Dogs Exposed to BPA Give Us Epigenetic Clues About Our Own Wellbeing

Exposure to a widespread environmental chemical could cause changes to chemical tags on DNA, which can impact the expression of genes and potentially increase the risk for disease. Researchers studied one of our closest companions – dogs – and the epigenetic effect of bisphenol-A (BPA) found in canned dog food. Since these animals share our … Continue reading Dogs Exposed to BPA Give Us Epigenetic Clues About Our Own Wellbeing

Chemical reaction between pipe alloy and water disinfectants produce cancer-causing chromium in drinking water

Researchers from the University of California, Riverside have found that pipe alloy can react with residual water disinfectants to produce cancer-causing chromium that gets mixed in drinking water. In a study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, the researchers said that chemical reactions can change chromium in water pipes into a form that creates genetic mutations in cells. Pipe alloy plus disinfectants … Continue reading Chemical reaction between pipe alloy and water disinfectants produce cancer-causing chromium in drinking water

Unexplained “booming noises” baffles people around the world

Mysterious booming noises were heard across various locations in the United States, Canada and Ireland in November, and nobody seems to know where the strange sounds originated. In the regional district of North Okanaganin Canada, many locals heard a sudden, deafening noise around noon on Nov. 27, with one resident saying it sounded “like a volcano erupted.” Both village officials and … Continue reading Unexplained “booming noises” baffles people around the world

Scientists develop an electrochemical process that removes toxic mercury from contaminated water

Researchers from the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden developed a method that can remove nearly 100 percent of toxic mercury from contaminated water. In a study published in the journal Nature Communications, the researchers said that the electrochemical process works by encouraging mercury ions to form an alloy with another metal. This effectively draws the heavy metal out of the … Continue reading Scientists develop an electrochemical process that removes toxic mercury from contaminated water

Federal court nixes FDA’s approval of genetically engineered “Frankenfish”

In a major win for wild salmon, the Court for the Northern District of California ruled on Nov. 5 that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ignored potential environmental consequences in its approval of genetically engineered salmon produced by the Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies. District Judge Vince Chhabria also said that the FDA violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and … Continue reading Federal court nixes FDA’s approval of genetically engineered “Frankenfish”

Study: People living in highly polluted areas have a higher chance of dying from coronavirus

A new study reveals that people who live in highly polluted areas are more likely to die from COVID-19, the disease caused by the Wuhan coronavirus. Researchers from Harvard University looked at the impact of particles less than 2.5 micrometers in size (PM2.5) from various sources, such as vehicle exhausts, on COVID-19 health outcomes. According to their findings, which appeared in the journal Science Advances, even … Continue reading Study: People living in highly polluted areas have a higher chance of dying from coronavirus

Weird Nature and stormquakes: Hurricanes or strong storms can trigger seismic events in nearby oceans, report scientists

A study published in the Geophysical Research Letters suggests that hurricanes or even just really strong storms can trigger seismic events called “stormquakes” in the nearby ocean. Researchers from Florida State University (FSU), the University of California, San Diego and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts analyzed more than a decade of seismic and oceanographic records. They found a strong correlation … Continue reading Weird Nature and stormquakes: Hurricanes or strong storms can trigger seismic events in nearby oceans, report scientists

REPORT: 15% of coronavirus deaths worldwide can be attributed to air pollution

Long-term exposure to air pollution has been linked to a heightened risk of death due to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). Now, new research has estimated the proportion of COVID-19 deaths worldwide that could be attributed to air pollution. Published late October in the journal Cardiovascular Research, the study revealed that roughly 15 percent (or more than 180,000) COVID-19 deaths worldwide … Continue reading REPORT: 15% of coronavirus deaths worldwide can be attributed to air pollution

Science proves that fluoridated water damages children

While it may be argued that continuing to use fluoridate toothpaste and mouthwash is beneficial in helping to prevent dental caries, lacing entire water supplies with the stuff is overtly anti-science, no matter how one dices it. This is why Food & Water Watch, the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, and … Continue reading Science proves that fluoridated water damages children

German environmental scientist says so-called “climate catastrophe” not taking place

The so-called climate catastrophe projected to peak in 12 years is simply “not taking place,” according to Fritz Vahrenholt, one of the founders of Germany’s modern environmental movement. On the contrary, humans have about three generations’ time to push for cleaner and more sustainable energy sources. In an interview with leading German journalist Roland Tichy, … Continue reading German environmental scientist says so-called “climate catastrophe” not taking place