Health + Wellness

Former Industrial Wasteland Becomes New Nature Reserve in England

Former Industrial Wasteland Becomes New Nature Reserve in England

A former industrial wasteland in Manchester, England, has officially been designated an 1,824-acre nature reserve that will provide 300,000 locals with access to nature, a press release from Natural England and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs said. The Flashes of Wigan and Leigh will become one of England’s most extensive urban nature […]

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    Australia Failed to Protect Torres Strait Islanders From Climate Change, Violating Their Rights, UN Says

    Australia Failed to Protect Torres Strait Islanders From Climate Change, Violating Their Rights, UN Says

    In a landmark ruling, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee has found that the Australian government failed to take timely and adequate measures to protect Indigenous Torres Strait Islanders against the adverse impacts of climate change and, by doing so, violated their rights. The Committee found the government had “violated their rights to enjoy […]

    Umbilical Cord Blood Tests Reveal Widespread PFAS Contamination

    Umbilical Cord Blood Tests Reveal Widespread PFAS Contamination

    Five years of research, more than 40 studies, and over 30,000 samples reveal per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also called “forever chemicals,” are present in umbilical cord blood. Further, many of the studies linked PFAS in umbilical cord blood with health issues of the fetus during the parent’s pregnancy, in childhood, and as adults. “Even before […]

    Climate Change Creates Favorable Conditions for Brain-Eating Amoeba

    Climate Change Creates Favorable Conditions for Brain-Eating Amoeba

    Naegleria fowleri is a rare and dangerous single-cell organism that typically lives in freshwater or soil — specifically, warm water or soil. So as temperatures climb around the world due to climate change, the deadly Naegleria fowleri can spread in locations it isn’t normally found. As explained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, […]

    Judge Revokes Permits for Massive Cancer Alley Plastics Complex

    Judge Revokes Permits for Massive Cancer Alley Plastics Complex

    A state court has struck down permits for a massive petrochemical plant that would have doubled or tripled the emissions of cancer-causing chemicals polluting the already beleaguered Cancer Alley.  Louisiana’s 19th Judicial District Court ruled September 14 that the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) failed to protect the public when it issued air permits […]

    States Seek to Use PFAS-Contaminated Sewage Sludge to Fertilize Crops

    States Seek to Use PFAS-Contaminated Sewage Sludge to Fertilize Crops

    Some states in the U.S. are giving the go-ahead for the use of sewage sludge as a crop fertilizer with little to no testing, despite the sludge being contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as forever chemicals. While only two states, Michigan and Maine, are currently testing for PFAS contamination in the […]