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  • Media jumps to conclusions on Ebola and climate change.

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    bbienkowski
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    According to three veteran epidemiologists who study how climate impacts disease spread, there is currently no scientific evidence that suggests a climate link to the current Ebola outbreak, which has so far claimed the lives of at least 1,200 people. Prematurely reporting on this link is harmful, they say. Emily Atkin, Think Progress.
  • U.S. Representative Questions EPA’s Risk Assessment of 2,4-D-Based Herbicide

    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog
    Beyond Pesticides
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, September 2, 2014) U.S. Representative Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week asking them a poignant question: Why didn’t the human health risk assessment of Dow’s newest 2,4-D-based herbicide apply the ten-fold safety factor required by national law to protect children and infants? The question […]
  • NIOSH Science Blog Supports Research

    EHS Today
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Researchers at NIOSH have come out in support of the research conducted by W. Shane Journeay, Ph.D., M.D., and Rose H. Goldman, M.D., MPH. Researchers at NIOSH have come out in support of the research conducted by W. Shane Journeay, Ph.D., M.D., and Rose H. Goldman, M.D., MPH. read more
  • Observance of MCS/EMS Awareness Month May 2014 in Florida, USA

    MCS America ©
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Observance of MCS/EMS Awareness Month May 2014 in Florida, USA http://mcs-america.org/index_files/Observance2014.htm
  • National Academies fully supports Report on Carcinogens assessment - formaldehyde still causes cancer, despite industry arguments otherwise

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

  • U.S. Representative Questions EPA’s Risk Assessment of 2,4-D-Based Herbicide

    Beyond Pesticides
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, September 2, 2014) U.S. Representative Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week asking them a poignant question: Why didn’t the human health risk assessment of Dow’s newest 2,4-D-based herbicide apply the ten-fold safety factor required by national law to protect children and infants? The question […]
  • Groups Petition Federal Government to Protect Monarch Butterflies

    Beyond Pesticides
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, August 29, 2014) Environmentalists issued a legal petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday calling for the protection of the monarch butterfly as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Monarch butterflies, a striking and familiar symbol of beauty and nature in the U.S., have had their population decline […]
  • School’s Back in Session, Leave the Toxins Behind

    Beyond Pesticides
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, August 28, 2014) It’s back to school time again, which for many of our readers and parents across the country means the unnerving possibility of hazardous pesticide exposure at school from well-intentioned but misguided attempts to create a germ and pest-free environment. Because children face unique hazards from pesticide exposure due to their […]
  • Federal Court Blocks Local Pesticide and GE Law in Kauai

    Beyond Pesticides
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, August 27, 2014) Rulng that Hawaii state law preempts local authority to restrict pesticides, a federal court judge this week struck down Kauai County’s Ordinance 960. The ordinance, which received widespread support on the Island, was designed to protect local residents and Kauai’s environment from the year-round spraying of large quantities of restricted use pesticides […]
  • Oregon Spray Pilot Fined $10,000 for Pesticide Drift that Residents Say Poisoned Them

    Beyond Pesticides
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:04 am
    (Beyond Pesticides, August 26, 2014) Nearly a year after residents in Curry County Oregon were sprayed with herbicides, the pilot responsible for the incident had his license suspended for a year and was fined $10,000 by the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA). The Pacific Air Research Company, which employed the pilot, was also fined $10,000 and […]
 
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    EHS Today

  • NIOSH Science Blog Supports Research

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Researchers at NIOSH have come out in support of the research conducted by W. Shane Journeay, Ph.D., M.D., and Rose H. Goldman, M.D., MPH. Researchers at NIOSH have come out in support of the research conducted by W. Shane Journeay, Ph.D., M.D., and Rose H. Goldman, M.D., MPH. read more
  • The Large Questions About Health Impacts from Tiny Nanoparticles

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    A new study examines the first reported case of worker sensitivity related to exposure to nanoparticles and raises nearly as many questions as it answers. A new study examines the first reported case of worker sensitivity related to exposure to nanoparticles and raises nearly as many questions as it answers. read more
  • CDC Director: Ebola Virus Is Threatening the World’s Safety

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden says the Ebola virus outbreak not only is worse than official reports of illness and fatality make it seem, but it is a threat to world safety. At a news briefing on Sept. 2 and during an interview on CNN’s “New Day” program, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the Ebola outbreak in West Africa “is spiraling out of control.” Content Classification:  Curated read more
  • ExxonMobil to Pay $1.4 Million Fine for 2012 Louisiana Oil Spill

