weather stress, climate change, & < 28 year olds...??

Checking the Weather Channel’s online weather update is usually a quick in and out for me, as I am there mostly to answer one question: what’s the weather going to be like today? But sometimes the site has interesting articles, photographs, videos, etc. that catch my eye. Today was one of those times.

I found a brief article with interactive graphics depicting “what climate change looks like“. It’s a really concise view of the trends of our warming planet. Following the article is also a brief video about “Weather Stress” or the psychological threats climate change poses to our mental health.

Within, I found this fact to be particularly remarkable:

“In fact, according to NOAA’s data set, each month for more than 28 years has had a global average temperature that was above the 20th century average, meaning that anyone younger than 28 years old has never experienced a cooler-than-average month on earth.”

Whoa.

Of course, this Weather Channel’s article covers global trends. Want to see what’s been happening just in the States? ClimateCentral.com has some really interesting graphics (great classroom material!) that depict warming trends for the nation.

Read the full article and watch the video here.

Interestingly, the site has a lot about climate change and health impacts. In fact, there is another brief but informative article here about current climate change health risk factors. It’s not about the future, it’s about the here and now and it’s definitely time to pay attention and take precautions.

 

Safety First- then Fun in the Sun!

Happy Sunny Days! Yes, it’s a great time of year to get out and have some fun, but we should take measures to do it safely, too.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released its 2013 Sunscreen Guide rating the safety and efficacy of more than 1,400 sunscreens, lotions, lip products and makeups that advertise sun protection. What fascinates me most about this report is that the stuff we think is protecting us from terrible sun damage and cancer can actually be exposing us to more frightening threats!

This year, 25 percent of products on the market meet researchers’ standards by offering strong and broad UV protection and posing few safety concerns.

What sunscreens made the list this year? Click here to see EWG’s 2013 Sunscreen Guide.

Even though 1/4 of the sunscreens looked at made the best list, they are not enough. The vast majority of sunscreens available aren’t as good as most of us think they are. EWG’s advice to you is to use the tips in the guide: wear sun-protective clothing, stay in the shade to reduce intense exposure and schedule regular skin examinations by a doctor.

Here are some highlights from this year’s EWG report:

2010 Deepwater Horizon spill still causing problems and more…

Scientists worry oil from the 2010 disaster could reemerge as Isaac turns waters in the Gulf. People are still sick, ecosystems wrecked and economies broken from the original onslaught of that spill. It’s a shame they’ll have to revisit it so tangibly again.

As if that weren’t bad enough for the sake of oil: Jamaica is realing from their latest oil spill disaster.  At that link address there is a slide show showing 12 more spills since the 2010 disaster. Check it out to see and learn about them.

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Don’t forget your protection, not poison, when enjoying the summer!

Summers in the sun is great! But sunburns are not good at all. They are dangerous, cause aging, spots, wrinkles and sometimes cancer! Sure, we know that. And we know, well just use sunscreen silly. Right? Well it’s not so easy does it actually. A recent study of 500 different sunscreens found only 8% to actually be safe- meaning not expose you or loved ones to potential harmful cancer causing chemicals!!!

Here’s an excerpt, then read the whole article here and find a good sunscreen here:

The fourth annual Sunscreen Guide by Environmental Working Group (EWG) gives low marks to the current crop of sunscreen products, with a few notable exceptions. EWG researchers recommend only 39, or 8 percent, of 500 beach and sport sunscreens on the market this season.

Full report here: http://www.ewg.org/2010sunscreen

The reason? A surge in exaggerated SPF claims (SPFs greater than 50) and recent developments in understanding the possible hazards of some sunscreen ingredients, in particular, new government data linking a form of vitamin A used in sunscreens to accelerated growth of skin tumors and lesions.

Please pass this on and share with others so we can all enjoy summer in the sun safely.