the transmission of a harmful pathogen called Crithidia bombi.


Emperor penguins get Endangered Species Act protection – with 98% of colonies at risk of extinction by 2100, can it save them?

Emperor penguins thrive on Antarctica’s coastlines in icy conditions any human would find extreme. Yet, like Goldilocks, they have a narrow comfort zone: If there’s too much sea ice, trips to bring food from the ocean become long and arduous, and their chicks may starve. With too little sea ice, the chicks are at risk of drowning.


Exploring the antioxidant benefits of different types of honey

Citrus honey has an increased abundance of antioxidants in comparison to other standard types of honey, according to a new study by University of the West of Scotland (UWS). The research is published in the journal Antioxidants.


A new tax credit for biogas could be a boon to factory farms

Experts say the Inflation Reduction Act's push for biogas is "one step forward and two steps back."


American agroforestry accelerates with new funding announcements

Recent months have delivered a harvest of agroforestry funding news in the U.S., just as the season’s remaining crops ripened. The announcement of $60 million in support from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) in particular has stoked enthusiasm for this sustainable agriculture technique that also sequesters carbon and boosts biodiversity.


Atmospheric aerosol concentrations are decreasing, but ground measurements and climate models still differ

The ability of climate models to describe the impact of aerosols on the Earth’s radiative equilibrium depends on their ability to describe temporal and local trends in aerosol concentrations. In terms of seasonal variation, there were clear differences – both between different models and when compared to the seasonal variation observed in measurements.


Just half-a-cup of coffee during pregnancy can lead to having shorter children

Drinking just half-a-cup of coffee during pregnancy can knock nearly an inch off of a child’s height by the time they are eight, a new study reveals.


Herbal remedy for radioactive soil contamination

A herb that grows abundantly in coastal areas can be used to rid the soil around nuclear plants of cesium, a radioactive by-product of reactors, says a new study.


North and West Philly continue to see higher concentration of lead exposures, despite citywide decline

Fewer Philadelphia children are exposed to toxic levels of lead today when compared to a decade ago, according to new data released by city health officials. The drop has health experts and city officials hopeful that they may be able to completely eradicate lead poisonings. But they’ll first have to address rates of lead exposure that remain highest in communities with lower income and among children of color.


Video: Is DNA the future of data storage?

Could the future of data storage be DNA? It's the original format after all, storing the information needed to build every living thing.


Computer Recycling in Union, NJ Explains How To Minimize Your E-Waste in 2022

The improper disposal of e-waste has led to increasing environmental concerns. While technology plays an essential role in our everyday lives, the downside is what happens when devices become obsolete: millions of tons of televisions, laptops, phones, and other devices continue to be sent to landfills abroad & domestic, which is illegal in most states and could lead to significant fines for offenders. In a recent online article, trusted e-waste recycling company Computer Recycling in Union, NJ discusses how consumers can minimize their e-waste output and help protect the planet.


Energy prices threaten Mass. offshore wind project

A Massachusetts offshore wind farm says it may not be viable without changes to a power contract with the state, citing escalating global energy costs and a supply chain crisis that could chill the fledgling market as it prepares to raise turbines in the U.S.


Progress on methane emissions by energy companies, but numbers still don’t add up: UNEP

Over 80 oil and gas companies across the world have committed to measuring and reducing their methane emissions, the second biggest driver of global warming, according to a new report by the UN environment agency (UNEP).


Cooking from meal boxes can cut household food waste by 38%—new research

The amount of food wasted by households each year was estimated at 570 million tons in 2019. This is food that has been produced, packaged and taken to shops and homes, only to end up in the bin.


Study: Toxic Herbicide Chemical Vaporizes and Spreads

The herbicide dicamba is known to drift when applies, causing unintentional damage to neighboring plants. To rectify this, other chemicals, typically amines, are mixed with dicamba to “lock” it in place and prevent it from volatilizing. However, new research says the solution may actually be the problem.​


The Marine Lab in the Path of Fury

The building—a roughly 7,000-square-meter concrete fortress that rises amid Louisiana’s marshland—is one of the state’s premier marine labs: a warren of laboratories and classrooms that houses US $7-million in equipment and other assets. Sixty staff members assist the center’s eight faculty scientists, who conduct research into the biology, ecology, chemistry, and geology of the state’s coastal environment.


