Climate change, water and the spread of diseases: connecting the dots differently

Climate change, water and the spread of diseases: connecting the dots differently

A raft of work also started to emerge on the affects of changing weather patterns, heat waves, and access to clean water on people’s health. For example, health scientists came to grasp that they need anthropologists, sociologists and economists for a full understanding of the impact of climate change.

About Seascape: the state of our oceans – a Guardian series

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Europe must halve meat and dairy production by 2050 to save planet, expert says

Europe must halve meat and dairy production by 2050 to save planet, expert says

Europe’s agriculture industry is being urged to reduce meat and dairy production after research suggested it has surpassed safe limits for greenhouse emissions. A report from Rural Investment Support For Europe (RISE) supports Greenpeace’s campaign to drastically reduce global meat and dairy production by 2050 to keep the Paris climate agreement on track.

How Los Angeles Is Helping Lead the Fight Against Climate Change

How Los Angeles Is Helping Lead the Fight Against Climate Change

Garcetti sat down with WIRED for two interviews, which we have combined and condensed, to talk about how to turn LA into a greentech testbed, why cities have to compete in order to save the world, and what the city can learn from its infamous water wars.Matt Simon: In what way are cities uniquely positioned to be leaders on climate change?Eric Garcetti: There's never been more people living in cities, and many of them control directly the most important national assets, like ports and airports and utilities.

Google-Funded Study Finds Cash Beats Typical Development Aid

Google-Funded Study Finds Cash Beats Typical Development Aid

It’s a contrarian idea that questions conventional thinking about international aid, it has low overhead, it’s easily scalable using mobile phones, and it’s measurable.Faye, the GiveDirectly cofounder, called the study “the first ever A/B test for USAID.” Zeitlin, the Georgetown professor and coauthor of the study, says this research aligns with Silicon Valley’s interest in disruptive ideas because it questions the effectiveness of traditional aid programs.A recent cash-transfer study showed early gains disappearing over time.

Hurricane Florence Threatens to Spread Hog Poop Over North Carolina

Hurricane Florence Threatens to Spread Hog Poop Over North Carolina

Its hog farms are a major part of the state economy, with many of them concentrated in the eastern part of North Carolina, where Hurricane Florence is expected to drop 20 to 30 inches this week.

Florence’s Path Is Strewn With Toxic Hazards

Florence’s Path Is Strewn With Toxic Hazards

In the Carolinas this means not only homes, schools and towns but ponds of coal ash, Superfund sites, chemical plants — and thousands of industrial hog farms with lagoons filled with pig waste.

The New ECG Apple Watch Could Do More Harm Than Good

The New ECG Apple Watch Could Do More Harm Than Good

It wasn't long before healthcare providers starting using them to examine patients with no symptoms or family history of cardiovascular illness.There's no exact numbers on how common preventive ECG screening is in the US, but according to a recent editorial in the Journal of American Medicine, ECG examinations of asymptomatic patients had become regular features of annual physicals by the early aughts—until professional societies ran cost/benefit analyses on the practice and started advising against it.One of those societies was the US Preventive Services Task Force.

FDA Cracks Down on E-Cigarettes to Curb Teen-Vaping 'Epidemic'

FDA Cracks Down on E-Cigarettes to Curb Teen-Vaping 'Epidemic'

Now, recent data, like a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that 2.1 million middle- and high-school students used e-cigarettes in 2017, is prompting the agency to rethink its position.“The FDA won’t tolerate a whole generation of young people becoming addicted to nicotine as a tradeoff for enabling adults to have unfettered access to these same products,” he said.Gottlieb’s offensive seems primarily aimed at Juul, the most popular of the e-cigarettes, with an estimated 70 percent share of the retail market according to Nielsen data.

The 19th-century tumult over climate change – and why it matters today

The 19th-century tumult over climate change – and why it matters today

Farmers knew intuitively that even a small change in baseline climate greatly increased the risk of extremes, and a single drought could ruin a farming community, even if followed by years of good weather.

23andMe Cuts Off the DNA App Ecosystem It Created

23andMe Cuts Off the DNA App Ecosystem It Created

Notably, all apps must return results consistent with what 23andMe itself claims, limiting those apps’ utility.The company says qualified researchers will still have access to raw genetic data, provided that customers have consented to share their information through the API.

