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It's Not Just Climate Future: Air Pollution From Coal Kills Thousands Every Year Now

It's Not Just Climate Future: Air Pollution From Coal Kills Thousands Every Year NowWhen President Donald Trump announced on June 1 that he had decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, he asserted that staying in the pact would prevent our nation from further developing its fossil fuel reserves.

Air Pollution Exposure May Increase Risk Of Dementia

Air Pollution Exposure May Increase Risk Of DementiaAlzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease that eventually strips sufferers of their ability to remember, communicate and live independently.

Deepwater Spill: How Long Will 125 Hydrocarbons Stay On The Seafloor?

Deepwater Spill: How Long Will 125 Hydrocarbons Stay On The Seafloor?

Scientists have now analyzed long-awaited data from the Natural Resource Damage Assessment to determine the specific rates of biodegradation for 125 compounds that settled to the deep ocean floor after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Why Microbes Are Our Tiny, Crucial Allies

Why Microbes Are Our Tiny, Crucial AlliesMost of us considered microbes little more than nasty germs before science recently began turning our view of the microbial world on its head.

As Incomes Rise In China, So Does Their Concern About Pollution

As Incomes Rise In China, So Does Their Concern About PollutionOver the last 40 years, hundreds of millions of people in China have escaped poverty as this enormous nation urbanized and became a manufacturing powerhouse fueled by cheap coal and cheap labor.

Does Lead Exposure Explain Gap In Test Scores?

Does Lead Exposure Explain Gap In Test Scores?A decrease in the average level of lead in a preschooler’s blood reduces the probability of that child being substantially below proficient in reading by the third grade, report researchers.

45 Potentially Hazardous Chemicals Common in Household Dust

45 Potentially Hazardous Chemicals Common in Household DustResearchers at George Washington University compiled data from household dust samples collected throughout the United States and found 45 potentially toxic chemicals used in many common products, such as vinyl flooring, personal care and cleaning products, building materials, and furniture.

Is There A Link Between Car Exhausts And Alzheimer’s?

Is There A Link Between Car Exhausts And Alzheimer’s?Iron is known to be toxic to brain cells, and tiny magnetic iron particles (magnetite) are thought to be involved in the development of neurological disorders.

What We Know About Fracking And Health From Pennsylvania

Flaring at a fracked well in northwestern Pennsylvania. One potential cause of health problems, such as asthma, in communities with fracking is higher rates of air pollution. wcn247/flickr, CC BY-NCThe fracking industry has been an energy success story: Natural gas prices have decreased as fracking has skyrocketed, and natural gas now produces more electricity than coal does, which has resulted in improved air quality.

Migraines And Fatigue Spike Near Fracking Sites

Migraines And Fatigue Spike Near Fracking SitesNeighbors with the most exposure to natural gas fracking are nearly twice as likely to suffer from some combination of migraine headaches, chronic nasal and sinus symptoms, and severe fatigue.

The Norovirus Sickens Almost 700 Million People A Year

The Norovirus Sickens Almost 700 Million People A Year"It doesn't matter how old you are or if you're in a wealthy country or a poorer one or if you've had it before—you can get it again," says Sarah M. Bartsch. "And it is really unpleasant. But if we don't focus on norovirus and teach people how to prevent it, little headway will be made to combat it."

Asthma Attacks Are Spiking Near Big Fracking Sites

Asthma Attacks Are Spiking Near Big Fracking SitesAsthma patients who live near major Pennsylvania fracking sites are as much as four times more likely to suffer attacks than those farther away, a new study shows.

Hand Washing Stops Infections, So Why Do Health Care Workers Skip It?

Hand Washing Stops Infections, So Why Do Health Care Workers Skip It?Hospital infections affect almost two million people in the United States every year, 100,000 of whom die. Up to 70 percent of these infections could be prevented if health care workers follow recommended protocols, which include hand hygiene.

Should We Worry About Arsenic In Baby Cereal And Drinking Water?

Should We Worry About Arsenic In Baby Cereal And Drinking Water?Even though most people don’t know much about chemicals in general or poisons in particular, virtually everyone knows that arsenic is bad. In the first century, arsenic was already known to be a deadly poison .

What’s In Those New Plastic Pipes Delivering Drinking Water?

installing water lines 5 5The calls and e-mails arrive as often as several times a week from people with concerns about drinking water. Some of the callers — who include homeowners, architects and builders — want to know why their water smells like gasoline.

Does Blue Beat Green For Stress Relief?

Does Blue Beat Green For Stress Relief?Even after taking into account residents' wealth, age, sex, and other neighborhood factors, the study found that having a view of the ocean was associated with improved mental health.

Does Environmental Influence On Genes Increase Longevity?

The mice in the enriched environment, where they exercised more, lived anywhere from 16 to 22 percent longer than those in a deprived environment, depending on the level of gene expression.

How To Sleep Better In The 21st Century

How To Sleep Better In The 21st CenturyA good night’s sleep is a crucial aspect to overall health and well-being, yet so many Americans are lacking in that department. A 2013 Gallup poll found that 40% of American adults get less than the recommended amount of sleep.

