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  • New Pesticide To Be Marketed Amid Misleading Claims That It Is ‘Safer for Bees’

    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog
    Beyond Pesticides
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, January 26, 2015) Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it completed the registration of a new pesticide, flupyradifurone, that would be marketed as an alternative to neonicotinoid pesticides, and “safer for bees.” A closer look at this chemical reveals that the agency is grossly misleading the public on the ecological […]
  • What Is Biomass Energy ?

    Survival Renewable Energy
    Kimberly Littleton
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    What Is Biomass Energy ? Biomass power is redefining how we use the nature to generate electricity in a better and effective way so that we are ready with a replacement of the fossil fuels. But what is this biomass and what is the hue and cry all about? Biomass power comes from plants. It can be forest or crop residues, perennial grasses, corn kernels, stalks and quick growing trees like poplars. These plants can be used to make liquid bio-fuels that can be used as an alternative to oil. One can also use it to produce electricity or heat that can be used in our homes. In the United States,…
  • Will Pollinator Declines Increase Global Malnutrition and Disease? Yes, Says New Study

    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog
    Beyond Pesticides
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, January 28, 2015) Global decline of pollinators and pollination services will have a devastating impact on the nutritional health of people in developing countries, especially women and children, if left unabated, according to a new study from scientists at the University of Vermont and Harvard University. This research is the first to examine […]
  • Safety Innovations [Slideshow]

    EHS Today
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    The safety world is always changing, evolving, finding new ways to protect. read more
  • Valley leaders share wellness ideas at Health Matters - The Desert Sun

    ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH news - Google News
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    The Desert SunValley leaders share wellness ideas at Health MattersThe Desert Sun“So many amazing things on the environmental health scale fall out of having a great pedestrian walkable environment,” said Matthew Burris, associate principal and community planner with urban planning company Raimi and Associates, planning ...
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  • Will Pollinator Declines Increase Global Malnutrition and Disease? Yes, Says New Study

    Beyond Pesticides
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, January 28, 2015) Global decline of pollinators and pollination services will have a devastating impact on the nutritional health of people in developing countries, especially women and children, if left unabated, according to a new study from scientists at the University of Vermont and Harvard University. This research is the first to examine […]
  • CDC Reports Deficiencies in Farmworker Protection from Pesticides

    Beyond Pesticides
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, January 27, 2015) In evaluating a farmworker poisoning incident in Washington State last year, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report identifies “at least three potential occupational hazards in agriculture: off-target pesticide drift, toxicity of some recently marketed pesticides, and a gap in worker notification requirements.” The report recounts the poisoning in April […]
  • New Pesticide To Be Marketed Amid Misleading Claims That It Is ‘Safer for Bees’

    Beyond Pesticides
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, January 26, 2015) Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it completed the registration of a new pesticide, flupyradifurone, that would be marketed as an alternative to neonicotinoid pesticides, and “safer for bees.” A closer look at this chemical reveals that the agency is grossly misleading the public on the ecological […]
  • California Plan Violates Protections from Pesticide Spraying, According to Lawsuit

    Beyond Pesticides
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, January 23, 2015) Pesticide-centered Program Approved Despite 30,000 Opposition Letters. Eleven groups, including Beyond Pesticides and the City of Berkeley, sued the California Department of Food and Agriculture yesterday over the agency’s approval of a statewide “pest management” plan that allows pesticide spraying on schools, organic farms and residential yards, including aerial spraying […]
  • Iowa Farmers Group Asks for Improved Pesticide Drift Protections

    Beyond Pesticides
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, January 22, 2015) The Iowa Farmers Union filed a petition yesterday with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) for rulemaking to improve pesticide drift incident responses, penalties, and support to farmers harmed by pesticide drift. “Pesticide drift from nearby fields is a very real problem for farmers in Iowa,” says Jordan Scheibel, a […]
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  • Safety Innovations [Slideshow]

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    The safety world is always changing, evolving, finding new ways to protect. read more
  • California’s Abusive Conduct Training and the Age of Social Media

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    The impact of abusive conduct by supervisors or managers reaches much further than the employee who is being abused. In the age of social media and viral videos, there are great benefits to employers of fostering an ethical work environment. This year, California is requiring employers with 50 or more employees to train supervisors on preventing abusive conduct. Recent legislation added this requirement to an existing law that required training of supervisors regarding sexual harassment.  To see how the new provisions work, it is best to start with the original section of the government…
  • Construction Trends for 2015

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:55 am
    Here are my predictions for the most popular construction trends for 2015. It’s important to keep an eye on what construction trends will crop up over the coming year. What measures and policies will become more prominent? What new projects and practices will appear? As we dig deep into the new year and begin making changes in our work environments, it's essential that we take a moment to look ahead and see how the industry is evolving. read more
  • Cedar Mill Fined More Than $150,000 for Safety Violations that Caused Disabling Injuries

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) cited the employer for one willful violation and 28 serious violations of workplace safety regulations. The Columbia Cedar mill in Kettle Falls, Wash., has been fined $151,800 for 29 safety violations after a worker was seriously hurt while trying to clear bark from a hopper. A single willful violation involved multiple instances of employees working in close proximity to exposed and unguarded chain sprockets on chain conveyors, a hazard that can cause permanent disabling injuries. The one willful violation carries a penalty of $52,000.
  • Keeping Illness Out of the Workplace

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    A Purdue professor offers suggestions to keep flu out of workplace. A report published in the Jan. 16th edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) estimates that this season’s flu vaccine reduced a person’s risk of going to the doctor because of flu by 23 percent for all ages, making it one of the least effective flu vaccines in recent years. So, with flu season underway, Purdue University Professor Ellen Kossek says employers need to be proactive in dealing with ill workers. read more
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    ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH news - Google News

  • Valley leaders share wellness ideas at Health Matters - The Desert Sun

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    The Desert SunValley leaders share wellness ideas at Health MattersThe Desert Sun“So many amazing things on the environmental health scale fall out of having a great pedestrian walkable environment,” said Matthew Burris, associate principal and community planner with urban planning company Raimi and Associates, planning ...
  • Pollution is weakening polar bear penises - Washington Post

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    Washington PostPollution is weakening polar bear penisesWashington PostIn a new study published in Environmental Research, scientists examined samples of the penis bone -- a bone called the baculum that allows some mammals to have longer, more successful mating sessions -- to see if environmental pollutants might be ...and more »
  • Kitzman takes job at DHEC as she awaits Senate confirmation - Rock Hill Herald

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Rock Hill HeraldKitzman takes job at DHEC as she awaits Senate confirmationRock Hill HeraldThe nominee to run the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has taken a high-paying job with the agency as she awaits confirmation hearings before the state Senate. Eleanor Kitzman, who faces tough questioning from senators about her ...and more »
  • Opinion: Denial of Senate - Environmental Health News

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    Environmental Health NewsOpinion: Denial of SenateEnvironmental Health NewsEHN welcomes republication of our stories, but we require that publications include the author's name and Environmental Health News at the top of the piece, along with a link back to EHN's version. For questions or feedback about this piece, contact
  • BPA exposure linked to changes in stem cells, lower sperm production - Environmental Health News

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    BPA exposure linked to changes in stem cells, lower sperm productionEnvironmental Health NewsBPA and other estrogenic compounds hamper development of the stem cells responsible for producing sperm in mice, which suggests such exposure could contribute to declining sperm counts in men, according to a new study. The study, published in PLoS ...
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    Media Notes

  • There's more global warming coverage on your television.

