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Environment
Freeze Puts Large Swathes of Texas Wheat at Risk of Freeze Injury

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - COLLEGE STATION - Sub-freezing temperatures on the morning of April 15 put large acreages of Texas wheat at risk for freeze injury, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

Apr 15, 2014 - 4:17:32 PM

Environment
Public Transportation on the Upswing

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Transit ridership is indeed at its highest level in the U.S. in 57 years. According to data collected by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation in 2013-the highest number since the 1950s when many fewer of us owned our own cars.

Apr 12, 2014 - 11:38:36 AM

Environment
Greening Our Cities

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - This coming April 22 will mark the 44th annual celebration of Earth Day, and the focus this year will be green cities.

Apr 5, 2014 - 10:40:43 AM

Environment
USFWS Reopens Comment Period on Red Knot, Shorebird Proposed to Protect Under Endangered Species Act

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - The rufa red knot (Calidris canutus rufa), a robin-sized shorebird that visits the U.S. on its annual journey between the tips of the Americas, is in trouble.

Apr 3, 2014 - 1:27:38 PM

Environment
In Fracking Fight, How to Measure Health Threats?

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - There are more than 6,000 active gas wells in Pennsylvania. And every week, those drilling sites generate scores of complaints from the state's residents, including many about terrible odors and contaminated water.

Apr 1, 2014 - 1:42:49 PM

Travel
Virginia State Parks Recognize Earth Day with a Week of Events and Programs

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - April 22 marks the 44th celebration of Earth Day, the grassroots environmental awareness event celebrated in 175 countries.

Apr 1, 2014 - 1:15:50 PM

Environment
Baltic Sea ‚Äėdead zones‚Äô Increase Dramatically

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Dead zones in the Baltic Sea have increased by more than 10 times over the last 115 years, a large study where Lund University in Sweden participated has found.

Mar 31, 2014 - 3:12:17 PM

Environment
Mobile Apps for Environmental Stewardship

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Not surprisingly, there are thousands of "green" apps out there that make it easier for people to find and share information to help us all become better stewards of the natural environment.

Mar 29, 2014 - 3:07:08 PM

Environment
Is It Safe to Pee in the Pool?

(HealthNewsDigest.com) -
Sanitary-minded pool-goers who preach ‚Äúno peeing in the pool,‚ÄĚ despite ordinary and Olympic swimmers admitting to the practice, now have scientific evidence to back up their concern. Researchers are reporting that when mixed, urine and chlorine can form substances that can cause potential health problems. Their study appears in ACS‚Äô journalEnvironmental Science & Technology.

Mar 26, 2014 - 10:23:46 AM

Environment
Rubber Wristbands Show Pollution in Air, Water and Food

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University scientists have created a fashion accessory that doubles as a pollution detector.

Mar 25, 2014 - 1:45:45 PM

Environment
Keurig 'K-Cup' Coffee Containers

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - K-Cups-those little one-serving coffee containers that allow people to brew one cup at a time in a specially designed Keurig brewing machine-are all the rage these days.

Mar 22, 2014 - 4:51:15 PM

Environment
New Findings For Bee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) To Be Presented at World Vaccine Congress in Washington March 24-26

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - LONDON, March 21, 2014  -- Bee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is increasing with unknown cause(s).  There is no effective treatment or prevention of CCD.  Increasing loss of bee colonies since 2005 is resulting in the loss of bee pollination which poses a threat to food production worldwide.

Mar 22, 2014 - 11:11:42 AM

Environment
More Crop Per Drop

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - This Saturday, March 22nd, the world celebrates World Water Day. Water and agriculture are inextricably interlinked and interdependent. Agriculture is a major user of both ground and surface water for irrigation-accounting for about 70 percent of water withdrawal worldwide.

Mar 20, 2014 - 9:52:26 AM

Travel
Eco-Friendly Hotels in Canada and Europe

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - NEWTON, Mass. - TripAdvisor¬ģ, the world's largest travel site*, today announced plans to extend its TripAdvisor GreenLeadersTM program into Canada and Europe for the first time, following rapid growth in the U.S.

