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Air Pollution Levels in China Reach 20 Times the Safe Limit for Human Health

Air Pollution Levels in China Reach 20 Times the Safe Limit for Human Health

China is known for having some of the world’s worst air pollution, but air quality in the country recently hit a new high at 20 times greater than the safety limit for human health. The Guardian reports

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Bill Gates’ Foundation Makes its Largest Donation Ever to Fight Ebola

Bill Gates’ Foundation Makes its Largest Donation Ever to Fight Ebola

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced last week that it is making a $50 million donation to various organizations working on the frontline of the fight against Ebola in West Africa. The gift

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First Ebola Vaccine to be Tested on Humans in Response to Frightening Outbreak in West Africa

First Ebola Vaccine to be Tested on Humans in Response to Frightening Outbreak in West Africa

As the Ebola virus continues to wreak havoc in West Africa, a new Ebola vaccine will be tested on humans for the first time this week. The vaccine is being developed by the National Institutes of Health

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WHO: World’s Worst Ebola Outbreak Could Affect 20,000 People or More

WHO: World’s Worst Ebola Outbreak Could Affect 20,000 People or More

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that the recent Ebola outbreak that started in March of this year is accelerating at an alarming rate and could affect more than 20,000 people before

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Asia’s Dangerous Air Pollution is Affecting Weather All Over the World

Asia’s Dangerous Air Pollution is Affecting Weather All Over the World

Air pollution frequently reaches dangerous levels in Beijing and often exceeds the World Health Organization's recommended levels in Delhi. But this isn't just bad for people who live in the region - it's

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WHO Study Claims Air Pollution Killed 7 Million People in 2012

WHO Study Claims Air Pollution Killed 7 Million People in 2012

Regardless of creed, ethnicity, or tax bracket, everyone must breathe the same air. This week, the World Health Organization announced that air pollution was responsible for seven million deaths globally

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New Study Shows Parasite Found in Cats May Cause Dementia in Senior Citizens

New Study Shows Parasite Found in Cats May Cause Dementia in Senior Citizens

According to a new study in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, your cuddly cat companion might pose some serious health risks, especially to senior citizens. Previous research has shown that cats can spread a

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Scientist Uses Whiskey Byproduct to Purify Water Contaminated with Arsenic in Bangladesh

Scientist Uses Whiskey Byproduct to Purify Water Contaminated with Arsenic in Bangladesh

A scientist at Aberdeen University has discovered a byproduct of whiskey production that can be used to purify water. Dr. Leigh Cassidy had the idea to use draff, the leftover residue from barley husks

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The World Health Organization Declares Air Pollution an Official Carcinogen

The World Health Organization Declares Air Pollution an Official Carcinogen

Air pollution photo from Shutterstock It's official - air pollution causes cancer. The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) just announced that air pollution

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The World’s First Anti-Malaria Vaccine Could be Available by 2015

The World’s First Anti-Malaria Vaccine Could be Available by 2015

Image © Shutterstock Just months after Sanaria researchers created the world's first malaria vaccine, UK drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has made a similar breakthrough in its own large-scale Phase III

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New Water Filter Can Detect Deadly E.Coli Within a Matter of Minutes Instead of Hours

New Water Filter Can Detect Deadly E.Coli Within a Matter of Minutes Instead of Hours

When scientists test a water supply for deadly pathogens like E.coli bacteria, every second counts. A team of engineers at the University of Alberta have developed a new filter that can detect E.coli in a

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Lava Mae is Retrofitting Public Buses Into Mobile Showers for the Homeless

Lava Mae is Retrofitting Public Buses Into Mobile Showers for the Homeless

The UN and the World Health Organization define access to water and sanitation as a basic human right, yet many homeless go without. In San Francisco alone, there are 16 public showers for the 3,100+ men,

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“Clean Water” is a Natural Plant-Based System that can Inexpensively Remove Arsenic from the Environment

“Clean Water” is a Natural Plant-Based System that can Inexpensively Remove Arsenic from the Environment

The World Health Organization states that arsenic is responsible for one of the largest mass poisonings in human history, causing cancer in over 1.2 million people and sickening 150 million every year. In

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Researchers Develop World’s First 100% Effective Malaria Vaccine