Nebraska’s nitrate problem is growing worse. It’s likely harming our kids.

Many residents of Nebraska are unknowingly consuming nitrate, an odorless, colorless contaminant that’s widespread in the state’s groundwater. We consume it when we shower, when we cook, when we turn on our taps to get a glass of ice water to drink.


New documents reveal corrosion, leaking in coal seam gas wells, raising contamination fears

Significant corrosion and leaking have been detected in a number of coal seam gas wells in Queensland, with experts now concerned about the broader implications for groundwater contamination.


Bird flu infects Iowa egg farm with 1 million chickens

Iowa agriculture officials said Monday that another commercial egg farm in the state has been infected with bird flu, the first commercial farm case identified since April, when a turkey farm was infected.​


PFAS evidence piling up, putting polluters on notice

Between recent studies and lawsuits against PFAS manufacturers filed by Attorney General Josh Stein, polluters are being put on notice that they have to clean up.


Pesticide Mixtures Reduce Life Span of Honey Bees, Damage Gut Microbiome

Honey bees exposed to a combination multiple pesticides suffer a reduced lifespan and experience adverse changes to their gut microbiome, increasing susceptibility to pathogens and disease. This finding comes from a study published recently in Science of the Total Environment, which examines the interactions between the insecticides flupyradifurone and sulfoxaflor and the fungicide azoxystrobin on honey bee health.


The Push to Scale Plant-Based Plastics

FabricNano says it has found an affordable way to swap petrochemicals for plants and proteins.


New Colgate Research Shows Antarctic Summer Thaw Starts Earlier, Ends Later than Previously Believed

New research from Colgate University changes our understanding of seasonal thawing in parts of Antarctica, as scientists have learned that summer thawing occurs nearly a month earlier, and stays thawed for a full two months longer, than previously believed.


Vaping can do as much heart damage as decades of smoking

If you think using e-cigarettes is a safer way to consume nicotine than smoking, think again. Researchers with the American Heart Association say vaping causes changes in cardiovascular function which are similar to the impact of smoking tobacco products for nearly 20 years!


What it looks like as drought strangles the mighty Mississippi

The nation’s mightiest, most mythic waterway has been strangled by months of dry conditions, which have sent water levels plummeting to historic lows. For weeks now, that slow-moving crisis has made it difficult, if not impossible, to move barges down a river that serves as a highway for about 60 percent of the nation’s foreign-bound corn and soybeans.



Electromagnetic exposure is disruptive to birds, especially migratory birds. Electromagnetic fields have been shown to disrupt the magnetic compass orientation used by birds to navigate


The day that EUROPE DIED – BASF announces “permanent” output reductions that will set off catastrophic supply chain collapse for the western world

I warned that if natural gas supplies were not abundant in Europe — and to BASF in particular — that fertilizer production would plummet, and there would not be enough fertilizer to grow the crops to feed the world.


Walking Dead Syndrome and other rare conditions that baffle doctors and researchers

Ever heard of these baffling medical conditions? Here's what may cause them...


25 Most Polluted Cities in the World

Pollution is one of the biggest issues facing most of the world right now. In fact, it is the largest environmental cause of premature death and disease, causing more than 11 million deaths which is several times greater than the major diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS combined. While pollution has been an issue since industrialization, it has been exacerbated in recent decades because of the use of pesticides, crop residues in agriculture, forest fires, urbanization, desert dust and inadequate waste management.



There is no U.S. government agency with oversight for cell tower radiation health effects: no research reviews, no reports, no environmental monitoring, no risk mitigation and no post market health surveillance for the daily, full body radio-frequency (RF) radiation exposure from cell towers. Cell tower radiation exemplifies the concept of a regulatory gap.


