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Potentially harmful carbon pollution reaches fetal side of placenta: study
18 September 2019 - Airborne carbon particles that can cause health problems in adults and children are getting into the placenta as it nourishes a developing fetus, a new study has found. ... the researchers speculate that the pollutants may play a role in the low birth weight or premature delivery more often seen in babies whose mothers are exposed to higher levels of contaminated air. ...Such particles have been known to slow cognitive abilities, and they've been seen in the urine of healthy children and in the brain at autopsy. (more)

US: Survey logs big one-year jump in nicotine vaping among 8th-graders
18 September 2019 - The rate of nicotine vaping among 8th-graders in the U.S. nearly doubled in the past year and the rate among 12th-graders jumped by 22%, according to a new survey released Wednesday [18 September]. ... The actual rates are probably significantly higher because many e-cigarette users vape non-nicotine products designed to taste like mint, bubblegum, cotton candy, and other sweets. Those were not included in the current analysis. (more)

'Dangerous' air pollution in Indonesia's Borneo leads to school closures
15 September 2019 - Schools in two cities in the Indonesian part of Borneo island will be closed for a week after smoke from forest fires caused air quality to hit 'dangerous' levels, a local government official said on Sunday [15 September]. Indonesia and neighboring countries in Southeast Asia are regularly hit by smoke from slash-and-burn clearances of forests for farms and palm oil plantations, but conditions this year have been the worst since 2015 due to an El Nino weather pattern causing an extended dry spell. (more)

Singapore smog worst in three years as forest fires rage
14 September 2019 - Singapore's air quality deteriorated to 'unhealthy' levels on Saturday [14 September] for the first time in three years, data from the National Environment Agency (NEA) showed, threatening to deepen a regional dispute over forest fires. Every dry season, smoke from fires to clear land for palm oil and pulp and paper plantations in Indonesia clouds the skies over much of the region, raising concerns about public health and worrying tourist operators and airlines. (more)

US: E-scooter injuries rising, often involve drugs or alcohol
13 September 2019 - As the popularity of electric scooters increases, so do injuries sending users to the hospital, a U.S. study suggests. Those injured riders are most often young men, without helmets, drunk, or stoned, researchers found. (more)

Dolphins in English Channel carry 'toxic cocktail' of chemicals
12 September 2019 - Bottlenose dolphins in the English Channel harbor a 'toxic cocktail' of chemicals, some of which have been banned for decades and which may be harming the rare marine mammals' health, scientists said Thursday [12 September]. (more)

Pesticide criticized in bee deaths could also kill birds
12 September 2019 - Scientists studying a widely used pesticide say even small doses of the chemical can have crippling health effects on migrating birds, and it might be contributing to declines in their overall populations. The researchers with the University of Saskatchewan are set to publish their research about the insect-killer imidacloprid in the journal Science on Friday [ 13 September]. The insecticide is among a class called neonicotinoids that has been widely studied for its health impacts on bees. (more)

Suicide rates highest and rising fastest in U.S. rural communities
12 September 2019 - Suicide rates are rising across the U.S., especially in rural communities and places with high poverty and a proliferation of gun shops, a new analysis suggests. (more)

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When one per cent of the population of a city or town practices Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation Programme, the crime rate significantly decreases over the long term. This is known as the Maharishi Effect, which is the phenomenon of the rise of coherence in the collective consciousness of any community.


The collective practice of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme creates harmony and coherence throughout the environment, leading to reduced hostility and increased cooperation between nations.

Reduced Armed Conflict chart

Large groups of individuals practising Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme create an environment of harmony and coherence for themselves and for the whole world.

Reduced Conflict chart

When the number of individuals practising Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme in a group excedes the square root of one per cent of a nation’s population,there is a significant reduction in conflict both at home and throughout the world.


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