An increasingly intense allergy season is linked to climate change

May 15, 2018 by  
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If you’ve found that you’re having a particularly tough time breathing through this spring’s allergy season, you’re not alone. This season has been especially difficult throughout North America due to intense pollen production, and recent research has found that the problem may be linked to climate change . “Some research has suggested that the warming trend that we have in our environment is causing the pollen seasons to start a little bit earlier, and extend a little bit longer,” Dr. Stanley Fineman, former president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, told NBC News . “Consequently, patients are suffering because they’re exposed to pollen, for longer periods of time.” Winters that have been warmer and wetter than those in the past have combined with longer fall and spring seasons, contributing to an environment in which all manner of vegetation can produce greater amounts of pollen for longer periods of time. In  North America , oak, maple, and birch trees are currently producing plentiful amounts of pollen, as are poplar, alder and ash trees. Weeds and flowers, like dandelions, also contribute to the allergy season. Related: 5,000-year-old tree in Scotland is changing from male to female People are suffering from increased allergic symptoms because of the way we have dramatically altered the planet and our lifestyles. “Climate change, globalization, air pollution , and over-sanitization of the environment in the early years of life are just a few of the causes that, taken together, have introduced new allergens into our environment causing needless suffering,” medical director of Allergy & Asthma Care of New York Dr. Clifford Bassett told NBC News . For those who are currently dealing with intense allergic symptoms or those who wish to avoid them, there are a few tips: use wraparound or large sunglasses to protect your eyes, wear a hat to prevent pollen from sticking to your hair, and choose your activities based on the weather report. Warm, dry, windy days typically have higher pollen counts than cloudy, wet days. Via NBC News Images via Depositphotos and   John Douglas/Flickr

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California’s Healthy Soil Initiative wants to use dirt to fight climate change

May 15, 2018 by  
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California is turning to dirt to help in the fight against climate change . The state’s  Healthy Soils Initiative draws on farming and land management techniques to build organic soil matter. The goal is to slash  greenhouse gas emissions and sequester more carbon . Multiple state departments and agencies, led by the state’s  Department of Food and Agriculture , are utilizing money from California’s  cap-and-trade program to target soil in the battle against climate change. According to the initiative’s website , around 75 percent “of the carbon pool on land” is found in soils, and about one quarter of the world’s  biodiversity  resides in soil. The initiative’s website quoted Governor Jerry Brown as saying, “As the leading agricultural state in the nation, it is important for California’s soils to be sustainable and resilient to climate change.” Related: Less fertilizer, greater crop yields, and more money: China’s agricultural breakthrough How will the state boost soil health ? A 2016 action plan  pointed to agricultural practices like “planting cover crops, reducing tillage, retaining crop residue, managing grazing and adding compost .” Grist used farmer Doug Lo, who cultivates almond orchards, as an example. California is giving Lo $50,000 to try different techniques, such as putting composted manure around the trees and planting clover between the trunks as ground cover. In theory, the farming practices could help the soil absorb 1,088 tons of carbon out of the atmosphere yearly. “We’re trying to sequester some carbon,” Lo told Grist. “It should also help with the water-holding capacity of the soil, and the flowers in the cover crop should feed bees after the almond bloom is over.” + California Healthy Soils Initiative Via Grist Images via Depositphotos (1, 2)

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Researchers identify antibody that kills 98% of HIV strains

November 21, 2016 by  
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Scientists may be getting closer to finding an effective way to prevent transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that leads to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). After decades of research, the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced a “remarkable” breakthrough in prevention and treatment of the highly contagious disease . They successfully isolated an antibody from an HIV-infected patient that, in lab tests, neutralized 98 percent of HIV strains, including up to 20 that were resistant to other antibodies of the same class. The antibody, named N6, could someday unlock the key to future treatments or prevention methods. The federal health agency’s announcement came last week , and although the discovery is the result of extensive research, it also marks a new beginning. Led by Mark Connors, M.D., the research team is already tracking the evolution of the N6 antibody over time in order to better understand how it developed its strain-neutralizing powers. By understanding its past, scientists hope to pave a quicker path to the design of vaccines that could potentially protect people from acquiring the virus in the first place. Related: 44-year-old British man could be first to receive HIV cure Despite this early stage of discovery, researchers are optimistic that N6 can provide a level of protection that existing treatments cannot. Compared to other treatments, N6’s increased potency may translate into more durable prevention and treatment benefits. It may also be suitable for administering subcutaneously (into the fatty layer beneath the skin) rather than intravenously like VRC01, the current frontrunner in the race for HIV prevention . Because N6 has demonstrated its ability to wipe out 98 percent of HIV strains, it makes for a more aggressive treatment as well. Via NIAID/NIH Images via NIAID and UNICEF/Flickr

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Beautiful bamboo pavilion in Bali translates the flexibility of yoga into architecture

