Ecology, Energy, Economy

Zoonoses: Diseases Passed From Animals To Humans

Zoonoses are diseases passed from animals to humans. The most recent high-profile example is swine flu. There are several dozen such diseases that affect humans. The Centers For Disease Control says:
Microbiologic infections acquired from animals, known as zoonoses, pose a risk to public health. An estimated 60% of emerging human pathogens are zoonotic. [...]

Disinfectants: Bacteria Adapt

Dr. Gerard Fleming is the lead researcher on a new study of the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Dr. Fleming works from the National University of Ireland in Galway in the department of microbiology.
The research suggests that some bacteria eat disinfectants. The study looked at Pseudomonas aeruginosa which is responsible for infections in people [...]

Environmental Protection Agency: Climate Change Danger!

The EPA announced:
“After a thorough examination of the scientific evidence and careful consideration of public comments, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that greenhouse gases (GHGs) threaten the public health and welfare of the American people.” [view the whole statement at]
The timing of this announcement at the opening of the Copenhagen Climate [...]

Chlorine’s Health Risk For Swimmers

Swimmers have long suspected the dangers of chlorine. Now, their suspicions have been confirmed.
A study by the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels, Belgium found a link between swimming in chlorinated pools and getting asthma and respiratory allergies.
“The impact of these chemicals on the respiratory health of children and adolescents appears to [...]

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