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  • Threatened Status Proposed for West Coast Fisher after Poisonings with Rodenticides

    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog
    Beyond Pesticides
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, October 21, 2014) Due in large part to the use of rodenticides in the cultivation of illegal marijuana grow operations, earlier this month the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced a proposal to list fishers, medium sized carnivores of the weasel family, as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Fishers are the […]
  • Perez: The Cell Phones in our Pockets Shouldn’t Come at the Expense of Workers’ Lives

    EHS Today
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    U.S. Labor Department and Federal Communications Commission have launched a working group to prevent fatalities in telecommunications industry. Kathy Pierce expected her son, Chad Weller, to come home on March 19 at the end of his shift as a cell tower climber. But Weller, always ready with a smile for his mom, never came back. read more
  • Woman who is 'allergic' to the 21st century has no physical contact with the outside world

    MCS America ©
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Woman who is 'allergic' to the 21st century has no physical contact with the outside world http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/woman-who-is-allergic-to-the-21st-century-has-no-physical-contact-with-the-outside-world/story-fni0cx2y-1227092832555?nk=d70c1dcd5ac9a95bcda6681666fdea38 "FOR almost five years, I've lived in one single room, stripped of all possessions – apart from a fold-out bed that doesn't even have a mattress."
  • 13th Report on Carcinogens adds four new chemicals to the cancer list - Fracking just got worse for your health

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    Jennifer Sass
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. The National Toxicology Program’s Report on Carcinogens  – the nation’s authoritative public list of substances “known” or “reasonably anticipated” to cause cancer in humans – added four chemicals, making a total of 243 substances in its 13th Report : 1-bromopropane used as a cleaning solvent and in spray adhesives; Pentachlorophenol, a complex mixture used as a wood preservative to treat utility poles; Ortho-Toluidine, used to make rubber chemicals, pesticides, dyes, and some consumer…
  • politics and bathroom lighting

    I learned something today
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    Those of you who live in Tucson and have a landline are by now well aware that we have an election coming up. Both sides (but as far as I'm aware, not the actual candidates themselves) have at this point essentially accused the other of intending to act like God did during most of the book of Job.With today's telephone technology, you can blacklist phone numbers, so now our exposure to the vitriol predominantly supports the US Postal Service, through which we have learned that no matter what happens at the election, we're probably all going to live painful, short lives in the post-apocalyptic…
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    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog

  • Threatened Status Proposed for West Coast Fisher after Poisonings with Rodenticides

    Beyond Pesticides
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, October 21, 2014) Due in large part to the use of rodenticides in the cultivation of illegal marijuana grow operations, earlier this month the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced a proposal to list fishers, medium sized carnivores of the weasel family, as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Fishers are the […]
  • EPA Finds Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments To Be of Little or No Benefit

    Beyond Pesticides
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, October 20, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a report Thursday that soybean seed treatments with neonicotinoid insecticides provide little or no overall benefits in controlling insects or improving yield or quality in soybean production. While pesticide manufacturer Syngenta has petitioned EPA to raise the allowable levels of another systemic pesticide thiamethoxam on […]
  • GMO Labeling Movement Marches Forward with Vermont Release of Draft Rules

    Beyond Pesticides
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, October 17, 2014) The Vermont Attorney General’s Office, as part of a continuous effort to label genetically modified organisms (GMO) and increase transparency for consumers, released a draft of the rules written to govern the state’s law to require the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering. The nine page rulemaking, describe a […]
  • EPA Approves Enlist Duo®, Opens Gate to New Wave of GE Woes

    Beyond Pesticides
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, October, 16, 2014) Despite a massive outpouring of public opposition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced yesterday that it has registered Enlist Duo®, officially putting the rubber stamp of approval on the sale and use of a new wave of genetically-engineered (GE) 2,4-D tolerant crops. Developed by Dow AgroSciences, Enlist Duo® is […]
  • Another Study Links Depression in Farmers to Pesticide Use

    Beyond Pesticides
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, October 15, 2014) A new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives finds a strong relationship between the use of pesticides and depression in farmers. One specific class of pesticide, organochlorines, was associated with a 90% higher chance of being diagnosed with depression. For fumigants, the increased risk was up to 80 percent. This […]
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    EHS Today

  • Perez: The Cell Phones in our Pockets Shouldn’t Come at the Expense of Workers’ Lives

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    U.S. Labor Department and Federal Communications Commission have launched a working group to prevent fatalities in telecommunications industry. Kathy Pierce expected her son, Chad Weller, to come home on March 19 at the end of his shift as a cell tower climber. But Weller, always ready with a smile for his mom, never came back. read more
  • Roofing Contractor Deliberately Failed to Supply Fall Protection, OSHA Says

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Xtreme Restoration & Waterproofing LLC is facing $70,070 in fines for a willful violation, a repeat violation and two serious violations of safety regulations. A New Haven, Conn., roofing contractor’s “deliberate failure to supply required fall protection” exposed workers to the risk of fatal falls, OSHA alleges. Xtreme Restoration & Waterproofing LLC is facing $70,070 in fines for a willful violation, a repeat violation and two serious violations of safety regulations. OSHA’s inspection of a Bridgeport, Conn., construction site in June found Xtreme employees…
  • Cal/OSHA Issues Interim Guidelines to Protect Health Care Workers from Ebola

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Cal/OSHA and the California Department of Public Health have issued interim guidelines for health care workers, emergency responders, airline flight crews, laboratory staff and other professions that face the potential risk of exposure to Ebola. Training, proper PPE and isolation rooms for donning and doffing protective gear are among the recommendations that Cal/OSHA makes to protect health care workers from Ebola, in guidance issued last week. “California’s workplace safety and health standards go further than national standards in protecting workers from hazards such as…
  • Owner of Offshore Oil Rig Agrees to Pay $1 Million for Clean Water Act Violations

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    EPA, the Justice Department and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement filed a lawsuit in February 2013 alleging that the ATP Innovator oil platform violated the Clean Water Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. ATP Infrastructure Partners LP, the owner of an offshore oil rig that was stationed about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana until earlier this year, has agreed to pay a $1 million civil fine to resolve a federal lawsuit alleging that the firm illegally discharged oil and chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico. read more
  • OSHA’s New Reporting Requirements [Infographic]

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    How will OSHA’s new incident reporting requirements impact your business? This infographic from Safe Staff provides a quick look at the incidents that must be reported to OSHA and the industries that now are included in the reporting rule. Take a look and see if your industry is impacted.   Content Classification:  Curated read more
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    MCS America ©

  • Woman who is 'allergic' to the 21st century has no physical contact with the outside world

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Woman who is 'allergic' to the 21st century has no physical contact with the outside world http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/woman-who-is-allergic-to-the-21st-century-has-no-physical-contact-with-the-outside-world/story-fni0cx2y-1227092832555?nk=d70c1dcd5ac9a95bcda6681666fdea38 "FOR almost five years, I've lived in one single room, stripped of all possessions – apart from a fold-out bed that doesn't even have a mattress."
  • Electromagnetic hypersensitivity means Peter Lloyd can't leave his house... or enjoy any modern pleasures inside

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Electromagnetic hypersensitivity means Peter Lloyd can't leave his house... or enjoy any modern pleasures inside http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/electromagnetic-hypersensitivity-means-peter-lloyd-7948249"The 42-year-old says he is desperate to be housed in an isolated wooden hut because virtually every aspect of modern life causes him pain"
  • Allergic diseases and multiple chemical sensitivity in korean adults.