Skyscraper-sized asteroid to pass Earth this week. Here's how close it will actually get

A "potentially hazardous" asteroid, almost the size of the world's tallest skyscraper, will pass Earth next week.





Insane 12-hour blizzard shuts down Canada’s North – First extreme snowstorm of the season!

With the start of winter less than two months away, we’re starting to see more weather reflective of the upcoming season across the country.


Marijuana and more: NJ Poison Control's Halloween Warning

Halloween is a busy time for the New Jersey Poison Control Center. With people preoccupied preparing for school parades, house parties and trick-or-treating, they may not be paying attention to everything happening around them.



5G will not reduce carbon emissions and threatens the environment.


Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, October 29, 2022

The science community has stated "the time for geoengineering is now", while simultaneously denying that climate engineering has been ongoing for over 75 years with catastrophic results.


Chilling AI development means that robots can now talk to animals – and we might be able to next

Humans are one step closer to talking to animals as new technologies are allowing artificial intelligence-enabled robots to speak with different species.


Why concern over rainbow fentanyl is Halloween's newest monster

Forget horror movies, haunted houses or decorations that seem a little too realistic. For many, paranoia around drug-laced candy can make trick-or-treating the ultimate scare.


EPA Opens Door to Indoor Air Contamination with Virus Spray, Efficacy Questioned

Just as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a request for information on improving indoor air quality, it approved 32 varieties of a new “air sanitizer” to kill bacteria and viruses in the air. These products contain 14% dipropylene glycol and 86% secret (“other”) ingredients, including fragrances.


Electric planes could reconnect small US airports

United Airlines is betting that it can persuade small-city residents to replace a five-hour car trip with a zippy ride in a compact electric plane. If this plan works, it could lead to an electric renaissance for a lost age of regional American air travel, CNBC reported.


Newly discovered species of bacteria in the microbiome may be culprit behind rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis affects 1 in 100 people worldwide. It causes inflamed, painful and swollen joints, often in the hands and wrists, and can lead to loss of joint function as well as chronic pain and joint deformities and damage. What causes this condition has been unknown.


90% of Moose Calves Killed by Ticks in Maine Last Year

Shorter winters in Maine’s woodlands have created a huge problem for the state’s iconic moose, in the form of tiny blood-sucking ticks that thrive in warmer weather and which last year killed nearly 90% of Maine moose calves.


Ranked: Latin American Countries By Green Energy Use

How green is LatAm’s energy today? This graphic from Latinometrics charts countries’ electricity production from renewables relative to fossil fuels and highlights the significant disparities between certain nations.


Idaho cobalt mine is a harbinger of what’s to come

Idaho's Cobalt Belt is a 34-mile-long desirable stretch of ore tucked under the Salmon River Mountains that’s considered “globally significant” by mining companies. And miners are interested in that cobalt: a hard, brittle metal used in electric vehicle batteries.


South America’s ‘lithium triangle’ communities are being ‘sacrificed’ to save the planet

In South America’s ‘lithium triangle’, where pools of turquoise blue spangle the white salt flats, residents are yet to feel the benefits of the world’s new metal rush.


Doctors raise childhood lead poisoning awareness

Doctors with Cleveland Clinic Children’s are raising lead poisoning awareness to help prevent childhood exposure.


Scotland nuclear plant radiation scare over high numbers of 'harmful' radioactive particles

A public health warning has been issued after harmful radioactive particles were discovered to have leaked out in the area surrounding Dounreay nuclear plant, in Caithness.


Heat waves have cost the world’s economy trillions: study

Heat waves driven by climate change have cost the global economy trillions of dollars since the early 1990s, a new study finds.


Marijuana billboards, storefront ads influence cannabis use in teens, study shows

Teens who regularly encounter ads for marijuana on billboards or in storefronts are more prone to use the substance on a regular basis, according to a recent study. What’s more, scientists say the youngsters are more likely to develop signs of cannabis use disorder.


U of T ranked 2nd in the world in first-ever QS sustainability ranking

The University of Toronto has been ranked second in the world and first in Canada in the inaugural QS World University Rankings: Sustainability, which assesses universities for their environmental and social impact.


