Posted on October 14, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Study shows how cutting carbon pollution pays huge dvidends by reducing health care costs.
‘Carbon-reduction policies significantly improve air quality’
FRISCO — Adopting a carbon cap-and-trade program would easily pay for itself — and then some — by reducing health care costs associated with treating asthma and other medical conditions resulting from air pollution, MIT researchers said in a detailed study that looked at the comparative cost and benefits of three potential climate policies.
Policies aimed at cutting carbon emissions from sources like power plants and vehicles, also lead to reductions in other harmful types of air pollution, the scientists said, publishing their findings last month in Nature Climate Change.
Overall, the study found that savings on health care spending and other costs related to illness can be big — in some cases, more than 10 times the cost of policy implementation. Continue reading
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Posted on August 25, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
What’s in your food?
National consumer advocacy group joins fray
FRISCO — Coloradans this November will have a chance to decide whether they want to know if their food includes genetically manipulated foods via a ballot initiative (Proposition 105) that would require GMO labeling. Continue reading
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Posted on April 21, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Can food production keep pace with demand?
Cuts in research threaten ability to keep pace with growing demand
FRISCO — A top food expert says the world could be facing a serious food shortage in 40 years, when production won’t be able to keep up with growing demand.
“For the first time in human history, food production will be limited on a global scale by the availability of land, water and energy,” said Dr. Fred Davies, senior science advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development. “Food issues could become as politically destabilizing by 2050 as energy issues are today.” Continue reading
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Posted on March 6, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Silver nanoparticles used in food packaging and many other common products may trigger over-production of disease-causing free radicals in cells.
‘We can confirm that nano-silver leads to the formation of harmful, so called free radicals in cells …’
FRISCO — Nano-engineered particles may help help boost the efficiency of solar power generation and improve pesticides, but they also present threats to the environment and human health.
Researchers in Denmark say silver nanoparticles can penetrate human cells and cause damage. Silver nanoparticles are used by the food and cosmetics industries because of their antibacterial properties. The particles can be found in drinking bottles, cosmetics, band aids, toothbrushes, running socks, refrigerators, washing machines and food packaging. Continue reading
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