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Ever since the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, we have become sharply aware of the hazards of extracting fossil fuels from the earth. This danger presents itself not merely on oil rigs but on pipelines and in processing plants with disturbing regularity ... keep reading
Once famously described as “orphan diseases, too small to be noticed, too small to be funded” in the Hollywood drama Lorenzo’s Oil, rare diseases are getting unprecedented attention today among drug manufacturers, who are ramping up research efforts and marketing new medicines that promise fuller lives for children and ... keep reading
An online Living Green Infrastructure Declaration has been created to encourage government and the private sector to plan and build greener, healthier, more beautiful communities. Living green infrastructure advocates, including Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, LEAF, Ontario Parks Association, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and Landscape Ontario are encouraging citizens ... keep reading
New research reveals that Solanaceae—a flowering plant family with some species producing foods that are edible sources of nicotine—may provide a protective effect against Parkinson’s disease. The study appearing today in Annals of Neurology, a journal of the American Neurological Association and Child Neurology Society, suggests that ... keep reading
The Government is putting Auckland's popular and pristine west coast beaches at risk of an oil spill from dangerous deep sea drilling, the Green Party said today. "The upper West coast of the North Island is postcard New Zealand. It is where Kiwis go to swim, fish and holiday ... keep reading
Weight-loss ads and television shows regularly profile people who have transformed their lives through major losses of 30 kilograms or more. These weight-loss ambassadors try to inspire us to do the same by telling us they feel more alive, they can play with their kids and their confidence has grown ... keep reading
The sad truth is every person in the world has to face some form of pollution on a daily basis. We are living in a world where convenience is considered quintessential to a person’s survival; the use of industrial machinery, transport and people’s ambition to own the most ... keep reading
Damn- now lipstick too! A new analysis of the contents of lipstick and lip gloss may cause you to pause before puckering. Researchers at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health tested 32 different lipsticks and lip glosses commonly found in drugstores and department stores. They detected lead, cadmium, chromium ... keep reading
Concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, are the next step in the evolution of small family farms, which need to adopt new farming paradigms in order to feed greater and greater numbers of people. But, as one scientist noted, it isn’t necessary to resort to physical battery (of animals ... keep reading
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