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:52 am
    Here's some good news: According to a new study, the major broadcast news networks are covering climate change more than they have in years. Now here's the bad news: Much of that coverage includes misleading arguments from commentators who reject the scientific consensus that humans are warming the planet. Jeremy Schulman, Mother Jones.
  • Ohio coal king asks court to find he was defamed.

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    A frequent flyer when it comes to filing libel suits against journalists he feels have impugned him or his company, Ohio coal king Bob Murray is not going down without a fight. Randy Ludlow, The Columbus Dispatch.
  • The Washington Post’s new energy and environment online section.

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:56 pm
    When it comes to energy and the environment, we face a massive paradox. Today The Washington Post launched new coverage that will deconstruct these issues with an audience of consumers, policymakers, executives and scientists in mind — in the United States and around the world. Chris Mooney, The Washington Post.
  • Say what? Republican live stream cuts Obama's remarks on climate denial.

    21 Jan 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Republicans cut Barack Obama’s most forceful comments on climate change – his mockery of climate denial – from the party’s official live stream of his State of the Union address. Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian.
  • Ocean 'calamities' oversold, say researchers.

    15 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    The state of the world's seas is often painted as verging on catastrophe. But researchers claim in a review paper that scientists, journals and the media have fallen into a mode of groupthink that can damage the credibility of the ocean sciences. Daniel Cressey, Nature.
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  • SKY Toxicology Announces Three New Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment ... - Press Release Rocket

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:53 am
    SKY Toxicology Announces Three New Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Press Release RocketSKY Toxicology announces more drawing dates for the SKY Toxicology “Pass The Torch” Scholarship Awards. The scholarships are donated by SKY Toxicology to alcohol and drug treatment facilities for their active patients who can't afford treatment.and more »
  • Police identify woman found in New Buffalo - ABC 57 News

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:32 pm
    WSJMPolice identify woman found in New BuffaloABC 57 NewsBERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. - A woman's body was found in the driveway of a private residence in New Buffalo Township Sunday morning. Michigan State Police say the initial autopsy is complete, but the results won't be released until the toxicology test Police identify female body found in New Buffalo Twp.WNDU-TVFingerprints From Chicago Arrest Help ID Body Found In New Buffalo TwpWSJMall 33 news articles »
  • Weight Of Evidence: How To Make Sense Of Reports On Toxicology And ... - Science 2.0

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:46 am
    Science 2.0Weight Of Evidence: How To Make Sense Of Reports On Toxicology And Science 2.0Emeritus Keith Solomon, School of Environmental Sciences, and colleagues co-authored a paper on the topic published recently in the journal Critical Reviews in Toxicology. The paper describes the use of their approach to look at atrazine, a common ...
  • Research and Markets: Research & Reviews of A Journal of Toxicology (RRJoT) - Rock Hill Herald (press release)

    21 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    Research and Markets: Research & Reviews of A Journal of Toxicology (RRJoT)Rock Hill Herald (press release)Research & Reviews: A Journal of Toxicology (RRJoT) is focused towards the publication of current research work carried out under Toxicology. It is concerned with the harmful effects of chemical, biological and physical agents in biological systems and more »
  • Deputies: Toxicology tests pending in crash investigation - The Daily Star

    21 Jan 2015 | 3:11 am
    Deputies: Toxicology tests pending in crash investigationThe Daily StarSpeed and a combination of alcohol and drug use may have been factors in the accident, deputies said, and toxicology results are pending. Maynard may face criminal charges upon completion of toxicology tests and the collision reconstruction Crash leaves woman in critical conditionWBNG-TVall 3 news articles »
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    Inter Press Service » Environment

  • U.S.-India Partnership a Step Forward for Low-Carbon Growth

    David Waskow and Manish Bapna
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:44 pm
    President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India travel by motorcade en-route to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Sept. 30, 2014. Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete SouzaBy David Waskow and Manish BapnaWASHINGTON, Jan 27 2015 (IPS)India garnered international attention this week for its climate action.As President Barack Obama visited the country at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation, the two leaders announced a new U.S.-India agreement on clean energy and climate change.With the U.S.-India partnership, the…
  • Developing Nations Write Hopeful New Chapters in a Toxic Legacy

    Kitty Stapp
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Remediation crews clean up some of the worst contaminated homes in Dong Mai, Vietnam. Credit: Blacksmith Institute for a Pure EarthBy Kitty StappNEW YORK, Jan 27 2015 (IPS)The village of Dong Mai in Vietnam’s agricultural heartland had a serious problem.To boost their meager incomes, its residents – former artisans who once produced and sold bronze casts – had taken to cannibalizing old car and truck lead-acid batteries and smelting them by hand in their own backyards. As a result, the 2,600 people living there had some of the highest blood lead levels ever recorded."Concretely:…
  • Africa’s Rural Women Must Count in Water Management

    Miriam Gathigah
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
    Africa's rural women must be brought into the post-2015 water agenda. Credit: Miriam Gathigah/IPSBy Miriam GathigahNAIROBI, Jan 26 2015 (IPS)More women’s voices are being heard at international platforms to address the post-2015 water agenda, as witnessed at the recently concluded international U.N International Water Conference held from Jan. 15 to 17 in Zaragoza, Spain.But experts say that the same cannot be said of water management at the local level and countries like Kenya are already suffering from the impact of poor water management as a result of the exclusion of rural women.“At…
  • Renewables Can Benefit Water, Energy and Food Nexus

    Wambi Michael
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    The Shams 1 concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the United Arab Emirates covers an area the size of 285 football pitches and generates over 100 MW of electricity for the country’s national grid. Credit: Wambi Michael/IPSBy Wambi MichaelABU DHABI, Jan 26 2015 (IPS)With global energy needs projected to increase by 35 percent by 2035, a new report says meeting this demand could increase water withdrawals in the energy sector unless more cost effective renewable energy sources are deployed in power, water and food production.The report, titled Renewable Energy in the Water, Energy &…
  • Aboriginal Businesses Stimulate Positive Change in Australia

    Neena Bhandari
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Roy Roger Gibson, an indigenous Kuku Yalanji elder, had to wait 20 years for his dream of being part of a native-owned sustainable ecotourism venture to become a reality. Credit: Neena Bhandari/IPSBy Neena BhandariMOSSMAN, Queensland, Australia, Jan 26 2015 (IPS)Roy Roger Gibson, an indigenous Kuku Yalanji elder, would watch thousands of tourists and vehicles trampling his pristine land while working on the sugarcane fields in Far North Queensland. His people were suffering and their culture was being eroded. The native wildlife was disappearing. He dreamt of turning this around.It took 20…
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    Dr Robert Muller - The Zeitgeist is Changing