Researchers Develop World’s First 100% Effective Malaria Vaccine

Mosquito photo from Shutterstock Malaria is a devastating disease that afflicts 216 million people around the world every year - and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), about half of the

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Kite Patch Can Make You Invisible to Mosquitoes for 48 Hours

Kite Patch Can Make You Invisible to Mosquitoes for 48 Hours

The Kite Patch is a sticker you can attach to your shirt that contains a chemical to repel mosquitoes for up to 48 hours. A venture group called ieCrowd is working to bring the patch to the market, and it

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North China Pollution Slashes Life Expectancy by 5.5 Years

North China Pollution Slashes Life Expectancy by 5.5 Years

Researchers have established a clear, quantifiable relationship between pollution in North China and life expectancy. They found that 500 million people in the country will lose a combined 2.5 billion

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Australian Researchers Develop the World’s First Malaria Vaccine

Australian Researchers Develop the World’s First Malaria Vaccine

About half the world's population is at risk of catching malaria, and in 2010 alone around 660,000 people died from the disease. Fortunately, researchers in Australia recently made a breakthrough by

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Beijing Announces Pollution Tax on Gas to Decrease Dangerous Smog Levels

Beijing Announces Pollution Tax on Gas to Decrease Dangerous Smog Levels

Smog levels in Beijing reached dangerously high levels this past winter, and in January pollution levels were 10 to 15 times what the World Health Organization classifies as a health risk. Now China is

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UN Says Air Pollution Kills More People Than AIDS and Malaria Combined; Clean Energy Could Halve Death Toll

UN Says Air Pollution Kills More People Than AIDS and Malaria Combined; Clean Energy Could Halve Death Toll

Air Pollution photo from Shutterstock The UN recently outlined its development goals for 2030 at a conference in Olso, where Director General of the U.N. Industrial Development Organization Kandeh

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Photos Capture the Staggering Air Pollution Plaguing China

Photos Capture the Staggering Air Pollution Plaguing China

 Image: © John E. Williamson Just a couple of days ago we reported on the incredible blanket of pollution overtaking the city of Beijing. The problem has plagued the city for more than

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NASA Releases Satellite Images of Beijing’s Record-Breaking Air Pollution

NASA Releases Satellite Images of Beijing’s Record-Breaking Air Pollution

NASA’s Earth Observatory has released startling new satellite images of the thick layer of smog that engulfed Beijing over the weekend. Two images, taken on January 14 and January 3, 2013, show the

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Beijing Smog ‘Beyond Index’ as Air Pollution Recorded at Over 30 Times Safe Levels

Beijing Smog ‘Beyond Index’ as Air Pollution Recorded at Over 30 Times Safe Levels

While transparency regarding air quality data may still be relatively new to China, Sunday marked the third day of record-breaking, and remarkably dangerous smog in Beijing. Residents of the notoriously

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Hong Kong Set to Ban High-Polluting Vehicles in Effort to Combat Smog

Hong Kong Set to Ban High-Polluting Vehicles in Effort to Combat Smog

Hong Kong is set to introduce a new clean-air measure that will ban high-polluting vehicles and offer subsidies to help owners replace diesel-powered buses and trucks. Among the banned vehicles will be

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California’s GMO Food Proposition 37 Sparks Storm of Accusations over Misleading Ads

California’s GMO Food Proposition 37 Sparks Storm of Accusations over Misleading Ads

GMO photo from Shutterstock There's something fishy going on in the Golden State, and we aren't talking about the GMO genes being spliced into the tomatoes. On Tuesday, California voters ultimately

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Arizona State Students Develop Low-Cost Biosensor to Detect Contaminated Drinking Water

Arizona State Students Develop Low-Cost Biosensor to Detect Contaminated Drinking Water

In the developing world, disease caused by poor sanitation is the second largest cause of death in children under five years old, and according to the World Health Organization, 1.5 million lives are

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Fukushima Radiation Finally Below “Cancer-Causing Levels”

Fukushima Radiation Finally Below “Cancer-Causing Levels”

Residents of Japan may be able to breathe a sigh of relief as the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently announced that radiation levels in most of the country are "below cancer-causing levels." It has

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