Health

Will it be possible to feed nine billion people sustainably?
January 30, 2010 05:56 AM - Jeremy Hance, MONGABAY.COM

Sometime around 2050 researchers estimate that the global population will level-out at nine billion people, adding over two billion more people to the planet. Since, one billion of the world's population (more than one in seven) are currently going hungry—the largest number in all of history—scientists are struggling with how, not only to feed those who are hungry today, but also the additional two billion that will soon grace our planet. In a new paper, published in Science, researchers make recommendations on how the world may one day feed nine billion people—sustainably.

Humans Over Apes
January 28, 2010 04:53 PM - Andy Soos, ENN

The same evolutionary genetic advantages that have helped increase human lifespans also make humans susceptible to diseases of aging such as cancer, heart disease and dementia says a study published in a special Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences collection on "Evolution in Health and Medicine". Comparing the life spans of humans with other primates, Caleb Finch, ARCO & William F. Kieschnick Professor in the Neurobiology of Aging in the USC Davis School of Gerontology, explains that slight differences in DNA sequencing in humans have enabled us to better respond to infection and inflammation, the leading cause of mortality in wild chimpanzees and in early human populations with limited access to modern medicine.

Shrimp, their environmental impact not shrimpy
January 28, 2010 02:53 PM - Jill Richardson, Organic Consumers Association

Why America's Favorite Seafood Is a Health and Environmental Nightmare The environmental impact of shrimp can be horrific. But most Americans don't know where their shrimp comes from or what's in it. Americans love their shrimp. It's the most popular seafood in the country, but unfortunately much of the shrimp we eat are a cocktail of chemicals, harvested at the expense of one of the world's productive ecosystems.

Fire and Smoke Can Be Good and Bad
January 27, 2010 02:31 PM - Andy Soos, ENN

Recent ecological research has shown that forest fire is an integral component to the function and biodiversity of many ecological communities, and that the organisms within those communities have adapted to withstand and even exploit it. A fire may destroy one ecological community but allow greater long term diversity. It is not just the fire but the smoke too. Smoke plays an intriguing role in promoting the germination of seeds of many species following a fire. Even the carbon dioxide from a fire has an impact on the overall ecosystem.

Another reason eating leafy greens is good for you
January 25, 2010 05:05 PM - Roger Greenway, ENN

You may have heard that eating peanuts and peanut butter may expose you to Aflatoxin, a carcinogen. But peanuts are an excellent source of protein, so what can you do to neutralize the potential Aflatoxin? It turns out that combining leafy greens with your PB&J might do the trick. Not only are the vitamins and minerals good for you, but eating greens could also neutralize the Aflatoxin, according to a recent study involving scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).

Health or Climate Spending, Can we have both?
January 25, 2010 06:56 AM - Bill Rigby, Reuters

Bill Gates, the world's richest man and a leading philanthropist, said on Sunday spending by rich countries aimed at combating climate change in developing nations could mean a dangerous cut in aid for health issues. Gates, the Microsoft Corp co-founder whose $34 billion foundation is fighting malaria, AIDS, tuberculosis and other diseases in developing countries, expressed concern about the amount of spending pledged at December's Copenhagen global climate meeting.

Superbugs
January 22, 2010 02:23 PM - Andy Soos, ENN

The number of cases of "superbugs," as researchers call them, has been grown steadily in recent years. When antibiotics are used for non-bacterial illnesses, or when prescriptions are not taken for the full cycle, the bugs that endure pass on their drug-resistant traits to subsequent generations. New research from Cambridge should help hospitals control the spread of superbugs. It has been shown for the first time how transmission of the bacterial infection can be tracked between people in different continents and from patient to patient in a single hospital by using DNA sequencing technologies.single hospital by using DNA sequencing technologies.

California Objects to One Auto Emission Standard for the nation
January 22, 2010 09:47 AM - Reuters

California has issues with federal attempts to weaken new vehicle pollution standards, but the state backed away on Wednesday from a report that it was threatening to pull out of a deal with U.S. President Barack Obama's administration. The California agency responsible for implementing the state's global-warming law and vehicle-pollution standards said in a November letter that federal agencies must address two issues "to ensure California's continued support for the national program."

Imported from Asia: OZONE
January 21, 2010 06:59 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

Ever wonder how the western US has high ozone levels when the winds usually blow in off the Pacific Ocean? Did you think it was all from the cars clogging the freeways? Turns out, it is caused in part from emissions of ozone generating air emissions from Asia. A study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows that Springtime ozone levels above western North America are rising, primarily due to air flowing eastward from the Pacific Ocean, a trend that is most significant when the air originates in Asia.

Second Earthquake Hits Haiti
January 20, 2010 07:15 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

This morning a second earthquake struck Haiti. The strong aftershock measured 6.1 as reported by the US Geological Survey. It hit about 35 miles west south west from Port au Prince at about 6:03 am. Details are still not available at this time, but the magnitude of the quake is likely to cause new damage to an already devastated area stretching relief efforts.

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