Tag: wood

Illegal Logging: What Businesses & Individuals Can Do

As with any global scale problem, illegal logging is a hard issue to tackle. As with the wider issue of climate change, the everyday person, when discussing illegal logging, may be tempted to throw up their hands and exclaim โ€œwhat can I do about it?โ€

Common Organic Pollutants Linked to Neural Tube Defects

A team of medical and environmental researchers at Beijing University have confirmed the causal relationship between exposure to high levels of organic pollutants (primarily polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs) by pregnant women and the occurrence of neural tube defects. Organic pollutants result from the burning of natural substances such as coal, wood, and plant matter. A similar link was found with DDT residue exposure, even thought the pesticide has been banned in China since 1982.