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  • Tamarisk Tree’s Role as ‘Invasive’ in Southwest Questioned

    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog
    Beyond Pesticides
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, July 22, 2014) As drought persists across the western U.S., farmers, ranchers, and government authorities looking for solutions to water worries have picked a tough battle, and many are questioning whether it’s worth the fight. The target is the ‘invasive,’ tamarisk tree, also known as salt cedar, a hardy evergreen that can grow […]
  • No Pretzels for You!! United Airlines Cited by OSHA at Newark Airport

    EHS Today
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    United Airlines faces $101,300 penalty following an OSHA inspection that uncovered serious and repeat safety violations. United Airlines Inc. allegedly has exposed ground operation workers at the Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J., to safety hazards, causing OSHA to issue 16 citations and propose penalties of $101,300. read more
  • Pollution test resuls expected next week1:12 am | 0

    Toxicology News
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:12 pm
    County health officials could know next week what lab tests reveal after the state toxicologist collected recent samples from a contaminated pond.
  • New Zealand To Increase Scrutiny of Bee-killing Pesticides, Denies “Neonic” Application

    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog
    Beyond Pesticides
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, July 23, 2014) New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Authority is stepping up its requirements for a higher level of scientific evidence regarding the safety and effects of neonicotinoids -pesticides linked to bee decline- before considering them for approval. Just last month, the Authority declined an application of thiamethoxam, a neonicotinoid, for use as a […]
  • PPE: The Basics [Infographic]

    EHS Today
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Personal protection equipment (PPE) is part of the hierarchy of controls used to protect employees from workplace hazards. This infographic from Compliance and Safety offers simple but effective advice about the use of PPE. For example: When should I use PPE? Content Classification:  Curated read more
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    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog

  • New Zealand To Increase Scrutiny of Bee-killing Pesticides, Denies “Neonic” Application

    Beyond Pesticides
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, July 23, 2014) New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Authority is stepping up its requirements for a higher level of scientific evidence regarding the safety and effects of neonicotinoids -pesticides linked to bee decline- before considering them for approval. Just last month, the Authority declined an application of thiamethoxam, a neonicotinoid, for use as a […]
  • Tamarisk Tree’s Role as ‘Invasive’ in Southwest Questioned

    Beyond Pesticides
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, July 22, 2014) As drought persists across the western U.S., farmers, ranchers, and government authorities looking for solutions to water worries have picked a tough battle, and many are questioning whether it’s worth the fight. The target is the ‘invasive,’ tamarisk tree, also known as salt cedar, a hardy evergreen that can grow […]
  • UK Bread Contaminated with Pesticides

    Beyond Pesticides
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, July 21, 2014) According to figures released by the British Government last week, over 60% of the county’s bread supply is tainted with pesticide residues. This is a shocking increase from numbers recorded in 2001, which found 28% of bread to be tainted. According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs […]
  • Virginia County Stops Pesticide Spraying in Favor of Alternatives to Combat Lyme Disease

    Beyond Pesticides
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, July 18, 2014) After years of struggling to combat the rise of Lyme disease in the region, Loudoun County, Virginia has decided to forgo the spraying of a hazardous pesticide in public parks in favor of public education and continued surveillance of park lands. Controversy over spraying arose back in 2012 when Loudoun […]
  • Pacific Region National Wildlife Refuges to Ban Neonicotinoids

    Beyond Pesticides
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, July 17, 2014) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued an internal memorandum last week that signals a significant shift in its pesticide-application policies for Pacific Region wildlife refuges: no more neonicotinoids. The memorandum, dated July 9, 2014, states, “The Pacific Region will begin a phased approach to eliminate the use of neonicotinoid […]
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    EHS Today

  • PPE: The Basics [Infographic]

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Personal protection equipment (PPE) is part of the hierarchy of controls used to protect employees from workplace hazards. This infographic from Compliance and Safety offers simple but effective advice about the use of PPE. For example: When should I use PPE? Content Classification:  Curated read more
  • Study: Obese Workers Are More Prone to Fatigue

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Obesity is associated with physiological changes at the muscular level, including a decrease in blood flow, which limits the supply of oxygen and energy sources. Obese workers have less endurance and are more prone to fatigue than their non-obese co-workers, a new study suggests. read more
  • Maker of Silk Soy Milk Earns LEED Certification for Dallas Beverage Plant

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    WhiteWave Foods, the maker of Silk soy milk and other beverage products, has earned U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification for its Dallas manufacturing facility. The facility, which produces Horizon organic milk, International Delight coffee creamers and Silk soy milk, is the first in the company to achieve green certification, Broomfield, Colo.-based WhiteWave Foods said. read more
  • No Pretzels for You!! United Airlines Cited by OSHA at Newark Airport

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    United Airlines faces $101,300 penalty following an OSHA inspection that uncovered serious and repeat safety violations. United Airlines Inc. allegedly has exposed ground operation workers at the Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J., to safety hazards, causing OSHA to issue 16 citations and propose penalties of $101,300. read more
  • Elephant in the Boardroom: 
How Depression and Stress in the Workplace Are Killing Productivity

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    As companies strive to compete in a global economy, they become high-stress incubators for mental health problems. This wreaks havoc on productivity. Graeme Cowan explains why we must overcome the stigma associated with depression and tackle the “elephant” head-on. In a hypercompetitive global economy, the scramble for perpetual performance is taking a harsh toll on employees. They relentlessly are pushd to get ahead and stay ahead – working longer days, emailing after hours, taking fewer vacations - often with little acknowledgment for their efforts. read more
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  • NRDC petitions EPA to cancel neonicotinoid pesticides

    Jennifer Sass
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. NRDC filed a legal petition today against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asking EPA to withdraw its approval of neonicotinoid pesticides (called neonics), given the broad scientific consensus that neonics pose a serious risk to honeybees, wild bees, and other pollinators. Specifically, our petition says: “Given mounting scientific evidence that neonicotinoids are toxic to bees and threaten both individual and population survival, the agency should initiate cancellation proceedings for all neonicotinoid…
  • White House Gets Behind the Bees

