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Climate, Agriculture, soil, Food Security, soil carbon, Carbon Sequestration, Farming, Hunger, Food, Food Production, Greenhouse Gases

Win-Win Strategies for Climate and Food Security

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Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture and forestry sectors could lead to increased food prices—but new research identifies strategies that could help mitigate climate change while avoiding steep hikes in food prices.

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Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Sources, Renewable Energy, Bioenergy, Geothermal energy, Hydropower, Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Energy Policy, Community, Education, High School

After-School Energy Rush

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory partnered with the University of Chicago to sponsor “All About Energy,” a six-week program that gives Chicago public high school students an up-close look at careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and a chance to learn what it means to be a scientist.

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Flame Retardant, Flame Retardants, Fireproofing Material, Upholstery, Polyurethane, PU-Foam, Environment and cancer , toxic chemical exposure

New Flame Retardant Enters Market

Chemists from Empa have developed and patented an environmentally friendly way to produce flame retardants for foams that can be used in mattresses and upholstery. Unlike previous flame retardants made of chemicals containing chlorine, the new material is non-toxic and effective. Two of Empa’s industrial partners are now launching the innovation on the market.

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Environmental Health, Chicago, Health Disparities

NIH Taps Chicago Universities for Center on Environmental Health

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The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded $4 million over four years to an equal partnership of the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago to establish an environmental health sciences center in the Chicago area.

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Sindoor, Hindu, Ceremony, New Jersey, lead, Lead Poisoning, Public Health, Rutgers

Red Cosmetic Powder Used in Hindu Ceremonies Contains Unsafe Lead Levels

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Rutgers researchers say that lead levels in sindoor, a red powder used in Hindu ceremonies, is a real concern that must be addressed.

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Climate Change, Public Health, Higher Education

More Than 100 Schools Sign on to Teach Health Risks of Climate Change

The Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education (GCCHE) today announced that, since its launch earlier this year, 125 health professions schools and programs around the world have joined and committed to ensure future health professionals are educated on the health impacts of climate change. These impacts include more deadly heat waves, flooding, and wildfires; greater spread of disease vectors like ticks and mosquitos; and growing food and drinking water insecurity.

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Biogeochemistry, Bottom Fishing, Trawling, Climate Change, Sediment

Scientists Call for More Research on How Human Activities Affect the Seabed

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A group of UK scientists, co-ordinated by the University of Southampton, has published extensive research into how industry and environmental change are affecting our seafloors, but say more work is needed to help safeguard these complex ecosystems and the benefits they provide to people for the future.

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air pollution and human health, Kidney Infection

Breathing Dirty Air May Harm Kidneys

Outdoor air pollution may increase the risk of chronic kidney disease and contribute to kidney failure, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs (VA) St. Louis Health Care System. Scientists culled national VA databases to evaluate the effects of air pollution and kidney disease on nearly 2.5 million people over a period of 8.5 years, beginning in 2004. The scientists compared VA data on kidney function to air-quality levels collected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The study is published Sept. 21 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Flint Water Crisis, Fetal Death, Infertility, fertility rate, Lead Poisoning

Researchers Find Flint’s Water Crisis Led to Fewer Babies and Higher Fetal Death Rates

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An estimated 275 fewer children were born in Flint, Michigan, while the city was using lead-contaminated water from the Flint River, according to findings by researchers from West Virginia University and the University of Kansas.

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Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Aftermath, Puerto Rico, Reconstruction, Economics, low-income countries, Developing World, Severe Weather

Failure to Assist Puerto Rico Could Precipitate Humanitarian, Economic Disaster







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