Researchers at the Primate Research Center in Davis examined three-year-old rhesus monkeys that had been exposed as newborns to high levels of air pollution caused by wildfires burning around Northern California in 2008. The study shows that the monkeys, who were living outdoors at the time of the fires, were less able to fight off infectious diseases than animals born after the fires.
Lung development in rhesus monkeys and humans is very similar. The study is the first to show that particulate matter has a direct impact on primate immune system function.
The research suggests that exposure to particulates early in life could result in decreased lung capacity and lowered immunity persisting into adulthood.
The California Energy Commission says increasing the efficiency of computers and computer monitors can save state consumers millions of dollars a year in energy costs.
As the California drought wears on, it might seem like more creative solutions are in order. But it might not yet be time for drastic measures.
California lawmakers are weighing in on the illegal sale of ivory. A bill that passed an Assembly committee today that would tighten restrictions on ivory sales in the state.
California Democratic lawmakers have made combating climate change one of their environmental legislative priorities, but dozens of other environmental bills may garner equal attention.
Big businesses in California say they want to be more involved in managing the state’s water supply.