human health

Even Your Sea Salt Contains Microplastics

Even Your Sea Salt Contains Microplastics

Sea salt may be healthy and rich in minerals, but a new study found it is also rich in plastic. Sea salt has gained some popularity in the past few years for mega health benefits like increased energy and immunity, and improved skin and dental health. But, a team of researchers tested 17 sea salt […]

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    Arsenic in Organic Foods Reveals a Wider Problem for All Food Production

    Arsenic in Organic Foods Reveals a Wider Problem for All Food Production

    Organic Trade Association A recently published study by researchers at Dartmouth College has called into question the presence of arsenic in some organic products. While the study itself focused on infant formula, health bars and high energy foods, the resulting interpretation of the findings failed to address the arsenic issue as a serious concern for […]

    Polluters Move to Block Landmark Mercury Protections

    Polluters Move to Block Landmark Mercury Protections

    Sierra Club On Feb. 16 representatives of the nation’s dirtiest polluters and their friends at special interest groups like the National Mining Association, filed the first lawsuits to block long overdue action to clean up toxic mercury pollution, acid gases and other hazardous air toxics. Toxic mercury is a potent brain poison that threatens prenatal […]

    Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Protest Draws More than 1,000 in Kentucky

    Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Protest Draws More than 1,000 in Kentucky

    iLoveMountains.org More than 1,000 people are gathering in Frankfort, Ky. on Feb. 14 to celebrate I Love Mountains Day and call for an end to mountaintop removal coal mining—a destructive practice that has shortened lifespans and caused illnesses in Central Appalachia for decades. The iLoveMountains.org team has just launched an innovative new web tool to […]

    U.S. EPA Sued for Failure to Issue Air Pollution Standards

    U.S. EPA Sued for Failure to Issue Air Pollution Standards

    Earthjustice The American Lung Association and the National Parks Conservation Association filed a federal lawsuit on Feb. 14 to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to complete the required review of the need for stronger limits on the amount of soot, smoke and other airborne particles that endanger public health. Airborne particulate matter is […]

    First Energy to Retire Three West Virginia Coal Plants

    First Energy to Retire Three West Virginia Coal Plants

    Sierra Club In a victory for clean air and local residents’ health, Ohio-based First Energy Corp. announced the retirements of three of its coal-fired power plants in West Virginia. The plants are slated to close Sept. 1, 2012. The Feb. 8 news follows last month’s retirements of six of First Energy’s coal plants in Ohio, […]

    16 States Oppose ‘Good Neighbor Rule’

    16 States Oppose ‘Good Neighbor Rule’

    Center for American Progress By Daniel J. Weiss, Jackie Weidman, Rebecca Leber On Monday, Feb. 6, 16 states and numerous power companies that oppose new pollution-reduction rules must file their petitions with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. In response to their initial suit, the court granted a motion to temporarily “stay,” or […]

    Gulf Coast Children Continue to Experience Health Challenges

    Gulf Coast Children Continue to Experience Health Challenges

    Gulf Change Gulf Change, a group of Gulf Coast mothers, grandmothers and concerned citizens, is calling for an immediate Congressional hearing concerning actions needed in order to address the continuing health effects of the BP Oil drilling disaster. More than 2,400 cases of chemical poisoning have been reported across the Gulf Coast, with symptoms including […]