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  • Local Hardware Stores Continue to Out-Pace National Retailers in Providing Neonicotinoid Alternatives

    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog
    Beyond Pesticides
    26 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, May 27, 2015) As summer approaches, local stores continue to set the pace for protecting pollinator populations from the harms of neonicotinoid pesticide use. In southern Maine, Kittery Ace Hardware joins Eldredge Lumber and Hardware in its efforts to actively seek alternatives to pesticides that contain neonicotinoids and other toxic pesticides by consciously stocking their […]
  • Principle-to-Practice Safety Transformation

    EHS Today
    27 May 2015 | 12:15 pm
    By David Lynn Trying to change a safety culture from bad to good is like trying to break a bad habit. No matter how much you know you need to end that habit, you can't escape the draw it has on your behavior. Trying to change a safety culture from bad to good is like trying to break a bad habit. No matter how much you know you need to end that habit, you can't escape the draw it has on your behavior. read more
  • Michigan Declares May 2015 Toxic Injury & Chemical Awareness Month

    MCS America ©
    3 May 2015 | 11:36 am
    Michigan Declares May 2015 Toxic Injury & Chemical Awareness Month http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57577_59874-353655--,00.html
  • Highly hazardous pesticide, chlorpyrifos, doesn't look so bad when I wear my "EPA-Dow AgroSciences" rosy colored safety goggles

    Switchboard, from NRDC › Jennifer Sass's Blog
    Jennifer Sass
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:33 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its revised human health risk assessment (RHHRA) of the pesticide chlorpyrifos for public comment, it threw children's health under the Agrochemical bus. Unfortunately, it is routine for EPA to rely heavily, and often exclusively, on industry-supplied data on both the toxicity and exposure of pesticides. By law, the pesticide manufacturer, called the 'registrant', must supply any data that EPA requires of it. This legal authority - which should be a good thing - has wound up with the…
  • stopped shoe shopping

    I learned something today
    missmolly
    7 May 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Minimalist/barefoot running shoes have been disappearing from the stores in favor of well-padded zero-drop shoes. I'm pretty sure that's because people in general like to run on pavement, and pavement is hard, plus the fact that some people's feet really don't adapt well to minimal support.I am not one of those people. I like to run behind my subdivision -- an area covered in sandy washes -- and I pretty much hate wearing shoes. Most shoes aren't wide enough anyway, and I have really short toes, and no shoe company I've found caters to that. Why would they?So I made essentially a sock with a…
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  • Local Hardware Stores Continue to Out-Pace National Retailers in Providing Neonicotinoid Alternatives

    Beyond Pesticides
    26 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, May 27, 2015) As summer approaches, local stores continue to set the pace for protecting pollinator populations from the harms of neonicotinoid pesticide use. In southern Maine, Kittery Ace Hardware joins Eldredge Lumber and Hardware in its efforts to actively seek alternatives to pesticides that contain neonicotinoids and other toxic pesticides by consciously stocking their […]
  • Study Shows Neonicotinoid Pesticide Has Devastating Effect on Termites Due to Eusocial Behavior, Similar to Bees

    Beyond Pesticides
    25 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, May 26, 2015) A study led by Purdue University Entomology Professor Michael Scharf, Ph.D. finds that small doses of imidacloprid, a neonicotinoid pesticide, can halt the normal functioning of termite behavior, leaving colonies vulnerable to disease and eventual death. While this effect may be celebrated by the pesticide industry as a victory for […]
  • Now Available: Forum Videos to Inspire a Just and Healthy Future

    Beyond Pesticides
    21 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, May 22, 2014) Beyond Pesticides is pleased to announce that videos from Agricultural Justice, Age of Organics, and Alligators: Protecting Health, biodiversity, and ecosystems, the 33rd National Pesticide Forum are now available! The videos cover the range of topics that were discussed at the Forum and include keynote speeches, panel discussions, and workshops. […]
  • California Department of Pesticide Regulation Report Raises Concerns Over Increased Pesticide Use

    Beyond Pesticides
    20 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, May 21, 2015) The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) published its Annual Pesticide Use Report last week, which finds that overall pesticide use for agricultural purposes has increased by 3.7 percent between 2012 and 2013. Pesticide use increased by 6.4 million pounds in 2013, the most recent data available, making for a […]
  • White House Plan Does Little to Take the Sting Out of Pollinator Declines

    Beyond Pesticides
    19 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    (Washington, DC, May 20, 2015) Yesterday, the White House released its much awaited plan for protecting American pollinators, which identifies key threats, but falls short of recommendations submitted by Beyond Pesticides, beekeepers, and others who stress that pollinator protection begins with strong regulatory action and suspension of bee-toxic pesticides. The Pollinator Health Task Force, established by […]
 
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  • Principle-to-Practice Safety Transformation

    27 May 2015 | 12:15 pm
    By David Lynn Trying to change a safety culture from bad to good is like trying to break a bad habit. No matter how much you know you need to end that habit, you can't escape the draw it has on your behavior. Trying to change a safety culture from bad to good is like trying to break a bad habit. No matter how much you know you need to end that habit, you can't escape the draw it has on your behavior. read more
  • Awareness in Safety: Did You See It Coming?

    27 May 2015 | 11:31 am
    It falls on each of us to keep our eyes, ears and instincts tuned to our own behaviors, so that we are better able to “see it coming.” It falls on each of us to keep our eyes, ears and instincts tuned to our own behaviors, so that we are better able to “see it coming.” read more
  • How To Choose The Right Forklift For Your Operation

    26 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    By Andrew Mark National Forklift Safety Day is June 9. Do you have the right equipment for the job and the safety measures and training in place to protect employees? National Forklift Safety Day is June 9. Do you have the right equipment for the job and the safety measures and training in place to protect employees? read more
  • What’s Got More Germs Than a Toilet Seat? [Infographic]

    26 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    There are many surfaces at home and at work that have more germs than a toilet seat. Germs are found everywhere, even where you'd least expect them! What has more germs than a toilet seat? Content Classification:  Curated read more
  • Safety Culture – It's About the People

    26 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    By Scott Falkowitz and Grace Herrera A simple way of building and sustaining an effective safety culture is by taking a human approach and focusing on the people of the organization. A common goal of most companies is to improve the safety culture within the organization. While this sounds fairly straightforward, the path to success often is riddled with misunderstanding and met with great difficulty. read more
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    MCS America ©

  • Michigan Declares May 2015 Toxic Injury & Chemical Awareness Month

    3 May 2015 | 11:36 am
    Michigan Declares May 2015 Toxic Injury & Chemical Awareness Month http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57577_59874-353655--,00.html
  • Michigan Declares May 12th 2015 Fibromyalgia Awareness Day!

    3 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    Michigan Declares May 12th 2015 Fibromyalgia Awareness Day! http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57577_59874-353673--,00.html  
  • Ohio Declares May as MCS Awareness Month

    3 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    Ohio Declares May as MCS Awareness Month http://ship.oh.networkofcare.org/ph/legislate/state-bill-text.aspx?id=361368&bill=S+51&sessionid=2015000 Section 1. That section 5.2298 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows: Sec. 5.2298. In order to increase the awareness of and to encourage helpful responses to multiple chemical sensitivity in the state, the month of May is designated as "Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month."
  • Sumter County Proclaims May 2015 Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, & MCS Awareness Month

    3 May 2015 | 11:33 am
    Sumter County Proclaims May 2015 Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, & MCS Awareness Monthhttp://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10153309570524292&id=95671789291
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Recognized Across America | Chemical Sensitivity

    3 May 2015 | 11:32 am
    Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Recognized Across America | Chemical Sensitivity http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fchemicalsensitivity.com%2Fmultiple-chemical-sensitivity-recognized-across-america%2F&h=OAQEaVeDt&s=1 "If you live in America, you may feel that progress regarding the recognition of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is primarily occurring in Canada and various European countries. To an extent, this may be true as many other countries, as well as organizations within other countries, have gone..."
 