What can we do about our drinking water problem?

Our drinking water systems are a disaster. What can we do?People in developed countries turn on the tap and safe drinking water flows, a dramatic health benefit they tend to take for granted. That complacency was dramatically disrupted last year when children in Flint, Michigan, started testing positive for lead poisoning and the source was traced to tap water.

Meet Your Hidden Housemates: Cockroaches, Oooh

The rather handsome Speckled Cockroach from north-east Africa has spread across the world with human assistance. Anthony O'TooleCockroaches are a very ancient group of insects. They have been around virtually unchanged in general appearance since the Carboniferous period, more than 300 million years ago. Technically speaking they are in the Order Blattodea (the same level of classification as, for instance, all butterflies and moths).

A Dark Night Is Good For Your Sleep and Your Health

A Dark Night Is Good For Your Sleep and Your HealthThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called insufficient sleep an epidemic. While we are finally paying attention to the importance of sleep, the need for dark is still mostly ignored. That’s right. Dark. Your body needs it too.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Urban Vegetation And Green Space?

What Are The Health Benefits Of Urban Vegetation And Green Space

For hundreds of years, city planners have developed parks, planted trees and set aside open space in urban environments. Boston Common, a public square used for grazing livestock since 1634, was converted into a park in 1830. A quarter of a century later, New York’s Central Park opened, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. Olmsted, originally a journalist by trade, went on to develop parks throughout the United States, including in Wisconsin, Colorado, Washington, Georgia and the District of Columbia.

Meet The Hidden Molds Growing In Your Home

Aspergillus niger, the fungal dandelion Michael TaylorHome alone? Hardly. Our homes are positively swarming with creatures of all kinds. In our new series, we’ll be profiling the “hidden housemates” that live with us.

How Satellites Can Help Control The Spread Of Diseases Such As Zika

How Satellites Can Help Control The Spread Of Diseases Such As ZikaThe explosive spread of Zika throughout the Americas is raising questions about the best ways to control this and future epidemics. We first need to identify what factors contribute to the spread of Zika and understand where and when they occur. With that knowledge we can effectively target our resources to fight the disease and control its spread.

Some Surprising Benefits From Green Buildings

Some Surprising Benefits From Green BuildingsResearch worldwide shows that environmentally-friendly buildings are much better for the health of the people who live and work in them, as well as for the Earth.

Why 90 Minutes In Nature Really Changes The Brain

Why 90 Minutes In Nature Really Changes The BrainA new study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression. “These results suggest that accessible natural areas may be vital for mental health in our rapidly urbanizing world,” says coauthor Gretchen Daily, professor in environmental science and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

Indoor Tanning Is Not Necessarily A Safer Alternative To Sitting In The Sun

Indoor Tanning Is Not Necessarily A Safer Alternative To Sitting In The SunIn a quest for a perfect tan, many people – especially young white women between age 18 and 25 – may head to a tanning salon, using tanning booths, sunbeds and sunlamps to kick-start their tan. Others (including people who are more prone to burn instead of tan) may head to the salon to slowly develop a “base tan,” with the mistaken belief that it will prevent a sunburn.

Do Infrasound and Low-Frequency Noise on Wind Farms Cause Health Problems?

The Science On Wind Farms, Noise, Infrasound And HealthThe article in The Australian by Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonjhelm highlighted some very good points about wind turbine noise and its effect on people living near them. People are complaining of a range of health related problems and are attributing them to wind turbines. The question is: what is the cause of these health problems?

Unacceptable Levels of Synthetic Chemicals in Our Air, Food, Water

Unacceptable Levels of Synthetic Chemicals in Our Air, Food, Water and Everyday Products

Today, chemicals comprise the backbone of our modern lifestyle and are the largest sector of our economy. We generate 300 billion pounds of synthetic chemicals each year in the U.S. alone, and an average American uses more than 1,500 pounds of chemical products. Synthetic chemicals are poisoning our bodies from the moment of conception. What are we going to do about it?

Offices With No Windows Linked To Lousy Sleep

Offices With No Windows Linked To Lousy Sleep

Office workers who are exposed to natural light sleep better and are more active compared to workers in windowless offices. Employees with windows in the workplace received 173 percent more white light exposure during work hours and slept an average of 46 minutes more each night.

Twin Research Is Look Into Genes Versus Environment

Twin Research Is Look Into Genes Versus Environment

Hugo and Ross Turner are a pair of intrepid twins currently on an expedition to Greenland. One of them, Ross, is using the same style of equipment and facilities used by Ernest Shackleton 100 years ago in his famous Endurance expedition to Antarctica. He’s having an early 20th century polar expedition diet and pulling a 1900s-style sled.

