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Health and Environment

Learn about environmental factors and conditions that affect human health, what is being done nationally and internationally to mitigate those problems, and how you and your family can lower the risks to your health from environmental hazards.
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Deforestation and Ebola
Deforestation in West Africa might have played a role in the recent re-emergence of Ebola.

Deer Ticks, Lyme Disease, and Climate Change
Lyme disease occurs following complex interactions between bacteria, a tick, mammals, habitat, and the climate. Learn about how those interactions are changing.

The 10 Countries with the Least Healthy Environment
A list of the worst countries based on their Environmental Performance Index.

Does Sunscreen Really Protect Your Skin?
Sunscreen is supposed to let you get enough sunshine for good health while shielding you from harmful rays that can cause sunburn and skin cancer. Does your sunscreen offer the protection you need, or leave you exposed to UV radiation and harmful chemicals?

Lead-free Hunting
Conventional bullets used in hunting cause lead poisoning in wildlife and humans. Non-lead bullets provide hunters with a safe and effective alternative.

Top 10 Countries with the Healthiest Environment

Lead in Water Pipes
Lead in your home’s pipes can mean lead in your drinking water. Should you be concerned about it?

Malnutrition, Pollution and Population Growth Spur Increase of Deadly Diseases
Global pollution combined with population growth is leading to widespread malnutrition and making billions of people more susceptible to a range of infectious diseases--from measles and influenza to malaria--according to researchers at Cornell University. Malnutrition currently kills 6 million children annually, and affects 57 percent of the world's people.

Reusing Plastic Bottles Can Pose Serious Health Hazards
Reduce, reuse and recycle is the mantra of environmentalists everywhere, but reusing plastic bottles can do more harm than good by releasing toxic chemicals that may cause a host of serious health problems. Learn the dangers of reusing plastic bottles as well as some safe alternatives.

Bill Gates is Reinventing the Toilet
Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is leading a life-saving effort to improve sanitation and reduce disease worldwide by reinventing the toilet as a device that can transform human waste into an asset while keeping drinking water clean.

How Safe is Tap Water?
Bottled water companies would have you believe that tap water is unsafe to drink, but many experts say that most tap water is actually pretty safe--especially compared to the alternatives. How safe is tap water?

The Politics of Poison: Many Americans Still Breathe Toxic Air
The Clean Air Act has given Americans cleaner air overall, but many U.S. communities still have local polluters that spew toxic chemicals and other pollutants into the air, poisoning residents and confounding state and federal regulators.

What is Fracking, Hydrofracking or Hydraulic Fracturing?
Hydraulic fracturing, also called fracking or hydrofracking, is a common but controversial method for extracting oil and natural gas from underground deposits trapped in shale or other rock formations. The fracking process uses toxic chemicals. As a result, fracking poses serious environmental and health risks.

Tropical Rainforests: Nature’s Medicine Cabinet
Tropical rainforest plants have produced thousands of lifesaving drugs, yet the potential of rainforest medicinals has only barely been tapped. Rainforest lands are disappearing at an alarming rate, due to development and deforestation, but preserving rainforests may be a life and death issue for untold numbers of people--now and in the future.

Cleaning Up the Environment Could Save 13 Million Lives Annually, Report Shows
Reducing environmental risks worldwide could save 13 million lives every year, according to the World Health Organization. An analysis of health conditions in 192 countries showed that every nation in the world is affected by environmental risks that lead to a variety of health problems that could be prevented.

Life is Short: Life Expectancy Declines for American Women
Life expectancy for American women is declining for the first time since the Spanish influenza epidemic in 1918, according to a new study. Life expectancy is going down or failing to improve for nearly 1 in 5 U.S. women. Smoking and obesity are seen as major causes for the loss of life expectancy among American women.

Smoking Expected to Kill 1 Million People Annually in India by 2010
Smoking kills 900,000 people every year in India, and unless corrective action is taken soon that number will increase to 1 million smoking-related deaths annually by 2010 and beyond, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine and conducted by scientists from India, Canada and the UK. According to the World Health Organization, smoking-related deaths are increasing worldwide, with the majority occurring in developing nations.

Are You Getting the Right Amount of Fluoride for Good Dental Health?
Are you getting enough--or too much--fluoride for good dental health? While the right amount of fluoride can prevent tooth decay, too much can lead to serious health issues, including eczema, osteoporosis, and even bone cancer.

Farmed Salmon vs Wild Salmon: Which is Best for Your Health and the Environment?
What are the differences between farmed salmon and wild salmon when it comes to human and environmental health?

9/11 Terrorist Attack Left Rescue Workers with Chronic Health Problems
The largest study ever conducted of 9/11 rescue and recovery workers show widespread, persistent and, in many cases, chronic problems that are unlikely to improve, according to doctors at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Global Warming May Kill Billions This Century
Writing in The Independent newspaper, James Lovelock warns that the world has already passed the point of no return with global warming, and that climate change will kill billions of people in this century as the Earth reaches a “coma'' state from which it may not recover for 100,000 years.

What is Chromium-6?
Chromium-6 is one form of the metallic element chromium, and a human carcinogen when inhaled, but no one knows whether low levels of chromium-6 in drinking water is a serious health risk.

Common Household Chemicals Linked to Cancer
Fluorinated polymers may not be a household name, but they show up in a lot of household products—from microwave popcorn bags and fast-food wrappers to stain-free carpets and windshield washer fluid. Unfortunately, they are also showing up in the blood of human beings all over the world after degrading to become a group of toxic chemicals called perfluorocarboxylates (PFCAs).

Environmental Protection is Essential to Long-Term Economic Growth
On his first day in office, the new head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) called on all nations to put the environment at the heart of their economic policies. "Care for the environment is often portrayed as detrimental to economic growth. We hope to lay that myth to rest in the 21st century.”

What are the Health Risks Associated with Hexavalent Chromium?
Chromium-6 is a human carcinogen when inhaled, and there is growing concern about the possible health effects of chromium-6 in drinking water.

Poverty and Environment - Poverty & the Environment
Consider this central paradox of U.S. environmentalism: In much of popular and political culture, the movement is dismissed as the pet cause of white, well-off Americans -- people who can afford to buy organic arugula, vacation in Lake Tahoe, and worry about the fate of the Pacific pocket mouse. And yet, the population most affected by environmental problems is the poor.

Chromium-6 Found in Tap Water in 89 Percent of Cities Tested
Tap water in many American cities contains potentially dangerous levels of hexavalent chromium (chromium-6), according to a report by the Environmental Working Group.

What are the Health Risks Associated with Chromium-6?
Chromium-6 is a human carcinogen when inhaled, and there is growing concern about the possible health effects of chromium-6 in drinking water.

What is Hexavalent Chromium?
Hexavalent chromium is one form of the metallic element chromium and a human carcinogen when inhaled, but no one knows whether low levels of chromium-6 in drinking water is a serious health risk.

How Can You Protect Yourself from Chromium-6 in Your Drinking Water?
Chromium-6 (hexavalent chromium), a human carcinogen, has been found in many communities' drinking water, but there are proven ways for consumers to protect themselves from chromium-6.

How Can You Protect Yourself from Hexavalent Chromium in Your Drinking Water?
Hexavalent chromium (chromium-6), a human carcinogen, has been found in many communities' drinking water, but there are proven ways for consumers to protect themselves from hexavalent chromium.

How Dangerous is Atrazine?
Atrazine is a widely used herbicide that is banned in Europe, but often found in U.S. drinking water supplies. Growing evidence about the health effects of atrazine are leading many people to question its safety.

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