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Avocados can reduce the risk of heart disease, study finds

Natural News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) It's not difficult to find research exposing the many health benefits of avocados. Studies show that these pear-shaped fruits, which are native to Mexico and Central America, are packed with essential nutrients that can aid weight loss, boost vision and guard us from...

Thirteen skills to learn now for survival later

Natural News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Evaluating survival readiness takes more than just 13 questions. However these thirteen skills to learn in the areas of food, water, shelter, protection and communication will form a solid foundation of preparation[1] and readiness. (Story republished from...

Diesel exhaust can mutate your genes, study finds

Natural News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Vancouver Coastal Health have discovered that not only can exposure to diesel exhaust give asthmatics headaches and itchy eyes, but -- more poignant to their study -- it can alter genes on a micro level. After...

Earth Hour 2015 Countdown Begins

Ecology Today - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 03:00

As nations and individuals around the globe gear up to participate in the world’s largest grassroots environmental movement, WWF’s Earth Hour kickstarted the countdown to the 2015 event with the release of the official campaign video today. Set to the international hit song ‘Pompeii’ by British rock band Bastille, the two-minute video demonstrates how Earth Hour is empowering individuals and organisations around the world to take action on climate change.

Showcasing memorable moments and achievements from past Earth Hour events as well as powerful statements from world leaders and personalities such as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, US President Barack Obama and actors Emma Thompson, Li Bingbing and Marc Ruffalo on the issue of climate change, the Earth Hour 2015 video aims to inspire people with the message to act and ‘use your power to change climate change’.

“This is the ninth time the Earth Hour movement will roll across the world. Millions of people will come together to use their power to change climate change and we want to work with them to deliver real solutions for a sustainable future for our planet,” said Sudhanshu Sarronwala, Executive Director, Marketing and Communications WWF International.

In the past eight years, Earth Hour has grown from a symbolic lights-off event in Sydney, Australia to the world’s largest open-sourced environmental campaign mobilising hundreds of millions of people in more than 7,000 cities and 163 countries and territories.

“We would like to thank the band Bastille, Universal and EMI Publishing for helping us create an inspiring video that captures the energy and power of the Earth Hour movement to impact climate change,” said Sarronwala.

Earth Hour 2015 will take place on 28th March 2015 between 8:30 and 9:30 P.M. in your local time zone. To know more about the event and activities happening in and around your city and how you can use your power to change climate change, visit www.earthhour.org.

Categories: Ecological News

Save our farmers with fair trade milk!

The Ecologist Magazine - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 23:34
As hundreds of British dairy farmers are forced out of business by milk prices well below production cost, writes Patrick Holden, it's time for a 'fair trade' British milk label that guarantees a fair price to smaller scale farmers operating to good environmental and animal welfare standards.
Categories: Ecological News

BPA plastics chemical poses no health risk, says European watchdog.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:30
The chemical bisphenol A, used to stiffen some plastic food containers, poses no health risk to consumers of any age, including unborn children, at current levels of exposure, Europe's food safety watchdog said on Wednesday.
Categories: Ecological News

The people’s professor.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:30
UNC epidemiology professor Steve Wing has been honored and vilified. Though nested in a premier research university, Wing believes his work to be in the public’s interest; he researches underrepresented and often-ignored populations.
Categories: Ecological News

Organic farmers: Pesticide drift kills.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:30
The Iowa Farmers Union wants the Department of Agriculture to beef up penalties for careless pesticide applicators. And they want commercial pesticide applicators to carry more liability insurance so small farmers can be compensated for damage.
Categories: Ecological News

Kansas farmers join lawsuit over GMO corn.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:30
If you live in Kansas, you may have seen the ads on TV from lawyers looking for small town farmers. That's because Kansas farmers are joining farmers from across the nation in suing an international agricultural company over genetically modified corn.
Categories: Ecological News

Dropping oil price boosts China's recycling effort, with scrap plastic industry feeling the pinch.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:30
The plummeting oil price has provided an unexpected boost to environmentalists in China. While environment and workplace campaigners have raised concerns about the recycling industry, it seems the high oil price may be more effective in slowing the trade.
Categories: Ecological News

Tropical forests pay price for gold rush.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:30
There’s a gold rush going on—and it’s affecting tropical ecosystems. The rush is due in part to an increase in wealth in developing countries and their subsequent acquisition of gold.
Categories: Ecological News

Google makes two more solar, wind investments.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:30
We're barely three weeks into 2015, and Google has already disclosed two substantial investments in renewable energy projects. The total so far: more than $1.5 billion.
Categories: Ecological News

TransCanada begins condemnation proceedings.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:30
TransCanada, the company proposing to build the controversial $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline, filed court documents Tuesday in nine Nebraska counties to start eminent domain proceedings and get the 12 percent of easements it still needs here.
Categories: Ecological News

Science gets its moment in Obama's 2015 State of the Union.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:30
Last night's speech by President Barack Obama took a few moments in the 60-minute address to stake out a strong defense of his administration’s policies to combat climate change, and to preview a new “precision medicine” initiative that aims to tap genetic and other information to improve treatments for human diseases.
Categories: Ecological News

Traces of Montana oil spill are found in drinking water.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:30
Work crews burrowed through thick ice and set up containment booms Tuesday in a struggle to vacuum up 50,000 gallons of oil that spilled into the Yellowstone River from a ruptured pipeline, contaminating drinking water.
Categories: Ecological News

80 birds dead, 300 affected as experts try to unravel goo mystery.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:30
The number of dead and dying aquatic birds on San Francisco Bay soared past 300 on Tuesday as animal rescuers expanded their search to the western shoreline after birds covered in a mysterious goo were found in Foster City.
Categories: Ecological News

Catholics need not breed 'like rabbits.'

Environmental Health News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:30
Pope Francis, after a visit to the largest Catholic nation in Asia, says Catholics may have a moral responsibility to limit the number of their children and need not reproduce "like rabbits.''
Categories: Ecological News

More children in UAE suffering from asthma than ever before.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:30
More UAE children are suffering from allergies and chronic asthma – and escaping indoors may not be enough to avoid the symptoms.
Categories: Ecological News

A century on, the 'Chinatown' water feud ebbs.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:30
The end of one of the great water battles in the West appears at hand: Instead of flooding the Owens Lake bed with nearly 25 billion gallons of Los Angeles water every year to hold the dust in place, engineers have begun to methodically till part of the lake bed to control dust.
Categories: Ecological News

Regulator calls on Tepco to discharge tritium water.

Environmental Health News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 19:30
Japan’s nuclear regulator has officially called on Tokyo Electric Power Co. to work toward discharging low-level contaminated water into the ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
Categories: Ecological News
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