Category: Science

Right Now, Climate Change is Affecting Your Health

Extreme temperatures, catastrophic weather events, and deadly droughts are a just few things that can occur when climate change pervades a geographical area. Ecosystems are affected, and human life is exposed to the aftermath. Gradual effects are associated with climate change. But these changes are closer than you think and are happening now in your state as you read this article. And as a result, coastlines are affected and your body is exposed to health risks. The Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health (MSCCH), reported which parts of the United States are currently affected by specific climate change...

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Plastic Pollution in Antarctica Five Times Worse Than Anticipated

The Southern Ocean was thought to be immune from contamination from microplastics, but a new scientific study from the University of Hull and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) reveals levels of microplastics in the Antarctic marine system five times worse than supposed. According to Dr. Catherine L. Waller, lead author of the study and scientist from University of Hull: “Antarctica is thought to be a highly isolated, pristine wilderness. The ecosystem is very fragile with whales, seals and penguins consuming krill and other zooplankton as a major component of their diet. “Our research highlights the urgent need for a co-ordinated...

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Bioplastics: A Natural Weapon In The War On Plastic Pollution

You’ve probably seen the horrifying photos of oceans full of plastic bottles bobbing about. Other pictures show birds and fish stuck in plastic or eating it. There are several especially heartbreaking and disturbing photos of deceased birds depicting their insides filled with plastic and other trash. Our deadly and immense plastic pollution problem needs to be addressed and resolved immediately. Bioplastics are plastics in which all carbon is derived from renewable feedstock. Some bioplastics are biodegradable, but the ones containing fossil-fuel-based carbon are not. Among the feedstock used to create bioplastics are wood cellulose, corn, rice, potatoes, tapioca, palm fiber,...

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 Mott’s is Being Sued for Toxic Pesticides in their ‘Natural’ Applesauce

To push for greater safety and clarity for consumers, a national environmental health organization is now suing Mott’s for false and misleading labeling of their products. Mott’s tags a number of its applesauce products with “All Natural Ingredients” and “Natural” labels. However, residue from the pesticide acetamiprid has been found in their sauce — and acetamiprid is not natural. It is a neonicotinoid insecticide that has been linked to harming the development of unborn babies and children’s brains. Neonics have also been singled out as contributing to the alarming  decline in the honeybee population. According to Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides, “People are looking for food products that are healthy for...

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These 5 Innovations may be Our Best Weapons Against Deadly Drought

According to UNESCO, 663 million people worldwide do not have access to potable water. Fortunately, scientists across the globe are developing ways to remedy and prevent droughts. The effort is a race against global warming, which increases droughts as water bodies evaporate. Also, extreme weather conditions like flooding threaten our ability to keep the water supply clean. The good news is that scientists have developed some impressive drought-fighting weapons: 1. Pulling Water From Air Scientists at MIT have invented a new “miracle box” that pulls water from low-humidity air. The prototype is a box made of material that looks like fine sand....

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Around the World, Renewable Energy is Taking Over

The way to stop global warming is to eliminate the use of fossil fuels and to embrace sustainable energy. Thankfully, many countries are converting their energy to solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal, and other clean energies. As this trend continues we can halt the damage that greenhouse gas emissions are causing. Further, we may be able to reverse global warming with carbon capture methods that converts CO2 into stone or baking soda. An interesting clean energy success story occurred last year in Germany. Customers were briefly paid to use energy because renewable sources produced more energy than the country needed. Countries suffering...

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Damaged Great Barrier Reef has ‘Zero Prospect of Recovery’

For the first time on record, the Great Barrier Reef has suffered two consecutive years of mass coral bleaching. These events decimate the chance for long-term recovery, according to experts. In 2016, scientists recorded the largest coral die-off at the Great Barrier Reef on record. They found that 80% of coral in the northern portion of the reef had been severely bleached, and overall over one-fifth of the reef was dead. This year the reef suffered another mass bleaching event. “It takes at least a decade for a full recovery of even the fastest growing corals, so mass bleaching events...

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William Shatner Goes Solar to Save the Planet

William Shatner, best known for his role as Captain Kirk in the famous Star Trek series, will be collaborating with Solar Alliance Energy, Inc. (SAEI) to promote the benefits of solar energy through the campaign, ‘Join the Alliance—Save Money, Save the World’. First on the agenda: SAEI will install a solar system in Shatner’s Los Angeles home to help promote and galvanize public awareness on the importance of solar energy. “The benefits of solar energy are significant and I am pleased to work with Solar Alliance on this public awareness campaign. I am committed to creating a better world...

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