    Jennifer Sass
    22 Jun 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. Pollinators including bees just gained an important ally in the fight to regain their numbers, with the White House memorandum, “New Steps to Protect Pollinators, Critical Contributors to Our Nation’s Economy”. In his memorandum, President Obama directed the EPA and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to co-chair a new Pollinator Health Task Force which would identify ways to protect and restore pollinators, including honey bees, native bees (there are over 400 species in the US), birds, bats, and butterflies. Pesticides, and…
  • National Academies heaps praise on the EPA IRIS chemical assessment program

    Jennifer Sass
    6 May 2014 | 11:31 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. The EPA's program to assess the hazards of chemicals - called the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) - earned itself a lot of praise from the prestigous National Academies (NAS) for its adherence to scientific excellence, and to public transparency and accountability.  Today's National Academies report (here) comes after a robust, two-year long review of the IRIS program by fifteen scientific and technical experts and numerous peer reviewers. It was initiated in response to a 2011 National Academies report that, although focused on…
  • Ethylene Oxide - the chemical industry's defense of cancer risk

    Jennifer Sass
    6 May 2014 | 11:11 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. The chemical industry is mounting a defense of its toxic product The EPA Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program released its Draft hazard assessment of ethylene oxide last summer, with its updated evaluation of the cancer risks from inhaling ethylene oxide (IRIS, July 2013).  Ethylene oxide is already known to be a very toxic chemical. It is one of the 33 most hazardous air pollutants identified by EPA as posing the greatest human health risk in the largest number of urban areas.(IARC Vol 97, 2008) At room temperature, ethylene…
  • Carbon nanotube flame retardants - two wrongs don't make a right

    Jennifer Sass
    24 Feb 2014 | 11:00 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. Carbon nanotubes are wee little microscopic-sized tubes made of  sheets of carbon atoms, rolled up into a tube like a paper towel roll. One roll is a single walled carbon nanotube, and a few rolls will make a multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT). These tubes resemble asbestos fibers – rigid, long, and once inside the body they are persistent over weeks or months, similar to asbestos. They also share asbestos’ fire-retardant properties, and asbestos’ ability to make materials stronger and more durable. In fact, carbon…
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    Media Notes

  • How public media collaborations are creating opportunities for local reporting.

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    On May 9, six cars derailed south of Greeley, Colorado, and spilled more than 5,000 gallons of oil. While the damage in that case was fortunately limited, the transport of crude by rail is an important emerging story that’s attracting national attention. It’s also one that could tax many smaller news organizations: obscure government agencies, companies that prize secrecy, limited human-interest potential. But since the beginning of June, journalists at Inside Energy have been staking a claim to the crude-by-rail beat. Gabriel Rosenberg, Columbia Journalism Review.
  • Oops! A tweet about Kim Kardashian gives EPA Twitter account its own 15 minutes of fame.

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:53 am
    The verified Twitter account for the EPA's Office of Water mistakenly published a message Monday night about an online game, "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood," in which players walk red carpets, attend photo shoots and get dolled up like a Kardashian. An agency spokeswoman said the off-topic tweet was done by an intern. Associated Press.
  • Deploying drones to get an overview of factory farms.

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    Will Potter, a Washington D.C.-based author and blogger, recently raised $75,000 on Kickstarter to buy the drones and other equipment to investigate animal agriculture in the U.S. Peggy Lowe, National Public Radio.
  • Book review: 'War of the whales; A true story," by Joshua Horwitz.

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:41 am
    After several whales beached themselves and died in 2000, journalist Joshua Horwitz set out to find out why — and discovered that the mass deaths were almost certainly caused by the U.S. Navy. Steve Weinberg, Minneapolis Star Tribune.
  • CIR wants to turn investigative reporting into a weekly public radio show with Reveal.

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    With $3.5 million in grant funding and an eye for collaboration, the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX aim to bring deep investigations to radio and podcasting. Justin Ellis, Nieman Journalism Lab.
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    Toxicology News

  • Young mum on diet died from huge caffeine overdose after taking slimming tablets

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Assistant coroner tells inquest: 'It's possible she took the tablets in the misguided belief the amount she was taking would not result in serious injury' A mum who was self-conscious about her weight died of a massive caffeine overdose after swallowing a bottle of slimming tablets, an inquest has heard.
  • Drugs and Concerts Hit a High in Chicago Summer Scene

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    Newswise - Some music festival goers will be exchanging their concert wristbands for hospital patient identification bracelets as Pitchfork kicks off the summer music and drug season in Chicago.
  • Pollution test resuls expected next week1:12 am | 0

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:12 pm
    County health officials could know next week what lab tests reveal after the state toxicologist collected recent samples from a contaminated pond.
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    15 Jul 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Pattison Sand Co. said in a statement Tuesday that a toxicologist determined smoke particle readings from a fire that ignited last week were below levels of public health concern.
  • Paducah Nuclear Workers Meeting July 17

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:06 pm
    The DEEOIC Interim Advisory Board will hold their third national town hall meeting on July 17, 2014 for claimants who have filed claims under Part E or Part B lung disease claims under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act of 2000, as amended .
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    WordPress Tag: Mold

  • Meet Lime Essential Oil

    12 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
      Photo Credit: “An Eastbourne Website Designer” I love citrus oils, and lime is no exception. It simply makes me happy. I was shocked when I got my first bottle of lime as it was much stronger than my other citrus oils. I find I reach for it more than any other oil when it comes to deodorizing and air-freshening, basically anything that stinks. Scientific name: Citrus aurantifolia Method of extraction: Cold pressed or steam distilled Why I grab it: Deodorizer and air freshener. Basically if it stinks, I bring out the lime! Properties: Antibiotic and Antiseptic (4, p.386),…
  • Purification

    Mrs B
    12 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    A blend of pure, high-grade essential oils by Young Living of:  Citronella, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Lavandin, & Myrtle. Purification is an awesome oil to have in the summer time! Last year the misquotes in Missouri were outrageous!! They are drawn to me so before oils I would over do it on the bug spray and usually it still wasn’t good enough! I would still get ate up! I didn’t get my Premium Starter Kit until late in the summer and I was sure going outside for a evening dinner was a terrible idea, but I got out my 5ml bottle of purification that I got…
  • Call to action!