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  • Highly hazardous pesticide, chlorpyrifos, doesn't look so bad when I wear my "EPA-Dow AgroSciences" rosy colored safety goggles

    Jennifer Sass
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:33 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its revised human health risk assessment (RHHRA) of the pesticide chlorpyrifos for public comment, it threw children's health under the Agrochemical bus. Unfortunately, it is routine for EPA to rely heavily, and often exclusively, on industry-supplied data on both the toxicity and exposure of pesticides. By law, the pesticide manufacturer, called the 'registrant', must supply any data that EPA requires of it. This legal authority - which should be a good thing - has wound up with the…
  • Good news! CPSC proposes to ban hazardous phthalate chemicals in toys and child care products

    Jennifer Sass
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has proposed banning some of the most toxic phthalates (pronounced ˈtha-lāt) from toys and child care products, and NRDC submitted comments supporting CPSC's proposal, but also asking them to go further. Phthalates are a family of chemicals used mostly as plasticizers to make plastics flexible and soft. They are in a large number of consumer products including toys like rubber ducks, shower curtains, and food packaging. Phthalates are also used to carry chemical fragrances in products such as…
  • Neonicotinoid Pesticides Still Bad for Bees - two studies in Nature journal add to the evidence

    Jennifer Sass
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. Two scientific articles published in the prestigious journal Nature add to the growing mountain of scientific evidence linking neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) with bee declines (see for example review article by Pisa et al 2015). The study by Kessler et al (2015) published this week in Nature journal, set up a feeding experiment that showed that bees preferentially eat sugar-water spiked with field-realistic levels of neonic pesticides, even though they can't taste it. Instead, the bees seem to prefer it because of its nicotine-like effect…
  • The Government Pollinator Health Task Force: After a year of waiting, will their report protect bees, or Big Ag?

    Jennifer Sass
    8 Apr 2015 | 7:13 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. The White House Pollinator Task Force, appointed June 2014 by a Memorandum from President Obama to tackle the crisis of bees, butterflies and other pollinators, is set to issue its recommendations sometime next month - about half a year after their promised deadline (December 2014). Even with the delay, that might be a hopeful sign the multi-agency task force, co-chaired by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), is working hard to produce a robust program to stem the sharp population declines of…
  • Methyl Bromide pesticide - long banned for indoor home uses -suspected of severely poisoning a family after vacation home is fumigated

    Jennifer Sass
    6 Apr 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. There is some really troubling news about a family poisoned by a pesticide while on vacation at a luxury resort in the US Virgin Islands. Based on news reports and the investigation by EPA Region 2, a family of four is still hospitalized. These symptoms reportedly occurred after Terminix - an international pest control company - treated the unit below their rental unit in St. John with the pesticide methyl bromide, which is highly toxic to humans and has been banned from most uses. According to news report, "The EPA has launched a…
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  • stopped shoe shopping

    missmolly
    7 May 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Minimalist/barefoot running shoes have been disappearing from the stores in favor of well-padded zero-drop shoes. I'm pretty sure that's because people in general like to run on pavement, and pavement is hard, plus the fact that some people's feet really don't adapt well to minimal support.I am not one of those people. I like to run behind my subdivision -- an area covered in sandy washes -- and I pretty much hate wearing shoes. Most shoes aren't wide enough anyway, and I have really short toes, and no shoe company I've found caters to that. Why would they?So I made essentially a sock with a…
  • adventures at Picacho Peak

    missmolly
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Recently I learned that if you take a picture of your husband on top of Picacho Peak, you can get bugs in the picture that, despite being about an eighth of an inch long and not in the same focal plane as your spouse, look like helicopters. To get up there, you take a really steep trail built by the CCC and use cables put up by Boy Scouts to keep you from falling off. It's a fairly popular system, based on the traffic we saw on a Monday morning. Right after we started, a side peak  Spouse (no bugs)Part of the peakMe going down the hardest part (it wasn't as bad as it…
  • reduced typing skills and medical stuff

    missmolly
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    Today I learned that I don't like switching from Linux to a Mac. Because there are more bored engineers in the family than just me (some of them are legitimately retired), there's a project, and we needed a Mac, and I got it because reasons. I'm sure I can adapt to the fact that the Finder stays open all the time, so you hit the red x when you want to get rid of it, but for any other program, you have to do that (thingy)Q deal.Besides that inconsistency, what's really driving me nuts is all the keyboard shortcuts are a little different in the web browser, so it takes two or three tries to do…
  • all about understanding

    missmolly
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Today I learned that the government has actually, as an experiment, sprayed the populace with something. In 1950 the Army was fiddling around with how someone might deploy a biological weapon, so they sprayed a totally harmless bacteria off the coast of San Francisco for three days. Twenty-six years later, when the records were released, people realized that the perfectly harmless bacteria had killed somebody, and to this day it persists in the area and periodically kills somebody.I had no idea that the chemtrails people had anything beyond paranoia upon which to base their theories.
  • nice bras and funny-looking shoes

    missmolly
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Today I think I learned my bra size. I knew my existing bras were the wrong size because there were issues. Then last night I came across this video, which indicated I was a truly unusual size, but in the description had a bunch of suggestions of where to buy things. I mentioned to my spouse that I might want to go to one of them sometime and try on bras.This morning, I was surprised to find myself in the car on the way to the Nordstrom Rack, which is clear across town. It appears that I have been fussing about bras enough to merit an emergency trip across town.I learned that the unusual size…
 
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    ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH news - Google News

  • Why Living on a Noisy Street Can Make You Fat - Health.com

    27 May 2015 | 9:28 am
    Health.comWhy Living on a Noisy Street Can Make You FatHealth.com“Traffic noise should be recognized as an important environmental health hazard that needs to be taken into consideration in urban planning,” she said. Eriksson cautioned that this is an observational study, so no definitive conclusions can be drawn Link observed between waist size and noise pollutionMedical News Todayall 164 news articles »
  • Is ADHD biological or environmental? - RedOrbit

    27 May 2015 | 6:54 am
    RedOrbitIs ADHD biological or environmental?RedOrbitA 2012 article in Psychology Today discussed the fact that French children are treated very differently for ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) compared to American children, and are diagnosed far less often. The suggestion was that and more »
  • Kinder Morgan underestimating environmental, health risks of pipeline ... - Vancouver Sun

    26 May 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Vancouver SunKinder Morgan underestimating environmental, health risks of pipeline Vancouver SunThe slick and scathing 90-page assessment, released by the 570-member Tsleil-Waututh Nation of North Vancouver Tuesday, includes separate scientific research which says Kinder Morgan has underestimated the environmental and public health risks of ...Serious health effects predicted in major oil spillVancouver Courierall 92 news articles »
  • Center for Environmental Health Sciences selects poster winners - MIT News

    20 May 2015 | 9:41 am
    MIT NewsCenter for Environmental Health Sciences selects poster winnersMIT NewsThe CEHS has an overall mission to study the biological effects of exposure to environmental agents in order to understand, and predict, how such exposures affect human health. Moreover, by uncovering the chemical, biochemical, and genetic bases for ...
  • Poor Communities Bear Greatest Burden from Fracking - Scientific American

    6 May 2015 | 7:43 am
    Rapid News NetworkPoor Communities Bear Greatest Burden from FrackingScientific American“Residents in these poor counties have been under assault for generations,” he said. “Rural poverty is real in the shale fields.” This article originally ran at Environmental Health News, a news source published by Environmental Health Sciences, a Poor in Pennsylvania? You're FrackedNew America Mediaall 208 news articles »
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  • More than Cosmetic Changes: Taking Stock of Personal Care Product Safety

    Laura B.
    6 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    Kessler, Rebecca (2015). “More than Cosmetic Changes: Taking Stock of Personal Care Product Sa
  • Canton Health Department Articles

    LT Mark Adams
    6 May 2015 | 6:43 am
    Stark residents dump unwanted electronics, appliances, tires On the first Saturday after Christmas, more than 200 cars looped through Canton City’s Tire Disposal and E-Waste Collection Center at 742 Schroyer Ave. SW to dispose of unwanted electronics, appliances and tires. http://www.cantonrep.com/article/20131228/NEWS/131229509
  • Canton Health Department Articles

    LT Mark Adams
    6 May 2015 | 6:38 am
    Here are some pictures of the NEOMED students during a raid at a local property.  This is part of the Emergency Preparedness class that Mark Adams teaches.
  • Canton Health Department Articles

    LT Mark Adams
    6 May 2015 | 6:36 am
    Fieldcrest Montessori has a special event every day this week to promote Earth Week. Today’s focus was on recycling and Mark Adams was the speaker. The kids were excited…loved the hands on activities…and had lots and lots of questions. There’s nothing more fun than talking to a group of kids and getting them excited about recycling! Thanks to Fieldcrest for the opportunity to share with the kids. https://www.facebook.com/307977355913042/photos/pcb.763021943741912/763020573742049/?type=1
  • Canton Health Department Articles

    LT Mark Adams
    6 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    Ever wished you could plant a garden but think you don’t have room? Give this a try. These garden boxes were made from recycled wood and screws and filled with compost. Time involved – about 4 hours.
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    Media Notes

  • Ecuador's president urges Brad Pitt to scrap Amazon oil spill movie.

