Health

Apples, Pumpkins and Squash — Time to Switch our Local Food Radar to Autumn
October 7, 2009 07:32 AM - Christopher Peake Green Right Now ABC7, Organic Consumers Association

Eating locally can be a healthier, wiser way to go - fresher food is more nutrient rich. But shopping for local produce means we must learn to take control of our menu, work with what's in season and let go of what's heading out. Now that it's fall, we have to say goodbye to berries, hello to pumpkins, and dig through our cookbooks for that squash soup recipe.

It's Harvest Moon Time!
October 5, 2009 06:32 AM - Jesus Diaz, Gizmodo

If you like astronomy, here's a very simple event that you can see without special instruments, even if you are in a city: The harvest moon. In fact, if you are in a city, it will look even more spectacular.

Climate Change Threatens Mekong Basin
October 5, 2009 06:16 AM - Chisa Fujioka, Reuters

Changing weather patterns and rising seas are already affecting many people in Southeast Asia's Greater Mekong Basin and climate change threatens the livelihoods of millions more, a report released on Monday shows. Intense floods and droughts, coastal erosion, higher seas and heat waves in coming decades threaten rice, fruit and coffee crops and fisheries on which many of the basin's 65 million people depend, says the report by global conservation group WWF.

Fungus Illuminates World's Worst Extinction
October 4, 2009 06:22 AM - Michael Reilly, Discovery News

In the wake of the world's worst mass extinction 250 million years ago, life on Earth was nearly nonexistent. All across the supercontinent Pangea, once lush forests lay in ruins, the corpses of trees poking like matchsticks into the poisoned air. In their place fungus ruled the land, according to a new study. It feasted on defunct wood, spreading across the planet in an orgy of decay.

Emissions Targets, Costs Stall Climate Talks
October 2, 2009 06:43 AM - David Fogarty, Reuters

Efforts to convince rich nations to toughen emissions cuts have failed to make much headway at climate talks in the Thai capital, the U.N. said on Friday. Delegates from about 180 nations are meeting in Bangkok to try to narrow differences on ways to broaden and deepen the fight against climate change.

E.P.A. Will Draft New Law
October 1, 2009 10:33 AM - Yale Environment 360

Lisa Jackson, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.), is proposing a major change in the way the federal government regulates tens of thousands of chemicals in consumer products.

EPA Rule Will Require Permits and Use of Best Technologies to Reduce Greenhouse Gases from Large Facilities
October 1, 2009 06:59 AM - R. Greenway, ENN

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced today that the Agency has taken a significant step to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Clean Air Act.

Air Pollutants From Abroad A Growing Concern, Says New Report
September 30, 2009 09:54 AM - ScienceDaily

Plumes of harmful air pollutants can be transported across oceans and continents -- from Asia to the United States and from the United States to Europe -- and have a negative impact on air quality far from their original sources, says a new report by the National Research Council.

Tsunami Hits South Pacific
September 30, 2009 06:45 AM - Josephine Latu of Pacific Media Watch

A huge tsunami struck American Samoa and Samoa early day, causing many deaths in both Pacific island groups. Reports from Sky News put the death toll in American Samoa at 14, while Radio New Zealand reports at least five confirmed deaths in Samoa so far.

Climate Changes Outpacing Worst-case Projections
September 28, 2009 06:20 AM - Gerard Wynn, Reuters

Global temperatures may be 4 degrees Celsius hotter by the mid-2050s if current greenhouse gas emissions trends continue, said a study published on Monday. The study, by Britain's Met Office Hadley Center, echoed a U.N. report last week which found that climate changes were outpacing worst-case scenarios forecast in 2007 by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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