Fast fashion’s impact: land grabs and violence in Brazil

A new report reveals how the pursuit of cotton for fashion giants like H&M and Zara fuels land grabs, deforestation, and human rights abuses in Brazil’s Cerrado biome. Sophie Benson reports for Atmos.In short:Cotton sourcing by fashion brands like H&M...

Water systems in Texas struggle to meet new PFAS limits

In Texas, numerous public water systems are surpassing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s newly set limits for “forever chemicals” in drinking water, indicating widespread contamination with serious public health challenges.Alejandra Martinez...

Massive under-reporting of wildlife deaths revealed by boat cameras

A recent analysis of footage from cameras mounted on commercial fishing vessels has unveiled substantial under-reporting of ocean wildlife deaths, shedding light on the true impact of industrial fishing practices.Andrea Vance reports for The Post.In short:Cameras...

Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ spread across US

Certain regions in the U.S. and abroad are facing significant contamination from “forever chemicals,” a study reveals, with many areas exceeding safe levels of PFAS in water samples.Jess Thomson reports for Newsweek.In short:Researchers analyzed thousands...

Resource wars and the geopolitics behind climate-fueled conflicts

Dahr Jamail was working in Alaska’s Denali National Park in the early 2000s when he decided to travel to Iraq to better cover the U.S.-led invasion of the region, on the now debunked basis that Iraq’s president was hiding “weapons of mass destruction.” “I was so...

Annual meeting of the U.S. DOHaD Society

The U.S. Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Society is hosting its 8th annual meeting on Oct. 14-16 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. HEEDS Director Dr. Jerry Heindel is a speaker. Abstracts are due Aug. 1.

Will Cole, and the Grift of Functional Medicine

An alternative healthcare provider with a massive social media following, Will Cole sells wellness and scary-sounding pseudo-diseases. His empire, like other functional medicine hucksters, sells supplements and aligns with celebrities for promotion and legitimacy....

ACSH Explains: The Blood Brain Barrier and ‘Leaky’ Brain

The concept of a “leaky” brain is an enigma, the fortress of our brain, seemingly protected by the blood-brain barrier now disrupted. However, to understand whether a breach has altered our cognitive function we need to better understand our protector.

EPA Research in the Field: Cleaning up the muck at Salt Chuck

Read the full story from U.S. EPA. The Salt Chuck Mine is a former gold, silver, copper, and palladium mine on Prince of Wales Island in the Tongass National Forest at the northern end of Kasaan Bay in southeast Alaska. The site is just under 150 acres with 97 of them...

Deciphering the deceptive tactics of the fossil fuel industry

Investigative journalists delve into the intricate strategies deployed by the fossil fuel industry to sow doubt and misinformation, urging the public to remain vigilant amidst mounting climate crises.Amy Westervelt and Kyle Pope report for The Guardian.In short:Energy...

Mexico city’s metro system faces sinking crisis due to subsidence

A dire study reveals that Mexico City’s metro system is sinking rapidly due to subsidence, posing risks to its infrastructure and passenger safety.Matt Simon reports for Wired.In short:Subsidence, caused by the compaction of land due to groundwater extraction,...

Altering species to safeguard them

In a bid to save endangered wildlife, scientists explore “assisted evolution” techniques, challenging traditional conservation methods.Emily Anthes reports for The New York Times.In short:Australia’s unique wildlife faces extinction due to habitat...

Coral bleaching crisis unfolds as oceans reach record heat levels

Recent ocean heatwaves have triggered the fourth global mass coral bleaching event, devastating coral reefs worldwide.Georgina Rannard reports for the BBC.In short:Coral reefs globally are turning white and dying due to record ocean heat, marking the fourth mass...

Global coral beaching now underway looks set to be largest on record

ATHENS — The world is currently undergoing its fourth global bleaching event, with coral bleaching occurring in the territorial waters of more than 50 countries, according to scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the U.S. and the...

QuickTakes 4/15/2024

Honoring Lost Workers / Homenaje a los trabajadores perdidos Driving Without Distraction / Conducir sin distracciones Prevent Falls Construction Safety Advisory Committees Protecting Children Your Rights Against Retaliation Sharing Data with Employees Getting to Know...

The Enigma And Disparities of Glaucoma

Glaucoma stands as a preventable purveyor of blindness, particularly among our Black and Hispanic communities. Genetic predispositions, socioeconomic disparities, and systemic barriers make glaucoma’s impact disproportionately skewed.

J.Crew launches swimwear takeback program

Read the full story at Fashion Dive. J.Crew, in partnership with technology and logistics platform SuperCircle, has launched a swimwear take back program both online and through its chain of stores across the U.S., per a press release sent to Fashion Dive. The...

The Geoengineering Question

Read the full story at The Climate Brink. With growing impacts from climate change and an apparent acceleration of the rate of warming in recent years (albeit in line with what our models project), more prominent voices like Dr. James Hansen have become more open to...

Environmental Justice and Land Issues of Indigenous People

Download the curriculum unit. Prior to the arrival of European explorers in the 16th century, the indigenous population of the Americas was comprised of a number of vibrant and varied peoples and societies. Estimates from a number of sources range from a low of eight...

Don’t toss out old stuffed animals. They can have a second life.

Read the full story in the Washington Post. About 80 percent of stuffed animals and other toys worldwide are eventually thrown away, making up 6 percent of plastics in landfills across the globe, according to a 2022 study. Most stuffed toys are made of synthetic...

Plastics industry under fire for recycling deception

A CBS News report uncovers a long-standing campaign by the plastics industry to mislead the public about the effectiveness of plastic recycling.Ben Tracy reports for CBS News.In short:Despite widespread belief in plastic recycling, only 5 to 6% of plastic waste in the...

“Biden Boosts Cost To Drill On Public Lands”

“Oil companies will have to lay down significantly more money to drill on public lands following a sweeping final rule published by the Biden administration Friday that also increases federal royalty rates and aims to shrink the future footprint of the nation’s...

Bioplastics create a composting conundrum

GROTON, Mass. — Steam billows inside Black Earth Compost’s processing facility as Syed Dong, regional operations manager, opens the building’s delivery door and lets in the chilly March air. Inside, billions of bacteria are breaking down a big pile of food scraps,...

EPA sets first national limits on PFAS in drinking water

Read the full story from WBUR. Every municipal water system in the country must test for, and limit, the presence of five PFAS chemicals within five years, according to new guidelines set by the federal government. It’s the first time these toxic chemicals have been...

Turning waste into gold

Read the full story from ETH Zurich. Researchers have recovered gold from electronic waste. Their highly sustainable new method is based on a protein fibril sponge, which the scientists derive from whey, a food industry byproduct.

Lake ecosystems: Nitrogen has been underestimated

Read the full story from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ. An ecological imbalance in a lake can usually be attributed to increased nutrient inputs. The result: increased phytoplankton growth, oxygen deficiency, toxic cyanobacterial blooms and...

Maine grapples with pervasive PFAS pollution challenges

Maine leads the way in addressing widespread chemical contamination, grappling with the health and environmental impact of PFAS compounds.Zoë Schlanger reports for The Atlantic.In short: Maine faces a significant PFAS crisis, with decades of sewage sludge...

Freshwater supplies dwindling due to human activity, studies find

Two significant studies reveal how human demand and technological advancements are rapidly depleting the planet’s freshwater resources.Andrew Nikiforuk reports for The Tyee.In short:Human activities, including damming, deforestation, and irrigation, are altering...

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