Mar 18, 2014 - 2:47:39 PM

Environment
'Cap and Trade' Strategies to Reduce Carbon Emissions

(HealthNewsDigest.com) -  "Cap-and-trade," whereby big polluters must pay to emit greenhouse gases against a capped total amount that is reduced over time-has been in effect across the European Union (EU) since 2005.

Mar 15, 2014 - 1:22:06 PM

Environment
Global Warming and Our Health

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Global warming isn't just bad for the environment. There are several ways that it is expected to take a toll on human health.

Mar 8, 2014 - 11:14:32 AM

Legal Issues
Health Advocates Challenge EPA’s Failure to Require Pesticide Ingredient Disclosure

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Today, Earthjustice is representing Center for Environmental Health, Beyond Pesticides, and Physicians for Social Responsibility in a case challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to complete rulemaking that would require pesticides manufacturers to disclose the inert ingredients found in their products.

Mar 5, 2014 - 2:09:37 PM

Environment
Drilling for Certainty: The Latest in Fracking Health Studies

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - For years, environmentalists and the gas drilling industry have been in a pitched battle over the possible health implications of hydro fracking. But to a great extent, the debate - as well as the emerging lawsuits and the various proposed regulations in numerous states - has been hampered by a shortage of science.

Mar 5, 2014 - 12:35:24 PM

Environment
Synthetic Biology

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - "Synthetic biology" (or "synbio") refers to the design and fabrication of novel biological parts, devices and systems that do not otherwise occur in nature. Many see it as an extreme version of genetic engineering (GE).

Mar 1, 2014 - 10:26:08 AM

Environment
New Safeguards Seek to Protect Farmworkers from Pesticides

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - WASHINGTON, DC- In North Carolina and Florida, three babies born in 2005 brought to light in the most painful way what pesticide exposure does to farmworkers and their children.

Feb 20, 2014 - 2:12:50 PM

Environment
Wind Power's Bright Future

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Hydroelectric sources of power dwarf other forms of renewable energy, but wind power has been a dominant second for years, and continues to show "hockey stick" growth moving forward.

Feb 15, 2014 - 1:51:53 PM

Women's Health
Air Pollution Increases Risk for Hypertension in Pregnant Women

(HealthNewsDigest.com)  - GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Breathing the air outside their homes may be just as toxic to pregnant women - if not more so - as breathing in cigarette smoke, increasing a mom-to-be's risk of developing deadly complications such as preeclampsia, according to findings from a new University of Florida study.

Feb 12, 2014 - 12:41:05 PM

Stroke Issues
Weather Changes May be Linked to Stroke Hospitalizations

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - New Haven, Conn.- Stroke hospitalization rates appear to rise and fall with sharp changes in outdoor temperature and dew point, a pilot study led by the Yale School of Public Health has found.

Feb 12, 2014 - 11:24:39 AM

Environment
A Nuclear Power Resurgence?

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster did cause many nations to reconsider their nuclear committments, though many European countries - Switzerland,Belgium, Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden-had already begun phasing out nuclear power decades earlier.

Feb 8, 2014 - 11:57:39 AM

Environment
Forest Emissions, Wildfires Explain Why Ancient Earth was so Hot

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - New Haven, Conn.- The release of volatile organic compounds from Earth's forests and smoke from wildfires three million years ago had a far greater impact on global warming than ancient atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide, a new Yale study finds.

Feb 5, 2014 - 11:41:07 AM

Environment
Harsh Winters and Global Warming

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - It's tempting to think that the cold air and snow outside augur the end of global warming, but don't rejoice yet. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), weather and climate are two very different beasts:

Feb 1, 2014 - 10:34:00 AM

Environment
Global Warming and the Loss of Whitebark Pine Trees

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Whitebark pine trees are a "keystone" species in high-altitude ecosystems across the American West, meaning they play an important role in maintaining the natural structure of many of our most iconic mountain regions.

