Particulate matter, lead and other pollutants may play a role in the approximately 15 million babies born preterm every year around the world.
Researchers have determined that the Deformed Wing Virus has ravaged colonies worldwide. What's more, it's human activity that appears to have enabled that virus to spread.
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Dick Meister is a San Francisco-based freelance columnist who has covered labor ad politics for more than a half-century. Contact him through his web site, dickmeister.com.