    bbienkowski
    18 May 2015 | 3:40 am
    The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, has asked Brad Pitt to abandon plans for a new film chronicling US oil giants’ victory in the face of a multibillion-dollar lawsuit for polluting the Amazon. Ben Child, The Guardian.
  • Hey scientist! Are you ready to talk to the media…?

    bbienkowski
    12 May 2015 | 4:20 am
    A scientist recently published two research papers on climate change in ocean systems, both with a significant media splash. She shares what worked  for her in dealing with the media and what she still needs to practice. Sarah E. Moffitt, Medium.
  • Facebook use polarizing? Site begs to differ.

    bbienkowski
    8 May 2015 | 4:10 am
    After analyzing how 10.1 million of the most partisan American users on Facebook navigated the site over a six-month period last year, researchers found that people’s networks of friends and the stories they see are in fact skewed toward their ideological preferences. The New York Times.
  • There’s finally an increase in environmental journalism, but it’s inconsistent. Here’s how to fix that.

    bbienkowski
    7 May 2015 | 8:13 am
    Last week, the nonprofit Project for Improved Environmental Coverage came back with some good news. Its latest report found that for the first time since 2010, mention of environmental topics in media stories increased in 2014, by a solid 17 percent. But the improvement wasn’t consistent across all platforms. Columbia Journalism Review.
  • Reported.ly’s video using Google Earth will help you understand the damage in Nepal.

    bbienkowski
    6 May 2015 | 5:44 am
    Employing reporters overseas is a luxury few media outlets can afford. But reported.ly, a globally focused social news venture by First Look Media, has again shown how journalists can add value to international coverage without setting foot on foreign soil. David Uberti, Columbia Journalism Review.
 
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    Toxicology News

  • Toxicologist says glyphosate is less a carcinogen than alcohol

    26 May 2015 | 8:51 pm
    The Netherlands joins Sri Lanka and El Salvador in banning glyphosate, with pressure from interest groups mounting in other countries. But Australian toxicologist Dr Ian Musgrave said the ban flies in the face of good science, as glyphosate is ranked 2A, lower than alcoholic beverages and formaldehyde, which are class one proven carcinogens.
  • Green Lake Community Council meeting Wednesday will discuss effects of algae scum

    11 May 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Part of Wednesday's Green Lake Community Council meeting will be devoted to a toxicologist from Seattle/King County Department of Public Health reviewing the health effects associated with algae scums that sometimes form at the edge of Green Lake. A Seattle Parks Department representative will show off new signs that tell users about the appropriate health precautions for swimmers, wading children and dogs.
  • Cardiff man died after taking legal designer drug 'five times stronger than heroin'

    6 May 2015 | 11:58 am
    A Cardiff man died after taking a legal high said to be "five times stronger than heroin," an inquest has heard. His death is thought to be the first in the UK connected with acetylfentanyl, a legal substance with effects similar to heroin and morphine.
  • Scientists Issue Warning Over Chemicals Common In Carpets, Coats, Cookware

    1 May 2015 | 4:23 pm
    In 1961, a DuPont toxicologist warned colleagues that exposure to their company's increasingly popular Teflon chemicals enlarged the livers of rats and rabbits. Studies over the following decades found no safe level of exposure in animals and determined that humans, too, got sick when exposed to the chemicals -- which were also seen to build up in the body and resist breakdown in the environment.
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  • Toxicology results confirm high purity of drugs in suspected Bury St Edmunds ... - East Anglian Daily Times

    27 May 2015 | 5:13 am
    East Anglian Daily TimesToxicology results confirm high purity of drugs in suspected Bury St Edmunds East Anglian Daily TimesAll five have now been discharged from hospital, with no further reports having been reported to police. The results of the toxicology test confirmed the high purity of the substances, believed to be heroin and crack cocaine, were responsible for their VIDEO UPDATE: Drugs involved in five suspected overdoses were of 'extremely Bury Free PressSuspected drugs overdosesAboutMyAreaall 2 news articles »
  • Toxicology tests in teen overdose could take weeks, police say - KSL.com

    26 May 2015 | 3:54 pm
    KSL.comToxicology tests in teen overdose could take weeks, police sayKSL.comHansen said it would take four to six weeks for toxicology tests to be completed to determine what substance the boys took. When asked whether detectives found any other possible contributing substances at the scene such as alcohol or other drugs High school hockey team holds moment of silence in memory of former teammatefox13now.comCade Galbraith's parents use overdose drugs tragedy to warn othersDaily Mailall 6 news articles »
  • Noah Thomas case: Two months into investigation questions remain - The Daily Progress

    22 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    The Daily ProgressNoah Thomas case: Two months into investigation questions remainThe Daily ProgressPulaski County Commonwealth's Attorney Mike Fleenor also confirmed that a final autopsy report is still not available, which includes a key piece of evidence — the toxicology report. Roanoke Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell, who is not involved and more »
  • Toxicology report pending on man that died in Devils Lake jail - Grand Forks Herald

    20 May 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Toxicology report pending on man that died in Devils Lake jailGrand Forks HeraldLEC Administrator Tom Rime told the jail's board of directors Wednesday the toxicology report could take six to eight weeks to complete. The police department continues to investigate the incident, gathering evidence and information that will be turned Report on inmate death in Devils Lake pendingBismarck Tribuneall 3 news articles »
  • Wilcox toxicology results to take months - KFDA

    20 May 2015 | 2:34 pm
    KFDAWilcox toxicology results to take monthsKFDAWhen toxicology reports do come back, the JP can decide whether to order an inquest based on the results, meaning a hearing that will determine foul play. However the DA said in his 30 years this has only happened once. Officials are still urging and more »
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  • History's Mystery

    tobygsmith
    6 May 2015 | 10:57 am
    By Toby G. Smith Theoretically, the Big Bang happened 14 billion years ago. Now, imagine compressing 14 billion years, into just 14 years. On this scale, the Earth would have existed for only five years – about a third of the history of the universe. Large complex creatures would have only developed 7 months ago. Dinosaurs went extinct only about 3 weeks ago. The entire recorded history of humans, would span for only the last 3 minutes. The Industrial Revolution(1760-1840), 6 seconds ago. Now, let’s take a closer look at our more recent history. In the 20th century alone: almost 3…
  • Catching My Breath

    Yogini Tiff
    6 May 2015 | 3:25 am
    When I was about 10 years old, my aunt, uncle and three cousins came and stayed with us in the tiny house I grew up in, in Olympia Washington. The 6 of us kids all slept together on the living room floor, there were ten of us in total, in a two bedroom house. My youngest cousin had severe asthma, It was the first time, I had ever been around anyone with asthma. As a kid, i remember thinking it was very annoying. My cousin wasnt allowed to run around with us, My aunt was always going on and on, “You are wheezing. ” “Slow down, your asthma!” “Dont run!!” You…
  • Possible Signs of Mold Contamination

    advantacleansocial
    5 May 2015 | 11:18 pm
    Discovering that there’s mold in your home can make you feel a lot of things. You may feel frustrati
  • Plaster Casting

    anavapanich
    5 May 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Fourth graders started with a blob of homemade playdough on a small square of brown paper bag. I tinted it to be able to see the difference between the plaster and the playdough. The student flattened their blob to make a coin shape. Modeling clay and purchased playdough can also be used. One student is allergic to playdough so that child used modeling clay. They pressed various items into it to make an impression. Baskets, forks, blocks, shells and other objects to give it texture. Once complete, they dusted the dough with a thin layer of cornstarch. They then created a dam with cereal…
  • Professional Mold Inspection in San Diego Can Detect Hidden Home Flaws

    ecopurerestoration
    5 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    If the price of a home sounds too good to be true, chances are it probably is, because there is a catch involved. While houses with defects tend to be reasonably priced, and are sometimes viewed as exciting pet projects to those who look forward to renovating them, not all buyers are ecstatic about acquiring a home that comes with a laundry list of issues to deal with when they move in. An article on the Curbed San Francisco website, dated December 18, 2014, describes a particular home for sale that would have been a luxurious property through and through if it weren’t for possible mold…
 
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  • The Strange Things People do to Lose Weight

    Harry Spence
    9 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    There is no industry in the world stranger than the weight loss industry. Food fads and weight loss gimmicks are nothing new, but the fact that people actually follow some of these ridiculous weight loss schemes is hard to believe. Here are some of the strangest and most unusual food fads and weight loss gimmicks you’ve probably never heard of. Don’t try these at home. You Didn’t Really Eat That, Did You? Feeling full and eating less is the goal of many dieters. A crash diet purportedly used by some professional models consists of eating cotton balls dipped in orange juice. Apparently…
  • Handy Hints and Tips for Using Your Microwave Effectively

