E THE ENVIORNMENTAL WEEKLY
In trying to switch from fossil fuels to renewables, are we no better than Don Quixote himself as he tilts at windmills he only imagines to be menacing?
Cutting emissions in half in a decade may not be as hard as we think, but we have to be proactive about it to make it work.
In the face of climate change, farmers and scientists are working to better understand how soil supports a healthy planet.
Photovoltaic panels are far from the only choice these days when it comes to harnessing the energy from the sun's rays.
Most kids learn that you should recycle plastic water bottles and paper — and that’s often the extent of their recycling education.
By adding a little seaweed to cattle feed, we could reduce methane emissions by as much as 80% worldwide.
What the 2008 financial crisis can tell us about global warming
You’re likely taking in tiny particles of plastics every time you eat, drink and breathe.
A report from Greenpeace shows every major American grocery chain—even Whole Foods—has a lot of work to do in reducing single-use plastics
Ethan Goffman takes to the Soap Box to explain why and how he went green
An often overlooked externality of vehicular emissions is the damage they cause to public health.
Forest therapy uses immersion in nature to soothe frayed nerves and restore a sense of mental well-being — and has even been shown to boost our immunity
Saving water not only helps out your bank account, it’s also environmentally friendly and lowers the demand on the water supply.
If you think eating meat is OK for the planet, think again.
Should we really be so worried about climate change? All signs point to a definitive yes indeed we should be worried and we should act now to prevent it.
Ground cover is low maintenance, clears the air, smothers weeds, keeps the ground cool, curtails erosion & enhances the beauty of surrounding landscapes
American Botanical Council
Clinical Trial Suggests Pomegranate Molecule Has Anti-Aging Benefits. Anti-Aging News. October 16, 2019. New data from a clinical study show that supplementation with urolithin A, a metabolite of ellagitannins found in pomegranates, may mitigate age-related functional decline of mitochondria and improve overall cellular health.
Study: Ashwagandha May Lower Stress, Improve Sleep. NutraIngredients-USA. October 11, 2019. The results of a double-blind, randomized, controlled clinical study link supplementation with proprietary ashwagandha extract KSM-66® to improved sleep and reduced anxiety in patients with insomnia.
Where Have All the Flowers Gone?By Josef Brinckmann
In this guest editorial, HerbalGram contributing editor Josef Brinckmann shares his experiences across decades of field work around the world and observations regarding the climate crisis facing the planet. The importance of a changing climate cannot be understated, and these changes have significant implications for the continued existence of flora and fauna.
December 16, 2019. A new study has associated people who followed a Mediterranean-style diet and who also ate chili peppers at least 4 times per week with a 23 percent lower risk of any cause death and a 34 percent lower chance of dying of cardiovascular disease than those who only ate chilis sparingly.
Sesame Seeds Could Reduce Knee Pain From Osteoarthritis. Medical Daily. November 5, 2019. A new study has linked supplementation with ground sesame seeds with reduced knee pain induced by osteoarthritis—a result credited to lower serum levels of the deleterious chemical malondialdehyde (MDA).
Tea for Type 2: Green Tea Triggers Gene Editing System for Diabetes Treatment. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News. October 25, 2019. Researchers have developed a method by which cells were induced to secrete insulin based on the presence of a green tea metabolite known as protocatechuic acid (PCA).
Study: Cardiovascular Benefits of Beetroot Juice More Pronounced Among Older Adults Than Younger. NutraIngredients-USA. July 22, 2019. A new study investigating the effect of beet juice on the cardiovascular health markers of two different age groups has found that supplementation increases plasma nitrite concentrations and reduces diastolic blood pressure in both groups, but exerts a more pronounced effect in the older age group.
Eating Dark Chocolate Can Benefit Mood and Depression. Technology Networks. August 5, 2019. A new study investigating the effects different types of chocolate have on mood has found that eating any dark chocolate in consecutive 24-hour periods reduced the reporting of depressive symptoms by 70 percent; however, the biochemical basis by which this observation is occurring remains unknown.
Meta-analysis Supports Curcumin’s Anti-inflammatory and Metabolic Benefits. NutraIngredients-USA. August 26, 2019. Data from six randomized controlled trials have shown that supplementation with curcumin can increase levels of adiponectin, a peptide hormone that acts as an antagonist to insulin resistance and obesity.
New Study Explains the Molecular Mechanism for the Therapeutic Effects of Cilantro. Science Daily. July 22, 2019. A new research study published in FASEB Journal has uncovered the underlying mechanism by which a compound found in cilantro can bind to and activate potassium channels in the brain to mitigate seizure activity
Fig Extract Positively Influences Blood Sugar Levels. Nutraceutical Business Review. August 30, 2019. Data from a new study show that a proprietary fig extract standardized for abscisic acid was able to improve blood sugar and insulin profiles—key metrics for staving off type-2 diabetes.
What Are Cannabis Flavonoids and Why Are Researchers So Interested in Them? Green Entrepreneur. August 22, 2019. The legalization of cannabis in Canada has paved the way for phytochemicals known as cannflavins to be researched for their potential as painkillers several times more potent than aspirin.