    27 Sep 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Allergy Asthma Immunol Res. 2014 Sep;6(5):409-14. doi: 10.4168/aair.2014.6.5.409. Epub 2014 Mar 21. Allergic diseases and multiple chemical sensitivity in korean adults. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25228997 Jeong I1, Kim I1, Park HJ2, Roh J3, Park JW2, Lee JH2. Abstract PURPOSE: Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is a clinical syndrome representing multi-organ and psychological symptoms caused by chronic exposure to various chemicals in low concentrations. We evaluated the prevalence and related factors of MCS targeting Korean adults using the Quick Environmental Exposure and…
  • Spain officially recognises Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, the condition of the 'bubble people'

    27 Sep 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Spain officially recognises Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, the condition of the 'bubble peoplehttp://www.sensibilidadquimicamultiple.org/2014/09/spain-recognises-mcs-bubble-people-2014.html "MCS didn't "exist" before from an administrative point of view, which involved a "complete defencelessness situation" for the sufferers.The addition of the condition to the healthcare system has been carried out in accordance with the WHO approved ICD guidelines which other countries had already adopted for this disease."
  • Observance of MCS/EMS Awareness Month May 2014 in Florida, USA

    23 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Observance of MCS/EMS Awareness Month May 2014 in Florida, USA http://mcs-america.org/index_files/Observance2014.htm
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  • 13th Report on Carcinogens adds four new chemicals to the cancer list - Fracking just got worse for your health

    Jennifer Sass
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. The National Toxicology Program’s Report on Carcinogens  – the nation’s authoritative public list of substances “known” or “reasonably anticipated” to cause cancer in humans – added four chemicals, making a total of 243 substances in its 13th Report : 1-bromopropane used as a cleaning solvent and in spray adhesives; Pentachlorophenol, a complex mixture used as a wood preservative to treat utility poles; Ortho-Toluidine, used to make rubber chemicals, pesticides, dyes, and some consumer…
  • House Republications Push Bill to Weaken Pesticide Regulations - H.R.5447

    Jennifer Sass
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. House Republicans and their industrial agrochemical allies are trying to hijack concern about saving bees to promote a bill that would needlessly weaken pesticide regulation.  The bill (H.R. 5447), introduced by Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), would allow highly toxic pesticides to get shorter reviews if manufacturers claim they would protect bees.  The legislation would direct the EPA to expedite the approval of pesticide products  – using a process meant for low-hazard (EPA calls them ‘reduced risk’) pesticides…
  • Neonicotinoid pesticides - bad for bees, and may be bad for people too

    Jennifer Sass
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. While public attention has recently focused on the threat to honey bees and bumble bees from neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides, there is growing evidence that another species may be a risk from these pervasive chemicals—humans. Many scientists now say that exposure to neonics may pose a risk to human health. Laboratory tests with cell cultures and rodents led the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to categorize two neonics – imidacloprid and acetamiprid – as possibly impairing the developing human nervous system.
  • EPA fines DuPont $1.8 million for harmful pesticide

    Jennifer Sass
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. EPA announced that it will fine DuPont $1.8 million for its failure to report on the adverse effects of its pesticide product called Imprelis (Sept 15, 2014).   According to EPA's news release, "EPA's ability to protect the public from dangerous pesticides depends on companies complying with the legal obligation to disclose information on the harmful effects of chemicals," said Cynthia Giles, EPA Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “This case sends the message that illegally withholding required…
  • National Academies fully supports Report on Carcinogens assessment - formaldehyde still causes cancer, despite industry arguments otherwise

    Jennifer Sass
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. The National Academies of Science (NAS) issued its assessment of the cancer risks from formaldehyde, a common and highly toxic chemical found in our furniture, home building materials, and clothing. The National Academies conducted a thorough and rigorous scientific review, and concluded that it posed a threat to humans for three types of cancer: nasopharyngeal cancer; sinonasal cancer; and myeloid leukemia. And, in 2009 the World Health Organization also confirmed the science that formaldehyde causes cancer in people. What makes this NAS…
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    I learned something today

  • politics and bathroom lighting

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    Those of you who live in Tucson and have a landline are by now well aware that we have an election coming up. Both sides (but as far as I'm aware, not the actual candidates themselves) have at this point essentially accused the other of intending to act like God did during most of the book of Job.With today's telephone technology, you can blacklist phone numbers, so now our exposure to the vitriol predominantly supports the US Postal Service, through which we have learned that no matter what happens at the election, we're probably all going to live painful, short lives in the post-apocalyptic…
  • things they don't want to tell you

    6 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Recently, I went on a new cell phone hunt, and I learned that when someone is trying to sell you something, they sometimes don't really want you to tell you much about it.I was used to a cut-rate cell phone carrier because if something is cheap enough, it works great, almost no matter how it works, but I finally started caring about good reception outside of town. I researched the other cut-rate companies, ones with better coverage than I had, and I found that you couldn't get any information off their websites. I suppose that could simply be a result of a cut-rate website, but the cable…
  • properly prepared in all situations

    20 Jun 2014 | 1:46 pm
    You know how when you buy a purse, it's all about what looks cute and happens to be in your price/quality range? Today I learned the process can be replicated by a husband.See, I got a phone call from my husband saying he was near a porcelain repair place with his parents, and there was a purse factory next door, and could I maybe tell him the dimensions of something I might like? So I go get a tape measure, and I'm rattling off dimensions of things I would carry, and I'm thinking this is a hopeless case. How's he going to eyeball something like that, much less get something cute?It turns out…
  • I'd have liked to have learned this sooner

    29 May 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The other day I learned from my doctor that people with mold exposure typically end up with a bunch of particulates stuck in their lungs. I learned this information because I did fine, but not great on only one part of one of those exhale-into-this-tube kinds of tests. I used to be super excellent at all parts of those, so there was a problem, and the doctor thought we could monitor it to make sure I wouldn't get emphysema down the road, but there was a nebulizer treatment for that.I couldn't imagine why you would wait on something like that, so I got the nebulizer and everything and got down…
  • olive oil and something resembling cheese

    12 Mar 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Because my friend asked me to, today I learned that O Organics olive oil congeals if you put it in the fridge overnight. Why is this information interesting? It turns out that according to various newsish sources (Fox's Carol Alt and Dr. Oz), olive oil should solidify in the fridge, and if it doesn't, it'll kill you because there are additives in it that increase shelf life and wreck antioxidants or something.One thing that happens when this information airs is that UC Davis' Olive Center gets a  lot of phone calls, and they, academically and fairly diplomatically (or potentially…
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    Urban Habitat

  • October Current Issues Panel

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Opportunities and Challenges for Building a Regional Renters Rights Movement Join us for an interactive panel discussion that explores community mobilization strategies across diverse and geographically fragmented communities, focusing on the needs of renters. Wednesday, October 226:00 - 8:00 pmEast Bay Community FoundationJames Irvine Conference Center353 Frank Ogawa PlazaOakland CA Gentrification and demographic shifts in metropolitan regions over the past 20 years present both challenges and opportunities for low-income communities of color to engage politically. Gentrification is…
  • BCLI Commission Seats

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    State Seats The Secretary of State’s Language Access Advisory Committee for California: Noemi Gallardo (’14) Assemblyman Bonta’s BMOC Working Group: Calvin Williams (’14) AB 32 Environmental Justice Advisory Committee: Ryan Young (’12) Regional Seats BART Title VI and Environmental Justice Advisory Committee: Audrey Lee (’13), Sam Kang (’10) CA Insurance Diversity Task Force: Sam Kang (’10) Transbay Joint Powers Authority Citizens Advisory Committee: Mark Garcia (’13), Sandra Padilla (’12) San Francisco Seats Citizens’ Committee on Community Development: Utuma Belfrey…
  • We look forward to seeing you!

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    For details about the event, go to Honoring Our Past, Shaping Our Future.
  • New Report!

