Health

Brain Size Predicts the Time it Takes Mammals to Walk
December 18, 2009 06:48 AM - Megan Talkington, ScienceNOW

Many animals test their legs and totter forth only hours after they are born, but humans need a year before they take their first, hesitant steps. Is something fundamentally different going on in human babies? Maybe not. A new study shows that the time it takes for humans and all other mammals to start walking fits closely with the size of their brains.

ASARCO Settlement Provides Significant Clean Up Benefits
December 11, 2009 11:16 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

The US Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, and the Justice Department announced this week that $1.79 billion has been paid to fund environmental cleanup and restoration under a bankruptcy reorganization of American Smelting and Refining Company LLC (ASARCO), a leading producer of copper and one of the largest nonferrous metal producers in the United States. The money from environmental settlements in the bankruptcy will be used to pay for past and future costs incurred by federal and state agencies at more than 80 sites contaminated by ASARCO mining operations in 19 states.

Dairy Pollution Sparks 'Manure War' in New Mexico
December 10, 2009 09:51 AM - John Burnett, NPR

The New Mexico Environment Department reports that two-thirds of the state's 150 dairies are contaminating groundwater with excess nitrogen from cattle excrement. Either the waste lagoons are leaking, or manure is being applied too heavily on farmland.

Far From Trashy: Atayne Athletic Apparel Made from Used Materials
December 4, 2009 10:00 AM - Jace Shoemaker-Galloway , Triple Pundit

Inspiring positive social and environmental change through the power of active lifestyles, Atayne takes people’s trash – old garments, footwear, race numbers and plastic bottles – and recycles them into high performance athletic and outdoor gear. The company does not use harmful chemicals or treatments to enhance the materials.

Smog problems off almost 50% in 2009
December 4, 2009 05:29 AM - Frank O'Donnell, Clean Air Watch

If you think there’s less smog this year, you are probably right. Thanks in large part to cooler temperatures and more rain, the number of dirty-air days for smog nationwide has dropped by almost half in 2009 compared to last year, according to a survey by the non-profit Clean Air Watch. The survey by Clean Air Watch volunteers is the first comprehensive snapshot of smog in the United States in 2009. It found that the national health standard for smog, technically ozone, was breached more than 2,600 times through August 31 at monitoring stations in 37 states and the District of Columbia.

Fun Ways to Go Green this Holiday Season
December 3, 2009 11:36 AM - , Sierra Club Green Home

Children often put toys in their mouths, and yet many on the shelves today are made with toxic materials. Natural toys, on the other hand, are made from materials that are safe for the child and the environment. They can also be one of a child’s first connections to nature. A wooden rattle in a child’s hand comes from a living tree and feels familiar and nurturing in a way that man-made materials can’t match.

Companies Are Committing to Reduce Toxic Footprints
November 30, 2009 10:51 AM - Richard Liroff, Green Biz.com

Companies need to move towards using greener chemicals because the principal drivers demanding such change -- science, regulation, and business-to-business environmentally preferable purchasing programs -- are surging and will intensify. Product toxicity reduction should be a core element of business strategy because it can reduce reputational and litigation liabilities, help companies avoid "toxic lockout" of their products from the marketplace, and drive innovation.

Cutting Greenhouse Pollutants Could Directly Save Millions of Lives Worldwide
November 25, 2009 10:27 AM - ScienceDaily

Tackling climate change by reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse emissions will have major direct health benefits in addition to reducing the risk of climate change, especially in low-income countries, according to a series of six papers appearing on, Nov. 25 in the British journal The Lancet.

65 World leaders to join climate talks
November 22, 2009 08:35 AM - John Acher, Reuters

Sixty-five world leaders have confirmed they will attend a U.N. conference in Copenhagen in December that will try to clinch a new global climate deal, and many more are considering, Danish officials said on Sunday.

Ten Tips for Staying Healthy and H1N1-Free This Holiday Season
November 20, 2009 10:49 AM - Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News

The holidays are here and with them family, friends, parties and germs. This year, in light of the H1N1 outbreak, many fear that the most wonderful time of the year will end up being the unhealthiest, too.

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