  • The Shift in Conversation: From Fossil Fuels to Renewables

    Dr Robert Muller
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:03 pm
    by rmontpellier - BoomerWarrior: http://www.boomerwarrior.org/2015/01/shift-conversation-fossil-fuels-renewables/The following article (by David Suzuki, entitled Energy Shift Requires Shift in Conversation) has been circulated by email by the David Suzuki Foundation. “Where is the political leadership and will to confront climate change?” asks Suzuki. I’m pleased to publish it on BoomerWarrior (Rolly Montpellier, Managing Editor).Shift in ConversationAbundant, cheap fossil fuels have driven explosive technological, industrial and economic expansion for more than a century. The pervasive…
  • The Last Eco-Warrior

    Dr Robert Muller
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Peter Berg and Judy Goldhaft at a bioregional gatheringby Aaron Kase, Narratively: http://narrative.ly/people-of-protest/the-last-eco-warrior/As he watched other ’60s activists become political insiders and dealmakers, Peter Berg held fast to one belief, even through his dying days: only radical change can save our planet.“I don’t want to beat it,” Peter Berg says. “I want to seduce it.”It’s March 2011, and the ’60s radical-turned-ecological visionary is dying. A tumor has paralyzed one of his vocal chords, leaving his voice scratchy and distorted, sounding, in his words, like…
  • VIDEO: How to Create a Permaculture Design

    Dr Robert Muller
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:35 pm
    by Ecofilms, The Permaculture Research Institute: http://permaculturenews.org/2015/01/17/how-to-create-a-permaculture-design/Geoff’s new video on Creating Permaculture Designs, see the full version on Geofflawton.comSo you’ve always wanted to design a beautiful plant system in your garden, but baulked at the idea because, quiet honestly, you can’t tell a bean from a cactus or a legume from a walnut and don’t have the time or interest to devote to studying all this plant diversity stuff and biology bores you, but inherently inside you, you’d know that you would make a great…
  • Another Australian Animal Slips Away to Extinction

    Dr Robert Muller
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:21 pm
    Juvenile Bennett's Wallaby, Tasmania (Photo: Wikipedia)by Milena Kim, James Cook University and Bob Pressey, James Cook University Last July, the federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, announced the appointment of Gregory Andrews as Australia’s first Threatened Species Commissioner.His mission: to help avert the extinction of a growing number of native plant and animal species.On Andrews’ appointment, a team of scientists was commissioned to go to Bramble Cay, an unstable 4-5 hectare coral bank in the eastern Torres Strait off the tip of northern Australia. The team searched for the…
  • What Motivates People to Save Energy? Surprise - It’s Not Money: A New Study Reveals That Most of Us Care More About the Environment Than About Saving Cash

    Dr Robert Muller
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:56 pm
    (Photo: Tony Cordoza/Getty Images)by Emily Gertz, Take Part: http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/01/13/people-cut-energy-use-environment-health-ucla Emily Gertz is TakePart's associate editor for environment and wildlife. full bioIt’s conventional wisdom that most people will change their behavior only when it saves them money.That kind of price-consciousness makes Western consumers a tough sell when it comes to paying a premium for some environmentally beneficial goods, such as clothes made with eco-friendly fabrics or electric vehicles.When researchers at the University of…
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    Plastic Bag Ban Report

  • PBBR Celebrates 5 Years with New Site

    Ted Duboise
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Columbus, GA, Jan 24, 2015 (PBBR) - On January 6, Plastic Bag Ban Report (PBBR) celebrated its 5-year anniversary. Five years of reporting on plastic bag bans across the globe. Along the way, more than 530 reports have been published making us the #1 reference site on the web for plastic bag bans.  As our […]
  • Plastic Bag Ban Calendar

    Ted Duboise
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    Plastic Bag Ban Report just published a 2015 calendar which list all plastic bag bans and regulations due to take effect in 2015. A handy desk calendar, plastic bag bans are listed by month. An easy reference, the 2015 Plastic Bag Ban Calendar allows retailers and others to be able to plan ahead. The Calendar […]
  • Provincetown, Cape Cod’s 1st Town To Regulate Bags

    Ted Duboise
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Provincetown, MA, Oct. 27, 2014 (PBBR) - Cape Cod's first plastic bag regulations were passed today in Provincetown. At Special Town Meeting, Article 8, General Bylaw Amendment/Plastic Bag Reduction was passed and will take effect April 15, 2015. A new section will be added to the town's bylaws which will be known as Provincetown Single-Use […]
  • San Mateo County Reusable Bag Ordinance Works

    Ted Duboise
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    San Mateo County, California, October 29, 2014 (PBBR) - On April 22, 2013, the County of San Mateo, California implemented a Reusable Bag Ordinance. Most jurisdictions in the county also adopted the ordinance. A year and a half later, surveys prove that the Ordinance has garnered dramatic results. The San Mateo County Environmental Health staff […]
  • 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 […]
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    Green Living Everyday Blog

  • Natural Tinea Versicolor Treatment

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    We all have yeast living on our skin. When the yeast grows out of control, a skin disease called tinea versicolor can appear.Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection of the skin. It’s also named pityriasis versicolor and is caused by a type of yeast that naturally lives on your skin. When the yeast grows out of control, the skin disease, which appears as a rash, is the result. The infection can happen for any of the following reasons: Oily skin Hot climate Excessive perspiration Weak immune system Because the yeast grows naturally on your skin, tinea versicolor is not contagious. The…
  • Fireplace Efficiency Tips

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    Inefficient fireplaces can cost you  heat and money this winter. Follow these tips to save money and energy: Keep fireplace damper closed when not in use. An open damper can result in up to 10% loss in home heating loss. Be sure to close fireplace doors to lessen heat loss. If you do not have glass doors, install a chimney draft guard to reduce heat loss up the chimney. Check for air leaks around the fireplace hearth. Leaks should be properly sealed with caulk. Check the seals around your fireplace flue damper—if the seals aren’t tight, you could be losing home heating through the…
  • Seal Air Leaks to Conserve Energy

    10 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Properly sealing cracks and openings in you home can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs throughout the year. You may already have identified obvious air leaks, but you will need to do a bit more investigation to find the less obvious gaps to properly seal your home.  Here are several tests that can be used to check for air leaks: Window Seal Check – Shut the window on a piece of paper. If paper can be pulled without tearing paper, than window should be resealed. Visual Gap Check – After daylight hours, shine a light through closed window and door seam and have a…
  • Ways to Have a Green Christmas

    5 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    Here are a few ways you can make this Christmas season more eco-friendly: 1. Buy Less  Gifts can fit a practical need and need to be bought new, while other are gestures of thoughtfulness. Find gifts that fit without overspending.  2. Christmas lights Solar LED lights are the most energy efficient lighting options. Convert those older light strings to save money this holiday season. 3. Wrapping paper Instead of wasting loads of money on wrapping paper, save your children’s artwork throughout the year and wrap your presents in them. The kids will love seeing their masterpieces being…
  • Product Review: Smart Faucet

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:26 pm
    The Smart Faucet is a 1.5gpm aerator with an antimicrobial handle that controls water flow from the faucet. Water only flows when the handle is depressed, although there is a locking disk for continuous flow when needed. Installation may require a wrench but is easy and installation only takes a few minutes. The Smart Faucet requires no batteries or electricity to control water usage. The Smart Faucet reports savings of up to 15,000 gallons when compared with a standard 2.5gpm aerator and the company offers a one-year limited warranty on parts and components. Save water while you are soaping…
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    ToxicsWAtch Blog

  • Toxic Flame Retardant Bans Good For Seahawks!

