RedskyNews Category: Scientific Reports

Most Chocolate Contains Toxic Metals

Another round of bad news for chocoholics: Not only can molten aluminum not melt your favorite candy, but the odds are also pretty high it contains toxic levels of lead, cadmium, or even both, according to a new study by

Global Famine Fears As India’s Farmland Turns To Dust

FEARS are growing that the world could be heading towards global famine after scientists revealed that farmland in one of the planet’s top agricultural producers is turning to DUST. Ecologists have raised serious concerns about the state of India, where

20 Million Bangladeshis Drink Arsenic Water

The Bangladesh government is failing to adequately respond to naturally occurring arsenic in drinking water across large areas of rural Bangladesh, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Approximately 20 years after initially coming to international attention, an

Scurvy Afflicts The Poor And Homeless

Scurvy, a disease caused by a severe lack of vitamin C in the diet, is most often associated with 17th-century pirates. But cases of scurvy still appear in the United States — and doctors say its 21st-century manifestation is a

Expert Predicts Worldwide Apocalyptic Earthquake

MASSIVE earthquakes are predicted to strike the Earth’s major fault lines at any moment, a leading expert has said. Sydney-based Dr Behzad Fatahi, who specialises in Geotechnical and Earthquake Engineering, worryingly said not a single person in the world would

Air Pollution is Making China Sick And Hot

Here’s another way China’s notorious air pollution is making citizens’ lives uncomfortable—it’s making the country’s cities hotter. Researchers have found evidence that the pollution engulfing China’s cities enhances the warming effect of cityscapes, raising the temperature by one degree Celsius.

80 Mile Crack Threatens Antarctic Ice Shelf

A huge crack that scientists found across a fragile ice shelf in Antarctica is continuing to widen and grow, a new study reveals. For some time now, experts have been observing the progression of a large rift in Larsen C,

Pearl Delta Water Is Arsenic Ridden

Environmental authorities in South China’s Guangdong Province have questioned a Canadian scholar’s claim that arsenic levels in groundwater in some parts of the Pearl River Delta are 15 times higher than the international standard, while experts affirmed the situation is

Shellfish Infected As Temperatures Rise

Norovirus is the least of your worries. A sometimes-fatal bacteria is infecting more shellfish, even as those species are moving northward to escape warmer ocean waters. Vibrio has been making humans sick for a long time, but is more common

Severe Heat Will Soon Make Africa And Middle East Uninhabitable

Climate change could cause Middle East and North Africa to become uninhabitable by 2050, a new study has suggested. Despite the agreement of international leaders in the recently concluded UN climate summit in Paris, researchers from the Cyprus Institute and

Arsenic Contamination In Canada Permanent

YELLOWKNIFE – A study of lakes near one of Canada’s most contaminated industrial sites suggests that the water immediately around Yellowknife’s Giant Mine won’t return to its natural state for generations – if ever. The assessment comes despite a billion-dollar,

262 Foot Methane Crater Found In Siberia

The end of the world could be near, not because of a cosmic explosion or an asteroid attack, but because of methane. The discovery of the first mysterious crater and then two other large vents has led researchers to issue

California Drought Is Worst In 500 Years

After four years of drought California is now at its driest for 500 years, scientists have found. The heat has left the Golden State with almost no snowpack in the mountains, which is critical for replenishing the state’s water reservoirs.

Longest Volcano Range Discovered In Australia

Scientists have discovered the world’s longest chain of continental volcanoes, stretching 2,000km along eastern Australia. The volcanic chain, which started its formation 33m years ago, runs from near the Whitsundays in Queensland to near Melbourne. It is nearly three times

Herbal Medicines Can Contain Toxic Metals

People who take unregulated complementary medicines are at a higher risk of being contaminated by heavy metals, a medical scientist has warned. Research from the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) reveals that

Mercury Spike Linked To Moulting Seals

It’s a wilderness home to otters and sea lions, coyotes and cor­morants. But the water gets more contaminated than industrialised San Francisco Bay, 70km away. Now scientists have identified the cause: moulting elephant seals. Researchers from the University of California,