Health – GBRI
 

With ever-increasing levels of air pollution, asthma-related deaths in England and Wales are at an all time high. It is being reported that asthma claimed 1,320 lives last year, which indicates more than 25% rise over the last decade. The findings come amid growing concern about the air pollution crisis in the UK and mounting […]

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Researchers at the University of La Plata in Argentina found glyphosate – a hugely popular cancer-causing herbicide – in a shocking 85% of cotton hygiene products tested. World Health Organization’s cancer research arm has already linked glyphosate to cancer in humans. The samples—which included gauze, swabs, wipes and feminine care products such as tampons and sanitary pads—were […]

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A new Stanford study published recently in Nature revealed that in 2015, exposure to high particulate matter was the cause of 400,000 infant deaths in sub Saharan Africa. The research pointed out that even modest improvement in air quality could bring down these numbers substantially in developing countries. “Many wealthy countries have recently used legislation […]

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A new analysis by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) revealed that the latest tests conducted by federal scientists found antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also referred to as superbugs, in almost 80% of US supermarket meat in 2015. The superbugs were found on 79% of ground turkey, 71% of pork chops, 62% of ground beef, and 36% of chicken […]

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Lowe’s, the company that operates a chain of retail home improvement and appliance stores, announced on Tuesday that it will no longer sell paint-removal products with methylene chloride. The move is in response to petitions signed by thousands of people pressurizing the company to stop selling these deadly products. Since last year, at least four […]

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A new study commissioned by the mayor of London Sadiq Khan revealed that children in London schools have to face higher levels of fine particulate pollution inside their classrooms than outside. This is putting the health of young kids, who are more vulnerable to fine particle pollutants than adults, at risk. Particulate pollution is primarily a […]

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The World Health Organization’s latest initiative to ban artificial trans fats from the global food supply by 2023 is praiseworthy as around 500,000 people die from cardiovascular diseases annually after consuming trans fats. However, environmentalists fear this move could inadvertently increase the demand for palm oil, which is a highly unsustainable substitute. Artificial trans fats are […]

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Hawaii has become the first US state to ban the harmful pesticide chlorpyrifos. Chlorpyrifos has been proven to be a highly toxic neurotoxin that causes brain damage, particularly in the case of young children. The pesticide has been in use since 1965 and the US Environment Protection Agency says it has been found to overstimulate the nervous […]

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