Sucralose is 600 times sweeter than sugar and is one of the most popular artificial sweeteners available to consumers. Many people use sucralose to sweeten their coffee or tea because it's calorie free. More >>
Commonly marketed as Splenda®, sucralose is sugar that has been chlorinated and is added to more than 4,000 food and drink products Americans consume. But America Now has learned that this calorie-free sweetener is also making its way into our waterways -- here's what you need to know.More >>
It's become a routine - a nurse coming to the house every day to check on Walt Hays and change out his bandages. Hays and his brothers recently took a fishing trip - something they do about three timesMore >>
Here's a medical alert about a deadly bacteria found in ocean water. Here's how one man's tragedy might save your life. More >>
Thursday, December 19 2013 3:49 PM EST2013-12-19 20:49:11 GMT
An 8-year-old boy whose throat was slashed is now in stable condition at USA Medical Center in Mobile.More >>
An 8-year-old boy whose throat was slashed is now in stable condition at USA Medical Center in Mobile. Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam released that information Thursday morning along with more details of the bizarre kidnapping and attack on two children Wednesday.More >>
Wednesday, December 18 2013 7:35 PM EST2013-12-19 00:35:25 GMT
An anonymous phone call to the Marion County Sheriff's Office brought investigators to 98 Arthur B Johnson Lane in south Marion County just before 11 am Tuesday. Marion County Sheriff Berkley HallMore >>
An anonymous phone call to the Marion County Sheriff's Office brought investigators to 98 Arthur B Johnson Lane in south Marion County just before 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Wednesday, December 18 2013 7:39 PM EST2013-12-19 00:39:55 GMT
If you've been to Hattiesburg, then you know about Leatha's Bar-B-Que Inn. "Being from California, I keep hearing about this business in the south of this really like a phenomenon of this barbeque joint,"More >>
ABC television host Dan Vega visits Hattiesburg to do an episode on Leatha's Bar-B-Que Inn. More >>
When you snuggle up on your couch in a warm, fuzzy blanket, you're probably not thinking about how much lint from that fabric could be contributing to environmental pollution.
A study conducted by the University College Dublin discovered tiny microscopic particles of plastic are actually littering oceans and beaches worldwide.
So, where is all of this plastic coming from? One major source is our clothing and other household textiles.
Take a good look at your dryer lint trap because it's a pretty good indication of just how much plastic pollution you're contributing to our oceans.
"It's shedding little bitty particles constantly, it's all over the environment," said Larry Cahoon, a professor of biology and marine biology at UNC-Wilmington.
The rinse cycle that rids your clothing of dirt is also ripping off microscopic clothing fibers.
In one study, a single fleece garment put through a wash cycle shed nearly 2,000 fibers. Those fibers travel from your household washing machine to our waterways which, eventually, make their way to our oceans.
Scientists who study our waters find particles of clothing all the time under the microscope inside the bodies of marine life like plankton.
"What you'll find is these fibers, different unnatural colors and it's just clothing fibers," Cahoon said.
Usually blue and green in color, these polyester and acrylic fibers are made of plastic.
"We think of plastics as inert, you know, harmless, but it isn't clear that's true," Cahoon noted.
Once these microscopic particles of plastic make their way to our oceans, they become porous similar to a sponge.
If you need proof, think about how easy it is for tomato sauce to stain the plastic containers in your kitchen.
Scientists worry these microscopic plastic fibers are sopping up harmful chemicals like pesticides.
Once these fibers are consumed by fish, plankton, mussels, or sent back into our drinking water supply, both plastics and pollutants enter the food chain and could, potentially, end up on your dinner plate.
For now, there is no direct evidence proving these fibers actually harm marine or human life.
"The assumption that out-of-sight, out-of-mind means no problem, is often wrong," Cahoon said.
He recommends paying attention to how much lint you pull out of the filter of your own dryer.
The more fuzz in the dryer usually means there's far more breaking down in the washer.
Loosely-woven fleece falls apart faster. You can buy higher-grade or natural fabrics which hold together longer or try a gentle wash cycle that uses less agitation.
All of which are things you might want to consider the next time you do your laundry, or go to the mall shopping for new clothes.
It's quite alarming when you think about how just a small amount of lint can leave a brightly-colored polyester imprint on the planet.
Thursday, December 19 2013 7:28 PM EST2013-12-20 00:28:53 GMT
From September to December there has been at least four fatal accidents involving students who attend a high school in the Pine Belt. In September, 17-year-old Presbyterian Christian School student RyanMore >>
From September to December there has been at least four fatal car accidents involving students who attend a high school in the Pine Belt. More >>
Thursday, December 19 2013 6:58 PM EST2013-12-19 23:58:39 GMT
It's not known if the lyrics to Jay-Z's "Picasso Baby" popped into Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken's head when he landed Oak Grove defensive back Picasso Nelson Jr., but it's safe to say he's "livin'More >>
It's not known if the lyrics to Jay-Z's "Picasso Baby" popped into Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken's head when he landed Oak Grove defensive back Picasso Nelson Jr., but it's safe to say he's "livin' life colossal" right now. More >>
Thursday, December 19 2013 6:29 PM EST2013-12-19 23:29:39 GMT
A Hattiesburg relief organization opened a new headquarters Thursday. The R3SM relief organization opened a new headquarters in downtown Hattiesburg after having a busy year helping those affected byMore >>
A Hattiesburg relief organization opened a new headquarters Thursday.
The R3SM relief organization opened a new headquarters in downtown Hattiesburg after having a busy year helping those affected by the February 10 tornado.More >>
A one-year-old Rat Terrier mix named Holly is the Christmas Pet of the Week from Southern Pines Animal Shelter Pet of the Week. What better time of year to open your hearts and home to Holly and her shelter mates and give them all a new lease on life.More >>
Thursday, December 19 2013 5:49 PM EST2013-12-19 22:49:02 GMT
Finishing touches are being made to the new Walthal County Jail and it should be ready to be moved into shortly after the first of the year. The 2.7 million dollar jail was necessary because the old jailMore >>
Finishing touches are being made to the new Walthal County Jail and it should be ready to be moved into shortly after the first of the year. More >>
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