    12 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Two of my favorite people and longest friends recently found out that their dream house that they
  • Leave Me Naked

    Blind Noise
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    Leave Me Naked I am not a category I am not a label. Do not try to bag me You will not be able. I am thought and feeling I am humankind. If you niche me you are stealing Both my body and my mind. Leave aside sex chromosomes Leave aside my sightless eyes. Please ignore where I was born Don’t cut me to some random size. Do you dare presume to know How I feel about you or them or some other group. I am not encompassed by news or talk show No one will ever get my scoop. I am not a party Nor faith,its lack, or amorphous nationality. My mind is much too hardy I long for true humanity. Do not…
  • Youer Than You

    Romans917 Ministries
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Everyone has the same opportunity to be original, to break the mold, and to go against the trends of society. With all of the chances we are given each day to do this, why are so many people content with falling into the crowds. Materialism and trends completely control who we are. We flock to stores to buy phones that cost hundreds of dollars just to maintain a certain image, we wear certain brands, and we cut our hair like the latest celebrity. I DON’T GET HOW BEING CONTROLLED BY OBJECTS AND OTHER PEOPLE IS SOMETHING TO BRAG ABOUT For the next 7 days I am going to draw my inspiration…
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    the soft landing baby

  • Water Filtration and Healthy Food Preparation for Young Minds

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    Your child is your top priority. We all know that. So then why are you cooking with tap water? Whether using tap water for boiling noodles, or as the base of a nutritional soup, endangers your child to very harsh chemicals. Chlorine, benzene, and fluoride are just a few known to be common carcinogens that can be present in tap water. So why are you cooking with it? Taking the time necessary to appreciate clean water and cooking is not very difficult, because any time food is prepared with water, the taste of that water will affect the taste of the food. The failure to cook with filtered water…
  • Top 10 Craft Tips: Crafting with the Kids

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    Getting the children involved with crafts at a young age is highly recommended for a number of reasons. Not only is it a fun activity for all the family, it can significantly help with their learning and development. According to The Open University, research suggests that taking part in interactive and arts related activities with children can help promote their happiness and development of everyday skills. These include extending a child’s fine motor skills, developing their self esteem and understanding concepts like colour and numbers. Below are top 10 craft tips for when you’re…
  • Yummy party treats for kids

    7 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    Celebrating a child’s birthday is an important time for both parents and children. For parents it’s a bittersweet reminder of the swift passing of time and a reminder that their ‘baby’ is growing up. For the child it usually means presents and a party! Organising a children’s party doesn’t have to be stressful and expensive; kids won’t care whether you’ve paid for an all-singing all-dancing entertainer or just put a few balloons into a room for them to go crazy with. All they care about is having fun and eating yummy party treats like salt water taffy and jello and…
  • Travelling With Little Ones

    12 Jun 2014 | 5:25 pm
    This can be most parents’ nightmare. Travelling with your young children can be hell on earth, whether it’s a simple car journey or a holiday abroad you must be prepared. I have a little experience with travelling with children and I wish to share what I’ve learnt from my experiences. First, I would like to say that if I had my time again I wouldn’t travel with a child under two years old. If you’re hell bent on it – I repeat – be prepared! Planes I’ll start with the worst, especially if they’re under two as you have to deal with their tiny ears popping and because they are…
  • Mario colouring pages for your children’s amusement

    12 May 2014 | 7:44 am
    Mario has been typically the most popular video game, and very popular still now. From kids, grownups to be able to the elderly, everybody was therefore fond of this game. However the fact is nothing stays constant, and with the passing of time, something totally new and something improved comes, only then do we grow to be attached to them. But nevertheless, Mario offers foot prints in the present period in which technology-fuelled innovative game titles have got widespread recognition. The current game titles tend to be more clever and more interactive compared to the before. However, you…
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    Inter Press Service » Environment

  • Disasters Poised to Sweep Away Development Gains

    Stephen Leahy
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    Climate change effects, such as extreme weather events, drive up environmental remediation costs. Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPSBy Stephen LeahyUXBRIDGE, Canada, Jul 22 2014 (IPS) Extreme poverty and hunger can be eliminated, but only through far greater efforts to reduce carbon emissions that are overheating the planet and producing punishing droughts, catastrophic floods and ever wilder weather, said climate activists involved in talks to set the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Last weekend, the United Nations released the 17 draft SDGs following a year and a half of discussion by…
  • Creating a Slum Within a Slum

    Adam Bemma
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:49 am
    In 2009, nearly 5,000 Kibera residents were relocated to the KENSUP Soweto East settlement, pictured here. However many say the housing project has become a slum. Credit: George Kebaso/IPSBy Adam BemmaNAIROBI, Jul 22 2014 (IPS) At the eastern edge of Nairobi’s Kibera slum, children gather with large yellow jerry cans to collect water dripping out of an exposed pipe. The high-rise grey and beige Soweto East settlement towers above them. A girl lifts the can on top of her head and returns to her family’s third floor apartment. Inside, 49-year-old mother Hilda Olali is sweeping the…
  • U.S. Debating “Historic” Support for Off-Grid Electricity in Africa

    Carey L. Biron
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Sub-Saharan Africa has large potential for hydropower generation, but is yet to exploit it. Pictured here is the Kariba Dam. Credit: Kristin Palitza/IPSBy Carey L. BironWASHINGTON, Jul 21 2014 (IPS) Pressure is building here for lawmakers to pass a bill that would funnel billions of dollars of U.S. investment into strengthening Africa’s electricity production and distribution capabilities, and could offer broad new support for off-grid opportunities. With half of the U.S. Congress having already acted on the issue, supporters are now hoping that the Senate will follow suit before a major…
  • U.S. Ranks Near Bottom Globally in Energy Efficiency

    Julia Hotz
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Energy-saving compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs). Credit: Anton Fomkin/cc by 2.0By Julia HotzWASHINGTON, Jul 18 2014 (IPS) A new ranking has lauded Germany for its energy efficiency, while condemning the United States for lagging near the bottom. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a non-profit here, called the U.S. economy’s inefficiency “a tremendous waste” of both resources and money, in a scorecard released Thursday. Looking at 16 of the world’s largest economies, the rankings use 31 metrics to measure efficiency-related measures within each…
  • Do Not GM My Food!

