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The longest river in Italy is drying up. What does this mean for those who rely on it for food?

Italy’s Po River flows some 650km from the snowy Alps in the northwest to the wild Po Delta in the east before rushing out into the Adriatic Sea. During its course, the great waterway nourishes the expansive fertile plains of northern Italy where farmers have thrived for generations. Dubbed Italy’s breadbasket, these flatlands covered with crops are responsible for some 40 per cent of Italy's GDP.​

 

Lake Mead is less than a day from dropping below 1,050 ft. – Only 5 of Hoover Dam’s 17 turbines will be able to operate below this level

The largest reservoir on the Colorado River continues to plunge to new daily historic lows. Lake Mead is less than a day from dropping below 1,050 ft. in elevation. Only 5 of Hoover Dam’s 17 turbines will be able to operate below this level, and only as long as the lake stays above 950 ft. in elevation. In other words, we are less than a day away from the shutdown of the majority of turbines at Hoover Dam, once the largest hydroelectric dam in the world.

 

Banned Contaminants Still Threaten Endangered California Condors

A new study has found contaminants that were banned decades ago are still imperiling critically endangered California condors. The condors may be at increased risk for reproductive impairment because they consume dead marine mammals along the California coast.

 

New study highlights major step forward in monitoring ocean

In a major step forward for monitoring the biodiversity of marine systems, a new study published today in Environmental DNA details how MBARI researchers are using autonomous underwater robots to sample environmental DNA (eDNA). eDNA allows scientists to detect the presence of aquatic species from the tiny bits of genetic material they leave behind.

 

NC Waterkeepers use catch and inform approach to clean waterways

The task of keeping discarded plastic from polluting the state’s waterways – and eventually ending up in the ocean – is largely the responsibility of Waterkeepers Carolina, “a science-based, environmental advocacy group,” which includes 15 organizations that are spread across the state.

 

U.S. Plan to Amend International Health Regulations Could Hand Over More Power to WHO, Experts Warn

Amendments proposed by the U.S. to the 2005 International Health Regulations, the most important multilateral treaty regulating the global architecture for health emergency, preparedness, response and resilience, could have far-reaching implications, experts warn.

 

Montana lentil farmers go against the grain to build thriving organic business

David Oien doesn’t seem like a renegade. He’s a friendly, down-to-earth, third-generation Montana farmer. But David and his fellow farmers at Timeless Seeds are renegades. In Montana, a state dominated by conventional wheat, David and Timeless Seeds went against the grain by growing organic lentils and other specialty crops in a region where they had never been grown before. And they’ve been successful doing it while building healthy soils on thousands of acres in Montana and helping to revive rural communities.

 

Climate crisis is driving cousins of The Lion King character to local extinction

The yellow-billed hornbill, cousins of fan-favorite Zazu from The Lion King, faces local extinction due to the climate crisis. Researchers investigated the effects of high air temperature and drought on the breeding success of southern yellow-billed hornbills in the Kalahari Desert between 2008 and 2019. This study is one of the first to research the impact of the climate crisis on population-level breeding success over a longer timescale.

 

Blueberries can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women with high blood pressure

Consuming blueberries can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women with high blood pressure, according to new research by Colorado State University faculty member Sarah Ardanuy Johnson.

 

More than 3,000 potentially harmful chemicals found in food packaging

Scientists have identified more than 3,000 potentially harmful chemicals that can be found in food packaging and other food-related materials, two-thirds of which were not previously known to be in contact with food.

 

Environmental toxins are worsening obesity pandemic, say scientists

Chemical pollution in the environment is supersizing the global obesity epidemic, according to a major scientific review.

 

EPA watchdog launches probe into incidents linked to popular Seresto pet collar

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general is reviewing the agency’s handling of the tens of thousands of reported incidents of harm linked to the Seresto flea-and-tick collar, the agency announced Thursday.

 

Chemical recycling of plastic gets a boost in 18 US states—but environmentalists question whether it really is recycling

Plastic pollution is virtually everywhere on earth, and the public is increasingly concerned about the buildup of plastic litter in neighborhoods, parks, and beaches as well as enormous garbage patches in the world’s oceans.

 

Baby formula industry was primed for disaster long before key factory closed down

The conditions that led to a shortage of baby formula were set in motion long before the February 2022 closure of the Similac factory tipped the U.S. into a crisis.

 

Increasing urban greenery could have prevented at least 34,000 US deaths over two decades

Increasing greenery in US urban areas may substantially reduce mortality of all causes, according to a new study led by Boston University School of Public Health researchers.

 

U.S. Petroleum Product and Crude Oil Imports in 2021: Visualized

Energy independence is top of mind for many nations as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted sanctions and bans against Russian coal and crude oil imports. Despite being the world’s largest oil producer, in 2021 the U.S. still imported more than 3 billion barrels of crude oil and petroleum products, equal to 43% of the country’s consumption.

 

Toxic chemicals are contaminating U.S. farms and food, yet Canada rarely tests for them

Canada's sewage waste is regularly monitored for potentially harmful chemicals like chlorine, heavy metals or toxic bacteria and viruses. It isn't checked for PFAS and a host of other "emerging" toxins like microplastics, according to the National Pollutant Release Inventory, a federal database that tracks pollution.

 

Scientists devise method to prevent deadly hospital infections without antibiotics

A hospital or medical clinic might be the last place you'd expect to pick up a nasty infection, but approximately 1.7 million Americans do each year, resulting in nearly 100,000 deaths from infection-related complications and roughly $30 billion in direct medical costs.

 

Major uptick reported in cannabis vaping for all adolescents

Cannabis vaping is increasing as the most popular method of cannabis delivery among all adolescents in the U.S., as is the frequency of cannabis vaping, according to research at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The study found that the frequency of vaping cannabis among adolescents from all demographic groups is reported at six or more times per month, and rising faster than occasional use. Those who vape and smoke nicotine are more than 40 times more likely to also vape and smoke cannabis.

 

Warning! Nicotine poses special risks to teens

The next time someone offers you their e-cigarette, you might want to think twice before taking a puff. You’re not just vaping water with some added flavoring. You’ll be inhaling a cloud of other ingredients, too, such propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine.

 

EWG statement on FDA response to phthalates food petition

The Food and Drug Administration is denying a 2016 petition from environmental and consumer advocacy groups asking it to revoke approval of harmful phthalate chemicals in food packaging and food production materials.

 

Pandemic babies with developmental delays can be helped to make up for lost social interaction – 5 tips for parents

Typically, about 1 in 6 children experience a developmental delay. But children born during the pandemic, a 2022 study has found, have nearly twice the risk of developmental delays in communication and social development compared to babies born prior to the pandemic.

 

Grim 2022 drought outlook for Western US offers warnings for the future

Much of the western U.S. has been in the grip of an unrelenting drought since early 2020. The dryness has coincided with record-breaking wildfires, intense and long-lasting heat waves, low stream flows and dwindling water supplies in reservoirs that millions of people across the region rely on.

 

Will Zambia Protect Children from Kabwe’s Toxic Legacy?

Kabwe is the site of a mine and smelter that polluted the environment with extremely high levels of toxic lead from 1904 to 1994. The mine was originally owned by British colonial companies, including Anglo American, and later nationalized by Zambia. It was closed in 1994, but the mine’s waste was never cleaned up, and even now, open waste dumps continue to pollute nearby residential areas such as Kasanda, Chowa, and Makululu. As a result, tens of thousands of children in these areas are at acut​

 

Germany, France, Belgium confirm first cases of monkeypox

A patient in the German state of Bavaria has been infected with monkeypox, according to the Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology in Munich. First cases were also detected in France and Belgium.

 

Canada CONFIRMS first two cases of monkeypox amid fears rare virus is also in Manhattan

Canada has reported its first two confirmed cases of monkeypox amid fears the rare virus is also in New York City.

 

6 surprising things about bees on World Bee Day

There is a lot to love about bees. They are crucial to growing many of our favorite and healthiest foods as they move pollen from plant to plant, pollinating more than a hundred fruits and vegetables including strawberries, potatoes and apples. Unfortunately, many bee species are under threat as a result of changes in land use, pesticides, intensive agriculture and climate change -- but there are steps you can take to help them thrive. In honor of World Bee Day on May 20, here are six surprising things you might not know about nature's hardest-working pollinators.

 

US buys millions of Monkeypox vaccines after Massachusetts confirms case

The Us has ordered 13 million additional doses of the monkeypox vaccine after a Massachusetts man contracted the rare — but potentially severe — virus, officials said Thursday.

 

Rare Deep-Sea Whale Washes Up on California Beach

The 16-foot beaked whale was discovered by a passerby at Mendocino County’s Jug Handle State Natural Reserve near Fort Bragg, which is 3.5 hours north of San Francisco, SFGate reported. Because beaked whales live deep beneath the waves and can dive down as far as 10,000 feet, scientists seldom get a chance to observe them.

 

Micronutrients can help improve behavior in kids with ADHD, emotional dysregulation

Children who have been diagnosed with ADHD and are vulnerable to frequent mood swings may benefit from taking more micronutrients (vitamins, minerals), according to a new study.

 

Corruption Problems Persist at EPA

Beyond Pesticides has long covered the various ways in which corruption related to pesticides, agriculture, and food — whether in industry or government — can result in harm to human and environmental health, including to a multiplicity of organisms, and their ecosystems and habitats. In this Daily News Blog entry, we will review the landscape of U.S. pesticide regulation, examples of corruption, and what can be done to counter it.

 

Why are Black individuals more likely to die from colorectal cancer?

It is expected that in 2022 colorectal cancer will claim 52,000 American lives. More of those deaths will be in Black individuals than in Whites. In fact, since 1985, colorectal cancer rates have dropped 20 to 25 percent in Whites. Conversely, the incidence has increased in Black men, and stayed the same among Black women. Overall, African Americans are 38% to 43% more likely to die from colorectal cancer than are Whites. So why the disparity?

 

Reality check: How’s the transition to regenerative agriculture going?

Regenerative agriculture is all the rage for large food companies. Their sustainability teams love telling me about ambitious goals of transforming hundreds of thousands of acres to regenerative stewardship and storing significant amounts of carbon in the soil. But I don’t often get a chance to hear from farmers about how they view the transition they’re expected to implement.

 

Study: Turmeric offers mental health benefits for overweight individuals

A 12-week randomized controlled trial published in Nutrition Journal found significant improvements in the mental health scores of participants who took turmeric capsules.

 

"Build Blackouts Better": Half Of America Faces Power Blackouts This Summer, Regulator Warns

Tens of millions of Americans could be thrown into a summer of hell as a megadrought, heatwaves, and reduced power generation could trigger widespread rolling electricity blackouts from the Great Lakes to the West Coast, according to Bloomberg, citing a new report from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), a regulatory body that manages grid stability.

 

American girls are now reaching puberty as young as SIX in phenomenon scientists think may be linked to childhood obesity, chemicals in plastic and stress

Young girls in America are experiencing puberty at an earlier age than biologists would particularly expect with the average age falling to ten, with black girls undergoing the process a year earlier than their peers on average, experts warn.

 

Meet the Human Battery, a New Source of "Green" Energy

This story is about something really creepy and disgusting. It is about routinely using people as batteries to power devices.

 

Paraquat Weedkiller Killed Thousands, Including Children, Former Syngenta Scientist Says

While some people have used paraquat as an agent for suicide, others, including small children, have died accidentally following just a sip of the weedkiller, according to a former lead scientist for paraquat’s manufacturer, Syngenta.

 

Pesticides, Pharmaceuticals Used in Industrial Fish Farms Threaten Swimmers, Marine Life

Fish farms pollute seawater with pesticides and pharmaceuticals, and contribute to the rise of genetically engineered species that spread that DNA into wild populations.

 

Food Plants on Fire

We’re living in an unprecedented time when strange happenings continue to occur in quick succession. In March 2021, a massive container ship became wedged across the Suez Canal in Egypt — blocking “an artery of world trade,” triggering a rise in oil prices and leading to fallout that affected shipping around the globe.

 

Plastic Is Everywhere — Including Inside Your Body

With more than 381 million tons of plastic produced worldwide each year, it's no surprise the waste ends up in our soil, lakes, rivers and oceans, as well as in the bodies of humans and wildlife.

 

Studies suggest boron has potent cancer-fighting properties

Following a balanced diet is important for your overall well-being. And according to several studies, consuming foods rich in the trace element boron can help protect you from certain types of cancer.​

 

Renewable energy is creating a new set of environmental problems

While climate alarmists have been pushing for the use of wind turbines, solar panels and large-scale batteries to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, they seem to be ignoring the fact that the minerals and materials that are needed to create these solutions depend on the mining industry and create environmental problems of their own.

 

UK monkeypox alert as health chiefs detect another FOUR cases of killer virus with NO links to Africa

Four more people have been diagnosed with monkeypox in the UK, bringing the total number of cases in the latest outbreak to seven. All four new patients are gay or bisexual men who were infected in London and had no travel links to Africa, health chiefs have confirmed after MailOnline broke the news earlier today.

 

A Bizarre Skin Disease Is Mysteriously Spreading In The UK

Monkeypox is a disease that I have been monitoring for quite a while now. It is not supposed to spread easily from human to human, and hopefully that is still true. But human cases are now popping up in the UK, and authorities are not exactly sure how it is spreading. As we have seen with COVID, deadly diseases can mutate in dangerous and unpredictable ways. And as we have also seen, a handful of human cases can ultimately turn into a worldwide pandemic. So we should definitely keep an eye on this alarming new outbreak in the UK, because it could potentially become something much larger.

 

How To Choose A Toothbrush And When To Throw It Out

The toothbrush is the most basic tool for maintaining healthy teeth, but many people give their toothbrush little thought and don’t know when to swap it out for a new one. It can also be difficult to choose what type of brush to use: manual or electric, hard or soft bristles. To answer these common questions, here is some advice from a pro — assistant professor Jane Cotter of the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene at the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry.

 

Heavy metal pollution can increase antibiotic resistance in rivers

Scientists have shown that elevated heavy metal levels in rivers can lead to higher levels of antibiotic resistance.

 

Deaths from alcohol use disorder surged during pandemic

Deaths involving alcohol use disorder increased dramatically during the pandemic, according to a new study by Cedars-Sinai investigators. The study also found that young adults 25 to 44 years old experienced the steepest upward trend in alcohol use disorder mortality.

 

Children in underserved communities are at increased risk of being admitted to the pediatric ICU and of dying there

Hospitalized children covered by Medicaid who reside in the poorest neighborhoods are at increased risk of being admitted to the hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and of dying while there, according to research published at the ATS 2022 international conference. The researchers also found higher mortality rates among Black children treated in PICUs.

 

Environmentally friendly double-stranded RNA insecticide selectively targets cotton pest

An environmentally friendly spray that targets and kills one of cotton's (and the world's) most damaging agricultural pests—silverleaf whitefly—has been created by scientists at The University of Queensland. ​

 

How to know if your child has rare hepatitis that's affecting hundreds of children globally

Cases of hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver, in children who were otherwise healthy have recently been reported in over 25 countries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning to health care professionals to look for signs for this mysterious hepatitis with an unknown cause that mostly affects children under the age of 5.

 

Could the clover lawn trend help save the bees? Ways to make your lawn better for pollinators

Do you want to help save the bees? There are things you can do to your lawn to make it better for pollinators.​

 

Over 40? Smoking Pot Can Lead to a Heart Attack

Marijuana may be legal in 18 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam, but that doesn’t mean frequent use is healthy. New research led by Stanford Medicine scientists found smoking pot more than once a month can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attack in middle age.

 

Diesel prices putting truckers out of business, impacting store shelves

The price of gasoline is soaring, and diesel fuel is climbing right along with it. Florida has one of the highest diesel prices in the nation with an average of $5.63 a gallon. These prices are having a massive domino effect starting with America’s backbone, truckers.

 

How the US is failing female veterans suffering illness from toxic burn pits

A bill to expand coverage for vets affected by toxic exposure doesn’t cover some of the illnesses that women get

 

Global study analyzes the prevalence of vaping among young people

In a study published in Addiction that analyzed 2015–2018 information from 47 countries, approximately 1 in 12, or 8.6%, of adolescents reported vaping in the past 30 days. Countries with higher tobacco taxes tended to have higher adolescent vaping.

 

Study shows Mediterranean Diet Helps Young Men With Depression

Young men with a poor diet reported a decrease in symptoms of depression when they switched to the Mediterranean diet compared to young men who underwent befriending therapy, a new study shows.

 

Binge drinking has a powerful impact on the adolescent brain

Defined as consuming five or more drinks in a 2-hour period for men or four or more drinks for women, binge drinking is associated with numerous health problems in adults, including increased violence, accidental injuries and death, impaired memory and increased risk for cancers, heart disease and other chronic conditions.

 

Texas Crawfish Acres Expand, Weights Low Due To Cool Weather

Texas crawfish emerged from the pandemic in good condition, but cooler winter weather kept poundage yields down during this season’s peak, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

 

Five Fixes for Michigan’s Drinking Water Woes

The Great Lakes News Collaborative asked state and national experts how Michigan could break the cycle of underfunding and poor decision-making that has left water systems across Michigan in sorry shape.​

 

Considering renourishment: An important dialogue about human and environmental health

The average American consumes 105 pounds of red meat per year, such as beef, veal, lamb and pork. Most of it comes from concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. That equals roughly 2 pounds per week, which means the U.S. outpaces the rest of the world in consumption.

 

Study of Dramatic Flying Insect Declines Reinforces Earlier Findings

With public awareness of an ongoing ‘insect apocalypse’ growing, one of the first anecdotes people often note is how many fewer bugs are found splatted onto their car windshield than in the past. In a recent survey, conservation groups in Britain are finding evidence of insect declines in exactly that place, providing scientific backing for these concerning suspicions. Between 2004 and 2021, 58.5% fewer flying insects were squashed onto car license plates.

 

5 Easy DIY Herb-Infused Cooking Oils From Your Backyard

Herb-infused oils are wonderful to have on hand. Depending on the dried herb used, many infused oils are versatile. You can cook with them, use them as a moisturizer, treat small scrapes and cuts and more. ​

 

Number crunching: why ultra-processed foods have a calorie problem

How we process a calorie depends on genetics, hormones and the food it’s in. The trouble is that 50% of our calories come from ultra-processed foods – everything from biscuits to hummus

 

Climate geoengineering must be regulated, says former WTO head

Pascal Lamy to lead commission exploring how methods to tackle global heating could be governed

 

Pneumonia severity, risk of death hinges on gut bacteria for older adults

Older adults get sicker, faster, and are more likely to die from pneumonia. During the last 2+ years, the world has been forced to bear witness to this fact – too frequently, too tragically, and unmistakably. Why? Have we been looking in the wrong places for answers? New research from the University of Colorado (CU) School of Medicine indicates that the severity of illness may have as much to do with the gut as it does with the lungs.

 

Investigation launched into abnormal spike in newborn baby deaths in Scotland

An investigation has been launched into a spike in deaths among newborn babies in Scotland. Official figures reveal that 21 infants died during September within 28 days of birth, causing the neonatal mortality rate to breach an upper warning threshold known as the 'control limit' for the first time in at least four years.

 

Case study links herbal supplements, including cannabis oil, to dangerously abnormal heart rate

A woman in Pennsylvania developed a dangerously abnormal heart rate after taking herbal supplements, according to a new case study by doctors in Switzerland. Among those supplements include oils coming from cannabis plants.

 

THE COLORADO RIVER IS IN CRISIS, AND IT’S GETTING WORSE EVERY DAY

The Colorado River is in crisis — one deepening by the day. It is a powerhouse: a 1,450-mile waterway that stretches from the Rocky Mountains to the Sea of Cortez, serving 40 million people in seven U.S. states, 30 federally recognized tribes and Mexico. It hydrates 5 million acres of agricultural land and provides critical habitat for rare fish, birds and plants.

 

Cutting air pollution emissions would save 50,000 U.S. lives, $600 billion each year

Eliminating air pollution emissions from energy-related activities in the United States would prevent more than 50,000 premature deaths each year and provide more than $600 billion in benefits each year from avoided illness and death, according to a new study by University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers.​

 

Look for the EPA’s New Environmental Label on Antimicrobial Products

When choosing antimicrobial products for your facility or cleaning business, look for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) new Design for the Environment (DfE) logo.

 

Alarming research on pesticide warrants curbs on its use

Assembly Bill 2146 would ban residential outdoor use of neonicotinoid pesticides such as imidacloprid because they are contaminating drinking water.

 

Weed-Related ER Visits Up 18 Times for Older Californians

As older adults turn to cannabis to relieve chronic symptoms, or for fun, an increasing number are winding up in ERs with side effects from the drug.

 

Study says some aluminum cookpots could cause lead poisoning

Certain aluminum cookpots and pressure cookers could pose a serious health risk and expose people to lead, especially children.

 

Sustainable Extraction Material Absorbs Mercury in Polluted Water

Mercury pollution is considered a global issue in air, water, and soil near goldmines, cement, and few metal production, and other huge industries burning fossil fuels, with removal that is so costly or challenging in a few of the poorest countries in the world.

 

“Genetically Edited” Food – The next stage of the Great Reset?

The proposed bill (which, for some reason is not available through the parliament website) follows on from DEFRA’s announced “loosened regulation” of genetic research back in January. To quote the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB), the legislation would “take certain precision breeding techniques out of the scope of restrictive GMO rules”.

 

16 More Reasons Black Seed Is “The Remedy For Everything But Death”

Known since ancient times as a ‘remedy for everything but death,’ an increasingly vast body of scientific research reveals that it is indeed one of nature’s most potent and versatile healing agents.

 

EMF Exposure and Pregnancy Risks: Here’s What the Scientific Literature Tells Us

Electromagnetic field exposure in pregnant women is associated with a shorter pregnancy, increased fetal heart rate variability and temperature, and babies born with smaller head and chest circumferences, according to a review of scientific findings.

 

Chemical Giant Pressured Researchers to Modify Study on Neonic Pesticides

Bayer paid for a study to determine how much its insecticide-coated seed products affected bees during corn planting season in 2014 and 2015, then pressured researchers to exclude from their final report photos in which the product appeared defective, according to communications obtained by U.S. Right to Know.

 

The Exciting Emergence of Regenerative Medicine

I recently had the opportunity to interview Tony Robbins — likely the most successful personal development coach in modern history — about what he’s been up to during the last couple of years, and the release of his new book, “Life Force: How New Breakthroughs in Precision Medicine Can Transform the Quality of Your Life and Those You Love.”

 

Higher Levels of These Antioxidants Linked to Lower Dementia

A study supported by the National Institute on Aging and published in the journal Neurology demonstrates that people who have higher levels of specific antioxidants in their blood could reduce their potential risk of developing dementia.

 

The Top 10 Largest Nuclear Explosions, Visualized

Just how powerful are nuclear explosions? The U.S.’ Trinity test in 1945, the first-ever nuclear detonation, released around 19 kilotons of explosive energy. The explosion instantly vaporized the tower it stood on and turned the surrounding sand into green glass, before sending a powerful heatwave across the desert.

 

Visualizing The Science Behind Cultured Meat

Cultured foods—also known as cell-based foods—are expected to turn our global food system as we know it on its head. In fact, the cultured meat market is estimated to reach an eye-watering $25 billion by 2030.

 

Now We Are Being Told To Expect Food And Diesel Shortages For The Foreseeable Future

If you think that the food and diesel shortages are bad now, then you will be absolutely horrified by what the globe is experiencing by the end of the year. All over the planet, food production is being crippled by an unprecedented confluence of factors. The war in Ukraine, extremely bizarre weather patterns, nightmarish plagues and a historic fertilizer crisis have combined to create a “perfect storm” that isn’t going away any time soon.

 

Highly contagious bird flu confirmed to have jumped species, killing wild foxes in Michigan

Michigan officials have confirmed a deadly viral infection has spread from birds to some wild foxes in the state. The contagious bird flu has resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of birds in North America, either from the flu directly or in culling to prevent its spread. The state Department of Natural Resources has now confirmed the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has jumped species.​

 

Is There A Seed Shortage?

Demand for seeds is at an all-time high! With grocery store shelves emptying and the prices constantly going up on what’s left, people have started to look for alternative methods of eating, and growing their own food has become the simplest way to achieve that.

 

Plans for a Chinese corn mill in North Dakota spur uproar

Until retiring last year, Frank Matejcek spent most of his life farming: raising cattle, growing wheat, sugar beets and other crops on 800 acres just outside Grand Forks, North Dakota, on the border of Minnesota. Now, after 50 years of working the land, Matejcek and his wife Lucy are among a number of farmers and other Grand Forks-area residents who say they are fighting to protect the land, and their community, from plans for the construction of a large wet corn mill plant by the Chinese conglomerate Fufeng Group Ltd.

 

Workers exposed to PFAS in a variety of industries

From construction to skiing, PFAS are an important, but understudied, source of on-the-job chemical exposure.​

 

Agriculture Secretary: 61,670 Farm Families in America Today...Are on the Brink'

President Biden plans to visit a family farm in Kankakee, Illinois today, along with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak, to discuss the global rise in food prices, as the war in "breadbasket" Ukraine is contributing to shortages.

 

B.C. salmon abundance ‘a sixth’ of what it was half-a-century ago: study

Catches of wild pacific salmon on the Fraser, Skeena and Nass Rivers are only a sixth of what they were half a century ago, according to a new study from UBC.

 

Three children die as scorching heatwave bakes Pakistan

A searing heatwave continued to bake most parts of Pakistan as temperatures soared up to 51 degrees Celsius (about 124 degrees Fahrenheit) on Saturday, meteorological officials and local media reported.​

 

We Need Sustainable Food Packaging Now. Here’s Why

Every day, hundreds of millions of single-use containers, cans, trays, and cutlery are thrown away around the world. While packaging is an essential component of the food sector and the only solution we have to facilitate food transportation, food packaging waste is also one of the most harmful aspects of this industry. We outline the advantages and disadvantages of the most popular materials used to wrap groceries and takeaway foods and explore innovative sustainable food packaging that could r​

 

Burger kings & queens: Average American chows down on 60 patties a year

Burgers are the go-to menu choice for one in five Americans. In a poll of 2,000 self-identified hamburger enthusiasts, 58 percent admit to frequently ordering burgers when dining out. In fact, the average respondent eats about five burgers per month, with baby boomers eating the fewest, at about three to four each month.