Passenger car preheating produces as much particulate emissions as driving dozens of miles

A new study from Finland, conducted by the University of Eastern Finland and Tampere University, measured particulate emissions from passenger car preheating with an auxiliary heater in sub-zero conditions. ​


Tiny particles of air pollution appear more deadly if from human-made sources

Air pollution from human-made sources like factories and vehicles is significantly more dangerous to patients with certain lung diseases than other types of air pollution, according to a new study.


Texas’ plan to provide water for a growing population virtually ignores climate change

Texas’ biggest single solution to providing enough water for its soaring population in the coming decades is using more surface water, including about two dozen new large reservoirs. But climate change has made damming rivers a riskier bet.


‘We’re not ready’: NY, NJ still building for extreme weather 10 years after Hurricane Sandy

A decade after Sandy, New York and New Jersey officials are still working on resiliency projects that total billions of dollars.


Texas A&M AgriLife Debuts Automated Precision Phenotyping Greenhouse

Featuring state-of-the-art robotics, remote sensing and data-capturing capabilities, Texas A&M AgriLife Research has launched “the future of agricultural research” with its multi-million dollar Automated Precision Phenotyping Greenhouse on the Texas A&M University campus in Bryan-College Station.


Drilling down on water access as drought becomes the ‘new normal’

Navajo Nation’s chief hydrologist weaves scientific knowledge with Diné cultural values to address clean water issues across the reservation


Purdue researchers say common construction practice is major source of nanoplastic pollution

Researchers at Purdue University say a common construction practice used across the country is a major source of nanoplastic pollution.


PFAS left dangerous blood compounds in nearly all US study participants

Nearly all participants in a new study looking at exposure to PFAS “forever chemicals” in the US state of North Carolina have multiple dangerous compounds in their blood, and most at levels that researchers say requires medical screening.


‘It’s got nasty’: the battle to build the US’s biggest solar power farm

A community turns on itself over the aptly named Mammoth solar project, a planned $1.5bn power field nearly the size of Manhattan


Year-Round Farming in Massachusetts? How the State Is Investing in Solutions.

The state has funded 487 projects, including geothermal-powered greenhouses and electric tractors, to strengthen its food system and make local production more efficient.


California's conifer collapse: 30% of forests in Sierra Nevada have been WIPED OUT in the last decade due to historic drought and violent wildfires plaguing the state

California’s Sierra Nevada conifer forests are bearing the brunt of natural disasters that have plagued the state for more than a decade - historic drought and violent wildfires have killed 30 percent of the woodlands.


Trick or trash: Candy makers grapple with plastic waste

Halloween treats have a tricky problem: plastic packaging that's difficult to recycle.


Vegetation regulates energy exchange in the Arctic

Global warming is changing the Arctic by causing permafrost thaw, glacier melt, droughts, fires and changes in vegetation. These developments are strongly linked to the energy exchange between land and the atmosphere.


People who vape had worrisome changes in cardiovascular function, even as young adults

Adults who regularly used electronic nicotine delivery devices, or e-cigarettes, displayed worrisome changes in heart and blood vessel function and performed significantly worse on exercise stress testing than people who did not use any nicotine products, according to two separate analyses of preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2022.


Haunting Audio Reveals The Spooky Sound of Earth's Magnetic Field

The European Space Agency (ESA) this week released 5 minutes of haunting, crackling audio – revealing what Earth's magnetic field sounds like.


Companies' 'deforestation-free' supply chain pledges have barely impacted forest clearance in the Amazon, researchers say

More companies must make and implement zero-deforestation supply chain commitments in order to significantly reduce deforestation and protect diverse ecosystems, say researchers.


Check out the NASTY ingredients in Beyond Meat burgers

If you have ever wondered what, exactly, is contained within Beyond Meat’s fake “meat” burger patties, look no further than the following list of the top-most toxic ingredients...