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    On April 28, 2012, ExxonMobil’s North Line pipeline ruptured near Baton Rouge and spilled crude oil into the surrounding area. ExxonMobil has agreed to pay a $1.4 million civil penalty for an alleged violation of the Clean Water Act stemming from a 2012 oil spill near Torbert, La., the Justice Department and EPA announced. On April 28, 2012, ExxonMobil’s North Line pipeline about 20 miles west of Baton Rouge ruptured, spilling crude oil into the surrounding area, including an unnamed tributary connected to Bayou Cholpe. read more
  • OSHA: Contractor Exposed Workers to Fall Hazards at New Jersey Construction Site

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    OSHA said it launched an investigation after observing workers building formwork without fall protection at the construction site of three midrise buildings in Bloomfield, N.J. Concrete and masonry company Concrete Systems Inc. is facing $52,470 in fines for eight OSHA citations. The company allegedly exposed workers to fall hazards and other safety hazards at a New Jersey construction site. OSHA cited the firm for one repeat and seven serious violations after a February investigation. read more
 
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    Switchboard, from NRDC › Jennifer Sass's Blog

  • National Academies fully supports Report on Carcinogens assessment - formaldehyde still causes cancer, despite industry arguments otherwise

    Jennifer Sass
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. The National Academies of Science (NAS) issued its assessment of the cancer risks from formaldehyde, a common and highly toxic chemical found in our furniture, home building materials, and clothing. The National Academies conducted a thorough and rigorous scientific review, and concluded that it posed a threat to humans for three types of cancer: nasopharyngeal cancer; sinonasal cancer; and myeloid leukemia. And, in 2009 the World Health Organization also confirmed the science that formaldehyde causes cancer in people. What makes this NAS…
  • EPA risk assessment finds trichloroethylene (TCE) too toxic for use in dry-cleaners and hobby arts & crafts. Experts say to ban unsafe and unnecessary uses.

    Jennifer Sass
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a highly toxic solvent commonly found in degreasing agents, spot cleaning agents in dry cleaners, and spray fixatives for arts & craft uses. It is linked to heart malformations in exposed fetuses, kidney toxicity including cancer, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, and liver toxicity including cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently finalized its risk assessment of TCE which, “identified health risks from TCE exposures to consumers using spray aerosol degreasers and spray fixatives” and…
  • 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…
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    Media Notes

  • Has climate change become a business story?

    bbienkowski
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    With its emphasis on the economic impact of climate change, a report released in June of this year broke down each region and endangered economic sectors to assess the looming damage. And with this shift in focus — from the physics of climate change to its financial consequences — came a subtle yet perhaps significant change in media coverage. Robert S. Eshelman, Columbia Journalism Review.
  • Green goo growing in Lake Erie is not what you think it is.

    bbienkowski
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    Lately, that green slime in the lake has been all over the news after it shut down Toledo’s water supply. Journalists, city and government officials have been calling that green slime “blue-green algae”, “toxic algae” or “toxic algal blooms.” Well, turns out that’s not exactly right. Rebecca Williams, Michigan Radio.
  • Andrew Revkin: Winged Warnings a "remarkable online series."

    bbienkowski
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
    Andrew Revkin, columnist at The New York Times' Dot Earth, praises Environmental Health News' Winged Warnings series calling it remarkable. "I encourage you to explore and share this excellent work," he wrote. Andrew Revkin, The New York Times.
  • 2014 Online Journalism Awards finalists announced.

    bbienkowski
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    Finalists for the 2014 Online Journalism Awards were announced by the Online News Association. The finalists included environmental reporting from CBC Montreal, the Arizona Republic, the Los Angeles Times, The Seattle Times, New Hampshire Public Radio and others.
  • Media jumps to conclusions on Ebola and climate change.

    bbienkowski
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    According to three veteran epidemiologists who study how climate impacts disease spread, there is currently no scientific evidence that suggests a climate link to the current Ebola outbreak, which has so far claimed the lives of at least 1,200 people. Prematurely reporting on this link is harmful, they say. Emily Atkin, Think Progress.
 