    Julio Godoy
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    By Julio GodoyBERLIN, Jul 18 2014 (IPS) Attempts to genetically modify food staples, such as crops and cattle, to increase their nutritional value and overall performance have prompted world-wide criticism by environmental, nutritionists and agriculture experts, who say that protecting and fomenting biodiversity is a far better solution to hunger and malnutrition. Two cases have received world-wide attention: one is a project to genetically modify bananas, the other is an international bull genome project. In June, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it has allocated some…
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    Dr Robert Muller - The Zeitgeist is Changing

  • Report: Climate Change Skeptics Could Reach Catastrophic Levels By 2020

    Dr Robert Muller
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:23 pm
    by The Onion: http://www.theonion.com/articles/report-climate-change-skeptics-could-reach-catastr,36521/ Scientists say it may be too late to effectively combat climate change deniers and that humanity may simply have to learn to live with their negative effects.In a worrying development that could have dire implications for the health of the planet, a report published Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency suggests that the number of climate change skeptics could reach catastrophic levels by the year 2020.According to the agency’s findings, the rising quantity and concentration…
  • Surging Chinese Demand for Rosewood is Ruining Forests Across Southern Asia

    Dr Robert Muller
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:34 am
    Stump and log of illegally cut rosewood (Wikipedia)by Zuzana Burivalova, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich We are inclined to think that trees are a renewable natural resource.Yet precious hardwood trees have already been almost completely logged out from many countries across the tropics.Myanmar is the latest country to experience the insatiable demand for its precious rosewood.Rosewood, also known as bois de rose, is an umbrella term for a whole group of tropical timber species, mostly from the genus Dalbergia, Pterocarpus, Diospyros, and Milletia, which all have a dark red hue…
  • The True Cost of Cattle is Much, Much Higher Than you Imagine

    Dr Robert Muller
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:28 am
    Feedlot in the Texas Panhandle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)by Gidon Eshel, Bard College That eating beef is environmentally costly is by now widely appreciated.But little has been done to curtail the amount of cattle farmed for meat consumption.To try and address this, my colleagues and I decided to calculate just how costly beef production is for the environment, and how it stacks up against pork, poultry, dairy and eggs.Our hope is that better knowledge of the environmental costs of raising animals for food will help improve both the dietary choices people make and agricultural policies.Our…
  • VIDEO: How Quantum Mechanics Explains Global Warming - Lieven Scheire

    Dr Robert Muller
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:11 am
    by Lieven Sceire, Ted-Ed: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-quantum-mechanics-explains-global-warming-lieven-scheireYou’ve probably heard that carbon dioxide is warming the Earth. But how exactly is it doing it?Lieven Scheire uses a rainbow, a light bulb and a bit of quantum physics to describe the science behind global warming.
  • Obituary: Australia's Carbon Price

    Dr Robert Muller
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Emissions Trading Economics of 2 Countries (Wikipedia)by Paul Twomey The Carbon Pricing Mechanism, known to its friends as the carbon price and its critics as the carbon tax, passed away today in Canberra, aged two, after a long battle with slogans.While it won praise from most academic and business economists at home and abroad, it will perhaps be best remembered for its controversial relationship with Australian voters, the stinging criticism it endured from certain politicians, and comparisons with its nemesis, Direct Action.While no-one thought it was perfect, the carbon price was…
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    Plastic Bag Ban Report

  • Napa, CA Passes First Reading of Plastic Bag Ban

    Ted Duboise
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    Napa, California, July 22, 2014 (PBBR) – The City Council of Napa, California passed the first reading of a plastic bag ban for the city. Known as the Single-Use Carryout Bag Reduction Ordinance, the measure was passed unanimously by Council. The Council spent over an hour and a half in discussions and a public hearing […]
  • Silver City, New Mexico Passes Plastic Bag Ban

    Ted Duboise
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Silver City, New Mexico, July 8, 2014 (PBBR) – The Silver City, New Mexico Town Council approved an ordinance banning single-use plastic carryout bags at the regular Town Council meeting tonight. The ordinance was introduced by Councilor Cynthia Ann Bettison just six weeks ago on May 27. A public hearing was held before the vote […]
  • Pleasant Hill, CA Enacts Plastic Bag Ban

    Ted Duboise
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Pleasant Hill, California, July 7, 2014 (PBBR) – At a regular City Council meeting tonight, the City of Pleasant Hill voted to enact an ordinance prohibiting the distribution of plastic shopping bags by merchants in the city. The new ordinance will become effective in six months at all retailers including grocery stores, pharmacies, department stores […]
  • Sioux City, IA Seeks Input On Plastic Bag Ban

    Ted Duboise
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Sioux City, Iowa, June 6, 2014 (PBBR) – Sioux City, located on the northwestern border of Iowa, also encompasses parts of northeast Nebraska and the southern part of South Dakota. The fourth largest city in Iowa, it’s tri-state metropolitan area is home to almost 170,ooo people with 82,000 living within the city itself. (1) Sioux […]
  • Portland, ME Adopts Fee on Carryout Bags

    Ted Duboise
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Portland, Maine, June 16, 2014 (PBBR) – The City Council of Portland today voted to adopt an ordinance that places a five cents fee on single-use carryout bags. The fee will be collected on both paper and plastic disposable bags. Portland has become the first city in the state of Maine to regulate plastic bags. […]
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    Green Living Everyday Blog

  • Bright Outlook for Texas Solar

    10 Jul 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Experts are anticipating that the solar energy market in the state of Texas to achieve significant growth over the next several years.  According to to the Solar Energy Industry Association: Texas ranks 13th in the country in installed solar capacity, with enough solar energy installations to power 12,300 homes. Residential and commercial photovoltaic systems prices fell by 22 percent over the last year. More than 280 solar companies are actively working in the state of Texas, employing more than 3,000 Texans.    
  • Energy Efficient Roofing

