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9 Keys to Building a Healthy Home

Using the right materials is one step in ensuring good indoor air quality and a healthy home. It also takes a range of building science-based strategies—from proper ventilation and moisture control to radon mitigation and conscientious construction practices–to make sure a home is healthy. Thanks to Brandon Weiss and Evolutionary Home Builders for sharing this list […]

April 1st

ExxonMobil Says Goodbye To Russian Arctic Oil Well (Part 1)

You may well ask why PlanetSave, a blog usually dedicated to positive developments and actions to save the earth, is reporting news about ExxonMobil and a Russian arctic oil well. The oil discovery appears to have nothing to do with solar or wind or most of our usual topics—we’re talking fossil fuels here, which have caused much […]

October 8th

What Is Climate Change? (VIDEO)

Remember the difference between weather and climate? We know what happens when the weather changes—it’s obvious. Climate is another story. Read on. When it rains, you put on a raincoat or take your umbrella when you go out. It snows: time for high boots, a heavier coat, scarf, and warm gloves. And sunny days, well, […]

September 16th

Ebola: And Senegal Makes Five

As you may know, PlanetSave posts important health stories as well as the popular science, nature, and climate reports we’re usually known for. (In fact, we’re working toward 500 health posts over these few years!) Today we excerpt from Examiner.com some news that follows up our Ebola story and exclusive interview with public health expert Vince Silenzio […]

September 1st

Los Angeles Council Unanimously Puts Off Fracking

When the hydraulic fracturing measure passed the Los Angeles City Council today, several tweeters posted photos of this meeting (source of the above: Walker Foley on twitter). The City Council of Los Angeles, second-most populous metro in the United States, voted 10-0 today to prohibit hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and other “unconventional” deep-underground drilling methods to produce […]

March 1st

CVS "No Go" For Tobacco: Good For The Company, Good For Our Health

Fifty years ago, the drugstore giant CVS/Caremark came into being. Also 50 years ago, Surgeon General Luther Terry released the first federal government report linking smoking with disease. Today, the events have coalesced: CVS, one of the nation’s top retail pharmacy chains (Walgreen is #1, in number of retail stores; CVS, in overall sales), has […]

February 5th

What's "Sustainable Development"? Free Online Course!

On his blog “I see a change,” Nigerian Youth Development Expert Olumide Idowu presents the elements of sustainable development (source: olumideidowu.blog.com). Not all online courses provide all they promise you, but here’s one that should answer all your questions about environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive economic development. It will also challenge you to find out more. […]

January 24th

New HIV/AIDS A3/02 Strain Faster, Deadlier

“Determining the HIV-1 subtype of infected individuals could be important in the management of HIV-1 infections,” say A3/O2 study authors.‪ (Photo: GIZMODO) Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, appears to have generated the newest strain of the HIV/AIDS virus. In recent years, health experts have begun to think of HIV/AIDS as a treatable, nonlethal disease. Seventeen people treated […]

December 2nd

Lose Weight and Help the Planet

Usually vegetarians or vegans familiar to me don’t push any agenda. They are content to live and let live, but when someone asks them about their food choices, they will provide information. Sometimes they over share – but generally because they are trying to be helpful, not argumentative. Naturally, discussions about food tend to lead […]

October 7th

Government Shutdown Boomerangs On U.S. Health

Everyone’s thinking about the U.S. government shutdown. American media have chosen to dramatize a health official’s suggestion that children with cancer will not be able to receive advanced clinical treatments because funds are unavailable. But the kids with cancer are only a sideshow. The most frightening health effects concern the entire nation, and by extension, […]

October 5th

Egyptian Tomb Bats Carry MERS Coronavirus

We still don’t know how humans acquire Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS, formerly known as “n-coronavirus”). The mortality rate among people treated for MERS is 65%, making it one of the most lethal coronaviruses identified to date. However, scientists from the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia, the Center for Infection and Immunity of Columbia […]

August 23rd

Planned Obsolescence (of children)

More on Obesity From the Clinton Foundation: Childhood Obesity: Facts & Solutions From PlanetSave: Obesity Is A Major Environmental Threat, Study Says From NaturalPapa: Sugar is killing us! Joe’s cartoon archive, twitter ramblings and StumbleUpon page…and now Facebook!

May 1st

$14 Billion — Health Cost of 6 U.S. Climate Disasters (Who Cares?!)

Those treehugging environmentalists and climate scientists are always trying to make a big deal out of nothing, you know? I mean, look at this recent study on 6 climate-related disasters of the past 10 years — it found that the health costs of these 6 U.S. disasters only totalled $14 billion. That’s a few times […]

November 11th

Natural Healing Uses for Ginger

The ginger root can be used for so much more than just cooking. It can be used for medicinal purposes such as helping to relieve nausea and pain, aid in digestion, and act as an anti-inflammatory.

November 9th

In the Shadow of Fukushima… a Reminder of How We Nuked the People of Utah

In the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster – in which both Japanese and American authorities have consistently downplayed the dangers – it’s worth remembering that this is not the first time. (See: Japan admits total meltdown, says it was unprepared for Fukushima disaster)
For the past 60 years, our government has again and again insisted that there was nothing to worry about, that radiation levels were too low to cause any harm, and there was no cause for alarm.
Years later, often after battles in the courts, it has turned out that they were lying through their teeth.

June 8th

Want to Divorce, Get Fat, & Die Young? Commute Long Distances

I tried driving in today, and down that road lies madness, so I’m taking the train.

I wrote that email – those exact words – a few weeks ago, when a I started commuting from the ‘burbs into downtown Chicago on a regular (daily) basis. I stand by those words, too, as the stress, rage, and screaming fits I endured on the I-90 into Chicago left me exhausted and longing for home … and I hadn’t even started work, yet!

Nature Really Does Ensure Good Health

“Through the decades, parks advocates, landscape architects, and popular writers have consistently claimed that nature had healing powers,” said University of Illinois environment and behaviour researcher Frances “Ming” Kuo, who has good news for those advocates.

April 20th

Climate Change & Health: Q&A with Changing Planet, Changing Health coauthors Paul Epstein, MD, and Dan Ferber

Following up on my post last week announcing a book giveaway here on Planetsave (visit that post for 5 easy ways to enter the giveaway contest and potentially win Changing Planet, Changing Health), below is a question and answer with the authors (and a little intro to it). A ton of useful info in here.

April 4th

Climate Change and Health, Epic New Book Out.. & You Can Win It!

Director of Harvard Medical School Center for Health and the Global Environment Paul Epstein, MD and award-winning science journalist Dan Ferber have a new book out on the health impacts of climate change: Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can Do about It. And you can win a copy of it here on Planetsave.

March 31st

"World's Oldest Cyclist" Rides His Bike Nearly Everyday at 103

Most people would be lucky to live to 103. And even luckier to be able to ride a bike at that age. But, actually, riding a bike regularly would increase your chances of both things, since it is good for your health and extends your life expectancy.

103-year-old Octavio Orduño would recommend it. He is perhaps the oldest living cyclist and still loves cruising along on his tricycle (well, it would be a bicycle if his wife hadn’t insisted he switch)….

March 24th