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Rihanna Does Something So Dirty That Not Even The Brazilian Locals Will Do It!

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If you talked to Rihanna on Saturday night and she made you mad, don’t worry, she was just full of sh*t! Literally!

The pop princess and her friends decided to swim around in the polluted waters of Rio de Janeiro's Urca Beach.

Apparently this water is where a lot of the city’s poop-filled sewage is dumped.

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Black Swans Found Dead, Latest To Die In Chinese Animal Deaths

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We previously mentioned that literally thousands of dead pigs were being scooped out of China's Huangpu river in Shanghai.

Well now at Anhui University’s old campus in Hefei, capital of Anhui province, five black swans have been found dead in their pond.

That's so sad!

When the news broke, a journalist went to investigate how the swans died.

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Salt Lake City's Air Quality In January Is The Worst Throughout The Nation!

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How is this even possible?!?

When we think of Salt Lake City, Utah, we automatically picture snow capped mountains and greenery, but according to reports, the city has the WORST air quality in the nation throughout January.

During the first month of the year, the Salt Lake region gets smothered by an icy fog, which gets trapped in the mountain valleys, and as a result, causes a whole mess of grime to just linger.

YUCK!

It was announced that the city currently has 130 micrograms of soot per cubic meter, but luckily for Salt Lake residents, it'll eventually go away!!

Want more deets on this nastiness?!? Peep the video (above)!

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Congrats Humanity! The Japanese River Otter Is Extinct!

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That congratulations is completely sarcastic in case you missed that.

This is just awful.

The Japanese River Otter has just been officially declared extinct.

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Scientists Have MASSIVELY Underestimated The Amount Of Plastic Pollution In The Ocean

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Remember that continent sized patch of garbage we were telling you about that is floating around the Pacfic Ocean? It turns out that was just the tip of the iceberg!

University of Washington oceanographer Giora Proskurowski has found evidence that suggests that

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Air Pollution From Traffic Boosts Risk Of Heart Attack

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Next time you're in a traffic jam, it might not be a bad idea to huff and puff with your windows UP!

According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, breathing in the fumes from heavy traffic can boost your risk of heart attack for up to six hours.

Air pollution won't start causing heart attacks for just anyone, but could increase the chance of heart attacks in people already at risk.

To discover this revelation, researchers looked at health data from 79,288 people who have had a heart attack between 2003 and 2006 in the United Kingdom.

They then looked at traffic pollution data, including carbon monoxide and ozone levels, in different parts of the country.

After studying and comparing the data, it was determined that the likelihood of having a heart attack was the highest 6 hours after the people studied had been exposed to traffic fumes.

The connection is not entirely clear, but pollution can possibly thicken blood to make it more likely to clot. A co-funder of the study told news sources:

"We know that pollution can have a major effect on your heart health, possibly because it can 'thicken' the blood to make it more likely to clot, putting you at higher risk of a heart attack."

A similar study on the link between heart attacks and traffic suggests that although pollution may have an effect on the heart, it may also be stress!

The researcher presenting her findings during American Heart Association's 49th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease, said:

"One potential factor could be the exhaust and air pollution coming from other cars, but we can't exclude the synergy between stress and air pollution that could tip the scale."

It's pretty hard to avoid traffic if you live anywhere near civilization, so the best way to avoid being at risk at ALL is to lead a healthy lifestyle with lots of exercise and good food!

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Biking Saves Lives!

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Biking saves lives

In Spain, at least!

Bike-sharing programs, which have popped up in cities around the world, will definitely save users money and kill a couple hundred more calories in their body, but recent research has found they will save lives too!

A study published in the British Medical Journal last week showed Barcelona's bike-sharing program not only saved 9,000 tons of pollution from carbon dioxide, but saved 12 lives per year due to the extra heart-healthy exercise.

Despite a VERY SMALL increase in deaths from bike-related traffic accidents (0.03 deaths) and air pollution (0.13), the overall health benefits of physical activity for the 180,000 cyclists using the program outweighed the risks.

We can't advocate bike-sharing programs enough and think they are wonderful!

We've said it before and we'll say it again, do not wait for a city-sponsored program to pop up near you to start benefiting from the healthy exercise this form of transportation has to offer!

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