Around the world about 60% of primate species are faced with the threat of extinction. Primates live mainly in tropical and subtropical regions, which are regions facing huge challenges. These regions are some of the most severely affected by climate change, which although doesn't affect primates directly it does affect their ecosystem. A more fragile ecosystem combined with other human influences such as poaching and habitat destruction further endangers these creatures. Humans should be concerned by this because science shows that we evolved from primates, so it is our duty to protect our ancestors from our own carelessness. What is happening to primates now will soon also be happening to other species and eventually to us.
A new study published by researchers at the University of Vermont suggests that consumption of spicy foods may lead to a longer life. The study found that consumption of hot red chilli peppers is associated with a 13% reduction in total mortality. The reason that spicy foods lead to a longer life is not yet known, but some experts believe that capsaicin, the main ingredient that causes spiciness in peppers, helps regulate blood flow and prevent obesity in humans. Past research and ancient traditions show a trend between consumption of spicy food and various health benefits.
Dietary recommendations may now focus more on spicy foods especially for individuals with heart and weight problems.
Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere not only affects global temperatures contributing to global warming but it also acidifies our oceans. Ocean acidification is one of the biggest challenges we face with global warming because ocean life is so fragile and delicate that even the slightest of alterations to the ecosystem can have tremendous consequences. New research shows that kelp forests in the ocean may play a role in protecting sea life from the dangers of acidification. Because of photosynthesis kelp forests draw carbon dioxide out of the water producing oxygen in the process. The studies are still new and there's still a lot to be known about the relationship between Kelp and ocean acidification but humans can use all the help we can get when fighting climate change and it's many side effects.