The E.P.A.’s Review of Mercury Rules Could Remake Its Methods for Valuing Human Life and Health

The E.P.A.’s Review of Mercury Rules Could Remake Its Methods for Valuing Human Life and Health

The formulas are complex, but the bottom line is that reducing the emphasis on health makes it tougher to justify a rule.Last week the Trump administration took a crucial step toward de-emphasizing the life and health benefits in this calculus when the Environmental Protection Agency said it would rethink a major regulation that restricts mercury emissions by coal-burning power plants.

Climate change will increase deaths by suicide

Climate change will increase deaths by suicide

The effects of hotter temperatures on suicides are symptomatic of a much broader and more expansive problem: the impact of climate change on mental health. Installing more air conditioning units, for instance, may not significantly reduce suicide rates or mitigate the effects of extreme heat on health and well-being.

Eating as a political, social, spiritual act: The World Peace Diet

Eating as a political, social, spiritual act: The World Peace Diet

Food is a tool to nourish life but also for taking political action and for averting the dangers of climate change and preventing unnecessary harm. By reducing animal agriculture, we also could improve health, stabilize grain prices, enhance food security and prevent unnecessary harm and violence.

Reducing food waste can protect our health, as well as our planet’s

Reducing food waste can protect our health, as well as our planet’s

Food waste costs Australia A$20 billion each year and is damaging our planet’s resources by contributing to climate change and inefficient land, fertiliser and freshwater use. Healthy and sustainable dietary recommendations promote the consumption of fewer processed foods, which are energy-dense, highly processed and packaged.

Crispr Halted Muscular Dystrophy in Dogs. Are Humans Next?

Crispr Halted Muscular Dystrophy in Dogs. Are Humans Next?

When researchers at the Royal Veterinary College realized the puppers had a canine version of the most common fatal genetic disease in children—Duchenne muscular dystrophy—they began breeding the sick spaniels with beagles to start a canine colony in the hopes of one day finding a cure.Today, scientists report they’ve halted the progression of the disease in some of those doggy descendants using the gene editing tool known as Crispr.In a study published Thursday in Science, a team led by Eric Olson at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center used Crispr to successfully modify the DNA of four young dogs, reversing the molecular defect responsible for their muscle wasting disease.

The potential of the Blue Economy

The potential of the Blue Economy

Together with the United Nations and other partners, we are looking forward to working with member states and other stakeholders to respond to existing challenges and to design a way forward that allow for sustainable economic growth making the most from the oceans – building on the experience with green growth – including in unique areas such as the Galápagos Islands.

Climate Change's Looming Mental Health Crisis

Climate Change's Looming Mental Health Crisis

Climate change is making these ice transition periods even longer.“During those times historically, there has been some increases in suicide or suicide attempts or ideation in the communities,” says Ashlee Cunsolo, a health geographer who has studied the region.

Wildfire Smoke Is Smothering the US—Even Where You Don't Expect It

Wildfire Smoke Is Smothering the US—Even Where You Don't Expect It

By 2050, an estimated 83.7 million people over the age of 65 will call the US home, nearly doubling the current population—and a paper published in April found that bad smoke days during California’s 2015 wildfire season caused spikes in emergency room visits, with the most pronounced impact on patients over 65.

Adventures in Self-Experimentation: Matrix Pills & Plowing Tropical Fields

Adventures in Self-Experimentation: Matrix Pills & Plowing Tropical Fields

It all started with a simple idea: deforestation might lead to hotter local temperatures, which might increase the risk of heat illness in communities living in or around those forests. Core body temperatures and heart rates increase rapidly while we work in the tropical heat.

Solving (Part of) the Urban Forest Paradox

Solving (Part of) the Urban Forest Paradox

To calculate the ROI of tree cover, Kroeger and colleagues from the Conservancy and NASA, set out to identify where it would provide the largest health benefits – the greatest reduction of respirable particulate matter and heat for the highest number of people — and then measure how those benefits compare to the costs of the trees.

Human Health At Risk As Tropical Forests Disappear

Human Health At Risk As Tropical Forests Disappear

New research from The Nature Conservancy shows that villagers living in recently fragmented landscapes are more likely to report an increase in local temperatures, signaling a loss of the forest’s cooling services.

Managing Fisheries in the Face of Climate Change

Managing Fisheries in the Face of Climate Change

For these reasons, our California Oceans Team at The Nature Conservancy recently convened a group of scientists and practitioners to develop solutions for managing fisheries in a changing climate.