July 21, 2017
On these sweltering midsummer days, it’s natural to want nothing more than to sit in front of an air conditioner that’s running at full speed. But while today finding relief from the heat takes little more than the flip of a switch (or a smart switch, if you’re lucky), it wasn’t so easy at the turn of the 20th century—before the advent of modern air conditioning.
July 11, 2017
The Natural Resources Defense Council released a map today revealing that around 127 million U.S. citizens live in areas susceptible to air quality issues (such as pollen and ozone pollution) caused by climate change.
July 12, 2017
A plan to extend California's signature climate initiative for another decade looks beyond cutting greenhouse gas emissions and takes aim at toxic air in the polluted neighborhoods around refineries and factories.
July 3, 2017
Traces of Naegleria fowleri, a single-celled organism that can cause a rare, but fatal, brain disease, was found during routine water testing of Ouachita Parish’s North Monroe Water System and Terrebonne Parish’s Schriever Water System. Health officials assured residents that the tap water in these parishes are still safe to drink, but warned people to avoid getting any of it in their noses.
June 29, 2017
Aquapioneers, based in Barcelona, Spain, is focused on getting more people to grow more of their own food right at home, while at the same time enabling a 90% reduction in garden water consumption and a doubling of plant growth rates.
June 21, 2017
Climate change is already beginning to wreak havoc upon the planet. In the short term, we're facing more winter storms, miserably hot summers, and a longer allergy season. In the long term, entire coastlines will likely disappear, threatening communities and wildlife.
June 7, 2017
A new study indicates that continued reliance on coal power over solar energy will cost the lives of 52,000 Americans per year — more than are currently employed by the coal industry.
COAL WILL KILL
Among the repercussions of the United States pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement could be continued reliance on coal-burning plants for American power needs. This comes despite recent efforts to do the opposite in several states. Setting aside the comparative expense of coal and the greenhouse gases produced by its use, are there any other arguments against using this fossil fuel?
May 31, 2017
National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM) is being held for the second time during June 2017. This month-long celebration offers an opportunity to learn more about housing and its impact on health and provide resources to encourage local activities as well as empower families to protect themselves from hazards in their home. June’s outreach activities aim to greatly boost awareness and understanding of what federal and local resources are available to make a difference in the lives of all residents, regardless of where they live. Learn more and get involved! Visit the Hud.gov Healthy Homes website.
Graphene – the strongest material known to science – is used to create everything from condoms to night-vision contact lenses. Now, thanks to the ingenuity of The Graphene Company, paint containing the world’s “thinnest, strongest and most conductive” substance is hitting shelves in the UK. The new lime-based paint is incredibly thin, beneficial for the environment and capable of making your home, or any building, more efficient.
May 15, 2017
Property listings may contain data about the air quality in an area in the future, according to estate agents.
The National Association of Estate Agent (NAEA) said it believes the data will soon be a compulsory part of property adverts.
May 10, 2017
Home is where you feel comfortable and safe. It’s where you tuck your kids into bed and lazily watch hours of Netflix on the couch.
Without your care and vigilance, however, your home may develop conditions that can make you severely ill — or even kill you.
Here are five ways your home can potentially harm you, and expert advice on preventing them from affecting your household.
Salt samples from 8 different countries revealed the presence of plastic contaminants from ocean pollution.
Oh, we are a special species. Not only did we figure out how to make something as ridiculously durable as plastic, but then we decided to use it for things that don't require durability – things like single-use shopping bags and the grit in face scrubs. And best yet?
April 21, 2017
April 2, 2017
My skin condition, partly caused by air pollution, disappeared in the clean air of the Himalayas, was controlled by moisturiser and medicated shampoo in Scotland but has broken out again since moving to London
March 20, 2017
There are a number of available low-carbon technologies to generate electricity. But are they really better than fossil fuels and nuclear power?
To answer that question, one needs to compare not just the emissions of different power sources but also the health benefits and the threats to ecosystems of green energy.
March 13, 2017
I recently spent some time walking around Washington DC, where I live, with an aethalometer sticking out of my shirt collar. I carried the device, which measures air pollution, around with me like a pet monkey as I walked in a city park, drove on the city’s circular beltway and picked up my kids from school. It was sadly eye-opening because it confirmed what I have long suspected: my city is a polluted place.
March 5, 2017
When Elizabeth Mack wondered about a future in which Americans wouldn’t be able to pay for water, a couple of colleagues waved her off. “Don’t be ridiculous,” they said. But the idea niggled at Mack, an assistant professor at the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences at Michigan State University. And in January, in an article published in the science journal PLOS ONE, she asked a new question: Is there a burgeoning water affordability crisis in the United States?
January 23, 2017
What is the smartest species in the world? You might think it's humans by a long shot, but the reality is a lot more complicated.
Frans de Waal, a primatologist at Emory University, has a new book out called "Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?" and in it he gives hundreds of examples of surprising intelligence from non-human species, including many instances where other animals appear to be smarter than we are.