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NASA images reveal massive DROP in pollution in China following coronavirus outbreak

Posted on 06 May 2020

Scientists monitoring the ongoing the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China have found one surprising bit of silver lining. Satellite images from NASA revealed a significant drop in pollution over some of China’s biggest cities. According to NASA, there has been a significant decrease in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions in China due to the economic ...

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Where you get your fish matters: Researchers discover over HALF of the fish from polluted waters are contaminated with mercury

Posted on 06 May 2020

Fish is an important component of a healthy diet. The American Heart Association even recommends eating two servings of fish every week to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. But that benefit comes with a warning: Make sure that you’re getting the right kind of fish, as some types of fish have high levels of pollutants, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl ...

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Food safety tips: How to reduce the arsenic in your rice by 80 percent

Posted on 06 May 2020

Arsenic is a very toxic trace element. Throughout history, people have been ingesting it, either knowingly or unknowingly. This problem seems to be getting even worse, as more and more arsenic is making its way into people’s food, particularly rice. Rice is a staple food for a huge percentage of the world’s population, which opens up the possibility that billions of people are unwitting ...

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Study reveals that shrimp contain a cocktail of drugs and pesticides

Posted on 06 May 2020

Picture this: A delicious bowl of shrimp, smothered in garlic butter, resting delicately on a bed of steaming white rice. Sound good? You bet! Now, picture that same shrimp packed full of cocaine, pharmaceutical drugs and toxic pesticides. You’re probably not quite as keen to dig into that tasty bowl of food anymore, are you? Well, unfortunately for seafood lovers, a study published i ...

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A closer look at the dangers lead poses to the body

Posted on 08 July 2020

The body is equipped to process toxins. After all, it has an entire organ dedicated to the process of filtering out impurities on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the body cannot eliminate certain toxins like lead, a natural element used to create ammunition, car batteries and cable sheathing. Lead is toxic at any dose and serves no purpose inside the human body. Despite the ...

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Swiss fashion company creates 100% compostable clothes

Posted on 06 May 2020

Freitag, a fashion company based in Zurich, Switzerland, is creating clothes that are 100 percent compostable – down to the last thread. After two to five months of use, they will begin decomposing, leaving nothing behind, contributing to the fight against clothing waste. Founded by brothers Markus Freitag and Daniel Freitag in 1993, Freitag gained a lot of fame in the f ...

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Plants have “lungs” and humans have influenced the way they breathe, study says

Posted on 06 May 2020

Experts from the University of Sheffield in the U.K. have revealed how plants provide air to every cell in their bodies. Furthermore, they point out that human intervention has influenced how plants breathe. The study was headed by Andrew Fleming, a professor at Sheffield’s Institute for Sustainable Food. Their study was published in the journal Na ...

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Researchers are working on turning plastic into fuel that could power homes

Posted on 06 May 2020

With nearly 80 percent of the world’s plastic waste ending up on landfills, all this plastic pollution needs to be reused quickly, or it may clog up the world’s oceans — potentially killing millions of animals, and seep into the air and the soil, threatening the health of groundwater and food crops. Researchers are proposing that all this plastic be turned into fuel, either for ...

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6 Ways to Help the Environment from Home

Posted on 17 April 2020

As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd from our homes, it is important to remember we can all still have a positive impact on the planet. The celebration of this day occurs in uncertain times, with emergence and spread of COVID-19, a zoonotic disease that is the direct result of our destruction of nature. Although this pandemic is changing our world and int ...

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Major blow to Keystone XL pipeline as judge revokes key permit

Posted on 17 April 2020

The controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has been dealt a major setback, after a judge revoked a key permit issued by the US army corps of engineers without properly assessing the impact on endangered species. In a legal challenge brought by a coalition of environmental groups, a federal judge in Montana ordered the army corps to suspend all filling and dredging activities until i ...