    21 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    The football Seahawks are flying high to the Super Bowl! As Seahawks fans celebrate, the bird Seahawks (aka osprey) have something to celebrate too: lower levels of the toxic flame retardants PBDEs in birds and other wildlife.
  • Listen To Us Talk Toxic Flame Retardants On KEXP

    24 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    We recently sat down with KEXP's Diane Horn to talk all things toxic flame retardants, including what state legislators might do to protect our health from these chemicals in the upcoming legislative session.
  • Help Us Make the World A Better Place

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
    Karen Bowman has spent almost a decade working with us to pass laws that stop millions of pounds of brain harming lead, mercury, and PBDE flame retardants from being used in our homes and getting into our bodies.
  • Facebook, Staples Pledge To Buy Furniture Without Flame Retardants

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:03 pm
    If you’re reading this post while at work, the chance that the chair you’re sitting on could soon be made without toxic flame retardants is getting better. That’s because more workplaces are choosing to protect their workers’ health by buying furniture without toxic flame retardants and more furniture companies are recognizing safer products are good for business.
  • Where Have All The Orcas Gone?

    12 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    There are days in the advocacy profession that leave some of us shaking our head and asking “When is it enough?” Last week was one of those days. News broke that one of Puget Sound’s endangered orcas was found dead on a British Columbia beach. If that isn’t sad enough, yesterday we learned she was pregnant too. Now there are only 77 orcas left in Puget Sound. Scientists point to toxic chemicals as one of the culprits.
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    Aarons EnvironMental Corner.....

  • Krav Maga in No Time

    24 Jan 2015 | 8:54 pm
    Krav Maga is the Israeli army method for self defense. In the past, I’ve looked into and studied a few methods for quick-and-dirty self-defense. I’m pretty good with a variety of things, but no expert in anything. In the confrontations I’ve been in, I’ve learned that he who keeps a clear head usually prevails. A good part of keeping your cool is having confidence that you can do something should you need to. Training, even minimally, is a great way to do that. Krav Maga In No Time is a krav maga DVD course that allows you to learn and practice krav maga from the…
  • UrixTep Gout Treatment – Naturally Lower Uric Acid Levels

    24 Jan 2015 | 8:38 pm
    A few years ago, I was diagnosed with gout. It sucks. Horribly. Luckily, I figured out how to cure it (as it were) through some simple dietary changes and by regularly taking Omega-3 supplements and nature’s ultimate megavitamin, spirulina/chlorella (either/or). I now take the algae supplements maybe twice a week and Omega-3 daily. I haven’t had a gout attack, or even a hint of one, in years, though I do feel the “tingle” in my feet when I drink hard alcohol without water. So when this product was offered to me, I figured it couldn’t do any harm and might help. I…
  • The #ReachitGrabit Tool Is Awesomeness

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    You’ve probably seen these in the store or on TV. Much of the time, they have questionable use at best. “Grab high things off the shelf!” quickly translates to grandma dropping a Kerr jar or beets on her head. The reality is rarely like As Seen on TV. In this case, though, I’ve wanted one for two purposes: make cleanup easier and to give the kids something to “play with” while they clean up. With the Reach It Grab It tool.. mission accomplished. Not in that George Bush in the Gulf kind of way, but in that Mission Impossible, Peter Graves kind of way. Kids,…
  • Summit Nutrition Garcina Cambogia is naturally awesome

    10 Jan 2015 | 8:29 pm
    If you need appetite control and fat blocking, there’s no better way to do it (beyond abstinence) than with Garcina Cambogia. Ask any natural nutritionist. This is usually the top ingredient in most diet supplements, including those which claim to be something else. Cambogia ups your serotonin levels naturally, making you feel better, while at the same time reducing appetite urges and helping “block” fat. This is a great addition to any normal regimen of diet and exercise for weight loss or body maintenance. Even better, though, Summit Nutrition’s Garcinia Cambogia is…
  • High Quality Meat Thermometer from ThermoFuture

    5 Jan 2015 | 10:10 pm
    I love kitchen gadgets, especially when they actually work. I’m an avid cook and really like getting around the kitchen to make meals. One of my peeves are meat thermometers. I’ve tried the regular “stick it in” analog thermometers and they’re good, but they’re also a pain. You have to either open the oven or hope it’s visible through the glass and make a guess as to where, exactly, the temp really is. They also tend to get dropped and broken, in my experience. I’ve been through a few. Enter this awesome unit. The ThermoFuture meat thermometer…
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  • Developing Nations Write Hopeful New Chapters in a Toxic Legacy

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    Experts note that local sources of pollution – particularly heavy metals like mercury and arsenic – are often very mobile and can have health impacts thousands of kilometres away.“Mercury from unsafe artisanal gold mining and coal plants travels the globe and is found in our fish which, e.g., we eat as sushi in London,” Robinson said. “DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) is found in the body fat of the inhabitants of Greenland, though there was never agriculture in Greenland.http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/01/developing-nations-write-hopeful-new-chapters-in-a-toxic-legacy/
  • Dominican activists decry mining projects as ‘new form of colonialism’

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:37 am
    If the beauty and clean water of Loma Miranda is the before of mining projects in the Dominican Republic, Cotui, a town just an hour away in the Sánchez Ramírez province, is the after.A red-tinged and shrunken waterway welcomes visitors to Cotuí. It once supplied fresh water to residents. “The animals already knew,” said Mayobanex Arias, a rancher walking his cattle across a bridge over the river. “They would test the water, then not drink it.” http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/1/28/dominican-republic-mining.html
  • Argonne/EPA system captures mercury from air in gold shops

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
    In any given year, workers in artisanal and small-scale gold mining shops in remote locales like Brazil and Peru release an estimated 700 tons of airborne mercury from their rooftops.Collectively, these shops purify nearly 20 percent of the world’s gold supply before it is shaped and sold in stores. Through a generations-old process, small-scale miners use hand tools and chemicals to extract gold from the ground. Miners use mercury as an easy way to extract gold pieces during the sifting process, which separates out dirt and other materials. The resulting gold and mercury mixture…
  • Gold without the guilt

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    “Producing enough gold for a single wedding band generates on average 20 tons of mining waste, much of it contaminated with toxic chemicals like lead, mercury, arsenic, or cyanide,” explained Payal Sampat who heads the No Dirty Gold campaign  at international nonprofit Earthworks. “There is a significant overlap between some of the most bio-diverse regions and the places where gold mining is either going on or proposed,” she added.http://www.dw.de/gold-without-the-guilt/a-18216444
  • Mercury usage in Ghana to be banned

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    The discussion is to enable policy makers, researchers, practitioners and civil society organizations discuss issues of mercury usage in Ghana and agree on the way forward to implement the Convention in Ghana.It is also aimed at raising awareness among stakeholders and finding strategies to help reduce or find alternatives to mercury use and the possible elimination of mercury and mercury productshttp://www.spyghana.com/mercury-usage-ghana-banned/
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  • Bringing Green Window Cleaning Into View