    Harry Spence
    8 May 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Microwaves, since their invention, have quickly made their way into millions of homes across the planet. One of the most critical of kitchen appliances that can help people save time preparing healthy foods that help keep them energised and productive, despite their popularity many people simply aren’t using their microwaves to their full potential.   To help remedy that unfortunate case in point, here are some recommendations on how to better utilise your microwave so that you might get the full utility you deserve from it.   Pay Attention To It The biggest reason that an…
  • 5 organizations that help families with addiction

    Harry Spence
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:59 pm
    One person’s addiction to alcohol or drugs affects all the family. These five organizations offer help, support, resources and, perhaps most importantly, hope.   Shatterproof, found at Shatterproof.org, refuses to shrink in the face of addiction. Aiming to cut the number of addicted Americans in half, the number of American deaths from addiction in half and the societal cost of addiction in half by 2033, its aggressive attack on addiction has four powerful aspects. Shatterproof aims to “Unite & Empower” by becoming the first central advocate for the fight against addiction…
  • Use These 4 Strategies for Teaching Kids About Money

    Harry Spence
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:06 pm
    For many parents, it’s hard to know the right age to start teaching kids about money. Personal finance education can seem like an abstract or beside-the-point concept for very young children, particularly when there are so many other worthwhile things to convey. And once kids reach a certain age, anything you try to say to them is liable to go in one ear and out the other.   Is there a “sweet spot,” a perfect age at which children are both capable of understanding financial concepts and receptive to what family, corporate and government authority figures have to say? Or do you just…
  • Keeping the romance alive for new parents

    Harry Spence
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:22 pm
    Having a new baby is a special and wonderful time in a couple’s life. A new baby is adorable and you obviously love them, but they are exhausting and time consuming. They also leave very little time for the new parents to spend time alone together, which makes it difficult to be romantic.   Between spending all day taking care of your new little one and staying up all night to tend to a crying baby, it can be difficult to spend your energy on anything else. However, it’s very important for new parents to keep the romance alive, especially after a new baby arrives. With all the time…
 
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    Inter Press Service » Environment

  • Laissez Faire Water Laws Threaten Family Farming in Chile

    Marianela Jarroud
    27 May 2015 | 12:44 am
    Cascada Barba de Abuelo, a waterfall in Aitken Park in the southern Chilean region of Aysén. Although the region has some of the world’s biggest freshwater reserves, local residents have to pay for the water they use for household needs and irrigation. Credit: Marianela Jarroud/IPSBy Marianela JarroudSANTIAGO, May 27 2015 (IPS)Family farmers in Chile are pushing for the reinstatement of water as a public good, to at least partially solve the shortages caused by the privatisation of water rights by the military dictatorship in 1981.“Why should we pay for water rights if the people who…
  • Pineapple Industry Leaves Costa Rican Communities High and Dry

    Diego Arguedas Ortiz
    25 May 2015 | 3:47 pm
    An employee of Costa Rica’s water and sanitation utility, AyA, fills the containers of local residents in Milano de Siquirres, who depend on water from tanker trucks because the local tap water has been polluted since August 2007. Credit: Courtesy Semanario UniversidadBy Diego Arguedas OrtizSAN JOSE, May 25 2015 (IPS)Twelve years after finding the first traces of pesticides used by the pineapple industry, in the rural water supply, around 7,000 people from four communities in Costa Rica’s Caribbean region are still unable to consume their tap water.The communities of Milano, El Cairo, La…
  • Q&A: Papua New Guinea Reckons With Unmet Development Goals

    Neena Bhandari
    25 May 2015 | 1:35 pm
    An estimated 36 percent of Papua New Guinea’s eight million people are currently living on less than 1.25 dollars a day. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPSBy Neena BhandariSYDNEY, May 25 2015 (IPS)As Papua New Guinea celebrates 40 years of independence, 2015 marks a defining year for the largest Pacific Island nation, set to record 15 percent GDP growth this year.However, unless the government tightens up its policies, the country will likely fail to achieve any of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) despite making significant progress in the past few years."We believe that…
  • When Kenyan Children’s Lives Hang on a Drip

    Miriam Gathigah
    23 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    Prof Grace Irimu shows IPS a drip feed bag and a copy of Kenya’s ‘Basic Paediatric Protocols’ as she explains the importance of intravenous treatment in saving the lives of young children affected by acute watery diarrhoea. Credit: Miriam Gathigah/IPSBy Miriam GathigahNAIROBI, May 23 2015 (IPS)Acute watery diarrhoea is a major killer of young children but misunderstanding over the benefits of fluid treatment is preventing many Kenyan parents from resorting to this life-saving technique and threatening to reverse the strides that the country has made in child health.The 2014 Kenya…
  • School Gardens Combat Hunger in Argentina

    Fabiana Frayssinet
    23 May 2015 | 12:31 am
    Rita Darrechon, the principal at the La Divina Pastora rural school, talks to a group of schoolchildren about the garden where they are growing food for their school meals. Credit: Fundación General AlvaradoBy Fabiana FrayssinetBUENOS AIRES, May 23 2015 (IPS)In Argentina, where millions of families have unmet dietary needs despite the country’s vast expanse of fertile land, the Huerta Niño project promotes organic gardens in rural primary schools, to teach children healthy eating habits and show them that they can grow their own food to fight hunger.Of the 105 students who board Monday…
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    Dr Robert Muller - The Zeitgeist is Changing

  • Explainer: What is the List of World Heritage in Danger?

    Dr Robert Muller
    25 May 2015 | 6:57 pm
    Epulu River, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Wikipedia) by Peter Valentine, James Cook University, The Conversation: http://theconversation.com/explainer-what-is-the-list-of-world-heritage-in-danger-15679The List of World Heritage in Danger has recently come to the attention of Australians, as the World Heritage Committee considers whether the Great Barrier Reef belongs there. What is the list, and what does getting onto it mean?The World Heritage Convention and the ‘in danger’ listThe World Heritage Convention is an international convention adopted by UNESCO aimed at conserving the…
  • Cities Throughout Britain Open Up Duck Lanes Along the Waterways

    Dr Robert Muller
    24 May 2015 | 9:37 pm
    by Rachel Oakley, Lost at E Minor: http://www.lostateminor.com/2015/05/22/cities-throughout-britain-open-up-duck-lanes-along-the-waterways/In a new initiative to ‘encourage people to be mindful of the animals they share the road with when walking or biking’, Duck Lanes have been put in place along pathways in London, Birmingham and Manchester. These pathways are alongside the city waterways and the Canal & River Trust have even stenciled silhouettes of ducks along the paths so people know exactly who can use them. ‘We’ve painted in duck lanes on the tow path, just to highlight ……
  • Social Cohesion: The Secret Weapon in the Fight for Equitable Climate Resilience

    Dr Robert Muller
    22 May 2015 | 9:50 pm
    wfs.orgby Danielle Baussan, Center for American Progress: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/green/report/2015/05/11/112873/social-cohesion-the-secret-weapon-in-the-fight-for-equitable-climate-resilience/ Endnotes and citations are available in the PDF and Scribd versions.Download the report: PDFDownload introduction & summary: PDFRead it in your browser: ScribdIn July 1995, Chicago experienced the deadliest weather event in the city’s history: a sustained heat wave that included a heat index - a measure of the heat experienced by a typical individual - of 120 degrees…
  • The New Santa Barbara Oil Spill Is a Reminder of How Little We’ve Learned: The Latest Accident Highlights the Inherent Risks of Transporting Oil Through Sensitive Environments

    Dr Robert Muller
    20 May 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Goleta Beach, California, May 19 (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) by Taylor Hill, Take Part: http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/05/20/oil-spill-santa-barbara-flashbackTaylor Hill is TakePart's associate environment and wildlife editor, full bio  For Santa Barbara residents, the recurring scene involving blackened beaches, slick-sheened waters, and muck-covered wildlife isn’t a case of déjà vu - it just feels like it.On Tuesday, a report indicated that anywhere from 21,000 gallons to 105,000 gallons of crude oil had gushed onto the beaches just northwest of the famously scenic seaside town…
  • Spotlight on Health and Climate Change Long Overdue

