And so the tide continues to turn against Bisphenol A: it's been declared a health hazard in Canada, seen its baby bottles booted out of US States, and now, Chicago's kicked it out as well. Chicago has become the first city to
What Causes Asthma?
According to Dr. Todd Mahr, a Gundersen Lutheran pediatric allergist and asthma specialist, it is many things. It is allergens (pollen, mold, pets, rodents, food, bugs), pollution (cigarette smoke, smog,
Photo: The pig in question, from a photo taken in 2002 (Reuters/Radu Sigheti)
Regrettably, the global swine flu panic has not spared Afghanistan's only known pig. A resident of Kabul Zoo, the little porker has been locked up in a room since Sunday
I was dismayed to hear that Oprah was helping to push KFC's free chicken promotion. Wasn't quite sure why, initially—after all, 'free food for everyone' is generally a pretty positive notion. But then I recalled that KFC
A startling new report has revealed that four out of five wild animals imported into the US aren't accurately listed—a hugely discouraging number, considering that between 2000 and 2006, 1.5 billion live animals were imported into the
With every traumatic event in life, there is always a team of clever marketers waiting to capitalize on peoples fear. It is the very basis of smart marketing. It is one thing to tell people to use their moisturizer or they will get
Well, it's official: Twitter is everywhere. Yup, looks like the swine flu pandemic has forced yet another strange event to unfold: it's gotten the White House to officially join the Twitter frenzy. At time of writing, it's got only 900 or so followers.
The heart warming story at last year's London Marathon was the group of six Masai warriors who came to London to raise awareness and money to bring clean water to their village in Tanzania. The press and the public were
If you've managed to avoid the incessant coverage thus far, here's what you need to know about swine flu. If you haven't, then you know that 150 people are dead from the disease in Mexico, Europe has encouraged travelers to cancel
Here in Japan, face masks are a common sight. Visitors often wonder why ordinary people wear what appears to be white surgical masks as they take the subway or walk around town. Face masks have evolved as a kind of courtesy: if you
Swine flu is taking over headlines everywhere--because it's already been confirmed on at least three continents, and there are few things as terrifying as the prospect of a global pandemic. There are so many unanswered questions
GOOD has put out a great short animation on water quality. They give the straight scoop on what happens when you don't have clean water, and how easy and cheap it can be to provide good water. Plus, it's simply a very well
Not again. How many months since the peanut butter salmonella catastrophe? Two months? Well, it's time to get on your guard again—"several types" of salmonella were discovered by Kraft Foods during routine inspection of pistachios
Clif Bar is putting out a new iPhone app called Save Our Snow that will give you not only the snow conditions at your favorite ski resorts, but also tell you the environmental steps the resorts are taking to fight global warming, so
Not Quite the Original Star Wars...Malaria is a huge problem. About 1 million dead a year, and countless others who suffer. Bill Gates was quite eloquent about it at the TED conference this year (he actually released
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Environmentalism and Alternative Medicine - Oil and Water?
George Monbiot is undoubtedly no stranger to controversy - my post about his climate change book, Heat, drew 81 comments, while his well publicized opposition to