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Environmental Health News
Links to articles in today's press about environmental health. Many more links available today at www.EnvironmentalHealthNews.org
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If genetic sequencing is about reading DNA, and genetic engineering as we know it is about copying, cutting and pasting it, synthetic biology is about writing and programming new DNA, with two main goals: create genetic machines from scratch and gain new insights about how life works.
Finding the right condom just got a little bit more like finding a good cabbage. Picky shoppers might notice labels on condom boxes these days that say fair trade, non-GMO and all natural.
Sitting on danger? Duke University study shows evidence of exposure to furniture flame retardant in moms, toddlers.
Indications are growing that some of the most comfortable resting places in your home – your couch, your bed’s mattress – could be a health hazard.
Drillers in Ohio have used more than 4 billion gallons of water to frack horizontal shale wells since 2011. That’s a lot of water. Enough to fill one two-liter soda bottle for every person on the planet.
The demographers may have got it wrong. New projections say the population of the planet will not stabilize at 9 billion sometime this century. In fact, there is an 80 percent likelihood that, by 2100, it will reach at least 9.6 billion − and maybe rise as high as 12.3 billion.
In Maine, a state with the highest percentage of forested land and a long, famously scenic coastline, where timber and fisheries remain at the heart of the economy, climate change has become an immediate concern.
Levees along the Mississippi river and years of oil and gas extraction have caused dramatic erosion and subsidence in Louisiana.
In this election year, politicians are practically shoving opponents aside in their zeal to declare undying love for coal. Too bad their affection doesn't extend to the growing number of Kentucky coal miners who are dying from black lung, a largely preventable disease caused by breathing excessive coal dust.
A grisly horror show is playing out along the West Coast of North America. Remains of millions of dead and dying sea stars, commonly known as starfish, litter the shoreline from Vancouver to San Diego.
A new Public Safety document obtained by a Member of Parliament reveals that the government has been keeping tabs on more than 600 protests, rallies and events across Canada between 2006 and 2014.
While the terrifying spread of Ebola has captured the world’s attention, it also has produced a lesser-known crisis: the near-collapse of the already fragile health-care system here, a development that may be as dangerous — for now — as the virus for the average Liberian.
Last weekend, the most corrosive air of summer descended on northwest Fresno. The usual suspects in this kind of ozone siege are stifling heat, traffic and fires. But local air leaders say global pollution may be helping to create those dirty-air days.
The UK must prepare for “the worst droughts in modern times” experts will warn this week at a major international conference to discuss the growing global water crisis.
The Arctic ice cap has melted so much that open water is now just 350 miles from the North Pole, the shortest distance recorded, scientists say. The summer ice cap is now so thin it is likely to disappear within five years, possibly as early as 2015.
If history is any guide, the rich countries of the world will say how concerned they are about the damage their emissions of heat-trapping gases are causing. The poor countries will point out that this professed concern never seems to translate into sufficient action.
In a sweeping effort to reduce its environmental impact, New York City is planning to overhaul the energy-efficiency standards of all its public buildings and to pressure private landlords to make similar improvements.
Officials say at least 1,300 people have lost their water in and around East Porterville, nearly three hours’ drive north of Los Angeles, making the town’s residents some of the hardest hit victims of the three-year-old drought.
All the numbers have gotten bigger for the King Fire today. Fire officials say — here, on Inciweb’s King Fire page — that the area covered by the blaze is now 81,000 acres (that’s the number released this morning, so it’s bigger now). About 4,900 personnel are assigned to fight the blaze — the largest contingent assigned to a fire in California this year.
When Abudu Zikusoka was a small boy his father would bring people to their home in Ndesse village in Central Uganda’s Mukono district. He would watch as they packed the family’s harvested coffee into sacks and then loaded it onto their bicycles.
Work goes on to improve water quality of Indiana's Wabash River as algae rob some parts of much life.
On a late August morning a day after heavy rains, the Wabash River looked the color of caramel syrup as it meandered toward Bluffton. A week later, it was back to its usual late summer tint — leaf green, from all of the algae in the water.