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:03 pm
    The crisis of affordable housing over the next generation will be concentrated among renters. At the center of this crisis are low-income people of color living in urban areas. Households from these communities have been overrepresented among renters for decades, and in the recent housing market collapse, they have been disproportionately the victims of foreclosure and foreclosure-related evictions. Historically, these are also the same populations that have been uprooted from their homes and had their communities torn apart — by urban renewal in the post–World War II era and by…
  • More Regional Funding = More Local Transit

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Urban Habitat and members of the Transportation Justice Working Group are fighting to increase regional funding to put more local transit service on the streets, particularly bus service for low-income communities of color, youth, seniors, and working class communities. In 2013, the 6 Wins for Social Equity Network won an amendment to the Bay Area’s Regional Plan (Plan Bay Area) that commits the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to developing a regional funding program to increase local transit operations. For over a decade, MTC and the region have prioritized rail and other…
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    Media Notes

  • 'Deep Down Dark' tells the remarkable story of 33 Chilean miners trapped for 17 days.

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hector Tobar chronicles the physical and psychological ordeal of the miners with artful suspense and arresting details in his new book Deep Down Dark. Nick Romeo, The Christian Science Monitor.
  • Ebola fear leads UGA to cancel Liberian journalist’s visit.

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
    The University of Georgia cancelled the Oct. 23 guest lecture of an award-winning Liberian journalist after concerns were raised that it could expose students and the campus community to the Ebola virus. Brad Schrade, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  • The major Liberian newspaper churning out Ebola conspiracy after conspiracy.

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    At a time when Liberian residents need reliable information to make decisions that could have global ramifications, recent articles published by Liberia's Daily Observer paper have speculated that the U.S. Defense Department “manufactured” the Ebola outbreak, have alleged that the United Nations “deliberately introduced” the Ebola virus, and have fretted over an impending influx of foreigners. Terrence McCoy, The Washington Post.
  • Steven Johnson traces the unintended consequences of technological innovations.

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    The innovations that gave us clean drinking water don't seem as sexy as self-driving cars or a rover on Mars. But author Steven Johnson argues that these types of technological advances have changed our world in profound ways in his new book "How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World." Indre Viskontas, Mother Jones.
  • Book review: "The Meaning of Human Existence".

    13 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Edward Wilson’s new book, "The Meaning of Human Existence" is a valedictory work. The author, now 85 and retired from Harvard for nearly two decades, chews over issues such as: the environment; the biological basis of our behavior; the necessity of science and humanities finding common cause; the way religion poisons almost everything; and what we can learn from ants. Dwight Garner, The New York Times.
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    Toxicology News

  • Understanding the Process of Biological Magnification

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Biological magnification occurs when toxic substances concentrate in organisms, as they move from one link in the food chain to the next. As you go through the examples of biomagnification provided in this Buzzle article, you will get a better understanding of the process.
  • Professor Daniel G. Cyr receives the Gabriel L. Plaa Award of Distinction

    8 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    Professor Daniel G. Cyr of the Centre INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier is the recipient of the highest award given by the Society of Toxicology of Canada, the Gabriel L. Plaa Award of Disctinction 2014, in recognition of his outstanding and sustained contributions to the science of toxicology in Canada. As a toxicologist, Professor Cyr seeks to understand the hows and whys of male infertility by exploring the underlying cellular mechanisms.
  • Toxic seagulls: Montreal's contaminated bird colony offers clues about flame retardants

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:32 pm
    DESLAURIERS ISLAND, QuebecA A -There are no homes, few trees, and no real reason for any human to visit this 18-hectare hunk of clay and dirt. Gulls run this island, their screaming audible for miles, their guano covering every square foot.
  • It's in Virginia's budget: $418,282 for Public health toxicology

    13 Sep 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Epidemiology itself is simply the study of the distribution of diseases. If there's an cluster of illnesses, what caused them? Was it environmental? That's where the division's public health toxicology program comes in.
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    WordPress Tag: Mold

  • A Bite of Guru: Ham and Cheese Sandwich

    7 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    What the hell is this?! Attention food manufacturers: I could be representing your product online. Hire me and experience a whole new world of exposure. What would it be like? Here’s a little taste. –Ed. “What is that?” some moron asked me one day. I chewed and gulped hard. “It’s a ham and cheese sandwich,” I replied even though my mouth was still full. “And what the hell is that?” they continued with their clever line of questioning. “I’ll be happy to explain it for you.” — First find yourself some wheat. Harvest…
  • Fall Cleaning

    Roof Cleaner
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Now that fall has officially arrived here in West Michigan it is a great time to take care of the exterior cleaning projects that you have been putting off all summer. The weather is a little cooler making it great for outdoor work. Below are a few of the things around the house that should be taken care of this fall. 1. Clean the deck – If your deck is starting to show it’s age or if when wet, it gets very slippery due to the mold and mildew build up, it may be time for a cleaning. 2. Wash the siding – Does the siding on your house look dirty and grungy, are there spots of…
  • Mold Cleaning, Cleanup & Remediation VIdeos - Mobile & Daphne, AL

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:54 am
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  • Mold Inspection Trenton ME - stain elimination and ideas

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:47 am
    Here is a simple Diy Carpet Ink Stain Elimination…http://bit.ly/1yJ6ZkQ
  • PDX 1 In The Twat & 1 In The Tush

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    6 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
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    the soft landing baby

  • Can You Afford to Have a Family?

    Harry Spence
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    People often underestimate the importance of planning a family to prevent different sorts of problems that might arise from unwanted pregnancies. Those without the prudence to contemplate the results of a poorly made decision to create a family may find themselves entangled in financial woes.   Being buried in debt, mounting fees and bills to pay, and emotional stress from money troubles are just some of the detrimental effects of being unable to afford to have a family at an inconvenient time. Put those difficult money matters along with a struggling global economy just aggravates the…
  • How Far Are You Willing To Go To Become A Parent?

    Harry Spence
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    For any parent, a child is a bundle of joy and a source of happiness. But what if you discover that your spouse or both of you are incapable of conceiving a child? One of the main issues for parenthood is the problem with infertility. Fortunately for some, there are modern ways to have a child aside from adoption. In the U.S, many scientific options include egg donation. For instance, egg donation in Chicago is monitored by specialists in reproductive medicine. These agencies are generally bound by industry regulations set by national organizations.   Some countries have implemented an…
  • Creating A Home That Grows With Your Family

    Harry Spence
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    One of the concerns in planning a new family home lies in the flexibility to meet the family’s changing needs. As your family grows, a perfect home should be able to adapt and accommodate new members. The house that was ideal for you and your spouse could no longer be fit when you plan to have children. Building a house that grows with your family requires an efficient modeling plan. This would include a reliable provider of crane hoisting and rigging work. For those heavy lifting tasks, there are specialists who can be very helpful when you are moving large pieces of furniture, roofing…
  • How Beneficial Is Pet Ownership To Your Child’s Development?

    Harry Spence
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Pets play an important role in our lives and are often considered part of the family. They love their humans unconditionally, and we form a strong bond with them. We strive to give our pets only the best food, toys, beddings, and we look into getting the best dog insurance as well Parents around the world recognize the benefits of growing up with a pet, especially if they have experienced having close relationships with family pets as children or teens. Having a pet teaches children how to properly care for animals and become responsible. Pet ownership contributes greatly to your child’s…
  • How To Protect Your Children From The Sun

    Harry Spence
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    While it is encouraged to let your kids play outside and enjoy some sun, they should always do so with sun protection. If you’re heading on a family vacation with a lot of outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming, they will need as much protection from sun exposure as possible. We all need sun exposure to get ample amounts of vitamin D, which promotes calcium absorption for healthier and stronger bones. However, prolonged and repeated sun exposure puts us at risk of skin damage, immune system suppression, and even skin cancer from exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the…
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    Inter Press Service » Environment