 

BABY FORMULA INDUSTRY SUCCESSFULLY LOBBIED TO WEAKEN BACTERIA SAFETY TESTING STANDARDS

The current formula shortage is traced in part to a contamination-induced shutdown at a key manufacturing plant.

 

Why a US task force is recommending anxiety screening in kids 8 and older

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a draft statement in April 2022 recommending screening for anxiety in children and adolescents between the ages of 8 and 18. This recommendation – which is still open for public comment – is timely, given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health.

 

US oil refineries spewing cancer-causing benzene into communities, report finds

Analysis shows alarming level of benzene at fence-line of facilities in Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Indiana and US Virgin Islands

 

High-fiber diet helps stave off antibiotic resistance in the gut

Antibiotic resistance is a high-priority public health problem. It was first noted in the 1950s. Development of new antibiotics, to replace those to which microbes have developed resistance, has not kept pace with need. A new study, however, by Agricultural Research Service scientists, finds that healthy adults who eat a diverse diet with at least 8-10 grams of soluble fiber a day have fewer antibiotic-resistant microbes in their guts.

 

Iceland urged to ban ‘blood farms’ that extract hormone from pregnant horses

Iceland is under pressure to ban the production of a hormone extracted from pregnant horses, a practice that has been described as “cruel” and “animal abuse”.

 

Prediabetes linked to higher heart attack risk in young adults

Young adults with higher than normal blood sugar levels that signal prediabetes were more likely to be hospitalized for heart attack compared to their peers with normal blood sugar levels, according to in preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2022.

 

The impact of digital media on children’s intelligence while controlling for genetic differences in cognition and socioeconomic background

Digital media defines modern childhood, but its cognitive effects are unclear and hotly debated. We believe that studies with genetic data could clarify causal claims and correct for the typically unaccounted role of genetic predispositions. Here, we estimated the impact of different types of screen time (watching, socializing, or gaming) on children’s intelligence while controlling for the confounding effects of genetic differences in cognition and socioeconomic status.

 

Tell Congress that Environmental Laws without Compliance Are Worthless

Despite the fact that many more people die from living and working in unhealthy environments than from homicides or traffic crashes, resources put into preventing those deaths have been lacking—even decreasing in recent years.

 

Organic food production may be key to saving our land

Given the rising cost of artificial fertilisers, the need to stop using the fossil fuels from which they are made, and declining insect populations, the organic option is looking increasingly attractive. ​

 

Two more people have been diagnosed with monkeypox in UK

Two more people have been diagnosed with monkeypox in the UK in cases not linked to the previous infection, health bosses said today.

 

Trendy air purifiers are 'must-have' gadgets that claim to purge rooms of pollutants, allergens and even Covid... but do they really work

They look like high-tech smart speakers or designer coffee tables and come with grand claims they can purge rooms of harmful pollutants, allergens, bacteria, fungal spores and even the Covid virus.

 

SIDS breakthrough? Possible sudden infant death syndrome biomarker identified

Babies at risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) could be identified through a biochemical marker, a new study published in The Lancet’s eBioMedicine finds.

 

Study shows children's physical activity levels fell below national guidelines in wake of pandemic

New research has revealed children's physical activity levels in the UK were significantly lower by the time the COVID-19 pandemic public lockdown restrictions were lifted.

 

Super Blood Moon dazzles stargazers worldwide

A spectacular 'Super Blood Moon' lit up the sky on Sunday night and early Monday morning – as two rare lunar events took place at the same time.

 

Smart pacifier developed to monitor infant health in the hospital

A wireless, bioelectronic pacifier could eliminate the need for invasive, twice-daily blood draws to monitor babies' electrolytes in Newborn Intensive Care Units or NICUs.

 

Menaced by flames, nuclear lab peers into future of wildfire

Public schools were closed and evacuation bags packed this week as a stubborn wildfire crept within a few miles of the city of Los Alamos and its companion U.S. national security lab—where assessing apocalyptic threats is a specialty and wildland fire is a beguiling equation.

 

Antibiotics can lead to fungal infection because of disruption to the gut's immune system

Patients prescribed antibiotics in hospital are more likely to get fungal infections because of disruption to the immune system in the gut, according to a new study from the University of Birmingham and National Institutes of Health.

 

Potentially dangerous synthetic cooling agents are used at high levels in e-cigarettes and refillable vaping liquids

E-cigarette makers are adding potentially dangerous levels of the synthetic cooling agents WS-3 and WS-23 to disposable e-cigarettes and e-cigarette refills sold in the U.S., according to research published at the ATS 2022 international conference.

 

Too much screen time linked to ADHD, aggression, anxiety in children

Too much screen time increases the risk of behavioral problems in kids such as ADHD, aggression, anxiety and depression, according to new research.

 

Eating carrots, celery protects you from toxins in cigarette smoke, air pollution

If you live in a smoggy area, new research finds you should definitely load up on vegetables while grocery shopping. Scientists at the University of Delaware report eating more apiaceous vegetables (celery, carrots, parsnip, parsley) can help mitigate the negative health effects of air pollution.

 

A shrinking fraction of the world’s major crops goes to feed the hungry, with more used for nonfood purposes

Rising competition for many of the world’s important crops is sending increasing amounts toward uses other than directly feeding people. These competing uses include making biofuels; converting crops into processing ingredients, such as livestock meal, hydrogenated oils and starches; and selling them on global markets to countries that can afford to pay for them.

 

Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, May 14, 2022

Climate chaos continues to crush crops all over the world. How long till the food shortages hit home? From the US Southwest to Siberia – wildfires are already raging, and summer is still a month away. The skies above the fires are all too often crisscrossed with climate engineering aerosol dispersions, though geoengineering operations are still officially denied. The information war has gone exponential as the global controllers crack down on any data that disputes government sponsored narratives. How close is complete collapse?

 

10 Common Nutrient Deficiencies

Nutrient deficiencies are very common, even among people who believe they’re eating a balanced diet. In the U.S., 31% of the U.S. population was found to be at risk of at least one vitamin deficiency or anemia,1 increasing the risk of health problems over a lifetime.

 

Poll: Majority of California Voters Oppose Bills Targeting Medical Freedom, Privacy

An overwhelming majority of California voters polled April 19 by John Zogby Strategies said they oppose two bills pending before the state legislature — SB920 and SB866 — that would restrict medical freedoms and medical privacy.

 

Dentist’s Fluoride Experiment on Infants Violates NIH Informed Consent Guidelines, Advocacy Group

A North Carolina dentist’s experiment, which involves giving bottled water with fluoride to infants starting at age 3-6 months and continuing to age 4 years, violates the National Institutes of Health (NIH) informed consent guidelines by failing to tell parents that studies show fluoride exposure can result in a lower IQ.

 

Is a Social Credit System Coming for Us?

The city administration of Bologna, Italy, is piloting a program that brings the beast of the Fourth Industrial Revolution straight to the citizens. It's an early reiteration of Klaus' Schwab's Fourth Industrial Revolution, the honey moon, so to speak — so it comes to the citizens wrapped in gift paper, with balloons, prizes, and party language. But make no mistake: underneath, there is cruel man-eating machine that wants to mine your data and control your behavior!

 

James Corbett: I Read Bill Gates’ New Book So You Wouldn’t Have To

Journalist James Corbett read Bill Gates’ new book, “How to Prevent the Next Pandemic,” so you wouldn’t have to. He said it’s just as “infuriating” as you’d expect.

 

How Did We End Up Having A Baby Formula Shortage?

The United States is now facing a severe baby formula shortage and all the data only points to things getting worse. As of early April, approximately 30% of popular infant formula was out of stock at stores across the nation. CVS, Target, and Walgreens were some of the more noteworthy stores that began to ration baby food out at that time. This comes at a time shortly after Georgia has declared a state of emergency due to lack of supplies and Washington DC has began to advocate for the rationing of food.

 

The Clean Energy Minerals Reform Act Is the Wrong Solution for American Mining

Everything in this world is either grown or mined, and if we don’t grow it or mine it in America, we import it. Events from the past few years, namely the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, have highlighted America’s hunger for metals, including copper, nickel, cobalt, platinum-group elements, and more. Therefore, Congress needs to boost domestic production. Instead, the majority is putting up more arbitrary hurdles, like the so-called Clean Energy Minerals Reform Act.

 

Half-cup of blueberries a day could keep dementia away, scientists say

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but a new study finds blueberries may be better for your brain. Researchers from the University of Cincinnati have found that a half-cup of blueberries can keep middle-aged adults from developing dementia as they get older.

 

Colorado legislature passes bill banning ‘forever chemicals’ in products

Coloradans would no longer be able to sell or distribute a long list of products that contain so-called forever chemicals under a bill approved by the state’s legislature this week.

 

The Biggest Potential Water Disaster in the United States

In California, millions of residents and thousands of farmers depend on the Bay-Delta for fresh water—but they can’t agree on how to protect it.

 

Beware misleading ‘regenerative’ soil claims on non-organic foods

Misleading claims that making non-organic foods – from beef to butter – is “regenerative” for soil are proliferating, as more companies make unverified statements about their products.

 

Geoengineering Earth’s climate future

A new book, “Pandora’s Toolbox: The Hopes and Hazards of Climate Intervention,” explores a number of ideas for pulling carbon out of the atmosphere or artificially cooling the planet, known collectively as geoengineering.

 

Americans are less likely to buy fruit and vegetables when grocery shopping online as they don't trust the courier to choose the freshest options, study finds

Americans are less likely to make healthy choices when grocery shopping online, largely because they do not trust that the courier picking products for them will choose the freshest fruit and vegetable options, a new study finds.

 

What is dead pool? A water expert explains

Journalists reporting on the status and future of the Colorado River are increasingly using the phrase “dead pool.” It sounds ominous. And it is.

 

How Handwashing Habits Differ By Gender

According to Bradley Corp.'s annual Healthy Handwashing Survey, women have reclaimed their leading position in handwashing diligence after being outperformed by men the past two years. Throughout 2020, 2021 and 2022, Bradley Corporation conducted its survey several times to explore Americans’ handwashing habits, concerns about the coronavirus and flu and their use of public restrooms.

 

US forests provide 83 million people with half their water

Forested lands across the U.S. provide 83 million people with at least half of their water, according to a broad new study of surface water sources for more than 5,000 public water systems. 125 million people, or about 38% of the country's population, receive at least 10% of their water from forests. In the arid western U.S., 39.5 million people get more than half of their surface drinking water from forests that are increasingly under threat of wildfires.

 

There's a Major Issue With How We Treat Lab Mice, And It Could Affect Study Results

Over 120 million laboratory rats and mice are used worldwide each year. Many are used to study distressing conditions like cancer, arthritis and chronic pain, and nearly all spend their lives in small, empty box-like cages: a kind of permanent lockdown.

 

Treatment minimizes infants' opioid-related brain abnormalities

Researchers have evidence validating the benefits of using medication for opioid use disorder during pregnancy. Brain imaging revealed significant improvements in brain function after treatment.

 

Revolutionary indoor farming method uses 90 percent less water and slashes food waste

Babylon Micro-Farms is a small company in Richmond, Va. that is literally bringing the farm to the table by building hydroponics systems and installing them in commercial kitchens around the United States.​

 

The chemicals that linger for decades in your blood

Environmental journalist Anna Turns experienced a wake-up call when she had her blood tested for toxic synthetic chemicals – and discovered that some contaminants persist for decades.

 

Experts say high mortality rate in Alberta honey bees this year

Renata Borba with the Alberta Beekeepers Commission said Alberta saw huge losses in the province’s pollinators. “We estimate so far about 45 per cent, which is very high,” added Borba.

 

Mercury removal made easy in toxic environments

Mercury pollution is a global problem in water, air and soil near goldmines, cement and some metal production, and other heavy industries burning fossil fuels—with removal too expensive or difficult in some of the poorest countries in the world.

 

Chinese-affiliated buyers want to devalue American farmland

Laura Ingraham reveals the methods and goals behind the Chinese purchase of American farmland.

 

We’re in a crisis in America: President of The National Black Farmers Association

President of The National Black Famers Association John Boyd Jr. discusses the impact that inflation is having on America’s farmers on ‘Hannity.’

 

Study finds disparities in natural gas leak prevalence in US urban areas

A Colorado State University-led study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology reveals that in U.S. cities over a several-year period, natural gas pipeline leaks were more prevalent in neighborhoods with low-income or majority non-white populations than those with high income or predominately white populations.

 

'Super Blood Moon' total lunar eclipse this weekend

This weekend brings a great opportunity to see a lunar eclipse in Houston. The moon will pass through Earth's shadow Sunday evening, turning it a "blood red" color before midnight.

 

Marquette University bee research; see why scientists are buzzing

"The plants, the animals, everything in our ecosystem should be cared for, and we should be stewards of them," said Dr. Chelsea Cook, Biological Sciences Assistant Professor. The Cook Lab at Marquette focuses on honey bee behavior. "If we’re dumping antibiotics, or chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, on our environment, we can us bees and their learning ability to evaluate if they’re being impacted by those chemicals and by what we’re doing to the environment," Cook said.

 

Children with autism exhibit typical joint attention during toy play with a parent

For decades, autism research has relied on data collected during lab tasks or interviews with clinicians that are more constrained than the child's day-to-day interactions with others. A study published in the journal Current Biology on May 12 challenges the status quo by observing toddlers in more natural play settings. By using a head-mounted camera to track kids' eye movements as they played with toys, scientists observed that children with autism achieved joint attention—measured by time spent looking at the same toy at the same time as their parent—at typical levels.

 

More Than 75% of the World Could Face Drought by 2050, UN Report Warns

The climate crisis is making droughts more frequent and longer-lasting, a new UN report has announced.

 

More Than 90% of Great Barrier Reef Impacted by Sixth Mass Bleaching Event

More than 90 percent of the Great Barrier Reef was impacted by coral bleaching during the Australian summer of 2021-2022.

 

Three-fifths of smokers diagnosed with head and neck cancer STILL used cigarettes two years after treatment, study finds

Most smokers diagnosed with head and neck cancer were still puffing on cigarettes two years after treatment, a new study finds.

 

Spotlighting women’s health for Women’s Health Month

Women’s relationship to the environment is unique in many ways, with lifestyle choices and habits presenting special challenges, because some of the personal care products they use may contain harmful toxic substances like the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

 

The massive, unregulated source of plastic pollution you’ve probably never heard of

“We’re making these nurdles and basically spilling oil, just in a different form.”

 

Commerce Secretary fails to reassure a rattled solar industry

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on Wednesday sought to reassure clean energy advocates that her department would move “as fast as possible” to complete an investigation that has brought the U.S. solar industry to a halt.

 

Austin holding ‘radiological incident’ exercise next week

Austin, Texas, will host a “radiological incident” exercise next week where government agencies will join together to practice their response systems to radiological attacks.

 

How the gut could actually help diagnose concussions, predict recovery

A concussion occurs when the brain bounces against the inside of the skull, getting battered and bruised in the process. It causes trauma with potentially lifelong, severe, neurologic consequences. Yet, diagnosis has relied on self-reported symptoms, such as blurry vision, headache, and nausea. Could the gut help diagnose concussions too? Scientists at the Houston Methodist Research Institute show a post-concussion drop of two bacterial species normally found in abundance in stool samples of healthy individuals.

 

The Tick That Causes a Meat Allergy Is on the Move

One night in 2008, Deborah Fleshman awoke in her bed to find that her legs had turned beetroot red. Welts, some a foot wide, had appeared along her torso. Ms. Fleshman, a nurse at the time, had earlier that evening hosted a cookout at her home in Greenwood, Del., a town of about 1,000 people 25 miles south of Dover. She drank a couple of beers. She ate a cheeseburger. Hours later, she told her worried father, “I feel like I’m dying.”

 

"Diesel To Be Rationed On East Coast This Summer," Warns US Oil Billionaire

Billionaire refinery and fuel station owner John Catsimatidis warned that the East Coast might experience diesel shortages this summer as inventories hit multi-decade lows and refining capacity slumps. "I wouldn't be surprised to see diesel being rationed on the East Coast this summer. "Right now, inventories are low, and we may see a shortage in coming months," Catsimatidis, CEO of United Refining Co., told Bloomberg.

 

7 Natural Options for Gulf War Syndrome

Many Gulf War veterans have suffered from multiple symptoms and illnesses for the past 30 years. Isn't it time to really look at what natural medicine can do to help?

 

Space Ecosystem in Peril as Thousands of Satellites Orbit Earth, Scientists Say

A collective of 11 astrophysicists and space scientists, citing thousands of satellites orbiting the earth and new ones being launched at a “dizzying pace,” warned it’s time to think of space as part of an interconnected system of living things.

 

Research shows future super cyclones would expose vastly greater numbers of people in most vulnerable parts of the world to extreme flooding

A new study has revealed super cyclones, the most intense form of tropical storm, are likely to have a much more devastating impact on people in South Asia in future years.

 

Feds Are Coming For Your Supplements: New Bill Threatens Jail Time For Supplement Companies

Sen. Dick Durbin has launched his supplement attack by introducing his “Dietary Supplement Listing Act of 2022” with Senator Mike Braun (R-IN). This bill threatens your ability to access the supplements you rely on to stay healthy. We need to send a strong message to Congress that this is bad for consumers, bad for health, and bad for the economy.

 

Solar eruption could deliver a 'glancing blow' to Earth TODAY – sparking auroras and geomagnetic storms

A solar eruption from the sun at the weekend could deliver a 'glancing blow' to Earth and spark minor geomagnetic storms, scientists have warned.

 

Exposure to wildfires increases risk of cancer

A new study from McGill University finds higher incidence of lung cancer and brain tumors in people exposed to wildfires. The study, which tracks over 2 million Canadians over a period of 20 years, is the first to examine how proximity to forest fires may influence cancer risk.

 

Study of pregnant women finds increasing exposure to chemicals from plastics and pesticides

A national study that enrolled a highly diverse group of pregnant women over 12 years found rising exposure to chemicals from plastics and pesticides that may be harmful to development.

 

Going vegan for 3 months significantly improves health in overweight and diabetic adults

Few diseases get more attention than obesity and Type 2 diabetes. One recent study reveals a powerful intervention for people who battle one or both conditions. Research shows that 12 weeks of selective consumption of vegan foods can result in beneficial weight loss and improved blood sugar control in overweight adults and those with Type 2 diabetes.

 

'New and improved' supermarkets trim childhood obesity in NYC

Access to newer supermarkets that offer fresh foods in some of New York City's poorest neighborhoods was linked to a 1% decline in obesity rates among public school students living nearby, a new study shows. The modernized markets were also tied to reductions of between 4% and 10% in the average student BMI-z score, a measure of body weight based on height for each age group by gender.

 

Your clothes can have an afterlife: Strategies for greater reuse and recycling of textiles

Only about 15% of used clothes and other textiles in the United States get reused or recycled. The other 85% head straight to the landfill or incinerator. This wastes scarce resources, contributes to climate change, and pollutes waterways.

 

Further evidence of the impact of junk food marketing on children

A new Liverpool-led global evidence review, commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO), provides further evidence that food marketing is associated with the increased intake of junk food in children. ​

 

Why do humans eat so much meat?

We know the current meat and dairy industry are harming our planet and that eating too much animal protein can even be bad for our health. So why do humans continue eating meat?

 

Children grow faster during school year than during summer holidays

It has been long recognized that in Western countries, children are more likely to become overweight or obese over the summer. Causes of this include changes in kids' physical activity and diet over during the summer period, including the summer holidays. But in a new study in Frontiers in Physiology, scientists from the US show that this "obesogenicity" of summers has another unexpected cause: children grow faster over the school year than over the summer. And because Body Mass Index (BMI) is the ratio of body weight in kg and height in meters squared, faster vertical growth during the school leads to increased BMI during summers.

 

What is fentanyl and why is it behind the deadly surge in US drug overdoses? A medical toxicologist explains

Buying drugs on the street is a game of Russian roulette. From Xanax to cocaine, drugs or counterfeit pills purchased in nonmedical settings may contain life-threatening amounts of fentanyl.

 

Are GM crops the answer to feeding the world?

The world is going to need about 50% more food by 2050. Has the time come to roll out genetically modified crops that promise higher yields, are more resilient to climate change and reduce the carbon footprint of farming?

 

Vegan Picnic Foods for Your Spring Adventures

The warm, breezy days of spring are the perfect setting for a picnic. Whether you head to a local park, set up a spot on the side of your favorite hiking trail, or lay a blanket in the backyard, getting outside to dine al fresco is a dreamy way to spend a spring afternoon.

 

CONFIRMED: ATMOSPHERIC HELIUM LEVELS ARE RISING

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego used an unprecedented technique to detect that levels of helium are rising in the atmosphere, resolving an issue that has lingered among atmospheric chemists for decades.

 

Big meat threatens to gobble up fake meat companies, say studies

Big meat and food conglomerates threaten to push out smaller producers of meat alternatives in the same way they have affected other food industries, according to two recent reports.

 

The secret world beneath our feet is mind-blowing – and the key to our planet’s future

Beneath our feet is an ecosystem so astonishing that it tests the limits of our imagination. It’s as diverse as a rainforest or a coral reef. We depend on it for 99% of our food, yet we scarcely know it. Soil.

 

FDA warns of potential toxic risk from Fresenius hemodialysis machines

The FDA is evaluating the risk of exposure to toxic chemicals from silicone tubing used in Fresenius Medical Care (NYSE: FMS) hemodialysis machines.

 

N.J. Supreme Court decision could change how police test weed impairment, future funding

The New Jersey Supreme Court case that could decide how cannabis impairment is — or isn’t — measured by police is nearing a conclusion with multiple ramifications.

 

Ambient air pollution associated with increased risk of Kawasaki disease in children

Short-term increases in concentrations of air pollutants, sulfur dioxide (SO2) and particulate matter≤2.5 µm were positively associated with risk of Kawasaki disease diagnosis in this cohort of Korean children (aged 0 to 4).

 

'Forever Chemicals' and Risks to Farms

Jason Grostic looks over his mama cows and wonders how he became the guy that the state of Michigan has shut down from selling either his meat or his cattle because of contamination from "forever chemicals."​

 

Microplastics and nanoplastics in the marine-atmosphere environment

The discovery of atmospheric micro(nano)plastic transport and ocean–atmosphere exchange points to a highly complex marine plastic cycle, with negative implications for human and ecosystem health. Yet, observations are currently limited. In this Perspective, we quantify the processes and fluxes of the marine-atmospheric micro(nano)plastic cycle, with the aim of highlighting the remaining unknowns in atmospheric micro(nano)plastic transport.

 

DOD TEMPORARILY HALTS THE BURNING OF PFAS

The Defense Department is temporarily halting the burning of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). This decision will stand until the DoD formally issues a guidance for how to dispose of the substances, according to the memo. The halt officially began Apr. 26, 2022. According to the memo, DoD is in the final states of issuing the guidance.

 

Four Thoughts on Drought From a Fifth-Generation Rancher

Drought can be one of the most difficult challenges for a rancher to work through, but it's not necessarily impossible. Lifelong cattleman Yates Adcock recently shared his tips for getting through drought in a report from the Noble Research Institute. He said that his mindset about drought began to shift in 2008, as he moved toward a system of regenerative ranching.

 

Digging In: Why powering a green future means more mines

“It's absolutely ironic. But to save the planet, we are going to need more mines.” Government geoscientist​

 

Solar and Wind Power By Country

Wind and solar generate over a tenth of the world’s electricity. Taken together, they are the fourth-largest source of electricity, behind coal, gas, and hydro. This infographic based on data from Ember shows the rise of electricity from these two clean sources over the last decade.

 

Brooklyn’s Maison Jar Is One of Many New Zero-Waste Grocery Stores

Maison Jar is one of many zero-waste “refilleries” popping up across the country, where customers can use their own vessels to fill with goods, rather than using single-use plastic containers provided by the store or selecting from pre-weighed, pre-packaged bulk products.

 

Chemical No-Till Failure Due to Herbicide Resistance Increases Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Widespread weed resistance on chemical corn and soybean farms is leading farmers to till their fields more often, significantly increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These findings were published late last month in the journal Nature Food by a team of Iowa State University researchers. With agricultural practices accounting for roughly 10% of U.S. GHG emissions, and 25% of worldwide releases, farming practices that preserve soil health and sequester GHGs are essential for the future of food production.

 

25% Of San Francisco's EV Charging Stations Don't Work

California's bold move toward an EV revolution and eliminating the sale of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles by 2035 have hit a snag in the liberal utopian city of San Francisco. A recent report by David Rempel of the University of California at Berkeley found a quarter of all EV charging stations in the Bay Area were out of order, suggesting current infrastructure isn't ready for the giant leap toward an electrified world.

 

Into The Weeds – Glyphosate Documentary Causes A Stir

Dewayne Johnson, a Bay Area groundskeeper, suffered from rashes in 2014 and wondered if they were caused by the herbicide he’d been using for the past couple years. As his health deteriorated, Johnson became the face of a David-and-Goliath legal battle to hold a multi-national agrochemical corporation accountable for a product with allegedly misleading labelling.

 

Death of Honey Bees From Ethanol Plant Prompts Call for Focus on Chemical Overloading

Every year, honey bee colonies placed in multiple locations across the 9,600-acre University of Nebraska-Lincoln research center were dying — as it turns out, from widespread pollution originating from an ethanol facility located a few miles upstream.

 

Top Tractor Maker Warns Ransomware Attack Has “Adversely Affected” Production

One of the world’s top manufacturers and distributors of agricultural equipment announced Thursday that a ransomware attack impacted operations. Duluth, Georgia-based AGCO Corp. released a statement that some of its manufacturing plants have slowed production for several days because of a ransomware attack.

 

Can Aged Black Garlic Lower Blood Pressure?

A study has found that aged black garlic (ABG) in addition to dietary changes can lower diastolic blood pressure in male participants. This is not the first study to show that garlic has health benefits. Garlic has been recognized for centuries, including references in Sumerian clay tablets that date 2600 B.C.3 In ancient Egypt, garlic was given to the working class to support heavy labor and in the first Olympic Games, athletes used garlic to increase their stamina.

