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Volunteer 'Eyes On The Skies' Track Peregrine Falcon Recovery In California

Ecological Society of America Datasets from long-running volunteer survey programs, calibrated with data from sporadic intensive monitoring efforts, have allowed ecologists to track the recovery of peregrine falcons in California and evaluate...

Latest DDT Stories

2014-07-31 17:12:08

University of California - Davis Metabolic syndrome connected to DDT exposure in womb Exposure of pregnant mice to the pesticide DDT is linked to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and related conditions in female offspring later in life, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis. The study, published online July 30 in the journal PLOS ONE, is the first to show that developmental exposure to DDT increases the risk of females later...

Pesticide Banned In The USA Linked To Alzheimer's Disease
2014-01-29 07:46:56

Rebekah Eliason for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online For over 40 years scientists have recognized that DDT, a synthetic pesticide, harms bird habitats and is a threat to the environment. Although DDT was banned in the United States in 1972, other countries continue to use it as a pesticide. According to a new study from Rutgers University, exposure to DDT may cause increased risk and severity of Alzheimer’s disease. This is particularly true for people over 60 years of age. As...

Rain Is Proving Deadly For Young Peregrine Falcons In Canada's Arctic
2013-12-03 16:36:09

University of Alberta A University of Alberta study recently published in Oecologia has found that an increase in the frequency of heavy rain brought on by warmer summer temperatures is posing a threat not seen in this species since before pesticides such as DDT were banned from use in Canada in 1970. The study is among the first to directly link rainfall to survival of wild birds in Canada. A nestbox experiment at the heart of a study co-authored by U of A researcher Alastair Franke...

Chemicals Banned Decades Ago Discovered In Dead Illinois River Otters
2013-10-16 07:29:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online North American river otters in central Illinois are being exposed to chemical substances that had been banned for use in the US at least three decades ago, according to research published in the latest edition of the journal Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. Between 2009 and 2011, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources collected 23 river otter carcasses after the creatures had been accidentally killed. Their bodies...

2013-08-29 11:27:41

A malaria control method that targets mosquito larvae and pupae as they mature in standing water could be an important supplementary measure in the fight against the disease, according to a new report. The Cochrane review -- led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in collaboration with Durham University and other researchers in the UK and US -- is the first systematic review looking at using larval source management (LSM) to control malaria, which causes an estimated...

Wind And Rain Spreading Pesticides Beyond Farmland
2013-07-27 07:34:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For years, conservationists have been warning about the potential seepage of agricultural chemicals into the ecosystem and a new report from researchers at the US Geological Survey has found evidence of pesticides in Pacific chorus frogs living miles away, but down wind, from California farmlands. The report, which was published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, supports previous research that has found evidence of...

Exposure To Pesticides Increases Risk Of Developing Parkinson's Disease
2013-05-28 13:29:26

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In what might be considered cause for concern among farm workers — a new research review in the journal Neurology has found a link between Parkinson´s disease and exposure to chemical weed or bug killers. The review included over 100 studies from around the world and calculated between a 33 to 80 percent increased risk of developing the disorder as exposure to certain weed or bug killers increased. Prolonged exposure to the...

2013-03-12 15:37:44

Infant girls exposed to high levels of the pesticide DDT while still inside the womb are three times more likely to develop hypertension when they become adults, according to a new study led by the University of California, Davis. Previous studies have shown that adults exposed to DDT (dichlorodiplhenyltrichloroethane) are at an increased risk of high blood pressure. But this study, published online March 12 in Environmental Health Perspectives, is the first to link prenatal DDT exposure...

2012-09-04 14:34:25

The highest levels ever of DDT in breast milk have been measured in mothers living in malaria-stricken villages in South Africa. The values lie well over the limits set by the World Health Organization. DDT has been used for many years in South Africa, sprayed indoors to fight malaria. It works, but it exposes the inhabitants to other risks not yet fully known. “To our ears, spraying DDT inside people´s homes sounds absurd. But it is one of the most effective agents against...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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