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A healthy environment leads to human well-being. Can we leverage the climate crisis for planetary health?

The Pearl in the Oyster – Leveraging the Climate Crisis for Human and Planetary Health

We may be able to leverage the threats posed by environmental degradation in a way the could contribute to human health and galvanize action on climate change. The deteriorating state of our environment has prompted research that shows how the preservation of the natural world augments our physical and mental wellbeing. Adverse health impacts from climate change combined with the…

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Many living near natural gas drilling operations report significant health problems from the fracking fluids used. Industry says such reports are anecdotal at best, environmental groups say their studies are sound. Only third-party, unbiased research can get to the truth.

Health Problems Persist Among Residents Exposed to Fracking Pollutants

The boon on America’s natural gas has been touted by both political parties during the recent election cycle, pointing to increased production and lower costs.  As is often the case, where money can be made and political points won, the facts can become a secondary concern.  This is certainly the case with hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” as it is infamously…

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Make Your 2011 New Years Weight Loss Plan Low Carbon!

Guest post by Brian Toomey “Once more into the breech,” the good bard had it, and so it is that once again I face another New Years admitting I need to loose a few. Ahh, New Years resolutions. I would hazard a guess that some readers are chewing the cud (or holiday leftovers) on this issue as well. An unfathomable…

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Global Warming and the Spread of Disease

Westerners instinctively think that the worst effect of global warming is the melting ice cap of the North Pole. We tend to reserve the other effects of global warming for developing nations. But now that politicians also have woken up to the fact that we’re already halfway down the path toward causing a 2 degree rise in temperatures by injecting…

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EarthTalk: How Much Old Growth Forest is Left and Alternative to Baby Bottles That Use Unsafe Chemicals

Earthtalk is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How much “old growth” forest is left in the United States and is it all protected from logging at this point? — John Foye, via e-mail As crazy as it sounds, no one really knows how much old growth is…

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How Now Brown Cloud?

Massive brown clouds caused by burning fossil fuels, forests and fields are now fixtures over huge areas of Asia, the Middle East and southern Africa, altering weather patterns, climate and threatening health and agriculture, according to a UN report. An international response and more research is urgently needed, according to the lead researcher of a UNEP study.