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    Toxicology News

  • Only one competitor in city council election

    17 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Four Seward City Council incumbents have applied to run for re-election, and will face only a single challenger, Dr. John French, in the 2014 Municipal Election in November.
  • Ball State president talks about 1st impression

    16 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Ball State University President Paul Ferguson abandoned the traditional "State of the University" speech when he faced hundreds of faculty from the stage at Emens Auditorium on Friday, saying he hasn't been on the job long enough .
  • Toxicologist says Costerfield antimony samples were contaminated

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Contaminated samples were responsible for fears over increased antimony levels in the central Victorian town of Costerfield, according to the medical director of the Victorian Poisons Information Centre.
  • Common household chemicals decrease reproduction in mice, study finds

    13 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Dr. Terry Hrubec, a toxicologist at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, has shown that two active ingredients in a common disinfectant cause reproductive problems in mice.
  • August 3, 2014: Most expensive homes sold in metro Phoenix this past week

    3 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    August 3, 2014: Most expensive homes sold in metro Phoenix this past week August 3, 2014: Most expensive homes sold in metro Phoenix this past week Check out this story on azcentral.com: http://azc.cc/1nhEejx A website developer, a toxicologist, the owner of an explosives company, an anesthesiologist and a pharmacist are among the buyers and ... (more)
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    WordPress Tag: Mold

  • It's Sunday And It's Raining

    thequilver
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    When I awoke this morning the sun was peaking out from behind the clouds and I had high hopes for the day, weather wise at least.  Alas wishes count for less than nothing.  It’s cold and it’s rainy. I met my parish church’s new priest this morning – I haven’t been in attendance at mass for a few weeks due to transportation issues and a particularly aggravating cold.  We’ve cycled through three priests since we joined this church when I was five, each one stands out in my memory for specific reasons, kindness, conviction and connection are what I…
  • Black Mold Exposure While Being Pregnant

    rareorphan994
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Nothing is really as thrilling as finding that you are going to become a mother or father. There is 9 months to get ready for your sweet baby’s birth so that time leading up to your son or daughters labor and birth may be overwhelming. All the worries of becoming a brand new father or mother begin to take place. How do I treat this terrible diaper rash? How do I put in this car seat? A problem that you don’t want to take place in your pregnancy is “What can i do when I find black mold inside my household while I am pregnant?” Uncovering black mold in the home while you…
  • Best gifts 2014: Rainbow Jelly Mould

    steveherbin
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:01 am
    Rainbow Jelly MouldFun to make and fun to eat! – Suck Uk’s Rainbow Shaped Jelly Mould Use this little Jelly Mould and 4 different colours of jelly to create a special rainbow shaped, colourful desert – perfect for parties and gatherings, or even just a bit of fun! Best enjoyed with puffy, white…Check out Rainbow Jelly Mould at its original source.
  • Mold In Your Home

    Envida
    16 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    Mold in Ceiling I once was told that the use of air conditioning in the UAE is like “trying to maintain a fridge in an oven”. This is especially true at this time of the year, the outside air is hot, humid and dusty. One of the main side effects of poor air conditioning and ventilation is when moisture begins to condense on surfaces. The moisture, if left un-investigated leads to damage of ceilings and walls and will eventually lead to mold growth. Wherever I go in the UAE, when I walk into a building there is an 80% chance that somewhere, on a corridor, a back of house area I…
  • Best gifts 2014: Skyline Organizer by Umbra

    steveherbin
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Skyline Organizer by UmbraA molded desktop organizer that ressembles a uniquely urban landscape. The integrated media holder makes it especially tech modern. 6 x 4 x 4″ (15 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 10 1/4″ cm)Check out Skyline Organizer by Umbra at its original source.
 
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    the soft landing baby

  • Are You Doing Everything You Can to Ensure Your Children’s Safety?

    harris
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:47 pm
    When we talk about the safety of children, we’re not only talking about teaching them how to properly cross the street, or avoid talking to strangers, or telling them not to play with fire and sharp objects, or making sure they’re buckled up during a journey. The safety of children doesn’t just involve physical safety, but online safety as well. The moment children log on to their computers, it opens up a world to them that you may not have control over. Sure, the Internet is a great source of knowledge and allows you to communicate with friends and loved ones, but are you taking steps…
  • A Coffee for Each Season

    danny
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Coffee has graced the palates of consumers around the globe for centuries. It provides them with much needed warmth in the winter, a comfortable smoothness in the spring, cool refreshment in the summer and a bold kick in the fall. There is a perfect coffee for each season. Winter: Highlander Grogg Winter often brings with it cold temperatures, bitter winds and deep snow. Our coffee makers become our comfort blankets on these harshly cold mornings. Yet winter also brings with it a host of important holidays which bring together families and friends. It is the time during which you share and…
  • Child Support and Child Custody – Are They Really Different?

