Aug 11, 2016

Study links global warming to rise in waterborne illnesses

Rising global temperatures are clearly linked to increasing waterborne food poisoning, particularly from eating raw oysters, along with other nasty infections, a new study shows. About a dozen species of vibrio bacteria make people sick when they eat raw or undercooked seafood or else ...

Four dead as wildfires race toward Marseille, rage across Portugal

Aug 11, 2016

Four dead as wildfires race toward Marseille, rage across Portugal

Fires whipped by high winds ravaged swaths of southern France and Portugal on Wednesday, killing at least four people, burning scores of homes and forcing the evacuation of thousands, including tourists. In France, multiple fires formed a column marching toward the Mediterranean port city ...

Aug 4, 2016

Australia boosts climate science research in U-turn

Australia made an abrupt climate change U-turn on Thursday, with the issue set to again become a key focus of the national science agency just months after it saw hundreds of jobs cut in a heavily criticized move. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull — a ...

North Carolina health official misled public about toxic well water

Aug 3, 2016

North Carolina health official misled public about toxic well water

North Carolina’s top public health official acted unethically and possibly illegally by telling residents living near Duke Energy coal ash pits that their well water is safe to drink when it’s contaminated with a chemical known to cause cancer, a state toxicologist said in ...

Microplastic litter surging globally: study

Aug 1, 2016

Microplastic litter surging globally: study

The accumulation of plastic waste fragments in sea sediment has sharply increased around the world in the 21st century, according to a recent study on microplastic litter. The study, led by Hideshige Takada, a professor at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, found the ...