November 21, 2016 by  
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Resting on the edge of a lush tropical forest in Sayan, the new Yoga Pavilion at the Four Seasons Resort seems to defy gravity. Serene open spaces where guests can practice yoga offer views of terraced rice fields and a river. Bamboo personifies some of the core qualities of yoga – strength, flexibility and vulnerability. Related: Ibuku Constructs Three Bamboo Homes in Bali’s Gorgeous Green Village IBUKU builds their projects-true experiments in architectural acrobatics-using traditional Indonesian building techniques, treating the raw materials with a natural Boron salt solution that permanently protects against insects. Instead of heavy machinery, cranes and bulldozers, the team employs local builders and craftsmen to construct the buildings on-site. + IBUKU Photos via IBUKU and Four Seasons

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Medical hackers create $30 DIY EpiPen in defiance of corporate greed

September 27, 2016 by  
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This summer, news of price hikes affecting the EpiPen went viral. Since 2007, the cost of the drug has risen sharply from $57 a dose to $318 – an increase of 461 percent. This kind of price hike would be outrageous for any medication , but it’s particularly galling in the case of the EpiPen. The epinephrine autoinjectors are a lifesaving drug of last resort meant to halt anaphylactic allergic reactions long enough for people with severe allergies to seek emergency care. Now, a group of medical hackers has figured out how to create a DIY replacement from common drugstore parts for just $30. https://youtu.be/ldFFJRdhVs8 The “EpiPencil” created by the Four Thieves Vinegar collective consists of an auto injector device designed to help diabetics , paired with a hypodermic needle capable of piercing through the skin into the muscle – the location where the medication needs to be injected in order to be effective. The active ingredient, epinephrine, can be obtained from a pharmacy with a prescription from a doctor. For those who are unable to afford an EpiPen for their allergies, this DIY hack could literally prove lifesaving. However, it is worth mentioning that many experts have voiced concern about the EpiPencil and warned that it’s not advisable to try to create a piece of medical equipment at home – it can be difficult to ensure the correct dose is being administered, the epinephrine inside is delicate and might lose its effectiveness if stored this way, and of course, if someone were to create the device without paying close attention to hygiene , it could become contaminated. A miscalibration of the device could even cause the medicine to be injected into a vein, which can have dangerous side effects. Related: 6 designs that could save your life Drawbacks aside, the video from Four Thieves Vinegar proves that Mylan’s price hikes have nothing to do with the cost of actually producing the EpiPen. If nothing else, the DIY autoinjector highlights the out of control corporate greed which allows such unreasonable price hikes in the first place. + Four Thieves Vinegar Via Minds

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Kaia is a wifi-equipped air quality sensor designed to help you breathe better

September 23, 2015 by  
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Are you sick of waking up congested every morning? Meet Kaia , an air quality sensor that may help you take control of your allergies and improve the air you breathe. Launched on Kickstarter by Make Future Stuff , Kaia is a small teardrop-shaped sensor that tracks the invisible allergens and microscopic pollutants around it and sends you the analytics and specific suggestions on how to improve air quality. The beautiful wifi-equipped sensor will glow different colors to display the quality of air you’re breathing, thus making “the invisible, visible.” + Kaia Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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This new folding Slider bike doubles as a scooter – and it fits practically anywhere

September 23, 2015 by  
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Sliders are ingenious vehicles that combine the concepts of a kick scooter and a folding bicycle to inspire a ride uniquely suited to the stop-and-go’s of urban environments. Sliders is focused on mobility, style, and convenience. It can be smoothly mounted and dismounted, kicked or pedaled. When not riding, it can be quickly folded up for easy transport or tucked away for storage. Folding process can reduce the storage volume by half. Now you can easily take it on the train, in a taxi, or into the office. Currently live on Kickstarter , Sliders is being offered to early birds for $499. + Sliders The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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After scandal, GNC commits to test all herbal supplements for unlabeled and fraudulent ingredients

March 30, 2015 by  
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In the wake of a scandal which found that herbal supplements such as ginseng and valerian root sold at major retailers contain cheap fillers such as wheat and soy , Pennsylvania-based GNC has signed an agreement with the New York Office of the Attorney General to implement rigorous testing of all GNC supplements. It marks the first time that such a deal has been made, and will require the retailer to perform tests that far exceed the standards currently set by the FDA . Read the rest of After scandal, GNC commits to test all herbal supplements for unlabeled and fraudulent ingredients Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: allergens , allergies , attorney general , dna barcoding , fake herbal supplements , fda , fraud , GNC , GNC supplements , herbal supplements , herbal supplements fraud , herbs , ingredients , supplement testine , Target , Target Supplements , testing , walgreens , walmart , Walmart supplements

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Historic Australian church is transformed into a modern residence

March 30, 2015 by  
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Japanese Scientists Develop Pollen-Free Cedar Trees to Help Allergy Sufferers

March 26, 2013 by  
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Japanese Cedar photo from Shutterstock A team of scientists from the Japan-based Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute just announced they have “successfully developed the first allergy-free cedar tree by altering the DNA makeup of the plant”. While this may be great news for allergy sufferers, the pollen-less ‘frankentrees’ have raised concerns over their impact on the environment. Read the rest of Japanese Scientists Develop Pollen-Free Cedar Trees to Help Allergy Sufferers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: allergies , allergy-free cedar trees , Cedar Tree , dna re-sequencing , Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute , hayfever , Japan , pollen count , pollen free cedar trees , pollen-free trees

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