  • Protecting Biodiversity in Costa Rica’s Thermal Convection Dome in the Pacific

    Diego Arguedas Ortiz
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    The concentration of clorophyll in the tropical Eastern Pacific, off Costa Rica’s northwest coast, reflects a high level of productivity and a healthy food chain. Credit: Kip Evans/MarViva FoundationBy Diego Arguedas OrtizSAN JOSE, Oct 20 2014 (IPS)The vast habitat known as the Costa Rican Thermal Convection Dome in the eastern Pacific Ocean will finally become a protected zone, over 50 years after it was first identified as one of the planet’s most biodiversity-rich marine areas.Costa Rica proposed naming the Dome an Ecologically and Biologically Significant Area (EBSA), when it met with…
  • Belize Fights to Save a Crucial Barrier Reef

    Aaron Humes
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    The humble CREWS buoy hosts several instruments designed to measure conditions above and below the water, and keep track of these developing threats. Credit: Aaron Humes/IPSBy Aaron HumesBELIZE CITY, Oct 20 2014 (IPS)Home to the second longest barrier reef in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere, which provides jobs in fishing, tourism and other industries which feed the lifeblood of the economy, Belize has long been acutely aware of the need to protect its marine resources from both human and natural activities.However, there has been a recent decline in the production and…
  • Warmer Days a Catastrophe in the Making for Kenya’s Pastoralists

    Miriam Gathigah
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    Arid and semi-arid lands account for about 80 percent of Kenya’s land. Most pastoralists live in these areas and keep over 60 percent of the country’s livestock population. Credit: Miriam Gathigah/IPSBy Miriam GathigahNAIROBI, Oct 20 2014 (IPS)Seif Hassan is a pastoralist from Garissa, Northern Kenya, some 380 kilometres outside of the capital, Nairobi. He sells his animals at the Garissa livestock market where, during a good season, pastoralists can sell up to 5,000 animals per week and “it is a cash-making business.” “In a good season, an ox can go for as much as 1,000 dollars, a…
  • OPINION: Innovation Needed to Help Family Farms Thrive

    Jomo Kwame Sundaram
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Peruvian peasant women working on the family plot of land near the village of Padre Rumi in the Andean department of Huancavelica. Credit: Milagros Salazar/IPSBy Jomo Kwame SundaramROME, Oct 19 2014 (IPS)Family farms have been contributing to food security and nutrition for centuries, if not millennia. But with changing demand for food as well as increasingly scarce natural resources and growing demographic pressures, family farms will need to innovate rapidly to thrive.Meanwhile, sustainable rural development depends crucially on the viability and success of family farming. With family farms…
  • Pacific Climate Change Warriors Block World’s Largest Coal Port

    Lyndal Rowlands
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    A Pacific Climate Change Warrior paddles into the path of a ship in the world’s biggest coal port to bring attention to the impact of climate change on low-lying islands. Courtesy of Dean Sewell/Oculi for 350.orgBy Lyndal RowlandsUNITED NATIONS, Oct 18 2014 (IPS)Climate Change Warriors from 12 Pacific Island nations paddled canoes into the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia, Friday to bring attention to their grave fears about the consequences of climate change on their home countries.The 30 warriors joined a flotilla of hundreds of Australians in kayaks and on surfboards…
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    Dr Robert Muller - The Zeitgeist is Changing

  • Building the Political Momentum on Climate Change

    Dr Robert Muller
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Dear friends, A few days before the UN Climate Summit in September, we witnessed the largest-ever climate march in history. As I stood with fellow marchers in New York City, it was the most hopeful I've felt for our future generations in a long time. Around the world, hundreds of thousands seized the chance to raise their voices: grandparents like myself, indigenous peoples, young people, islanders whose homes are most at risk, elected officials and many more. This huge and diverse crowd was saying to world leaders: "we want to hear your ambition; we don't want to wait any longer; we are…
  • Why Australia's Outback is Globally Important

    Dr Robert Muller
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Mt. O'Connor, between Alice Springs and Uluru (Wikipedia)by John Woinarski, Charles Darwin University There are places in Australia that are awe-inspiring, spectacular, mysterious; they touch our spirit and help define our nation.Kakadu is one, Uluru another, the magnificent red sandy deserts, the Kimberley. These are part of our country’s essence, and they provide a rare lens into the wonder of nature and the timelessness and value of our land.But these places are embedded in a wider landscape and are dependent upon that landscape for their future.We haven’t really had a name for it, but…
  • World Failing to Meet Biodiversity Targets: Study

    Dr Robert Muller
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Kudzu on trees in Atlanta, Georgia, USA (Wikipedia)by James Whitmore, The Conversation and Nadia Wu, The ConversationGlobally, biodiversity is in trouble, and new research shows that the situation is unlikely to improve over the next five years.Researchers from around the world analysed global progress towards meeting the 20 international “Aichi Biodiversity Targets” by 2020 as set under the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2010. The results were published today in Science.The mid-decade analysis found that while knowledge of the biodiversity crisis had greatly improved, more action…
  • How Energy Storage Will Accelerate Decline of Fossil Fuels

    Dr Robert Muller
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Mohave Generating Station fuelled by coal (Wikipedia)by Giles Parkinson, ReNew Economy: http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/energy-storage-will-accelerate-decline-fossil-fuels-97640New Citigroup analysis says that energy storage will have a profound impact on traditional, fossil energy sources, with coal, oil, gas all affected. It’s good news for renewables though.As we reported here, Citigroup expects the cost of batteries storage to fall significantly in coming years.By 2020, it predicts solar and battery storage will reach “socket parity” in some countries, and at the utility scale level…
  • China's War on Pollution Could Leave Aussie Coal Out in the Cold

    Dr Robert Muller
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:46 am
    Muja Power Station - Collie, Western Australia (Wikipedia)by Shabbir Ahmad, The University of Queensland China’s recent move to limit imports of the dirtiest coal from 2015 onwards is a scary prospect for Australian miners.The proposed restrictions will ban the burning of coal with high levels of ash or sulphur in areas around major cities, as the Beijing government battles its pollution crisis.Analysts say that as much as half of the thermal coal currently shipped from Australia to China could run afoul of the new measures.The exact effects on Australia’s coal export market are hard to…
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    Plastic Bag Ban Report

  • Plastic Industry Will Fight SB 270

    Ted Duboise
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Sacramento, California, Tuesday, September 30, 2014 – After California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a new bill, SB 270, the plastic industry immediately filed for a voter referendum to repeal the law. SB 270 made California the first state in the nation to pass a statewide plastic bag ban by a state legislature. The […]
  • Shark Tank Investor Comments On SB 270

    Ted Duboise
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Obviously, there are many people across the nation who take issue with California’s new statewide plastic bag ban. TV’s business news channel, CNBC, interviewed one of the investors on CNBC’s popular show, Shark Tank, about the new law. I watched with interest and decided to share the video.
  • SB 270: A Businessman’s Perspective

    Ted Duboise
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    Businessman Gary Ray of Black Diamond Games in Concord, CA gives his perspective of SB 270, California’s new state-wide plastic bag ban. Here is a re-print of his story, by his permission, that he published on his blog. Although his business doesn’t fall under the state’s new law, Gary still is an environmentalist. I felt […]
  • Northern Ireland Reduces Carrier Bag Usage by 72%

    Ted Duboise
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Northern Ireland, Aug. 27, 2014 – The Department of the Environment of Northern Ireland today published the first set of Carrier Bag Levy statistics. The figures show a marked decrease of almost 72%, which equates to a reduction of around 215 million bags. Mark H Durkan, speaking during a visit to Gormley’s Centra, Claudy, said: […]
  • California Passes First Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

    Ted Duboise
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    Sacramento, California, Aug. 29, 2014 (PBBR) – For several years, since 2007, California politicians have tried to get a statewide plastic bag ban passed. This year they succeeded. The California State Legislature passed a bill to regulate plastic shopping bags statewide. The bill received final approval today when the Senate voted to pass Senate Bill […]
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    ToxicsWAtch Blog

  • Usually we’re frustrated with what seems like persistent inaction in Congress, but this time we’re feeling encouraged

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    Remember this spring when we were raising a ruckus about the Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA), a draft bill that was before the House Energy & Commerce Committee? Well it’s dead. For Now. And we have you to thank! Because of your emails, ultrasound photos, family pictures and calls we helped stop this bad bill in its tracks. D.C. insiders told us this was impossible. We proved them wrong.
  • The Chemical Industry's Dirty Laundry is Coming Out in the Wash

    25 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    We talk a lot about toxic flame retardants at Washington Toxics Coalition. A lot. But that’s because there’s alot to say about the harm they pose to our health. Today, we released a first-of-its kind, peer-reviewed study that brings a whole new meaning to “dirty laundry.” Flame retardants that cause cancer, learning disabilities and other problems literally attach to our clothing and wind up going down the drain when we do the wash.
  • A-B-C 1-2-3 Pack Their Back Pack Toxic-Free!

