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Climate change threatens hearts, lungs but also brains

Climate change can be expected to boost the number of annual premature U.S. deaths from heat waves in coming decades and to increase mental health problems from extreme weather like hurricanes and floods, a U.S. study said on Monday, April

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Drilling for Earthquakes

To Cathy Wallace, the earthquakes that have been rattling her tidy suburban home in Dallas feel like underground thunderstorms. First comes a distant roar, then a boom and a jolt. Her house shakes and the windows shudder. Framed prints on

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Climate-related food impacts could kill half a million annually

The impacts of climate change on the global food supply could lead to more than 500,000 deaths a year by 2050, according to a new study in the Lancet. Droughts, floods, and other climate-related impacts will hurt crop yields and

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Climate change is fueling an impending malnutrition crisis, even for the well-fed

According to a study released in the medical journal Lancet, climate change could result in the deaths of half a million adults due to malnutrition per year by 2050. The modelling study, conducted by the University of Oxford’s Marco Springmann,

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Air pollution linked to 5.5 million premature deaths

Air pollution caused more than 5.5 million people to die prematurely in 2013 with more than half of those deaths in India and China and illnesses in those countries almost certain to rise. According to scientists from the U.S., Canada,

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Governor declares emergency over Los Angeles gas leak

Natural gas has been spewing into the air in the Porter Ranch neighborhood here since late October, sickening residents, prompting thousands to evacuate their homes and pouring greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. Gov. Jerry Brown, faced with mounting public anger

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Climate change kills the mood: economists warn of less sex on a warmer planet

Climate change has been blamed for many things over the years. Never, until now, has anyone thought it was possible to see it as a kind of contraceptive. Hot weather leads to diminished “coital frequency,” according to a new working

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Thyroid cancer in children increases 30-fold in Fukushima

A study examining children who were 18 years and younger at the onset of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe found an increase in thyroid cancers, as predicted by World Health Organization (Who) initial dose assessments. Lead researcher Toshihide Tsuda, an epidemiologist

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Fracking chemicals can cause endocrine disruption and illness, says study

There is mounting data to suggest that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) can have adverse affects on the environment. A new study, however, suggests that populations living close to fracking sites also have a higher incidence of health complications. Researchers at the

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VW scandal caused nearly 1m tonnes of extra pollution, analysis shows

Volkswagen’s rigging of emissions tests for 11m cars means they may be responsible for nearly 1m tonnes of air pollution every year, roughly the same as the UK’s combined emissions for all power stations, vehicles, industry and agriculture, a Guardian

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