Category: environment

Green Spaces Deliver Lasting Mental Health Benefits

Green space in towns and cities could lead to significant and sustained improvements in mental health, finds a new study published in the journal of Environmental Science & Technology. Analysing data that followed people over a five year period, the research has found that moving to a greener area not only improves people’s mental health,…

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18 Unregulated Chemicals Found In Drinking Water Across The United States

by Arjun Walia Many communities around the world have been successful in removing fluoride from their water supply, but that’s not the only concern. Although fluoride is still a controversial topic within the mainstream, the other chemicals found in drinking water are not. A new study done by United States federal scientists found traces of…

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Fracking Chemicals Linked to Birth Defects, Infertility

A controversial oil and natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses many chemicals that can disrupt the body’s hormones, according to new research accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s journal Endocrinology. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, are substances that can interfere with the normal functioning of the endocrine system. EDCs can be…

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Big Ag Mega Farm Threatens Pristine South Carolina River

by Joe Wright Even though climate change has taken center stage in the nation’s environmental debate, the well-documented and persistent threats of factory farming continue to accumulate across the country. Whether it’s the health effects of production and run-off from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (as well as associated conditions of animal cruelty), the deadly introduction…

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Seeds from Moringa Trees Can Be Used to Purify Water

Moringa trees -Wiki image Seeds from Moringa oleifera trees can be used to purify water. Uppsala University leads a research group which has discovered that seed material can give a more efficient purification process than conventional synthetic materials in use today. Clean water is essential for good health. In many countries it is still difficult…

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New Generator Converts Heat and Solar Power Into Electricity

Natural Blaze Drives an electric current “without moving mechanical parts”. Through a process known as thermionic conversion, heat energy — such as light from the sun or heat from burned fossil fuels — can be converted into electricity with very high efficiency. Because of its promise, researchers have been trying for more than half a…

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Can This Spray-On Clothing Clean Up The BP Oil Disaster?

by Heather Callaghan A naked woman stands in front of a fashion designer chemist – in short time, she is wearing a beautiful flowing dress to wear on the runway. It was sprayed upon her body and crafted right there. It can be removed, washed, re-worn or dissolved and recycled into a new creation. Spanish…

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Sucralose’s (Splenda) Harms Vastly Underestimated: Baking Releases Dioxin

by Sayer Ji A new, in-depth review on the synthetic sweetener sucralose (marketed as Splenda), published in the journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, is destined to overturn widely held misconceptions about the purported safety of this ubiquitous artificial sweetener. Found in tens of thousands of products and used by millions of consumers around the…

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Canada Approves GM Fish Eggs, Environmental Threat

by Heather Callaghan Two Canadian groups are speaking out against the introduction of AquaBounty’s genetically engineered salmon: Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) and Islanders Say No to Frankenfish. Could the approval of GM fish eggs be the first major stepping stone in pushing GM salmon into the public arena without full approval? They find Canada’s…

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