Gas Stove Pollution

As one of the criteria for “Sustainable Living” is living with better health, here’s new research about health problems caused by an appliance that’s in a huge number of U.S. homes, the gas stove. As it’s off most of the time I never thought about health consequences. Not so.  Comments afterwards.

 

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One in eight cases of asthma in US kids

caused by gas stove pollution – study

 

Emission of toxic chemicals and carcinogens from gas

stoves creating indoor pollution worse than car traffic

 

Oliver Milman @olliemilman

The Guardian

Fri 6 Jan 2023

 

Around one in eight cases of asthma in children in the US is due to the pollution given off by cooking on gas stoves, new research has found, amid moves by Joe Biden’s administration to consider the regulation, or even banning, of gas cookers sales to Americans.… Keep reading

Water & Food Insecurity

Growing up, I never thought twice about water availability or quality.  Now, that’s no longer a guarantee.  As this research report describes, both availability and healthfulness are no longer a given   Suggestions afterwards.

 

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Why America’s food-security crisis

is a water-security crisis, too

 

Lela Nargi,

Fern

November 20, 2022

 

Palakshappa became a pediatrician to give poor kids access to good medical care. Still, back in his residency days, the now-associate professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem was shocked to discover that a patient caring for two young grandchildren was food insecure. … Keep reading

Street Trees & Mortality

While most people generally acknowledge the benefits of trees, here’s a three-decade research report about some amazing and documented benefits that trees in an urban setting have had on residents.  Comments afterwards.

 

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People in Portland Planted Trees.

Decades Later, a Stunning Pattern Emerged

 

By RUSSELL MCLENDON

HEALTH

25 November 2022

 

Money may not grow from trees, but something even better does.

In a new study led by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, researchers found that each tree planted in a community was associated with significant reductions in non-accidental and cardiovascular mortality among humans living nearby.… Keep reading

Climate & Human Disease

We’re all becoming more familiar with the climate-caused problems of flooding and drought, wildfires, and with the more intense heat … and even increases in utility bills to pay for the air conditioning we need.  But – might we also be in for suffering from an increase in infectious diseases just because of climate change?  Here’s a research report.  Comments afterwards.

 

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Climate impacts have worsened

vast range of human diseases

 

More than half of human diseases caused by pathogens have been

aggravated by hazards associated with climate change, study finds

 

Oliver Milman

@olliemilman

The Guardian

Mon 8 Aug 2022

 

More than half of the human diseases caused by pathogens have been worsened at some point by the sort of impacts associated with the climate crisis, a new and exhaustive study of the link between disease and climatic hazards has found diseases such as Zika, malaria, dengue, chikungunya and even Covid-19 have been aggravated by climate impacts such as heatwaves, wildfires, extreme rainfall and floods, the paper found.… Keep reading

Sustainable Living & Dementia

Here’s a practical piece of research that’s relevant to Sustainable Living, in terms of maximizing our quality-of-life experience … and easily accomplished.

 

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Walk this number of steps each day

to cut your risk of dementia

 

Sandee LaMotte

CNN

6 Sept 2022

 

Want to reduce your risk for dementia? Slap on a step counter and start tallying your steps – you’ll need between 3,800 and 9,800 each day to reduce your risk of mental decline, according to a new study.… Keep reading