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Birds on Prozac are not as sexy to potential partners: Study
Environmental Health News
Female birds on antidepressants don't excite potential mates the way their drug-free counterparts do, raising concerns that environmental exposure to the drugs could impact populations, according to new research. The study was published in the journal Chemosphere.
Related session at SETAC Sacramento: Environmental Assessments for Human and Veterinary Pharmaceuticals — Evolving Regulations
Osprey: Barometers of aquatic health on the Clark Fork
Great Falls Tribune
Osprey are more than excellent fishermen. They are also the key to monitoring aquatic health along the Clark Fork River. This raptor species is an apex predator that thrives along Montana's rivers and waterways where the fish are plentiful. It's their diet that makes them a barometer for aquatic health in an area ravaged by the mining systems in Butte and Anaconda.
Related session at SETAC Sacramento: Environmental Mercury Exposure: Mechanisms Associated with its Immediate and generational Effects
Turtles in the trash: How microplastics are washing up where turtles breed
The University of Rhode Island
It is the scourge of the ocean. Floating with the waves, soulless, emotionless, without motivation or destination, it chokes life from the sea wherever it goes. What could this horrible fiend be? It's plastic, and steadily and surely, we are helping it take over the ocean. Plastics can hurt sea life in a number of ways. You've probably seen images of birds, seals or sea turtles trapped or killed by various plastics.
Related session at SETAC Sacramento: Micro- and Nano-Plastic Methods for Environment Media
When will we start putting human health above corporate profits?
Over and over, Texas residents and clean water advocates implored the Environmental Protection Agency on a recent Tuesday evening to set enforceable drinking water standards for the toxic chemicals contaminating their water — and at tighter levels than the agency currently deems acceptable.
Related session at SETAC Sacramento: Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment of Poly and Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs)
Mendocino Complex fire now largest in California history, capping destructive year
Los Angeles Times
The Mendocino Complex fire is now the largest wildfire in modern California history, scorching more than 283,000 acres and frustrating firefighters as it continues to leap across natural and man-made barriers in Lake County. The Ranch and River fires, which make up the complex fire, had grown to 283,800 acres as of Aug. 6, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Related session at SETAC Sacramento: Ecological, Human Health, Economic and Social Impacts of Wildland Fires
Environmental toxins are seen as posing risks during pregnancy
The Washington Post
Leading up to and during pregnancy, women are told to avoid alcohol and cigarettes, to make sure they get enough folate and omega-3 fatty acids, and to get adequate sleep and exercise. Most are told little or nothing about reducing their exposure to chemicals despite evidence suggesting that ingredients in plastics, vehicle exhaust and cosmetics additives can have profound impacts on babies' health.
Related session at SETAC Sacramento: One Health in Action — Tangible Applications for Problem Solving and Coalition Building
How an epidemic exposed the ecological importance of sea stars
John D. Rockefeller famously said that he tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity. Recently, scientists in British Columbia did just that. In 2013, an epidemic of sea star wasting disease (SSWD) all but wiped out populations along the west coast of North America. The disease devastated the marine ecosystem. Yet a clever group of marine biologists managed to find the silver lining.
Related session at SETAC Sacramento: A celebration of whole ecosystem experiments
Insect-eating birds consume 400-500 million metric tons of prey annually
Birds, represented by nearly 10,700 species, are found across the world in all major land ecosystems. They exhibit a large variety of life styles and foraging behaviors. While some birds depend mainly on plant diets, such as seeds, fruits and nectar, others feed as carnivores on animal prey, or as omnivores on a mixed diet of plant/animal matter.
Related session at SETAC Sacramento: Birds Under Stress: Impacts of Chemical Exposure and Environmental Changes
What you should know about toxic blue-green algae blooms
Ecologists are warning people in Fredericton that a blue-green algae bloom may be behind the sudden deaths of three dogs who died after swimming in the St. John River. New Brunswick's provincial veterinarian, Dr. Jim Goltz, said there's no definitive answer, but given the time of year, he suspects toxins from blue-green algae are the cause of death.
Related session at SETAC Sacramento: Chemical, Biological and Instrumental Methods for Detecting Harmful Algae Blooms and Their Natural Toxins
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Things to do in Sacramento
The Washington Post
California's capital city has long lived in the shadows of its flashier neighbors. Sandwiched between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, "Sac," as the locals call it, is often underestimated and overlooked as a small and sleepy cow town — a rest stop on the way to greener and glitzier pastures. But thanks to the downtown revitalization and the rousing success of "Lady Bird," Sacramento has been suddenly, and rightfully, thrust into the spotlight.
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