    25 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    Choosing safer school supplies is as easy as 1-2-3! First, reuse what you can from last year. Next, read on for healthier alternatives. Last, work with your school to develop safer options for next year, especially for items such as markers that require collaboration with the school.
  • Toxic Hot Seat - the Washington Tour 2014

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    The award-winning HBO documentary Toxic Hot Seat is touring Washington for the remainder of 2014. Want to bring it to your neighborhood? Our power is in our people. Educate and empower your community to call on the state legislature to ban toxic flame retardants in children's products and home furnishings by bringing Toxic Hot Seat - the Washington Tour to you.
  • Senate Tackling the Worst of the Worst Chemicals

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Imagine a group of chemicals so toxic, so detrimental to human health they could be linked to cancer, learning disabilities, reproductive issues, and endocrine disruption. Not only that, but the chemicals in question build up in the body and can be passed on to developing embryos. And if that weren’t bad enough, they stick around in the environment, effecting wildlife and water, which then impacts our food supply.
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    Aarons EnvironMental Corner.....

  • SiliGuy flexible phone mount/holder #carmount

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    This is one of those products that you see and think “wow.. really?” Then you get one and find out that it’s really fun and cool. Even for a utilitarian thing like this. It’s great for holding phones, of course, but it holds just about anything else you’d like as well. The SiliGuy is basically a humanoid-shaped, flexible rubber-ish thing that lets you bend its arms, legs, etc around whatever you’d like it to hold and to fit in any position or spot you’d like. I’ve had it hold my phone, of course, but mostly it’s been holding jars of USB…
  • Sari Foods Organic Spirulina is nature’s superfood #organicspirulina

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:36 pm
    If you read this blog regularly, then you already know what spirulina is. It’s basically an organic, nutrient-dense algae that can be ingested in powdered form. It’s one of the best things you can do for yourself and your health. We’ve been big fans of chlorella and spirulina for years. This particular product is from Sari Foods and is a USDA-certified organic product made in the U.S.A. It comes in a big bag in powdered form and can be made into pills, added to smoothies, or put in whatever else you’d like. My wife literally just drinks it straight with water. Whatever…
  • Majestic Bombay professional blackhead remover tool

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:16 pm
    We all wish we had one of these as teenagers. The Majestic Bombay Blackhead Blemish Remover Tool is a professional-grade, stainless steel tool used to “roll out” whiteheads and press out blackheads. It works without leaving bruises or skin discoloration, so it’s way better than the ol’ squeeze method. Most of us have blackheads or whitehads from time to time. They’re annoying and unsightly and can sometimes get worse, eventually becoming infected zits. When you’re up close for photos or intimate moments, they are ghastly. So here you go. A tool for removing…
  • FDA, Flooded with Protests, Revises Food Safety Rules

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    The agency has responded to comments from ANH-USA activists and other stakeholders. Here’s what they’re proposing now. Action Alert! In May we reported that the FDA is currently drafting rules that implement the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). As we noted then, some of the rules that have been proposed so far have brought a deafening outcry from small farmers, prominent members of Congress, consumers, and even big business. This response presumably caused the FDA to backtrack considerably, and the agency addressed many of the concerns you raised. On September 19, the FDA…
  • Harvard Research finds link between fluoridated water, ADHD and mental disorders

    12 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    from The Nation New research published in The Lancet by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) found that various chemicals that many children are exposed to are having a direct effect on the creation of disorders labeled under the name ADHD as well as other mental disorders. One of the chemicals said to be having an effect is fluoride, or variations of fluoride. Governments have been performing artificial fluoridation for a number of years regardless of the lack of effectiveness it has in preventing tooth decay. The…
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  • Guardians of the Amazon

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    The battle to defend Tres Islas against the negative impacts of increased mining began in 2010 (in the early years, Tres Islas residents themselves likely participated in small-scale mining activity). At the time, a public road cutting through Tres Islas had become a popular route for miners. An influx of new miners “not only destroyed the communal territory, but also brought an increase in bars and introduced child prostitution to the area,” Cachique says.http://www.theguardian.com/rainforest-alliance-partner-zone/2014/oct/20/tres-islas-indigenous-people-tribes-peru-forest
  • Protect the Environment

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    Extractive industries imperil everything that relies upon a clean environment: public health, fish and wildlife, and the global climate.The scale of modern resource extraction is mind-boggling. Mines can be thousands of feet deep and miles across and visible from outer space; oil and gas wells are drilled from horizon to horizon.The number and type of threats are extremely long-lasting; some of the projects we work on will need to be managed forever.Earthworks focuses on the most significant threats to our most precious resources and fights to make sure that they are protected for future…
  • Mount Diwata: The Legacy of Mercury in a Poisoned Community

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    At the height of the Mt. Diwata gold boom, more than 100,000 people lived and worked in Diwalwal. Today, the town is home to an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 miners and their families, including thousands of children, who are constantly breathing mercury fumes and dust from the ore processing that goes on all around them. Drainage from the mines courses through the streets of Diwalwal nonstop, carrying mercury, cyanide and other toxic chemicals into the Naboc and Agusan River. The Blacksmith Instituted cited the gross mercury and cyanide contamination of these rivers when it named Diwalwal one…
  • Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi Aims To Eliminate Child Labor

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    These children have usually suffered trauma, psychological or physical abuse and sexual abuse. Often they have done very dangerous work, with dangerous substances and chemicals, working in tobacco fields where children risk nicotine poisoning, working in small-scale gold mining and using toxic mercury to extract gold from the ore. We have also documented the use of child labor in tanneries, in leather-making in Bangladesh. Children are dealing with a whole cocktail of toxic chemicals that are cancer-inducing. With tools and machines, you see children having all kinds of accidents and you have…
  • Another Toxic Mine Spill Is Reported in Mexico

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    Roughly 10,800 tons of toxic material from the “Two Gentlemen” mine in the northern Mexican state of Sinaloa leaked into the Chupaderos stream, which flows into the Baluarte River in the town of Concordia, local authorities reported Friday. State and federal authorities have taken emergency measures to prevent wastes pollutants from contaminating ground water and affecting inhabitants of the region. According to officials a retention dam was breached at the mine which primarily extracts gold and…
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  • Herpes Virus in Moms and its Treatment

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    We will tell you about Herpes Virus in this article and will tell you the ways to treat Herpes Virus.Birth Acquired herpes virus is a virus that transfers from mother to the born one during when the birth take place.Causes:Right after birth, like kissing your child or having any contact with the child who may have herpes.If the mother has herpes at the time when it is the delivery, so it’s possible that the child will have herpes as well and will be having the herpes virus. Some women are not aware that they even have the inside the vagina herpes.If people do not know they have herpes and…
  • Things you NEED to know about buying prescription painkillers online

    11 Oct 2014 | 2:17 am
    Codeine is one of the most powerful painkillers on the planet today, and as such a very heavily regulated drug – to the point where it’s almost impossible to buy codeine without a prescription ANYWHERE . But if you have serious pain and you are looking for a serious pain control solution that you can order online you’re going to want to pay close attention to the insider information below.Truthfully, there are a lot of different hoops you’re going to need to jump through to buy codeine online – just to make sure that you’re actually getting the “real deal” and not some kind of…
  • How Garcinia Cambogia help you in weight loss?