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:31 am
     If you’re at all concerned about the energy efficiency and appearance of your home it’s not too difficult to see all the benefits of having professionally cleaned windows (especially when you roll up the blinds). But when you focus on making your windows both clean and green, you end up with a better view, more light, a wonderful looking exterior, and a conscience that’s as sparkling as your freshly wiped panes. So how does the non-professional know when the solution used on their windows is made with the outside in mind? There are a few things you can look for in a kit like…
  • Buy cheap Star Citizen credits and UEC for sale at buysccredits.com

    16 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Are you a great enthusiastic of purchasing game credits in the form of gold and enjoy your favorite game for more hours? Do you feel it as an easy way to play war games happily with friends or solitary in fewer budgets? Definitely yes, as you have Star Citizen Credits in a professional way online with cheap rates and good delivery service to choose and have a great time. Being a top combat simulator and a space trading game with shooting components online, you have a better chance to play with credits and enjoy every feature in a safe and exciting way.Besides this, you have UEC for sale,…
  • UpCounsel Helps Small Businesses Get High Quality Legal Services for Less

    9 Jan 2015 | 8:47 pm
    At one point or another, every small business needs legal help. But hiring the right law firm isn’t easy, and it can be expensive. But what if there were a platform enabling small businesses to find affordable, independent legal counsel? That’s what UpCounsel seeks to provide.UpCounsel provides a marketplace of attorneys to help small businesses and startups find cost-effective legal help without hiring a full-service law firm. It works by matching customers with attorneys based on the type of legal help needed, as well as the specialties of the lawyers available.For business attorneys,…
  • How to Conserve Energy

    5 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    Step 1: Conserve waterBy using less water, you will lower your water bill and therefore make some savings on the amounts you spend on the utility. Using less hot water can also improve how much you spend on gas, electricity or other water central heating systems. Water is a huge energy consumer in the home, and here is how you can control you use:Install taps, showerheads and faucets that more efficiently control the amount of water released, so that you use less water on average.Install smart sprinkler and conservation-efficient systems for your lawn. Shorten the amount of time spent…
  • Baluchistan Black Bear on its verge of extinction

    Mehmooda Peachi
    3 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    The Baluchistan black bear locally known as “Kala Reech in Urdu,Kala Bhalo, Mum in Baluchi was once widely distributed in most of Baluchistan.Many believe it to be the only “true” subspecies of Asiatic Black Bear.This medium-sized, black-colored bear has a lightish muzzle and ears which appear large in proportion to the rest of its head, especially when compared with other species of bears. There is a distinct white patch on the chest, which is sometimes in the shape of a V, and white on the chin. The bears are reported to be mainly nocturnal, sleeping in trees or caves during…
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  • Uncommonly Good Coconut Chicken Curry from an Uncommonly Wonderful Cookbook

    Dawn Gifford
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:45 pm
    When I arrived in Seoul, South Korea almost 18 years ago, on my very first trip abroad—a teaching and traveling tour—I was shocked to discover that food was growing everywhere. Squashes in pots climbed the side of gas pumps, peppers and cabbages grew in the downtown public landscaping beds, bitter melons scrambled up trellises in front of stores, shiso and other herbs bloomed on rooftops—almost anywhere one could squeeze in a container of soil, you’d find food growing. It was a gardener’s paradise! I later learned that one of the reasons for this, aside from a desire for…
  • This Fire Cider Recipe Will Kill What Ails You

    Dawn Gifford
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:56 pm
    Fire cider is a traditional folk remedy infused with powerful anti-microbial, decongestant, and circulatory herbs and spices. Adding a tablespoon of this to your diet every day can help boost your immune system, stimulate digestion, and warm you up on cold days. How perfect to make for a mid-winter pick-me-up! Because this is a folk remedy, the ingredients can change from season to season depending on what’s growing around you at the time you make it. The base ingredients are apple cider vinegar, garlic, onion, ginger, horseradish, and hot peppers, which are mighty by themselves, but…
  • 10 Green New Years REVolutions

    Dawn Gifford
    30 Dec 2014 | 1:53 am
    It’s a new year, and the writing is on the wall: This tumbling rock we call Home is not happy with us. The Earth is changing rapidly, and entire species of plants and animals are going extinct before we ever get a chance to understand them. Under our constant and growing demand, precious natural resources like fresh water, fertile soil, and forests are becoming depleted, destroyed or much harder to find. The industrial toxins we’ve put into our air, water, food, medicine, furniture, clothing, workplaces and homes are taking a massive, synergistic toll on our public health—in the…
  • 12 Eco Friendly Holiday Tips

    Dawn Gifford
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Americans throw away a million extra tons of garbage each week, including holiday wrapping and packaging. All this waste is really unnecessary. Here are twelve eco friendly holiday tips to help you reduce your environmental footprint this holiday season.  1. Make Your Own Wrapping Paper or Go Without Most mass-produced wrapping paper you find in stores is not recyclable because of the shiny coatings, foils and colors, and therefore ends up in landfills. And sadly, most wrapping paper and ribbon is produced in Asian…
  • The Wonderbag Saves Trees, Water and Lives

    Dawn Gifford
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Did you know that 3 billion families around the world cook their meals over open fires every day? Or that the smoke inhalation from these cooking fires is the leading cause of death globally? More than 50% of deaths in children under five are related to household air pollution like the smoke from cooking fires. The need for firewood is also a major cause of deforestation. But there is an elegant solution—one that could make a big difference for families everywhere—even here in North America… The Wonderbag Works Wonders The Wonderbag is a revolutionary non-electric, portable…
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    Social Rebirth

  • Propaganda will push us into war

    Stu Luminos
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Tom BlackwellOne Nation Under CCTVhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/tjblackwell/ I recently read a sombre article on how society took a huge step backwards on June 28, 1914, and have since been reflecting on this realisation. What dismays me most about this is how we continue the cycle of war – forgetting the lessons from history and following the same paths, over and over again. As individuals, we’re not stupid, but as a society, we take a very long time to come to a consensus on justice. This allows certain groups of people to take advantage, often to devastating effect. Why is…
  • Why Exchanging Labour for Purchasing Power Will Fail

    Challenged Species
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:12 am
    Money is a term which represents an abstract form of exchange of labour for purchasing power. This article will not investigate interest, loans, debt or the creation of money. For in reality money could be gold, silver, match sticks or pine nuts. Here we will concentrate on the direct result of defining a value to labour to use in exchange for purchasing power. While it may be offered that the abstraction (money) simply allows for delayed trade to take place, such as; Human x has some chocolate. Human y wants some chocolate and has a chicken farm but at the time has no eggs to trade. So human…
  • How Solar Radiation Impacts on Our Planet

    Challenged Species
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Solar Radiation Solar radiation reaches our planet as shortwave radiation, about 30 percent of shortwave radiation is reflected back into space, while the remaining 70 percent is absorbed by the Earth’s surface and re-radiated as longwave radiation. Incoming solar radiation that strikes the earth’s surface is partially reflected and partially absorbed, in proportion to surface reflectivity (albedo). Albedo describes surface reflectivity, a surface with a high Albedo reflects more light radiation than it absorbs, while a surface with a low albedo does the opposite. Newly fallen snow has an…
  • Society’s Choice

