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Air pollution found to damage your health on a CELLULAR level

Posted on 04 January 2019

Air pollution is known to cause damage to health, but did you know that it damages health on a cellular level? A study published in the journal Nature Communications showed that chemicals found in car exhaust fumes and cigarette smoke interrupt genetic factors that make cilia, which are the brush-like structures that keep mucus, dirt, and bacteria out of the lungs. Breathing in air ...

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Popular pesticides found to damage ability of honey bee pollinators to FLY

Posted on 04 January 2019

A commonly used class of pesticides called neonicotinoid damages the ability of honey bee pollinators to fly, a recent study revealed. Previous studies have shown that honey bee pollinators that ingested the said chemical were less likely to return to the colony, which in turn decreased the number of foragers. As part of the new study, a team of researchers from the Universi ...

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Plastic may soon outweigh fish as world’s oceans become toxic dumping grounds

Posted on 04 January 2019

The problem of plastic pollution in the oceans is no longer a myth, but a reality that is getting increasingly harder to ignore — especially now that the World Economic Forum (WEF) has said that the amount of plastics in the ocean will outweigh the amount of fish in the foreseeable future. In a report entitled The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics< ...

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Disturbing evidence suggests that WiFi radiation could increase the risk of miscarriages by almost 50%

Posted on 04 January 2019

Modern society is drunk on technology. It surrounds us everywhere we go, from the computers, tablets and laptops we use for work, to the “smart” phones we carry around and the movies we stream via WiFi. For many of us, it would be difficult to picture making it through 24 hours without using some form of wireless technology. While these devices provide amazing convenience and connect ...

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The hidden dangers of dry cleaning exposed

Posted on 04 January 2019

Dry cleaning is extremely convenient. However, most dry cleaners use a solvent called perchloroethylene which is a harmful chemical and known carcinogen. The solvent is considered a contaminating pollutant that persists in nature. In 2012, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified perchloroethylene under Group 2A. This categorization means that ...

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Radiation from cellphones increases risk of miscarriage by 50%

Posted on 04 January 2019

WiFi and cellphones have been found to increase a pregnant woman’s risk of suffering a miscarriage by nearly 50 percent, according to researchers from the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California. Magnetic field (MF) non-ionizing radiation, which is produced by power lines and cell towers, as well as WiFi and cellphones, has been found to be alter genes, puttin ...

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A new map of Earth: Here’s what our planet looks like with the aerosols from wildfires and dust circulating our globe

Posted on 21 December 2018

Don’t be fooled by the seemingly clear air before your eyes. Every breath you take fills your lungs with uncountable amounts of aerosols, many of which are harmful to human health. These ubiquitous bits of matter come in two forms: Solid particulate and drops of liquids, both of which are small and light enough to remain airborne for near-indefinite periods of time. Furthermore, aero ...

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Polluted air can cause a reduction of a person’s apparent education level and IQ

Posted on 21 December 2018

The effects of pollution goes beyond physical health – it affects even one’s intelligence. A recent study found that people exposed to high levels of pollution can experience decreases in mental performance equivalent to losing a year in your education. The study was conducted in China, a country that currently has air pollution levels at least three times higher than t ...

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Why the US military is the world’s largest polluter

Posted on 21 December 2018

The U.S. Department of Defense remains to be the nation’s and the world’s biggest polluter, producing 750,000 tons of toxic waste annually. This rate was higher than the toxic waste generated by five of the largest chemical companies combined. According to experts, the Pentagon’s hazardous pollution trail came in forms of depleted uranium, oil, and jet fuels as well as pe ...

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Scientists: Long history of fertilizer use on land is threatening our water quality today

Posted on 21 December 2018

Imagine you’re driving down a long, straight road through rural farmland. One either side of you are beautiful green farms. The produce being grown on these farms looks healthy and appears to be thriving. Now picture the land beneath those farms as massive sponges. Like all sponges, put enough liquid in and eventually the absorption capacity of that sponge will be reached, leaving th ...