Water Shortages Amplify The Potential For Violence In The Developing World

Water Shortages Amplify The Potential For Violence In The Developing World

Water Published on October 7th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor October 7th, 2017 by Guest Contributor Originally published on Nexus Media. By Marlene Cimons Human survival depends on access to water. It sustains living bodies and nourishes the land. Wars have been waged over water, often called “blue gold,” for centuries. Not surprisingly then, prolonged drought renders societies volatile. When drought strikes a particular part of the world — especially in developing nations — agricultural production decreases, incomes drop, food becomes…

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Are we Deliberately Ignoring the Physics and Chemistry of Water?

Are we Deliberately Ignoring  the Physics and Chemistry of Water?

  Hurricane Harvey dumped 27 trillion gallons of water. 27 trillion times 8.5 pounds per gallon of water = 229.5 trillion pounds of water. Just in case the full impact of how much that is hasn’t hit you yet, it’s 229.5 trillion = 229,500,000,000,000. Remembering weight = mass x gravity and potential energy (force equation) = mass x gravity x height. The force of that water = 229,500,000,000,000 x the height of where the raindrops…

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Is Plastic Pollution Contaminating Our Food Chain?

Is Plastic Pollution Contaminating Our Food Chain?

There’s a big lie about plastic — that you can throw it away. But that’s not true; there is no “away.” Plastic bottles, plastic bags, snack wrappers, foam takeout containers, foam coffee cups, packing materials: these common, everyday items make up 85% of our waste stream. These items aren’t biodegradable and our ability to recycle them is limited. This societal reliance on throw-away plastic is strangling our environment — particularly our waterways. More than eight…

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Poachers Using Academic Journals to Find Endangered Species

Poachers Using Academic Journals to Find Endangered Species

Hunters and poachers have begun trawling scientific journals and academic papers to learn the locations of endangered species in Australia and abroad. Biology professor David Lindenmayer from the Australian National University (ANU) told nine.com.au that the locations of rare Australian species like the night parrot needed to be kept a secret to prevent poachers and amateur wildlife enthusiasts contributing to their dwindling numbers. “The reason why we have tried to keep the location of the…

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The Vitamins That Protect Your DNA Against Air Pollution

The Vitamins That Protect Your DNA Against Air Pollution

What if there was a vitamin that could actually protect your genetic material against damage from toxic substances in our air? Well, according to recent research, not just one vitamin can do this but a whole set of vitamins have this amazing protective ability. According to researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in conjunction with Harvard’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health, in Sweden, China, Singapore, Mexico and Canada, the B-complex…

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Scientists Warn That Humans are Ushering in the Sixth Mass Extinction of Life on Earth

Scientists Warn That Humans are Ushering in the Sixth Mass Extinction of Life on Earth

Humans are bringing about the sixth mass extinction of life on Earth, according to scientists writing in a special edition of the leading journal Nature. Mammals, birds and amphibians are currently becoming extinct at rates comparable to the previous five mass extinctions when “cataclysmic forces” – such as massive meteorite strikes and supervolcano explosions – wiped out vast swathes of life, including the dinosaurs. And the growing human population – which has increased by 130 per…

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Health Care Law Would Increase Hunger and Poverty Among Millions in the U.S.

Health Care Law Would Increase Hunger and Poverty Among Millions in the U.S.

May 25, 2017 Bread for the World is alarmed that 23 million people, including 14 million on Medicaid, would lose health insurance coverage under the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the House of Representatives on May 4. The new estimate was recently released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), weeks after the AHCA was passed. This will only serve to increase hunger and poverty in the United States, which already has the highest…

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EPA nominee denies the undeniable — The Daily Campus

EPA nominee denies the undeniable — The Daily Campus

This past Friday, while liberals across the country were trying to deny the fact that Donald Trump had officially gained the title ‘President Trump,’ Scott Pruitt was busy denying something else: climate change. In early December, the Trump administration nominated Pruitt, the current Oklahoma Attorney General, to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. This decision, as with almost all decisions made by Trump so far, has been met with serious backlash.   Pruitt,…

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Dhaka air pollution: Facts, measures and commandments

Dhaka air pollution: Facts, measures and commandments

For the last three years, the air quality in Dhaka has remained consistently unhealthy during the dry season according to the Department of Environment (DoE).  On February 17, 2014, Dhaka’s air quality was measured 172 AQI which is considered unhealthy and on January 25, 2017 it was measured 361 AQI, that is deemed extremely unhealthy according to the standards for Bangladesh (NAAQS). (Data for earlier years is not available) In a report prepared by the…

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Ocean County Pumpout Boats Ready For The Season

Ocean County Pumpout Boats Ready For The Season

Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari recently met with captains for the Ocean County Pumpout Boat Program during a boating season kickoff meeting. Ocean County operates the largest pumpout boat program in the state with seven boats and also launched the first pumpout boat – The Circle of Life – 20 years ago. Ocean County’s pumpout boats are specially equipped vessels capable of emptying the on-board toilets and tanks of other boats, thus keeping…

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The Mayor’s new £10 ‘Toxicity Charge’ for London’s most polluting cars

The Mayor’s new £10 ‘Toxicity Charge’ for London’s most polluting cars

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has launched a £10 toxicity ‘T-Charge’ aimed at the oldest, most polluting vehicles on London roads. This ‘T Charge’ applies mainly to diesel and petrol vehicles registered before 2006 and will come into force on 23 October 2017 in time for the start of the school autumn half-term. You can check whether your vehicle will be affected by the ‘T-Charge’ by using this free online vehicle checker: www.tfl.gov.uk/emissions-surcharge The ‘T-charge’…

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4 Natural ‘Cures’ That Can Wreak Havoc on Your Health

4 Natural ‘Cures’ That Can Wreak Havoc on Your Health

It’s a common misconception that natural or alternative medicine treatments are safer than prescription drugs and procedures done in traditional clinical settings. But a recent death from turmeric is proof that even natural treatments can be dangerous. According to a report from a local ABC News affiliate, Jade Erick from Encinitas, California died after an IV infusion of turmeric, which resulted in an adverse reaction to the spice. Her official cause of death was “anoxic encephalopathy,” after her heart stopped and…

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find out how bad it is where you live – Eastlondonlines

find out how bad it is where you live – Eastlondonlines

Air Pollution in Hackney, Pic:David Holt So we all know air pollution’s bad. But what’s causing it? We crunched the numbers to look at what’s causing smog in our boroughs. Swipe the slideshow below to find out the key air pollution facts in each ELL borough.     NOx Emissions Nitrogen Oxides, in particular Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), are a group of gases that are harmful to human health. Nitrogen Oxides affect people’s respiratory systems and…

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Natural deodorants: The chemical-free way to fight odour

Natural deodorants: The chemical-free way to fight odour

Deodorant has saved every one of us from the horror of stale changing rooms and many a sweat-inducing moment. But, ever since its link to health issues people have been turning to chemical free solutions instead. Why? Well, it’s all down to some very questionable ingredients. An active component in antiperspirants, aluminium is just one of the reasons people are beginning to make the switch. Because, while we rely on it to keep our underarms…

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