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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 […]

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    Devastating Pakistan Floods Most Likely Worsened by Climate Crisis

    Devastating Pakistan Floods Most Likely Worsened by Climate Crisis

    The extreme rainfall that flooded one third of Pakistan this summer, killed nearly 1,500 people, devoured 1.7 million homes and impacted more than 33 million people was most likely made worse by the climate crisis.  That’s the conclusion of World Weather Attribution, a group of scientists who use peer-reviewed methods to analyze whether or not […]

    What History Can Teach Us About Endangered Species Conservation

    What History Can Teach Us About Endangered Species Conservation

    By David Shiffman One of the most fascinating challenges of endangered species management is the concept of shifting baselines — the idea that how much worse a problem has gotten, and what your recovery goal should be, depends on when you start measuring the problem. In many cases we need scientific data on the population […]

    Whales Use Vocalizations to Mark Their Vocal Clan

    Whales Use Vocalizations to Mark Their Vocal Clan

    There are two types of whale: baleen — who have plates of a keratinous substance that sieve their prey from the sea; and toothed — who have teeth and hunt squid, fish and other sea creatures. The sperm whale is the largest species of toothed whale and can be found in all of Earth’s oceans, […]

    4 Countries Harbor 80% of the World’s Deforestation Caused by Industrial Mining

    4 Countries Harbor 80% of the World’s Deforestation Caused by Industrial Mining

    While more than 70 percent of deforestation worldwide is linked to agriculture, this isn’t the only threat faced by the world’s tropical forests. Another threat is industrial mining, and this could grow in significance as demand for rare-earth minerals rises due to the clean energy transition.  That’s why a team of researchers published the first-ever […]

    Startup Looks to Use Tobacco Plants to Make Cultured Meat Less Costly

    Startup Looks to Use Tobacco Plants to Make Cultured Meat Less Costly

    A new startup in Israel called BioBetter wants to use tobacco crops to make cultivated meats less expensive. The company plans to use tobacco plants as plant-based growth factors (GFs) required in cellular agriculture, which produces cultivated meat. Cultivated meat is made from animal cells arranged in similar structures as animal tissues to produce real […]