SoCal College Features 30-40% Organic Produce in Dining Services

“It was partially for quality and partially for sustainability and for the environment,” said Ellis of his and his team’s reasons for wanting to include more organic produce in the SoCal college’s dining services.


Nigeria: 80 Percent of Pesticides Used By Some Nigerian Farmers 'Highly Hazardous'

About 80 per cent of pesticides used by women in parts of Nigeria's North-central region are highly toxic to humans and require additional regulation, a new survey has found. In many instances, the products had been banned in Europe and other places.


Baby formula shortages still a concern for local families

It’s been months since the height of the formula shortage that forced parents to worry about feeding their babies, but many families are still struggling to get enough supplies. The US Census Bureau recently released data showing a third of households still struggling to find formula over the course of a week last month.


Dead crustaceans washing up on England's north-east coast may be victims of the green industrial revolution

Thousands of dead and dying crabs and lobsters washed up along a 50km stretch of England's north-east coast last autumn. Observers reported seeing the animals experience peculiar behaviors including convulsions, before suffering paralysis and death.


Listening To Birds Sing Boosts Mood, Mental Well-Being For Up To 8 Hours

In perhaps the most “tweet-worthy” news of the day, research shows that being around birds make people happier and boosts mental well-being. Scientists at King’s College London say that seeing or hearing birds provides feeling uplift that last for up to eight hours.


India Orders Farmers, Agrichemical Companies to Stop Using Glyphosate Weedkillers

India’s Agricultural Ministry on Tuesday said “the use of glyphosate is prohibited and no person, except Pest Control Operators, shall use glyphosate,” and gave agrichemical companies three months to return certificates of registration for any glyphosate-based product.


How Battery Metals Can Power Energy Independence in America

As the country transitions to clean energy and electrified transport, the raw materials behind green technologies offer an opportunity to build an energy-independent future.


Can gut bacteria cause rheumatoid arthritis?

Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have discovered that a unique bacteria found in the gut could be responsible for triggering rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in people already at risk for the autoimmune disease.


How many bees can you fit in an X-ray machine? Researchers peer inside swarms for a deeper look at their distribution

Researchers at CU Boulder have, for the first time, used X-ray computed tomography (also known as a CT scan) to peer inside swarms of honeybees.


Hurricane Ian survivors: Casualties in Fort Myers may have been underreported

Fort Myers residents Kynse Leigh Agles and Brianne Casey told journalist Annalisa Pesek that Hurricane Ian casualties may have been underreported.


'Forever chemicals' persist through wastewater treatment, may enter crops

PFAS (per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances), a group of more than 4,700 fully synthetic compounds that are widely used in industrial and manufacturing processes and found in many consumer products, persist through wastewater treatment at levels that may impact the long-term feasibility of "beneficial reuse of treated wastewater," according to a study conducted by researchers at Penn State and recently published in the Journal of Environmental Quality.


Potential risks of offshore wind to Australian marine life remain poorly regulated

The strong winds blowing over Australia's rugged coastlines will soon power many of our homes, as offshore wind farms are poised to begin construction. But our new research highlights the need to ensure any potential risks to marine life is properly mitigated.


Limits of lithium extraction from thermal water

Pumping up thermal water, separating lithium, and using it to produce batteries for electric mobility—the idea of lithium as an environmentally compatible and regionally available by-product of geothermal energy plants appears highly promising. However, it has not been clear so far whether domestic lithium extraction is really worthwhile.


At risk for diabetes? Cut the carbs, says new study

While low-carb diets are often recommended for those being treated for diabetes, little evidence exists on whether eating fewer carbs can impact the blood sugar of those with diabetes or prediabetes who aren't treated by medications.


Neuroimaging study reveals functional and structural brain abnormalities in people with post-treatment Lyme disease

In a study using specialized imaging techniques, researchers report distinctive changes in the 'white matter' and other brain tissue physiology of those with post-treatment Lyme disease, a condition affecting 10% to 20% of the nearly half a million Americans who contract Lyme disease annually.


