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World Health Organization Reports Air Pollution Killed 7 Million People in 2012

World Health Organization Reports Air Pollution Killed 7 Million People in 2012

In new estimates released Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported about 7 million people died as a result of air pollution exposure in 2012. Low- and middle-income countries in the WHO South-East Asia and Western Pacific Regions had the largest air pollution-related burden in 2012, with a total of 3.3 million deaths linked to […]

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    FDA Regulation of Antibiotics Use on Factory Farms Proves Worthless

    FDA Regulation of Antibiotics Use on Factory Farms Proves Worthless

    The widespread practice of giving low doses of antibiotics to healthy livestock on factory farms is contributing to an increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which is a growing public health concern that’s making antibiotics less effective in treating infections in both people and animals. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released voluntary guidelines last December to address […]

    Misuse of Antibiotics Fuels Fatal ‘Superbug’ Crisis

    Misuse of Antibiotics Fuels Fatal ‘Superbug’ Crisis

    The drugs people have relied on for more than 70 years to fight bacterial infections, from everyday cuts to potentially deadly pneumonia, are becoming powerless due mainly to misuse. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than half the antibiotics used in the U.S. are prescribed unnecessarily or used improperly. Photo […]

    Documentary Spotlight: The Human Experiment

    Documentary Spotlight: The Human Experiment

    One of my favorite events of the year is almost here—the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) from March 19 to March 30 at Tower City Cinemas. There are eight eco-films this year, in CIFF’s It’s Easy Being Green sidebar sponsored by Great Lakes Brewing Company, bringing awareness and support to the environmental movement working to save our planet. In the last […]

    Lawsuit Filed Against FDA for Failing to Address Dangers of Mercury Fillings

    Lawsuit Filed Against FDA for Failing to Address Dangers of Mercury Fillings

    A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Washington DC’s U.S. District Court claims that despite growing evidence of harm caused by dental amalgam, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to delay its decision to protect public health against the dangers of mercury tooth fillings. “We have banned mercury in disinfectants, thermometers, and many other consumer products,” […]

    Waterkeepers Urge Governor to Declare State of Emergency on Pig Deaths from PED

    Waterkeepers Urge Governor to Declare State of Emergency on Pig Deaths from PED

    On Thursday, Waterkeeper Alliance and North Carolina Riverkeepers called on the North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture, Steve Troxler, to protect public and environmental health against the swine industry’s handling of the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus outbreak in the state. Commissioner Troxler has been urged to immediately inform the public about the scope of the hog-killing […]

    Colorado Governor Under Fire for Backing Controversial Factory Farms

    Colorado Governor Under Fire for Backing Controversial Factory Farms

    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is once again ruffling feathers within the environmental community. This time, the controversy was sparked when Hickenlooper filed an amicus brief that stated two “cage-free” Hostetler family chicken farms in Delta County should be opened for business—a decision backed by Delta County commissioners, Delta County Farm Bureau and other supporters of the crowded, […]

    Factory Farms Poison Iowa’s Drinking Water to Make Spam for China

    Factory Farms Poison Iowa’s Drinking Water to Make Spam for China

    OnEarth published an investigative cover story on Monday regarding Iowa’s staggering rise of hog production over the last decade and its impact on local drinking water and surrounding communities.  Hog manure goes virtually untreated before being spread onto millions of acres of cropland as fertilizer, where it then washes into nearby waterways. Photo credit: Johan Pabon/Flickr […]