    Dr Robert Muller
    19 May 2015 | 8:58 pm
    by Dr Anthony Horton, The AIM Network: http://theaimn.com/spotlight-on-health-and-climate-change-long-overdue/According to Damian Ryan, Head of International Policy at The Climate Group there is no better time to apply a spotlight to health and climate change.Higher temperatures will either create a range of illnesses, disease or injuries or exacerbate them, at a time when ageing populations and lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and heart disease will place increasing strain on health systems around the world. Heat waves are likely to have health impacts for significant numbers of people…
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  • Shishkat: A Victim of Its Place in History

    Richard Farrell
    19 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Shishkat is a town in East Pakistan that walks lightly through the pages of history, and does not even have a Wikipedia entry. When my tale begins, 400 households lived the in peace and harmony. But, that was before what some call progress intervened, following an event in 1959. Prior to that, Shishkat had an […] The post Shishkat: A Victim of Its Place in History appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • The Leopards of the Cederberg Shall Return

    Richard Farrell
    11 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    No matter how lightly you sleep – and whether in a tent or beneath an arc of stars in the Cederberg Mountains in South Africa – you may never hear the soft sounds of a leopard nearby, or feel its whiskers on your breath. Rest easy: it chases as opposed to scavenging, and you are […] The post The Leopards of the Cederberg Shall Return appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Back and Forth with Questions for the Environment

    Richard Farrell
    2 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    As I grow older, I become preoccupied with the damage that progress did to the environment. I look back over sixty years and can see how much open landscape I wandered freely in as a youth has given way to sprawling suburbs, and how much more people-intensive the world has become. In my dreams, I […] The post Back and Forth with Questions for the Environment appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Pitch to Rich to Reduce Household Food Waste

    Vipul Patel
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
    My name is Vipul Patel. I have entered the Pitch to Rich 2015 campaign with my idea to reduce Household Food Waste, which is being run by Richard Branson. Greenfudge.org has offered me the opportunity to Pitch my idea to you. So if you think the Pitch/Idea has legs, I would really appreciate your vote […] The post Pitch to Rich to Reduce Household Food Waste appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Smart applications of solar energy

    Irini Chassiotou
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:47 am
    It sounds like science fiction, but the “smart textiles” will come to market in the next three years in order to supply with energy households and consumers through clothes and accessories and offer autonomy to every kind of electronic device we carry, even in larger devices in the house. The “smart textiles” will incorporate flexible […] The post Smart applications of solar energy appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
 
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    ToxicsWAtch Blog

  • Update: What’s Up With The Toxic Flame Retardant Bill?

    ivy
    14 May 2015 | 6:22 am
    After a hectic and intense four months, the dust has settled on the 2015 Regular Legislative Session. So what happened? Did the ban on toxic flame retardants pass?
  • Taking Our Flame Retardant Message to China

    ivy
    12 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    Washington Toxics Coalition's Science Director traveled to China last month to attend a conference on flame retardants. Read her report about what she learned on the latest science and the reaction when she shared our research and policy work.
  • Scientists Say Ditch Non-Stick and Waterproof Chemicals

    ivy
    7 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    If you’ve ever eaten a pizza, put on a raincoat, or wiped up a spill on your stain-resistant carpet, you’ve most likely experienced the miraculous properties of a class of chemicals used to make non-stick, waterproof, and stain resistant coatings. Scientists say these chemicals have put consumers’ health in a sticky situation.
  • Extra Innings On Toxic Flame Retardants

    ivy
    1 May 2015 | 8:44 am
    The Legislature has gone into extra innings, otherwise known as Special Session, and the Toxic-Free Kids & Families Act (2ESHB 1174) was one of the few policy bills made a priority by the House. Help us hit it out of the park!
  • A Deep Breath Of Toxic Flame Retardants

    ivy
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Breathing. It’s something we do on average between 17,000 and 23,000 times a day. I used to not even think about breathing. But I've been I thinking about this life necessity a lot lately now that I know each breath I take is contaminated with toxic flame retardants from foam items in my home.
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    Aarons EnvironMental Corner.....

  • Gourmet Hamburger Press from #Yumms

    Aaron
    25 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    I was pretty skeptical about how great this could really be. I mean, making a patty by hand isn’t exactly a tough job. Right? Well, turns out this makes it much easier, faster, and more uniform. The patties look great, are far easier to do (no crumbling edges, excellent uniform thickness), and you can process a lot of burger in a short amount of time. I made 12 burgers in about five minutes on my first time trying this press. Way awesome. We eat a lot of hamburgers in our house, not always made from beef. I’ve made burgers from turkey, chicken, beans, pork, and any mixture of…
  • SKLEER Skin Corrective Product

    Aaron
    21 May 2015 | 10:36 pm
    SKLEER All in One Skin Corrective is a doctor and dermatologist recommended product that assists with a number of Skin Conditions. SKLEER can assist with itchy skin conditions such as dermatitis or eczema, dry skin, insect bites, burns, abrasions, nappy rash, hives, sunburn and many others. SKLEER is an All in One Skin Corrective that everyone should have at home, your go to product for all manner of skin ailments and issues. SKLEER contains a combination of essential oils: Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Caraway, Cinnamon and Cardamom that work synergistically together to assist healing. The…
  • Organic Aloe Vera Body Lotion

    Aaron
    21 May 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Body lotion is a big thing for women. If you know a woman, she probably uses and loves body lotion. So it’s perfect as a gift. Hence this body lotion I was given for review became a gift to my wife who, like all women, loves body lotion. Especially anything that says “organic” and “aloe” on it. This is an organic aloe vera + jojoba body and face lotion. Its from Made from Earth. This signature series organic Aloe and Jojoba Nut Creme Therapy contains highly concentrated amounts of Aloe Vera and Rooibos Tea leaves. So it hits all the marks. Awesome. They…
  • Vita Sciences Maxasorb Vitamin D3 Cream

    Aaron
    21 May 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Vitamin D can be hard to come by in the non-summer months where I live. We take supplements, of course, but there are other uses for D than just ingestion. Like this. Maxasorb D3 is scientifically formulated to topically delivery Vitamin D3. Each measured dose of lotion from this airless dispenser delivers 1,000 IU of Vitamin D3 with a full press of the pump. Rubbing the easily absorbed, odorless lotion on your arms or legs makes daily use of Maxasorb D3 an ideal way to get all the Vitamin D you need. Natural ingredients assure this lotion is gentle to your skin. EASY TO USE – Using the…
  • Liquid Health K9 Glucosamine

    Aaron
    21 May 2015 | 9:41 pm
    In our house there are two dogs. Most of you already know this. One is LeRoy Brown, an old labroador mix who’s turning 15 this year and has joint problems and a propensity for getting into trouble despite his age. The other is Sasha, an American Bulldog who’s about 18 months old. LeRoy is on a lot of supplements to help with his joint pain and getting around. Sasha is still learning not to knock people down in order to lick their faces. Whenever I get the chance to try out a new supplement for the dogs, especially LeRoy, I jump on it. This one looked particularly good since…
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    Small Footprint Family

  • GIVEAWAY: 3 THRIVE Solar Flashlights

    Dawn Gifford
    26 May 2015 | 11:45 pm
    I’m very excited to partner with THRIVE Solar to help support earthquake relief in Nepal, as well as offer you a chance to win one of three solar flashlights in this giveaway. THRIVE Solar flashlights not only run on solar power, but they are manufactured in solar-powered factories, where they create living wage jobs for many […] If you like this post, you'll find even more at Small Footprint Family
  • How Safe is Your Sunscreen?

    Dawn Gifford
    21 May 2015 | 12:50 pm
    I've never blindly trusted the chemicals in sunscreens. Why should I trade short-term protection for long-term harm, especially when there are safer alternatives? If you like this post, you'll find even more at Small Footprint Family
  • Eco Friendly Home Building

    Dawn Gifford
    12 May 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Resources are dwindling, pollution is increasing, and energy efficiency has never been more important. With the world’s population predicted to exceed 8 billion by 2050, it’s clear we need to do a lot more to improve the sustainability of the buildings in which we live. There is a lot we can do to increase resource […] If you like this post, you'll find even more at Small Footprint Family
  • The Little Solar Flashlight that Makes a Big Difference

    Dawn Gifford
    7 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    As an environmental blogger, I am often asked to review products. But honestly, most of them don’t make the cut, so you never hear about them. But I have a soft spot for environmental products that are not only ecologically responsible, but socially responsible too. So I was delighted when I received the awesome little […] If you like this post, you'll find even more at Small Footprint Family
  • How to Grow Snap Peas

    Dawn Gifford
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Peas are pretty easy to grow. Just give them cool, spring weather, composted soil that drains well, and some climbing support. If you’re short on space, peas can be grown in containers, along walls, or trained up corn and sunflower stalks. History and Culture of Peas Peas are one of the world’s oldest crops. Wild […] If you like this post, you'll find even more at Small Footprint Family
 
