Turmeric, a commonly used spice sometimes even injected by Americans who don't understand medicine, is sometimes adulterated with a lead-laced chemical compound in Bangladesh, one of the world's predominant turmeric-growing regions.
Which is less than half of all females, whose life expectancy is 74. Shocking, right?
It's also completely wrong, notes Katie Herzog in The Stranger. But Arquette didn't make it up, it's a common statistic reported in media.
But this was written by Carl Zimmer, who's not usually prone to hyperbole, so it's surprising to see him taking an estimate based on amateur logs as fact, and then quoting Rachel Carson, author of the activist Bible called "Silent Spring." (1)
Though she became a Catholic Saint, she was first branded as a heretic by Henry VI, who didn't like that his army was bested by La Pucelle, a teenage girl.(1)
Yet that sexism was not always the case. Nearly 1,400 years earlier when tribes were often ruled by warrior queens. And not in a "Game of Thrones" way, where women simply survived and become stronger after being abused or taught by men, but in their own right, as equals.
Habitat loss, climate change, unregulated harvest and pollution have all contributed to severe ecological challenges encompassing countless species around the world. The inordinate focus on species extinction has, ironically, led to an under appreciation of the environmental dangers caused by the loss of abundance within still common species. Indeed, these significant declines can degrade ecosystem integrity, reducing vital ecological, evolutionary, economic and social services that various organisms provide to their environment.
As young children worldwide protest over climate change, I thought I'd do a post about Bernie Sanders' Green Climate Change plan.(click to watch on Youtube)
Bernie Sanders' idea is one of many ideas but one of the ones that promises the most radical action most quickly. He plans to spend $16 trillion on it, and claims that all of this will be recovered, that it will pay for itself.
This sort of study is hard to do. The media attention does not mean it is definitive or correct. We have had several reports published recently that got lots of media attention that were low quality like that unsystematic insects study that got so much attention,
Or in the case of the Costa Rica insects study later proven to be using a flawed methodology becaues they didn't take account of the effect of a hurricane.
This is a story that is scaring some people. New research that is suggesting that perhaps the climate is more sensitive to CO2 than previously thought - but this is way jumping the gun. We get many results like this sometimes running too hot, sometimes too cold. Only the ones that go too hot hit the headlines. But the IPCC will look at all the evidence with their next high level review in 2021. Meanwhile we should use the values for the high level review in 2018 which remains our best estimate to date.
When the Australian federal environment minister, Sussan Ley, went snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef in August, she told waiting reporters on the shore that she’d seen “amazing wildlife, fish, turtles, clams … a reef teeming with life”.
Such an upbeat assessment seems at odds with the Scientific Consensus Statement, released by the Queensland government in 2017, which said “key Great Barrier Reef ecosystems continue to be in poor condition”.
The reason is that are are few ways to recycle turbine blades, and what options do exist are expensive because all of the government subsidies go to prop up companies building these essentially useless things, not toward re-purposing the junk they leave behind.
Science Of Cities: Why Do Crimes Like Rape Stay Linear With Population While Burglary Is Supercharged By City Size?
But not all crimes go up at the same rate. Rape grows only linearly, at roughly the same pace as a city's population, while car theft and robbery compound and outpace the population.
A new mathematical model says the same underlying mechanism that boosts urban innovation and startup businesses can also explain why certain types of crimes thrive in a larger population.
A new paper in Anatomical Record posits that it was not some exotic pathogen, but chronic ear infections and plain old evolution. Ear infections are common in kids but how serious they are is a matter of debate. In parts of culture worried about both modern medicine antibiotic resistance, some parents believe an ear infection should just rest while a lot of older people with poor hearing believe kids should get them fixed. But killing off a species?
Does Living Near Public Transit Lead To Alzheimer's? A Paper Claims Environmental Issues - Your Exposome - Cause It
Chemists, toxicologists, and biologists note that we would have gone extinct long ago if our bodies had not been able to absorb, metabolize, ignore, or excrete trace substances but since 2005, when a new salvo against public trust in the modern world was opened, there has been talk that an "exposome" can cause all kinds of diseases.
Paracelsus Horror: Environmental Working Group Tapwater Claims Take Chemical Cocktail Nonsense To The Next Level
While USA Today (they'll blame Trump) and New York Times (they'll blame scientists) are sure to cover it, you don't need to be concerned. Like everything EWG does, this is manufactured hype.
Omnicide, Accelerating Modernity - How Preventing Disaster Using Scientific Progress Puts Us At Risk
Our present moment is characterized by a growing obsession with the long term. The study of climate change, for example, relies on increasingly long-range simulations. Science’s predictions are no longer merely hypotheses for validation or invalidation but are often grave threats – of growing scope and severity – that must be prevented.