Fetal Exposure Leads to Cognitive Difficulties Fetal exposure to air pollution, even at levels considered safe by current standards, has been linked by Dutch researchers
Hamburg Gets Serious About Diesel Fumes Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city, is experimenting with restricting diesel-powered vehicle access to portions of two major streets,
Countries Ban Single-Use Plastics Bans on plastic consumption have been increasing globally for the last two years. Single-use plastics will be officially banned in the Bahamas
Reversing a Rising Tide of Chronic Conditions by Ronica A. O’Hara The statistics are startling—as many as a quarter to one half of American children now have a diagnosed chronic condition, according to studies that include one in Academic Pediatrics that includes obesity. Over the last few decades, the number of children with asthma has tripled to affect one in eight; those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have doubled to one in 10; and autism diagnoses have increased at least 10-fold, to affect one in 50 (one in 31 boys).
Groups Work to Make U.S. Go Strawless About 500 million plastic straws are discarded daily in America, reports the U.S. National Park Service. Plastic that reaches waterways
Leading Food Companies Aim to Slash Energy Footprints McDonald’s plans to reduce greenhouse emissions from their restaurants, corporate offices and supply chain by more than 30
by Randy Kambic While Gary Griggs has lived near the coast of California most of his life, visits to the coasts of 46 nations helped shape his latest book, Coasts in Crisis: A Global Challenge. The distinguished professor of Earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, writes on how coral reefs provide shelter, food and breeding grounds for about one-third of the world’s species of marine fish, as well as
Disrupts Regularity Polluted air raises the chances of irregular menstrual cycles among teenage girls, a new Boston University School of Medicine study reports. Studying the records of 34,832 women and linking that information with levels of pollutants when the
Mental Health Connection Found Air pollution takes a toll on mental health, university of Washington researchers have concluded. By linking health data for 6,000 people to census tracts, they found that people living in areas
Edward Humes investigates the origins and impacts of the expensive and complex process that brings us everyday products and items in his new book Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation. His latest work, which also covers our love affair with cars, is popularizing the eco-conscious term, “transportation footprint”. Aligned with this, he recommends a move to driverless cars to save lives and fuel.