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    Social Rebirth

  • Open Question to All Politicians

    Social Rebirth
    25 May 2015 | 4:05 am
    This is an open question to any leader, treasurer or candidate of any political party in the world. Our planet is finite, has bounds or limits in regards to the temporal spans of the human experience, being corroborated by measurements of biocapacity,  the ability of an area to produce resources and absorb waste. We are currently in ecological overshoot, the amount of resources we consume annually and the waste we produce is exceeding biocapacity by about fifty percent. Our ecological footprint is one hundred fifty percent that of the biocapacity of our planet. Global consumption patterns…
  • The Status Quo and Slavery on Planet Earth

    Challenged Species
    21 May 2015 | 5:39 pm
    We are all slaves to our economic system; money restricts freedoms, it does not give us access to products and services it restricts access to them. If you have trailers full of dollars than you have a whole lot more freedom than someone who has a handful of dollars, this is the reality of our financial system. BMW plant in Leipzig, Germany by BMW Werk Leipzig CC BY-SA 2.0 DE If we look at money as a store of labor we can ask the question, what happens when there are not enough labor opportunities available for our entire species? In our human history, in which we have used any form of money,…
  • A More Intelligent Economic Model

    Challenged Species
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Politicians and the business community at large would have us believe that the problems in our economy are a result of poor business confidence and that the resolution to our socio-economic issues would be resolved by boosting confidence in the consumer. Confidence…. What are we actually talking about when we discuss consumer confidence? Shopping Mall by Charlie Brewer CC BY-SA 2.0 Shopping, strong consumer confidence indicates to corporations that people will head out and spend their hard earned cash on goods and services in a repetitious fashion, empowering growth and securing job…
  • Poison in the Plastic Soup

    Challenged Species
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Seventy-one percent of the surface of our home planet, Earth, is covered by water. This water creates our global ocean systems and is essential for life as we know it to thrive. More than a billion people, predominantly from developing nations, rely on seafood as a primary source of animal protein and more than fifty percent of the human population rely on fish for fifteen percent of animal protein. Ocean Gyres The global ocean system is made up of five oceans; the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic and the Southern (Antarctic) and thirteen Seas; Mediterranean, Caribbean, South China, Bering,…
  • Understanding Population Limits

    Challenged Species
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Plastic Beach by Ravi Khemka CC BY 2.0 “If we don’t halt population growth with justice and compassion, it will be done for us by nature, brutally and without pity – and will leave a ravaged world.” Nobel Laureate Dr. Henry W. Kendall   The idea that we are reaching a population crisis, that is as a species humans are overpopulating the planet, is becoming an increasingly held opinion. So how do we know that our global population is putting a strain on the biosphere? Biocapacity Biocapacity quantifies nature’s capacity to produce renewable resources, provide areas for…
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    Actual Organics

  • 3 reasons to quit ridiculous car journeys

    Joanna Runciman
    27 May 2015 | 6:59 am
    Do you make ridiculous car journeys? I used to, before I was environmentally aware. I got in the car and thought nothing of it but I do remember my grandfather saying: “Joanna, put your seat belt on first before you turn on the car, well unless you are sponsored by the oil companies!”   The […] The post 3 reasons to quit ridiculous car journeys appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • 5 reasons we need to embrace bacteria

    Joanna Runciman
    19 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Junk food is not good, you know that, but did you know that it can diminish your gut bacteria too? We need the unique blend of microbiota that are in our gut, a hundred trillion of them, apparently. Here are 5 reasons we need to embrace bacteria   Our gut bacteria is unique, rather like […] The post 5 reasons we need to embrace bacteria appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • Bike and eat the Danish way

    Joanna Runciman
    12 May 2015 | 6:36 am
    The weight-loss industry invents billions of dollars worth of “quick fixes” to lose weight, but are we looking for the answer in the wrong place?   What size of plate are you eating off, are they small or large? Our plates are quite large, and perhaps it comes as little surprise that my jeans are […] The post Bike and eat the Danish way appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • Perfect gifts: experiences trump stuff

    Joanna Runciman
    5 May 2015 | 11:48 am
    After my birthday recently you could assume I was given lots of presents and gifts. I wasn’t. I was given lots of lovely cards, but not “stuff.” I am de-cluttering, removing the unnecessary from my life. For me, when looking for the perfect gifts: experiences trump stuff.     I realize that giving and receiving […] The post Perfect gifts: experiences trump stuff appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • 25 snippets of wisdom for a better life

    Joanna Runciman
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:37 pm
    I love birthdays. They are the day to celebrate each other; the unique individuals we are. Soon my father is turning 70 years old and I’m turning 40. I’m celebrating at a party, in London, and my family will all be there with my baby niece (who’s only weeks old) and my grandmother in her […] The post 25 snippets of wisdom for a better life appeared first on Actual Organics.
 
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  • Electricity storage has arrived

    dmguion
    21 May 2015 | 12:37 am
    Alternative energy has cleared a major hurdle: what good is solar energy when the sun isn’t shining, or what good is wind energy when the wind isn’t blowing? Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors has unveiled a variety of lithium-ion batteries to store electricity. Now, the sun and the wind can charge the batteries, and the batteries can supply electricity on the darkest, calmest night. Tesla has reduced the cost of battery storage to $250 per kilowatt-hour, which no expert expected to see before 2020. Does this advance mean that we can all go off grid and the electric utilities can go out of…
  • Nature and People Are Not Enemies: Beyond Conservation

    dmguion
    14 May 2015 | 12:57 am
    Yosemite_Valley John Muir established the ideal of a national park as a nature preserve where no humans live at the end of the 19th century. He built a cabin and a water-powered mill in Yosemite, then a state park, and considered it a temple. He wrote, “No temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite.” Eventually, he advocated emptying the park of all other occupants, which meant eviction of the Miwok Indians, who had lived there for generations. Since Muir’s day, the reason for establishing parks has shifted from preserving scenic areas to preserving biodiversity. Proponents of…
  • Long Term and Short Term Benefits of Solar Energy

    dmguion
    7 May 2015 | 1:16 am
    Contributed by Tim Smith Via Modernize.com When used properly, solar energy provides tremendous benefits to both residential and commercial environments. Many of these benefits are immediate. Some of the benefits do not become apparent until later on. These short and long-term benefits are what make solar energy a choice for those interested in long-term sustainable energy use. What You Get Now, the Short Term Benefits of Solar Via Modernize.com Solar energy solutions grant both short and long term benefits to those that choose to implement them. Decreased dependency One of the most important…
  • How Urbanization Affects the Environment

    dmguion
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:19 am
    Infographic contributed by Kenneth Gray, Gottcha Wildlife Until very recently, nearly all of the world’s population lived in rural areas and lived from farming or hunting, but the percentage who live in urban areas has recently increased dramatically. According to the Population Reference Bureau http://www.prb.org/Publications/Lesson-Plans/HumanPopulation/Urbanization.asp about 3% of the world’s population lived in urban areas in 1800. about 14% lived in urban areas in 1900, and 12 cities had a million inhabitants or more. about 30% lived in urban areas in 1950, and 83 cities had a…
  • 11 Reasons Why We Still Need Earth Day

    dmguion
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:25 am
    US Senator Edmund Muskie, author of the 1970 Clean Air Act, addressing an estimated 40,000-60,000 people as keynote speaker for Earth Day in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia on April 22, 1970. In 1969 Senator Gaylord Nelson conceived the idea of holding a national teach-in on environmental issues and picked the date of April 22, 1970. The event, named Earth Day by one of the college students who helped coordinate events, succeeded beyond anyone’s imagination. Earth Day has been observed on April 22 every year since then. Why was Earth Day necessary in 1970, and why is it still necessary now? 1.
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  • 41 Super Easy Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill

    Rinkesh
    26 May 2015 | 5:45 am
    41 Easy Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill Everyone’s looking for ways to go green and save a little green these days. A major source of expenditure for all of us is our electricity bill. Its a great place to start saving money by making some small changes in your home. Whether you want to save planet earth, or you’re interested in ways to lower your energy bills, here are 41 tips to help be proactive and money savvy when it comes to energy. Read here more about 151 ways to conserve energy. 1. Install solar panels: This option may not be for everyone for its somewhat costly measures, but…
  • 30 Interesting Facts About Endangered Species