    harris
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:53 pm
    One of the more common mistakes people might make prior to going to court is to confuse child support and child custody, because in fact typically one parent will pay child support, and the other parent will have child custody. Preparing for this expense and reality alike will allow the parent who is paying support to enter into the legal process with realistic expectations. Paying child support is mandatory for the non-custodial parent, regardless of whether or not they have any custody at all. While this can definitely be a challenge emotionally, the sooner a parent accepts the reality of…
  • Luxury shoe brands for women – Following the fashion trends

    harris
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:34 pm
    The two most common purposes of fashion are love and comfort. Beauty comes only when fashion succeeds. Let’s face the truth! Shoes are women’s Achilles heel and luxury shoe designers are there to create a wide plethora of options to feed into the desires of their awaiting clientele. In fact, it is no longer a surprising fact to find a woman who has 100 pair of shoes or a wife who is crazy about shopping for footwear. As long as there are brand new designs coming from the world-famous Italian shoemakers, there will always be a ready market and ‘Eveready’ women who will be willing to…
  • 10 best parental control apps on Android

    harris
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:47 pm
    #469868195 / gettyimages.com Do you monitor your child’s use of their Android device? If not, then you might want to start now. While smart phones and tablets can be great for children, they can also present many problems. If you’re a worried parent, Quib.ly provides loads of great advice on how you can keep your child protected online, and has a useful list of child safe websites. When it comes to smartphone use, it’s not just about browsing the web, there’s also a vast array of applications to consider. Adding parental controls onto the device will help to ensure that your child is…
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    Inter Press Service » Environment

  • OPINION: Africans’ Land Rights at Risk as New Agricultural Trend Sweeps Continent

    Janah Ncube
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    An irrigated field in Kakamas, South Africa. Due to weak land tenure found in many African countries, large land transfers place local communities at significant risk of dispossession or expropriation. Credit: Patrick Burnett/IPSBy Janah NcubeNAIROBI, Sep 1 2014 (IPS)Agriculture in Africa is in urgent need of investment. Nearly 550 million people there are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods, while half of the total population on the continent live in rural areas.The adoption of a framework called the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) by Africa’s…
  • Struggling to Find Water in the Vast Pacific

    Catherine Wilson
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:38 am
    Several Pacific Island states are struggling to provide their far-flung populations with access to fresh water. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPSBy Catherine WilsonLOTOFAGA VILLAGE, Samoa, Sep 1 2014 (IPS)Pacific Island states are surrounded by the largest ocean in the world, but inadequate fresh water sources, poor infrastructure and climate change are leaving some communities without enough water to meet basic needs.Laisene Nafatali lives in Lotofaga village, home to 5,000 people on the south coast of Upolu, the main island of Samoa, a Polynesian island state located northeast of Fiji in the…
  • New Technology Boosts Fisherfolk Security

    Malini Shankar
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Fisherfolk are one of the most vulnerable groups of people in India. Credit: Malini Shankar/IPSBy Malini ShankarNAGAPATTINAM, India, Aug 31 2014 (IPS)As the United Nations gears up to launch its newest set of poverty-reduction targets to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015, the words ‘sustainable development’ have been on the lips of policymakers the world over.In southern India, home to over a million fisherfolk, efforts to strengthen disaster resilience and simultaneously improve livelihoods for impoverished fishing communities are proving to be successful examples…
  • Will Climate Change Denialism Help the Russian Economy?

