• Another reason eating leafy greens is good for you

    You may have heard that eating peanuts and peanut butter may expose you to Aflatoxin, a carcinogen. But peanuts are an excellent source of protein, so what can you do to neutralize the potential Aflatoxin? It turns out that combining leafy greens with your PB&J might do the trick. Not only are the vitamins and minerals good for you, but eating greens could also neutralize the Aflatoxin, according to a recent study involving scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). >> Read the Full Article
  • Health or Climate Spending, Can we have both?

    Bill Gates, the world's richest man and a leading philanthropist, said on Sunday spending by rich countries aimed at combating climate change in developing nations could mean a dangerous cut in aid for health issues. Gates, the Microsoft Corp co-founder whose $34 billion foundation is fighting malaria, AIDS, tuberculosis and other diseases in developing countries, expressed concern about the amount of spending pledged at December's Copenhagen global climate meeting. >> Read the Full Article
  • Superbugs

    The number of cases of "superbugs," as researchers call them, has been grown steadily in recent years. When antibiotics are used for non-bacterial illnesses, or when prescriptions are not taken for the full cycle, the bugs that endure pass on their drug-resistant traits to subsequent generations. New research from Cambridge should help hospitals control the spread of superbugs. It has been shown for the first time how transmission of the bacterial infection can be tracked between people in different continents and from patient to patient in a single hospital by using DNA sequencing technologies.single hospital by using DNA sequencing technologies. >> Read the Full Article
  • California Objects to One Auto Emission Standard for the nation

    California has issues with federal attempts to weaken new vehicle pollution standards, but the state backed away on Wednesday from a report that it was threatening to pull out of a deal with U.S. President Barack Obama's administration. The California agency responsible for implementing the state's global-warming law and vehicle-pollution standards said in a November letter that federal agencies must address two issues "to ensure California's continued support for the national program." >> Read the Full Article
  • Imported from Asia: OZONE

    Ever wonder how the western US has high ozone levels when the winds usually blow in off the Pacific Ocean? Did you think it was all from the cars clogging the freeways? Turns out, it is caused in part from emissions of ozone generating air emissions from Asia. A study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows that Springtime ozone levels above western North America are rising, primarily due to air flowing eastward from the Pacific Ocean, a trend that is most significant when the air originates in Asia. >> Read the Full Article
  • Second Earthquake Hits Haiti

    This morning a second earthquake struck Haiti. The strong aftershock measured 6.1 as reported by the US Geological Survey. It hit about 35 miles west south west from Port au Prince at about 6:03 am. Details are still not available at this time, but the magnitude of the quake is likely to cause new damage to an already devastated area stretching relief efforts. >> Read the Full Article
  • Haiti's environment needs long-term help

    Long-term efforts to help Haiti recover from the earthquake will have to reverse environmental damage such as near-total deforestation that threatens food and water supplies for the Caribbean nation, experts say. The focus is now on emergency aid -- Haitian officials estimate that between 100,000 and 200,000 people died in the January 12 quake. But President Rene Preval urged donors on Monday also to remember the country's long-term needs. >> Read the Full Article
  • Reach: High Hazard Chemicals

    Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of CHemicals (REACH) is a European Union Regulation. REACH addresses the production and use of chemical substances, and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment. REACH started in June 2007, with a phased implementation over the next decade. The rules were created for the better protection of human health and protection of the environment by ultimately regulating the use and limits of toxic substances. The European Chemicals Agency has recently added 14 substances to the list of very high concern chemicals to undergo special health and safety scrutiny under the bloc's chemical regulation REACH. >> Read the Full Article
  • UK planning to reintroduce insects

    When one thinks of reintroducing wildlife, one usually thinks of big charismatic mammals, such as wolves or beaver, or desperate birds like the Californian condor. But the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in Scotland is going one step further to save the UK's unique ecology with plans to reintroduce four species of dwindling insects. >> Read the Full Article
  • Putting a Value on Nature

    The insight that nature provides services to mankind is not a new one. In 360BC Plato remarked on the helpful role that forests play in preserving fertile soil; in their absence, he noted, the land was turned into desert, like the bones of a wasted body. The idea that the value provided by such "ecosystem services" can be represented by ecologists in a way that economists can get to grips with, though, is rather newer. A number of the thinkers who have made it a hot topic in the past decade gathered at a meeting on biodiversity and ecosystem services held by the Royal Society, in London, on January 13th and 14th. They looked at the progress and prospects of their attempts to argue for the preservation of nature by better capturing the value of the things - such as pollination, air quality and carbon storage - that it seemingly does for free. >> Read the Full Article