A Broken Ocean: The Aftermath of Fukushima

While mainstream media appears to have almost forgotten that the Fukushima disaster ever happened and the aftermath of the damaged nuclear power plant continues to be downplayed by government officials, reports of spreading radiation, sick and dying marine life and contaminated food are rife.

A report in Continue reading

Turning Plastic into Oil Would Eliminate Plastic Waste

Only around 7 percent of plastic waste in the United States gets recycled, estimates the Environmental Protection Agency. Several attempts at turning plastic into oil have been made in the past with not much success, but a new start-up company based in New York has a real solution for transforming recyclable plastic into gas. With gas prices at an all-time high, Continue reading

Southerners Sleep the Worst

Where you live in the U.S. may affect how well you sleep. When researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania put together a State-by-State map of sleeplessness, they found that residents of Southern States suffer from the most sleep disturbances and daytime fatigue, while residents on the West Coast generally report the least amount of problems. The results are published online in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

“The take-home message from this study is that different regions of the country sleep better than others,” says research associate Dr. Michael A. Grandner. “We should begin to use this data to track patterns of poor sleep and try to understand why these patterns occur. Sleep is such an important part of overall health, we need to do everything we can to help give a good night’s sleep to those in the highest-risk regions.”

The states that get the worst sleep are: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and West Virginia. Continue reading

Alaska Passes Ordinance to End its Water Fluoridation Program

For 44 years, the town of Palmer, Ak., has been fluoridating its water supply, which is sourced from natural wells in the area. But thanks to concerted public outcry and growing momentum in Alaska and elsewhere to end the practice, the Palmer City Council has officially passed an ordinance repealing the town’s water fluoridation mandate.

Both Fairbanks and Juneau, which represent the second and third most populous cities in Alaska, respectively, recently decided to end their water fluoridation programs after some members of special fluoride task forces found water fluoridation to be a questionable and unsubstantiated “public health” protocol. But what really pushed the decision over the edge Continue reading