Air pollution causes deep vein thrombosis and other problems

Particulate air pollution seems to be even worse for you than we previously thought. I have already written in these posts about the problems that biomass pollution can cause and I have also written about the link between increased carbon dioxide levels and poor health and cancers.

Now I have to add to this somewhat miserable and depressing list by warning that researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health led by Dr Andrea Baccarelli have found evidence that deep vein thrombosis is linked to air pollution – yes air pollution, not just air travel. Continue reading

The Diseased Planet

I have been thinking about change; how the seasons change and how there are now changes in the seasons themselves, caused by climate change. The real problem about climate change is that it happens slowly, by degrees. We will not wake up one fine morning to find a massive change in our planet’s climate has happened overnight. It will be a bit like a cancer, slowly growing. At first there will hardly be any symptoms; our planet may notice a few minor aches that were not there before, and perhaps it might be a little more difficult for it to do things that it could do easily in years before. Then, as time passes, the aches will become more painful and will affect its behaviour. The planet will sleep less comfortably, waking in the night. It will find food harder to digest. It will smile less and endure more pain. Of course there will be those who deny that the planet is ill at all, or if it is ill they will ascribe the cause the nature, not to humankind. Like all cancers the first signs will be modest but like all cancers left untreated it will grow until it changes what was there before. Untreated the changes will be irreversible. We still have a chance to cure the disease which we humans imposed on the world where we live. No medicine or course of treatment is without problems, but the sooner we start the more likely it will be that we achieve a good prognosis.