Elevated levels of arsenic and other metals found in Nevada's private wells

Outside of Nevada's bustling cities, private wells are the primary source of drinking water, serving 182,000 people. Yet some of the tested private wells in Nevada are contaminated with levels of heavy metals that exceed federal, state or health-based guidelines, a new study published in Science of The Total Environment shows. Consuming water contaminated by metals such as arsenic can cause adverse health effects.


A former GM plant in St. Catharines is leaking toxic chemicals

St. Catharines’ residents have long suspected carcinogenic chemicals were in the mess on the former auto plant site. A 2020 report from the Ontario ministry of the environment confirmed it. Two years later, they’re still waiting for it to be cleaned up.



According to an AQMD Health Risk Assessment , as “many as 250,000 residents face a chronic health hazard from exposure to lead and arsenic emitted from the stacks of the Exide smelter and settling onto residential soil.”


How cycling can measure local air pollution

Cycling can be a useful way to measure local variations in weather and also pollution, using portable and inexpensive weather monitors attached to handlebars.


CRISPR Gone Wild: Fake Meat To Designer Babies

The notion of cut-and-paste techniques for genomic editing is euphoric to the Transhuman/Technocrat world. “Why, we can edit anything, so why not do it?” The very question holds the answer, that is, there are no moral or ethical boundaries to constrain them. They have openly stated that the goal is to take over evolution and re-create the world in their own image.


Low vitamin D linked to increased risk of premature death, research shows

Vitamin D plays an important role in a person’s overall health, including building strong bonesTrusted Source and protecting your immune system. Although vitamin D is easily obtained through sun exposure and eating the right foods, it is possible to have a vitamin D deficiency. Researchers estimate about 1 billion people around the world have low levels of vitamin D.


Energy Execs Tell Granholm Shuttered U.S. Oil Refineries Won’t Restart

U.S. energy executives told Jennifer Granholm that shuttered crude oil refineries won’t restart, Valero’s Chief Executive Joe Gorder said on Tuesday.


Major Fuel Supplier On "Code Red" As Diesel Crisis Hits Southeast

Diesel supplies are very scarce across the Northeast and in the Southeast. Supplies are at the lowest seasonal level for this time of year, and the US only has 25 days left of the industrial fuel in storage. The crisis gripping the diesel market appears to be getting out of hand as one fuel supply logistics company initiated emergency protocols this week.


Letter shows Hazelwood School District knew of radioactive testing request at Jana Elementary since 2016

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) President for Jana Elementary School, Ashley Bernaugh, and the entire school association are demanding transparency from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Hazelwood School District (HSD). This is after she has spent years asking for answers.​


Germany Is Dismantling A Wind Farm To Make Way For A Coal Mine

A wind farm is being dismantled in western Germany to make way for an expansion of an open-pit lignite coal mine in a “paradoxical” situation highlighting the current prioritization of energy security over clean energy in Europe’s biggest economy.


Metabolite product from pomegranate: Researchers identify way to boost tumor-fighting immune cells

Researchers have succeeded in identifying a new approach for the therapy of colorectal cancer. In preclinical models and studies on human immune cells, they found that urolithin A, a metabolite product from pomegranate, sustainably improves the function of immune cells in their fight against cancer. After treatment with urolithin A, tumour-fighting immune cells become T memory stem cells which, due to their ability to divide, constantly supply the immune system with rejuvenated, non-exhausted T cells.​


12 'Ancient' Natural Alternatives Better Than Drugs

When it comes to traditional remedies, don't mistake "old" for obsolete. In the case of these 12 natural remedies, they may be old, but they really are tried and true


Report by OSU, international scientists says Earth is ‘unequivocally’ in midst of climate emergency

An international coalition of researchers says in a report published today that the Earth’s vital signs have worsened to the point that “humanity is unequivocally facing a climate emergency.”



Higher exposure to a certain type of traffic-related air pollution called particulate matter may be linked to an increased risk of dementia, according to a meta-analysis published in the October 26, 2022, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Researchers specifically looked at fine particulate matter, PM2.5, which consists of pollutant particles of less than 2.5 microns in diameter suspended in air. The meta-analysis included all available studies on air pollution and risk of dementia.