    Stu Luminos
    6 Jan 2015 | 12:42 am
    Courtesy Kat N.L.M. on Flickr In the near future, a transition awaits our society. But we have a choice of two very different paths. Capitalism has brought us a world where abundance and scarcity co-exist. It has brought innovation and stagnation, efficiency and waste. These contradictions have shaped who we are – people at war with each other to improve society. The pursuit of selfish gains has successfully, yet falsely, been sold as a virtue that benefits society. The driving force of money has turned our focus from people to resources, with possessions replacing communities, greed…
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  • Father Edu Calls on Pope Francis to take Strong Action on Climate Change

    21 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    As the Philippines welcomed the arrival of Pope Francis last week, local Catholic Church groups and civil society organizations urged him to send a strong message on climate change, saying “Clearly climate change is a moral issue and we in the Church cannot remain passive bystanders.”In a joint statement from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)-National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA), and the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), 2012 Goldman Prize winner Father Edwin Gariguez, Executive Secretary CBCP-NASSA called on the Pope to support…
  • We Cannot Eat Electricity: The Fight for Lake Turkana

    14 Jan 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Kenyan Goldman Prize winner Ikal Angelei has dedicated her life to fighting the construction of the Gibe 3 Dam, one of Africa’s largest hydropower projects. The dam, which is being built upstream on the Omo River by the Ethiopian government, will reduce water flow to Kenya’s Lake Turkana by 70%, drastically shirking the lake, killing off ecosystems and jeopardizing the survival of some 300,000 of the world’s poorest people.Thanks to Angelei’s activism, many of the dam’s major investors, including the World Bank, the European Development Bank and the Africa Development Bank withdrew…
  • New York’s Fracking Ban Affirms Power of Grassroots Activism

    7 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Before New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a statewide ban on fracking last month, dozens of small towns had already banned the practice in their municipalities. Due to the local bans and existing state restrictions, 63% of the Marcellus Shale was already off limits when the statewide ban was announced, muddling the economic boon forecasted by industry proponents and creating the type of political atmosphere for Gov. Cuomo to act decisively.2014 Goldman Prize winner Helen Slottje played a major role in working with communities to pass local bans, providing pro-bono legal assistance…
  • The Year in Review: Goldman Prize Highlights from 2014

    24 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    As our 25th Anniversary year comes to a close, we are taking the opportunity to look back at some of our favorite highlights from 2014.In March, we kicked off our official anniversary celebrations with Goldman Prize winners Kim Wasserman and Maria Gunnoe, who joined Goldman Prize Board members John and Doug Goldman for “The Goldman Prize at 25,” a two part program on the history of the Goldman Prize and the impact Prize winners have had on the environment over the last 25 years. The event was part of the Commonwealth Club’s Climate One project, which seeks to foster wide-ranging…
  • Indigenous Communities Disappointed by Underwhelming Outcome at COP20 in Lima

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Representatives from nearly 200 countries gathered in Lima, Peru at the beginning of December for the final round of climate negotiations before the Paris Climate Summit in 2015.While some supporters applauded the negotiations as the first time all nations have agreed to reduce carbon emissions, the general consensus suggests that Lima was yet another missed opportunity for meaningful action to be taken on addressing climate change.A report from Democracy Now said, “The countries most dissatisfied with the outcome in Lima were those who are poor and already struggling to rebuild from the…
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    Actual Organics

  • Three square meals a day diet

    Joanna Runciman
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    The unglamorous, three square meals a day ‘diet’ Weight loss regimes and all things diet-related are a multi-billion dollar industry, companies market their products to us from dawn ‘till dusk. Detox fads percolate through society and before long ‘detoxing’ and The post Three square meals a day diet appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • 5 reasons why you need to embrace nature

    Joanna Runciman
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    De-stress. Stress is commonplace and it is even affecting our empathy and ability to show compassion to others, we need more compassion not less (read more).   Exercise: Lack of exercise and inactivity (as it is now known) is thought The post 5 reasons why you need to embrace nature appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • Reset your life with simplicity

    Joanna Runciman
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Reset your life with simplicity does it sound appealing? It’s possible and will change your life. It takes commitment but here are some simple ways to get started and ensure that you stick with it. No one is suggesting you The post Reset your life with simplicity appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • Choice enemy of happiness

    Joanna Runciman
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:34 pm
      As I was deciding what to watch on television while I did the ironing today, I realized there’s too much choice. I recently joined Netflix Canada and WOW there is a huge amount of choice, fortunately including all the great The post Choice enemy of happiness appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • What Buy Nothing January means

    Joanna Runciman
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    I have (perhaps rather rashly) decided to do a Buy Nothing January That is that you buy nothing which is not absolutely essential in the month of January, which is a good month to do it as many people have The post What Buy Nothing January means appeared first on Actual Organics.
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  • Get Your New Year Off to an Energy Efficient Start

    David Guion
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:27 am
    Contributed by Maria Ramos The new year is a time for new beginnings – and where better place to start than in your own home? Energy bills around the holidays can strain your wallet, but you can earn that money back throughout the year by adopting new energy-saving tips and techniques that help the environment at the same time. Start by investigating online resources. You can use the EPA’s new Energy Star Home Advisor tool for ideas on home improvement projects and Energywise’s tool for room-by-room energy efficient tips. You can also find more energy-saving tips and tricks at…
  • Energy and Working from Home: What You Need to Know

    David Guion
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:16 am
    Contributed by Hannah Corbett. Home office The need for energy efficiency and control of carbon emissions is ever rising, and as time goes on, it is becoming part of everyday life. More people are beginning to take an active responsibility for their own energy consumption and carbon footprint. In recent years, the notion of working from home has become a popular topic in regards to energy efficiency. However, there are often a number of conflicting opinions, and it becomes unclear whether one approach is more valid than another. It can’t really be said whether working from home is…
  • The World’s Largest Paper Wad, Belatedly Recycled

    David Guion
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:43 am
    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency estimated how much paper Minnesotans throw away in 30 seconds and then combined that much into a giant ball to display at the Minnesota State Fair in August 2014. Officially it weighed 426 pounds. It was 9 feet 7 inches tall and 32.2 feet around. It made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest ball of paper in the world. Apart from the Agency’s efforts, that paper would not have been recycled. Those figures represent nothing but paper, not recyclables in general, destined for landfills. Agency employees wrapped the whole mess in…
  • Alternative Wind Turbine Designs

    David Guion
    1 Jan 2015 | 5:15 am
    Darrieus wind power generator near Heroldstatt, Germany Wind energy is the fastest-growing source of electricity, yet no other renewable energy arouses so much opposition. In recent years, the size of the standard horizontal axis wind turbines (HAWTs) has become overwhelming, and many people don’t want to look at them—especially when they’re in scenic areas. They are also too noisy to be built in populated areas. Is there another way to harness the power of the wind? Many companies have started developing a lot of different designs—and some have gone bankrupt trying. Some startups…
  • The High Cost of Not Recycling

    David Guion
    25 Dec 2014 | 4:28 am
    This post is scheduled to appear on Christmas day, so Merry Christmas to all of my first readers. Christmas means many things, and all of the gift-giving also means that we will generate more trash today than any other single day of the year. I hope my readers recycle as much as possible, but so you can talk to friends and family, what are the consequences of not recycling? Not just at this season, but year round? I could show you a picture of an albatross skeleton loaded with plastic. The poor bird filled up on what it couldn’t digest, and then having no room for food, starved to death.
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    Conserve Energy Future

