Health

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.

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.

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