Health

Fountain of Youth Discovered?
December 28, 2009 02:00 PM - Roger Greenway, ENN

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB ) has published an important research paper that shows a clear link between calorie intake and the lifespan of human cells. Researchers from the have discovered that restricting consumption of glucose, the most common dietary sugar, can extend the life of healthy human-lung cells and speed the death of precancerous human-lung cells, reducing cancer's spread and growth rate.

The Internet is Becoming a Great Place to Check on the Environmental Status of Facilities
December 26, 2009 10:42 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

The Internet is becoming a great tool for getting information on facilities that are emitting air pollution, discharging water pollution, and generating hazardous wastes. In the past, this information was difficult for the public to access, and in some cases either was not made available to the public, or required a Freedom of Information Act filing to obtain. This is changing as more states and the federal government is making this information available on line. The latest effort comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which has released enforcement results for fiscal year 2009, and has developed a new Web-based tool and interactive map that allows the public to get detailed information by location about the enforcement actions taken at approximately 4,600 facilities.

EPA Curbs Ship Emissions
December 24, 2009 12:04 PM - Andy Soos, ENN

The US EPA has finalized a rule setting tough engine fuel standards for large US flagged ships, a major milestone in the agency's coordinated strategy to slash harmful marine diesel emissions. The regulation harmonizes with international standards and will lead to significant air quality improvements throughout the country. "There are enormous health and environmental consequences that come from marine diesel emissions, affecting both port cities and communities hundreds of miles inland. Stronger standards will help make large ships cleaner and more efficient, and protect millions of Americans from harmful diesel emissions," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "Port communities have identified diesel emissions as one of the greatest health threats facing their people especially their children. These new rules mark a step forward in cutting dangerous pollution in the air we breathe and reducing the harm to our health, our environment, and our economy."

The Legacy of Bhopal
December 22, 2009 06:51 AM - Sanjay Kumar, The Diplomat

Twenty-five years on, campaigners say the world’s worst-ever industrial accident is still claiming victims. Sanjay Kumar visits Bhopal in India and speaks to the locals who say their government has failed them badly. Bhopal is a beautiful city. Located about 750 kilometres south of Delhi and surrounded by lakes and lush greenery, Old and New Bhopal are a fascinating and thriving combination of Islamic and Hindu architecture vying for space in a city founded about 1000 years ago.

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.

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