 

Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, May 7, 2022

Are the weather makers altering their script as flaws in their narratives come to light? A newly released science study has completely overturned the stated foundational premise for climate engineering / solar radiation management operations. Long tern weather "forecasts" for numerous regions have just been completely altered. Is all of this connected? In the meantime climate chaos continues to crush crop production around the world, how long till food store shelves in the US begin to empty out?​

 

Lab-grown meat has more problems than just the yuck factor

Lab-grown meat is the next big thing in faux meats, and a number of small Korean companies are trying to get their hooves in the door. There are just a few hitches. It is prohibited in Korea and costs far too much. It may also be less ethical than hoped.

 

With Decision on Insecticide, EPA Betrays Protection of Pollinators. . .Again

While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its guidelines for pollinator risk assessments in 2014, the agency continues to either fail to conduct full assessments, or dismiss concerning data it receives. EPA appears to discount threats like the insect apocalypse, evidenced by a 75% decline in insect abundance, which threatens not only global ecosystems, but also food production that depends on animal pollination. As pesticides move through the food web, birds are also at risk. Bird numbers are down 29% since Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring in 1962.

 

The worst polluters in the Arctic are not what you think

More than 600 fishing vessels sail the icy waters of the Arctic. But just over two dozen big tankers are the worst offenders when it comes to air pollution in this vulnerable region.

 

Taking Stock of Rocky Mountain Snowpack

As another winter ends with the U.S. West still in the grip of the worst megadrought in 1,200 years, scientists and water managers are looking at the state of the snowpack. Mountain snowpack is a natural reservoir: As it melts out over the course of the spring and summer, it provides a steady supply of water for millions of people who rely upon it for agriculture, industry, and municipal and residential use.

 

Researchers Find Massive Rare Sponge Mounds Hiding in the Deep Sea

NOAA scientists and collaborators have found rare deep-sea sponge mounds between two of California’s most explored marine protected areas, signifying how vast and mysterious our ocean truly is.

 

How monitoring our sewage could help head off future disease outbreaks

Because SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, shows up in the poop of infected people, wastewater monitoring can indicate the infection level in a community. The same techniques work with other pathogens, too.

 

As DEQ, EPA are slow to act on PFAS, private manufacturers look to fill the gap

Emily Donovan has waged war against per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) since 2017 when the chemicals were first revealed to be fouling the waters of the Cape Fear River Basin, which provides drinking water to nearly 1 million North Carolinians.

 

In the Face of Numerous Threats, Bees Are Producing Less Honey

In March, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that while the number of honey bee colonies in the country declined by just 0.4 percent in 2021 compared to 2020, overall honey production dropped by 126 million pounds, the result of a 14 percent drop in honey yield per colony. In other words, the same number of bees produced significantly less honey.

 

Taking ibuprofen with certain high blood pressure medications may damage kidneys, study says

Patients who are prescribed a diuretic and a renin-angiotensin system (RSA) inhibitor, such as an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor or angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB), to control their hypertension (high blood pressure), should avoid taking ibuprofen, according to new research published in the journal Mathematical Biosciences.

 

Connecticut reports its first case of tick-borne Powassan virus in 2022: What to know

Using insect repellent, avoiding areas where ticks are likely, and checking carefully for ticks after being outside can reduce the chance of you or your children being infected with this virus

 

‘Forever chemicals’ may have polluted 20m acres of US cropland, study says

About 20m acres of cropland in the United States may be contaminated from PFAS-tainted sewage sludge that has been used as fertilizer, a new report estimates.

 

Millions of tons of dead animals: the growing scandal of fish waste

Dumped at sea, lost on land or left to rot in shops and fridges, the global catch of fish is being wasted like never before – hurting not only the oceans but the nutrition of billions of people. Can it be reversed?

 

Dairy products linked to increased risk of cancer

First major study to investigate dairy consumption and cancer risk in Chinese adults has found that greater intake was associated with higher risks of liver cancer and female breast cancer.

 

Schools are teaching parents what to put in their children's lunchboxes to cut obesity as research shows fewer than one in 60 packed meals meet nutritional standards

Schools are teaching parents what to put in their children’s lunchboxes after research showed that fewer than one in 60 packed meals were healthy.

 

Minerals can be key to healing damaged tissue

Every species, from bacteria to humans, is capable of regeneration. Regeneration is mediated by the molecular processes that regulate gene expression to control tissue renewal, restoration and growth.​

 

Strong winds batter New Mexico, complicating wildfire fight

Firefighters in New Mexico’s Rocky Mountain foothills prepared Monday to excavate new firebreaks and clear brush to create more defensive lines aimed at preventing a massive wildfire from destroying more homes and tinder-dry pine forests.

 

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolts eastern Taiwan

Taipei, May 9 (CNA) A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean off Taiwan's eastern coast at 2:23 p.m. Monday, shaking much of Taiwan, according to the Central Weather Bureau. The earthquake occurred at sea 89.5 kilometers east of Hualien County Hall at a depth of 27.5 kilometers, the bureau's Seismology Center said.

 

The Scary Downside To Fast Food French Fries—It’s Worse Than We Thought!

Whether you’re looking for a quick meal on the way home from work, can’t work up the effort to make your own nutritious dinner, or just want to indulge in a greasy vice, there are many reasons you may find yourself pulling up to the drive-through window of a fast food restaurant. And while we certainly can’t blame you for opting for fast food every now and then, there are certain health risks to keep in mind when you’re choosing your meal—especially when it comes to French fries.

 

3 earthquakes reported in South Carolina Monday morning

Three earthquakes were reported Monday in Elgin, South Carolina. The first was reported at about 1:30 a.m. in Elgin. According to the USGS, the quake was 3.29 magnitude.

 

Scientists Believe We Can Control the Weather

In the race to control climate change, global scientists are pointing to the concept of Geoengineering as a legitimate hope. However, public and political objections hinder the effort.

 

Space Mirrors, Ocean Fertilization, Cloud Thinning: Weighing Geoengineering Risks

To slow down the accelerating pace of climate change, scientists are working on radical geoengineering technologies like space mirrors, ocean iron fertilization, and cirrus cloud thinning to tweak the earth’s climate system. But a new study published in the journal Risk Analysis finds that none of these human interventions are risk free.

 

Survey Shows Men Backsliding on Hand Hygiene

Men have admittedly cut their handwashing frequency down by half since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Bradley Corp.’s annual Healthy Handwashing Survey™.

 

How The Pandemic Has Elevated Commercial Cleaning

One of the positive changes to come out of the pandemic has been a true appreciation of the essential workers who clean our offices, stores and other places of business. Because of the heightened awareness of the importance of cleaning and disinfecting, employees and customers now welcome the sight of cleaners working during the day.

 

5 physical signs you may have Lyme disease, from fatigue to joint pain

Approximately 35,000 cases of Lyme disease, an infection transmitted by ticks, are reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention each year. The illness is primarily spread by the bite of blacklegged ticks infected with Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. However, estimates based on insurance claims show that more than ten times that number — about 476,000 people — are diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease each year, even if they don't report it directly to the CDC.

 

USGBC Releases New Report on Indoor Air Quality in Schools

The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released a new report that highlights an urgent need to better support public schools with implementation of airborne infection control strategies and to improve overall indoor air quality (IAQ) to mitigate the immediate COVID-19 threat, as well as threat of future pandemics and seasonal epidemics.

 

RECENT REPORTS HIGHLIGHT BARRIERS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR ORGANIC FARMING

Organic agriculture continues to be one of the fastest-growing sectors of American agriculture. In 2020, the organic food market experienced incredible growth, with sales over $56 billion, a 12% increase from 2019. The organic seed market has also grown in recent years due to the demand for organic food as well as a dramatic rise in gardening during the COVID-19 pandemic. This strong demand for organic food translates into new and growing market opportunities for farmers across the country. Behind the organic label are organic farmers – small and large – who follow strict standards to become certified, and who have needs unique to their growing practices and markets.

 

Oxybenzone in sunscreen: What experts think of its effects on coral reefs

A new study suggests that when corals are exposed to oxybenzone, which is an active ingredient of many sunscreens, this could make them even more vulnerable to rising sea temperatures.

 

Obesity linked to higher risk of broken bones in women

New research being presented at the European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Maastricht, the Netherlands (4-7 May), has found that women with obesity and overweight, particularly women with high waist circumference, are more susceptible to fractures than those with normal weight. In men, however, underweight, not overweight, is associated with a greater risk of broken bones.

 

Elon Musk Claims Neuralink Could 'Cure' Tinnitus... Don't Get Too Excited

The human brain is said to be the most complex biological structure ever to have existed. And while science doesn't fully understand the brain yet, researchers in the expanding field of neuroscience have been making progress.

 

Obesity soars among low-income US children and teenagers during early COVID-19 pandemic

During the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the proportion of children and adolescents from low-income families with overweight or obesity increased markedly, according to new research being presented at this year's European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Maastricht, Netherlands (4-7 May). The study is by Ihuoma Eneli, MD, MS, FAAP, Director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at the Nationwide Children's Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and colleagues.

 

Arizona braces for additional water cuts amid megadrought

Arizona water authorities are bracing for additional cuts to the quantity of water supplied by the Colorado River, prompting calls for more aggressive conservation measures to prevent further reductions. Officials in Arizona state predict that these cuts could come as soon as August, the Phoenix NBC Affiliate 12 News reported Friday.

 

Heart attack death rate in U.S. far greater than other high-income countries

On paper, U.S. hospitals are supposedly very good at treating heart attack patients. American medical facilities typically have access to the latest healthcare technology and generally boast low readmission rates among heart attack patients. Troublingly, however, new research from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston reports that America’s heart attack death rate is one of the highest among studied high-income nations.

 

How to Conquer Fatigue and Low Energy

To address fatigue and low energy, you need to improve your mitochondrial energy production. Mitochondria have a mutually exclusive dual function. They produce energy, but they’re also environmental sensors that detect threats inside the body. When a threat is detected, the mitochondria downshift energy production to focus on self-defense

 

Monsanto on Trial Again Over Allegations Roundup Weedkiller Caused Cancer

Allan Shelton, a 34-year-old resident of Kansas City, Missouri, who has non-Hodgkin lymphoma, alleges Monsanto knew of scientific research showing its Roundup weedkiller could cause cancer but suppressed the information and failed to warn consumers.

 

Under Guise of ‘Charity,’ Gates Foundation Pushes Pesticides, GMOs on Small Farmers

The video series “Rich Appetites” takes a look at what’s behind the push for industrial agriculture in Africa. The third segment in the series, “Money,” examines who stands to benefit if Africa embraces agribusiness.

 

Bird Flu Outbreak Nears Worst Ever in U.S. With 37 Million Dead

A bird flu virus that’s sweeping across the U.S. is rapidly becoming the country’s worst outbreak, having already killed over 37 million chickens and turkeys, with more deaths expected through next month as farmers perform mass culls.

 

Contrary to what people believe, electric vehicles are not cheaper than gas-fueled vehicles

President Joe Biden and the Democrats have launched an all-out effort to force Americans to buy electric vehicles, claiming that they offer cost benefits for drivers. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

 

Higher levels of 3 antioxidants found in fruit, veggies linked to lower dementia risk

Antioxidants help keep our cells healthy. Now, new research finds antioxidants may also help protect against dementia. Scientists report people with higher antioxidant levels may be less likely to ever develop a form of dementia.

 

Eating during the day instead of at night could add years to your life

Eating during the day instead of at night could be the key to a longer life, new research reveals. Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center say it’s not just what you consume, but when.

 

This cancer-causing chemical may be lurking in your bread

Many packaged baked goods are made with flour that may contain potassium bromate, an additive linked to cancer. The chemical is added to flour to strengthen dough and allow it to rise higher, benefits that have led many U.S. companies to embrace it.

 

Scientists in Antarctica discover a vast, salty groundwater system under the ice sheet – with implications for sea level rise

A new discovery deep beneath one of Antarctica’s rivers of ice could change scientists’ understanding of how the ice flows, with important implications for estimating future sea-level rise.

 

Corals and sea anemones turn sunscreen into toxins – understanding how could help save coral reefs

Sunscreen bottles are frequently labeled as “reef-friendly” and “coral-safe.” These claims generally mean that the lotions replaced oxybenzone – a chemical that can harm corals – with something else. But are these other chemicals really safer for reefs than oxybenzone?

 

'I can't feed my son': Desperate parents cannot get hold of baby formula amid a national shortage as stores ration cans that are selling on eBay for up to $800 after infection killed baby and caused huge recall

Desperate parents across the United States are struggling to get their hands on baby formula amid a nationwide shortage as major national retailers have enforced rationing and one website charged up to $800 for the precious tins following a recall on popular products after an infant died of an infection.​

 

‘They died from the spill: The animals that couldn’t escape Peru’s oil slick

The Jan. 15 spill resulted in 11,900 barrels of oil pouring into the sea, with the company responsible, Spain’s Repsol, reportedly failing to take containment measures immediately. The spill has also devastated local fishers, who until then had been recognized by the Peruvian government for their environmentally responsible fishing practices.

 

About 75 percent of sunscreens have inferior sun protection or worrisome ingredients

Today the Environmental Working Group released its 16th annual Guide to Sunscreens, finding that about 75 percent of more than 1,850 products evaluated rate poorly for skin protection from the sun, or have ingredients that could be harmful to health or heighten sensitivity to the sun’s harmful rays.​

 

Scientists identify the most extreme heatwaves ever recorded globally

A new study has revealed the most intense heatwaves ever across the world – and remarkably some of these went almost unnoticed decades ago.

 

WATER SCARCITY PREDICTED TO WORSEN IN MORE THAN 80% OF CROPLANDS GLOBALLY THIS CENTURY

The new study examines current and future water requirements for global agriculture and predicts whether the water levels available, either from rainwater or irrigation, will be sufficient to meet those needs under climate change. To do so, the researchers developed a new index to measure and predict water scarcity in agriculture’s two major sources: soil water that comes from rain, called green water, and irrigation from rivers, lakes and groundwater, called blue water.

 

Major blow dealt to M.V. school's synthetic field project, as Planning Board votes no

The Oak Bluffs Planning Board voted tonight to halt the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School’s plans to build an artificial turf field. The decision — after years of debate — hinged on concerns about what the turf was made with: PFAS chemicals.

 

The secret to getting fussy children to eat their greens? Reward them with stickers whenever they try new vegetables, experts say

It might sound painfully obvious. But fussy toddlers eat more vegetables when they are rewarded for trying them, scientists have confirmed.

 

Going vegan for just 12 weeks could help you lose 16lbs, study finds

If you want to lose a stone just in time for summer — go vegan. Researchers have found that, on average, overweight people who switch to a plant-based diet lose 1st 2lbs (7.4kg) in the first three months.​

 

Scientists discover greener route to widely used industrial material

Scientists from Cardiff University have taken a step towards a greener, more sustainable way of creating a plastic material found in a range of items from toothbrushes and guitar strings to medical implants, construction materials and car parts.

 

Bird flu takes unheard-of toll on bald eagles, other birds

Bird flu is killing an alarming number of bald eagles and other wild birds, with many sick birds arriving at rehabilitation centers unsteady on their talons and unable to fly.

 

Obesity threatens US military readiness

Obesity is recognized as a public health crisis with serious medical and economic effects, but a Perspective in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, published by Elsevier, outlines how obesity's consequences also impact the US military.

 

New Eye Drops Improve Aging Vision Without Glasses. Here's How They Work

When people get into their 40s and beyond, their close-up vision starts to worsen. For many people, cranking up the font size on a phone or maxing out the brightness on a computer is the only way to be able to read some text. This condition is known as presbyopia, and it affects around 128 million people in the US and more than a billion people worldwide. In late 2021, the US Food and Drug Administration approved a new eye drop medication to treat presbyopia.

 

Heart attack mortality rate higher in the US compared to other high-income countries

When it comes to treating heart attacks, U.S. hospitals may have the latest tech and low readmission rates, but the country's mortality rate is one of the highest among the nations included in a new study. The study found substantial differences in care for heart attack patients across six high income countries despite international agreement on how heart attacks should be treated.

 

Taming the 2nd-largest wildfire in New Mexico history has been a 'nightmare,' firefighter says

Taming the second-largest wildfire in New Mexico history has been a nightmare for crews who have been battling the blaze for more than a month, a firefighter said Thursday. At one point, the ferocious Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire was spreading at 50 miles per hour, said Travis Regensberg, a general contractor brought in by New Mexico to help protect homes and buildings.

 

No health benefits among adults who used both e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes

People who use both traditional (combustible) cigarettes and e-cigarettes do not reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease compared to people who exclusively use traditional cigarettes, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association's flagship, peer-reviewed journal Circulation.​

 

Pump It Up? The Economics Of Stored-Hydro Energy May Not Be As Green As The Pitch

As electricity markets evolve, a noted economist says several proposed renewable-energy projects could cost more than they’ll ever make

 

I'll meet you at the buzz stop! Bee-friendly plants will be placed in bus shelter roofs to help boost insect numbers in cities

Bee-friendly plants are being introduced to the roofs of bus shelters to help attract the insects to towns and cities. The plants on the ‘living roofs’ – wildflowers including daisies and wild strawberries – will boost bees and other insects at a time when insects have been in decline in the UK and across the world.

 

Air Pollution Linked to Adverse Mental Health Effects

There is a mental health crisis brewing among children and teens, and new evidence has suggested that exposure to air pollution could be one of many risk factors.

 

Taiwan to ban PVC in food packaging starting July 2023: EPA

Taipei, April 30 (CNA) The manufacturing, import and sale of food packaging containing polyvinylchloride (PVC) will be banned in Taiwan starting in July 2023, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) announced on Friday.

 

Don’t believe the high: FDA issues warning over misleading legal weed claims

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings to companies selling products including delta-8 THC, a cannabis compound, for making unsupported claims about the health benefits of the items. ​

 

Is It Game Over? New NASA Report

Global climate engineering operations have been pushed and propagated on the premise of cooling the planet by saturating Earth's skies with sun blocking aerosols. The jet sprayed aerosols are intended to mimic the affect of extended volcanic eruptions. A new NASA science study has now confirmed that extended volcanic eruptions caused long term warming, not cooling. Worse, the ozone layer was decimated in the process.

 

You’ve likely heard of the brain’s gray matter – here’s why the white matter is important too

The human brain is a three-pound organ that remains largely an enigma. But most people have heard of the brain’s gray matter, which is needed for cognitive functions such as learning, remembering and reasoning. ​

 

Chili peppers could be the secret ingredient for beating all forms of cancer

It’s no secret that chili peppers give many meals their spicy kick. Now, a new study is looking at the best way to use this ingredient as a treatment for cancer. Researchers at Marshall University say capsaicin — the substance which gives chili peppers their hot and spicy taste — can also keep multiple forms of cancer from growing.

 

Boost brain health and relieve nausea and stomach issues with ginger, a versatile superfood

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a pungent, flavorful spice that’s used in various dishes. But this versatile herb is more than just an ingredient for soups and stews. A staple herb in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine, ginger has been used for centuries to relieve common health complaints like joint pain, nausea and other ailments.

 

Florida to Release Billions More GMO Mosquitoes Despite Health, Safety Concerns

Overlooking public health risks and deficient public data, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services approved the release of several billion more genetically engineered mosquitoes into one of Florida’s most ecologically sensitive areas.

 

CHD California Scores Two Big Wins Against Public School Vaccine Mandates

Children’s Health Defense, California Chapter and PERK, a California-based child advocacy group, last week scored two important medical freedom victories for California schoolchildren and their parents. ​

 

Turmeric for Chronic Pain

Does your active lifestyle leave you aching and inflamed, wishing there was an alternative to dangerous NSAID drugs? Wish no more -- turmeric's got your pain covered

 

Storing and transporting hydrogen, a clean fuel that can provide power off-grid

Hydrogen might just be the fuel of the future. An energy carrier like electricity, it can store tremendous amounts of energy and power places with no access to the power grid. And whether it’s used in a fuel cell or burned to create heat, its only byproducts are clean water and heat.

 

One dead, 5,000 others suffer from respiratory ailments as sandstorm hits Iraq

One person has died and about 5,000 Iraqis suffered from respiratory ailments on Thursday due to a sandstorm, the seventh to hit the country in the past month, state media said.

 

World's Largest Fertilizer Company Warns Crop Nutrient Disruptions Through 2023

The world's largest fertilizer company warned supply disruptions could extend into 2023. A bulk of the world's supply has been taken offline due to the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. This has sparked soaring prices and shortages of crop nutrients in top growing areas worldwide; an early indication of a global food crisis could be in the beginning innings.

 

On the line of fire, the battle for Las Vegas is intense

It’s a battlefield, and N.M. 283 is the latest line of defense.

 

Wildfires Continue to Burn Across New Mexico

Early season wildfires continued to rage in the first week of May 2022 in northern New Mexico. The blazes have been driven by high winds, low humidity, and exceptionally dry tinder—grass, brush, and timber—that are providing ample fuel for burning. The fires have destroyed hundreds of structures and prompted the evacuation of thousands of homes. On May 3, 2022, seven large fires were still burning across the state.

 

Western river compacts were innovative in the 1920s but couldn’t foresee today’s water challenges

The Western U.S. is in a water crisis, from California to Nebraska. An ongoing drought is predicted to last at least through July 2022. Recent research suggests that these conditions may be better labeled aridification – meaning that warming and drying are long-term trends.

 

How the U.S. military’s toxic burn pits are poisoning Americans — overseas and at home

The devastating effects of open burn pits have been well documented by the military’s own experts since at least 2006, according to reporting by the Military Times, an independent news agency. Despite these warnings, the U.S. military continued to use the practice widely until 2013. The VA has denied about 75 percent of veterans’ claims for medical and disability benefits, downplaying the connection between the massive burn pits and the growing number of people falling ill.

 

Live Vape Free program helps teens rise above the clouds

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) announces the launch of Live Vape Free, a new program offering teens free tools and resources by text message to help them quit the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarette, nicotine and vaping).

 

One pill can kill: Understanding the risks of fentanyl

As overdose deaths skyrocket, an addiction medicine specialist explains the drug’s dangers and urges community members to learn what they can do to save lives.

 

Marijuana legalization leading to more poisoning cases among pets, study says

Cannabis may be legal in some states, but these products are still a danger to pets, a new study warns. Researchers at the University of Guelph have found that the number of marijuana poisoning cases among pets is rising sharply across North America in the wake of Canada legalizing the drug in 2018.​

 

How mosquito brains encode human odor so they can seek us out

Most of the world’s mosquitos are opportunistic, willing to drink blood from any nearby source. But in some regions, the mosquitoes that carry Zika, dengue and yellow fever — Aedes aegypti — have evolved to bite humans almost exclusively. But to succeed as a specialized feeder, depending on just one species — ours — to survive, they must have evolved incredibly precise targeting strategies. How do they do it?

 

The fentanyl trip: How the drug is coming to America

As fentanyl overdoses and deaths have been on the rise across America, investigators have been setting their sights internationally to stop the flow. Police and other experts say fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills have been illegally imported from as far out as China and even smuggled through the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

Lake Powell Reservoir at Record Low, Government Delays Water Releases to Preserve Power Supply to Millions

In an unprecedented move amidst a Western megadrought that started in 2000 and has been exacerbated by global warming, the federal government announced it will take measures to increase the water levels of Lake Powell, a Colorado River reservoir that is so low the hydroelectric power supply for seven states is in jeopardy, reported Reuters.

 

Monopolies Are Giving Chicken Farmers a Raw Deal. We’re Urging States to Act.

Monopoly in the meat industry has led to record profits, while farmers and shoppers are losing out. We’re asking state attorney generals to address unfair business practices.

 

California Condors Return to Northern Redwoods After a 100-Year Absence

For the first time in more than a century, endangered California condors soared over the redwood forests along the state’s northern coast. The two birds, both males, were released from a pen in Redwood National Park on Tuesday morning, AP News reported.

 

Switching from meat to mushrooms just once a week could prevent deforestation

If you’re a fan of mushrooms, a new study is giving you even more reason to switch out that hamburger for a meat alternative. Researchers in Germany say switching from red meat to a fungi-based meat substitute (like mushrooms) just once a week can help reduce deforestation around the world!

 

Wheat Can’t Catch a Break Right Now

India’s giant heat wave is having ripple effects for the world’s food supply.

 

8 Reusable Kitchen Essentials

Paper and plastic are recycled, food scraps are composted – but what about the rest of the waste created in the kitchen? Plastic wrap, coffee filters, and paper towels are often the spoils of our culinary pursuits. Keeping produce fresh and countertops clean are important kitchen considerations, but often result in a lot of extra trash – much of which is plastic that ends up in landfills or waterways.​

 

Keto diet triggers activation of molecule that stops colorectal cancer

Eating a low-carb keto diet could delay the progression of colorectal cancer, suggests a new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The findings show changing your diet may help in treating cancer.

 

‘Towns just turned to dust’: how factory hog farms help hollow out rural communities

Almost a third of hogs in the US are now raised in Iowa but a new report questions whether that’s good for residents or local economies

 

The Link Between Solar Energy and Extreme Weather

Extreme weather events can make you feel helpless, and nothing reminds you quite how reliant you are on public power like a grid outage. If the power goes out, it’s difficult to know whether it will return within minutes or within days. At best, outages are costly and inconvenient interruptions (costing the U.S. close to $168 billion in a year). But in some cases, power outages from extreme weather can even be deadly.

 

Flying insect numbers have plunged by 60% since 2004, survey finds

The number of flying insects in Great Britain has plunged by almost 60% since 2004, according to a survey that counted splats on car registration plates. The scientists behind the survey said the drop was “terrifying”, as life on Earth depends on insects.

 

Chronic depression may cause deformities in white blood cells, weakening the immune system

Depression is a mental health disorder that has severe consequences on your immune system. New research from Germany finds people with depressive disorders experience deformities in their blood cells that could affect the body’s immune response.

 

Beer belly linked to 1,300 prostate cancer deaths ever year: Every 5-point hike in BMI increases risk by 10%, major study finds

Hundreds of British men could be saved from prostate cancer each year if they lost weight, a major study suggests.

