ENVIRONMENT

Organophosphates cause learning problems, say health experts

Health experts are calling for the immediate ban of organophosphate insecticides because they are causing learning and attention problems in children. They say there is now 'sufficient evidence' that children exposed to the insecticides while in the womb can have lower IQs and experience learning difficulties when...

Cleaning products could be causing infants' obesity epidemic

Household cleaners and disinfectants could be the cause of the obesity epidemic among infants and toddlers. The products change the children's gut microbiome which helps regulate their weight, new research has discovered. The only safe cleaning agents to use are eco-friendly ones, which don't have the same...

To fight bee die-off Virginia now offering all citizens their own beehives

The state of Virginia has announced an initiative to help reverse the decline in bee populations. “The Beehive Distribution Program” promises to give away beehives and the necessary related equipment to any eligible applicants over the age of 18. Earlier this month, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services...

Schoolchildren suffering memory problems from using their cellphones

Teenagers are always using their cell (mobile) phones—but the radiation from the devices could be affecting their memory and their ability to study at school, a major new study has suggested. Memory problems are being seen in adolescents after they've been using a cell phone for just...

What Are The Causes Of Air Pollution and What Can We Do To Prevent It?

The issue of the environment is as current as it has ever been. And while global warming seems to occupy the news and the public imagination more than anything else, there are other environmental concerns which still have a critical impact on our lives – concerns we can’t afford to...

Alternative fuel vehicle

Alternative Fuel Vehicle refers to a vehicle that runs on a fuel other than traditional gasoline or diesel; any method of powering an engine that does not involve petroleum. Due to a combination of heavy taxes on fuel, particularly in Europe, tightening environmental laws, particularly in California, and the...

Does hybrid car production waste offset hybrid benefits?

Since hybrid cars burn regular gasoline, they emit the same greenhouse gases as conventional cars. But since hybrid cars are much more fuel efficient than conventional vehicles -- the U.S. Energy Information Administration sets the average mileage for a hybrid at 38.7 miles per gallon (16.5 kilometers/liter) compared with 26.7...

Decades Later, One of the Biggest Environmental Disasters In US History Continues To Harm Generations

In 1973, one of the biggest environmental disasters in US history occurred in St. Louis, Michigan. It continues to haunt many today, and ill-effects are being felt not only by those directly affected, but also by their children and grandchildren. Yet, most people haven’t heard of this environmental disaster, and...

Hiding Behind Genetics to Avoid Culpability for Environmental Causes of Autism

Genetics is the darling of the biomedical research industry. For diseases ranging from cancer to skin disorders, investigators have been busily at work for decades trying to identify the conditions’ underlying genetic causes. However, these same investigators—and the reporters who communicate their findings to the public—are often strangely incurious about...
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