Phillip Baker, Mark Lawrence, Priscilla Machado: The rise of ultra-processed foods and why they're really bad for our health

We looked at 37 studies which show eating ultra-processed foods is bad for our health. So why are we eating more of them than ever before?
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Disasters are driving a mental health crisis

From climate-fueled storms to COVID-19, mounting catastrophes are sowing stress and trauma. The country’s one program to help reaches only a fraction of survivors.

Why the economy is headed for a post-Coronavirus depression

Nouriel Roubini predicted the 2008 crash. Now, he’s warning that the America is hurtling toward food riots — and then a decade-spanning depression.

Overworked, underpaid and lonely: Conservationists find a new community online

Created by a 26-year-old Australian, a new online community called Lonely Conservationists is bringing together young and struggling conservationists.

Tens of thousands of Mainers may face exposure to excessive levels of arsenic

Lawmakers consider a bill to spur more testing of private wells and perhaps lower the allowable amount of arsenic in drinking water.

More than a quarter of children's training grounds have dangerous level of pollution, scientists find

Children's sport grounds have dangerous levels of air pollution, a study has found, as medical professionals warn of the risk to the next generation of stars.

The Guardian view on climate anxiety: We live in frightening times

When psychologists warn that global heating could cause trauma to become normalised, world leaders should take notice.


The impact of air pollution on mental health

Accumulating findings of animal and human studies support that PM causes inflammation in the central nervous system which, in turn, may increase the risk of developing depressed mood, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and other mental health problems.

Suicide linked to pollution

eople exposed to high levels of air pollution are more likely to experience depression or commit suicide, researchers said on Wednesday after the first systematic review of the association between air quality and mental health.

One thing you can do: Talk to your children about climate change

Climate change and related natural disasters can take a toll on mental health, according to a 2017 report by the American Psychological Association. That can include depression and anxiety. Children may be one of the hardest-hit groups.


Why is the world so loud?

The tech industry is producing a rising din. Our bodies can’t adapt.

After the wildfire: treating the mental health crisis triggered by climate change

In 2017, thousands of homes in Santa Rosa, California, were wiped off the map. Now the community is helping residents cope with the trauma.

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My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

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