Jan 25, 2014 - 9:23:55 AM

Environment
Smart Thermostats

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Spending $200 or more to replace that older, still functioning thermostat with a new whiz-bang "smart" variety might seem like a waste of money, but it can be one of the best small investments a homeowner can make, given the potential for energy and cost savings down the line.

Jan 18, 2014 - 11:11:33 AM

Environment
National Beach Water Quality Program Restored

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - San Clemente, CA  - Congress has passed a federal budget that includes funding for the BEACH Act Grants program that supports beach water quality monitoring and ensures national safety standards are followed at beaches across the country.

Jan 17, 2014 - 9:13:20 AM

Environment
UNC Researchers Harness Sun’s Energy During Day for Use at Night

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Solar energy has long been used as a clean alternative to fossil fuels such as coal and oil, but it could only be harnessed during the day when the sun's rays were strongest.

Jan 14, 2014 - 9:51:08 AM

Environment
America's Great Outdoors Initiative

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum in April 2010 establishing the America's Great Outdoors Initiative to promote and support innovative community-level efforts to conserve outdoor spaces and reconnect Americans to the outdoors.

Jan 11, 2014 - 1:24:11 PM

Environment
Ocean Sprawl

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - We are all familiar by now with "urban sprawl"-the uncontrolled spread of urban development into areas beyond the city. But environmentalists warn that the next frontier in sprawl is on the high seas, where the proliferation of fishing, shipping, tourism, resource extraction, energy development, military exercises and other human activity has begun to call into question just how vast our oceans really are.

Jan 3, 2014 - 4:22:16 PM

Environment
Dark Factories

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - So-called dark factories-otherwise known as "lights out" or "automatic" factories-are manufacturing facilities that do not depend on human labor to get work done. While they may have some benefits for the environment they are certainly not beneficial overall considering the impact widespread adoption would have on needed jobs.

Dec 28, 2013 - 1:29:45 PM

Environment
Teaching Kids About Climate Change

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Kids today may be more eco-savvy than we were at their age, but complex topics like global warming may still mystify them. Luckily there are many resources available to help parents teach their kids how to understand the issues and become better stewards for the planet.

Dec 21, 2013 - 10:49:04 AM

Environment
Cheaper Natural Gas Lowering Carbon Dioxide Emissions

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Carbon dioxide emissions are lower than at any time since 1994, according to data recently released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). But if you think that the rise of the hybrid car, our embrace of public transit, walking, biking and those new windows on the house are behind the trend, think again.

Dec 13, 2013 - 11:56:28 AM

Environment
Greener Holidays

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - While the holidays are festive and fun, they can take a toll on the environment. All that shopping, decoration, food preparation and travel adds up to more carbon emissions and more waste. But there are ways to minimize our impact and still celebrate the season in grand style.

Dec 7, 2013 - 11:17:11 AM

Environment
It's Not Easy ‚Äėbeing green‚Äô

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - HOUSTON - (Dec. 2, 2013) - Think you don't recycle enough? You're not alone. However, people's ability to overcome self-doubt plays a critical role in how successfully they act in support of environmental issues

Dec 2, 2013 - 2:52:10 PM

Environment
Cleaning Up Local Waterways

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Indeed, many of our local waterways have seen better days, thanks to decades of pollution. And cleaning them up and preventing further damage can be challenging, since much of the contamination has accumulated over time and results from what is known as "non-point source" pollution

Nov 29, 2013 - 11:17:56 AM

Environment
Greener Ways to 'Frack' for Natural Gas?

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Hydraulic fracturing (known as "fracking") is a method of causing fissures in underground shale rock formations to facilitate the extraction of otherwise inaccessible natural gas and oil. In a typical fracking operation, drillers inject a mixture of pressurized water and chemicals underground to fracture the rock and free up the gas and oil.

Nov 23, 2013 - 10:49:13 AM

Environment
Navy Sonar Testing in Oceans Impacting Marine Mammals

(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Active sonar is a technology used on ships to aid in navigation, and the U.S. Navy tests and trains with it extensively in American territorial waters. The Navy also conducts missile and bomb testing in the same areas.

Nov 16, 2013 - 11:23:13 AM

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