Health

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.

Flame Retardants Found in Children's Products
September 9, 2009 09:42 AM - Jessica Marshall, Discovery News

A compound that was phased out of use as a flame retardant in children's pajamas in the 1980s after it was found to cause DNA mutations is being added to furniture foam and children's products.

ANSI Approves Green Seal Standard for Restaurants
September 9, 2009 07:26 AM - GreenerBuildings Staff, GreenBiz.com

Green Seal's certification standard for restaurants and foodservice operations has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), making the guidelines the first of their kind to be nationally recognized, Green Seal said today. The GS-46 Environmental Standard for Restaurants and Foodservices, released in May, is also the first Green Seal specification to be approved as an American National Standard.

Fish Farms Supply 50% of Global Harvest
September 8, 2009 11:45 AM - R. Greenway, ENN

Fish farms, once a fledgling industry, now account for 50 percent of the fish consumed globally, according to a new report by an international team of researchers. And while getting more efficient, it is putting strains on marine resources by consuming large amounts of feed made from wild fish harvested from the sea, the authors conclude. Their findings are published in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Climate-change technology risks 'catastrophic' outcome
September 3, 2009 06:50 AM - Alun Thorne, Birmingham Post, Environmental Health News

Risky and unproven climate-changing technologies could have "catastrophic consequences" for the earth and humankind if used irresponsibly, according to a new report.

China Gradually Improves Environmental Transparency
September 2, 2009 10:01 AM - Ben Block, Worldwatch Institute

Very little is known about pollution levels throughout China, despite the country's worsening air quality and imperiled waterways. But now the Ministry of Environmental Protection authorized its Measures on Open Environmental Information, a new effort at public disclosure. The measure has been implemented for a year, and cities across China are slowly becoming more forthright with environmental information, according to a study by U.S. and Chinese environmental groups.

A Bad Mix: Exposure May be "Safe" Only With One Chemical at a Time.
September 2, 2009 09:45 AM - Environmental Health News via, Organic Consumers Association

Exposure to a mixture of environmental chemicals is far more harmful to male rats than exposure to the individual chemicals would predict, even when the level of each contaminant in the mixture causes no effect by itself. The results indicate that assessing the risk of chemicals one-compound-at-a-time will underestimate potential harm.

EPA to declare CO2 a dangerous pollutant

Carbon dioxide will soon be declared a dangerous pollutant - a move that could help propel slow-moving climate-change legislation on Capitol Hill, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday.

10,000 Homes Threatened in Los Angeles FIres

The unstoppable Angeles National Forest fire threatened 10,000 homes Saturday night as it more than tripled in size and chewed through a rapidly widening swath of the Crescenta Valley, where flames closed in on backyards and at least 1,000 homes were ordered evacuated. Sending an ominous plume of smoke above the Los Angeles Basin, the fire was fueled by unrelenting hot weather and dense brush that has not burned in 60 years.

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