As sea ice retreats, narwhals are changing their migration patterns

Narwhals are changing their migration patterns in response to pressure from changing Arctic climates, a new UBC report has found.


12 pyrolysis plants in Lahore demolished for causing air pollution

In a bid to control smog, the district administration on Tuesday demolished 12 pyrolysis plants operating in different areas of the city for causing pollution.


Can a Court Compel the EPA to Protect Communities of Color From CAFO Pollution?

Only a third of factory farms have permits to discharge waste into water, soil, and air. A new legal effort from environmental groups seeks enforcement of the Clean Water Act.


EPA recommends Louisiana state agencies consider relocating elementary school students over toxic chemical exposure

The Environmental Protection Agency is recommending that Louisiana health and environmental officials consider relocating students from an elementary school near a chemical plant after the federal agency found the children may be exposed to harmful levels of toxins, according to a letter obtained by CNN.


EPA awarding nearly $1 billion to schools for electric buses

Nearly 400 school districts spanning all 50 states and Washington, D.C., along with several tribes and U.S. territories, are receiving roughly $1 billion in grants to purchase about 2,500 “clean” school buses under a new federal program.


Testing shows hazardous chemicals found in St. Charles wellfield, mayor says

The Elm Point Wellfield in St. Charles has been contaminated by hazardous chemicals, according to the mayor of St. Charles. In a press conference Wednesday, Mayor Dan Borgmeyer said the drinking water in the city is safe, but he said steps need to be taken to keep it that way.


RSV: A pediatric disease expert answers 5 questions about the surging outbreak of respiratory syncytial virus

Respiratory syncytial virus, more commonly known as RSV, sends thousands of children to the hospital every year in the U.S. But during September and October 2022, health professionals across the country have watched an unprecedented spike in the number of cases of this usually mild, but occasionally dangerous, respiratory infection in children.


Ebola outbreak in Uganda: Is everything under control?

The Ebola outbreak has reached Uganda's capital, Kampala. But aid organizations lack the financial means to fight the fast-transmitting disease.


By fact-checking Thoreau’s observations at Walden Pond, we showed how old diaries and specimens can inform modern research

Over the past 20 years, researchers have used Thoreau’s observations of plant flowering, leaf emergence on trees and shrubs, bird migration and spring ice melt on Walden Pond to study how these events have changed since the 1850s, largely in response to climate change.


Biofertilizers cut costs and GHG emissions for Brazilian soybean producers

Brazilian soybean producers have been highly successful in using genome technology to benefit their crops, with huge economic and environmental gains, a new paper highlights. Currently, the growers are using biofertilizer on 80% of their crops and their benefits are pushing scientists to develop new bioproducts for other crops as well.


Breast Cancer Month: Neonicotinoid Insecticides and Breast Cancer Risk (Triple Negative Breast Cancer)

A study published in Environment International adds to the growing body of research evaluating the association between neonicotinoid insecticides (neonics/NIs) and breast cancer. Past studies suggest neonics act as endocrine disruptors, affecting the development and regulation of estrogen hormones that promote breast cancer. However, this study is one of the few to evaluate the toxicological and molecular mechanisms involved in initiating breast cancer events.


Cosmic storm may trigger ‘internet apocalypse’ within next decade, tree ring study reveals

A huge storm in space striking the Earth could lead to an “internet apocalypse” within the next decade, researchers in Australia warn. This radiation would leave people offline for months or even years, knocking out satellites and power lines, their study explains.


Bees ‘count’ from left to right, study finds

Latest finding adds to theory that animals, including humans, naturally arrange things in a certain order, even without being able to count


Vaping is just as bad as cigarettes for your heart, finds landmark NIH studies — and using both carries biggest risk

Vapers are at the same risk of heart disease as cigarette users, according to federally-funded research. In two studies, one on mice and one on people, e-cigarettes were found to cause similar damage to blood vessels as smoking tobacco.