    Mikhail Matveev
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    July 2014 floods in Russia but authorities turning blind eye to climate change. Credit: takemake.ruBy Mikhail MatveevMOSCOW, Aug 30 2014 (IPS)The recent call from Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev for “tightening belts” has convinced even optimists that something is deeply wrong with the Russian economy.No doubt the planned tax increases (introduction of a sales tax and increases in VAT and income tax) will inflict severe damage on most businesses and their employees, if last year’s example of what happened when taxes were raised for individual entrepreneurs is anything to go by…
  • Large Dams “Highly Correlated” with Poor Water Quality

    Carey L. Biron
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Fishermen's boats on the Mekong River in northern Laos. There are already 30 existing dams along the river, and an additional 134 hydropower projects are planned for the lower Mekong. Credit: Irwin Loy/IPSBy Carey L. BironWASHINGTON, Aug 29 2014 (IPS)Large-scale dams are likely having a detrimental impact on water quality and biodiversity around the world, according to a new study that tracks and correlates data from thousands of projects.Focusing on the 50 most substantial river basins, researchers with International Rivers, a watchdog group, compiled and compared available data from some…
 
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    Dr Robert Muller - The Zeitgeist is Changing

  • Germany Has a Radioactive Wild Boar Problem and It's Chernobyl's Fault: The Effects of the Disaster are Still Cropping Up and Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

    Dr Robert Muller
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:33 pm
    (Photo: Petra Malukas/AFP/Getty Images)by Willy Blackmore, Take Part: http://www.takepart.com/feature/2014/09/02/radioactive-wild-boarsWilly Blackmore is TakePart’s Food editor. full bio  There’s precipitation on more than 100 days a year in Saxony, the most eastern state in Germany, so there’s nothing odd about the rain that fell there in spring 1986.The nuclear isotope cesium 137 that was carried in the droplets, which drifted more than 700 miles from the exploded nuclear reactor at Chernobyl, gave that year’s rainfall a lasting radioactive legacy. The latest…
  • The Annual Slaughter Begins in Taiji, but the Japanese Are Shunning Dolphin Meat: The Marine Mammals are Severely Contaminated With Toxic Mercury Harmful to Humans

    Dr Robert Muller
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:24 pm
    (Photo: Adrian Mylne/Reuters)by David Kirby, Take Part: http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/09/01/dolphin-killing-season-begins-taiji-japanese-are-shunning-dolphin-meatDavid Kirby has been a professional journalist for 25 years. His third book, Death at Seaworld, was published in 2012. full bioThe annual dolphin hunt at the cove in Taiji, Japan, began on Monday. For the next eight months, hundreds of dolphins will be rounded up and killed, their meat sold in stores and restaurants in Japan and other countries. But butchered dolphins are becoming scarcer on the Japanese market,…
  • RET Review: Let the Planet be Damned, This is Politics

    Dr Robert Muller
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:53 am
    Machiavelli: This is Politicsby Tina Perinotto, The Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/articles/ret-review-let-the-planet-be-damned-this-is-politics/COMMENT: The Warburton Review of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target, released late Thursday, is not a mistake.It is not naive, nor a miscalculation of the cost benefit analysis of renewable energy. It is deliberate savagery designed to bankrupt the industry. Labor is wrong to say it is written by sceptics. The people who insisted on this outcome could be the most fervent believers in climate change; and they know the glory days of…
  • Report: Victorian Government’s Clean Energy Attack

    Dr Robert Muller
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    Victoria's Hazelwood Power Station, one of the world's dirtiestby Cameron Jewell, The Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/politics/inquiries-and-submissions/report-victorian-governments-clean-energy-attack/Environment Victoria has released a report detailing what they say has been a “systematic campaign against renewable energy” costing Victoria investment, employment and revenue opportunities. The report, Sun Block and Wind Breaks, highlights 25 measures the Baillieu and Napthine governments have undertaken since the 2010 election to stymie the progress of clean energy and…
  • Does Whale Watching in the Name of Conservation Do More Harm Than Good? Some Scientists Say Wildlife Tourists Stress Out Marine Mammals

    Dr Robert Muller
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:14 pm
    (Photo: Ralph Lee Hopkins/Getty Images)by Kristina Bravo, Take Part: http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/08/27/whale-watching-stresses-out-whales-and-dolphins?cmpid=tpdaily-eml-2014-08-28 Kristina Bravo is a Los Angeles–based writer. She is an Assistant Editor at TakePart full bio   Watching whales and dolphins in their natural habitats may seem like a good alternative to seeing them in aquariums, but some scientists say that the activity may be putting the marine mammals at risk. Researchers presented their findings at the International Marine Conservation Congress, a…
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    Plastic Bag Ban Report