    11 Oct 2014 | 1:15 am
    Garcinia Cambogia extract was demonstrated to help with weight reduction as well as to keep some basic wellbeing issues, for example, hypertension in people. Still a few studies presumed that the Garcinia Cambogia extract is still an inquiry check in the realm of characteristic wellbeing supplements. Conventional abstaining from food can be exceptionally troublesome for some individuals due to the increase in appetite. Despite of the fact that eating methodology and activity are demonstrated approaches to attain an economical weight reduction, it wouldn’t harm you to look for the…
  • Tips for Saving the Environment

    10 Oct 2014 | 3:04 am
    In recent years, the number of natural disasters and effects of global warming significantly increased.People are starting to realize that the way they live their lives has a huge effect on our planet.We can’t ignore nature’s signs anymore.Every human being is responsible for the planet we are living in, and everybody should do their part to save our environment and make a better future to our kids.This is not an impossible task, although many people think this way.If everybody did something, we really could make a difference.You could start by using less paper. A huge number of trees are…
  • Benefits and Disadvantages of Solar Power

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    There has been a lot of debate as to whether or not solar energy is a reliable source of energy and whether it provides enough benefits for us to consider installing it in our homes. With the coal and oil resources of the modern world rapidly dwindling, society must turn to other forms of energy and renewable energy systems are one of the best options as they provide limitless energy without taking anything out of the environment.By burning fossil fuels for our heating and electricity we are taking from a resource that is limited and will eventually run out, so it is important to start…
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    Small Footprint Family

  • Easy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

    Dawn Gifford
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Butternut squash is a type of winter squash. It has a sweet, nutty taste similar to that of a pumpkin. It has hard, yellow skin and orange fleshy pulp, and is an excellent source of nutrition during the winter months. This soup is one terrific way to enjoy it!Winter squashes are members of the Cucurbitaceae family and relatives of both the melon and the cucumber. Winter squashes like butternut or pumpkin have hard shells that are difficult to pierce, enabling them to have long storage periods under the right conditions. HistoryModern day squash developed from wild squash…
  • GIVEAWAY: 18-Piece GlassLock Storage Set {$40 Value!}

    Dawn Gifford
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:59 pm
    If you are trying to eat more whole foods and home cooked meals, it makes sense to have a set of storage containers that can hold your leftovers well. So you’ll want to invest in food storage containers that are made of glass instead of toxic plastic, and which can also easily go from fridge to oven to microwave or freezer.Well, you voted for it on Facebook, and here it is! This month’s giveaway is this very useful 18-piece GlassLock Storage Set!Storing your food in glass containers not only helps you avoid the endocrine disrupting chemicals found in…
  • How To Stop Blossom End Rot

    Dawn Gifford
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Your tomato plants are tall and green; you’ve taken the time to carefully stake or cage them to support their growth. Right now they are loaded with tons of green tomatoes, and some of them are just starting to blush red. And then three days later, it all goes horribly wrong. There is nothing more disheartening than to see that all of your ripening tomato beauties (or peppers or squash) are now rotting from the bottom—right on the vine!What is Blossom-End Rot?Blossom-end rot looks like a discolored, watery, sunken spot at the blossom end of the fruit, most commonly tomatoes.
  • 28 Vegetables That Grow in Partial Shade

    Dawn Gifford
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:37 am
    Most food gardening requires a full day of sun to help your fruits and vegetables to grow and ripen properly. But what if your yard has shady spots? Can you still grow some of your own food?The answer is YES! There are plenty of vegetables and herbs that can be grown in full shade, dappled shade, or as little as three to six hours of sun a day. Here is a list of 28 vegetables that grow in partial shade.Partial Sun and Partial Shade VegetablesOn the seed packages in the garden stores and catalogs, you will often see the words “partial sun” or “partial shade.”…
  • GIVEAWAY: $300 Amazon Gift Card!

    Dawn Gifford
    13 May 2014 | 8:00 am
    Great things happen when bloggers unite… like this giveaway, for instance. Are you ready to win a $300 Amazon Gift Card? We can hear your inner voice: “Well, duh! How do I enter?”Step 1: Click on the link belowAmazon.comIf you were to win the gift card, what would you purchase? Let us know with a link to the item in the comment section! It’s VERY possible that what you choose will be on our list for future giveaways. Step 2: Join the Small Footprint Family Blog Update! Simply enter your preferred email address in the box at the top of the sidebar. We send one…
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    News from the Goldman Environmental Prize

  • Threats to Environmental Activists on the Rise

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Twenty-five years ago, Brazilian rubber tapper Chico Mendes was murdered for his efforts to protect the Amazon rainforest. Just a month ago, Edwin Chota, an Ashaninka activist from Peru, was murdered for his efforts to stop illegal logging.Protecting land and natural resources can often be a risky business.  According to some observers, it is becoming riskier: Global Witness released a report earlier this year showing that over 900 people, at a minimum, were killed between 2002 and 2013 as a result of competition for natural resources. Their research showed that these killings are…
  • India’s Supreme Court Cancels Vast Majority of Country’s Mining Licenses

    8 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    A recent ruling from India’s Supreme Court declared all mining licenses issued after 1993 to be illegal. We reached out to the 2014 Goldman Prize winner from India, Ramesh Agrawal, a right to information activist who successfully shut down one of the largest coal mines in his region, to get his feedback on the ruling. Here is what he had to say:“The recent Supreme Court verdict that canceled all but a handful of coal mining licenses is certainly great news. It exposes the unholy nexus that exists between politicians, bureaucrats and the extraction industries in India. The ruling provides…
  • Norway Agrees to Pay Liberia $150 Million to End Deforestation by 2020

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:16 pm
    In return for $150 million in development aid from Norway, Liberia has agreed to stop cutting down its trees by 2020. The agreement was one of the most significant to come out of the UN Climate Summit, which took place in New York earlier this month.“This partnership holds promise not only for the forest and climate; but for forest communities that have been marginalized for generations,” said 2006 Goldman Prize winner from Liberia, Silas Siakor.The BBC article, “Liberia signs 'transformational' deal to stem deforestation,” cites the Ebola crisis as one of the main reasons Liberia was…
  • Goldman Prize Winners Call for Climate Action in New York City

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    Last weekend, several Goldman Prize winners, including Father Edwin Gariguez, Desmond D’Sa and Oscar Olivera joined over 300,000 demonstrators in New York City for the People’s Climate March to demand swift action on climate change. Nearly 125 world leaders gathered in New York this week for the UN Climate Summit, the largest-ever climate meeting.Alongside the official UN summit, hundreds of smaller conferences hosted by government bodies, citizen groups and nonprofit organizations took place. Goldman Prize winners were in attendance at many of these meetings. Father Edu participated…
  • Coming Soon: “The New Environmentalists: From Ithaca to the Amazon” at the Mill Valley Film Festival

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    The Goldman Environmental Prize is happy to announce it will be joining Mill Valley Film Group in co-presenting the film “The New Environmentalists: From Ithaca to the Amazon” as an Active Cinema partner at the 37th Annual Mill Valley Film Festival (Oct. 2 - 12, 2014).Active Cinema highlights films that feature groundbreaking social, environmental, and human rights issues. Their goal is to connect the power of film with the action of communities and organizations, and to help inspired audiences get involved. “The New Environmentalists: From Ithaca to the Amazon” is a…
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    Actual Organics

  • 10 ways to reduce waste in your life

    Joanna Runciman
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Waste costs money. Maybe not instantly but in the long run perhaps through stress and overwhelm of clutter, or the recycling and rubbish disposal management, maybe even the inevitable buying a new one as you can’t find the old one in the muddle. Can you relate? For me that is sticky tape, it comes to [...] The post 10 ways to reduce waste in your life appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • Why I don’t dye my hair

