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University students at Anyang Normal University, Christmas Day, 2013, Henan Province, China. Cognitive impacts air pollution.

Air Pollution Linked to Cognitive Impairment: A Review of the Research Evidence

A growing body of research demonstrates that air pollution affects the brain and causes cognitive deficits. When inhaled, fine particulate matter has been shown to be bad for your heart, lungs, and brain. While we have known that air pollution compromises cardiovascular and respiratory health since the 70s, the connection with impaired cognition is a more recent discovery. Inhaled fine…

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Wolrdwatch State of the World 2015

Worldwatch State of the World 2015: Hidden Threats to Sustainability

Founded in 1974 by Lester Brown, The Worldwatch Institute is an independent global environmental research organization using fact-based analysis to develop solutions to some of the most intractable issues facing the world today. The Institute’s annual State of the World report focuses on specific topics critical to social, economic and environmental sustainability. The 2015 report, Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability, addresses global dangers that are…

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The message of Earth Day. Balancing despair with hope, vision and action toward a sustainable, just future.

Earth Day 2015: A Balancing Act Between Hope and Despair

For most chroniclers of recent history, April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day, marks the beginning of the modern environmental movement. It was a different time in so many ways. Instead of SUVs and hybrids, muscle cars and big sedans dominated the roads, guzzling leaded gas at an average cost of 35 cents per gallon. The exhaust spewed out their tailpipes mixed with…

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Fracking operations like this pose a hazard to human and ecosystem health

Whats the Fracking Problem?

Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” has been associated with water contamination, global warming-causing air pollution, health problems, falling property values and even earthquakes. Each year fracking pumps billions of gallons of water and chemicals deep underground under high pressure to force open cracks and release natural gas. Natural Gas Fracking Problems Exposed According to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the chemicals used in fracking fluids…

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Climate Change, US Debt and Deficits: House Reps Urge Congressional Colleagues to Put a Price on Carbon

US House representatives are once again urging Congressional colleagues to establish a price on carbon. Doing so offers the best possible path forward in dealing with several urgent issues facing the US: government debt, deficits, the economy and the environment, they assert.

The shipwrecked Costa Concordia serves as a stark reminder of the environmental impact of cruise ships

The Costa Concordia and the Destructive Environmental Impact of Cruise Ships

The recent sinking of the Costa Concordia underscores the destructive environmental impact of cruise liners. The ship went down on January 13 with 4,200 passengers and crew on board. Seventeen people are confirmed dead and 15 people are still missing. Even if they manage to stay afloat, these massive ships have enormous footprints. If the Costa Concordia’s fuel leaks, it…

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State of the Oceans report sends stark warning for health of marine ecosystems

State of the Oceans Report: Sending Out An SOS

A preliminary report released today by an international panel of interdisciplinary marine scientists on behalf of the International Programme on the State of the Oceans gives a stark warning that unless the combined threats facing the world’s ocean are not curbed soon, a marine mass extinction could occur on a scale unprecedented in human history. “The findings are shocking,” said…

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