• 'Green' lightbulbs poison workers

    Hundreds of factory staff are being made ill by mercury used in bulbs destined for the West >> Read the Full Article
  • California Residents Ready to Conserve More

    A large majority of Californians are concerned about having a sufficient supply of water and are willing to do more to conserve, according to a new statewide survey released by the Save Our Water program. The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and the California Department of Water Resources recently launched the program to educate Californians about the state's water challenges and encourage greater water conservation. >> Read the Full Article
  • Women more vulnerable to tobacco carcinogens, new results show

    Women may be more vulnerable than men to the cancer-causing effects of smoking tobacco, according to new results reported this week at the European Multidisciplinary Conference in Thoracic Oncology (EMCTO), Lugano, Switzerland. Swiss researchers studied 683 lung cancer patients who were referred to a cancer centre in St Gallen between 2000 and 2005 and found women tended to be younger when they developed the cancer, despite having smoked on average significantly less than men. >> Read the Full Article
  • How Mercury Gets into our Seafood

    The US Geological Survey published a study today that describes the mechanism by which anthropogenic mercury gets into the seas and into the seafood we eat. While it has been surmised that human use and emissions of Mercury were the source of mercury in the oceans and seafood, the mechanism by which anthropogenic mercury gets there has not been known. >> Read the Full Article
  • Pet Trade Introduces Diseases, Costs

    Invasive species are putting major strains on our environment, our pocketbooks and our health, new studies suggest, and our nation's demand for exotic pets may be to blame. The wild animal trade may even be upping our risk for diseases like the current outbreak of swine flu. >> Read the Full Article
  • American Lung Association Report on Air Quality Finds Progress, But Major Cities Show Problems

    The American Lung Association's State of the Air 2009 report acknowledges substantial progress against air pollution in many areas of the country, but finds nearly every major city still burdened by air pollution. Sixteen cities making this year’s 25 most ozone-polluted list experienced worsened ozone (smog) problems than last year’s report found. Fifty-eight percent of people in the United States live in counties with recorded unhealthy levels of ozone air pollution, measured against the tighter standard in effect since March 2008 >> Read the Full Article
  • Potentially harmful chemicals found in forest fire smoke

    Researchers have detected common plant toxins that affect human health and ecosystems in smoke from forest fires. The results from the new study also suggest that smoldering fires may produce more toxins than wildfires - a reason to keep human exposures to a minimum during controlled burns. >> Read the Full Article
  • Swine Flu Spreads, Tips for the US

    There are now 94 cases in the US, in 11 states. Thanks to the 24-hour media coverage about swine flu, we’re all aware that a potential flu pandemic could be high. But before you stock up on face masks and hand sanitizer, it’s important to put some things in perspective. >> Read the Full Article
  • Feds Announce $615.8 Million for Rural Water Projects

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of more than $615.8 million in water and environmental projects that are being funded immediately with federal funds provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. >> Read the Full Article
  • Plastic Water Bottles May Pose Health Hazard

    With all of the bad press swirling around certain types of plastic lately, regular old plastic water bottles have maintained a reputation as safe, at least as far as human health is concerned. New evidence, however, suggests that plastic water bottles may not be so benign after all. >> Read the Full Article