    Rinkesh
    18 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    30 Facts About Endangered Species Endangered species are those species that are at a risk of becoming extinct due to man’s intervention for their fur, habitat loss, climate change, disease, hunting. Endangered species have a small or declining population, meaning that there are so few left and could extinct anytime in near future. The current rate of extinction is far more than the expected natural rate and should be a cause of concern for all of us. These species help us to main ecosystems by providing clean air, water, medicines, food, building and clothing material. Read more about…
  • Hazardous Waste Disposal and Companies Involved in it

    Rinkesh
    8 May 2015 | 12:15 am
    What is Hazardous Waste Disposal? Hazardous waste is a growing problem in the world, both in the amount of hazardous waste products that are produced and the increasing problem of where to store it and how to resolve it. An entire industry has grown up around the issue, and they are regulated by the EPA. The Environmental Protection Agency seeks to protect both the environment and human health through regulating business practices. Waste disposal and management companies are the arm of the waste industry that deal with the collection and remediation of waste. Hazardous waste can be anything…
  • 15 Extraordinary Extinct Species of Last Century

    Rinkesh
    6 May 2015 | 10:29 pm
    The Extinct Crisis According to Center of Biological Diversity, Mother Earth is losing out dozens of species everyday. Its painful to hear but its true that sixth large mass extinction of plants and animals has begun and could complete in few centuries. About 20,000 species are at risk of extinction and scientists estimate we’re now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate. There have been 5 major mass extinctions in last 540 millions years. These 5 major extinctions are: Ordovician-Silurian mass extinction, Late Devonian mass extinction, Permian mass…
  • Types and Stages of Ecological Succession

    Rinkesh
    2 May 2015 | 3:49 am
    What is Ecological Succession? Ecological succession is the term used to describe what happens to an ecological community over time. It refers to more or less predictable and orderly set of changes that happen in the composition or structure of ecological community. When you are born, your learn to crawl, then walk and then run. When you grow old, your body goes through certain predictable changes over a period of time as in your body grows taller, your hair grows longer, your mind and body develops. Similarly, when you plant a tree, it grows slowly and then grows bigger and bigger and…
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  • House Hunting? Read this First!

    enviroadmin
    20 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Before making an offer on a home, most people hire an inspector to check it out. Some inspectors will perform cursory checks for basic environmental concerns, but most don’t. The smart house hunter will also engage an environmental and pest specialist to perform an additional inspection, looking for some very specific hazards: PESTS:  Most pest inspections focus on wood-destroying insects such as carpenter ants and termites, but rodents can be just as damaging. Rodent waste carries dangerous bacteria and viruses. Common areas of infestation are basements, ceilings and garages. MOLD: Attics…
  • Pest Control For Mice and Rats

    enviroadmin
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Due to the spread of towns, cities and businesses, the original habitat of common mice has been encroached upon. The intrusion on rolling hills where mice once lived (well, technically they still do, but there are less rolling hills) has created the opportunity for them to find a new home within man-made dwellings. Some say that mice have now become dependent on humans for their sustenance. Flourishing cities, once established, has cause mice to migrate in droves and become permanently settled. Because of this, mice bring a host of problems for people in their homes and places of business.
  • Mice, Rats, and Ants! Oh My!

    enviroadmin
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Every homeowner deals with pests in their household at some point. Some are easier to get rid of than others. A few of the more troubling pests include: Ants Ants can be a plague in many homes. Whether it is a few ants or a large nest, the problem usually is hard to measure on the surface. Some home remedies such as finding the nest and pouring boiling water onto it may be satisfying, but will only take care of a few thousand, compared to the millions in the nest. Wasps Wasp nests can be dealt with easily if they are in the ground. First you find where the wasps are going into the soil. After…
  • Getting Rid of Rats

    enviroadmin
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Why is Controlling Rats Important? Rats have a stigma about them for being one of the deadliest pests and for good reason! Rats are hosts to bacteria that cause deadly diseases, such as leptospirosis, typhus fever, rat-bite fever, and dozens more. They transmit disease through hair, droppings and urine. If food or water get contaminated, it could result in food poisoning. Eliminating these pests from your home or business needs to be a main concern. If you own a rental property or a business establishment, the sight of rats will drive potential and existing customers away! Rats are quite…
  • Along With Drafts Come Some Furry Friends

    enviroadmin
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ever wonder what is lurking in your home? Or what that scratching is in your walls or ceiling? It may be what you least expect. During colder months, rodents try to find their ways into homes seeking out food and shelter. Rodents, especially mice, can fit through very tiny openings because of their soft cartilages. Once they move in, they have full access to move throughout your home using wall cavities, attics, crawl spaces, etc. Rodents move in colonies and have the ability to expand quickly. Once they enter a home, they tend to nest in the insulation in your walls, ceilings and attic. It…
 
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  • Introducing: Pegex™

    Jessica Hope
    27 May 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Bridging The Gap Between Customer and Vendor Alongside its parent company Pegasus Sustainability Solutions, Hazardous Waste Experts recently launched Pegex™, an innovative customer acquisition tool for companies within the environmental services industry. Businesses of all shapes, sizes, and industry types struggle with acquiring new customers, but throughout our extensive work with our partners and vendors, we’ve […] The post Introducing: Pegex™ appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • The Toxic Substances Control Act: Is Reform In Sight?

    Jessica Hope
    14 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    The Flawed Legislation of the Toxic Substances Control Act For all of its lofty goals and prodigious responsibilities, there’s no denying that the Toxic Substances Control Act is a bit dated. Not only was it enacted in 1976 (that’s forty years ago), but it has also been tragically riddled with flaws since its formation. The […] The post The Toxic Substances Control Act: Is Reform In Sight? appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • 5 Common Hazardous Waste Management Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

    Jessica Hope
    6 May 2015 | 11:32 am
    As most of us know too well, mistakes are an unfortunate – but unavoidable – part of life. Mistakes teach us a great many things, hasten necessary changes, reveal important insights, and prompt us to make better choices in the future (while causing a little suffering and sometimes costing us some money in the process). […] The post 5 Common Hazardous Waste Management Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them) appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Happy Earth Day: 5 Facts You Need to Know

    Jessica Hope
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:52 am
    In case you haven’t heard, today marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day – and according to the Earth Day website, this “could be the most exciting year in environmental history.” Here at Hazardous Waste Experts, we attribute that potential to the exciting global shift towards sustainability. Earth Day gives each and every one of us […] The post Happy Earth Day: 5 Facts You Need to Know appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • EPCRA: Emergency Planning and the Right-to-Know

    Jessica Hope
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Presage to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA) Bhopal, India, December 3rd, 1984. An accidental release of 45 tons of methyl isocyanate (MIC), an extremely toxic chemical, at an Indian subsidiary of the American corporation, Union Carbide—a pesticide plant—kills over 2,000 people and injures more than 500,000. By the next morning, it was widely […] The post EPCRA: Emergency Planning and the Right-to-Know appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
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  • With Solar Energy Research Center, we're one step closer to making fuel from sunlight and CO2

    lloydalter
    27 May 2015 | 1:45 pm
    When we talk about the wonders of evolution and life on Earth, many people look at the complex end results and are amazed that such a thing as an eyeball can happen. But few things are more impressive than photosynthesis, when life forms evolved that turn sunlight, water and carbon dioxide into carbohydrates and oxygen. That is the true miracle that made our planet habitable and life as we know it possible.
  • Bill Nye, Amy Schumer explain why the universe really exists

    mdestries
    27 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
      The true meaning of the universe and humanity's place within it has baffled people for ages — until now.  
  • Swimmers descend on London's plant-cleaned public bathing pond

    mhickman
    27 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    While the once-outrageously filthy River Thames isn’t quite ready to welcome swim cap- and goggle-donning Londoners (but if all goes as planned it soon will be) for extended dips, the next best thing when it comes to chemical-free urban bathing recently opened for business in the British capital city’s King’s Cross section: an inner city freshwater swimming hole-cum-art installation that eschews
  • Berkeley collects $116,000 in 1st month of soda tax

    rshreeves
    27 May 2015 | 11:50 am
    In March, Berkeley, California, became the first city in the nation to institute a soda tax. The tally is in for the first month’s revenues, and the city took in $116,000 in taxes, according to NBC Bay Area.  
  • '3 Scientists Walk Into A Bar' sounds like a joke, but it’s really a new show on the Weather Channel

    gmiller
    27 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    There are other hands-on science shows on TV, but "3 Scientists Walk Into a Bar" takes a novel approach. First, its topics focus on weather and natural phenomena. And as you can infer from the title, its approach is light and irreverent. Launching with three back-to-back episodes May 31 and returning with five more in October, it's fun, engaging, interactive, relatable and accessible, as executive producer Isaac Holub of Lucky 8 TV describes it.
 