    7 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    Hot roofs absorb heat, causing air conditioner systems to work harder to cool during the warmer months of the year. A cool roof uses material that is designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof. Cool roofs can be made of a highly reflective type of paint, a sheet covering, or highly reflective tiles or shingles. Cool Roofs can lower the temperature of your roof by up to 50 degrees, which will reduce cooling costs.  
  • Efficient Windows Can Save Energy = Money

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    In most structures, windows account for 10 to 25 percent of the total heating bill by allowing hot or cold are to enter. During the summer months, HVAC systems work harder to cool hot air from sun exposed windows. Best to replace inefficient windows with double-pane or low-emissivity coated models, which can reduce energy loss by anywhere from 30 to 50 percent.
  • Spring Clean to Promote Energy Efficiency

    29 May 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Clean Refrigerator Coils – Coils can collect dust, making them less efficient for cooling. Be sure to clean coils two times per year to eliminate buildup and reduce energy use by up to 6%.       Clean Ventilation - Air conditioning vents and dirty air filters should be cleaned and/or replaced regularly.  Changing filters can reduce HVAC energy use and electricity costs from 5 to 15%.       Inspect Vent Hoods – Check vent hoods for need of cleaning or filter replacements.  Energy Star certified ventilation fans can use 60% less energy than…
  • How to Use Composting Worms

    30 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    Did you know that the majority of organic waste can be recycled by worms? A worm composting system can convert over 70% of your home waste into beneficial compost. How to make a worm composting bin To make a worm composter, you’ll need: A short, wide plastic bin A drill Sand/gravel Damp, shredded newspaper or straw (for bedding material) Compost worms. You need 1,000 to 2,000 Step one: First you need to drill a holes in the bottom and top of the bin. Step two: Put up to 10cm of gravel (or sand) in the base of the bin.. Step three: Next, add some of the bedding material (Newspaper or…
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    ToxicsWAtch Blog

  • Would You Like Flame Retardants With That Couch?

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Most of Aimee Robinson's customers are moms. And more of them are starting to ask questions about the contents of the couches and chairs she constructs. "I get moms crying on the phone," said Robinson, owner of the green furniture company EcoBalanza. "Their main concern is protecting their loved ones from exposure to toxic chemicals."
  • Toxic Hot Seat - the Washington Tour 2014

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:55 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.
  • Federal Toxics Reform: Most Chemicals Haven't Been Tested Enough to Know

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    I have watched the attempt to reform toxic chemical law in Congress with growing alarm. What started out as an important effort to protect people from toxics has turned into a giveaway to the chemical industry. Americans could end up with weaker safeguards and greater exposure to dangerous chemicals.
  • Walgreens breaks silence as “Week of Action” launches

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:20 am
    This week, concerned parents and health advocates from around the U.S. are turning out at Walgreens stores and going online as part of a national Mind the Store “Week of Action” to ask the large pharmacy chain to take strong steps toward selling safer products. This follows our April 16th day of action where concerned parents and advocates across the country held events at over 60 Walgreens stores nationwide.
  • Kaiser Permanente Commits to Furniture Free from Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals

    26 Jun 2014 | 11:55 am
    Concerned about increasing levels of potentially harmful chemicals in the environment, Kaiser Permanente announced Tuesday that it will stop purchasing furniture treated with flame retardants. Kaiser Permanente is the first health system in the country to do this. The decision could impact more than 38 hospitals and 600 medical offices in eight states and the District of Columbia.
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    Aarons EnvironMental Corner.....

  • Can the Moon change our climate? Can tides in the atmosphere solve the mystery of ENSO?

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    by Jo Nova The Moon has such a big effect — moving 70% of the matter on the Earth’s surface every day, that it seems like the bleeding obvious to suggest that just maybe, it also affects the air, the wind, and causes atmospheric tides. Yet the climate models assume the effect is zero or close to it. Indeed, it seems so obvious, it’s a “surely they have studied this before” moment. Though, as you’ll see, the reason lunar effects may have been ignored is not just “lunar-politics” and a lack of funding, but because it’s also seriously complex. Keep your brain engaged… Ian…
  • The ‘War on Meat’ Will Make the ‘War on Coal’ Look Tame

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    by Ronald Bailey, Reason Put down that burger, you irresponsible carnivores! Why? Because munching steaks, burgers, and chops significantly increases the carbon footprint of meat-eaters and thus their contribution to man-made global warming. So says a new study, “Dietary greenhouse gas emissions of meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans in the UK,” in the journal Climatic Change. By how much? The researchers conclude: Read the rest here. Related Posts (automated): New paper claims a value one seventh of the IPCC best estimate for Climate Sensitivity for a CO2 doubling…
  • The BBC Has Lost Its Balance Over Climate Change

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    by Matt Ridley, The Times The BBC’s behaviour grows ever more bizarre. Committed by charter to balanced reporting, it has now decided formally that it was wrong to allow balance in a debate between rival guesses about the future. In rebuking itself for having had the gall to interview Nigel Lawson on the Today programme about climate change earlier this year, it issued a statement containing this gem: “Lord Lawson’s views are not supported by the evidence from computer modelling and scientific research.” The evidence from computer modelling? The phrase is an oxymoron. A model cannot,…
  • Number One Nutrition Krill Oil

    6 Jul 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Most of you know by now that I take Omega-3s as one of the few daily supplements I have in my diet. I’m not a firm believer in taking supplements for every damn thing, but I do know from experience and research that some supplementation is necessary given our diets and access (or lack thereof) to certain things in today’s world. For example, genetically, I am predisposed to a high protein diet that would have, at one time not long ago, included a lot of Atlantic fish. Since I now live landlocked and thousands of miles from any ocean, I supplement my diet with Omega-3s via fish oil…
  • Men’s Soap Company Shaving Soap review

    6 Jul 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Shaving is one of those things that I honestly haven’t mastered, even after over twenty years of doing it. I’ve tried creams, various shavers, different techniques, etc. and just can’t seem to find the right spot where I get a good shave, without irritation, and without spending a fortune. I have sensitive skin and a beard that grows in every direction. I’ve compromised, up to now, by using cheap shaving cream, in the shower, with a shaving mirror, and a high-quality disposable blade shaver, and by shaving only every second or third day. This minimizes irritation (the…
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  • Just Before Hosting Major U.N. Climate Talks, Peru Slashes Environmental Regulation

