How Mercury Gets into our Seafood
May 1, 2009 04:32 PM - Editor, ENN

The US Geological Survey published a study today that describes the mechanism by which anthropogenic mercury gets into the seas and into the seafood we eat. While it has been surmised that human use and emissions of Mercury were the source of mercury in the oceans and seafood, the mechanism by which anthropogenic mercury gets there has not been known.

American Lung Association Report on Air Quality Finds Progress, But Major Cities Show Problems
May 1, 2009 07:08 AM - Editor, ENN

The American Lung Association's State of the Air 2009 report acknowledges substantial progress against air pollution in many areas of the country, but finds nearly every major city still burdened by air pollution. Sixteen cities making this year’s 25 most ozone-polluted list experienced worsened ozone (smog) problems than last year’s report found. Fifty-eight percent of people in the United States live in counties with recorded unhealthy levels of ozone air pollution, measured against the tighter standard in effect since March 2008

Potentially harmful chemicals found in forest fire smoke

Researchers have detected common plant toxins that affect human health and ecosystems in smoke from forest fires. The results from the new study also suggest that smoldering fires may produce more toxins than wildfires - a reason to keep human exposures to a minimum during controlled burns.

Swine Flu Spreads, Tips for the US
April 30, 2009 06:17 AM - ENN from Science Daily

There are now 94 cases in the US, in 11 states. Thanks to the 24-hour media coverage about swine flu, we’re all aware that a potential flu pandemic could be high. But before you stock up on face masks and hand sanitizer, it’s important to put some things in perspective.

Feds Announce $615.8 Million for Rural Water Projects
April 29, 2009 10:12 AM - USDA

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of more than $615.8 million in water and environmental projects that are being funded immediately with federal funds provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Plastic Water Bottles May Pose Health Hazard
April 29, 2009 09:39 AM - Emily Sohn, Discovery News

With all of the bad press swirling around certain types of plastic lately, regular old plastic water bottles have maintained a reputation as safe, at least as far as human health is concerned. New evidence, however, suggests that plastic water bottles may not be so benign after all.

Cases of Swine Flu Grow in US, Internationally
April 29, 2009 07:06 AM - ENN

The human swine flu outbreak continues to grow in the United States and internationally. Today, CDC reports additional cases of confirmed swine influenza and a number of hospitalizations of swine flu patients. Internationally, the situation is more serious too, with additional countries reporting confirmed cases of swine flu.

Pandemic Fears as Flu Kills 68
April 27, 2009 06:11 AM - David Randall The Indepedent - UK

A swine flu virus outbreak that has rapidly claimed up to 68 lives in Mexico, and infected people in the US, was last night declared a "public health emergency of international concern". The decision, made by the World Health Organisation (WHO), means that countries are now being asked to step up surveillance for any cases.

Shell Settles Air Pollution Accusations
April 24, 2009 03:01 PM - Jad Mouawad, New York Times

The oil company Royal Dutch Shell said Thursday that it had reached a $5.8 million settlement over claims of air pollution at its Deer Park refinery near Houston.

DDT Exposure in Womb May Cause Obesity
April 24, 2009 10:25 AM - Emily Sohn, Discovery News

It's not just what you eat and how much you exercise that can pack on the pounds. What your mother consumed during her pregnancy may also add to your own waistline later in life.

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