  • Northern Ireland Reduces Carrier Bag Usage by 72%

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

    Ted Duboise
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    Sacramento, California, Aug. 29, 2014 (PBBR) – For several years, since 2007, California politicians have tried to get a statewide plastic bag ban passed. This year they succeeded. The California State Legislature passed a bill to regulate plastic shopping bags statewide. The bill received final approval today when the Senate voted to pass Senate Bill […]
  • Californians Against Waste on Passing SB 270

    Ted Duboise
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    Sacramento – Legislators in California sent a clear message to the plastics industry tonight when the State Senate passed SB 270 with a 22-15 vote to ban single-use plastic grocery bags. Environmental groups and local government advocates have overcome fierce lobbying by single-use bag manufacturers, intensified in the last few months of session, to reach […]
  • NEWSFLASH: SB 270 Passed on Reconsideration

    Ted Duboise
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm
    California Assembly Passes Statewide Plastic Bag Ban SACRAMENTO, California, August 28, 2014 (ENS) – The California State Assembly today voted 44-29 to phase out plastic shopping bags across the state. The legislation now advances to the State Senate where it is expected to come up for a vote before the legislature adjourns on August 31. […]
  • Fort Collins Enacts Disposable Bag Fee

    Ted Duboise
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Fort Collins, Colorado, Aug. 20, 2014 (PBBR) – The Fort Collins City Council on Tuesday night approved a disposable bag ordinance that requires retailers across the community to charge customers a minimum 5-cent fee on single-use plastic and paper bags. As part of the efforts to contribute to the community’s goals for waste reduction and […]
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    Green Living Everyday Blog

  • Product Review – A Wild Soap Bar

    greenlivingeveryday1
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
      Take a wash on the wild side..   We were excited to be introduced to  A Wild Soap Bar. A Wild Soap Bar’s natural products are handmade in the USA, biodegradable, cruelty free, minimally packaged with recycled & recyclable materials, and do not contain synthetic fragrance oils, petroleum products, FD&C dyes, parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl or laureth sulfates, antibacterial triclosan, TEA, or other harmful chemicals.  100% of base oils are certified organic. A Wild Soap Bar offers over two dozen soaps and soap gift sets. All of them specially created to soothe,…
  • Product Review – Wondercide Natural Pest Control Products

    greenlivingeveryday1
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
      When one thinks of pesticide poisoning, they most likely think of pesticides that are utilized on produce, such as apples, lettuce tomatoes, lettuce and other fruits and vegetables.  There are additional means of pesticide exposure that occurs from insecticides and lawn treatment, but additional exposure is common from the many flea and tick control products that are used everyday. Here are a few simple ways to minimize exposure to pesticide poisoning: Grow your own produce. Growing your own crops means that you can use healthful methods to control any pests. There are all-natural…
  • Bright Outlook for Texas Solar

    greenlivingeveryday1
    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

    greenlivingeveryday1
    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

    greenlivingeveryday1
    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.
 
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    ToxicsWAtch Blog

  • A-B-C 1-2-3 Pack Their Back Pack Toxic-Free!

    rebecca
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Choosing safer school supplies is as easy as 1-2-3! First, reuse what you can from last year. Next, read on for healthier alternatives. Last, work with your school to develop safer options for next year, especially for items such as markers that require collaboration with the school.
  • Usually we’re frustrated with what seems like persistent inaction in Congress, but this time we’re feeling encouraged

    rebecca
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Remember this spring when we were raising a ruckus about the Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA), a draft bill that was before the House Energy & Commerce Committee? Well it’s dead. For Now. And we have you to thank! Because of your emails, ultrasound photos, family pictures and calls we helped stop this bad bill in its tracks. D.C. insiders told us this was impossible. We proved them wrong.
  • Toxic Hot Seat - the Washington Tour 2014

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

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

    rebecca
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    This week Washington Toxics Coalition joins concerned parents and health advocates from around the U.S. to ask Walgreens to take strong steps toward selling safer products. Together we are holding a "Week of Action." and ask you to call on Walgreens to be a leader in getting toxics out of personal care products
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  • Australian Tea Tree Oil is pretty versatile stuff