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    Even with regulations in place, illegal mining is a major environmental hazard in Peru. “The illegal miners have pushed deep into the Amazon jungle to pan in rivers and creeks, most notably in the wildlife-rich Madre de Dios region,” said Juan José Córdova, leader of the energy sector at KPMG, Peru. “It is estimated that 30 to 40 metric tons of mercury are dumped into the environment annually and burned off after amalgamation — generally without even using rudimentary technology to protect workers’ health or capture waste or fumes.” Liquid mercury is used to extract gold…
  • China needs to get to grips with its gold mining pollution crisis

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    If you use mercury, you amalgamate the gold with the mercury and then burn it off, and so the mercury will deposit itself somewhere within the ecosystem. Mercury is what we call biopersistent – it gets eaten up by organisms and then stays in the environment for a very long time. And it’s a neurotoxin, so you don’t see the impact right away. It actually has a much more insidious impact over many years. Mercury pollution across China is widely documented. With cyanide, it’s different. Cyanide has an immediate impact, but it’s not biopersistent. Cyanide can actually decompose in…
  • The toxic shimmer of gold

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:06 am
    Industrywide, one of biggest environmental challenges is safely storing the cyanide solution in these ponds without accidental leakage, said Micheal George, a gold commodities specialist with United States Geological Survey (USGS). "Most of these liners are quite complex," said George. "But if your liner is compromised in some way -- well, communities are worried."http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/peru404/environmental.html
  • Hard Rock Mining Pollution

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:32 am
    The hard rock mining industry is the single largest source of toxic waste and one of the most destructive industries in the country. Today's industrial-strength mining involves the blasting, excavating, and crushing of many thousands of acres of land and the use of huge quantities of toxic chemicals such as cyanide and sulfuric acid. The mines that produce our gold, silver, copper, and uranium are notorious for polluting adjacent streams, lakes, and groundwater with toxic by-products. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 40 percent of the watersheds in the western United States…
  • Does mining use mercury?

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:29 am
    Mercury is still used to extract gold in the developing world despite safer alternatives and the elimination of mercury use by large-scale mining operations. It is used by artisanal and small-scale miners (ASM), often in unsafe and environmentally damaging ways.[1, p.13] The United Nations Industrial Development Organization estimates that 1,000 tons of mercury is released into the air, soil, and water each year by this sector.[4, p.9]Mercury is used to purify gold from ore in a process called amalgamation. Miners and their families often inhale toxic mercury vapors through this process, and…
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  • Baluchistan Black Bear on its verge of extinction

    Mehmooda Peachi
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    In Pakistan the Himalayan Black Bear is found in the mountains of Azad Kashmir, Khagan, Swat Kohistan and Southern Chitral, in Chitral Gol National Park. It is also found in Ayubia National Park. The sub specie, Baluchistan Bear is found in the higher hill ranges of Baluchistan, such as Takht-e-Suliman and Toba Kakar. It is also found in Ziarat, Kalat and Khuzdar. Many believe it to be the only “true” subspecies of Asiatic Black Bear.The Baluchistan black bear (Ursus thibetanus gedrosianus) locally known as “Kala Reech in Urdu,Kala Bhalom, Mum in Baluchi was once widely…
  • Illegal Hunting Of Houbara Bustards (Tiloor) In Chagai Baluchistan

    Maria Noor
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) has condemned hunting of 2,100 Houbara Bustard in Chagai, Baluchistan. Divisional Forest Officer of Baluchistan Forest and Wildlife Department, Chagai in Dalbandin highlighted hunting of 2,100 Houbara Bustards. Houbara Bustard, is listed as “vulnerable” in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. It is also listed in Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Appendix I, pertaining to species that are vulnerable to hunting and poaching due to their economic value. In…
  • How Does Dredging Work?

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Dredging is the process of removing various minerals and materials from the surface of lakebeds, rivers and various other bodies of water. Over the course of time, bodies of water such as rivers start to accumulate silt, sand, stone and other materials that require removal every now and then. The gradual build up of sedimentation that is washed downstream cannot go anywhere else, so harbours and channels require dredging to take place in order to empty the surface of the water. It is an incredibly important process as debris can reduce the depth of water and make it dangerous for boats and…
  • Houbara Bustard, on threat to be extinct in Balochistan

    Faiza Yaqoob
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    Houbara bustard is one of the most beautiful provincial bird of Balochistan. This is an endangered bird. The Houbara Bustard breeds in deserts and other very arid sandy areas and is largely resident within its range. Like other bustards, this species has attractive display raising the white feathers of the head and throat and withdrawing the head. Two to four eggs are laid on the ground. This species is omnivorous, taking seeds, insects and other small creatures. Its average life is 15 years.“The Houbara Bustard is a small to mid-sized bird. It measures 22–26 inches in length and spans…
  • If the Polar Ice Caps Melted, How much Would the Oceans Rise

    Iqra Munir
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    We may have heard about global warming. It seems that in the last 100 years the earth’s temperature has increased about half a degree Celsius. This may not sound like much, but even half a degree can have an effect on our planet. According to the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) the sea level has risen 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) in the last 100 years . This higher temperature may be causing some floating icebergs to melt, but this will not make the oceans rise. Icebergs are large floating chunks of ice. In order to float, the iceberg displaces a volume of water that has a…
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    Small Footprint Family

  • 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…
  • 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 Vegetables On the seed packages in the garden stores and catalogs, you will often see the words “partial sun” or “partial…
  • 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 below Amazon.com If 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…
  • GIVEAWAY: RainBird Drip Irrigation Kit {$30 Value!}

    Dawn Gifford
    29 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Fresh water is becoming scarce all over the world, even in seemingly wet places like Florida or Michigan. So it is very important that we use water conservation methods whenever we can.  Landscape irrigation is one of the biggest uses of household water during the summer, so anything you can do to save water outside your home will also save you at least $75 a year. Waste Not, Want Not Sprinkler systems are typically very inefficient. They spray water all over the place, not just on your plants, and often they spray or run off onto the sidewalk, driveway, etc. where the water is simply…
  • Small Footprint Fridays #69 – A Sustainable Living Link-Up!

