Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Sep12

Polluted beaches

Santa Monica Beach

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Few things are more beloved in the summer than a trip to the beach. It’s a time to relax and take in the calming beauty of the sand and surf. If you enjoy swimming, however, you might want to consult the National Resource Defense Council’s new ‘Testing the Waters’ report. (more…)

Sep03

Cyanobacteria

Algae

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In early August, nearly half a million people in Toledo, Ohio were told not to use their tap water for drinking, cooking or bathing.  The cause was a bloom of algae in Lake Erie, in this case a microbe known as cyanobacteria, which produces a dangerous toxin called microcystin. (more…)

Aug28

Cigarette butts

Cigarette Butts

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When we talk about the hazards of cigarettes, we typically focus on health risks – lung cancer, heart disease, or the dangers of secondhand smoke. (more…)

Aug20

Waiting to feel climate change

weather above oklahoma

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Even though the scientific evidence for the dangers of human-made climate change is overwhelming at this point, there is still plenty of skepticism about it among ordinary people and, unfortunately, among policy makers.  An important factor in this situation is that we don’t experience climate; we experience weather and weather is highly variable. (more…)

Aug13

Galapagos green

Iguana in Galapagos

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The Galapagos Islands are famous for inhabitants like giant tortoises, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies.  Nearly the entire archipelago is a national park that carefully preserves this unique environment.  But the Galapagos is also home to over 30,000 people living on four of the islands and involved in the tourist trade, in farming and fishing, and in local businesses.  The human inhabitants need electricity and, like most islanders, have mostly gotten it from diesel generators. (more…)

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