Harmful Chemicals And Neurotoxins Are Siliently Eroding Intelligence, Damaging Societies

Harmful Chemicals And Neurotoxins Are Siliently Eroding Intelligence, Damaging Societies

Scientists and government regulators have long identified many common substances that are neurotoxic in high concentrations, including lead and mercury, and have worked to minimize harm to human communities. But there are many chemicals that may affect the human central nervous system and brain functioning that have not been fully tested, and scientists continue to expand the list of harmful substances.

Cutting Mercury Protecting America’s Children

Cutting Mercury Protecting America’s Children

Last week, the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards was finalized and will protect millions of families and, especially, children from air pollution. Before this rule, there were no national standards that limited the amount of mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and acid gases power plants across the country could release into the air we breathe.......

What is a Toxin? Women Cancer

What is a Toxin? Women & Cancer

by Sondra Kornblatt. Women show more susceptibility to toxins. On one hand, women’s bodies have more fat, where toxins accumulate, so women are four times more likely to exhibit symptoms of chemical sensitivity than men.......

Which House Plants Improve Indoor Air Quality?

Which House Plants Improve Indoor Air Quality?

by Deanna Duke. Back in the 1980s, NASA reported some research it did on the value of indoor plants in cleaning up air quality. Over the years, researchers looked at more than 30 different plants to find the ones that are best at cleaning indoor air...

BPS, A Popular Substitute For BPA In Consumer Products, May Not Be Safer

BPS, A Popular Substitute For BPA In Consumer Products, May Not Be SaferThe industrial chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) is an ingredient in dozens of everyday products – baby and water bottles, sports equipment, medical and dental devices, dental filling sealants, CDs and DVDs, household electronics, eyeglass lenses, foundry castings and the lining of water pipes. Manufacturers worldwide use at least 3.6 billion kilograms (8

Can Talcum Powder Really Cause Ovarian Cancer?

Can Talcum Powder Really Cause Ovarian Cancer?The debate about whether or not talcum powder causes ovarian cancer has rumbled on for decades. However, it recently reached fever pitch after a US court awarded damages to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer, allegedly as a result of having used talc as a feminine hygiene product for many years. Does that mean women should avoid using talcum powder?

Clean Energy Could Save Hundreds Of Billions In Health Costs

Clean Energy Could Save Hundreds Of Billions In Health CostsIf the U.S. moved to electric vehicles, there would be a substantial cut in air pollution – and health benefits to go with it.In Paris late last year, the countries of the world pledged to reduce emissions to keep global warming “well below a 2 degree Celsius” rise in global average temperatures compared with preindustrial levels.

Is Exposure To Plastics Making Men Infertile?

Is Exposure To Plastics Making Men Infertile?Recent research has reignited concerns that exposure to chemicals from plastics might be to blame for low sperm counts in young men. I share the concerns about the high prevalence of low sperm counts (one in six young men), and my research is directed at trying to identify what causes it. But whether plastics are to blame isn’t a simple matter.

Even Products Labelled "Green" and "Non-Toxic" May Pollute Indoor Air

Even Products Labelled "Green" and  "Non-Toxic" May Pollute Indoor AirCommon products, including the ones labeled “green,” “all-natural,” “non-toxic,” and “organic,” emit a range of compounds that could harm human health and air quality, according to a new study. But most of these ingredients are not disclosed to consumers.

Will Anyone Be Prosecuted In The Flint Water Crisis?

Delivering bottled water in Flint in January. Michigan State Police/Flickr, CC BY-NDThe headlines were alarming. Traces of cancer-causing contaminants in New Orleans and Pittsburgh public drinking water supplies. Lead from water supply pipes in Boston tap water. In response, in 1974 Congress enacted the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), which was designed to protect public drinking water supplies.

People Near Fracking Wells Show Higher Hospitalization Rates

People Near Fracking Wells Show Higher Hospitalization RatesOver the past ten years in the United States, unconventional gas and oil drilling using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has experienced a meteoric increase. Since well drilling requires an influx of water, materials and workers into yotherwise rural and remote areas, the question has been: could air, water and noise pollution negatively impact on the health of nearby residents?

Are Cigarettes Associated With An Increased Risk Of Psychosis?

Not self-medication. Ed Schipul, CC BY-SAWe have known for some time the people suffering from schizophrenia and other psychoses smoke more than the general population. The explanation that is usually offered is the so-called “self-medication hypothesis”

It All Adds Up over Time: Cumulative Lead Exposure and Cognition in Older Women

Many older people in the U. S. population were chronically exposed to lead from paint and gasoline prior to the 1980s. To date, most of the research on lead and cognitive functioning in older age has focused on men, despite the fact that women live longer on average and therefore may be more likely to develop dementia over the course of their life span.

How A Warming World Could Spread Disease

How A Warming World Could Spread Disease

As the world warms, animals and plants will shift their ranges to keep pace with their favoured climate. While the changing distributions of species can tell us how climate change is affecting the natural world, it may also have a direct impact on us.

Dengue Vaccine Shows Early Promise

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A low-cost vaccine against the dengue virus showed promise in an early-stage clinical trial. With further development, the vaccine may help ease the burden of dengue fever in developing countries....