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21 Sep 2012

Idaho wildfire roars through former uranium mine site

A wildfire in east-central Idaho has burned through three former mining sites containing traces of radioactive thorium and uranium and was advancing a fourth such site on Thursday, but state officials said they believed the risk to human health was low.

21 Sep 2012

Facing anti-malaria nets, mosquitoes alter habits

Outdoor bites accounted for 45 percent of all bites at the outset but rose to 68 percent one year later and 61 percent after three years.

21 Sep 2012

U.S. West should expect bigger wildfires more often

The 2012 fire season in the West has claimed several lives, torched hundreds of homes and forced the evacuation of thousands of residents. Record blazes have also been recorded in New Mexico and Oregon.

20 Sep 2012

Zimbabwe urged to lift ban on growing genetically modified food

The cheaper alternatives to locally grown food are particularly welcome in a country where agricultural mismanagement has combined with drought, believed related to climate change, to create chronic food shortages.

19 Sep 2012

Scientists grow drug for rare disease in corn

The move marks an advance for the emerging field of molecular farming, which could one day see complex biotech medicines being mass-produced in plants rather than factories.

19 Sep 2012

Hunger may be largest health impact of climate change

Linkages between climate change, extreme weather and health have so far focused mainly on an expected increase in deaths from disasters and heat waves, as well as rising cases of malaria, dengue fever and diarrhea.

19 Sep 2012

Fat and getting fatter: U.S. obesity rates to soar by 2030

Using a model of population and other trends, a new report released on Tuesday by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation projects that half of U.S. adults will be obese by 2030 unless Americans change their ways.

19 Sep 2012

Study links BPA, obesity in kids

Kids and teens that had higher levels of the chemical bisphenol A in their urine were more likely to be overweight or obese, in a new nationally-representative U.S. study.

18 Sep 2012

Stanford organics study: have faulty methods, political motivations threatened kids’ health?

Dozens of headlines across the world reiterated Stanford’s message, at least initially. Now, Reganold and other experts are worried about the possible environmental health dangers — particularly to children — posed by this widespread dissemination of what they see as misinformation.

18 Sep 2012

Beyond energy savings: How green buildings can cut labor costs

Many sustainability-minded businesses realize that green buildings usually have lower energy costs, but that may not be the most significant reason to incorporate sustainable design in your facilities.

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