Your diet is probably loaded with too many omega-6 fatty acids and not enough of the omega-3 variety. Westerners often consume 10 to 15 times as many of the former as of the latter -- but doctors say that for a healthy heart, the ratio should be more like 2.3 omega-6 to 1 omega-3.
A peer-reviewed study funded in part by the organic milk industry has revealed that organic dairy in the diet can help right this imbalance.
Scientists studied nearly 400 milk samples from 14 American dairies over 18 months and discovered that the fatty-acid ratios were nearly ideal in organic milk. In nonorganic milk, not so much. For every 2.5 grams or so of omega-6 fatty acids in a glass of organic milk, the researchers found 1 gram of omega-3. Compare that to a fatty-acid ratio of 6 to 1 in milk from cows raised by nonorganic dairies.
Three-year-old J.J. Hart has autism, and traditional therapies weren’t helping. Then his parents got backyard chickens so J.J. could eat fresh eggs, and suddenly he was smiling, chasing the chickens, and holding them. “He's got a great personality now. He's got a personality we never thought we'd see,” his mom told Today.com.
But the story might have a sad ending:
The Harts live in DeBary, Fla., a small town near Orlando. Like many communities, DeBary limits the kinds of animals that can be kept in residential homes. Last year, after the family asked the city council to let them keep their chickens, the community agreed to adopt a one-year “Urban Chicken Pilot Program” that allowed residents to keep chickens in their backyard.
But last week, the city decided to end the program, so the Harts can only keep the birds until Dec. 31.
Who wouldn’t want to adopt a baby alligator named Chompey? He could keep you company, get rid of excess muskrats, and if you’re lucky, bite off your legs!
Sadly, such bliss is not to be for residents of Waterloo, Iowa -- specifically, the unnamed resident who bought and subsequently had to surrender Chompey. (You might say the city’s anti-alligator regulations were his Waterloo. But you'd probably make a lot of people mad.)
Like most babies, Chompey started out sweet before getting majorly annoying:
This post has been updated below with news that Podesta will recuse himself from the Keystone XL decision.
President Obama is getting a new high-level adviser who cares a lot about climate change and doesn't care much at all for the Keystone XL pipeline.
John Podesta is no stranger to the White House; he served as chief of staff to President Clinton. And he's no stranger to the Obama team; he led the president's transition into office after the 2008 election. Since then, he's served as an "outside adviser," The New York Times reports, and "has occasionally criticized the administration, if gently, from his perch as the founder and former president of the Center for American Progress, a center-left public policy research group that has provided personnel and policy ideas to the administration."
For the coming year, he'll be advising from the inside. He will help out on health care and "will focus in particular on climate change issues, a personal priority of Mr. Podesta’s," according to the Times. Podesta is expected to encourage Obama to take action through his executive authority, as Congress is unwilling and unable to pass legislation on climate change or much else. "Podesta has been urging Obama for three years to use the full extent of his authority as president to go around Congress," Politico reports.
Podesta is also an outspoken opponent of Keystone, and his move to the White House is making some Keystone boosters nervous, National Journal reports.
Malaysia's orchid mantis has a pretty uncreative name, given that it is a mantis that looks exactly like an orchid. But we'll cut it some slack, because it's a mantis that looks exactly like an orchid, and man, that's really cool.
What synthetic compound has 27 fluorine atoms, a dozen carbon atoms, and a dash of nitrogen? The world's worst known greenhouse gas.
A class of compounds known as perfluoroalkyl amines have been manufactured for more than 50 years for use by the electronics industry. Climate scientists don't know much about them, but they have been worried for some time that they could be affecting the climate. And a new study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, seems to have confirmed some of their worst fears.
In the blustery Midwest, wind energy is now coming in even cheaper than natural gas. From Greentech Media:
"In the Midwest, we're now seeing power agreements being signed with wind farms at as low as $25 per megawatt-hour," said Stephen Byrd, Morgan Stanley’s Head of North American Equity Research for Power & Utilities and Clean Energy, at the Columbia Energy Symposium in late November. "Compare that to the variable cost of a gas plant at $30 per megawatt-hour. ..."
Byrd acknowledged that wind does receive a subsidy in the form of a production tax credit for ten years at $22 per megawatt-hour after tax. “But even without that subsidy, some of these wind projects have a lower all-in cost than gas,” Byrd said.
Memo to adventurous career seekers: The planet is going to hell in a handbasket, but you can make the most of it by joining an industry that's guaranteed to keep growing as the atmosphere keeps warming: firefighting.
As drought-parched forests and grasslands increasingly combust, the U.S. government is spending more than ever before on firefighting -- $1.9 billion last year. That should be creating some job opportunities.
Not content to just hang out in your own country, idly battling blazes and risking your life for the protection of exurban McMansions? Well, then why not jet off to a fireswept pyromaniac's paradise? Australia, the home of the bushfire, is going to need to double the number of firefighters it employs over the coming years as the already parched continent is ravaged by ever more droughts and heat waves. That's according to a study just published by Australia's Climate Council:
Imagine an Italian chef tossing fresh pizza dough aloft in slow motion. Now imagine a drunk frat boy eagerly wrestling his pizza box from the underpaid delivery guy. Do you hate happiness and magic? Do you want both of those imaginary pizza commercials to DISAPPEAR?