Health

Honey, We're filling that hole in the Ozone Layer!
September 22, 2009 06:39 AM - R. Greenway, ENN

The European Space Agency has presented the results of an important analysis of upper stratospheric ozone, important in shielding Earth from ultraviolet rays. The ozone layer is not distributed evenly, with more changes occurring in the upper stratosphere. By collecting data while looking sideways (limb viewing) rather than vertically downwards, instruments are able to provide highly accurate measurements of the stratosphere. By merging more than a decade of atmospheric data from European satellites, scientists have compiled a homogeneous long-term ozone record that allows them to monitor total ozone trends on a global scale – and the findings look promising.

River Deltas Sinking
September 21, 2009 06:19 AM - Science Daily

A new study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder indicates most of the world's low-lying river deltas are sinking from human activity, making them increasingly vulnerable to flooding from rivers and ocean storms and putting tens of millions of people at risk.

Electrifying New Jay Leno Show
September 19, 2009 02:52 PM - Jeremy Hart, Autotopia

Jay Leno is to cars as Taylor Swift is to music videos. His legendary Los Angeles garage is a shrine to internal combustion, packed with cars and motorcycles of every description. With the rest of Hollywood switching from Porsches to Priuses, it might seem Leno is at the back of the eco pack. But he’s catching up — and he wants to bring America with him. The popular TV host and avowed gearheard is using his new prime-time program to bring electric vehicles into your living room. The Pied Piper of Petrol is asking A-list celebrities to race against the clock in a recurring feature called “The Green Car Challenge.”

Arctic Ice Third-smallest on Record
September 18, 2009 06:53 AM - Steve Gorman, Reuters

The Arctic's sea ice pack thawed to its third-lowest summer level on record, up slightly from the seasonal melt of the past two years but continuing an overall decline symptomatic of climate change, U.S. scientists said on Thursday.

Doctors warn on climate failure
September 17, 2009 10:33 AM - Richard Black , BBC News

Failure to agree a new UN climate deal in December will bring a "global health catastrophe", say 18 of the world's professional medical organisations.

White House Unveils Landmark Fuel Economy and Emissions Standards
September 17, 2009 06:49 AM - Nick Chambers, Matter Network

Today the Obama Administration released a 1,200 page document of proposed regulation changes that will drastically alter the fuel economy and emissions standards that auto manufacturers are required to meet in the US. Although it could be an incredibly contentious topic, it seems that so far the proposal has gained wide support from all sides of the spectrum including environmental organizations and industry lobby groups.

Global Warming Could Cool N. America
September 16, 2009 06:16 AM - Kate Ravilious, National Geographic

Global warming could actually chill down North America within just a few decades, according to a new study that says a sudden cooling event gripped the region about 8,300 years ago.

New Guide to Cell Phone Radiation
September 15, 2009 10:37 AM - Bridgette Meinhold, Low Impact Living

Over 4 billion people in the world have cell phones. They’re handy, portable, inexpensive and we wonder how we even got along with out them before we had one. Cell phones are here to stay, there’s no doubt about that. But there are mounting concerns about the adverse health affects from radiation emitted from your cell phone.

Air quality back to normal in L.A. Basin
September 15, 2009 10:24 AM - Ari B. Bloomekatz, LA Times

Air quality has improved to "good" and "moderate" levels in Los Angeles County after clouds of smoke from the nearly three-week Station fire prompted health officials to caution residents and warn against strenuous outdoor activities.

Early Data Show H1N1 Vaccine Is Highly Effective
September 11, 2009 09:07 AM - Alice Park and Bryan Walsh, Times.com

A new study in the Sept. 10 edition of Science makes the case for widespread and speedy immunization, suggesting that doing so could stifle the pandemic.

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