Air pollution is the leading environmental cause of death worldwide

February 15, 2017 by  
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A new report shows that air pollution is the leading environmental cause of death in the world – and the number five cause of death overall. China and India lead the way with a combined 2.2 pollution-related deaths in 2015. These rising trends continue to put pressure on governments and industries that could make a difference. The State of Global Air 2017 report revealed how long-term exposure to harmful, small particulate matter in the air contributed to over 4 million premature deaths in 2015 – the equivalent of 103 million years of healthy life. The study, a combined effort by the Health Effects Institute (HEI) and Institute for Health Metrics and Evalution’s Global Burden of Disease Project , showed China and India as the nations suffering from the most health effects and early deaths due to air pollution. CNBC notes that UK air pollution deaths are also on the rise at 40,000 per year. Related: Beijing creates new environmental police force to crack down on smog “We are seeing increasing air pollution problems worldwide,” HEI President Dan Greenbaum said in a statement. “The trends we report show that we have seen progress in some parts of the world – but serious challenges remain.” Sadly, particulate matter tends to affect the very old and the very young, leaving the most vulnerable populations at a higher risk. Via CNBC Images via Flickr ( 1 , 2 )

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Two new lawsuits claim Monsanto herbicide caused cancer

October 6, 2015 by  
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Monsanto is a bad word around these parts. As much as we’d like to forget the seed-mongering, pesticide-spreading, GMO-pushing company exists at all, we can’t. That’s because Monsanto’s devastating impact on the Earth and its people continues to ripple outward at an alarming rate. Now, two brave individuals are taking the giant company to court. In separate lawsuits, a U.S. farm worker and a horticultural assistant are claiming exposure to Monsanto’s herbicides caused their cancers . What’s worse, the lawsuits allege that Monsanto knowingly misled the public about the dangers of the herbicide, and even influenced regulatory agencies to change official positions based on misinformation. Read the rest of Two new lawsuits claim Monsanto herbicide caused cancer

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INFOGRAPHIC: The dangers of indoor pollution and how to deal with it

March 25, 2015 by  
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In 2012, household air pollution made up 7.7% of all global mortalities and indoor pollution causes all kinds of health issues, from headaches and trouble concentrating to allergies and lung problems. Given that we spend 90% of our lives indoors, it’s important that the air we breathe indoors be safe and clean, but that can be a challenge since indoor air is 2 – 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. This infographic gives you all the details on the dangers of indoor air pollution and a few tips for making the air in your home the best it can be. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: The dangers of indoor pollution and how to deal with it Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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Spring’s baby animals are easy prey for outdoor pets—help keep them safe!

March 25, 2015 by  
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All around the world, songbirds are disappearing at an alarming rate. Although many of them perish due to habitat loss and poisoning by agricultural pesticides, a startling number of them are killed by domestic cats. In the USA alone, it’s estimated that somewhere around 3 billion birds and close to 7 billion small mammals are killed by cats, including house pets that are allowed to venture outdoors, and feral animals. Spring is the most vulnerable time for baby birds , rabbits, and other wee ones, and we can all do our part to help them survive. Read on to learn how. Read the rest of Spring’s baby animals are easy prey for outdoor pets—help keep them safe! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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Scientists Find that Tiny Particles in Clothing, Toys and Cosmetics May Damage DNA

April 10, 2014 by  
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The makeup , clothing and sunscreen that you use and wear every single day could possibly be damaging your DNA, according to a new study from MIT. Nanoparticles like zinc oxide and nanoscale silver, used by manufacturers to kill microbes, extend shelf life or enhance texture, have been shown to be toxic to cells. These particles produce free radicals which can accumulate in the body and cause harm to DNA. Read the rest of Scientists Find that Tiny Particles in Clothing, Toys and Cosmetics May Damage DNA Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: anti bacterials damage cells , anti bacterials damage DNA , cerium oxide damages DNA , cerium oxide health risks , harvard school of public health , iron oxide damages DNA , iron oxide health risks , MIT , nanoparticles , nanoparticles damage cells , nanoparticles damage DNA , silicone dioxide damages DNA , silicone dioxide health risks , silver damages DNA , silver health risks , zinc oxide damages DNA , zinc oxide health risks

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Flame Retardants Found in Meat, Fish, and Peanut Butter

June 2, 2012 by  
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Research published in  Environmental Health Perspectives has confirmed some of our worst fears about food additives – hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), a brominated flame retardant used in polystyrene foams in thermal insulation and electrical equipment, has been found in some of our most basic foods. High HBCD levels were found canned sardines, fresh salmon, peanut butter and tilapia but canned chili and sliced ham, turkey, chicken and other deli meats. Click ahead to read more and learn about the health risks of eating HBCD. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: contaminants in fish , contaminants in meat , contaminants in peanut butter , flame retardants , flame retardants in food , flame retardants in GMOs , food safety , GMOs , HBCD , hexabromocyclododecane

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