  • Pros and Cons of Natural Gas

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    Natural Gas Pros and Cons Natural gas is one of the big three fossil fuels that the world runs on. In recent decades, there has been more of an effort to move away from coal and gas when it comes to providing heat and power as they produce high levels of pollution. The reserves for coal and natural gas are also being swiftly depleted, Natural gas is the obvious choice for replacing them as a major energy source, but there are many pros and cons of natural gas use. Proponents of both sides, when it comes to talking about the pros and cons of natural gas have a tendency to only stick to…
  • Pros and Cons of Geothermal Energy

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    Geothermal Energy Pros and Cons The temperature at earth’s core exists at roughly 7200 degrees Fahrenheit. This is due to the decay of radioactive materials millions of years ago. The high temperature beneath the earth’s surface can produce enormous amount of energy that could produce several gigawatts of electricity. Technically speaking, geothermal energy is a renewable source of energy that can produce energy as long as earth exists. Geothermal energy is a type of energy that can really make it easy for companies to get what they need without using a lot of fossil fuels in the…
  • Pros and Cons of Solar Energy

    10 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    Solar Energy Pros and Cons Solar energy is the energy from the sun. Solar panels use sunlight to produce electricity. These panels are normally mounted on the roof and angled to face the sun. Countries all around the world are using solar energy to reduce their dependance on fossil fuels and making it as a sizable share of their energy supply. Solar panels are used in large numbers by resident owners to reduce their monthly electricity bills that will lessen the need of electricity from utility companies and also result in extra savings. Solar energy has become an incredibly important part of…
  • 7 Pros and Cons of Wind Energy

    8 Jan 2015 | 12:40 am
    Wind Energy Pros and Cons Like solar energy, wind energy is the fastest growing energy source in the world with the United States aiming to produce 20 percent of its electricity by wind power by 2030. There is no doubt from the fact that wind energy is going to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas in the coming decade, but to which extent can only be speculated in. It is renewable and clean source of energy that doesn’t generate any greenhouse gases. Research efforts are going on to address the challenges to make wind power more cheaper and viable alternative for…
  • What are Different Types of Lighting Controls?

    2 Jan 2015 | 12:31 am
    What are Different Types of Lighting Controls? Today’s advanced lighting controls provide the adaptability to plan lighting arrangements that are functional, energy saving, and beautiful. In this article, we’re going to look at some of the most common types of lighting controls that are out there and how they can help you to conserve energy and create the ambiance that you are looking for in and around your home. What Can Lighting Controls Do? There are a number of new technologies out there that make lighting controls that much more interesting and they help to save a lot of energy and…
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  • Unknown Hazardous Waste: Identification, Management, and Prevention

    Michael Manouel
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:46 am
    A Guide to Dealing With Unknown Hazardous Waste   The Consequences and Causes of Unknown Waste Unknown hazardous waste containers are the bane of existence for generators and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inspectors alike. For generators, this is because unknown wastes require careful precautions and must be analyzed, or at least narrowed down by type, […] The post Unknown Hazardous Waste: Identification, Management, and Prevention appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • HAZMAT Generators: These Are the 6 Must-Know Solutions to Waste Reduction

    Michael Manouel
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    Hazardous Waste Reduction in 6 Steps Hazardous waste generation is just par for the course for companies in certain industries. Whether as a byproduct in a manufacturing process or in the biohazard disposables of the healthcare field, generating, treating, and disposing of regulated waste is merely a fact of doing business. But how much waste […] The post HAZMAT Generators: These Are the 6 Must-Know Solutions to Waste Reduction appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Avoiding Fines and Fees: EPA Compliant On-Site Hazardous Waste Storage

    Michael Manouel
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:45 pm
    On-Site Hazardous Waste Storage, Without an EPA Violation If you generate hazardous waste, you are probably aware that there are certain requirements regarding the on-site storage of your waste. Storage of hazardous waste, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is the holding of waste at a generative facility for a temporary period of time […] The post Avoiding Fines and Fees: EPA Compliant On-Site Hazardous Waste Storage appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Final Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) Rule: 2015 to See Tighter Regulation

    Michael Manouel
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    What’s Happening to the Definition of Solid Waste? On December 10th, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized a long proposed ruling (referred to as the Final DSW Rule) on the regulatory definition of solid waste (DSW). This recent regulation is deserving of attention because solid wastes, regulated under subtitle C of the Resource Recovery and […] The post Final Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) Rule: 2015 to See Tighter Regulation appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Let’s Get Our Act Straight: 5 RCRA Emergency Planning Requirements

    Michael Manouel
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    The Five RCRA Emergency Plan Requirements for Hazardous Waste Generators   No one ever said working with hazardous wastes on a day-to-day basis doesn’t come with its own set of potential dangers. Even if your company is trained in the most carefully planned preventative measures, preventative action (while worthy indeed) cannot completely safeguard your facility from accidental spills and […] The post Let’s Get Our Act Straight: 5 RCRA Emergency Planning Requirements appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
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    Coverall CleanFeed | Commercial Cleaning Blog

  • Preventing Slip and Falls

    Natalia Rex
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:14 am
    91 million workdays are lost due to slip and fall injuries each year. With all those slip and falls, about 90% happen when the person encounters a wet surface. That’s a huge number of accidents that could be prevented. Besides tip-toeing across the wet area (which doesn’t work, although it looks funny) here are some things you can do to avoid slip and falls on a dangerous surface. To start off – indoor floor surfaces. Whether it’s vinyl, tile, granite, marble, concrete or other, clean floors create great first impressions. Take extra care to follow good housekeeping rules to help…
  • Floor care and cleaning during winter

    Natalia Rex
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
    In some regions of the country, winter already arrived earlier than usual. But as we all know by now, nature tends to surprise us every year. To avoid nasty surprises after the snow melts, here are a few important tips on carpet and floor care during the snowy, chilly months. Are you ready for floor cleaning? 1. Avoid tracked-in dirt, salt and snow with mats placed by the door. They’ll absorb moisture and anything else that’s easily tracked in by snow boots. 2. Keep an eye on areas of your floor that tend to get wet and slippery. The last thing you want is a slip-and-fall accident.
  • The Only Hand Washing Instructions You’ll Ever Need – PDF

    Natalia Rex
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    We love statistics. They're factual and they tell you what you need to know. But sometimes numbers can make our brains mush when we want to just get to the point. And, what's the point? Hand washing is important. To use just one statistic in this post, according to the CDC, 80% of infections are transmitted by hands, which is why proper hand hygiene is important. Below is a Hand Hygiene 101 poster, but with a twist. We hope it'll be the first and last one you'll ever need. Print it, share it, and remember hand washing. Click here to download the PDF. Want another cool hand washing…
  • Happy Clean Year

    Natalia Rex
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    It isn’t a New Year without resolutions and life-changing decisions. But, this blog post isn’t about another checkmark on a list of goals. This is about a way of thinking. How do you envision 2015? In terms of janitorial services and healthy cleaning, 2014 was a stressful and confusing to many. In 2014, the Ebola outbreak was one of the most prominent health crises in the news in many years. Misinformation about the virus and fear mongering, sometimes caused confusion and added fuel to the fire of an already worried public. Here at Coverall, we endeavor to educate and provide useful…
  • What Health Officials Worry About This Flu Season

