Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children has been linked to exposure to common pesticides used in agriculture. While the study couldn’t prove the connection, experts said the research is persuasive. More research will be needed to confirm.
Pesticides break down in the body into compounds that researchers can measure in urine. The compounds were found in 94 percent of the children. Children with higher levels had increased chances of having ADHD.
The study did not determine how children were exposed but said that children who did not live near farms were probably exposed through their food.
Lead author Maryse Bouchard of the University of Montreal said that people can limit exposure by eating organic produce.
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BP successfully fitted a pipe Sunday to funnel oil from the broken pipe in the Gulf of Mexico to a tanker. The pipe is only securing approximately one quarter of the oil, but BP will increase the amount it funnels slowly over the next few days. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said, “This technique is not a solution to the problem and it is not yet clear how successful it may be.”
Scientists say that the spill has reached ecologically sensitive reefs and that two strong Gulf currents will deliver the oil to other reefs. Computer models show that the oil may already have entered the loop current which could take the oil into the Atlantic Ocean past the Florida Keys.
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Scott Pelley interviews Mike Williams, Chief Electronics Technician and one of the last Deepwater Horizon crew members to escape the rig before its collapse. Williams claims a series of mishaps, in the weeks before the explosion, may have led to the catastrophe.
Behind schedule, A BP manager ordered crew to increase the penetration rate. The faster pace caused the bottom of the well to split open. The well had to be abandoned and a new well had to be drilled costing BP two weeks and millions of dollars, putting even more pressure on the crew. This was just the beginning.
Describing a previously unreported incident, Williams claims that the rig’s most vital piece of safety equipment, the blow out preventer, was damaged. A rig supervisor said it was no big deal.
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Microsoft founder, Bill Gates has funded plans for a sea trial of cloud-whitening technology. Some scientists think that it could be possible to reflect more sunlight into space and reduce global warming by increasing the whiteness, or albedo, of clouds.
Silver Lining, a U.S.-based research organization, is using the $300,000 in funding to develop machines which change seawater into microscopic particles that they can scatter on the clouds.
It would be the largest geoengineering to date, covering an area of 10,000km2
Some criticize the idea as too risky and are arguing for a global ban on geoengineering experiments until regulations can be established.
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