 

‘Canaries in the coalmine’: loss of birds signals changing planet

Billions of birds are disappearing because of humanity’s impact on Earth, global review finds

 

Over half of child car seats have toxic flame retardants and PFAS – US study

More than half of children’s car seats tested for toxic flame retardants and PFAS contain the dangerous substances, a new report in the US has found.

 

So Long, DDT. See You Around Soon.

The United States banned the incredibly toxic pesticide DDT in the early 1970s. But it never went away.​

 

Clean energy at a crossroads: The Made-in-America push

The massive clean energy transition that Biden and Democrats are seeking could require total investments of nearly $10 trillion by 2050, according to Princeton University analysts. How much of that infrastructure is built in America or bought elsewhere could have huge consequences for the U.S. economy and global trade relationships. It also could influence the path of renewables and other energy industries dependent on materials in the global supply chain that are currently under pressure, observers say.

 

Eating like Popeye could protect you from dementia! Experts say benefits stem from compounds abundant in spinach and leafy greens

Eating spinach like Popeye won't just make you stronger — it may protect you from dementia, a study suggests. People with high levels of three key antioxidants in their blood are less likely to get the memory-robbing disorder, researchers found.

 

U.S. plastics recycling rate slumps below 6 percent, analysis finds

Americans are recycling far less plastic, according to an analysis published Wednesday, with rates falling below 6 percent in 2021. The new findings come as this waste has rebounded from the pandemic, despite global efforts to curb pollution.

 

Growing number of U.S. states reporting mysterious hepatitis outbreaks among children

After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a national health alert regarding a mysterious cluster of severe hepatitis in pediatric patients in Alabama, at least ten additional states are reporting similar cases that are now part of larger international outbreak, according to an ABC7 Chicago report.

 

Hand Hygiene Keeps the World United Safely

The importance of handwashing is stressed multiple times every year, including World Hand Hygiene Day, celebrated every May 5. This year’s theme is Unite for Safety: Clean Your Hands. The theme recognizes that a facility can enhance its safety culture by stressing handwashing among all inhabitants, and that this culture will encourage people to frequently wash their hands with soap and water.

 

First Report of Environmental Pollutant Risk Among Tropical Mammals Across the Globe

A report published in Biological Conservation finds environmental pollutants, including pesticides, pharmaceuticals, plastics, and particulate matter, adversely affect tropical terrestrial wildlife. Specifically, these contaminants can interact with one another, altering the chemical landscape of the ecosystem, and causing changes in the endocrine and microbiome systems of mammals.

 

10-country survey reveals nearly one in four adolescents living with obesity do not know they have obesity

New research from 10 countries presented at this year's European Congress of Obesity (ECO) shows that nearly one quarter of adolescents living with obesity (ALwO) (24%) do not know they have obesity. ​

 

Combining certain meds with ibuprofen can permanently injure kidneys

Anyone who is taking a diuretic and a renin-angiotensin system (RSA) inhibitor for high blood pressure should be cautious about also taking ibuprofen, according to new research.

 

Study identifies exact amounts of extra vitamin C for optimal immune health

If you are carrying a few extra kilos in weight, an extra apple or two per day might make a difference in boosting your immune system and helping ward off COVID-19 and winter illnesses.

 

Surprising risk factors may predict heart attacks in young women

A new Yale-led study has for the first time identified which risk factors are more likely to trigger a heart attack or acute myocardial infarction (AMI) for men and women 55 years and younger.

 

Six key facts about lab-grown meat

Plant-based protein and “meat-alternative” products have streamed into the marketplace in recent years. This trend has been driven in part by world population growth and the quest to meet the increased demand for protein that comes with it. It also stems from the search for options perceived as more sustainable or environmentally friendly than animal-based protein. Another new product on the horizon is lab-grown meat, also known as cell-cultivated or cultured meat.

 

Marijuana legalization complicates impaired driving assessments

Swerving. Delayed reactions at traffic lights. Going too fast - or not fast enough. They're all signs of impaired driving, according to law enforcement. But determining whether a cannabis user is too impaired to drive is complicated.

 

What are millets and can they help create global food security?

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has pushed food insecurity onto the table. Could an overlooked cereal help steady the situation and feed the global population in an era of climate crisis?

 

Review highlights wealth of information on childhood obesity produced by groundbreaking Danish study

A review of more than a decade of data from a groundbreaking Danish study into childhood obesity is being presented at this year's European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Maastricht, the Netherlands (4-7 May).

 

As oceans warm will the methane "Kraken" be released?

A vast amount of the powerful greenhouse gas is sequestered as frozen crystals in the world’s oceans. Of great concern among experts is the growing risk that, as the Earth warms and ocean temperatures rise, these highly disruptive, potent greenhouse gases will ‘flee’ their frozen confinement.

 

A boom in fitness trackers isn’t leading to a boom in physical activity – men, women, kids and adults in developed countries are all moving less

Worldwide sales of fitness trackers increased from US$14 billion in 2017 to over $36 billion in 2020. The skyrocketing success of these gadgets suggests that more people than ever see some value in keeping tabs on the number of steps they take, flights of stairs they climb, time they spend sitting and calories they burn.

 

Noise Matters: Wind Farms, Nuisance and the Law

For years, the Australian wind farm has been reviled as ugly, noisy and unendearing by a certain number of prominent figures. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott pathologized them, calling wind turbines the “dark satanic mills of the modern era”, being not merely aesthetically problematic but damaging to health.

 

Food Supply Shutdown: Deer, Fish, Pigs Euthanized; Crops Not Planted

In this special Ice Age Farmer broadcast, Christian has a candid conversation about the overwhelming number of attacks on our food supply. With crops unplanted and with more food facilities burning down, the media runs stories about “food fire conspiracy theories.” And it’s not just chickens — the state is also killing deer and fish in the name of stopping diseases. Start growing food now.

 

Want Better Health? Ditch These 10 Things

By removing certain foods, consumer products and behaviors from your life, you eliminate exposure to toxic influences that contribute to disease and malaise, while opening space for the introduction of health-promoting influences in their place.

 

Sun Releases Strong Solar Flare

The Sun emitted a strong solar flare on May 3, 2022, peaking at 9:25 a.m. EDT. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the Sun constantly, captured an image of the event.

 

Clear Water Revival

In a biodiversity wonderland hardly known outside South Africa, a decades-long effort to restore native fish and their streams is starting to pay off—but new trouble could undermine this fragile comeback.​

 

Improving Air Quality In Polluted Neighborhoods

People for Community Recovery, an environmental justice organization, is working to improve air quality for Chicago's most vulnerable residents.

 

Hot Farm Podcast: The New California

More than a fourth of our food, including most of our fruits and vegetables, comes from California. This is due in large part to its Mediterranean climate, which means it has long hot summers and mild winters. For decades, water was plentiful in California. The snow would melt in the Sierra Nevada mountains, rivers would fill, and farmers could tap into those rivers to water their crops. But climate change is upending these advantages and forcing us to find other places to grow some of the food that has long come from California.

 

In Wisconsin, small towns want more regulations for big farms

Laketown is at the center of a battle over this rural character, as the town aims to limit pollution from large, industrial livestock farms, also known as concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. Over the past few months, Laketown and two nearby towns, Trade Lake and Eureka, have passed laws regulating how CAFOs can operate, requiring them to show how they will dispose of dead animals and avoid polluting groundwater.

 

Atomic test's overlooked "downwinders"

The U.S. Senate has voted to extend the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) while lawmakers work to eventually add compensation for excluded Hispanic and Native American families who lived near the world's first atomic bomb explosion.

 

In Farming, a Constant Drive For Technology

ACROSS MIDWESTERN FARMS, if Girish Chowdhary has his way, farmers will someday release beagle-sized robots into their fields like a pack of hounds flushing pheasant. The robots, he says, will scurry in the cool shade beneath a wide diversity of plants, pulling weeds, planting cover crops, diagnosing plant infections, and gathering data to help farmers optimize their farms.

 

EPA to weigh regulating common plastic as hazardous waste

EPA may finally classify a commonly used plastic as hazardous waste, following a long legal struggle with advocates. The Center for Biological Diversity said this afternoon that it has reached a deal with EPA over polyvinyl chloride, more well known as PVC or vinyl, following a decade of back-and-forth. Under the agreement, EPA must assess within nine months whether PVC constitutes hazardous waste under federal law.

 

SHOCK as green energy insiders admit 90% of supply chain does not exist to build electric cars

The globalist-engineered shift to so-called “green” energy is not exactly going so well in the current economic climate. Both the wind and solar sectors are reporting massive declines in profit over the past year due to supply chain problems, market uncertainty and now the crisis in Ukraine, reports claim.

 

Florida sues DuPont, other companies over toxic firefighting foam

Florida is suing the makers of certain firefighting foams, accusing them of polluting the environment and potentially sickening people with chemicals.

 

Hormone-disrupting ‘forever chemicals,’ phthalates may impair bone health in teen males: study

Exposure to two classes of endocrine-disrupting compounds — “forever chemicals” and phthalates — may be associated with poor bone health in male teens, a new study has found.

 

Fertility treatment use is on the rise – new legislation could increase protections for donors and families in an industry shrouded in secrecy

The fertility industry generates approximately US$8 billion in revenue annually and plays a role in the birth of tens of thousands of children each year. Regulations are currently limited even as technology evolves and demand increases. But a new Colorado bill introduced in late April 2022 could help the industry better meet the needs of those who use it.

 

Sri Lanka’s environmentalists brace for economic meltdown’s toll on nature

The deepening economic crisis in Sri Lanka is expected to hit the environment and biodiversity conservation hard, experts warn.

 

Certain gut microbes may affect stroke risk and severity, scientists find

Scientists have identified specific groups of gut microbes that could increase or decrease someone’s risk of suffering the most common type of stroke. The research, presented at the European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC) in Lyon, France, adds to growing evidence that alterations in the gut microbiome could play a role in cardiovascular disease.

 

Extinction obituary: why experts weep for the quiet and beautiful Hawaiian po’ouli

Frantic conservation efforts couldn’t save the tiny, intricately colored songbird, whose obit is the first in our new series of memorials for species that have gone extinct in living memory

 

Scientists develop a smartphone app that can detect signs of neurological conditions including Alzheimer's and ADHD based on a selfie of your EYE

Alzheimer's is a condition that affects millions of over-65s, yet there's currently no simple or reliable test for the disease. Now, scientists have developed a smartphone app that they claim could detect signs of Alzheimer's and other neurological conditions - based on a selfie of the eye.

 

Indigenous peoples have shucked billions of oysters around the world sustainably

A new global study of Indigenous oyster fisheries co-led by Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History anthropologist Torben Rick and Temple University anthropologist and former Smithsonian postdoctoral fellow Leslie Reeder-Myers shows that oyster fisheries were hugely productive and sustainably managed on a massive scale over hundreds and even thousands of years of intensive harvest.

 

Green roofs are worth the cost for urban residents

Plant-covered roofs have become a regular sight in Portland, Oregon. The city is a leader in incorporating green infrastructure for stormwater management, including free street trees, rebates for small residential housing footprints, and green roofs.

 

Wi-Fi may be coming soon to a lamppost near you

As Wi-Fi is deployed more widely in cities, and perhaps at higher frequencies, it may depend on an abundant urban asset: streetlight poles.

 

40 million more faced acute hunger in 2021: UN

The number of people facing hunger rose to 193 million last year as conflict, climate change and economic crises ravaged people's livelihoods, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization said Wednesday.​

 

Turns Out All That Plastic Currently Sitting in US Landfills Is Worth BILLIONS of Dollars

While landfills are often considered the cheapest way to dispose of waste, in many ways that's a shortsighted approach. Setting up a system of recycling may cost more initially, but in the long run, a circular economy of plastics could save big bucks, anywhere between US$4.5 billion and US$9.9 billion.​

 

A diet rich in protein, zinc and niacin and low in saturated fat makes blood vessels more flexible, research suggests

A new study being presented at the European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Maastricht, the Netherlands (4-7 May), has linked key nutrients, including protein, zinc and niacin, to improvements in heart health.​

 

Climate Change and Industrial Agriculture Are Supercharging the Insect Apocalypse

Agricultural intensification and climate change are driving unprecedented losses in insect abundance and biodiversity, placing key ecosystem functions like food production in peril. The findings of this research, published in Nature by scientists at University College London, UK, are the first to elucidate the interactions between major drivers of the ongoing insect apocalypse.

 

B12 deficiency harms young children's development, and the food relief we provide isn't good enough

Vitamin B12 deficiency in infants leads to poor motor development and anemia, according to a new study . B12 deficiency is an enormous, yet overlooked problem, and the food relief currently suppied is not helping. According to the researchers, the problem calls for new solutions.

 

How to Sell a Poison: The Rise, Fall and Toxic Return of DDT

Author and historian Elena Conis comes on to talk about her new book, How to Sell a Poison: The Rise, Fall and Toxic Return of DDT. This deeply researched book provides a well-articulated explanation of how dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) was sold, mis-regulated and resold.

 

Smoking marijuana while pregnant significantly can increase risks for your baby

Smoking weed during pregnancy significantly can increase the risk of low birth weight, preterm delivery and requiring neonatal intensive care, according to a recent study published in JAMA.

 

Research finds airborne toxins in Southwest Florida

There’s new information about airborne toxins in Southwest Florida as research expands. Concerns are growing about the impact on the community and the air we breathe. The Calusa Waterkeeper set up air samplers in various locations around Lee County last year after the red tide and blue-green algae outbreak in 2018. The main reason for the research is that there was little to no research on the effect of airborne toxins on humans.

 

Dentists: Vaping Increases Risk of Tooth, Gum Problems

North Carolina dentists are noticing an uptick in problems with teeth and gums among people who vape. Experts say vaping can cause as much damage to oral health as traditional cigarettes.

 

The Potentially Deadly Pursuit of Muscle Mass

Even though men might be more reluctant to admit it, they're plagued by body image concerns, too. In fact, body image dissatisfaction is a significant concern for males as young as 6 years old. In 2020, men in the U.S. had more than 13 million cosmetic procedures -- most often rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, or cheek implants; the top three minimally invasive procedures were botulinum toxin, laser skin resurfacing, and laser hair removal.

 

Genetics & gut microbiome: Just how connected are they?

The Human Genome Project was, arguably, the greatest feat of scientific exploration in history. It identified, in sequence, all three billion DNA letters in the genetic makeup of a human. Also astonishing – the project was completed two years ahead of schedule and under budget! The scientific exploration continues. Scientists at Cornell University are developing novel methods of data processing and changing their focus of interest to study how human genetics shape the gut microbiome and its functions.​

 

What's the Biggest Cause of Water Pollution?

While water pollution is an issue that affects certain populations more than others, it’s one which is experienced all over the globe. Even in a country as developed and wealthy as England, a mere 14% of rivers and waterways achieved “good” ecological status in the last review. Clearly, the problem is a serious one.

 

Why Lithium Mining For EV Batteries Should Be Our ‘Absolute Last Resort’

Lithium mining is having a devastating impact on local and indigenous communities as well as ecosystems around the globe, and reducing dependence on automobiles must be a key part of our strategy to curb the damage, a new report says.

 

Study Links C. Diff Spread to Hospital Beds

Previous studies have shown contaminated hospital beds pose a risk to patients. The latest study on the topic found that patients in a bed previously used by someone with C. difficile (C. diff) are at risk of contracting the disease as well, Infection Control Today reports.

 

Study suggests adolescents' diet quality is neither healthy nor sustainable

New research being presented at this year's European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Maastricht, Netherlands (4-7 May), suggests secondary school pupils across the West Midlands region of the UK are not eating a healthy, sustainable diet. The study is by Dr. Ankita Gupta and colleagues from the University of Birmingham, UK.

 

“Green” children's products not always PFAS-free, warns new study

Though many consumer products for children are marketed as “green” or “nontoxic,” some still contain toxic chemicals.

 

Top 6 anti-aging superfoods you can add to your diet

Eating a balanced diet is key to maintaining optimal health. According to David Sinclair, a longevity expert and Harvard geneticist, superfoods like avocados and blueberries can increase your life expectancy.​

 

Why Collagen Is Crucial for Bones and Skin

Collagen is the most common and abundant of your body’s proteins. One of its primary purposes is to provide structural scaffolding for your various tissues to allow them to stretch while still maintaining tissue integrity. While it’s commonly known that a collagen-rich diet can help counteract signs of aging in your skin, it’s also crucial for bone health, and this is less widely known.

 

EU Plans to Ban Thousands of Toxic Chemicals

If implemented, the EU plan to ban thousands of chemicals will be the largest-ever regulatory removal of authorized chemicals anywhere. The ban would include 2,000 harmful chemicals found in baby diapers, pacifiers and childcare products.

 

Parents Sue After School Allegedly Bullied Son to Suicide by Shaming Him for Being Unvaxxed

A tragic case has surfaced out of Chicago this week, highlighting the worst possible scenario of the corporate government’s divisive propaganda that stoked hatred and fear toward vaccine skeptics. According to a lawsuit filed by Robert and Rosellene Bronstein this week, their 15-year-old son was bullied to suicide by teachers and fellow students for not having taken the covid vaccination.

 

Inhaled Microplastics Found in Lung Tissue — Are Face Masks Contributing to the Problem?

Researchers in the U.K. who sampled human lung tissue identified 39 kinds of microplastics in 11 of 13 tissue samples. The most commonly found was polypropylene, which also is the most common material used to make face masks.

 

Scientists in Iceland are using genetically modified barley to create lab-grown meat

Scientists in Iceland are planting hundreds of thousands of genetically engineered barley plants to create lab-grown meat. This project is being led by Icelandic company ORF Genetics, which has already planted over 100,000 genetically engineered barley plants in a 2,000-square-meter greenhouse.

 

Why every American should care that diesel prices are surging across the country

Gasoline prices are increasing almost daily, pinching the wallets and pocketbooks of nearly all Americans with cars. However, as bad as that news is, diesel prices are surging even more across the country. Today’s truckstop retail diesel prices hit a new record of $5.32/gallon. Since February 1st, national truckstop diesel prices have increased by $1.57/gallon. For an owner-operator whose truck gets 6.5 miles per gallon, this equates to a cost increase of $0.24 per mile.

 

Destroying Food To Fight Climate Change Is Madness—And A Conceit That Could Prove Fatal

On Earth Day, a 50-year-old environmentalist and photographer from Colorado named Wynn Alan Bruce lit himself on fire outside the US Supreme Court.Friends of Bruce, who subsequently died, said he was worried about climate change.

 

Sweet Spots in the Sea: Mountains of Sugar Under Seagrass Meadows

Seagrass beds are un­derwater oases. Now researchers have discovered vast amounts of sugars underneath seagrass meadows.

 

A MISSION TO MONITOR MIGRATING MONARCHS

Millions of monarch butterflies migrate each fall to a specific cluster of mountain peaks in central Mexico. How exactly they navigate to their winter home, and the way they choose their path, is a topic of great interest to scientists—especially as climate change redirects their chosen path.

 

Big Pharma Set to Control Entire Food Supply. Monsanto-Bayer and Bill Gates Join Hands

During the 1990s, Monsanto Corporation’s devastating attack against farmers; their genetically-modified Frankenfoods and their neurotoxic pesticides inspired people to push government into legislating certification standards for foods.But thanks to Big Pharma, Bill Gates and pop culture media brainwashing, Monsanto still stands strong and is ready to take complete control of your food supply with the help of the same powerful families and foundations who already control the money and the energy.​

 

One type of E. coli relies on Crohn’s disease to survive, shows new study

Scientists have recently discovered a secret relationship between E. coli bacteria and ileal Crohn’s disease. The findings may provide new areas to target for anti-inflammatory treatment.

 

What do tornadoes look like on the inside?

Scientists really don’t know the answer to this question. There are no visual observations from inside of a tornado, because these storms create very violent and dangerous conditions on the ground.

 

As Conflict Persists, Gold Mining Boom Is Ravaging Myanmar

With a military junta retaking power last year, a gold rush is increasingly despoiling rivers in the Myanmar state of Kachin, polluting water with mercury, destroying riverbanks and farmland, and disrupting the traditional way of life of the region’s ethnic groups.

 

Common parasite found in gut actually keeps you healthy by fighting inflammation

A parasite is an organism that sets up residence on or in another organism, from which it draws some or all its sustenance. Higher levels of certain types of parasites in the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract can result in an unhealthy gut. Scientists from the National University of Singapore’s School of Medicine, however, report that a common parasite in the GI tract, is associated with benefits for gut health.

 

‘The more you dig into it, you think, Oh, God.’ A growing mission seeks to reduce toxic chemicals in schools

The image is seared in Jack McCarthy’s mind: a group of pre-kindergarteners gathered for story time, sitting in a circle on the carpet of a classroom, amid an invisible witches’ brew of chemicals lurking in the dust on the floor.

 

Gas drillers say 3rd-party monitoring shows greater responsibility; environmentalists remain skeptical

Companies that use fracking to drill for natural gas have begun turning to outside technology to help quash what they describe as a legacy of distrust built by years of bad business practices by some drillers.​

 

‘We are living in hell’: Pakistan and India suffer extreme spring heatwaves

For the past few weeks, Nazeer Ahmed has been living in one of the hottest places on Earth. As a brutal heatwave has swept across India and Pakistan, his home in Turbat, in Pakistan’s Balochistan region, has been suffering through weeks of temperatures that have repeatedly hit almost 50C (122F), unprecedented for this time of year.

 

Thousands flee New Mexico wildfire as blaze breaches containment lines

About 1,000 firefighters battle Calf Canyon fire, largest active wildfire in US amid warning that refusal to evacuate could be fatal

 

Improper Disinfection Can Lead to HAIs

Everyone agrees proper cleaning and disinfection helps stop the spread of health care-acquired infections (HAIs). But what about when disinfection inadvertently causes HAIs to spread?

 

Tropical mammals under rising chemical pollution pressure, study warns

Tropical mammals are living in an ever-changing chemical landscape warns a recent study, with wildlife increasingly exposed to an array of plastics, pharmaceuticals, pesticides and nanoparticles. The recent study, published in the journal Biological Conservation, warns that this underrecognized threat requires urgent action.

 

Fungicide Found to Jeopardize Male Pollinator’s Ability to Find a Mate, as EPA Ignores Risk

Exposure to a commonly used fungicide considered to be ‘slightly toxic or nontoxic’ to pollinators makes male mason bees less likely to find a mate, jeopardizing future generations of critically important pollinators. This determination comes from research recently published in the Journal of Applied Ecology by scientists at Germany’s University of Würzburg. The timing of these findings comes after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reapproved uses of fenbuconazole, the fungicide in ​

 

A long-forgotten toxic dump site is raising new worries for this Los Angeles neighborhood

In the summer of 1984, investigators peered into a cave dug beneath the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles and found dozens of rusted 55-gallon barrels filled with toxic chemicals. Some of the barrels lay nearly empty after their contents had leaked through corroded metal and escaped into the soil.

 

Hospitals can reduce antibiotic overuse by avoiding unnecessary blood draws in critically ill children, study shows

When a patient in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) develops a fever, physicians often routinely order a blood culture to identify the cause, particularly if they have reason to worry about sepsis, a life-threatening condition that occurs when chemicals released by immune system cells in the bloodstream to fight an infection trigger inflammation and shock throughout the body.

 

WHO warns of obesity 'epidemic' in Europe

The WHO said Tuesday that "epidemic" overweight and obesity rates are linked to over 1.2 million deaths annually across Europe, calling for swift policy changes to reverse the dangerous trend.

 

Cognitive impairment from severe COVID-19 equivalent to 20 years of aging, study finds

Cognitive impairment as a result of severe COVID-19 is similar to that sustained between 50 and 70 years of age and is the equivalent to losing 10 IQ points, say a team of scientists from the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London.

 

Self-eliminating genes tested on mosquitoes

Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists have tested a technology to make temporary genetic modifications in mosquitoes. The modifications self-delete over time.

 

Lab-grown 'human milk' may be just three years away

Breast milk is the perfect food for babies but not all mothers are able to breastfeed, and with adoption or surrogacy, parents don't have the option. Enter: BIOMILQ. The North Carolina-based startup is working to create "human milk" outside of the body.

 

The key minerals in an EV battery

Inside practically every electric vehicle (EV) is a lithium-ion battery that depends on several key minerals that help power it. Some minerals make up intricate parts within the cell to ensure the flow of electrical current. Others protect it from accidental damage on the outside.

 

Don't Downplay the Risks of Rising Teen Marijuana Use

Late last month, the Biden-Harris administration released its National Drug Control Strategy (NDCS). As a former senior drug policy adviser in the Obama administration who helped write the NDCS in 2009, I know how much work this document requires. This year's strategy addresses untreated addiction and the rise in marijuana use by teens and young adults, and advocates for the expansion of youth-focused drug education campaigns, among other things.

 

Take Precautions Against Lyme Disease

As the warm weather brings facility management workers outside to work on the exterior of their buildings, landscaping, and other outdoor tasks, it’s a good idea to review Lyme disease prevention.

 

Watch full special: Fighting Fentanyl

Wisconsin is facing a fentanyl crisis—one that in places like Milwaukee County—kills more people than homicides, suicides and car crashes combined.

 

Radio-frequency radiation: The invisible threat

The Roanoke School Board voted to terminate a contract with Milestone Communications to build cell towers at two of the county’s schools on Dec. 12th, 2019.

 

What Are the Dangers of Synthetic Weed?

“Bliss,” “Bombay Blue,” “Genie,” “K2,” “Spice” — those aren’t fragrances or happy hour cocktails. They’re names for synthetic cannabis, or marijuana or weed. While products like K2 synthetic marijuana are often marketed as safe alternatives to natural marijuana, they’re anything but.

 

Fast-food restaurants should ditch packaging coated in ‘forever chemicals’

Some fast-food restaurants are moving quickly to get the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS out of food packaging, but others have not committed to phasing them out.

 

Zen makeover: The direction your bed is facing may be making you sick!

Could your interior design skills actually save your physical and mental health? A new study explains that just by pointing your bed and other furniture in the right direction, your well-being could greatly improve!