    Aaron
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:18 pm
    OK, so before this company approached me about trying this tea tree oil, I’d literally never heard of it. So I figured “why not?” and once they sent me the e-book of recipes for things you can do with it, I was dubious about this new “super stuff.” (Not superfood, note.) It can be used on skin blemishes (tags, cold sores), as a shampoo additive, as a lotion, a face cleaner, and even a toothpaste. Tea tree oil can also be used as a household cleanser, shower spray, bathroom disinfectant.. Yep. That’s just getting started. The 100-page booklet that came with…
  • Cacao Powder, Raw and Organic from #FreedomSuperfoods

    Aaron
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:54 pm
    This pure, dark, natural, unsweetened cacao powder is cold pressed and non-dutched, non-alkalized from non-fermented beans. It’s great for dark chocolate recipes, for adding to shakes and smoothies, and for otherwise boosting any number of things. We’re using it as a shake mix for breakfast to add a healthy dose of antioxidants to our daily routine. Cacao powder in its raw, natural form is a superfood rich in magensium, potassium, iron, copper, and a lot of other nutrients. This powder is well cut and has a great taste for being unsweetened. It’s a true chocolate taste. This…
  • Organic Flax Seed #goldenflaxseed is awesome

    Aaron
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:44 pm
    This is organic golden flax seed from eSutras Organics. This stuff is grown and processed in the U.S. and is non-GMO. It’s in an easy-use container that you can just flip the top on and sprinkle as you wish. Great for salad topping, quick grinding, and a lot more. Plus it lasts a long time in whole seed format. Flax seed, for those who don’t know, is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids and is high in alpha linoleic acid, a fatty acid similar to that found in salmon and other fish. Unlike fish, however, flax seed doesn’t get mercury or radioactive due to being in the water…
  • UV Blacklight Pet Urine Stain Finder

    Aaron
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:48 pm
    One of the prices of having pets in the house is that if left unsupervised, they will eventually “have accidents” in your home. It’s not always obvious. The idea behind an ultraviolet light as a urine stain finder is that it can illuminate the color differences that may not be obvious to the naked eye. Similar to the way white shirts and yellow sneakers show up really brightly at the disco. One down side to this is that it’s not picky about what gets illuminated. In our house, it being old, not everything it showed us was a pet stain. Some of it was just who-knows-what…
  • The mystery of cooling deep ocean, volcanoes, and missing heat

    Aaron
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    by Joanne Nova All roads lead to the ocean. This time, though, we’re talking about the mysterious deep abyss, below 2,000m and even below 3,600m. Wunsch et al, claim the data shows the deep ocean cooled by one hundredth of a degree in the last 19 years. But they admit that really… this could just be noise. (Well, shock me.) But they have some new and glorious heat maps, and I use those to do some wild speculation about volcanoes. When all is said and done, there are three inescapable oceanic truths: Around 90% of all the energy in the Earth’s climate system is in the oceans. Thou shalt…
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  • Ghana: EPA develops AKOBEN programme

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    The statement issued by Nii Adjetey-Kofi Mensah in Accra and copied to Ghana News Agency, said: “We understand AKOBEN is to serve as a monitoring and verification programme to ensure that companies follow environmental regulations on a continual basis. It said a recent two-day international roundtable on Reducing Environmental Health Impacts of Harmful Pollutants in the Africa Region organised by the World Bank in collaboration with the EPA, in Accra, there were deliberations on the dangerous impact of pollutants in general such as e-waste and mercury use in the small scale mining sector.
  • Ghana: AKOBEN programme to facilitate National Environmental Policy

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    “We at ASMAN wish to remind the EPA that following our submission made at the conference on the subject-matter in relation to small scale mining in Ghana; we are still expectant of a major policy move to ensure the institutionalisation of the AKOBEN model for the small scale mining industry in order to halt the current trend where small scale miners have illegally graduated from the mercury-abuse to the usage of unauthorised cyanide. “ASMAN also notes with grave concern the lack of education and development of national plans on Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) including a…
  • More Than 1,000 in Aceh Protest Ban on Illegal Gold Mining

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    Zaini recently instructed the closing of traditional gold mining operations in Aceh, saying they have been responsible for the death of thousands of fish in the Tangse River in Pidie and the Teunom River in the neighboring district of Aceh Jaya. Zaini said the deaths were caused by the irresponsible use of mercury in the process of gold extraction. Mercury also builds up in fish stocks and can be passed on to humans, causing severe illness and birth defects. Aside from the Geumpang and Mane subdistricts, traditional gold mining can also be found in Gunung Ujeuen in the Aceh Jaya and South…
  • The Mount Polley mine disaster