    Joanna Runciman
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    “Who does your colour?” I am often asked. “God does, as I don’t dye my hair!” I reply. I then get a curious look, and they say “oh, I thought you dyed your hair, it is a beautiful colour.” I say “Thank you” but get the feeling they still are unsure. Hence, why I decided [...] The post Why I don’t dye my hair appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • 3 ways consumerism ruins us

    Joanna Runciman
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
      So the new iPhone® was launched; queues of people wanting the latest gadget, queuing streets away for a glimpse at the new telephone but is all the hype and desire wise? Learn 3 ways consumerism ruins us, self-esteem and finances amongst others.   Consumerism is all around us.   The marketing comes at us [...] The post 3 ways consumerism ruins us appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • 3 reasons to slow down today

    Joanna Runciman
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    3 reasons to slow down today, include renewing inspiration, realising you can’t do it all and knowing busy-ness isn’t necessarily success!   This isn’t necessarily easy to go from a frenetic ‘race, race, race life’ to more balanced but I think it is wiser after all balance is a bit of both, racing about and [...] The post 3 reasons to slow down today appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • Dry shampoo means I wash my hair less

    Joanna Runciman
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    When I was a teenager I was allowed to wash my hair once a week, at boarding school.  It was hair wash day on Fridays, we all traipsed off to wash our hair, military style. Fast forward to a few years ago and I was washing my hair every day! That wasn’t wise and this [...] The post Dry shampoo means I wash my hair less appeared first on Actual Organics.
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    Sustainable Green Homes »

  • 4 Small Changes That Make a Big Environmental Difference

    David Guion
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    Idling? That blows money out the tailpipe Guest post by Fred Villa. Everyone wants to be green but what tends to put most people off is that making an environmental difference can sometimes be a bit expensive. That’s why I’ve come up with four things that you can try to do your part for helping improve the environment that are cheap, easy and don’t require tons of effort. 1- Make Your Garden Eco-Friendly: The first step is to change a few things around your garden; the easiest and most budget friendly option is to start a compost pile. Instead of piling all your grass trimmings,…
  • Top100 green blog–again!

    David Guion
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    In February 2013, Sustainable Green Homes was included in an infographic of Coupon Audit’s “Top 100 Green Blogs to Follow.” Earlier this year, the Green Deal Shop named us one of the “Top 50 Eco-Friendly Blogs.” Now, Rebates Zone and the New York Times have included us in yet another Top 100 Green Blogs infographic. I am quite pleased with the respect this blog has achieved. After you have looked through the infographic, please look around, find something to read, and leave a comment. An infographic by the team at Rebates zone The post Top100 green…
  • Vortex LED Dynamo Flashlight: a Review

    David Guion
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:34 am
    If you ever suffer a power outage, you need the Vortex LED Dynamo Flashlight. This heavy duty rechargeable flashlight is ideal for emergency use; you never have to wonder if the batteries are good.  It’s also great for more fun, outdoor stuff like camping. There are no batteries to hunt for or to fail when you need them. It’s a hand powered, wind up light. Turn the crank. Charge the battery. And how many other flashlights can you use underwater? How many others will charge your cell phone? The Vortex LED Dynamo is certainly the most flexible flashlight I have ever encountered.
  • Can you put dead batteries in the trash?

    David Guion
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    I had long thought it was illegal to put dead batteries in the trash. I said so in a group once and a friend immediately contradicted me. He’s a retired Regulatory Affairs Manager. His professional knowledge and experience trumps what I had long thought. Still, I decided to investigate further. Recently, California declared all batteries hazardous wastes and outlawed putting them out for regular trash collection. Otherwise, there’s no law against putting single use batteries in the trash. But just because something isn’t illegal doesn’t make it all right. And dead…
  • Green Cleaning: 6 Uses for Baking Soda in the House

    David Guion
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    Guest post by Sofia Lewis. Store shelves bulge with specialized cleaning products. They’re expensive. All those containers take up lots of room. It can help to have different ways of cleaning your house. You will find that there are plenty of alternate ways in which to do the house cleaning. Some cleaning services may not even have known about them. You will find that you can use the alternatives if you feel like you want to make a change in the chemicals that you use for environmental reasons, or for a change of cleaning scene, or even if you have run out of what you usually use!
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    Conserve Energy Future

  • What is Being Eco-friendly and 10 Steps to Become Eco-friendly?

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    What is Being Eco-friendly? Being eco-friendly or environmentally friendly is becoming more and more important. You can see the term used in everything from job ads to dating profiles to even listings houses and vacation homes. So, what is being eco-friendly? The simplest way to define what being eco friendly means is to say that it is the act of living with intent. The intent is focused on not creating harm to environment, and to prevent as much harm from occurring to the environment through your interactions with it. It goes beyond an idea and extends to actual practices that influence how…
  • What is Environmental Law and it’s Components

    9 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    What is Environmental Law? Environmental law looks at all the factors that pertain to an economy and its production and industry to assess its impact on the environment and to propose regulations that will reduce environmental harm. It is mostly considered with regulations and treaty agreements between countries, corporations and public interest initiatives that work to promote the conservation of natural resources and to enhance energy efficiency. According to Wikipedia, “Environmental law – or “environmental and natural resources law” – is a collective term…
  • Causes and Solutions to the Global Energy Crisis

    4 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    What is the Energy Crisis? The energy crisis is the concern that the world’s demands on the limited natural resources that are used to power industrial society are diminishing as the demand rises. These natural resources are in limited supply. While they do occur naturally, it can take hundreds of thousands of years to replenish the stores. Governments and concerned individuals are working to make the use of renewable resources a priority, and to lessen the irresponsible use of natural supplies through increased conservation. The energy crisis is a broad and complex topic. Most people…
  • 15 Easy Ways to Become Environmentally Friendly

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    What is Being Environmentally Friendly? There are a surprising amount of people, businesses and communities that would like to do more to conserve and protect our natural resources, but they don’t know where to begin with becoming more environmentally friendly. Understanding what makes each of these aspects of our world part of the process of changing and conserving our resources; and learning how to get started making a difference is the first thing you have to learn. According to Wikipedia, “Environmentally friendly, environment-friendly, eco-friendly, nature-friendly, and green are…
  • What is Tundra and How is Tundra Climate?

    28 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    What is Tundra? The tundra, while primarily located around the North Pole, is really a defined climate that exists in several other locations on the earth. When people talk about “the tundra” they are referring mostly to the unique ecosystem that exists around the Arctic Circle, but the tundra actually includes areas of Alaska, Canada and Antarctic. There are three classifications of tundra: Alpine Tundra Arctic Tundra Antarctic Tundra Tundras are areas in which a state known as “permafrost” exists. This means that the soil never fully thaws to allow for deep root growth. There is a…
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  • Why Do I Sneeze When My Furnace Turns On?

