New Study Claims Climate Change Could Be Linked to Heart Defects in Newborns

Heat and pregnancy do not mix. High temps don’t just make a pregnant woman uncomfortable, the heat can actually hurt the health of her baby — and with climate change, this will probably become a bigger problem. A study in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Heart Association found that a …

Droughts Lead to Higher Levels of HIV in Lesotho

Extreme events such as droughts are known to put agricultural communities under pressure. A new paper in PLOS One now suggests that there is also a link between severe droughts and the spread of HIV in Lesotho. A Population-Based HIV Impact Assessment conducted after a 2-year drought in southern Africa …

French Study Finds Harmful Chemicals in Disposable Diapers

Banned substances and probable carcinogens are not what any parent wants next to their baby’s sensitive skin. Parents in France are worried that disposable diapers are harming their babies. A new study, just published on Wednesday, revealed a number of harmful substances in diapers, including banned chemicals and the weedkiller …

Flexitarian Food Puts Meat-Based Diets at Steak to Save the Planet

Scientists say a new ‘flexitarian’ diet needs to be widely adopted to protect the environment, feed the hungry and stop millions of early deaths. The EAT-Lancet Commission, which is made up of a group of 37 scientists from around the world, has developed the ‘planetary health diet’. The regimen does …

Diesel Pollution Stunts Children’s Lung Growth, Major Study Shows

Pollution from diesel vehicles is stunting the growth of children’s lungs, leaving them damaged for life, a major study has found. The research, conducted with more than 2,000 school children in London, is the first such study in a city where diesel pollution is a significant factor, and has implications …

IAAF Joins Race to Beat Global Air Pollution Crisis

The UN Environment and the IAAF have announced a new partnership to address the issue of air quality which is leading to 7 million deaths across the world. The partnership will be supported by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) who will be working to create an air quality …