    Natalia Rex
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    Take a look at the map below, things aren’t looking pretty in the mid to eastern part of the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a massive increase in the level of influenza-like symptoms has occurred in the last few weeks, sending out alerts of a flu epidemic across social. [caption id="attachment_6404" align="alignnone" width="580"] Source: CDC.gov[/caption] Although we are in a typical peak period of flu season and this rise of activity is to be expected this time of year, there is one thing health officials are concerned about, which is the flu…
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  • Homedics Humidifier Reviews 2014 – 2015

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Homedics Humidifier Review 2015 This post is about Homedics Humidifier Reviews, we will compare some best humidifiers from Homedics, including some personal humidifiers, ultrasonic humidifiers, cool mist humidifiers. Founded in 1987, Homedics has been renowned for its home massage products and will continue to be a leading company to provide innovative and advanced massage products for today’s market. However, in fact, Homedics is also highly praised for its full line of indoor wellness products, including Air Filters, Sleep aids, Fitness Monitors,… Continue Reading ››…
  • 8 Natural Remedies Helpful for Quitting Smoking

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Natural Remedies Tips for Quitting Smoking Smoking seems quit prevalent among people. But the fact is that it causes a great deal of health problems and leads to numerous deaths nowadays. If you want to keep yourself away from the tobacco-related health problems, it’s never too late to quit smoking. Certainly, the earthier you start quitting, the more benefits you will get. And your lung will start to repair impairments caused by smoking immediately once you stop smoking. So are… Continue Reading ›› The post 8 Natural Remedies Helpful for Quitting Smoking appeared first on…
  • Essick Air Humidifier Review 2014 – 2015

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Essick Humidifier Review 2015 In this post we will talk about Essick humidifier reviews and ratings info. Essick has been producing high quality air humidifiers for more than 90 years. And all of its products are designed, engineered and assembled in the United States, which is really rare for today’s manufacturers. Essick air humidifiers produce healthier, easier and comfortable moisture into air through the evaporative technology. But why and how the evaporation makes Essick humidifier become the distinguished humidity saver? Essick… Continue Reading ›› The post Essick…
  • Pureguardian Ultrasonic Humidifier Reviews 2015

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Pureguardian Humidifier Reviews 2014 – 2015 In this post, we will talk about reviews of Pureguardian Ultrasonic Humidifier. PureGuardian has been increasingly popular among customers for its natural way to improve air quality enormously. It adopts the one of most efficient humidifying systems–Silver Clean Technology, to release the incredible clean moisture into the air helping to create the comfortable breathing environment for living and working. Most Pureguardian Humidifiers are Ultrasonic Humidifiers. The silver inside the water tank of PureGuardian humidifiers… Continue…
  • Air Innovations Humidifier Review 2014-2015

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Air Innovations Humidifier Reviews, Ratings 2015 Air Innovations Humidifiers are from For Life Products (FLP) Inc., which is an outstanding manufacturer as well as an innovative marketer. It devotes to providing automotive surface-care products to improve the quality of everyday life. FLP have developed a full line of technologically high quality humidifiers,home use purifiers and some fan machines. It will be easy for you to find some Air innovations ultrasonic humidifier products in hardware shops. Air innovations humidifier, as one… Continue Reading ›› The post Air…
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  • How to Protect Your Plants From Overheating

    Lillian Connors
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:38 am
    Maintaining a garden during the summer months is a challenging task even for an experienced gardener, not to mention amateur enthusiasts like you and me. As much as plants love sunlight, extreme temperatures can have adverse effects on their development and well-being. This article will try to list a number of possible solutions to this problem and, even if you are not able to apply them all, using some of them is certain to give positive results and help you and your crops survive the long, hot summer. Maintain the Moisture of the Soil To begin, it is of the utmost importance to always make…
  • Sun Power: Top Benefits of Using Solar Energy

    Rachel Heagney
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:02 am
    Imagine life without energy. Without power, our home’s ducted air conditioning or heating would be as good as useless. We’d either swelter or freeze under our own roof. A horribly grim sight, isn’t it? Now conjure up an image of a house using sunshine for all its energy needs. Brilliant, isn’t it? Harnessing the sun’s rays to supply the power required in your home is not a new concept. In Switzerland, where the sun rarely shows up, many people have solar-powered homes. It is no surprise that the US has about 400,000 homes with photovoltaic units currently installed. With its…
  • 3 Ways To Save On Your Heating Bill

    Contributing Author
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    If you own a home or rent an apartment and you want to save money on your heating bill, you can do so with ease. Sadly, a lot of people waste money when they don’t follow a wise and easy plan to save cash on their monthly heating bill. While true, with that being said, here are three ways to save on your electric bill. Inspect It All: If you own a home, you should call a local electrician and have him or her inspect the heater and make sure it is in order and clean. If you rent an apartment, you can call the landlord or newer and ask for his or her help. By doing a quickly cleaning and out…
  • Preserve, Protect, Respect: Sustainable Agriculture Benefits

    Ariel Bellamy
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    Preserve, Protect, Respect: Sustainable Agriculture Benefits For agriculture to be called sustainable, it needs to yield results while establishing and maintaining the ecological balance, solving problems like infertility of the soil or troubles with pest by using a diverse range of environmentally conscious farming methods. The final product of sustainable agriculture does not only need to be eco-friendly, it is also important that it helps farmers and their families and that its final product is healthy for the end users. In this article, we will try to list all the main benefits of this…
  • What Is Biomass Energy ?

    Kimberly Littleton
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    What Is Biomass Energy ? Biomass power is redefining how we use the nature to generate electricity in a better and effective way so that we are ready with a replacement of the fossil fuels. But what is this biomass and what is the hue and cry all about? Biomass power comes from plants. It can be forest or crop residues, perennial grasses, corn kernels, stalks and quick growing trees like poplars. These plants can be used to make liquid bio-fuels that can be used as an alternative to oil. One can also use it to produce electricity or heat that can be used in our homes. In the United States,…
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  • Beware of the Human Health Risks of Hazardous Wastes

    Shera Cane
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:01 am
    With the amount of wastes we produce every day, some of them can end up in our land, water, air, among others. What we have to know is how much of these waste is hazardous and what kinds of health risks they present. For example:WaterThere are many ways water can be contaminated by hazardous wastes. One, some industrial facilities located near bodies of water such as seas and rivers may experience a leak, and chemicals can find their way into these waters. Pollution in the soil can also lead to water contamination as pollutants find their way into the ground source. If there are leaks to…
  • 10 Ways Hazardous Waste Disposal Could Help Environment and Mankind

    Shera Cane
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:19 pm
    The importance of disposing hazardous waste properly can’t be stress enough. Its impact goes beyond keeping an industrial plant’s or a factory’s environment clean. It also:Maintains clean water supply. Toxic wastes can get into the water’s main line and not only pollute it but also introduce harmful chemicals that, when drank, can have a profound effect on people’s and animal’s health.  Keeps the soil in a healthy condition. When toxic wastes from products such as batteries and computers are thrown into landfills, they can get leach into the soil, which also becomes toxic.
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