Environmental

Once Upon a Mine: The Legacy of Uranium on the Navajo Nation

Once Upon a Mine: The Legacy of Uranium on the Navajo Nation

by Carrie Arnold. On a low, windswept rise at the southeastern edge of the Navajo Nation, Jackie Bell-Jefferson prepares to move her family from their home. A mound of uranium-laden waste the size of several football fields, covered with a thin veneer of gravel, dominates the view from her front door...

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Have We Been Duped About The Safety of BPA-Free Plastics?

Have We Been Duped About The Safety of BPA-Free Plastics?

It would seem, and particularly for mothers, fathers, and grandparents everywhere, that using plastics for anything other than decorations is not at all wise. Just what would be your decision if you knew that what you were feeding your children, or your grandchildren, might one day lead to...

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Warmer Seas May Raise Mercury In Fish

Warmer Seas May Raise Mercury In Fish

As a new report highlights the link between warming waters and mercury pollution, scientists fear for contamination to the marine food chain. Scientists in the US say they have found evidence suggesting that warmer sea surface temperatures may increase the ability of fish to accumulate mercury.

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Raindrops -- with Lead -- are Falling on Your Head

Raindrops -- with Lead -- are Falling on Your Headby Michael Behar, OnEarth. The health risks of leaded gasoline are a thing of the past, right? Wrong. When the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality surveyed the airport in 2005, it found a lead cloud hovering above Hillsboro, a circular plume spanning 25 square miles. At its center lead levels were twice as high as the National Ambient Air Quality Standard threshold...

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Help! My Brain is Under Attack!

Help! My Brain is Under Attack!

by Nora T. Gedgaudas, CNS, CNT. Our primal mind has no defense against the stressful world it now faces, and we are paying a terrifying price for it. The toll this takes is insidious as well as profound, and it must be appreciated if steps are to be taken to mitigate its effects...

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It All Adds Up over Time: Cumulative Lead Exposure and Cognition in Older Women

Many older people in the U. S. population were chronically exposed to lead from paint and gasoline prior to the 1980s. To date, most of the research on lead and cognitive functioning in older age has focused on men, despite the fact that women live longer on average and therefore may be more likely to develop dementia over the course of their life span.

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Bedbugs Meet Their Match In The Balkans

Bed Bugs

It's been frozen, baked, suffocated and sprayed with toxins... and each time the bedbug bounces back, leaving tiny bite marks on legs or arms where it takes a blood meal. But thanks to an unusual combination of Balkan folklore and nanoscale science, the pesky critter may have met its match.

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A Tale of Two Forests: Addressing Postnuclear Radiation at Chernobyl and Fukushima

Japan's Nuclear Disaster

The idle fields are illuminated by lights from his house, where several men bend intently over a low wooden table as they pore over satellite photographs and contour maps.

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Dengue Vaccine Shows Early Promise

Denque Fever

A low-cost vaccine against the dengue virus showed promise in an early-stage clinical trial. With further development, the vaccine may help ease the burden of dengue fever in developing countries....

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Which House Plants Improve Indoor Air Quality?

Which House Plants Improve Indoor Air Quality?by Deanna Duke. Back in the 1980s, NASA reported some research it did on the value of indoor plants in cleaning up air quality. Over the years, researchers looked at more than 30 different plants to find the ones that are best at cleaning indoor air...

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What is a Toxin? Women & Cancer

What is a Toxin? Women & Cancerby Sondra Kornblatt. Women show more susceptibility to toxins. On one hand, women’s bodies have more fat, where toxins accumulate, so women are four times more likely to exhibit symptoms of chemical sensitivity than men.

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Cutting Mercury & Protecting America’s Children

Cutting Mercury & Protecting America's ChildrenLast week, the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards was finalized and will protect millions of families and, especially, children from air pollution. Before this rule, there were no national standards that limited the amount of mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and acid gases power plants across the country could release into the air we breathe.

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Environmental Hygiene

We are living in a world where environmental pollution has become part of life. Civilized humans today must live in cramped urban areas, drink contaminated water, take in polluted air, eat contaminated foods, and endure loud, disturbing noises. What can we do?

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dont-tell-me-what-to-do-by-marie-t-russell by Marie T. Russell. "Don't tell me what to do!" We've heard that said many times... we've even said it, and at times when we didn't say it, we thought...Read More
separate,-unequal-and-ignored-the-status-of-our-lower-class by Dante Perez. As income inequality has risen in the United States, significant research and press coverage has been devoted to how Americans may be...Read More
the-new-spirituality-love-and-togetherness by Diana Cooper. Religion has been a divisive force for thousands of years. Yet religions have done much good. They have offered comfort and hope to the...Read More
illusion-of-control by Dennis Merritt Jones. We have little control over the future. And the future is where we tend to look for our security, seeking the assurance that...Read More
wetlands-are-one-of-the-smartest-investments-we-can-make by Jane Lubchenco & Mark Tercek. For centuries, coastal wetlands were considered worthless. A mounting body of research is demonstrating that...Read More
learning-to-shift-from-anger-to-love by Jude Bijou, M.A., M.F.T. Anger is in everyone’s emotional constitution to one degree or another. It oozes out in big and little ways, no...Read More
what-do-i-think-happens-after-we-die by David Jay Brown. What do I think happens after we die? I think about this question every day as an exercise of the imagination, and I frequently...Read More
how-to-live-off-the-grid-in-a-tiny-house LaMar Alexander grew up in a homesteading family. For him, self-sufficiency, including gardening, raising animals and “doing for ourselves” was...Read More
a-healing-adventure-experience-the-comfort-of-forgiveness by M. J. Ryan. When the stock market plummeted in 2003 and I lost a third of my savings, I had a very hard time getting over the fact that I didn’t...Read More
can-we-avert-dangerous-levels-of-climate-change-technofixes-‘will-not-work’ by Tim Radford, Climate News Network. Global warming will be bad. Geoengineering could make it worse. Once again, a research team has considered all the...Read More
your-brain-has-been-lying-to-you by Nancy du Tertre. Did you know that you actually “see” the world upside down? Well, you do. You just don’t know it because your brain has...Read More
negative-love-repeating-parental-behaviors by Marcelle Pick. One emotion holding many of us back is negative love: our tendency to repeat the behaviors we used to win our parents’ love, and to...Read More