Air Pollution Shortens Lives
Air pollution is shortening life expectancy in Europe, causing asthma among children and chronic bronchitis and heart disease among over-65s. It is also costing a fortune.
Air pollution is not just a problem in Los Angeles. A European study finds it is shortening the lives of our friends across the pond. "'The figures show that, despite the various countermeasures, air pollution is still a major issue for public health in Europe,' said Sylvia Medina, who is a study co-ordinator and an epidemiologist. The researchers calculated the potential gain in life expectancy if fine-particle pollution was reduced to 10 micrograms per cubic metre as an annual average, which is the target set by the World Health Organisation. Fine particles go deep into our bodies, affecting our heart and lungs."
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A new study explores how certain personality traits affect individuals' attitudes on obesity in others.
- The study compared personality traits and obesity views among more than 3,000 mothers.
- The results showed that the personality traits neuroticism and extraversion are linked to more negative views and behaviors related to obesity.
- People who scored high in conscientiousness are more likely to experience "fat phobia.
The rise of anti-scientific thinking and conspiracy is a concerning trend.
- Fifty years later after one of the greatest achievements of mankind, there's a growing number of moon landing deniers. They are part of a larger trend of anti-scientific thinking.
- Climate change, anti-vaccination and other assorted conspiratorial mindsets are a detriment and show a tangible impediment to fostering real progress or societal change.
- All of these separate anti-scientific beliefs share a troubling root of intellectual dishonesty and ignorance.
The history of the Geneva Conventions tells us how the international community draws the line on brutality.
- Henry Dunant's work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
- Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
- Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.
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