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Americans are consuming fewer junk calories

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photo courtesy of Google Images

More of the world’s deaths are linked to being obese or overweight than are due to being underweight according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In the U.S. the problem is especially severe. Continue reading Americans are consuming fewer junk calories

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California air pollutants decreased 35 to 47 percent. So did childhood lung problems.

chart courtesy of NEJM, read story for explanation
chart courtesy of NEJM, read story for explanation

Southern California’s air quality improved from the mid 90s to 2010 and during that period so did the lungs of the region’s children. The four-year average of NO2 and PM2.5 air pollution in five Southern California cities decreased 35 percent and 47 percent respectively from 1994 to 2010. During the corresponding period, the percentage of 11 to 15 year olds living in those cities that had worse than normal lung function also decreased significantly. Continue reading California air pollutants decreased 35 to 47 percent. So did childhood lung problems.

Trees increase youth and financial security

treeIt’s well known that trees improve air quality, reduce building cooling and heating energy use, enhance physical and mental health and generally improve people’s quality of life. Recently an international team of researchers from the U.S., Canada, and Australia quantified how much younger and financially secure trees can make you seem. Continue reading Trees increase youth and financial security