Chernobyl’s radiation could be released by projected increase in wildfire frequency and intensity
Rise in wildfires may resurrect Chernobyl's radiation. Debora MacKenzie, New Scientist, February 9, 2015. Climate change may help spur fires that could release radioactive elements locked in contaminated forest soils and allow them to spread over Europe. Fires are already helping to spread fallout. Climate change and the projected increase in wildfire frequency and intensity could reserect harmful amounts of radiation locked in the soil and vegetation. [See study: "Fire evolution in the radioactive forests of Ukraine and Belarus: future risks for the population and the environment". http://www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1890/14-1227.1].
Robust evidence in support of developmental origins of health and disease paradigm
Developmental origins of health and disease: a paradigm for understanding disease cause and prevention. JJ Heindel and LN Vandenberg, NCBI, Current Opinion in Pediatrics, January 29, 2015. The evidence in support of the developmental origins of the health and disease paradigm is sufficiently robust and repeatable across species, including humans, to suggest a need for greater emphasis in the clinical area. As a result of these data, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular morbidity, and neuropsychiatric diseases can all be considered pediatric diseases.
Cumulative impacts to communities missing in recent PennEast pipeline economic impact report analysis
Critics question PennEast pipeline economic study. Rick Epstein, NJ.com, February 9, 2015. Critics of the proposed PennEast pipeline have issue a press released about the company’s recently released economic report. The Economic Impact Report and Analysis for the pipeline does not consider the cumulative impacts of the project to the impacted communities.
Rare jackpine forest in Minnesota threatened by potato fields
DNR delays plans for conversion of pine forests to potato fields. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, February 5, 2015. In response to rapid deforestation in an ecologically sensitive swath of central Minnesota, state regulators have ordered a broad environmental review that will temporarily halt conversion of the region's jackpine stands to potato fields. Study could take a year and will look at potential threats to groundwater.
Differences in immune systems traced to the environment
Immunity: Environment can have big impact. Stephen Ornes, Student Science, January 28, 2015. A study in twins shows the body’s defenses are influenced by the environment around us. Overall, about 58 percent of the difference in immune system responses could be traced to the environment. Researchers reported their findings January 15, 2015 in Cell. [See the study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25594173]
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