    Dawn Gifford
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Welcome back to another Small Footprint Friday—a blog link-up party about sustainable living. Every Friday, we come together to support and encourage each other in living greener, healthier more sustainable lives. By joining together and sharing our wisdom, we can turn the tide on our health and environmental crises, and create a better world for our children and grandchildren. There are so many things we can learn from each other, like how to: save energy, water, trees, gas, and other resources; grow, preserve and store food; avoid toxins and heal ourselves naturally; make our own…
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    News from the Goldman Environmental Prize

  • Goldman Prize Winners Call for Immediate Release of Jailed Russian Activist

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:52 pm
    In his acceptance speech at the 2014 Goldman Prize ceremony, Prize winner Suren Gazaryan told the story of his colleague Evgeny Vitishko, an environmental activist from Russia who was sentenced to three years in a penal colony for his role in exposing illegal construction in a national forest and speaking openly about the environmental impact of the Sochi Olympic Games' construction.Gazaryan, who was awarded the Prize for exposing government corruption and illegal exploitation of federally protected forestland along Russia’s Black Sea coast, was forced to flee to Estonia to avoid arrest.In…
  • Recent Arrests Highlight Extent of Civil Society Repression in Swaziland

    16 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Government crackdowns on civil society groups have surged in recent years, an alarming trend impacting many Goldman Prize winners around the globe. 2010 Goldman Prize winner Thuli Makama, an environmental attorney from Swaziland, knows first-hand how difficult it is to effectively operate in a country where civil society is repressed. She stopped by the Goldman Prize office last month to update us on her recent work.Thuli Makama was awarded the Goldman Prize in 2010 after winning a landmark case to include environmental NGO representation in the Swaziland Environment Authority, reinforcing…
  • South Africa’s Killer Coal

    9 Jul 2014 | 4:07 pm
    1998 Goldman Prize winner Bobby Peek and his team at groundWork recently released a report exposing egregious air pollution violations and a resulting human health crisis being created by South Africa’s major energy utility, Eskom.Eskom provides 95% of South Africa’s energy, 90% of which comes from coal. Most of the production and processing of this coal happens in the economically depressed Highveld region, home to 12 of Eskom’s coal-fired power plants, hundreds of mines and some of the worst air quality in the world.The people who live in the Highveld region are being unfairly…
  • As Environmental Crime Surges, UN Report Calls for Urgent Action

    2 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    A recent report from the UN and Interpol titled “The Environmental Crime Crisis,” estimates that illegal environmental crime, from illegal logging to elephant poaching, generates up to $213 billion a year, with the majority of profits going to international crime syndicates and terrorist organizations.   Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said, “The illegal trade in natural resources is depriving developing economies of billions of dollars in lost revenue and lost development opportunities, while benefiting a relatively…
  • Chilean Government Rejects Massive Patagonia Dam Proposal

    20 Jun 2014 | 12:29 pm
    In what some are calling “the greatest triumph of the environmental movement in Chile,” the government of President Michelle Bachelet rejected an $8 billion dam proposal that would have devastated Chile’s pristine Patagonia region.The HidroAysén hydroelectric project would have flooded 15,000 acres of land in Patagonia, threatening the region’s biodiversity and cultural significance.The government’s decision is being hailed by local and international environmental groups, many of whom have been fighting to stop the project since its inception nearly eight years ago.Among those…
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    Actual Organics

  • Rissoles – save money with leftovers

    Joanna Runciman
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Rissoles – help you save money with leftovers which are seriously easy to make and delicious. My Mum’s most delicious meal is rissoles. Well I love her spaghetti carbonara and roast chicken too, actually she hasn’t really cooked a bad meal, although potted beef tongue is a seriously acquired taste and one I haven’t acquired [...] The post Rissoles – save money with leftovers appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • Cut food waste love ugly vegetables

    Joanna Runciman
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Do you look at how the apple or carrot looks in store and choose a ‘perfect’ looking one? Do you clear out the fridge each week and throw away or compost some food? I used to opt for perfect-looking vegetables, I am less bothered today, and I barely throw away any food, and if something [...] The post Cut food waste love ugly vegetables appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • Ways to use Herbamare in cooking

    Joanna Runciman
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I have used Herbamare made by A Vogel for years. I first bought it when living in England and found that it was a great alternative to salt, which I use, but the addition of the herbs adds a delicious flavour without having to buy mixed herbs and add them all individually. I like Herbamare [...] The post Ways to use Herbamare in cooking appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • Best ways to keep cool in summer

    Joanna Runciman
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    It is hot here at the moment. I have got up at 0530am and it is pleasant but still warm. I have very pale skin so sunbathing and going to the beach are out for me. So what are the best ways to keep cool in Summer? Drink hot tea When I was staying with [...] The post Best ways to keep cool in summer appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • Alternatives to plastic microbead face scrubs

    Joanna Runciman
    12 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
      There are many personal care products on sale today which contain tiny micro-plastic “microbeads” made from polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP). Photo credit: ©iStock.com/pavlinec Why are plastic microbeads an issue? What we use in the bath, shower or to wash our hands, obviously gets washed down the drain and at some point in time [...] The post Alternatives to plastic microbead face scrubs appeared first on Actual Organics.
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    Sustainable Green Homes

  • Pesticides and Environmental Concerns

    David Guion
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Guest post by Kathrina Lewis A farmer in Pila, a town south of Manila, sprays pesticide on his rice farm in 2008. The spiralling use of chemicals, especially in developing countries, is inflicting a rising bill by damaging people’s health and the environment, according to a UN report.Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-chemical-inflicts-mounting-bill-poor.html#jCp Pesticides are used to get rid of pests, but the truth is that they are the only toxic substances released intentionally into our environment to kill living things.The environmental concerns arise when when pesticides…
  • 6 Ways To Use Salt For Eco Cleaning Purposes

