• 2016 set all kinds of records for disasters and costs and earthquakes and floods.
  • New report shows that the world's giraffe population has shrunk by 40% in the last 30 years mainly due to human factors.
  • An overuse of antibiotics may be negatively impacting man's ability to fight bacterial infections and related issues, making even simple health procedures risky.
  • The new super bug, Candida auris, is appearing in US hospitals, and is proving to be quite resistant to treatment having killed four of the 13 reported patients with infections.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency is telling residents in the West Calumet Housing Complex, in East Chicago, their water is contaminated by lead.
  • (NPR.Com) Nobody loves pesticides, exactly. But one kind of pesticide, called neonicotinoids, is provoking a particularly bitter debate right now between environmentalists and farmers. The chemicals are highly toxic to bees. Some scientists think they are partly to blame for the decline in pollinators.

    For the past year, the province of Ontario, in Canada, has responded to the controversy with a novel experiment. Ontario's government is asking farmers to prove that they actually need neonicotinoids, often called neonics. It turns out that "need" is a word that's hard to define.

  • Corporations and citizens alike will suffer from global deforestation sooner than most expect.
  • Whether man-made or a weather cycle, climate change is affecting both man and beast. Various social, scientific and political pressures push back and forth to reach outcome.
  • Driven by climate, civil unrest and poverty Africa is facing a major food crisis.
  • Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northeast Nigeria are all suffering from catastrophic issues that have put more than 20 million people at great risk.
  • The Flint (MI) water crisis continues as more officials are arrested, and Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, announced the end of his committee's investigation as both the MI and federal EPA are blamed.
  • With high levels already, flu diagnosis and deaths are rising to higher than normal levels.
  • Scientists are documenting what appears to be the sixth mass extinction event on Earth.
  • As scavengers, Bald Eagles are eating lead gun shot in their food, and it's killing them.
  • A new study shows methane emissions have quickly risen to surprising levels...and scientists aren't sure why.
  • An underground railroad tunnel at the Hanford Nuclear site, in Washington, collapsed, which contained contaminated materials. There is no indication of a release of nuclear materials at this time.
  • A rare condition that causes paralysis is on the rise in American children, health officials reported this week.

    “We do have an uptick in cases of acute flaccid myelitis in 2016. Fifty confirmed cases reported to us in 24 different states,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pediatrician Dr. Manisha Patel told CBS News.

  • Ocean borne plastics are being eaten by and killing birds, and may affect people, scientists think, as the toxins they carry work their way through the food chain.
  • All parties are blaming one another for the impending water crisis in Gaza.
  • With the recent heavy rainfalls is California's drought over?
  • ( More cases of sexually transmitted diseases were reported last year than ever before, federal officials said Wednesday — just as state and local health departments that could help fight them lose funding.

    More than 1.5 million people were reported with chlamydia, the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

  • (Miami Herald) Florida health officials on Monday reported six more mosquito-borne Zika infections in Miami-Dade County, including two cases linked to Miami Beach and one involving an out-of-state resident likely exposed to the virus in Wynwood in July.

    The other three local infections are under investigation to determine where exposure to the virus occurred, according to the Florida Department of Health, whose epidemiologists are conducting 10 investigations in Miami-Dade, including one in Miami Beach, where officials have identified active spread of Zika by mosquitoes in a 4.5-square-mile area covering most of South Beach and Middle Beach.

  • The EPA is one the fence. In a new report, they're claiming ground water may be affected by fracking, reversing their earlier position. 
  • Hundreds of amphibian species have or are about to go extinct. Causes are many: disease, habitat destruction and modification, exploitation, pollution, pesticide use, introduced species, and ultraviolet-B radiation (UV-B).
  • While numbers are low, but rising, antibiotic resistance bacteria-related deaths are on the rise, and we can't do much about it, yet.
  • One of the world's largest living things has been dying off at record rates in 2016. 
  • Evolving demographics and life style choices are pushing up hypertension death rates.
  • ( For millions of people across the world, access to clean water so they can drink, cook and wash, is a daily struggle. In many rural, impoverished communities, fetching water is an arduous task that falls upon women and children.
  • ( NEW DELHI – As Indians wake Monday to smoke-filled skies from a weekend of festival fireworks, New Delhi's worst season for air pollution begins — with dire consequences.
  • The Red Cross and others are asking the British government for more funds to ease crisis.
  • India is seeing deep water shortages; exploding populations, severe pollution and climate change are all making the shortage even worse.
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