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
Health Advocates Challenge EPA‚Äôs 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
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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
(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
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
UNC Researchers Harness Sun‚Äôs 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
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
(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
(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
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
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
(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
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
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
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
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
Protecting Private Lands
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Private property makes up about 60 percent of the total land base across the United States. In 42 states there is more private land than public, and by a wide margin in most cases. (Only Alaska, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Arizona, Wyoming and California have more public land-that is, land owned by a federal, state, county or municipal government-than private.)
Nov 8, 2013 - 8:27:43 AM
Pollution inside Cars
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - The interior of your car may seem like a safe haven from air pollution, but it may actually be quite the opposite.
Nov 2, 2013 - 3:27:56 PM
Reducing Waste in Retail Store Operations
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Waste is an issue for all retail operations, given the need to take in and unpack large numbers of individual items and then display and package them up in a way that customers will appreciate.
Oct 26, 2013 - 10:50:02 AM
Ecosystem Damage from Beach Resorts
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - While they may put up with a lot of stress from wind, waves and weather, beaches and the coastal environments surrounding them are surprisingly fragile.
Oct 18, 2013 - 4:28:02 PM
Bathroom Products: Only 1 in 5 People Consistently Recycles Packaging
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - SKILLMAN, NJ (October 17, 2013)-While 7 out of 10 Americans say they always or almost always recycle, only 1 in 5 consistently recycles bathroom items, according to a report commissioned by the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies.
Oct 17, 2013 - 11:41:33 AM
Taking the Internet Underwater
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - BUFFALO, N.Y. - Wireless networks span the globe. But like a frightened toddler, they don't go underwater.
Oct 14, 2013 - 11:31:45 AM
Concerns over Essential Oils
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Essential oils¬†are more popular than ever for medicinal and therapeutic purposes as well as in fragrances and flavorings for food and drinks.
Oct 12, 2013 - 1:24:15 PM
Preventing Beach Erosion
(HealthNewsDigest.com - Beach erosion is a huge issue for coastal areas in the U.S. and elsewhere. According to the non-profit American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA), all beaches endure storms and other natural disturbances that cause them to lose sand, but the causes of beach erosion are not always the same.
Oct 4, 2013 - 4:10:49 PM
Sugar vs. Artificial Sweeteners
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - The production of sugar has indeed taken a huge environmental toll. "Sugar has arguably had as great an impact on the environment as any other agricultural commodity," reports the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), citing biodiversity loss as a result of the "wholesale conversion of habitat on tropical islands and on coastal areas" to grow sugar.
Sep 27, 2013 - 6:01:12 PM
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Solar geo-engineering is a term describing any of various techniques for reducing the amount of sunlight that reaches the Earth and its atmosphere.
Sep 21, 2013 - 12:00:23 PM
Rises in Early Puberty May Have Environmental Roots
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Research indicates that indeed Americans girls and boys are going through puberty earlier than ever, though the reasons are unclear. Many believe our widespread exposure to synthetic chemicals is at least partly to blame, but it's hard to pinpoint exactly why our bodies react in certain ways to various environmental stimuli.
Sep 14, 2013 - 11:54:55 AM
Secretary Jewell to Discuss Efforts to Combat Wildlife Trafficking at White House Forum
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting Ben Rhodes, and representatives from environmental and conservation groups on¬†Monday, September 9th¬†in a White House Forum to Counter Wildlife Trafficking where the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking will be announced.
Sep 6, 2013 - 3:54:20 PM
Florida Coastal Seaweed Could Help the Body Fend Off Cancers and Inflammatory Diseases
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - GAINESVILLE, Fla. - A new defense against prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men in the United States, may come from a seaweed found off the coast of Florida.
Sep 5, 2013 - 9:53:06 AM
Human Overpopulation: Still an Issue of Concern?
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Ever since Thomas Malthus published "An Essay on the Principle of Population" in 1798, positing incorrectly that humans' proclivity for procreation would exhaust the global food supply within a matter of decades, population growth has been a hot button issue among those contemplating humankind's future.
Sep 1, 2013 - 10:08:32 AM
Food Waste to Energy
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Food waste is indeed an untapped resource with great potential for generating energy. Some one third of all food produced around the world gets discarded uneaten, and environmentalists, energy analysts and entrepreneurs are beginning to take notice.
Aug 24, 2013 - 11:00:45 AM