 

Stinky toxic foam clouds floating through Bogota, Colombia

A white foam containing contaminants overflowed the Balsillas River in Colombia and entered a neighborhood in a town near Bogotá

 

Colorado River Reservoirs Are So Low, Government Is Delaying Releases

With long-term severe drought continuing to take a toll on the Colorado River, the federal government is expected to announce on Monday that it will retain some water in one of the river’s major reservoirs to temporarily stave off what it called increased uncertainty in water and electricity supplies.​

 

Rare tornado touches down in Puerto Rico, jolts residents

Severe weather erupted across the island on Sunday, causing damage and prompting weather officials to give the twister -- the first to hit Puerto Rico in about three years -- an EF1 rating.

 

‘We Are Living in Pervasive Toxic Soup of Chemical Exposure,’ Carey Gillam Tells RFK, Jr.

In an interview on “RFK Jr. The Defender Podcast,” investigative journalist Carey Gillam talked with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. about the problem of pesticide-laced seeds.

 

126 Species of Fish Contaminated With Cocktail of Big Pharma Drugs

A study in Florida found 126 species of fish contaminated with a cocktail of pharmaceuticals, including blood pressure medications, antidepressants, antibiotics and pain relievers.

 

Amish organic farmer faces hefty fine, jail time for producing CLEAN MEAT

An Amish organic farmer is facing a hefty fine and a prison term for the simple crime of producing clean meat.

 

Can the World Feed Itself? Historic Fertilizer Crunch Threatens Food Security

For the first time ever, farmers the world over — all at the same time — are testing the limits of how little chemical fertilizer they can apply without devastating their yields come harvest time. Early predictions are bleak.

 

Why is Canada euthanizing the poor?

Since last year, Canadian law, in all its majesty, has allowed both the rich as well as the poor to kill themselves if they are too poor to continue living with dignity. In fact, the ever-generous Canadian state will even pay for their deaths. What it will not do is spend money to allow them to live instead of killing themselves.

 

A Concerning Change Is Happening to Earth's Water Cycle, Satellite Data Reveal

Climate change is throwing Earth's water cycle severely out of whack. According to new satellite data, freshwaters are growing fresher and salt waters are growing saltier at an increasingly rapid rate all around the world. If this pattern continues, it will turbocharge rainstorms.

 

Meanwhile, Antarctica is cold as hell: Eight days in a row with lows below -103°F (-75°C)

While India is ‘burning’ in an unprecedented heatwave, Antarctica, on the contrary, is cold as hell! Preliminary averages for April show around -2 °C from the normal 1991-2020 at South Pole Station and -3 °C from the 1958-2021 mean at Vostok

 

It’s so hot in India landfills are spontaneously combusting

Acrid smoke hung over New Delhi for a second day on Wednesday after a massive landfill caught fire during a scorching heat wave, forcing informal waste workers to endure hazardous conditions.

 

Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, April 30, 2022

New reports on global air quality paint an increasingly dire picture for humanity. The ongoing climate engineering atmospheric aerosol spraying goes unmentioned even though it is mathematically the single greatest source of atmospheric fine particulate pollution. India's wheat crops have been fried by an unexpected record heat wave. Was this just an act of nature? Or is there much more to the equation? The Amazon rainforest is being cut down at the fastest rates ever recorded, how much longer till nothing is left? What part is climate engineering playing in the demise of all remaining habitats?​

 

How to Make Your Bedroom an Eco Haven

Our bedrooms should be a respite from our busy lives. After a long, stressful day of work or even a high-energy day spent hiking and playing out in the sunshine, it’s nice to have somewhere to decompress, unwind, and prepare for sleep. But it can be hard to rest your head at night if your room is filled with VOC-emitting materials or fossil fuel-derived fabrics.

 

Study finds children with vegetarian diet have similar growth and nutrition compared to children who eat meat

A study of nearly 9,000 children found those who eat a vegetarian diet had similar measures of growth and nutrition compared to children who eat meat. The study, published in Pediatrics and led by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital of Unity Health Toronto, also found that children with a vegetarian diet had higher odds of underweight weight status, emphasizing the need for special care when planning the diets of vegetarian kids.

 

2,000 Studies Show Fracking Causes ‘Severe Harm’ to Human Health

Combining findings from more than 2,000 scientific and government studies, a report published Thursday details how hydraulic fracturing has "dire impacts on public health and the climate."

 

Stress, anxiety and depression during pregnancy may hinder toddler's cognitive development

Women's elevated anxiety, depression and stress during pregnancy altered key features of the fetal brain, which subsequently decreased their offspring's cognitive development at 18 months. These changes also increased internalizing and dysregulation behaviors, according to a new study. Researchers followed a cohort of 97 pregnant women and their babies. The findings further suggest that persistent psychological distress after the baby is born may influence the parent-child interaction and infant self-regulation.

 

A single course of antibiotics affects the gut microbiota of infants

A study indicates that antibiotics, which kill bacteria, boost the abundance of gut fungal microbiota. The phenomenon can be a contributing factor in the long-term adverse effects of antibiotics, such as inflammatory bowel diseases.

 

Scientists discover how bees activate natural medicine against parasite infection during pollination

In a new paper published today in a special issue of Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society, Kew scientists and partners report on how bees activate the "medicinal" properties of various nectars to protect themselves from parasite infections.

 

How Tequila Waste Could Play Key Role in Regenerative Agriculture

Could the vast agricultural waste from the 1 million agave plants processed annually by the Mexican tequila industry point to a viable solution for people, livestock and the planet?

 

No Mow May—Support Organic Habitat

Lawns occupy 40 million acres, or 2% of the land in the U.S. Their maintenance typically involves pesticides and fertilizers that kill pollinators and soil life and wash into streams, where they do more damage. Lawn maintenance also involves a lot of mowing. While mowing is an effective way to encourage grasses over most broadleaved plants, it also has broader ecological impacts.

 

A Black Woman Fought for Her Community, and Her Life, Amidst Polluting Landfills and Vast ‘Borrow Pits’ Mined for Sand and Clay

LaFanette Soles-Woods’ home outside Pensacola, Florida, has been called one of America’s most environmentally unjust communities. It has more cancer cases than anyone can keep track of.

 

Biofuels are getting a second look — and some tough questions

Bioethanol has been touted as a green way to cut reliance on Russian oil. But new modeling suggests it isn't the climate solution we'd hoped for.

 

‘A worldwide public health threat’: Rob Bilott on his 20-year fight against forever chemicals

Chemical companies hid their knowledge of the damage caused by PFAS for decades. With a new class-action lawsuit, Bilott intends to hold them accountable

 

Fish farm pesticide ‘risk’ for swimmers, says industry report

Wild swimmers face “a risk” to their health from a toxic pesticide discharged into lochs and the sea from over 220 salmon farms around Scotland, according to an expert report for the fish farming industry.​

 

Kenya's drought hits children the hardest

The drought in Kenya threatens the survival of Turkana communities. Many children suffer from malnutrition and dehydration. NGOs call for increased funding for aid and a quick response to the humanitarian disaster.

 

What Are Antioxidants, And Do You Need to Take Them as Supplements?

Antioxidants are chemicals that interfere with oxidation – the process where an atom or molecule loses some electrons due to a chemical reaction.

 

The race to design a bacteria that can eat plastic

There are a number of challenges inherent to using bacteria to dissolve plastic, but the upsides are huge

 

How you can reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals

There are thousands of chemicals in our furniture, electronics, cleaning products, construction materials, clothing, and more, and just a fraction of them are regulated. Yet mounting evidence links many of these substances — stain and water repellents, flame retardants, antimicrobials, and others — to diabetes, cancer, thyroid disease, immune system dysfunction, and effects on children’s cognitive development.

 

Household Recycling Made Easier — For a Price

The Seattle startup Ridwell is building a business around collecting all the old batteries, clamshell containers and lightbulbs that most recycling programs leave behind.

 

Effects of air pollution on the environment and human health

Air pollution is now the world’s leading environmental health issue, claiming 7 million lives each year. In addition to outdoor air pollution, bad indoor environments caused by cooking and heating homes with biomass, coal etc. is also a severe health risk for some 2.6 billion people. This translates to $8 billion in economic losses due to illness and death from asthma attacks as well as required cancer treatments.

 

Utah farmer plants differently to save soil moisture during historic drought

A Utah farmer says he planted his corn crop differently this year as a way to preserve soil moisture during Utah’s historic drought.

 

Frequent marijuana smoking linked to higher risk of heart attack, study suggests

People who smoked marijuana more than once per month were more likely to have their first heart attack before age 50, new research found.

 

"It's life or death": Teen mental health in crisis

Among today's teens, past vices are down, but anxiety, depression, and suicides are all up. "There's been a change in the adolescent brain and a change in the environment," says New York Times reporter Matt Richtel, which have "amplified" teen angst and "turned it in some cases into serious pathology."​

 

Known to be toxic for a century, lead still poisons thousands of Midwestern kids

When the pediatrician recommended Lisa Pascoe have her then-toddler tested for lead poisoning, she thought there was no way he could be at risk. Everything in her St. Louis, Mo., home had been remodeled. But then the nurse called to say her son's blood lead level was dangerously high — five times the level federal health officials then deemed elevated. Pascoe said she was "completely shocked."

 

"Saving the bees is nothing short of a challenge to save humankind"

“Bees are the center of humankind’s food supply, and they’re dying,” said Batel Vallentine Blaish-Sultanik, the CBO of BeeHero during Calcalist’s Cloud and Data conference

 

Hydroponic native plants to detox PFAS-contaminated water

They’re the non-stick on Teflon cookware, the stain resistance in Scotchgard, and the suppression factor in firefighting foam, but while the staying power of PFAS chemicals was once revered, it’s now infamous as PFAS substances continue to infiltrate the environment and affect human health.

 

Building a foolproof green cleaning checklist

Green cleaning is a vital strategy for ensuring the health and safety of a facility while also preserving the future of the planet. Perry Shimanoff, a Certified Master Custodial Trainer with ISSA’s Cleaning Management Institute, recently outlined for CMM a basic six-step green cleaning checklist that facility operators and staff can follow to ensure they are doing their part.

 

Shaquille O'Neal Going Vegan, Breaks Down New Healthy Diet

Shaquille O'Neal is looking to fuel his 7'1", 320-pound body with NO meat -- the NBA legend says he's TRYING his best to go vegan!!

 

No seafood or supplements: Walnuts and plant-based omega-3s can also boost heart health

Omega-3 fatty acids have become wildly popular because of their benefits to the cardiovascular system, keeping the heart healthy and protecting against stroke. Many people eat more salmon and other oily fish if they’re looking to take in more omega-3, but what if you’re just not that into seafood or supplements? Researchers from Penn State are offering up a fatty acid alternative — plants.

 

Not just the gut: Refined carbs, sugar in junk food harmful to oral microbiome, too

You are what you eat literally. Every food choice you make determines whether good or bad bacteria run amok in your mouth. And a recent study suggests eating food high in sugar and carbohydrates can ruin your oral microbiome. A team of researchers from the University of Buffalo report that postmenopausal women who regularly eat junk food have harmful bacteria linked to tooth decay and periodontal disease growing in their mouths.

 

10 Things to Eliminate for Better Health

For more than two decades, it's been my goal to empower you with tools to take control of your health and improve your quality of life and well-being. An estimated 60% of Americans say they want to feel healthier, yet only 2.7% actually meet the definition of leading a healthy lifestyle.

 

Pesticides Don’t Reduce Risk of Lyme, Other Tick-Borne Diseases

Using pesticides to reduce the number of ticks in residential areas does not translate to lower rates of tick-borne disease in humans, according to scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who for more than a decade studied the relationship between pesticide use, tick bites and tick-borne diseases.

 

FDA Rubber-Stamps Remdesivir for Infants Without Evidence of Safety, Efficacy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the use of the antiviral therapy, remdesivir, to treat COVID-19 in infants 4 weeks and older, despite having no evidence the treatment is effective or even safe for young children.

 

EPA’s Shrinking Staff Can’t Keep Pace With New Pesticide Applications

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is required to approve new pesticides chemical companies want to bring to market, but since 2005, the number of new pesticide applications has more than doubled, while the number of employees overseeing the process has dropped by a quarter.

 

A Mostly Wind- and Solar-Powered U.S. Economy Is a Dangerous Fantasy

The proposed transition to "net zero" via wind and solar power is not only not easy, but is a total fantasy. It likely cannot occur at all without dramatically undermining our economy, lifestyle and security, and it certainly cannot occur at anything remotely approaching reasonable cost. At some point, the ongoing forced transition... will crash and burn.

 

‘Forever chemicals’ in many common household items linked to liver damage

Synthetic “forever” chemicals in everything from furniture to food wrappers may be damaging the livers of everyone they come into contact with. Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine at USC have found a link between these widely used substances and liver damage in humans.

 

Lake Mead falls to an unprecedented low, exposing one of the reservoir's original water intake valves

The West is in the grips of a climate change-fueled megadrought, and Lake Mead -- the largest manmade reservoir in the country and a source of water for millions of people -- has fallen to an unprecedented low. The lake's plummeting water level has exposed one of the reservoir's original water intake valves for the first time, officials say.

 

Lignin-based jet fuel packs more power for less pollution

An experimental plant-based jet fuel could increase engine performance and efficiency, while dispensing with aromatics, the pollution-causing compounds found in conventional fuels, according to new research.​

 

Cascading Effects of Pollution in Lebanon’s Litani River

The Beqaa Valley river’s decline has far-reaching impacts — and is fueling a blame game in the region.​

 

Tomorrow’s Mariculture

With swift, concerted and careful action, the ocean can be sustainably cultivated to provide food for future populations

 

Opponents of proposed Foster Farms chicken plants ask state for ban

Environmentalists, small farm advocates and local residents are pursuing a new tactic in their opposition to two industrial chicken plants planned for an area southeast of Salem. They asked the state to ban large livestock operations on fertile farmland – everywhere in Oregon.

 

Scientists sound alarm bells on noise pollution

The rumble of road traffic and trains, the bustle of the bar downstairs or the roar of a plane taking off – noise is a problem that is increasingly hurting health and disrupting ecosystems.

 

Scientists invent enzyme that can break down plastic waste in ‘hours instead of centuries’

Scientists have invented an enzyme variant they say can break down plastic waste in just hours or days instead of centuries.

 

Reptiles: why one in five species face extinction

Reptiles are cold-blooded and scaly animals, the majority of which are predators. They include some of the most deadly and venomous creatures on Earth, including the spitting cobra and saltwater crocodile.​

 

Increasing Disasters Are ‘Setting Humanity on a Spiral of Self-Destruction,’ UN Warns

“The world needs to do more to incorporate disaster risk in how we live, build and invest, which is setting humanity on a spiral of self-destruction,” Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina J. Mohammed said in a press release.

 

Turning the tide on land degradation

Human activity has led to widespread land degradation and put our very survival as a species at risk. But by reversing course, we can tackle climate change and biodiversity loss — and make a better life for billions.

 

China detects first human case of H3N8 bird flu strain

An H3N8 strain of bird flu has been detected in humans for the first time, in China’s central province of Henan. The four-year-old boy infected had been in contact with chickens and crows raised at his home, according to reports from China’s National Health Commission.

 

Extreme heat waves threaten honeybee fertility and trigger sudden death

Temperatures soared above 42 C for days in Western Canada in June 2021, with Lytton, B.C., registering 49.6 C, the hottest temperature ever recorded in Canada. Wildfires scorched the province, sparking a 56-day state of emergency and nearly 600 additional sudden deaths compared to the same time in 2020.​

 

Living in areas with more greenery may boost cognitive function: study

Cognitive function at middle age is a strong predictor of whether a person may develop dementia later in life. Now, a new study led by a Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researcher has found that increasing greenspace in residential areas could help improve cognition function in middle-aged women and that this association might be explained by a reduction in depression, which is also a risk factor for dementia.

 

22 Ways the Next U.S. Farm Bill Can Reduce Food Waste

Today is Stop Food Waste Day, a chance to draw attention to the fact that, according to UN statistics, around a third of the food produced worldwide is discarded.

 

Expert calls for public health measures to improve diet, reduce cancer risk

A review article by Mayo Clinic researchers emphasizes that early-onset colorectal cancer, defined as being diagnosed when younger than 50, continues to steadily increase in the U.S. and other higher income countries. This increase, along with a decline in later-onset cases due primarily to screening have shifted the median age at diagnosis from 72 years in the early 2000s to 66 years now.

 

Japanese population projected to live longer without dementia

A new microsimulation projects that over the next 20 years, Japanese people will live longer without dementia, but older women with a less than high school education will benefit less than men.

 

Mould, pesticides, toxic chemical exposures reported in survey of child care professionals

Nearly half of some 2,000 professionals in child care programs across Canada report unhealthy conditions for children, according to survey data released on national Healthy Environments for Learning Day (HELD).

 

Record-Breaking Earthquake Swarm Hits Antarctica as Sleeping Volcano Awakens

A long-dormant underwater volcano near Antarctica has woken up, triggering a swarm of 85,000 earthquakes.​

 

Leafy green gut: New study suggests spinach could prevent colon cancer

Spinach might have the power to prevent cancer and ensure a healthier gut. New research from Texas A&M University Health Science Center finds that the ingredients in spinach can discourage the development of polyps that progress into colon cancer.

 

Hype up fitness to support kids' health post-lockdowns

As COVID-19 reaches record levels in the UK, health experts are calling for a focus on children's physical fitness as new research reveals concerning changes to children's health and physical fitness following the pandemic.

 

Using light to destroy colorectal cancer cells: Innovative treatment shows no toxic side effects

Treating cancer is never easy, and performing surgery for colorectal cancer is even more complicated by its low success rate in preventing cancer from coming back. A recent study from researchers at Texas A&M University details an alternative option of using an implantable wireless device that kills leftover cancer cells during surgery.

 

Warning over common drug that could cause internal bleeding

Doctors have warned against people over 60 taking a daily dose of aspirin.

 

A century of human activity is coming back as toxic dust as the Great Salt Lake shrinks

The scenario reads more like apocalyptic science fiction than reality. The Great Salt Lake recedes and an ecological disaster, fanned by the wind, hits the Wasatch Front. But it’s not fiction. A team of graduate students at Utah State University is measuring airborne dust from the exposed lake bed as the water retreats, and some of that dust is laden with toxins.

 

Cruise ship scrubbers court controversy over water pollution

Cruise ships are now returning to Alaska for the first full-length season since the pandemic. It’s a relief for coastal port economies whose visitor sector has struggled. But more ships also means more pollution, either to the air, the water or both from these large ships even as the industry says it’s committed to net zero emissions by 2050.

 

FDA moves to limit lead content in juices

In an effort to reduce children’s exposure to lead, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued draft action levels for lead in ready to drink (single-strength) apple juice and other ready-to-drink juices and juice blends.

 

WHAT HAPPENS TO ALL THOSE SOLAR PANELS WHEN THEY DIE?

The rise of solar power as the major energy source of the future comes with a few serious obstacles. The first is acquiring the raw materials to make solar panels, the second is solar panel waste.

 

Houston to build country's largest urban solar farm on former landfill in Sunnyside

Houston's Sunnyside neighborhood will soon be home to the country's largest urban solar farm built on a former landfill. Mayor Sylvester Turner announced on Friday that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved permits for the Sunnyside Solar Farm to be built on a 240-acre former landfill. ​

 

'If it were benign, nobody would use it': Expert warns cannabis use can permanently alter a person's brain chemistry and could increase the risk of psychiatric disorders

Use of cannabis has become a main-stay in the life of many young Americans, but one top expert is warning the drug could carry more risks than they believe.

 

Increase in Antimicrobial-Resistant Infections Linked to Pandemic

Although protecting hospital patients from antibiotic-resistant infections is always a concern for health care facility workers, it became even more crucial during the pandemic. An analysis of adults admitted to 271 hospitals across the U.S. both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic found that those hospitalized during the pandemic had higher rates of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections compared to those hospitalized before the pandemic, according to study results announced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

 

How Healthcare Facilities Can Promote World Hand Hygiene Day

Tork, an Essity brand, calls on healthcare organizations worldwide to establish an Institutional Safety Climate this World Hand Hygiene Day (WHHD), encouraging the development of hand hygiene role models and safer patient environments. By sharing innovative tools and best practices, Tork reminds all healthcare professionals to unite for safety by ensuring clean and hygienic hands.

 

South Korea is building the world’s first self-sustaining “floating city”

In South Korea’s largest port (and second-largest city), a prototype for the world’s first self-sustaining floating city is emerging. The first segment of the project should be ready by 2025.

 

Why Green Chemicals Are Important to Cleaning Businesses

One of the reasons companies hire janitorial services is to remove germs and allergens that threaten the health of their customers and employees. Yet, ironically, the harsh cleaning solutions used to accomplish this goal often contain chemicals that cause health issues, including headaches, eye irritation, skin rashes, and breathing problems. Plus, when disposed of, these chemicals can seep into water sources, impacting water quality and affecting wildlife.

 

Towards a Global Food Disaster, Engineered through Acts of Political Sabotage: F. William Engdahl

It’s beginning to look like some bad actors are deliberately taking steps to guarantee a coming global food crisis. Every measure that the Biden Administration strategists have been making to “control energy inflation” is damaging the supply or inflating the price of natural gas, oil and coal to the global economy. This is having a huge impact on fertilizer prices and food production. That began well before Ukraine. Now reports are circulating that Biden’s people have intervened to block the freight rail shipping of fertilizer at the most critical time for spring planting. By this autumn the effects will be explosive.

 

Implications for Human Health: Glyphosate Breakdown Product, AMPA, Associated with Oxidative Stress and DNA Damage among Children

A study in Environmental Research finds that glyphosate’s primary metabolite (breakdown product), aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA), induces DNA damage through oxidative stress among subpopulations of primary school children. Although pyrethroid and chlorpyrifos metabolites can induce oxidative stress, this study is the first to investigate AMPA’s association with adverse health effects, rather than solely the effects of the active ingredient, glyphosate, in Roundup and other formulations.

 

E. coli bacteria exploits Crohn's disease inflammation

A multi-year study of the role of E. coli gut bacteria in Crohn's disease finds that intestinal inflammation liberates chemicals that nourish the bacteria's growth and promotes their ability to cause inflammation.​

 

Growing Horsetail (Equisetum Hyemale) at Home

This ancient plant spreads by rhizomes (an underground stem that acts like a root). Although it is commonly called horsetail or winter scouring rush, there are several varieties. This particular species is one that has been used for centuries for tooth and gum care.

 

Cell phone radiation may be causing sharp spikes in Alzheimer’s cases

Cell phone radiation has been a constant suspect when it comes to the development of cancerous brain tumors. Now, a new study has found a concerning link between these devices and the onset of Alzheimer’s. Researchers say excessive cell phone use and even Wi-Fi radiation can lead to increases in intracellular calcium levels in the brain — another hallmark of the disease.

 

Here’s why you should try bulgur, a whole grain full of protein and dietary fiber

Bulgur isn’t as popular as other whole grains like barley or oatmeal, but it deserves a place in the spotlight because it’s also an amazing superfood.

 

Could This Spice Help Heal Damaged Blood Vessels?

Research published by the University of California-Riverside1 has found that curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, promotes vascular tissue growth. This discovery is significant as it may eventually be used to help regenerate injured tissue or heal chronic wounds.

 

Growing Foreign Investment in U.S. Cropland Spurs Congress to Act

Foreign investment in U.S. cropland nearly tripled in the past decade, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture, prompting Congress to introduce laws that would require additional scrutiny of foreign investment deals.

 

Who Will Eventually Own Everything, Including You?

The 45-minute video above, "Monopoly — Follow the Money," provides a comprehensive overview of who really owns the world. As it turns out, the vast majority of the world's assets are owned by just two investment firms — BlackRock and the Vanguard Group.

 

Why Bill Gates Wants Africa to Adopt Failed Industrial Farming Practices

A three-part video series, “Rich Appetites,” examines the motives of powerful organizations that continue to push the U.S. industrial agriculture model on African farmers, despite decades of failure.

 

Pork supply set to plunge as more than 60 piggeries battle Japanese encephalitis outbreaks in Australia – Already 3 human deaths

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is reminding producers to remain vigilant as more than 60 piggeries across four states battle Japanese encephalitis (JEV) outbreaks. The virus remains of “significant concern”, and state and federal biosecurity authorities have warned pig and horse owners that the zoonotic disease still poses risks to humans and animals.

 

Fertilizer giant CF Industries begs Biden to allow shipments for Spring planting, to prevent food shortages

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF), a leading global manufacturer of hydrogen and nitrogen products, today informed customers it serves by Union Pacific rail lines that railroad-mandated shipping reductions would result in nitrogen fertilizer shipment delays during the spring application season and that it would be unable to accept new rail sales involving Union Pacific for the foreseeable future. The Company understands that it is one of only 30 companies to face these restrictions.

 

Can Old EV Batteries Be Recycled?

As more EVs hit the road over the next decade or so, what happens to all the old used batteries? While it's not a big problem yet, it'll be a huge one soon.

 

Magically suspicious: why are thousands claiming sickness after eating Lucky Charms?

Reported symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, but experts are raising questions about self-diagnosis​

 

Hepatitis numbers in children may just be the 'tip of the iceberg', experts claim amid growing fears over the mysterious global outbreak which has officially killed one youngster and sickened 169

Dozens of mysterious hepatitis cases spotted in children could be just 'the tip of the iceberg', experts warned today amid growing concerns about the mysterious global outbreak. Nearly 170 youngsters have been sickened around the world since the first case was detected in Scotland at the end of March, according to the World Health Organization. One has died and 17 have needed liver transplants.

 

Meeting the EU's 'Green Deal' goal will require 35 times more lithium than today

Europe needs to dramatically increase recycling of metals used in electric cars and renewable energy sources if it wants to meet its target of becoming 'carbon neutral' by 2050, a new study claims.

 

Researchers discover drug-resistant environmental mold is capable of infecting people

A new study led by Imperial College London finds that drug-resistant mold is spreading from the environment and infecting susceptible people's lungs.

 

Viruses in the gut may warn of a deadly disease in preterm infants

Immediately after birth, human infants begin to develop a complex, interwoven fabric of microbes in their gut. Known collectively as the gut microbiome, this diverse ecosystem consists of bacteria, archaea, viruses and fungi, numbering in the billions. All have important roles to play in health and disease and researchers are racing to better understand their enigmatic activities.

