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

Brains of young people exposed to dirty air show signs consistent with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

It’s no secret that air pollution can damage the lungs and the heart. But new research suggests that exposure to polluted air can trigger neurodegeneration as well. In a study published in the journal Environmental Research, an international team of researchers described how they found tiny air pollution particles lodged in the brain stems of young people. Alongside … Continue reading Brains of young people exposed to dirty air show signs consistent with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

How do bacteria populations travel through soil layers?

Soil bacteria are important components of the ecosystem. They help improve soil structure and aggregation, as well as recycle soil nutrients and water. Soil bacteria also serve as decomposers that consume carbon compounds and provide large quantities of nitrogen to plants. Nitrogen is a major component of chlorophyll and is essential for the production of amino acids, which are … Continue reading How do bacteria populations travel through soil layers?

Childhood cancer caused largely by environmental factors, report finds

For children in the U.S., cancer is the leading cause of death from disease. Worldwide, cancer has become so prevalent and devastating that some may use the phrase “like curing cancer” when describing something unfeasible or highly complicated. Yet in September, a team of more than 60 stakeholders and leaders in the health, science, business, policy and advocacy sectors … Continue reading Childhood cancer caused largely by environmental factors, report finds

California wildfires are causing unprecedented levels of air pollution

With historic wildfires still blazing through the West Coast, smoke continues to clog the air and tinge the skies with eerie reds and oranges. In some regions of California, air pollution levels are now more than twice what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers “hazardous,” according to The Daily Mail. In particular, certain regions near Sacramento and Fresno are showing up … Continue reading California wildfires are causing unprecedented levels of air pollution

Chemicals found in tap water could be responsible for more than 100,000 cases of cancer

Diet, genetics and environmental factors all have a hand in determining one’s risk for cancer, one of the deadliest chronic diseases around the globe. But a recent report from an environmental advocacy group cautions that millions across the US could be facing a greater risk of cancer due to contaminated tap water. In a major breakthrough, scientists … Continue reading Chemicals found in tap water could be responsible for more than 100,000 cases of cancer

Plants can sense, think and communicate, says Italian scientist

Talking to plants is neither an uncommon habit among gardeners and plant enthusiasts, nor is it a modern notion. Strange as it might sound or appear to an onlooker, people talk to their plants for a host of reasons. Some do it as a form of social interaction. Others might talk to their ailing plants … Continue reading Plants can sense, think and communicate, says Italian scientist

Long-term exposure to chemical ingredients in sunscreen is lethal to freshwater organisms, warn scientists

For a lot of people, beach trips and lake excursions are never complete without a tall bottle of sunscreen to smother their skin with before going off for a swim. However, a recent report found that chemical ingredients in sunscreen that leach off of the skin while swimming might be detrimental to freshwater organisms. In a … Continue reading Long-term exposure to chemical ingredients in sunscreen is lethal to freshwater organisms, warn scientists

How safe are urban gardening crops?

As more people learn about their benefits, urban gardens have increased in number across the United States. However, there are several issues surrounding food production in urban areas, like soil contamination, that are thought to pose risks to human health. In a recent breakthrough, a team of researchers from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM) in Spain conducted a probabilistic risk assessment … Continue reading How safe are urban gardening crops?

Bees live shorter, become sicker because of air pollution, scientists find

Breathing in toxic fumes from polluted air is one of the major contributors to premature death around the globe as it can exacerbate lung and heart conditions. But despite the emerging threat of air pollution to humans, little research has been done on its impact on the health of animals. In one of the first … Continue reading Bees live shorter, become sicker because of air pollution, scientists find