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Study links environmental pollution exposure to reduced fetal size

Study links environmental pollution exposure to reduced fetal size

Health
Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Pregnant women may be unknowingly placing their unborn children at risk through exposure to a certain type of pollutants, a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics has found. Research led by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and based on ultrasound scans suggests pregnant women exposed to higher levels of persistent organic pollutants, or POPs, had slightly smaller fetuses than women who weren't exposed to the chemicals. The results indicate that the chemicals, which are no longer produced in the United States but remain in the environment, may have lasting health effects even at reduced levels. "The differences we found in fetal growth measures may be more sensitive indicators, compared to birth size, of the potential effects of these compounds," co-...
Cardinal group pushes for married priests, female deacons and environmental activism

Cardinal group pushes for married priests, female deacons and environmental activism

World
Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The Catholic Church could allow married priests while also ordaining women as deacons on a regional basis, based on recommendations from a gathering of cardinal bishops from the Amazon region of South America. The nine-nation area has a shortage of priests that needs to be addressed. After listening to the cardinals' concerns, Pope Francis said he would assemble a commission to consider both issues. "I am going to take up the challenge that ... you have put forward, that women be heard," Francis said. The cardinals said Jesus entrusted women in the ministry, setting an example for the church today. The Oct. 6-27 meeting in Vatican City also focused on serious threats facing the Amazon Basin, including the outbreak of wildfires in the rain forest this year. They want to ...
House subcommittee calls for action on environmental, cyber threats to military bases

House subcommittee calls for action on environmental, cyber threats to military bases

Business
Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The Pentagon is unaware of the scope of environmental and cyber threats to its military bases, members of the House Armed Services Committee charged. Rep. James Langevin, D-R.I., chair of the intelligence, emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee, at a hearing this week cited four U.S. military bases which collectively sustained over $ 10 billion in damage from weather events. He referred to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Tyndall AFB, Fla., overwhelmed by hurricanes last year; the flooding of Offutt AFB, Neb., by overflowing rivers; and earthquakes in July 2019 which damaged China Lake Naval Weapons Station, Calif. The hearing on Wednesday came after the subcommittee requested an assessment by the Defense Department of its risk exposure to weather events...
Amazon fires: Fines for environmental crimes drop under Bolsonaro

Amazon fires: Fines for environmental crimes drop under Bolsonaro

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device The record number of fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest has coincided with a sharp drop in fines for environmental violations, BBC analysis has found.Official data from Brazil's environment agency shows fines from January to 23 August dropped almost a third compared with the same period last year. At the same time, the number of fires burning in Brazil has increased by 84%.It is not known how many of these fires have been set deliberately, but critics have accused President Jair Bolsonaro's administration of "green lighting" the destruction of the rainforest through a culture of impunity.Mr Bolsonaro has sent in the military to help put out the fires after coming under pressure from the internation...
Parents’ ‘memory’ of environmental stress inherited across generations

Parents’ ‘memory’ of environmental stress inherited across generations

Science
July 9 (UPI) -- While actual memories aren't passed along to offspring, new research suggests the genetic effects of environmental stressors experienced by parents can be inherited across generations. The findings, published this week in the journal eLife, offer a new perspective on the nature-versus-nurture debate. "While neuronally encoded behavior isn't thought to be inherited across generations, we wanted to test the possibility that environmentally triggered modifications could allow 'memory' of parental experiences to be inherited," Julianna "Lita" Bozler, a doctoral candidate in the Bosco Lab at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, said in a news release. For their experiment, researchers exposed fruit flies, Drosophilia melanogaster, to parasitoid wasps, which deposit thei...