Peru puts endemic fog oasis under protection

Peru has granted formal conservation status to Lomas y Tillandsiales de Amara y Ullujaya, a unique fog oasis ecosystem on the arid Peruvian coastline. The state-owned land, which spans 6,449 hectares (15,936 acres) in the Ica region of Southwest Peru and hosts...

Photos: Exploring Mexico City’s Aztec-era farms, the chinampas

XOCHIMILCO, Mexico — Xochimilco is known for its beautiful flowers. From the trumpet-shaped brugmansia to the sun-loving bushy dahlia, it’s no surprise that the word xochimilco means “place of the flowers” in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs. Our journey began at a...

Ventilators and Opioids: Mismanagement and Misinformation?

Imagine being on a ventilator and then getting pumped full of opioids as a bonus. A new study suggests that opioid use during mechanical ventilation might be setting patients up for long-term addiction. However, the study’s findings are as flawed as the logic...

DHS Issues Summer Fair Season Health Reminders

DHS Issues Summer Fair Season Health Reminders The 2024 fair season in Wisconsin begins this week and with it comes an opportunity for Wisconsinites of all ages to visit animals up close. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is reminding Wisconsinites...

Fraud and corruption drive illegal wildlife trade in the Amazon

In 2017, authorities at the Miami airport inspected a commercial shipment from Europe. Inside a container, they found 21 splash-backed poison frogs (Adelphobates galactonotus), a species known for its vibrant colors and poisonous skin. The species is endemic to the...

Laser mapping spots ant colonies in dense forest

Read the full story in Science. There are more than 10 quintillion insects on Earth, 200 million for every human. But studying them is tough: The animals are often tiny, and many live in places like soil and trees that make them hard to spot. Now, researchers have...

Why Highway 1 is the climate challenge that California can’t fix

Read the full story in the Washington Post. Workers dangle from a crane, drilling into the vertical face of rock that holds up one of the most famous and picturesque stretches of road in the world. They’re performing a delicate surgery on fragile geology in hopes that...

UMaine researchers developing wood-based alternative to PFAS

Read the full story from Maine Public Radio. Researchers at the University of Maine are developing a highly refined cellulose coating made from wood that could replace coatings of “forever chemicals” in commercial production. The process refines the wood product,...

Big data reveals true climate impact of worldwide air travel

Read the full story from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. A new study that looked at nearly 40 million flights in 2019 calculated the greenhouse gas emissions from air travel for essentially every country on the planet. At 911 million tons, the...

Xylitol probably won’t cause heart-related death

Xylitol, a popular sugar substitute, has recently come under scrutiny following a new study linking it to potential cardiovascular complications and increased blood clot formation. The sensationalized findings have sparked debate and concern, however it’s...

QuickTakes 6/17/2024

Preserving Workers’ Rights / Preservar los derechos de los trabajadores Equal Protection for All / Igualdad de protección para todos Seeking Public Input OSHA Findings Upheld Safety for Everyone Be Prepared Making a Difference Stay Informed NEPs by the Numbers...

What do Google’s AI answers cost the environment?

Read the full story in Scientific American. Gemini, Google’s family of large language models, generates the text found in AI Overviews. These systems are powerful but not flawless. In the weeks since the feature’s debut, it has recommended gluing cheese to pizza, for...

Energy and Water Development: FY2025 Appropriations

Download the report. The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies appropriations (E&W) bill funds civil works activities of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in the Department of Defense; the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation...

UNESCO accused of supporting human rights abuses in African parks

For centuries, Maasai peoples living in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) have always moved freely over vast savanna rangelands in search of water and available grassland, without any restrictions. But in 1979, when UNESCO came into the picture, a lot of...

Concierge Medicine: Is It Worth the Price?

For most of us, the closest we get to special treatment is boarding a plane using our frequent flyer miles. Concierge medicine provides the undivided attention of your primary care physician. With the Boomers needing more care and a growing physician shortage,...

E-bike incentives prove to be worth the investment

Read the full story from the University of British Columbia. Electric bicycle rebates have exploded in popularity in North America as transportation planners try to get people out of their cars and into healthier, more climate-friendly alternatives. However, questions...

Unnecessary PFA Panic Across the Nation

There was a famous commercial that asked the question, “Where’s the Beef?” This can be applied to the rolling wave of stories in local media about toxic PFAS contamination of drinking water. In these cases, there is no beef.

Op-ed: In a warming world, nurses heal people and the planet

During the Covid pandemic, the world cheered as we nurses stepped up. Everyone knows we are essential workers, but our essential role in coping with the climate crisis is much less cheered on, despite our ongoing efforts to be part of the solution. According to The...

Judaism and climate change

Krone, A. (2024). “Judaism and climate change.” Religion Compass, e12491. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1111/rec3.12491 Abstract In 2014, The Public Religion Research Institute and the American Academy of Religion released a report called Believers, Sympathizers,...

Tasty Truths: Our Purchase Decisions

In a world where our love for meat and dairy is anathema to environmental activists, why do we cling to our beef and dairy habits? Forget saving the Earth; as long as it tastes good and doesn’t break the bank, toss it in the shopping cart.

Podcast: Medetomidine—The New Unwelcome Guest In Illicit Fentanyl

There’s yet another adulterant showing up in illicit fentanyl in cities across North America: medetomidine—a drug used for sedation, analgesia, and muscle relaxation, typically in veterinary settings. How dangerous is the drug, and what can be done to stop its...

Compostable Packaging Disintegration at Composting Facilities

Download the report. Roughly one-third of the world’s food is wasted each year and sent to landfill––a loss estimated at $230 billion. To address this urgent climate and economic challenge, state and local policies requiring organics collection are being enacted to...

Trump rallies GOP against Biden’s energy policies

In a rally with GOP senators, Trump criticized Biden’s energy policies and electric vehicle mandates, emphasizing a high-level vision for his potential second term without delving into specific policy reversals.Josh Siegel and Kelsey Tamborrino report for...

What I Am Reading June 13th

The polar thaw, slows the Earth’s spin; Ozempic’s whispers, calorie’s tale; Challenger’s fate, faith in systems misplaced; IVF’s journey and an embryos’ fate

How Government, Medicine, and Doctors Failed A Dying Old Man

It’s one thing for the government and other busybodies to restrict opioid use to minimize addiction, even though this premise is dead wrong. But a similar intrusion has metastasized; doctors are disincentivized from writing scripts for any controlled drug, for...

America’s Drinking Water Infrastructure at Risk

The fragmented U.S. water infrastructure remains highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks. The EPA, lacking the tools under the Safe Drinking Water Act to proactively attack the problem comprehensively, has shifted to a reactive enforcement approach. However, much more is...

Ban the Mask: Motives, Merits, and Mixed Messages

During COVID-19’s heyday, many states imposed legally-acceptable masking mandates. Some experts opposed this as inviting discrimination. Now, some states are trying to ban masking entirely. Some claim this will invite discrimination. The considerations are multiple...

How Anti-Vaccine Kooks And Quacks Lie To You

Vaccination remains one of the most effective tools in protecting public health, and maintaining high immunization rates is essential to preventing the resurgence of preventable diseases. However, rampant anti-vaccine disinformation largely driven by politicians,...

Bermuda: Thoughts From the Reef

Coral bleaching is a serious global problem that is getting worse with increasing ocean temperatures. While there is some bleaching in the reefs surrounding Bermuda, there is also plenty of healthy coral; the water does not get as warm as in more traditional...

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