    David Guion
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    Guest post by Hally Bertram These days, more people have started to think green and apply methods to live in an ecologically-friendly way. It is indeed true that the modern lifestyle usually comes with many disadvantages when it comes to protecting the environment. Technology, chemicals that can be found in all types of products and many other things we use in our everyday lives, do have a negative impact on the planet. It’s essential to try and do our best to protect it by starting to live in a more green way. Cleaning is an inevitable part of our lives, however, the cleaning…
  • Technology projects aiming for a more sustainable future

    David Guion
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    House with both solar panels and wind turbine Guest post by Jennifer Smith These days, we thankfully live in an age in which a great number of companies and governments are looking at how what we do affects the natural environment. Many of our energy resources will run out in the not too distant future if we abuse them, and so it has become very important that our technology projects from here on in try to bring about a more sustainable future for all of us. Solar panels When you drive around pretty much any area these days, you may just see a few houses that have solar panels installed. Some…
  • Cleanliness and dirty water

    David Guion
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Water draining Whenever you wash dishes, laundry, or yourself. You send dirty water down the drain. What’s in it? And what effect does it have on the environment? You have a variety of cleaning products to use. Most of them are either some kind of soap or some kind of detergent. They are necessary because, if the dirt includes any kind of oil or grease, water alone won’t clean it. Nearly all compounds are either hydrophilic (water-loving) which means they will dissolve in water, or hydrophobic (water-hating), which means they will not mix with water. Oil and water don’t mix.
  • It seemed like a good idea at the time

    David Guion
    19 Jun 2014 | 8:32 am
    I have reported on innovations—especially in alternative energy—for about four years now and got curious about how they had turned out. I have reported three that had proved to be viable technologies, although, unfortunately, none of them have been scaled up to have much environmental impact yet. Today, we look at a couple of duds. Both of these projects are economically unfeasible. One of them also runs afoul of one of the immutable laws of nature. It’s important to understand why some seemingly brilliant ideas turn out not to be practical. It’s good for inventors to know in…
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    Conserve Energy Future

  • What is Sustainable Development and What are its Goals?

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:44 am
    What is Sustainable Development? Sustainable development is the practice of using guidelines for environmentally responsible and energy savings to create new development projects and to maintain and retrofit older projects. It can include using green materials in new construction, designing projects that can harvest their own energy to reduce load on a power grid, or that incorporate green space in order to counterbalance the green space removed to build the onsite facilities. There is a heavy emphasis on making sure that what is built can be maintained and repaired in a way that minimizes…
  • Top Tips For Reducing Running Costs

    9 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    Top Tips For Reducing Running Costs There are so many power-hungry appliances out there in the world, with a lot of the older model appliances being the major culprits. Many of them are 10 years old or older. But, newer appliances offer more than just good looks. They offer power savings that translate into lower energy costs. Even still, there are ways to further reduce your energy consumption and only pay for devices you’re using. Avoid Leaving Appliances On Standby Energy companies, often recommend unplugging appliances that you’re not using. An alternative to this is to purchase a…
  • What is Sustainable Living and 15 Easy Ways for Sustainable Living?

    6 Jul 2014 | 1:27 am
    What is Sustainable Living? Sustainable living is the practice of reducing your demand on natural resources by making sure that you replace what you use to the best of your ability. Sometimes that can mean not choosing to consume a product that is made using practices that don’t promote sustainability; and sometimes it means changing how you do things so that you start becoming more of an active part of the cycle of life. We all know that climate change, global warming, depletion of ozone layer and resource depletion are real and their impact on human and animal lives can be devastating. It…
  • 15 Environmental Problems That Our World is Facing Today

    27 Jun 2014 | 3:18 am
    Environmental Problems Our environment is constantly changing. There is no denying that. However, as our environment changes, so does the need to become increasingly aware of the problems that surround it. With a massive influx of natural disasters, warming and cooling periods, different types of weather patterns and much more, people need to be aware of what types of environmental problems our planet is facing. Global warming has become an undisputed fact about our current livelihoods; our planet is warming up and we are definitely part of the problem. However, this isn’t the only…
  • Various Tropical Rainforest Plants

    20 Jun 2014 | 12:55 am
    Tropical Rainforest Biome : Plants The rainforest has a variety of different types of plants, many of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The tropical rainforests are usually found in the Central and South American regions, and their plants are split up into four different types. While the rainforests cover only about 8 percent of the actual earth, they are home to more than half of the plants and animals that live on the earth. The most prevalent type of plant that is found in the tropical rainforest is the tree. Trees make up nearly two thirds of the rainforest plants that…
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    Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal

  • What is a Brownfield?

    Jessica Hope
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:08 pm
    According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a brownfield is defined as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse or which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” But in simpler terms, a brownfield is just land (previously developed for commercial or industrial purposes) that has possibly […] The post What is a Brownfield? appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Sustainability-Stressed?

    Jessica Hope
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    The world around us is growing more environmentally conscious all the time, and that has placed mounting pressure on businesses to implement sustainable practices.   Consumer expectations are high; people no longer just want to feel good about the purchases or services they’re paying for, they want to feel good about the business they choose […] The post Sustainability-Stressed? appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • 6 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle

    Jessica Hope
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    There are a great many benefits of becoming more waste-conscious. We produce more trash than we know what to do with, and even when our no-longer-desired possessions don’t end up in landfills, they end up cluttering our houses, basements, and garages. Enter recycling. We all know that we’re supposed to recycle aluminum cans, plastic bottles, […] The post 6 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Pharmaceutical Waste: 4 Things You Need to Know

    Jessica Hope
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
      Healthcare providers are tasked with many great responsibilities, some of which are exciting and noble (saving lives) and some of which are frustrating and tedious (disposing of waste). Properly disposing of pharmaceutical waste might not sound all that impressive, but the benefits are actually pretty remarkable: ensuring that your disposal process is safe and […] The post Pharmaceutical Waste: 4 Things You Need to Know appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • The 5 Essential Elements of Spill Response

    Jessica Hope
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Spills come in all different shapes and forms – they can occur in laboratories or garages, indoors or outdoors, can be associated with medical or contamination emergencies, and come big or small. But no matter what kind of hazardous material spill you’re dealing with, there are some rules of thumb that apply to all scenarios. […] The post The 5 Essential Elements of Spill Response appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
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