Tags Archives: Human health

Study finds that pesticide exposure during pregnancy appears to pose risks equivalent to smoking

By Lynne Peoples / Huffington Post An expectant mother’s exposure to commonly used pesticides might pose risks to her developing fetus comparable to those long associated with tobacco smoking, new research suggests. In both cases, a fetus exposed to such chemicals during a mother’s pregnancy might result in childbirth taking place a few days earlier … Continue reading Study finds that pesticide exposure during pregnancy appears to pose risks equivalent to smoking

Sexual violence, breast cancer, and birth defects: how fracking impacts women

By Sara Jerving / PR Watch Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has generated widespread media attention this year. The process, which injects water and chemicals into the ground to release “natural” gas and oil from shale bedrock, has been shown to contribute significantly to air and water pollution and has even been linked to earthquakes. But … Continue reading Sexual violence, breast cancer, and birth defects: how fracking impacts women

Air pollution from fracking sites elevate risk of cancer and other illnesses

By University of Colorado, Denver In a new study, researchers from the Colorado School of Public Health have shown that air pollution caused by hydraulic fracturing or fracking may contribute to acute and chronic health problems for those living near natural gas drilling sites. “Our data show that it is important to include air pollution … Continue reading Air pollution from fracking sites elevate risk of cancer and other illnesses

New Pennsylvania law prohibits doctors from discussing health consequences of fracking

By Walter Brasch / Dissident Voice A new Pennsylvania law endangers public health by forbidding health care professionals from sharing information they learn about certain chemicals and procedures used in high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing. The procedure is commonly known as fracking. Fracking is the controversial method of forcing water, gases, and chemicals at tremendouspressure … Continue reading New Pennsylvania law prohibits doctors from discussing health consequences of fracking

Katy Ashe: What gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon looks like on the ground

By Katy Ashe / Mongabay On the back of a partially functioning motorcycle I fly down miles of winding footpath at high-speed through the dense Amazon rainforest, the driver never able to see more than several feet ahead. Myriads of bizarre creatures lie camouflaged amongst the dense vines and lush foliage; flocks of parrots fly … Continue reading Katy Ashe: What gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon looks like on the ground

How coal mining has turned Jharia from woodland to desolate wasteland

In Jharia, in the federal state of Jharkhand, around 600,000 people live in the middle of one of India’s biggest coal mining areas. There’s nothing in it for most of them. Quite the opposite: the soil, the water and the air are now contaminated, of all things in an area that was previously rich in woodland. ... Continue reading →

Dow and Monsanto Set to Team Up to Reintroduce Agent Orange Pesticide in the MidWest

from http://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com/ Cross Posted from Op Ed News In a match that some would say was made in hell, the nation’s two leading producers of agro-chemicals have joined forces in a partnership to reintroduce the use of the herbicide 2, 4-D, one half of the infamous defoliant Agent Orange, which was used by American forces to clear jungle … Continue reading Dow and Monsanto Set to Team Up to Reintroduce Agent Orange Pesticide in the MidWest

Global warming likely to double or triple incidence of forest fires

By Stephen Leahy / Inter Press Service Rising temperatures are drying out northern forests and peatlands, producing bigger and more intense fires. And this will only get much worse as the planet heats up from the use of ever larger amounts of fossil fuels, scientists warned last week at the end of a major science … Continue reading Global warming likely to double or triple incidence of forest fires

Monsanto and Dow Chemical trying to bring Agent Orange ingredient back home to American fields

By Richard Schiffman, TruthOut In a match that some would say was made in hell, the nation’s two leading producers of agrochemicals have joined forces in a partnership to reintroduce the use of the herbicide 2,4-D, one half of the infamous defoliant Agent Orange, which was used by American forces to clear jungle during the … Continue reading Monsanto and Dow Chemical trying to bring Agent Orange ingredient back home to American fields

Study: Factory farm antibiotic use responsible for “superbug” transmittable to humans

By David Ferguson / The Raw Story Speculation has long abounded that overuse of antibiotics by factory farmers has been a major contributing factor in the development of so-called “superbugs” like MRSA or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Now, according to a report from Mother Jones, there is scientific proof. According to a paper in the American … Continue reading Study: Factory farm antibiotic use responsible for “superbug” transmittable to humans