Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

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…)

Mar28

The U.S. is emitting less carbon

NYC Power Plant

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In 2012, carbon dioxide emissions from energy use in the US reached the lowest level since 1994 and were 12% lower than their peak in 2007.   This is certainly good news, but just how good? (more…)

Mar25

The costs of a warmer Arctic

Arctic Ocean

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As the Arctic warms in response to rising concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere, some eagerly anticipate the opening of the Northwest Passage for ship navigation.  Others applaud the potential to ramp up petroleum exploration and fishery efforts in the Arctic Ocean.  But, there are real costs to Arctic warming. (more…)

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