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Sounding The Alarm About Antibiotics On Pig Farms

Sounding The Alarm About Antibiotics On Pig Farms"This is a global issue rather than one that's simply isolated in China; multidrug resistance is just a plane ride away," says James Tiedje.

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).

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.