 

Textile waste is a problem: How researchers want to solve it

In the United States, 11 million metric tons of textile waste go into landfills every year. But what if we could make that waste disappear?

 

Study finds people overlook the influence of habits, like drinking coffee

Did you drink a cup of coffee this morning? If so, was it because you actually felt tired, or did you simply follow a habitual morning routine?

 

Hepatitis Outbreak May be Linked to Adenovirus Infections

How can more effective cleaning have an impact on a worldwide hepatitis outbreak among children?

 

UV Light Paired With Cleaning Found to Decease Disease Transmission

A large order of pathogens known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacterales (CRE) commonly cause infections in health care settings and are resistant to antibiotics designed to kill them. Examples of germs in the CRE order include E. coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae.

 

Pathogens can hitch a ride on plastic to reach the sea

Microplastics are a pathway for pathogens on land to reach the ocean, with likely consequences for human and wildlife health, according to a study from the University of California, Davis.

 

Toxic discovery: The most pollutant-rich man-made substance on Earth?

There are new developments when it comes to toxic "forever chemicals" in the environment. Wildlife has now tested positive for per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, better-known as PFAS, revealing just how widespread the contamination may be, and it's raising new concerns about the potential impact on people. PFAS are chemicals that are resistant to heat, oil, stains, grease and water.

 

Parents' reactions while helping with math shape young children's achievement

As educators and industry mull strategies for attracting more young adults to math-oriented professions, a new study in the journal Child Development suggests that children's early experiences doing math homework and activities with their parents shape their motivation and achievement.

 

Ranchers Battle Back-to-Back Blizzards, Now Near-Record Flooding Blankets the East, Yet North Dakota Still Isn't Drought-Free

Farmers and ranchers across western North Dakota and Montana were staring at a bleak drought picture for a second consecutive year just a few weeks ago. The weather took a sharp turn with a blizzard Easter week, and now more snow and torrential rains are causing flooding across areas of North Dakota.​

 

Pesticides make it harder for male bees to attract mates

Around the world, bees are facing many threats, including toxic pesticides, climate change, disease, and habitat loss. An international research team led by Julius-Maximilians-University (JMU) Würzburg has investigated the impact of pesticides on the reproduction of wild bees. The experts have discovered that pesticide exposure interferes with reproduction among wild bees in the very earliest phase – the mating phase.

 

Indonesia Allows Some Palm Oil Exports After Ban, Sends Prices On Rollercoaster

Palm oil futures slid Monday after Indonesia's export ban on cooking oil last Friday will not be as strict as previously feared. On Friday, Indonesia, the world's largest palm oil producer, announced an export ban of all cooking oil and palm oil products beginning April 28. However, those who are in the know told Bloomberg that bulk and packaged RBD palm olein, a highly refined form of palm oil used in cooking and baking, will only be subjected to the ban.

 

Guns now the #1 cause of death among U.S. children, study reveals

Firearms have surpassed cars as the leading cause of death among both children and adolescents living in the United States, according to sobering new research by a team at the University of Michigan.

 

3 simple steps can cut cancer risk in older adults by over 60%

Taking vitamin D, omega-3 fish oil, and a simple home exercise program can slash cancer risk by almost two-thirds among older adults, according to new research. Researchers in Switzerland who studied a group of healthy adults over 70 found the daily supplements – along with regular exercise – reduced invasive disease cases by 61 percent.

 

Gut microbes help regulate pancreas, hormone production within GI tract

There is a saying within the medical community, “If you know diabetes, you know all of medicine.” Every cell, every organ, every function, every system in the body – is affected by diabetes. It is one of the most rigorously researched diseases, yet there is still far more mystery than an understanding of the condition. Fortunately, a recent, important breakthrough was made by collaborating scientists at prominent diabetes centers. They discovered that gut microbes have roles in regulating the functions of the pancreas and hormone production within the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

 

Obesity can ‘rewire’ immune system, causing some drugs to make other conditions worse

Atopic dermatitis (also called eczema) is a common type of skin inflammation – your body’s immune system responding to an allergy. The itching can be so severe that it adversely affects mental health. Usually, the thickened, reddened skin improves quickly when treated with drugs that suppress the immune system. A new study, however, reveals that the same immunosuppressive drugs, when used in obesity, can make eczema worse.

 

Treating COVID-19 with antibiotics leading to the creation of more superbugs

Antibiotics that are helping to treat patients with COVID-19 may actually be fueling a concerning rise in the number of superbugs infecting people worldwide. Researchers in the United States have found that cases of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections are going up in comparison to the last year before the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Many Household Products Contain Obesity-Promoting Chemicals, Study Says

In addition to poor diet and lack of exercise, endocrine-disrupting chemicals called “obesogens” may be contributing to rising obesity rates in the United States.

 

Rice University Geobiologist Tapped for Antarctic Drilling Mission

Rice University geobiologist Jeanine Ash is participating in an Antarctic mission that aims to recover the first direct evidence that can answer one of the biggest questions about 21st-century climate change: How much will sea level rise and how fast?

 

BOTTLED WATER GIANT BLUETRITON ADMITS CLAIMS OF RECYCLING AND SUSTAINABILITY ARE “PUFFERY”

BlueTriton, owner of Poland Spring and other brands of water packaged in plastic, stated in a court filing that its claims of sustainability are “vague and hyperbolic.”

 

Nine rare cancers tied to burn pit exposure added to VA benefits list

The Department of Veterans Affairs added nine rare respiratory cancers to its list of diseases that qualify for benefits due to toxic exposure, a move that will make it easier for veterans who served near burn pits to receive care and benefits.

 

Exposure To High-Powered Microwave Frequencies May Cause Brain Injuries

The findings of Texas A&M research could change the way we view directed energy and traumatic brain injuries.​

 

What are Hot Labs?

What do we know about hot labs and their applications, the risks associated with them, as well as the rules and safety protocols that have to be followed while working in these labs?

 

A Quiet Revolution: Southwest Cities Learn to Thrive Amid Drought

Facing a changing climate, southwestern U.S. cities such as San Diego, Phoenix, and Las Vegas have embraced a host of innovative strategies for conserving and sourcing water, providing these metropolitan areas with ample water supplies to support their growing populations.

 

Dam Accounting: Taking Stock of Methane Emissions From Reservoirs

Mounting studies highlight greenhouse gas emissions from reservoirs, and now a coalition of environmental groups has called for regulatory action.

 

‘We want it back to what it was’: the US village blighted by toxic waste

Can a $100m cleanup operation save Mead, Nebraska, from putrid pesticide-laced waste that has polluted water, with health implications yet unknown?

 

Bean cultivation in diverse agricultural landscapes promotes bees and increases yields

Pollination by insects is essential for the production of many food crops. The presence of pollinators, such as bees, depends on the availability of nesting sites and sufficient food. If these conditions are lacking, the pollinators also fail to appear and the yield of flowering arable crops, such as broad beans or oilseed rape, suffers as well.

 

Fishermen and Scientists Probe Phosphate’s Connection to Florida Red Tides

A new nonprofit connects fishermen and scientists to determine whether the state’s phosphate mines are linked to the harmful algal blooms.

 

Unicorns and explosives: a burning ship off Victoria’s coast hints at the dangerous secrets of cargo carriers

More than 100 sea cans were lost in B.C. waters after a storm-wracked the Zim Kingston last fall. Bigger vessels, weighed down with more goods, are making shipping riskier

 

Study: Possible link between “forever chemicals” and diabetes in middle-aged women

It’s worrisome that a recent study suggests that middle-aged women exposed to “forever chemicals” may be at a higher risk of contracting the disease.

 

CDC Study: Pesticide Use Does Not Reduce Risk of Lyme, Other Tick-Borne Disease

Using pesticides to reduce the number of ticks in residential areas does not translate to lower rates of tick-borne disease in humans. This finding is the culmination of research overseen by scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which have been studying the effectiveness of pesticides to manage tick bites and tick borne-diseases for over a decade. While earlier research focused on direct pesticide applications to individual household lawns, the most recent publication, under early release in the Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases, represented a broader, neighborhood-wide implementation of control measures.

 

Ovarian cancer is not a silent killer – recognizing its symptoms could help reduce misdiagnosis and late detection

Ovarian cancer is the most deadly of gynecologic tumors. Fewer than 40% of those diagnosed with ovarian cancer are cured, and approximately 12,810 people in the U.S. die from the disease every year.

 

The Benefits Of St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a plant that grows in the wild and has been used for centuries to help aid humans with various mental health conditions. St. John’s wort is sold as a dietary supplement in the United States. It’s currently widely prescribed for depression in Europe.

 

Hundreds of Women Experience Rare Gynecological Event

Over more than 100 years, fewer than 40 cases of decidual cast shedding -- during which the uterus' thick mucous lining is shed, intact -- have been reported. But over a 7.5-month period in 2021, 292 women experienced it, raising questions about whether COVID-19 vaccines could be to blame

 

What’s Behind Skyrocketing Rise in Early Puberty During the Pandemic?

According to recent data, the incidence of early puberty surged since the start of the COVID pandemic, and it’s also affecting children at historically unprecedented ages.

 

Can Melatonin Gummies Solve Bedtime Struggles for Families? Experts Advise Caution

Parents are increasingly relying on melatonin supplements to help get their children to sleep. But with reports of melatonin poisoning in young children more than doubling from 2017 through 2021, experts advise caution.

 

‘Dangerous’ Rhode Island Bill Would Impose Monthy Fines, Double Taxes on Unvaxxed

Rhode Islanders over age 16 who don’t get the COVID-19 vaccine would face $50 monthly fines and have to pay twice as much state income tax under legislation introduced in the state Senate, but the bill faces an uphill battle.

 

Hyperbaric Therapy — A Vastly Underused Treatment Modality

Dr. Jason Sonners, author of the book, “Oxygen Under Pressure: Using Hyperbaric Oxygen to Restore Health, Reduce Inflammation, Reverse Aging and Revolutionize Health Care,” started out as a chiropractor. His passion, however, is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), which is the focus of his Ph.D. studies at the University of Miami.

 

Omega-3 and Vitamin D May Reduce Heart Failure Complications

Data from a study published in April 2022 in JACC: Heart Failure reveals that people with Type 2 diabetes who used omega-3 supplements had a lower incidence of hospitalization with heart failure. Heart failure is a form of heart disease in which the heart experiences ventricular dysfunction.

 

Sleeping Giant: Yellowstone Caldera evolution since 18 million years ago in images and maps

Yellowstone is currently a dormant volcano, with low levels of unrest. However, past volcanic eruptions that have taken place at Yellowstone National Park have been global disasters. Today, scientists are trying to predict how this ticking time bomb will explode—or fizzle out.

 

Noise pollution in cities to blame for 1 in 20 heart attacks, study shows

One in 20 heart attacks in cities may be linked to noise pollution, according to new research. Scientists at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School say that people who live near busy roads, railways, or under flight paths are overwhelmingly more likely to suffer cardiac issues that can’t just be blamed on air pollution or individual health issues.

 

Far from harmless: Marijuana users are more likely to experience symptoms of psychosis

The increased occurrence of psychotic illness in marijuana users was noted in psychiatric clinical literature many years ago. Today, the availability of powerful hybrid strains, the concurrent use of energy drinks, or psychostimulant drugs and medications can increase this risk.

 

Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, April 23, 2022

Power structures are doing their best to further fuel crop collapse all over the world. Constant contamination and overexploitation continue in our oceans, fisheries are collapsing. Our once lush forests are dying and incinerating. From the formerly blue skies to the ground, industrialized militarized "civilization" is laying waste to our once thriving home. What part is the climate intervention insanity playing in this entire equation?

 

Evaporative Demand Increase Across Lower 48 Means Less Water Supplies, Drier Vegetation, and Higher Fire Risk

In the western U.S., the impacts of drought conditions in the 21st century are increasingly evident as extended fire seasons, dwindling water supplies, and widespread tree mortality are becoming more common occurrences.

 

Lesser known ozone layer’s outsized role in planet warming

New research has identified a lesser-known form of ozone playing a big role in heating the Southern Ocean — one of Earth’s main cooling systems.

 

Freshwater habitats are fragile pockets of exceptional biodiversity, study finds

Ponds, lakes, rivers and streams cover only a tiny fraction of Earth's surface, yet they are home to a comparatively large number of different species, according to a study led by University of Arizona ecologists. The findings have implications for conservation efforts around the globe.

 

Chemicals in everyday products are spurring obesity, warns a new review

Exposure to obesogens, which are “pretty much everywhere,” is in part driving the obesity epidemic, according to scientists.

 

Public Libraries Are Making It Easy to Check Out Seeds—and Plant a Garden

Across the country, libraries are giving away seeds to encourage neighbors to plant food, spend more time outside, and build a relationship with nature.

 

Meet the young pirates protecting the ocean from plastic pollution

A primary school programme called 'Captain Fanplastic' is using storytelling, treasure hunts and creative crafts to educate young children in South Africa about plastic waste.

 

A new kind of ‘mining’ has arrived in the Ohio Valley. What will crypto mean for the region?

Not everyone is excited about the cryptocurrency boom. The industry’s incredibly high energy use has many experts and activists concerned that it could set back the clock on attempts to use energy more efficiently by many years.

 

Meet the power plant of the future: Solar + battery hybrids are poised for explosive growth

America’s electric power system is undergoing radical change as it transitions from fossil fuels to renewable energy. While the first decade of the 2000s saw huge growth in natural gas generation, and the 2010s were the decade of wind and solar, early signs suggest the innovation of the 2020s may be a boom in “hybrid” power plants.

 

Staring at an image of yourself on Zoom has serious consequences for mental health – especially for women

In the past few years, people across the world have spent more time on video chat programs like Zoom and FaceTime than ever before. These applications mimic in-person encounters by allowing users to see the people they are communicating with. But unlike in-person communications, these programs often also show users a video of themselves. Instead of catching the occasional glimpse of themselves in a mirror, now people are looking at themselves for hours a day.

 

This high school is contaminated with lead. It blames the recycling plant next door

“Nobody really complained about it, because I guess we just kind of had to get used to it,” said Diana Salvador, who graduated from Jordan high in 2019. But she’s horrified when she thinks back. “We would sit outside, eating lunch while they were throwing scrap pieces around. And we were breathing that air – inhaling lead.”

 

5 Surprising Health Benefits Of Eating Broccoli, According To Science

Broccoli is a nutrient-rich vegetable that may enhance your health in a variety of ways. It’s loaded with a wide array of vitamins, minerals, fiber and other bioactive compounds. Including the leafy green veggie in your diet every day can help reduce inflammation, improve blood sugar control, boost immunity and improve heart health.

 

EU unveils plan for ‘largest ever ban’ on dangerous chemicals

Up to 12,000 substances could fall within the scope of the new ‘restrictions roadmap’

 

Sustainable sneakers: Scientists create the world's first biodegradable shoe

Stephen Mayfield, a molecular biology professor at UC San Diego, now has a stake in the business of footwear alongside partners Michael Burkart and Robert Pomeroy from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. After six years of research and experimentation, these professors are launching the world's first biodegradable shoe through the company Blueview, of which Mayfield also serves as CEO.

 

How to cut down cosmetic waste

Beauty products generate vast amounts of waste, and experts say most of the onus is on consumers to mitigate the problem

 

Humans have a built-in instinct for healthy food and select diet for specific micronutrients, study shows

It has long been thought we seek out energy-dense foods and get vitamins and minerals from eating a variety of dishes. But a study now suggests humans may have ‘nutritional wisdom’, preferring foods that could benefit health.

 

IndyCar, Indianapolis 500 announce plans to go green

The IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway are going green. Penske Entertainment, the parent company of the series, announced Friday it will start implementing more eco-friendly plans starting with next month's Indianapolis 500. The race is scheduled for May 29.

 

Study suggests Black, Hispanic women with low vitamin D more likely to develop breast cancer

Among women who identified as Black/African American or Hispanic/Latina, those with low blood levels of vitamin D were more likely to develop breast cancer than those with adequate levels. In the study published by Wiley online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the link between low vitamin D and breast cancer was particularly evident among Hispanic/Latina women.

 

New Ebola outbreak declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The health authorities of the African nation declared a new outbreak of Ebola after a case was confirmed in Mbandaka, a city in the north-western Equateur Province, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Saturday.

 

2 wildfires have combined in New Mexico as fires also rage in Arizona and Nebraska

Wildfires continue to burn across the southwest with two blazes in New Mexico merging to form a perimeter of more than 180 miles Sunday, according to firefighters. The Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak fires have combined – burning a collective 54,004 acres – and the flames were 12% contained Sunday night, New Mexico Fire Information said.

 

Lithium shortages impact Tesla, other EV carmakers, numerous tech markets

Electric vehicles (EVs) have been growing in popularity amid climate initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, yet production is being hampered by a shortage of lithium, an essential element for making electric batteries.

 

Water processing: Light helps degrade hormones

Micropollutants in water often are hormones that accumulate in the environment and may have negative impacts on humans and animals. Researchers have now developed a process for the photocatalytic degradation of these pollutants when they flow through polymer membranes. Irradiation with light triggers a chemical reaction, as a result of which steroid hormones are degraded on the membranes coated with titanium dioxide.

 

FORGET GAS PRICES. THE BILLIONAIRE CLUB’S RUN ON COBALT SAYS EVERYTHING ABOUT OUR BATTERY-POWERED FUTURE

Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and other masters of the universe are betting big on Greenland as mining in the Congo gets too dirty for even Elon Musk.

 

Europe’s Biggest Lithium Mine Is Caught in a Political Maelstrom

Europe wants to source EV materials within its own borders. But fierce opposition ahead of the elections in Serbia shows locals don’t trust mining companies.

 

How do bees make honey? From the hive to the pot

How do bees make honey? From flower, to stomach, to mouth, to mouth again and then into the hive.

 

Nano state: tiny and now everywhere, how big a problem are nanoparticles?

Nanoparticles are added to food, fabrics, cosmetics and drugs with few controls – and often end up in the sea. Now scientists are asking how safe they are

 

Cloud Seeding Can Change the Weather to Cool the Planet But At What Cost?

Often when speaking of climate change or things like the drought that affects more than 61 percent of the U.S., many joke about “climate creating machines.” Why can’t we just make it rain or make it snow to solve these droughts or the warming planet?

 

As More People Use Marijuana, Secondhand Smoke Risks Rise

Media outlets cover the risk of lingering particles from bong smoke — including to pets and children — "copycat" food packaging used by marijuana edibles, pet poisonings from accidental edible ingestions, and various political and legal maneuvers relating to legalization.

 

Scientists advance cloud-seeding capabilities with nanotechnology

Since the 1940s, scientists have studied ways to increase rainfall with the goal of increasing precipitation in arid and semi-arid climates. Today, that endeavor is making incredible leaps and bounds as scientists and engineers apply nanotechnology to improve the effectiveness of cloud seeding.

 

UK’s Largest Supermarket Begins Rationing Cooking Oil Amid Supply Disruption

If record-high food prices weren’t enough. The Russia-Ukraine conflict has choked off the sunflower oil supply, forcing the largest supermarket in the UK to begin rationing. The Guardian reports that Tesco, with more than 4,000 retail stores, placed buying limits of three cooking oil bottles per customer. It follows Waitrose and Morrisons, other supermarket chains that set limits of just two per customer.​

 

Five Natural Detoxifiers for a Healthy Year

From algae to common spices in the kitchen, here are five ingredients for the natural detoxification of heavy metals and toxins that are common in everyday life

 

More Fluoride Exposure Leads to Less Sleep

Tired? Exposure to higher levels of fluoride in drinking water has been linked to less sleep, likely due to its adverse effects on the pineal gland -- raising questions that it could also interfere with this gland's role as the "seat of the soul."

 

Another Layer of Corruption in the Opioid Scandal Revealed

In 2021, McKinsey & Company, one of the largest consultants to corporations and governments worldwide, settled a lawsuit brought by 47 state attorneys general over its role in the U.S. opioid crisis. The firm agreed to pay $573 million in fines1 for driving up sales of Purdue Pharma’s OxyContin painkiller, even as Americans were dying in droves.

 

Jim Gale On How And Why We Should Cover The World In Food Forests

In this episode of the Live Free Now Podcast, I’m joined by Jim Gale of Food Forest Abundance to talk about his vision for food forests across the globe.

 

Water Conflicts Are on the Rise

The number of water conflicts is increasing in most regions of the world, as shown in this infographic based on data from the Pacific Institute. The hotspot is Asia, which has the highest number of conflicts in absolute terms and the strongest recent growth in conflicts.

 

Half the world’s population has headaches, women more than men, study finds

Have you noticed that you constantly seem to get headaches or migraines? Well, you’re not alone. Scientists say more than half the entire global population is suffering from some form of headache disorder.

 

Sudden urge for steak? Blame your gut bacteria for food cravings, study suggests

Do you crave the weirdest foods all of a sudden? Or maybe you have pizza on your mind and can’t stop thinking about it? That may not be you who’s hungry. For the first time, research reveals that gut bacteria can control what we want to eat.

 

Intense exercise can help curb cravings for fatty foods

An intense workout at the gym may be just what you need to get over your craving for junk food. Researchers from Washington State University have found that high-intensity exercise reduces a rat’s desire to eat fatty food after a long period without their tasty snacks.

 

Cycloalkanes a strong candidate for reducing aviation emissions

Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories have released data that could play an important role in the future development of cleaner and more sustainable aviation fuel.

 

Imbalance of gut bacteria may lead to Parkinson’s disease, studies shows

Despite being a disease in the brain, new research suggests an unhealthy gut could lead to the development of Parkinson’s disease. Two new studies from Brazil showed a mechanism by which Parkinson’s can occur from an imbalance between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ gut microbes.

 

How To Make Manufacturers More Responsible For Plastics Recycling

Most waste decisions are out of reach of consumers, who have the packaging chosen for them by manufacturers​

 

NASA is watching California’s groundwater crisis from space

Over-pumping groundwater is causing California's San Joaquin Valley to sink, but monitoring these basins from space could help improve management.

 

Perennial rye crop shows potential for greener agriculture

Annual crops are the farmer’s bread and butter, the crops they rely on most, but at least one type of perennial grain is proving much more beneficial to the environment.

 

Greening food preservation nourishes the environment

As consumers seek fewer preservatives in packaged food – while the environment needs less plastic waste – Cornell scientists are finding ways to make active packaging materials with a biologically-derived polymer that helps salad dressings, marinades and beverages last longer in the fridge.

 

EWG letter published in JAMA Oncology: “Evidence Base on the Potential Carcinogenicity of Radiofrequency Radiation”

Recent research points to the cancer risks caused by radiofrequency radiation from wireless communication devices, EWG says in a letter this week to JAMA Oncology’s editor.

 

A Brief History of Solar Energy

When most of us think of solar energy, the first thing that comes to mind is modern solar panels. Over the last few decades, photovoltaic technology has improved exponentially in cost, efficiency and scale, nearing a point of ubiquity in the world’s energy ecosystems. For that reason, it may be tempting for us to think of solar panels as the past, present and future of harnessing solar energy.

 

Highway warnings about traffic deaths may increase crashes, study finds

Electronic signs are a common sight on US highways. These dot-matrix displays date back to at least the 1950s and were first used to alert drivers to changing speed limits or hazards ahead; they now usually exhort us to drive safely. But targeting drivers with safety messages when they're driving may actually be counterproductive, according to a study published this week in Science. In fact, giving drivers an update on the current year's road death total actually led to an increase in crashes.

 

Los Angeles Ordinance to Reduce Plastic Waste Requires Single-Use Dishes, Cutlery to Be Compostable or Fully Recyclable

In Los Angeles County, California, the Board of Supervisors has given the green light for a new ordinance aimed at reducing plastic waste. The ordinance will require all takeout items, such as takeaway containers and other dishes and cutlery, to be either compostable or fully recyclable by 2023.

 

Disposable coffee cups shed TRILLIONS of microscopic plastic particles into your drink, study claims

Disposable coffee cups are already known to be an environmental scourge, due to their thin plastic lining making them extremely difficult to recycle. Now a new study has revealed that the hot beverage receptacles shed trillions of microscopic plastic particles into your drink.

 

A circular economy for smartphones and laptops

Where does your smartphone come from? That question doesn’t have an easy answer. Chances are good that the device was assembled in a factory in China, but the materials that went into it likely came from all over the world. The copper wiring from Indonesia, the cobalt in its rechargeable battery from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the iron in its speakers and microphone from the Amazon.

 

CDC issues alert after mystery hepatitis outbreak among dozens of kids in the US and UK who have been hit with the liver disease 'because of weakened immune systems from lockdown'

U.S. health officials have sent out a nationwide alert warning doctors to be on the lookout for symptoms of unexplained hepatitis in kids, after clusters of mysterious cases in the US and UK.

 

Report: Fire training, equipment lacking at US nuclear dump

The U.S. government's nuclear waste repository in New Mexico has major issues in fire training and firefighting vehicles, with its fleet in disrepair after years of neglect, according to an investigation by the U.S. Energy Department's Office of Inspector General.

 

Study suggests tree-filled spaces are more favorable to child development than paved or grassy surfaces

A study has found that living in a tree-filled environment is associated with better early childhood development than living in an environment where vegetation takes the form of grass cover. The analysis also found that both varieties of green space are associated with better child development outcomes than areas dominated by paved surfaces.

 

Large Hadron Collider fires up for the first time in three years as scientists begin hunt for a 'fifth force of nature'

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been fired up again after a three year break for maintenance and upgrades – with the first beam sent around the tunnel just before 10am BST this morning.

 

The Two Drivers of Massive Insect Population Die-Off Have Finally Been Identified

As renowned ecologist E.O. Wilson put it, "insects are the little things that run the world". At least 87 of humanity's major crops depend on them, but it's getting harder for insects to survive on our planet. Now, a new study has identified how human-created disturbances interact to make things worse for many insects, from beetles to flies.

 

Houston Tyranny: Businesses Must Install Surveillance Cams At Own Expense, Cops To View Footage Without Warrant

Tough on crime or just lawless tyrants? The Houston city council has gone completely 1984 by forcing businesses to spend their own money to install high definition security cameras, from which the police can then extract footage without a warrant. This is flatly unconstitutional on several counts and will certainly be challenged in court.

