Health

Bisphenol A exposure can increase risk of Diabetes and Heart Attacks.
August 21, 2008 09:19 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

In human fat tissues, bisphenol A (BPA) suppresses levels of a key hormone, adiponectin, that protects people from heart attacks and Type II diabetes. These results implicate BPA as a potential cause of metabolic syndrome, one of the most serious and costly public health problems in the US. Most Americans have levels of BPA within their serum within the range of concentrations sufficient to suppress adiponectin in these experiments. The BPA effect on adiponectin disappears at higher levels.

UK citizens using 58 baths of water a day
August 20, 2008 10:26 AM - WWF

While each person in the UK drinks, hoses, flushes and washes their way through around 150 litres of mains water a day, they consume about 30 times as much in “virtual” water embedded in food, clothes and other items – the equivalent of about 58 bathtubs full of water every day.

Making Waves – World Water Week 2008
August 20, 2008 09:07 AM - , Triple Pundit

We are in the midst of World Water Week. The 2008 theme is “Progress and Prospects on Water: For a Clean and Healthy World with Special Focus on Sanitation.” World Water Week is a international conference focused on collaboration and the promotion of work that advances environmental and humanitarian development.

Humanitarian Aid Looms as Georgia's Next Crisis
August 19, 2008 10:26 AM - Eurasia Net

Diana Khidasheli and her four children spent the night before the August 8 outbreak of war with Russia in their house basement, hoping for an end to the intensive shelling of their village, Kemerti, in the Georgian-controlled South Ossetia conflict zone. Now Khidasheli thinks the decision to hide was a mistake. The next day, she had no time to pack.

World needs global water agreement now
August 19, 2008 08:26 AM - WWF

WWF Director-General James Leape today called on governments to support the entry into force of the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention—an international agreement which could play a key role in water security for about 40% of the world's population.

Ivory Coast toxic sites still a threat: U.N. expert
August 9, 2008 02:31 PM - Reuters

Tens of thousands of people in Ivory Coast are still suffering serious health problems two years after toxic waste was dumped there, a United Nations human rights expert said on Friday. Okechukwu Ibeanu, an independent U.N. investigator, said in a statement the seven sites around the commercial capital Abidjan had still not been decontaminated, with dire consequences for those living around them.

Is Your Organic Food Really Organic?
August 8, 2008 09:11 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

When you buy food with a "USDA organic" label, do you know what you're getting? Now is a good time to ask such a question, as the USDA just announced Monday it was putting 15 out of 30 federally accredited organic certifiers they audited on probation, allowing them 12 months to make corrections or lose their accreditation. At the heart of the audit for several certifiers were imported foods and ingredients from other countries, including China.

Researchers find cancer-inhibiting compound under the sea
August 8, 2008 09:08 AM - University of Florida

University of Florida College of Pharmacy researchers have discovered a marine compound off the coast of Key Largo that inhibits cancer cell growth in laboratory tests, a finding they hope will fuel the development of new drugs to better battle the disease.

Water Advocates Speak Out for Improved Sanitation
August 8, 2008 08:46 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

The Ganges is proof that even the holiest of nature's creations can fall victim to the destructive powers of pollution.

Mystery killer disease may be spread by vampire bats
August 8, 2008 08:41 AM - New Scientist

A mysterious illness has killed at least 38 people in a remote patch of South American rain forest in recent months. Most, if not all, of the dead are Warao, an indigenous tribe native to north-eastern Venezuela.

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