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Air pollution could become China’s biggest health threat, expert warns

Jonathan Watts, guardian.co.uk Air pollution will become the biggest health threat in China unless the government takes greater steps to monitor and publicise the dangers of smog, the country’s leading respiratory disease specialist warned this week. Lung cancer and cardiovascular illnesses are already rising and could get worse in the…

Male fruit flies rejected by females turn to alcohol

Much like males of our own species, male fruit flies, when spurned by females, drink to numb the pain of rejection. According to a study outlined in the New York Times, fruit flies who are unable to mate prefer food laced with alcohol to regular food. Humans may like to…

White rice linked to Type 2 diabetes, says study

PARIS — Health researchers said on Thursday they had found a troubling link between higher consumption of rice and Type 2 diabetes, a disease that in some countries is becoming an epidemic. Further work is need to probe the apparent association and diets that are notoriously high in sugar and…

Urban air pollution could kill 3.6 million people a year by 2050

Fiona Harvey, guardian.co.uk Urban air pollution is set to become the biggest environmental cause of premature death in the coming decades, overtaking even such mass killers as poor sanitation and a lack of clean drinking water, according to a new report. Both developed and developing countries will be hit, and…

Environmental crunch ‘worse than thought’: OECD

Pressures on Earth’s ecosystem are now so great that future generations could be doomed to falling living standards, the OECD said on Thursday in a report looking to the mid-century. “Providing for a further two billion people by 2050 and improving the living standards for all will challenge our ability…

‘Red Deer Cave people’ may be new species of human

By Ian Sample Stone age remains of people with a penchant for home-cooked venison could represent a new human evolutionary line The fossilised remains of stone age people recovered from two caves in south west China may belong to a new species of human that survived until around the dawn…

Military combines green and mean to fly drones on biofuels

By Damian Carrington– The US navy’s aggressive plan to replace a third of its huge fuel use with biofuels has now seen the unmanned aircraft, as well as ships and supersonic aircraft, trial the fuels The unmanned drones used by the US Navy to bomb its enemies without risking its…

Cannabis users find synthetic pot more harmful than natural weed

By Patrick Butler– Guardian/Mixmag survey results appear to back up concerns in the US media over risks associated with synthetic cannabis Synthetic cannabis is rated as more harmful than natural weed, and less likely to deliver pleasurable highs, according to one of the biggest surveys of current drug user experience…

New frog species discovered in New York City

NEW YORK — Amazed biologists have uncovered a new species of frog in the jungle — New York’s concrete jungle. The mottled green creature was for years mistaken as belonging to a widespread variety of the leopard frog. But now scientists realize this is new. “For a new species to…

Anti-smoking efforts save 800,000 U.S. lives: study

WASHINGTON — Higher taxes on cigarettes, limits on selling to kids and campaigns to educate people on the dangers of smoking have saved nearly 800,000 lives, according to a US study released Wednesday. The research is based on scientific models that counted how many people smoked up until 1970 and…

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