 

The pandemic’s gardening boom shows how gardens can cultivate public health

As lockdowns went into effect in the spring of 2020 to slow the spread of the coronavirus, reports emerged of a global gardening boom, with plants, flowers, vegetables and herbs sprouting in backyards and on balconies around the world.

 

Earth Day 2022: Amidst the crises, don’t forget the beauty

Words and images from our founder, Pete Myers, on how bird photography keeps him connected to and curious about a planet in peril.

 

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Community at Disproportionate Risk from Pesticides, Study Finds

A study published on April 18 finds that people in U.S. BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) communities, as well as those living in low-income communities, endure a very disproportionate rate of exposure to pesticides, and of subsequent risks of harm. It finds that such disparities exist in both urban and rural communities, and at all points in the pesticide “life cycle,” from manufacture to application.

 

Forget passenger cars, here’s where hydrogen make sense in transport

You can understand why the idea of a hydrogen-powered car is appealing. Humans aren't great at accepting change, but we do find comfort in the familiar. Being told that our transport must decarbonize means more change. While electric vehicles are better at almost everything, even the world's biggest EV evangelist must concede that charging a car takes longer than filling a fuel tank. Hydrogen can be pressurized and pumped, and hydrogen can be clean, therefore hydrogen-powered cars make sense, th​

 

Gut microbiome and IBD: Intestinal 'virome' could be missing link

A new study finds that virome particles from people with IBD can cause inflammation when they are transplanted into human intestinal tissue.

 

How Does Coffee Affect Your Metabolism?

Coffee is enjoyed by 7 in 10 Americans each week, while 62% enjoy coffee daily. On the record, the most common reasons why people drink coffee are for the taste and the caffeine boost it provides — to increase energy and “wake me up.” But there’s another, often unspoken, effect of coffee drinking that many would consider a benefit — it makes you poop.

 

Rising Marijuana Use Presents Secondhand Risks

Studies probe harms to people near users, accidental ingestion by dogs

 

Protect birds and bees by banning ‘neonics’ pesticides in NY

As certified organic farmers in Upstate New York, we are very dependent on the birds and the bees that pollinate our 40 acres of fruit and vegetable crops. But these pollinators are at risk — just last year, we lost three out of four of our honeybee hives. That’s why we’re supporting The Birds and Bees Protection Act (A7429/S699B).

 

8 Critical Ways Factory Farming Impacts The Environment

Thanks to undercover investigations, documentaries, and other educational efforts, the plight of animals in the factory farming industry is becoming increasingly clear. Less widely known, however, are the environmental impacts of these facilities.

 

Modern American agriculture includes all 2 million farms

Modern agriculture includes roughly 2 million farms. Around 89% of those farms are considered small, with gross cash farm income less than $350,000. Those households likely rely on off-farm income. Large family-owned farms account for 3% of farms but 46% of the value of production in the United States. All that is to say, we can all support different types of agriculture and farms.

 

U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Lead on Sustainability

U.S. farmers’ and ranchers’ world-leading sustainability efforts, including the U.S. beef community’s commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2040, the U.S. pork community’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% by 2030, and the U.S. dairy community’s commitment to achieve GHG neutrality by 2050, are among the significant contributions highlighted in the most recent edition of the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s Sustainability Impact Report.

 

Research Lends More Support for Mediterranean Diet to Protect Brain Health

Adherence to a Mediterranean diet, which modulates gut microbiota, offers some protection against Alzheimer disease, but results of the review indicated more research is needed to understand the effect on Parkinson disease.

 

Why Has Early Puberty Skyrocketed During the Pandemic?

According to recent data, incidence of early puberty has surged since the start of the COVID pandemic. It’s also affecting children at ages that are historically unprecedented. What could possibly account for this phenomenon?

 

For Earth Day, Build More Pipelines!

Sadly, coverage of today’s Earth Day celebrations will be dominated by a combination of ‘feel-good’ activities like planting trees or cleaning up garbage along a river-bank, and stories about the horrendous fate awaiting us if we don’t straighten up and fly right (or eat our vegetables or sit up straight or something). And a lot of focus will be aimed at finding someone to blame, including the rich (for their consumption), the fossil fuel industry (which forces us to use dirty energy), and well, a whole bunch of the usual suspects.

 

Microchip Implanted in Your Hand? Why Worry?

An implantable microchip holds your digital identity, health data and finances. The chip is implanted just beneath the skin on the hand, and operates using either near-field communication or radio-frequency identification.

 

Toxic Heavy Metals and MRIs — What Radiologists Don’t Tell You

Gadolinium, a toxic heavy metal, is the contrast agent of choice in about one-third of high-contrast MRIs. A poll revealed 58% of radiologists avoid informing patients when deposits of toxic contrast agents are discovered to avoid provoking “unnecessary patient anxiety.”

 

7 Sustainability Terms To Know For Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day, AFFLINK, a leading sales and marketing organization comprised of manufacturers and distributors throughout the country, provides a list of little known sustainability terms we all should know.

 

Get Ready to Celebrate Earth Day

Businesses in the cleaning industry, along with all companies and individuals, are called to invest in the planet—the message for Earth Day 2022 which is celebrated on Friday, April 22. “For Earth Day 2022, we need to act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably). It’s going to take all of us. All in. Businesses, governments, and citizens—everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable. A partnership for the planet,” stated EarthDay.org.

 

Social Media Killed Her Teen Son, Mother Alleges in Lawsuit

Donna Dawley joined a growing group of parents suing social media platforms for injuries caused by deliberately addictive algorithms that can cause depression and suicide.

 

Microplastics Pick Up Pollution, Making Them Even More Toxic to Humans

A new study published in Chemosphere shows microplastics can pick up pollution in their travels, making them an even greater threat to human health.

 

Top 8 tasty and nutritious vegetables for juicing

Juicing is a great way to improve your overall health, especially if you’re looking for a quick and convenient way to boost your nutrient intake. But if you’re new to juicing, it can be rather difficult to choose which vegetables to use when making a green juice. Here are eight of the most nutritious vegetables that you can use to make a refreshing green juice.

 

Do You Know the Wide-Ranging Health Benefits of Selenium?

Selenium is an essential trace mineral that plays a unique and important role in a variety of biological functions. Your body cannot make selenium, so it's important to get it from your food. It's a major component in more than two dozen proteins that play crucial roles in a variety of functions, including thyroid hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis and reproduction

 

Hydroponics: How To Grow Food With A Kratky Jar

Need a means of boosting your food production in a tiny, indoors space? Why not set up a Kratky jar? This is a low-cost, low-maintenance, high-output means of food production that can help you to grow a wide number of foods in your kitchen. What does it entail? Let’s take a closer look…

 

How Does Animal Meat Compare to Plant-Based Meat?

Plant-based alternatives are no longer for vegetarians and vegans alone. In recent years, they’re appealing to many people who are cutting out, or cutting down their personal meat consumption. Whether you consider yourself one of these people or simply recognize the rise of this trend, this infographic from the Very Good Food Company (VGFC) explores three key reasons why the plant-based market is growing, and how it compares to animal meat.

 

Phytochemical in apple peels found to boost brain health

A study found that a phytochemical in apple peels promotes the growth of new neurons. This is an important finding because the human brain becomes more susceptible to various health problems with age.​

 

Antidepressants DON'T make people any happier, major study claims

Antidepressants are no better at making people feel happier than taking no medication at all, a study claimed today.

 

TERRORFORMING hardware that removes CO2 from the atmosphere to destroy life on Earth suffers major setback from FREEZING temperatures

A large industrial project in Iceland that was supposed to start artificially removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere in order to stop “global warming” has frozen, ironically.

 

Walking faster can slow the aging process, help you live longer

A brisk walk could help add 16 years to your life, a new study finds. Researchers at the University of Leicester have discovered a link between a person’s walking pace and the rate at which they age. ​

 

Crohn’s disease linked to fatty tissue within the gut

People with Crohn’s disease will tell you that the disease hijacks their life in a sort of hostile takeover – and that such a life can be miserable. There’s little time or strength left to create and enjoy the life they choose for themselves. There’s a new study, however, with a new finding, and new hope. Scientists at the University of Limerick (UL), Ireland have discovered a direct link between fatty tissue and Crohn’s disease.

 

FDA fails to protect the public from chemicals health risks

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for protecting the public’s health and ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply. Sadly, as Politico reported this month, the agency “has repeatedly failed to take timely action on a wide range of safety and health issues the agency has been aware of for several years, including dangerous pathogens found in water used to grow produce and heavy metal contamination in baby foods.”

 

War in Ukraine, Drought Converge to Worsen Hunger Crises in Horn of Africa

Russia’s war against Ukraine is causing global food prices to soar, worsening hunger emergencies in countries like Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia where millions of people are not getting enough calories due to harvests and livestock that were decimated by three consecutive subpar rainy seasons.

 

Sarah Vogel Fought the Banks on Behalf of Family Farms

In ‘The Farmers Lawyer,’ the attorney tells the story of her David-and-Goliath fight for North Dakota farmers during the farm crisis of the 1980s.

 

Going vegan can help ease arthritis pain, study says

If you’ve been noticing more aches and pains lately, new research suggests it may be time to start eating greener. Scientists with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine report eating a low-fat vegan diet (without any calorie restrictions) can improve joint pain symptoms in patients diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

 

Could Utah children help shape the destiny of the ailing Great Salt Lake?

To save the Great Salt Lake is to know its worth. To know its worth is to be educated about why it matters. For 16 years, The Nature Conservancy has introduced the value of the Great Salt Lake and its vast wetlands and uplands to 22,000 fourth graders from six school districts.

 

Glass windows kill billions of birds a year. Scientists are working to change that

Conservationists are trying to convince governments and building owners around the world to introduce changes to stop birds from flying into reflective glass. Experts say the solutions are surprisingly simple.

 

Cutting your smartphone use by just one HOUR a day makes you less anxious, more satisfied with life and more likely to exercise, study finds

Cutting your smartphone use by just an hour a day makes you less anxious, more satisfied with life and more likely to exercise, a study has found.

 

Dolphin’s stabbing death investigated by Florida wildlife officials

Necropsy suggests marine mammal was ‘impaled in the head with a spear-like object’ while being illegally fed

 

Insect apocalypse continues: Warming climate and intensive agriculture have HALVED bug populations in some tropical parts of the world, study finds

Warming climate and intensive agriculture have almost halved insect populations in some tropical parts of the world, a new study has warned.

 

Literature Review Adds to the Growing Evidence that Inert Ingredients Are Toxic to Pollinators

A literature review published in Royal Society finds that ‘inert’ ingredients’ in pesticide formulations adversely affect the health of bees and other wild pollinators. Inert ingredients, also known as “other” ingredients, and not disclosed by name on pesticide product labels, facilitate the action of active ingredients targeting a specific pest.

 

Study shows everyday plastic products release trillions of microscopic particles into water

Plastics surround us, whether it's the grocery bags we use at the supermarket or household items such as shampoo and detergent bottles. Plastics don't exist only as large objects, but also as microscopic particles that are released from these larger products. These microscopic plastics can end up in the environment, and they can be ingested into our bodies.

 

Small bees better at coping with warming, bumblebees struggle: study

Climate change could lead to more small-bodied bees but fewer bumblebees, according to research published Wednesday, warning of potential "cascading" effects on plant pollination and across whole ecosystems.​

 

We are more satisfied with life as we age, thanks to this neurochemical

People whose brains release more of the neurochemical oxytocin are kinder to others and are more satisfied with their lives. This is the finding of new research, published in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, that also discovered that oxytocin release increases with age, showing why, on average, people are more caring as they get older.

 

More pets being poisoned by cannabis

With marijuana now legal in many U.S. states, some veterinarians are seeing more cases of cannabis poisoning in dogs and other pets, according to a new survey.

 

Coding green: Software engineers strive for sustainable and robust solutions

Climate change has forced humankind to think differently in order to preserve the planet and every living being. A wide variety of technologies and services that preserve natural resources have emerged worldwide, as a result of research and innovation efforts. We now have zero-emission vehicles, smart and more efficient appliances, green packaging made from biodegradable plastic, and even lab-grown meat. How about software? Can an app be green too?

 

Alarmingly high rates of inappropriate antibiotic prescribing to older and Black patients, finds US study

Almost three-quarters of antibiotics prescriptions to patients aged 65 years or older, and two thirds to Black patients, are inappropriate, according to a study analyzing over 7 billion visits to doctor's offices, hospital clinics and emergency departments by US adults and children over 7 years.

 

Risky driving behaviors increase as common sleep disorder worsens

Up to half of older adults may have sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing and sleep are briefly interrupted many times a night. A new study shows that this chronic tiredness can have serious implications for road safety.

 

Arizona wildfire triples in size as thousands flee their homes

The Arizona Tunnel Fire has now burned an area larger than Manhattan

 

How a Nebraska ethanol plant turned seeds into toxic waste

State regulators shuttered the AltEn plant in 2021 after years of environmental violations. Residents are just beginning to grapple with its toxic legacy.

 

Bumblebees' nutrition influences their pesticide resistance

How susceptible bumblebees are to a common fungicide depends on the flowering plants to which it is applied on and how diverse the food supply is that is available to the insects. Monocultures can increase the insects' sensitivity to the fungicide or generally have negative effects on health, growth and fertility.

 

Single tick bite can cause a life-threatening meat allergy: report

As tick season kicks into gear, it’s a good idea to know about a potentially life-threatening food allergy called alpha-gal syndrome that may occur after certain tick bites – especially the lone star tick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

Trojan trout: could turning an invasive fish into a 'super-male’ save a native species?

In western US waterways, invasive and voracious brook trout are outcompeting native species – but a modified variant could tip the scales

 

‘Frankenstein opioids’ 40 times more potent than fentanyl, Attorney General warns

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost warns there is a growing use of nitazenes, a group of dangerous synthetic opioids that can be up to 40 times more potent than fentanyl.

 

EPA Bans Chlorpyrifos On Food Crops

Great news! This year – for the first time since it was approved in 1965 – chlorpyrifos will not be used on food crops in the U.S.

 

The cost of toxic products? Just $1

A new report finds your dollar store savings may come with a big health cost.

 

Mental Health Crisis Driven by Public Health Policy Trauma

The United States is facing a mental health crisis, experts say, noting we’re in dire need of more mental health professionals

 

25% of U.S. Population Susceptible to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Dr. Bernhoft Says

In an interview with The Defender, Dr. Robin Bernhoft said, “Our current medical system, including much of our purportedly scientific research, is captured by the interests of pharmaceutical companies who put profits ahead of patients.”

 

Global Rice Production Set To Plunge 10%, Threatening Half Of Humanity

Farmers in China, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Vietnam — the largest rice-producing countries could experience reduced output due to soaring fertilizer prices. The International Rice Research Institute warns that harvests could plunge as much as 10% in the next season, equating to about 36 million tons of rice, or enough food to feed a half billion people, according to Bloomberg.

 

Road rage is up. How to deal with an angry driver

Last year was the worst on record for road rage shootings in the United States, according to data released by Everytown for Gun Safety, which found that more than 500 people were shot and wounded or killed in more than 700 incidents. The monthly average of 44 people killed or wounded by gunfire on the roads was double the 2019 average.

 

Five Top Uses for Mud Therapy

For thousands of years, people all over the world have believed in the healing powers of mud and natural hot springs. Isn't it time you consider the use of mud therapies to soothe your own aches and pains?​

 

10 Reasons Behind Most Chronic Health Issues

The 2015-2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) recorded the highest rate of obesity ever documented by the survey — 39.6% of adults with obesity.1 Those numbers only continue to grow. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention2 recorded 42.5% of adults 20 and over with obesity in 2017-2018.

 

Thousands report vomiting, diarrhea after eating Lucky Charms cereal

Thousands of people have reported stomach pains, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea after eating Lucky Charms, the "magically delicious" sugar-coated cereal fronted by a cartoon leprechaun that feebly tries to prevent hungry children from getting his colorful charm-shaped marshmallows. The illnesses have left many wondering if the latest lineup of charms includes hearts, stars, horseshoes, clovers, and tasty infectious bacteria.

 

The fishing village at risk from falling seas

For the Icelandic fishing village of Höfn — “pronounced hup, as if you have the hiccups” — climate change has meant a dangerous drop in sea levels, in contrast to the surges in the rest of the world, according to CNN.

 

Teen drug overdose deaths skyrocketed for the first time ever during pandemic

COVID-19 isn’t the only health crisis taking a toll on teens during the pandemic, as a new study finds the rate of adolescent drug overdoses is taking a terrifying turn for the worse. Researchers at UCLA say the rate of overdose deaths among teenagers in the United States nearly doubled in 2020 alone.​

 

How a South African community’s request for its genetic data raises questions about ethical and equitable research

Scientists believe Africa is where modern humans first emerged. For the past decade, our team of genetic researchers from the Henn Lab have worked among the Khoe-San communities in South Africa, which comprise multiple ethnic groups in the region, requesting DNA and generating genetic data to help unravel the history and prehistory of southern Africans and their relationship to populations around the world.

 

U.N. Kills Any Plans to Use Mercury as a Rocket Propellant

A recent United Nations provision has banned the use of mercury in spacecraft propellant. Although no private company has actually used mercury propellant in a launched spacecraft, the possibility was alarming enough—and the dangers extreme enough—that the ban was enacted just a few years after one U.S.-based startup began toying with the idea.

 

Mother’s Exposure to Pesticides during Pregnancy Results in Sleep-Related Problems among Daughters

A University of Michigan study is the first to highlight that maternal pesticide exposure during pregnancy adversely affects sleeping patterns for offspring later in life, specifically for females. Prenatal development is one of the most vulnerable periods of exposure as the fetus is most susceptible to the harmful effects of chemical contaminants.

 

Vaping Alters Inflammatory State of Brain, Heart, Lungs, and Colon

Daily vaping of pod-based e-cigarettes alters inflammatory states across multiple organs, including the brain. The effects vary depending upon the vape flavors and influence how the body responds to infections. Mint vapes, for example, leave people more sensitive to the effects of bacterial pneumonia than mango flavoring.

 

Lithium costs a lot of money—so why aren’t we recycling lithium batteries?

Electric vehicles, power tools, smartwatches—Lithium-ion batteries are everywhere now. However, the materials to make them are finite, and sourcing them has environmental, humanitarian, and economic implications. Recycling is key to addressing those, but a recent study shows most Lithium-ion batteries never get recycled.

 

Let Them Bee

‘To save ourselves, we have to save the bees:’ Caroline Yelle is breeding queen honey bees to survive the changing climate and multiple other threats.

 

Foreign investment in US cropland nearly triples in past decade, USDA data shows

Foreign investors own more than just cropland. Overall, they own or lease nearly 37.6 million acres of agricultural land, including forests and pastures.

 

'What else have they been missing?' Massive infant formula recall raises questions about FDA inspections

The very day that the FDA was told that a baby had been hospitalized with a potentially deadly bacterial infection after consuming infant formula, the agency’s own inspectors were in the plant that made the formula and found nothing serious enough to warrant regulatory action.

 

Zika virus may be one step away from explosive outbreak

A new outbreak of Zika virus is quite possible, warn researchers, with a single mutation potentially enough to trigger an explosive spread.

 

Don’t Look Down: As permafrost thaws, the ground beneath Alaska is collapsing.

As the climate warms, the ancient ice that used to cover an estimated 85 percent of Alaska is thawing. As it streams away, there are places where the ground is now collapsing.

 

March 2022, year to date rank as Earth’s 5th warmest

March continued the planet’s exceedingly warm start to 2022, ranking as the fifth-warmest March in 143 years. The year so far ranks as the fifth-warmest globally since 1880, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

 

Discovery of bacteria linked to prostate cancer hailed as potential breakthrough

Scientists have discovered bacteria linked to aggressive prostate cancer in work hailed as a potential revolution for the prevention and treatment of the most deadly form of the disease.

 

Using geoengineering to slow global heating risks malaria rise, say scientists

Geoengineering to prevent the worst impacts of climate breakdown could expose up to a billion more people to malaria, scientists have found.

 

Colorado River Tops List of Ten ‘Most Endangered’ Rivers in U.S.

Water is the lifeblood of existence and rivers are the veins that carry it, connecting organisms, minerals and species across the globe. Rivers provide habitat, help drain rainwater, replenish groundwater, instill in us a feeling of ancient connectedness to our planet and are the source of drinking water for two-thirds of U.S. residents.

 

Just how bad for you is YOUR favorite milkshake?

Milkshakes sold at popular British chains can contain as many calories as four cheeseburgers and more salt than two portions of McDonald's fries, MailOnline analysis shows.

 

Nanoparticles can cross the placenta during pregnancy, potentially exposing fetus

Inhaled nanoparticles—human-made specks so minuscule they can't be seen in conventional microscopes, found in thousands of common products—can cross a natural, protective barrier that normally protects fetuses, according to Rutgers University scientists studying factors that produce low-birth-weight babies.

 

Following a Mediterranean-style diet during pregnancy may reduce the risk of preeclampsia

Following a Mediterranean-style diet during pregnancy was associated with a reduced risk of developing preeclampsia, and Black women appeared to have the greatest reduction of risk, according to new research published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

 

Study finds new patterns of antibiotic resistance spread in hospitals

Bacteria that cause infections in hospitals are increasingly becoming resistant to antibiotics, and a group of bacterial species called Enterobacterales that are able to fend off a type of antibiotic called carbapenems are a particular problem. They cause difficult-to-treat, often fatal infections, and can spread between patients within hospital settings, creating outbreaks that can be hard to contain.​

 

There's Something Different About Clouds in Antarctica, And It Could Be Important

Clouds that form in the frosty air above Antarctica are different in the way that water and ice interact inside them, a new study reveals – and that in turn changes how much sunlight they reflect back into space, which is important for climate change models.

 

A midge fly can be a source of currently used pesticides for birds, bats

Non-biting midges are the tiny flies that swarm together as thick masses around lakes and streams, annoying passers-by in warm weather. But early in a midge's life, it lives in the water. Now, researchers reporting in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology have observed that non-biting midge larvae accumulate contemporary pesticides from polluted water and retain the substances into adulthood. As a result, animals that eat the adult flies could consume small amounts of pesticides daily.

 

Scientists Have Eradicated Liver Cancer in Rats Using Non-Invasive Sound Waves

Rats afflicted with liver cancer have demonstrated the efficacy of a fascinating, non-invasive treatment.​

 

How Healthy Are Fake Meats Like Impossible and Beyond, Really?

Beefless beef is everywhere. Here’s how it stacks up nutritionally.

 

This is Your Blood Sugar Solution, Say Physicians

Maintaining your blood sugar is not only essential for feeling great, but helping prevent health issues like diabetes, stroke and more.

 

Measuring nature's effects on physical and mental health

A study recently published in BMC Psychology outlines two scales created to measure factors related to time spent in nature, a first step in exploring how this affects health and well-being.

 

Bill introduced to protect firefighters from toxic ‘forever chemicals’

(D-N.Y.) and Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) will be introducing bicameral legislation next week that seeks to ban firefighting foam that contains toxic “forever chemicals.”

 

‘Earthquakes keep coming.’ 3.9-magnitude quake is latest to rattle Southern California

A 3.9-magnitude earthquake is the latest to shake near the California-Mexico border, geologists said. The nearly 11-mile deep earthquake shook near Brawley, California, on Tuesday, April 19, at about 1:30 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

 

Is It True That Salt Is Bad for Your Heart?

“Conventional wisdom” states that a high-sodium diet will increase your blood pressure, thereby raising your risk for a cardiac event. This claim is largely based on uncontrolled case reports from the early 1900s,1 and despite more rigorous studies finding no support for the low-sodium recommendation, the dogma around it has been hard to break through.

 

How Regenerative Farming Could Save the World

The globalization of food production has led us to the brink of disaster. The answer is to return to foods grown locally, without chemicals.

 

FDA Fails Americans on Food Safety and Nutrition, Investigation Finds

A Politico investigation exposes the glaring shortcomings of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and how the agency fails to protect Americans on food safety and nutrition.

 

U.S. will no longer enforce mask mandate on airplanes, trains after court ruling

The Biden administration will no longer enforce a U.S. mask mandate on public transportation, after a federal judge in Florida on Monday ruled that the 14-month-old directive was unlawful, overturning a key White House effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

 

Human Microchip Implants and the Internet of Bodies

While implantable microchips are marketed as the ultimate in convenience, the goal of this trend goes far beyond allowing you to open doors without keys and buy things without your wallet.

 

Worry-free antibiotics? Fidaxomicin gets rid of harmful bacteria without causing harm to gut

Antibiotics have a bad reputation for eliminating good bacteria from the gut and promoting antibiotic-resistant strains. To circumvent this issue, scientists from Rockefeller University created narrow-spectrum antibiotics that limit damage to the gut by targeting only a few species of bacteria.

 

3 Factors Which Are About To Make The Coming Food Shortages Even Worse

A confluence of circumstances has come together to create a “perfect storm” for global food production, and now that “perfect storm” is about to get even worse.

 

The hydrogen energy dream

Automakers, industries, and governments are betting on hydrogen again. Will it work this time?

 

Using Cannabis During Pregnancy May Increase Risk of High Blood Sugar in Children

Children who were exposed to cannabis in utero may be at risk for obesity and high blood sugar later in life, according to new research.

 

Do we all have to eat insects in the future?

For many people, the idea of eating bugs is pretty gross. Insects may be an important part of the ecosystem, and crickets are a great soundtrack on a summer night, but as far as food goes, a lot of us would say, ‘no, thank you.’

 

Radon: Protecting yourself from the leading cause of non-smoking lung cancer

The radioactive material is often found in old buildings, rocks and soil―one of the reasons health experts warn against drinking unfiltered standing water.

 

Poisoned: America's Fentanyl Crisis

In part one of a series, ABC News' Bob Woodruff examines how the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl is devastating cities across America, and what one city is doing to respond to the epidemic.

 

Copycat packaging of marijuana edibles poses risk to children, study says

At first glance, it looks like a single serving bag of Nerds Rope that your child might eat as a treat. But take a closer look. See the word “medicated” and the small white box at the bottom that says 600 milligrams of THC?

