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    Scientist ‘Scared’ to See Evidence That Climate Change Worsens Infectious Diseases

    Scientist ‘Scared’ to See Evidence That Climate Change Worsens Infectious Diseases

    Climate change is already worsening the impact of infectious diseases, like Zika, malaria, and COVID-19, on human health, a study published Monday in Nature Climate Change finds. “There is no speculation here whatsoever,” Camilo Mora, a geographer at the University of Hawaii who headed the research, told the AP. “These are things that have already happened.” Of […]

    The UN Just Declared a Universal Human Right to a Healthy, Sustainable Environment – Here’s Where Resolutions Like This Can Lead

    The UN Just Declared a Universal Human Right to a Healthy, Sustainable Environment – Here’s Where Resolutions Like This Can Lead

    By Joel E. Correia Climate change is already affecting much of the world’s population, with startlingly high temperatures from the Arctic to Australia. Air pollution from wildfires, vehicles and industries threatens human health. Bees and pollinators are dying in unprecedented numbers that may force changes in crop production and food availability. What do these have […]

    Wildfires 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Wildfires 101: Everything You Need to Know

    What Are Wildfires?  Wildfires, also commonly called forest fires or bushfires, are unplanned and uncontrolled fires burning in a vegetated landscape, such as a forest or grasslands. Many wildfires are sparked by human activity, such as campfires, or natural causes, like lightning. Dry conditions and prolonged droughts, which are becoming more frequent with climate change, […]

    Are Scented Candles Actually Bad for You?

    Are Scented Candles Actually Bad for You?

    What is a spa day, romantic dinner, or cozy night in without a candle or two to set the mood? For over a decade, headlines have warned consumers about toxic chemical exposure when burning candles indoors, but new research tells us that our worries might be overblown.  A study published in 2009 found that burning […]

    Most Rainwater on Earth Contains PFAS Exceeding Safe Levels, Study Finds

    Most Rainwater on Earth Contains PFAS Exceeding Safe Levels, Study Finds

    New research from Stockholm University shows that PFAS in rainwater around the world are exceeding safe levels. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are chemical pollutants, often called “forever chemicals” present in many everyday items, like food packaging and clothing. The chemicals leach into the environment, affecting everything from the air we breathe to even rainfall. […]

    Scientists Develop New Material to Clean Up Forever Chemicals

    Scientists Develop New Material to Clean Up Forever Chemicals

    Researchers from Texas A&M AgriLife of Texas A&M University have developed a new bioremediation technology using plant-based material and fungi that could take care of cleaning up per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. These pollutants, also called “forever chemicals” or PFAS, are found in soil, water, and even human and animal blood and may be harmful to […]

    Flood Maps Show U.S. Vastly Underestimates Contamination Risk at Old Industrial Sites

    Flood Maps Show U.S. Vastly Underestimates Contamination Risk at Old Industrial Sites

    By Thomas Marlow, James R. Elliott, and Scott Frickel Climate science is clear: Floodwaters are a growing risk for many American cities, threatening to displace not only people and housing but also the land-based pollution left behind by earlier industrial activities. In 2019, researchers at the U.S. Government Accountability Office investigated climate-related risks at the […]