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    It is that wonderful time of year. The leaves are changing color, the temperatures are no longer oppressively hot, (I for one love the cold weather), and pumpkin everything! This is also one of the best seasons for craft beers. However, it is also that time when people turn their furnaces on for the first time in months, and those of us with forced air furnaces know the smell all too well. Dust, dirt, and mold; all the “junk” that has accumulated in your ducts are being shot right out of your vents and directly into the air. These elements along with other contaminants in your vent system…
  • Mold: Something to Watch For

    21 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    These days everyone seem to be paying more attention to their health; so why not take the same care in maintaining a healthy living space? There are a lot of different health concerns in the home. Some are easy to deal with, others are not. One of the more substantial health hazards in the home is the potential presence of mold. Mold is a naturally occurring fungus that is usually found lurking in dark, damp environments. Ideal places for mold to grow include attics and basements. Another place that mold can find a foothold is in appliances, such an indoor vented dryers or humidifiers. Mold…
  • Introduction to Mold: 101

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Home mold presents serious health hazards to you and your family. Fortunately, it is not hard to prevent mold once you know what mold is, how to identify it, and what techniques you can utilize to prevent it. What is Mold? Mold is a type of fungus that grows from spores. It is essential for the breakdown of dead plant and animal matter. The spores are usually inactive, but they become active if humidity levels exceed 70% or if temperatures exceed 65 degrees. Mold exists everywhere in the environment and people come in contact with mold every day, whether they know it or not. It is found both…
  • Mold Q&A: Understanding Mold In Your Home

    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    How does mold enter a home? Molds usually enter homes when spores float through open doorways, ventilation, windows, or heating and air conditioning systems that have outdoor air intakes. Additionally, mold spores can also attach themselves to humans, animals, shoes, clothing, bags and other objects. How does mold grow? When spores reach a place of moisture, especially those places where there is excessive moisture, they will begin to grow. The most common places where molds grow are roofs, pipes, walls and plant pipes. What are health problems associated with mold? Mold exposure may cause…
  • Honey, I’m Home!

    14 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Honeybees have a very strict set of rules when it comes to finding the ideal location for a nest. In fact, they’re more particular than many people I know! They also have a meticulous process for their house-hunting endeavors. House-Hunting Honeybees When a swarm of honeybees is ready to relocate, they send out a small number of house hunters to scout new nesting sites. These house-hunting honeybees are very thorough, spending approximately 40 minutes exploring each potential site. They’ll select their top locations for repeat visits. The queen, too, visits each potential site, and…
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  • Dealing with the Percs of the Dry-Cleaning World

    Jessica Hope
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Dealing with the Percs of the Dry-Cleaning World By: Paula Pearce Have you ever stopped to think about how the dry-cleaning process works? Well, you probably wouldn’t guess hazardous waste is a by-product. Across America, dry cleaners use Perchloroethylene (perc), a common chemical solvent used in the dry-cleaning industry, to remove stains and dirt from […] The post Dealing with the Percs of the Dry-Cleaning World appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • What You Need to Know When Working Directly With Hazardous Waste

    Michael Manouel
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    What You Need to Know When Working Directly With Hazardous Waste Protecting yourself and your employees from contact with harmful substances is vital when working with any kind of hazardous materials. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupation Health & Safety Act (OSHA) proscribe that when one is dealing with hazardous waste firsthand, it is […] The post What You Need to Know When Working Directly With Hazardous Waste appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • CESQG vs. SQG vs. LQG: What’s the Difference?

    Michael Manouel
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    CESQG vs. SQG vs. LQG: What’s the Difference? Are you a generator of hazardous waste? If so, have ever wondered what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards are for the amount of hazardous waste you handle? The EPA has three distinct categories for generators of hazardous waste, each category being differentiated by the amount of […] The post CESQG vs. SQG vs. LQG: What’s the Difference? appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Tips on Starting a Company-Wide Recycling Initiative

    Michael Manouel
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    Tips on Starting a Company-Wide Recycling Initiative Carbon footprints, sustainability, a green way of thinking—these are all 21st century ideas that have now become household catchphrases. We all know that recyclables can cut your overall carbon footprint and increase efficiency. But for some companies, knowing what is and isn’t recyclable is still murky territory, even […] The post Tips on Starting a Company-Wide Recycling Initiative appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • 5 Ways Hazardous Waste Generators Can Land Themselves In Jail

    Jessica Hope
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    5 Ways Hazardous Waste Generators Can Land Themselves In Jail The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), first introduced to congress in 1976 by the senator of West Virginia Jennings Randolph, is a comprehensive piece of legislation regulating the proper disposal of hazardous waste. First enacted to battle the deluge of industrial and municipal waste […] The post 5 Ways Hazardous Waste Generators Can Land Themselves In Jail appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
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  • Two-thirds of all predatory fish have disappeared in the last century

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Once believed immutable due to their massive size and volume, today's oceans are no longer the same oceans of our grandparents. In just a few generations, human activity has radically transformed ocean ecosystems.
  • 9 young inventors who may just save the world

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Just when I start to worry about the fate of the world, along comes a new generation of innovators who are making big changes in the way things are done. From bioluminescent windows to planting wetlands to prevent cholera outbreaks, these kids redefine what it means to think outside the box — and it's safe to say that most of these kids are just getting warmed up. The nine youths here are all winners of the Brower Youth Awards, which since 2000 has celebrated the accomplishments of young environmental leaders. The ceremony for this year's winners will be Tuesday in San Francisco.
  • Boxouses: Inside Oakland's post-apocalyptic container home colony

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
  • 6 incredible treasures found with a metal detector

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    You may think the lone treasure seeker scanning the sand with a metal detector at the beach seems a bit dorky — no offense to "detectorists," of course — but that only makes this revenge of the nerds all the sweeter.  
  • 'Heart of the Sea' teaser hints at the wrath of Moby Dick

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
      After more than a year in production, we finally have our first look at Ron Howard's "In the Heart of the Sea," a survival drama based on the true story of the whaling ship Essex. Attacked and sunk by a massive albino sperm whale in 1820, the 21 sailors dumped into the sea were forced to survive for more than 90 days with little food and water. Only eight survived the ordeal.  
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  • 5 Hand Washing Do’s and Don’ts

    Natalia Rex
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    Global Hand Washing Day kicks off October 15th. Although hand washing is one of the best ways to protect yourself against infectious diseases (and their spread), according to research, only 5% of people wash their hands correctly! Hand washing saves lives and should be part of your daily routine. Check out the do’s and don’ts of hand washing. Have you committed some of these hand washing faux-pas? Do: 1. Use clean water and mild soap. 2. Lather up for at least 20 seconds. 3. Wash your hands when they “look” clean as well (germs may still be lurking!) 4. Rinse off thoroughly to remove…
  • SLIDESHOW: 9 Handwashing statistics that’ll make you feel dirty

    Natalia Rex
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Infection control is a hot topic right now due to the Ebola outbreak in various parts of the world and Enterovirus (EV-D68), which is affecting children and teenagers across most of the United States. Sometimes, it is only after a disaster or tragedy that the general population becomes aware of infectious diseases. This cold and flu season, and throughout the year, it’s important to remember that hand hygiene is pivotal to infection control and a healthy environment. The Journal of Environmental Health published research from Michigan State University that observed the hand washing…
  • CLICK AND LEARN: Is your office ready for flu season?

    Natalia Rex
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Shopping season, holiday season, vacation season – those are “seasons” we wait for with excitement. Flu season? Not so much, and for obvious reasons. Nothing sends us to the other side of the office faster than a sneezing employee! We hope they get better, but we definitely don’t want to catch what they have. Check out the interactive image below to click and learn about your sneezing co-worker, and how germs can spread around in your office. The post CLICK AND LEARN: Is your office ready for flu season? appeared first on Coverall's Official Blog | Commercial Cleaning Blog.
  • Ebola in the US: The importance of proper infection control

    Natalia Rex
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    With the first case of Ebola in the United States many are asking – what should I do? The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden, assures the public "I have no doubt that we'll stop this in its tracks in the U.S.” and that “The United States has a strong health care system and public health professionals who will make sure this case does not threaten our communities.” Symptoms The tricky part about the Ebola virus is the symptom similarities to meningitis, cholera or other viral hemorrhagic fevers. These symptoms may appear within 2-21 days…
  • 9 Confessions about Germs

    Natalia Rex
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    One of the perks of being online is the ability to express yourself in different ways through social media, phone apps and other popular channels of expression. Whisper, an app that has skyrocketed in popularity, allows users to post confessions ranging from humorous happenings to serious situations and other random life lessons. So what are people saying about germs? Check out these 9 confessions about germs and our take on these germy confessions. #1 Sharing a cold or flu with a loved one is definitely no fun. 5 things you can do to reduce the chance of catching something: Wash your hands…
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