 

How robots and indoor farming can help save water and grow crops year round

Agriculture may feed the world, but it is also contributing to global warming. Agriculture production uses about 70% of the Earth’s fresh water and makes up about a third of greenhouse gas emissions. But it doesn’t have to. Farming is moving inside, and farmers aren’t exactly what they used to be. New forms of farming, new technology and new companies are greening the greenery.

 

Farming At Your Fingertips: How Technology is Changing Agriculture Work

There’s an app for everything, from analyzing sales data to automating lighting and temperatures. Is this the future of farming?

 

Plant-based patties, lab-grown meat and insects: how the protein industry is innovating to meet demand

As demand for alternative protein sources grows, Australians are increasingly looking for options that are healthy, sustainable and ethically made.

 

Radiation testing at Colonia High School amid brain cancer cluster

A New Jersey man has uncovered a medical mystery apparently linking more than 100 people diagnosed with rare cancers to the high school they all attended or worked.

 

Earth Day 2022: How honey bees are helping the environment

According to the USDA, pollinators, most often honey bees, are responsible for one in every three bites of food we take. About a million bees are going through the rehabilitation process at Black Hammock Bee Farms before they are they put back into honey production and pollination.

 

Poor diet in childhood can negative impact your gut health for life

After a childhood of poor eating habits, many people eventually come around to eating healthier to lose their unwanted weight as adults. Unfortunately, a new study finds it may already be too late to save their gut health. Researchers from the University of California-Riverside say eating too much fat and sugar as a child can permanently alter a person’s microbiome.

 

Rich countries are illegally exporting plastic trash to poor countries, data suggests

At the beginning of last year, 187 countries took steps to limit the export of plastic trash from wealthy to developing countries. It’s not working as well as they hoped.

 

Biological age warning: As your cells get older, your risk of colon cancer increases

Taking part in unhealthy habits like smoking can speed up the aging process, and new research suggests that accelerated aging can increase your risk of colon cancer. With age as a factor behind this form cancer, the research team hopes the findings could help promote treatments that slow down aging.​

 

New Mobile Testing Resource To Provide Advanced Data On Chemical Air Pollutants

Texas A&M University’s new mRAPiD air quality testing van, a collaboration between the Superfund Research Center and School of Public Health, will give researchers and communities the ability to detect hazardous chemical air pollutants in real time, while on location.

 

The Field Report: Conservation Dollars Funding CAFOs Instead of Soil Health

Federal conservation programs are supposed to distribute taxpayer dollars to farmers who use practices that improve water quality, build soil health, and preserve and restore ecosystems. But a portion of the funding supports practices that some say fail to deliver on those goals.

 

Offices adapt as COVID highlights hazards of poor indoor air quality

In 2019, the Green Building Alliance sent a survey about indoor air quality to its partner properties in Pittsburgh’s central business corridor that are working to cut their energy and water use.

 

PFAS water treatment plant finally ready for action — but more will follow, experts warn

In a small remote town in the outback, a multi-million-dollar mega facility shipped in from America will soon turn potentially toxic drinking water into some of the cleanest in Australia.

 

Is it possible to heal the damage we have already done to the Earth?

Our living planet is incredibly resilient and can heal itself over time. The problem is that its self-healing systems are very, very slow. The Earth will be fine, but humans’ problems are more immediate.​

 

People of color more likely to be harmed by pesticides, study finds

People of color and low-income communities are at disproportionate risk of pesticide exposure, a new study has found.

 

Maine Moves to Ban Pesticides and Fertilizers Contaminated with PFAS

Both houses of Maine’s legislature have just approved a bill that would, by 2030, ban pesticides that contain PFAS chemicals — the so-called “forever chemicals.” The bill’s next stop is the Appropriations Committee, for approval of $200,000 in annual funding to enact the bill; if successful there, it will move to the desk of Maine Governor Janet Mills for her signature. The legislation is one of a suite of lawmaker efforts in the state to address the growing PFAS problem with which localities across the U.S. are struggling.

 

Sea-farmed supercrop: how seaweed could transform the way we live

From high-protein food to plastics and fuel, Swedish scientists are attempting to tap the marine plant’s huge potential

 

Antarctic sea-ice is at a record LOW – shrinking to below 772,000 square miles for the first time since records began, study warns

Antarctic sea ice is at a record low and has shrunk to below 772,000 square miles (2 million kilometres) since records began, a new study has warned.

 

Lifelong excess weight can nearly double risk of womb cancer – study

Lifelong excess weight may almost double a woman’s risk of developing womb cancer, research suggests.​

 

Extract from a common kitchen spice could be key to greener, more efficient fuel cells

Turmeric, a spice found in most kitchens, has an extract that could lead to safer, more efficient fuel cells.

 

Global deaths from antibiotic-resistant 'super bugs' have surged seven-fold in just half a decade to more than 5million, expert suggests

Global deaths from antibiotic-resistant 'super bugs' have surged seven-fold in just half a decade to more than 5million, expert suggests

 

Cellular spring cleaning may keep us youthful and healthy for longer

The built-in process of maintaining the health of our cells by recycling dead or toxic material plays a key role in our overall health. Known as autophagy, it is being studied by researchers to discover if boosting the natural process may hold off the debilitating diseases of old age.

 

Scientists uncover key cellular mechanism that shows saturated fat can worsen diabetes

Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore's (NTU Singapore) Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) have mapped a novel cellular pathway that shows that saturated fat contributes to the development of diabetes and can worsen the disease, underscoring its role in metabolic diseases.​

 

Your morning coffee may be driving endangered species to extinction

Your morning coffee may brighten your day, but a new study claims it could also be wiping out animals in developing nations. A new study finds drinking coffee in America and other prosperous nations may be driving hundreds of endangered species to extinction in poorer countries.

 

Addressing the links between intestinal pathogens, livestock, and children's gut health

Environmental enteric dysfunction, also called EED, is characterized by a chronic inflammation of the gut. It is a silent health problem in middle to low-income countries—and pathogens affecting the intestines are thought to play a role in its development.

 

What food sector needs to know about how to reduce sodium

Sodium is an essential micronutrient, but the amount we need is small. Three slices of bread or one teaspoon of table salt will do it, and chances are your daily sodium intake is far greater. More than 90% of Americans consume too much sodium, which can lead to hypertension, high blood pressure, and increased risk of heart disease and stroke. A new article provides a comprehensive review of scientific literature on sodium reduction strategies in food production.

 

Dead rivers, polluted oceans: Industry adds to world's mounting water crisis, report warns

What's water worth? For a person it's priceless, essential to survival.

 

Intel calls its AI that detects student emotions a teaching tool. Others call it 'morally reprehensible.'

Virtual school software startup Classroom Technologies will test the controversial “emotion AI” technology.​

 

Alarming New Research Shows Babies Born Amid COVID Talk Less, Developing Slower

Infants born during the pandemic produced significantly fewer vocalizations and had less verbal back-and-forth with their caretakers compared to those born before COVID, according to independent studies by Brown University and a national nonprofit focused on early language development.

 

Why Food Prices Are Expected to Skyrocket

Food shortages and skyrocketing food prices now appear inevitable. The global food price index hit its highest recorded level in March 2022, rising 12.6% in a single month. On average, food prices were one-third higher than in March 2021. In the U.S., food prices rose 9% in 2021, and are predicted to rise another 4.5% to 5% in the next 12 months

 

Clean energy is buried at the bottom of abandoned oil wells

The US is spending millions to explore a surprising source of untapped power.

 

On the heels of rail carriers canceling grain shipments, CF Industries warns that FERTILIZER rail shipments are now being halted during spring planting

As you may recall, ten days ago I warned that rail carriers were declaring “force majeure” and halting shipments of grain to dairy herds and other cow herds across America. In that announcement, I also warned that this was an engineered collapse of the food supply, where rail carriers were essentially being ordered to drop certain loads in order to maximize the coming wave of food scarcity and famine. ​

 

Destroying Nature In The Name Of Green Energy

I have never seen destruction of nature on this scale before. Green energy, environmentalism, fighting climate change: They have become nice words for human greed at this point. The natural world must be protected!

 

Once Rocked by Nuclear Disaster, Fukushima Is Now a Renewables Hub

More than a decade after a major nuclear power plant disaster, Fukushima, Japan is seeing extensive renewable energy development on abandoned lands, as satellite imagery from NASA shows.

 

Walking Barefoot Can Improve Your Health And There Is Science To Back It Up

“Earthing,” also known as walking barefoot, has transformed from a playful trend to a scientific practice with a plethora of health advantages. It was seen to increase antioxidants in the body, improving sleep and reducing inflammation.Let us look a little deeper into the benefits, but first let’s examine the theory behind walking barefoot.

 

How Mexican Public Health Advocates Fought Big Soda and Won

The new film ‘El Susto’ documents efforts to tax soda in Mexico at a time when Coca-Cola was more accessible than water and Type 2 diabetes was the leading cause of death.

 

New EPA data shows fewer staff overseeing more pesticide registrations

The EPA has more work to do these days, but it has fewer employees to do it, agency data released Tuesday shows. Since 2005, the number of completed pesticide registrations has more than doubled, while the number of employees overseeing the process has dropped by a quarter.

 

How a Determined Congressional Aide Helped Break Open the Biggest Environmental Scandal in U.S. History

Thousands of Niagara Falls residents lived in a toxic wasteland for years until a whistleblower made a call.

 

New Zealand's water: When a scientific debate becomes polluted by politics

An old-fashioned scientific disagreement hangs over a vital public health issue. Has the ultimate pollutant – politics – snuck its way into the debate? Charlie Mitchell reports.

 

Historically redlined neighborhoods have twice the number of oil and gas wells

Neighborhoods that were redlined have nearly twice as many oil and gas wells as neighborhoods that were historically considered “desirable,” a new study has found. The findings underscore the connection between structural racism and polluting oil and gas infrastructure.

 

Gas ban 2.0: Building wars

Across the U.S., government officials, utilities and the natural gas industry are unveiling road maps that could change how buildings derive their heat over the coming decades, a shift with major consequences for emissions. he blueprints wrestle with the same question: Will natural gas and its alternatives be the fuel of choice or will electricity?

 

How a town tethered to coral learned to save its reef — and itself

If the coral were to disappear, it wouldn’t be long before Brazil's Porto de Galinhas would fade away too.

 

ENERGYMapped: U.S. Wind Electricity Generation by State

Wind power is the most productive renewable energy source in the U.S., generating nearly half of America’s renewable energy.But wind doesn’t blow fairly across the nation, so which states are contributing the most to U.S. wind energy generation?

 

Everything we eat comes in layers of plastic. How do you cut that waste?

About 22 million pounds of plastic pollution enter the Great Lakes every year, according to New York’s Rochester Institute of Technology. And beer brewed with water from the Great Lakes also contains 4.05 man-made particles per liter (99% of which are plastic fibers), according to National Public Radio.​

 

Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, April 16, 2022

The pendulum of engineered weather and temperature extremes continues to swing back and forth in so many regions of the world. Climate chaos is inflicting profound damage on ecosystems, food supplies, infrastructure and thus human populations. How much more of the nefarious atmospheric operations can be sustained by societies and the web of life? And even now the climate science community continues to push geoengineering as a way to "reduce human suffering" while pretending such operations are only a "proposal".

 

USDA Must Take Steps To Prevent an Avian Flu Pandemic

Industrial poultry operations—generally indoors and with crowded conditions—provide the perfect incubator for pandemic influenza. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), “These involve the congregation of large numbers of genetically identical animals of the same age (young) and sex, with rapid turnover and ‘all-in, all-out’ systems.”

 

Blue corn and melons: meet the seed keepers reviving ancient, resilient crops

In north-western New Mexico, traditional Indigenous farming methods are being passed down to protect against the effects of climate crisis

 

The real cost of the chicken in your supermarket

Chicken has become such a staple of the British diet that shoppers have grown used to paying less than a pint of beer for a whole bird in a supermarket. But the supply chain that leads to the shelves is mired in ethical and environmental dilemmas, finds Simon Usborne

 

‘A sacred responsibility’: Yurok Tribe poised to return condors to the skies

The birds have not been seen in northern California for more than a century. Now they could help restore an ecosystem

 

Only 9% of Americans can properly read a nutrition label with many falling for misleading labels like 'whole grain' or 'fat free' on the front of packaging

Americans are often advised to eat healthier, more nutritious foods in an effort to stifle the diabetes and the obesity epidemic striking the nation. Researchers find that many can not identify healthy foods in the grocery store aisle, though.

 

How Much Radiation is Emitted by Popular Smartphones?

Smartphones have become an integral part of our everyday lives. From work and school to daily tasks, these handheld devices have brought everything into the palm of our hands. Most people spend 5-6 hours on their phones each day. And, given that our phones emit a tiny amount of radiation, we’re exposing ourselves to radiation for hours each day.

 

Almost every child in America has tobacco on their hands - even those living in households where no one smokes, study finds

Researchers at San Diego State University (SDSU), in California, found that 96 percent of children had traces of nicotine on their hands, with equal levels across children from houses that had or did not have a smoker.

 

With dwindling water supplies, the timing of rainfall matters

A new UC Riverside study shows it's not how much extra water you give your plants, but when you give it that counts.

 

Recently discharged patients pose risk for spreading C. difficile infection

Asymptomatic patients recently discharged from a hospital may be a source of household transmission of Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI), according to a study published in the May issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

 

Methane from waste should not be wasted: Exploring landfill ecosystems

Each year, humans across the globe produce billions of tons of solid waste. Roughly 70% of this refuse ends up deposited in landfills, where it slowly decays. Yet, what may seem an inert accumulation of useless debris, is in reality, a complex ecosystem, teeming with microbial activity. Vast communities of microorganisms feed on the waste, converting it into byproducts—primarily carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane.

 

Dozens Of Cases Of Mysterious Hepatitis Cases Crop Up In US, Europe

In what appears to be the latest medical threat bamboozling doctors in the US and Europe, public health officials in Europe and the US are investigating dozens of puzzling cases of severe hepatitis in young children. he viruses that typically cause the illness - hepatitis A, B, C, D and E - have been ruled out in the cases in question, leaving doctors searching for the culprit, per NBC News.

 

Passive smoking linked to increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis

Passive smoking during childhood and/or adulthood is associated with increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a study recently published in RMD Open.

 

There's a Really Weird Effect When Honeybees Fly Over a Mirror

In 1963, an Austrian entomologist named Herbert Heran and the German behavioral scientist, Martin Lindauer, noticed something peculiar in the way honeybees zoom through the air.

 

Droughts threaten one of the Southwest power grid’s biggest electricity generators

As Lake Powell’s surface level continues to drop, Glen Canyon Dam may no longer be able to generate hydropower.​

 

Help Provide Clean Homes to Cancer Patients This Week

Cleaning for a Reason, an ISSA Charities™ signature program that provides clean homes for cancer patients, takes place April 18-24, 2022. This week, Cleaning for a Reason, its residential cleaning partners, sponsors, and the cleaning industry community will come together to build awareness of the charity’s mission and raise funds to reach more cancer patients.

 

Health Experts to New York: Beware of Neonic Pesticides

Neonicotinoid pesticides (“neonics”)—the chemicals best known for their role in the collapse of bee populations across the country—are increasingly raising alarms for health experts too. That’s certainly the case in New York, where dozens of health professionals—including leading researchers from around the country as well as doctors and nurses all over the state—sent a letter to state legislators and Governor Hochul, urging them to support the Birds and Bees Protection Act (A7429A-Englebright/S699B-Hoylman) in order to rein in widespread neonic pollution threatening the health of New Yorkers.​

 

Boeing on trial for ‘toxic air’ inside airplanes

There have been complaints for decades about the system most Boeing commercial jetliners use to pump oxygen into the cabin; but now, for the first time, the Chicago-based company is going on trial to answer claims toxic air contributed to a person’s death.

 

Do we still need to save the bees?

Around 15 years ago, a slogan began to appear on bumper stickers, license plate holders, and tote bags: Save the bees. The sense that these pollinators—and the food system they support—were in critical condition was all-pervasive.

 

Combating water pollution on Long Island Sound

On April 14, the Long Island Sound Coastal Watershed Network held the first webinar of its interactive and collaborative 2022 series, “Driving Local Actions to Tackle Water Pollution” related to Long Island Sound. This first webinar, sponsored by the Long Island Sound Coastal Watershed Network, focused on marine debris and plastic pollution, and how although they threaten the quality of human life, they can and will be fixed with peoples’ help.

 

The power of Smog Tower turns pollution into a chance to save ourselves

In the words of an April IPCC report, the time is "now or never." Unlike any other in history, the fight to preserve the Earth's biosphere and atmosphere must continue to move forward on many fronts; not only in energy industries, but in agriculture, transportation, fashion, and more.

 

Electric vehicle fires pose problem for responders

You could say that Elon Musk, the CEO and product architect of Tesla Inc., is an extremely intelligent individual and billionaire, and I’m not. But after reading about a horrific car accident on Amherst Street in which a Tesla crashed into a tree and became fully engulfed in flames, I’m not so sure about the electric car revolution.

 

Ranching With an Eye Towards Tomorrow

Texas rancher Gary Price is raising cattle in innovative, ethical ways — and shaping the way Americans eat meat.

 

23+ Surprising Sources of Toxic Aluminum … and How to Detox!

Are you being exposed to a dangerous amount of aluminum? And, if so, what can you do about it? Aluminum is an element found naturally in our soil, food, and water. It has no known use within the body and can cause harm, accumulating in the kidneys, lungs, liver, and brain. Aluminum is a known neurotoxin, causing brain inflammation and contributing to the risk of dementia, autism, and Parkinson’s disease.​

 

Half of parents regularly give kids a dietary supplement

Kids can be stubborn when it comes to eating the healthy foods on their plate. And now, a new national poll reaffirms that picky eating is a universal parenting challenge.

 

Highly deadly glioblastoma found among 100 former students of a New Jersey high school who developed brain cancer as a result of contamination from nearby uranium plant

More than 100 former students at New Jersey's Colonia High School have developed a type of brain cancer in recent decades, with contamination from a nearby uranium plant likely to blame.

 

The Surprising Health Benefits of Methylene Blue

In this interview, Francisco Gonzalez-Lima, Ph.D., discusses a really powerful strategy to improve your mitochondria, which generate the vast majority of the energy your cells produce from food.

 

This Nutrient Could Cut Tumor Growth Up to 67%

Dietary fats are essential to your good health. However, like everything else, you can eat too much of some or not enough of others. When this happens, your body does not work effectively. Research from Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston demonstrated omega-3 fat could reduce tumor growth by 67%.

 

Why Food Prices Are Expected to Skyrocket

In the featured video, “Breaking Points” cohosts Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti discuss one of the greatest threats currently facing the people of the world, namely food shortages and skyrocketing food prices.

 

Pfizer to Ask FDA to Allow 3rd COVID Shot for Healthy 5- to 11-Year-Olds, Based on Study of 140 Kids

Pfizer and BioNTech today said they plan to apply for Emergency Use Authorization of a COVID-19 booster dose for healthy 5- to 11-year-olds based on results of a small study that has not been published or analyzed by independent experts.

 

Former Monsanto CEO Files Protective Order to Avoid Testifying in Roundup Cancer Trial

Lawyers for former Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant last week filed a flurry of documents with the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District seeking to quash a subpoena compelling Grant to testify in person in the case of Allan Shelton v Monsanto.

 

Maintain eye and bone health with vitamins A and D

Eating a variety of nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables is crucial for your overall health. Foods rich in vitamins A and D can help keep your eyes and bones healthy, respectively.

 

Role of gut microbiome during infancy depends on whether child is girl or boy

It is well-established that there is a link between the gut microbiome and behaviors like depression, anxiety, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Until now, however there has been little human data from which to characterize the role of the microbiome in behavior during infancy, and how they may differ in boys and girls.

 

The Many Benefits Of Starting An Herb Garden

Herbs are great to have on hand, but not just for culinary purposes, although they can make food taste wonderful. Herbs are also important natural remedies and can be used as medicine, especially during a crisis.

 

New approach to measuring indoor air pollution

Tools that can produce accurate models of indoor air quality are to be designed in a project led by the University of Birmingham.

 

Why A Lithium Battery Shortage May Wreck The Great EV Race

Automakers like General Motors and Ford have wowed Wall Street with flashy EV designs, technical prowess and plans to invest tens of billions of dollars. Yet they've literally put the cart before the horse: the lithium batteries needed to power the electric vehicle revolution. Now investors are starting to say: "Show me the metal." Among many key materials, lithium is the most indispensable.

 

The information age is starting to transform fishing worldwide

People in the world’s developed nations live in a post-industrial era, working mainly in service or knowledge industries. Manufacturers increasingly rely on sensors, robots, artificial intelligence and machine learning to replace human labor or make it more efficient. Farmers can monitor crop health via satellite and apply pesticides and fertilizers with drones.

 

TOP TAKEAWAYS: Five things to know from our investigation into Illinois’ monitoring of human pesticide exposure

Over several months, we examined how the state of Illinois monitors for human pesticide exposure. In particular, our reporting focused on how the system handled a situation where a crew of farmworkers said they were sprayed twice in two weeks in central Illinois in summer 2019. They worked for Corteva Agriscience, a major seed-corn company.

 

Microplastics and pollution combine to become much more toxic: Study

Microplastics can pick up pollution in their travels and pose an even greater threat to human health, according to a new study.

 

How Illinois’ ‘fragmented system’ of monitoring pesticide exposure ‘allows individuals to get poisoned over and over without any brakes’

The farmworkers flocked to the two emergency rooms in Urbana, Illinois, the night of Aug. 5, 2019, their kids in tow. Numbering about 20, their skin had rashes, their eyes were red and they were vomiting. Though at two different hospitals, doctors arrived at the same conclusion: “chemical exposure.”​

 

Eat Your Spinach — If You Dare

From the war in Ukraine to the fallout of the Jan. 6 riots, contemporary politics is animated by a large question: Do free societies have a future in an age of tribalism, contempt, disinformation, violence? But the politics of the moment can also be illuminated by small questions: Do you eat fresh spinach? Are you confident it won’t make you very sick?

 

The Trickle-Down Effect of Agriculture in Iowa

Will the state’s residents always have to put up with terrible water quality?

 

An Encroaching Desert Intensifies Nigeria’s Farmer-Herder Crisis

How climate change and human activity are driving violence between farming and pastoralist communities.​

 

Podcast: The danger of forever chemicals

Today on “Post Reports,” how forever chemicals upended the lives of farmers in Maine — and just how widespread the contamination might be.

 

Addressing Water Contamination With Indigenous Science

Ranalda Tsosie grew up in the Navajo Nation, close to a number of abandoned uranium mines. The uranium from those mines leached into the groundwater, contaminating some of the unregulated wells that Ranalda and many others relied on for cooking, cleaning and drinking water. Today on the show, Ranalda talks to host Aaron Scott about her path to becoming an environmental chemist to study the extent of contamination in her home community using a blend of western and Diné science methods.

 

E-cigarette maker Juul to pay Louisiana $10M to settle vaping lawsuit

E-cigarette manufacturer Juul Labs Inc. will pay $10 million to settle a lawsuit the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office filed In an attempt to limit the company's reach to minors.

 

Expanding drought leaves western US scrambling for water

Tumbleweeds drift along the Rio Grande as sand bars within its banks widen. Smoke from distant wildfires and dust kicked up by intense spring winds fill the valley, exacerbating the feeling of distress that is beginning to weigh on residents. One of North America’s longest rivers, the Rio Grande is another example of a waterway in the western U.S. that’s tapped out.

 

Seed banks: the last line of defense against a threatening global food crisis

As the risks from the climate crisis and global conflict increase, seed banks are increasingly considered a priceless resource that could one day prevent a worldwide food crisis. Two in five of the world’s plant species are at risk of extinction, and though researchers estimate there are at least 200,000 edible plant species on our planet, we depend on just three – maize, rice and wheat– for more than half of humanity’s caloric intake.

 

Canada ignored warnings of virus infecting farmed and wild salmon

Canada was warned in 2012 by its own scientists that a virus was infecting both farmed and wild salmon, but successive governments ignored the expert advice, saying for years that risks to salmon were low.

 

If we can farm metal from plants, what else can we learn from life on Earth?

There is so much intelligence on this planet other than ours. Realising that will be key to adapting to climate breakdown

 

Nearly a THIRD of e-scooter riders who end up in the emergency room have a fracture or dislocation – with half of those injured having drunk alcohol, study finds

Nearly a third of e-scooter riders who end up in A&E have a fracture or dislocation, a new study has found. Researchers also discovered that almost half of the emergency room visits were between midnight and 6am, and 50 per cent of those injured had drunk alcohol.

 

India: How air pollution is affecting people in Delhi's slums

People living in slums, who mostly survive on meager incomes, are most vulnerable to toxic air because their work often requires them to stay outdoors for long hours.

 

Dramatic decline in NITROGEN in parts of North America and Europe could have dire consequences for plant and animal growth, study warns

Since the mid-20th century, scientists have been warning about the negative effects of excess nitrogen on natural ecosystems. But a new study suggests that some parts of the world are experiencing a dramatic decline in the availability of nitrogen.

 

Exercise during pregnancy reduces the risk of Type-2 Diabetes in offspring

Exercising during pregnancy bestows a wealth of benefits upon a child. New research suggests that exercise may also help reduce the offspring's chances of getting type 2 diabetes. Researchers uncovered how SOD3, a key protein released by the placenta after exercise, improves the metabolic health of offspring and negates the impacts of maternal obesity and poor diets.

 

Why algae can be our next secret weapon to combat plastic pollution

Plastic pollution has become an alarming problem worldwide. A 2015 study published in Science Magazine projected that by 2025, around 100–250 million metric tons of plastic waste could enter our oceans every year. The problem also triggered the United Nations (UN) to issue a global resolution to end plastic waste, adopted by representatives from 173 countries.

 

Vitamin E can boost immunotherapy responses by reinvigorating dendritic cells

Combining a retrospective analysis of clinical records with in-depth laboratory studies, researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have discovered that vitamin E can enhance immunotherapy responses by stimulating the activity of dendritic cells in the tumor. The findings were published today in Cancer Discovery.