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  • Does Your Office Make You Sick? Coverall can help.

    Coverall
    26 May 2015 | 7:52 am
    No, not your job, your office. For many unsuspecting employees across the globe, their office makes them sick, literally. It may sound funny, but while a large percentage of workers are busy blaming their co-workers (actually their co-worker’s children), or their office cleaning service, they should point the finger at their facility. From roof leaks and moldy ceiling tiles, to filthy carpets and dirty doorknobs, offices everywhere are sick, causing those who inhabit them to suffer too. There’s even a name for this condition. It’s called “sick building syndrome” and it’s no joke.
  • We Recruit You! Coverall Salutes Military Veterans and Those Who Hire Them!

    Coverall
    22 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    As a small business owner, you’re all in from the beginning. Your time, energy and focus make things happen. Veterans have five distinct qualities or values that carry over naturally from the military to life as a civilian and especially as a business owner. 1. Discipline If everyone on earth had the same level of discipline as a Military Veteran, we’d all be small business owners. Well, maybe not, but you know what we mean. Running a business is much different than having a job. It requires constant attention, energy and focus in order for it to grow. Discipline is an essential…
  • Coverall Attends 2015 Spring Forum for the Medical Office Managers Society of South Jersey

    Coverall
    18 May 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Coverall recently attended the 2015 Spring Forum for the Medical Office Managers Society of South Jersey, and what an impressive turnout. The event focused on the continuing education of medical office managers from across Southern New Jersey including Gloucester, Camden and surrounding counties. Jim Rio from the Coverall Philadelphia Support Center met and spoke with 30 of the 36 medical practices in attendance during what turned out to be an incredible day, complete with a valuable educational session, Patient-Centered Healthcare: Improving the Patient Experience, presented by Ron Howrigon…
  • U.S. Army Veteran Leads the Way as Coverall Franchised Business Owner

    Coverall
    14 May 2015 | 12:41 pm
    “If you told me twenty years ago that I’d own a business and work for myself, I’d probably laugh,” said Martel Brown, United States Army Veteran and former infantry soldier. Like many other military veterans, Brown has a story to tell, one that includes a lifelong relationship with the girl of his dreams, being deployed overseas, the blessing of children and grandchildren, and the chance to live the American Dream as a business owner. Everything he does, or has done, meets the definition of commitment. After all, he spent seven years in the Army, is coming up on 27 years of marriage…
  • Happiness Is… Helping Others

    Coverall
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Maria “Carolyn” Cagat is a Coverall Hawaii Franchised Business Owner on a mission. While some people start their own business because they want to be their own boss or for the flexible hours, Cagat does it to help people. This August, Cagat will celebrate her two-year anniversary as a Coverall Franchised Business Owner, and in that time, has been able to give back to her community by providing jobs to those interested in joining the business. As a nursing student at Hawaii Pacific University, Cagat has always had a desire to help others. Her passion stemmed from her many visits to the…
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    AirBetter.org

  • Dehumidifier Reviews, Ratings, Consumer Reports 2015

    Brian
    17 May 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Guides to Choose A Best Dehumidifier 2014 – 2015  What is A Dehumidifier? A dehumidifier is an appliance commonly used in spaces to remove excess moisture or humidity out of the air. In this article, you will find our dehumidifier reviews info. All dehumidifiers come assembled with the same basic components: a fan compressor, cooling coils, a reheater and a reservoir. Generally, the fan compressor pulls in the air and distributes a cooling agent over the device’s coils. Collected air is… Continue Reading ›› The post Dehumidifier Reviews, Ratings, Consumer Reports…
  • What Will Happen since The Moment You Quit Smoking

    Brian
    9 May 2015 | 6:03 pm
    What Happens from The Moment You Quit Smoking I believe people all know that smoking harms our body, but there are still a myriad of smokers in the world. Most people like to smoke, because, in their minds, smoking can bring joys or make them feel better and they might think less about its risks. Though smoking might give you the transitory illusions of joys, this is at the price of your health. However, you still can’t quit smoking. I… Continue Reading ›› The post What Will Happen since The Moment You Quit Smoking appeared first on AirBetter.org.
  • Tips to Have Great Indoor Air: Only Natural Smell

    Brian
    1 May 2015 | 5:45 pm
    5. Try to Make it Smell Naturally Perhaps, you may think that adding some lemony or piney scent into your clean clothes or kitchens could be nicer, but, actually, synthetic fragrance in most air fresheners and laundry products releases multiple chemical gases into the indoor air. And cleaning-related products, such as laundry detergents, fresheners or fabric softeners, can also emit chemical gases. One study found that a plug-in air fresher can emit about 20 kinds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs),… Continue Reading ›› The post Tips to Have Great Indoor Air: Only Natural…
  • How to Choose A Best Dehumidifier for Basement?

    Brian
    1 May 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Guides and Reviews for Basement Dehumidifiers 2015 In today’s post, we will firstly talk about the humidity problems in basement, and then we will go over to how to solve the humid problem – Choosing A Best Dehumidifier for basement, and lastly we will talk about some top rated basement dehumidifiers and reviews of them. Basement and Humidity Basements are more likely to be deluged with heavy moisture becoming a breeding ground for mold and mildew. This is because cool… Continue Reading ›› The post How to Choose A Best Dehumidifier for Basement? appeared first on…
  • Whole House Dehumidifier Reviews 2014 – 2015

    Brian
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:50 pm
    Whole House Dehumidifier Choosing Guide 2015 Why a whole house dehumidifier is needed? Excess moisture in the air can cause lots of discomforts, which may further lead to serious health issues. Dehumidifiers are increasingly believed to be a great solution to this problem. And the whole house dehumidifier is the elite of humidity regulation. This post is for whole house dehumidifier reviews, ratings, and consumer reports info. A whole house dehumidifier not only can eliminate problems caused by high humidity,… Continue Reading ›› The post Whole House Dehumidifier Reviews…
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    Survival Renewable Energy

  • 3 Reasons Why Solar Power is Affordable

    Chad Hofheins
    19 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Last updated:19th May, 2015, 7:05 PMIn the solar power industry, the biggest concern voiced from customers is that solar power is tremendously expensive. How can you help your customers overcome this obstacle and realize that they will actually save money by switching to solar power? Below are three things that you should discuss with your clients to help them realize solar power is, in fact, affordable. Tax Credits Everyone knows that switching from fossil fuels to solar power is better for the environment– even the government. Federal and state governments provide tax credits to encourage…
  • The Benefits Of Green Roofs And Green Walls

    Derek Lotts
    18 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Last updated:18th May, 2015, 7:20 PMIf you ever came by a house whose walls and roof were covered in various greenery while driving to work or walking round your neighborhood you it surely did not go unnoticed. It is a general opinion that they look unique and appealing especially if they are perfectly blended into the aesthetics of the surroundings. However, did the owners opt to build green roofs and green walls merely due to outside appearance or are there additional reasons behind it? Let us discuss all the benefits that come from green walls and roofs. It is important to emphasize that…
  • Eliminating Chemicals: How to Grow a Chemical-Free Garden

    Diana Smith
    14 May 2015 | 11:43 am
    Last updated:14th May, 2015, 6:43 PMYou have probably realized by now that having a garden demands a lot of work. And pleasure, as well. To some people, the appearance of their first weed means that they need to do more and more in order to stop it from reoccurring. Many gardeners swear by some weed-eliminating products, without even thinking about how much that chemical can cause harm not only to the plant itself but to the entire ecosystem around it. Birds and insects can also get killed by lawn pesticides and herbicides. Not to mention pets or kids that roam around the garden. Once you…
  • Natural Decor For The Indoor – Using Natural Elements To Decorate Indoor

    Diana Smith
    12 May 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Last updated:12th May, 2015, 7:09 PMSome homes just simply crave to have a natural touch, and in most cases it is possible to bring some of your garden plants inside to enjoy them, but for those who do not have a garden, it will be a bit difficult to do so; which is why they can focus on combining natural elements and introducing them into different rooms of their house so that they can balance out their design. Moreover, the natural touch they are introducing will enable them to reconnect with nature a bit and to enjoy a fresh breath of interior design. Starting With Simple Elements For some…
  • #SaveSaturday – How To Save Energy At Home

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    9 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    Last updated:9th May, 2015, 3:36 PM#SaveSaturday – How To Save Energy At Home Have you ever asked yourself how you can save power and money that your home consume every single day. Straight to the point ,the following video explains how you can truly save energy at your home plus it calculate how much many you would save. The post #SaveSaturday – How To Save Energy At Home appeared first on Survival Renewable Energy.
 
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