Tuesday December 06th 2016, 9:00 AMThere's bad news for people who think it's safe to smoke a few cigarettes a day or even a week: They face a substantially higher risk of earlier death compared with people who don't smoke, according to a study published Monday. [News Source]
Forget those occasional cigarettes: There is no safe smoking level.
The Jamie Oliver diet: How U.K. celebrity chef took on Big Sugar.
Tuesday December 06th 2016, 9:00 AMSeemingly against the odds, Oliver got his way, making the fifth-largest economy in the world the latest wealthy nation to combat obesity and the health problems that come with it. [News Source]
In the battle against malnutrition, UN expert says junk food is the real culprit.
Tuesday December 06th 2016, 9:00 AMHilal Elver, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, says Big Food’s impact on public health should alarm us. [News Source]
Big changes in the air over little menhaden.
Monday December 05th 2016, 9:00 AMBig changes are being weighed for Atlantic menhaden, the little, oily fish that no one eats but that stirs such passion. At least one of the possible shifts could reverse recent increases in the allowable commercial catch. [News Source]
The clam that sank a thousand ships.
Monday December 05th 2016, 9:00 AMThese infamous clams are invading new areas, buoyed by climate change and the 2011 tsunami in Japan. [News Source]
A belated farewell to a pioneering polar bear researcher.
Sunday December 04th 2016, 9:00 AMDot Earth often had the feel of an accelerating hamster wheel (see posts marked with the fire hose image). But it was a wheel of my own creation, given the broad question I chose to pursue starting back in October, 2007 – how do humans navigate this century with the fewest regrets? [News Source]
What you need to know about ‘legacy pollution’ in the Ohio River.
Friday December 02nd 2016, 9:00 AMThis week, we caught up with Judy Petersen, executive director of the Kentucky Waterways Alliance, to tell us more about how legacy pollution—and new pollution—impacts more of our lives than we might think. [News Source]
Connecting PM2.5 exposure to insulin resistance.
Thursday December 01st 2016, 9:00 AMThe authors of a new study in mice conclude that oxidative stress in the lungs may be an intermediate step between exposure to PM2.5 and vascular insulin resistance, a precursor of systemic insulin resistance. [News Source]
Two decades of enhancing children’s environmental health protection at the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Thursday December 01st 2016, 9:00 AMAt the U.S. EPA, significant efforts have been made to address the special susceptibility of children, and our work continues to address emerging environmental concerns to ensure that children’s environments are free of hazards and support healthy development. [News Source]
Are food allergies on the rise? Experts say they don’t know.
Thursday December 01st 2016, 9:00 AMDespite assumptions that peanut, egg and other allergies are becoming more common in the U.S., experts say they just don't know. One challenge: Symptoms can be misinterpreted and diagnosis isn't easy. [News Source]
How microplastics make their way up the ocean food chain into fish.
Thursday December 01st 2016, 9:00 AMUp to 236,000 tonnes of microplastic enter our oceans each year. [News Source]
Ready for some good environment news? It’s about coal.
Thursday December 01st 2016, 9:00 AMWith coal use down in North America and better tech, mercury levels are declining, and our air - and fish - appear to be getting safer. [News Source]