• Nitrites in Meats Fingered in Rise of Diseases

    The rising rate of diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's may be linked to nitrites and related compounds -- found in hot dogs, bacon, potatoes and fertilizers, among other common products. >> Read the Full Article
  • Comment on: Colgate University a Green Leader

    Colgate University is a small school in central New York that features big time academics in a small town setting. The school is abounded on all sides by farmland, and with the Great Lakes just a few hundred miles northwest, lake-effect weather causes the quiet campus to be under a blanket of snow from October to April. As part of what Newsweek deemed the "New Ivy League," the prestigious school has decided to begin a huge undertaking: Going green. Although the Colgate has always been environmentally conscious (its location in the middle of vast tracts of farmland and forest make it difficult not to be), recently, professors, administrators, and staff have converged to form the Environmental Council to facilitate the University's widespread environmentalism. >> Read the Full Article
  • Limit antibiotic use on U.S. livestock, says the FDA

    The Food and Drug Administration believes antibiotics should be used on livestock only to cure or prevent disease and not to promote growth, a common use, said a high-ranking FDA official on Monday. Principal deputy FDA commissioner Joshua Sharfstein said restrictions on livestock use would reduce the opportunity for bacteria to develop resistance to drugs used by >> Read the Full Article
  • Cassavas get cyanide hike from carbon emissions

    ONE of Africa's most important food crops is likely to become increasingly toxic as a result of carbon emissions. >> Read the Full Article
  • Declining Aral Sea: Satellite Images Highlight Dramatic Retreat

    Envisat images highlight the dramatic retreat of the Aral Sea’s shoreline from 2006 to 2009. The Aral Sea was once the world’s fourth-largest inland body of water, but it has been steadily shrinking over the past 50 years since the rivers that fed it were diverted for irrigation projects. By the end of the 1980s, it had split into the Small Aral Sea (north), located in Kazakhstan, and the horse-shoe shaped Large Aral Sea (south), shared by Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. >> Read the Full Article
  • Climate Bill Debate Postponed By Senate

    Legislation to slow climate change rolled into the Senate this week and almost immediately ground to a halt. After two days of hearings, Democratic leaders agreed to mothball the measure until September. They blamed a full schedule on health care reform and the president's Supreme Court nominee for the delay. >> Read the Full Article
  • Disease runs riot as species disappear

    Could biodiversity protect humans from disease? Conservationists have long suspected it might, and now they have the evidence to back this up. >> Read the Full Article
  • US should focus foreign aid on food, health and water

    The United States should boost funding for food, health and water, says Thomas R. Pickering, former US ambassador to the UN. Pickering says an extra US$10 billion per year will be needed to help put the United States on the right path for international aid — a small sum in comparison to the trillion dollars injected into the economic recovery. >> Read the Full Article
  • Possible Environmental Causes For Alzheimer's, Diabetes

    A new study by researchers at Rhode Island Hospital have found a substantial link between increased levels of nitrates in our environment and food with increased deaths from diseases, including Alzheimer's, diabetes mellitus and Parkinson's. The study was published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. >> Read the Full Article
  • ENN Community Blog: The EcoUsable Stainless Filtered Water Bottle

    In this time of economic troubles, it is a great time to invest in products that will save you money in the long term, contribute to your healthy lifestyle, are good for the environment, and aremade in the USA. Although there is not yet one magical creation on the market that will eliminate your carbon footprint or transform your garbage to energy, there is definitely an emerging market for gadgets to help you take the steps to being more earth- friendly. Indeed, many of these are small steps for you but can potentially have huge impacts on the earth. One of these products is the EcoUsable Stainless Water Bottle, a light steel water bottle with a built- in filter that claims to filter tap, stream, river, lake, and pool water. This product might be ideal for you if: * You want to stop paying for highly polluting and expensive plastic water bottles * You camp, hike, play outdoor sports, etc. * You are traveling to a country with spotty (or no) water quality standards * You are heading on a “staycation,” where sweltering beaches and amusement parks jack up the price of water and water fountains are unsanitary * You live in your car (keep one in your glove compartment in case of an emergency) Reasons You Want This product: * There are many great colors to choose from * The container is not easily damaged and is light, which makes it easily portable * It will filter anything except salt water * It helps save your money, health, and the environment by reducing the use and disposal of plastic water bottles. * It is shipped to you in recyclable and eco- conscious materials Possible Drawbacks: * It doesn’t hold a huge amount of water because the filter is large—It would only be optimally useful if you were traveling short distances between refills * Initial cleaning and care of the bottle may be a bit complex for some users, and accidental misuse could easily damage the product * The filter needs to be replaced about once a year >> Read the Full Article