Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Apr23

One word: Plastics

Danube

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Plastics, Mr. Robinson advises the young Ben Braddock, played by Dustin Hoffman, in the Graduate more than 40 years ago.  And, he was right: the production of plastics increased from 1.7 to 280 million tons per year during the past 60 years.  Plastics are found in nearly all products we buy, either as central components or in the packaging that contains them.   (more…)

Apr22

Scarce water

Water Scarcity

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Water poverty – the lack of access to clean, fresh water – is a much-discussed problem in the developing world.   However, problems with water scarcity are in no way limited to third-world countries. (more…)

Apr03

Golfers can breathe easy

Golf

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A lot of Americans take to the golf course on Saturday afternoons. There must be something about beating on a little white ball and then chasing it across the countryside that is soothing after a week at work.  Across the U.S., prodigious amounts of fertilizer, irrigation water, and pesticides are used to keep golf courses green.  Today, let’s focus on the pesticides. (more…)

Apr02

Consider going DEET-free

DEET

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DEET, also known as N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, was developed during World War II to protect our troops during military operations in the tropical Pacific from mosquitoes and the diseases they carry.  It undoubtedly saved thousands of lives.  At war’s end, it was commercialized for public use.  Countless families have slathered on DEET to ward off bugs on weekend picnics, camping trips, and nature walks. (more…)

Mar31

Dirty drinking water

Drinking Water

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A new government study is raising red flags about the safety of our drinking water. EPA and U.S. Geological Survey scientists analyzed treated water samples from 25 U.S. utilities. They found that more than 1/3 contained chemicals not regulated by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. (more…)

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