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    In the morning, life continued as normal. I swam in the lake and drank out of it. Everyone went swimming, including the young children. We were unaware that the tailing pond had burst and had sent a torrent of 10 billion litres of water and 4.5 million cubic metres of toxic silt into Quesnel Lake, just four kilometres away. Later that evening, we left the cabin and headed home to Williams Lake. Entering the realm of cellphones, TV and radio coverage, I found out that I, and numerous others – including young children – had been swimming in and drinking water from Quesnel Lake where there…
  • Gov’t plans to eradicate illegal miners still on course

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:03 am
    “Illegal mining activities continue to pose serious threats to the security and development of people in the region. “In spite of the numerous interventions made to fight the menace at national, regional and district levels through the security councils, some people continue to engage in illegal mining activities to the detriment of our natural resources and reserves.”http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=323742
 
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  • How to save thousands with coupons?

    kamran
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Now it easier for the internet users to save thousands of their dollars through using coupons when you are going to buy or shop any product from different online stores. You can find coupons online for different coupon codes directly websites. For most of online courses, sometimes you will find 100% discount and it will be useful for students and for those people who are using internet and want to learn something online.What are Coupons?Coupons are discounts which are offered by selling brand to shoppers to get specific product at cheap rates/prices. It also need to be know that there are…
  • GPS Vehicle Tracking Solutions

    kamran
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:29 pm
    It is one of the easier thing to install GPS vehicle tracking system into your own business or personal vehicle which you are using. Now all it depends what exactly you want to use that particular GPS vehicle system for your business or for your own. These days monitoring a vehicle can easily be done whether you have lost your car or want to have anti-theft system in your vehicle so that you will be able to track what driver is performing with company vehicle and for such purposes, real time GPS tracking and monitoring system should need to be installed.Now if you want to use GPS vehicle…
  • The Various Components That Make Drip Irrigation Design Environmental Friendly

    kamran
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    Today, a lot of crop farming businesses have employed low volume watering mechanisms, most especially the drip irrigation system. The main reason behind the popularity of such system is the need to conserve the use of water in various lawns, garden, farms and landscape. We all know that water restriction is a great problem that hinders many crop growers from making the most out of their business. Lucky for them, they have discovered a solution for it– drip irrigation system. Drip water system helps to conserve water by regulating the moisture levels of the soil with high level of…
  • 5 Ways to Detoxify Your Body

    kamran
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Feeling sluggish or out of sync? Struggling with skin problems, aches and pains, or digestive problems? Can’t seem to lose weight? It might be time for a body detox.Practiced for centuries by cultures around the world including ayurvedic and Chinese medicine systems detoxification is about resting, cleaning and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health. If you are looking for service of detoxing in thiland then…
  • Body cleanse and detox diet tips for beginners

    kamran
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Basically, detoxification means cleaning the blood. This is done by removing impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin. However, when this system is compromised, impurities aren’t properly filtered and every cell in the body is adversely affected.A detox program can help the body’s natural cleansing process by:1. Resting the organs through fasting; 2. Stimulating the liver to drive toxins from the body; 3. Promoting elimination through the intestines,…
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    News from the Goldman Environmental Prize

  • Humberto Rios Labrada to Bring Sustainable Farming Expertise to Spain

    lizmeans
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    We recently caught up with Humberto Rios Labrada, who was awarded the Goldman Prize in 2010 for the influential role he played in revitalizing Cuba’s farming industry.By encouraging a return to crop rotation and seed diversity, Rios helped decrease Cuba’s dependence on chemical fertilizers and increased the productivity and sustainability of Cuba’s farms.For the past year, Rios has been living and working in Bolivia, teaching the sustainable farming techniques he piloted in Cuba to vulnerable communities in Tarija, Cochabamaba and Chuquisaca, increasing harvest yields and improving food…
  • Troubled Times for Coal Industry amid Stricter Regulations and Decreased Demand

    lizmeans
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    In the heart of Appalachia, where the coal industry wields enormous power over government and public opinion, lifelong resident and 2009 Goldman Prize winner Maria Gunnoe fights against environmentally-devastating mountaintop removal mining and valley fill operations. Her advocacy has led to the closure of mines in the region and stricter regulations for the industry.As a result of those stricter regulations, an increase in coal imports and the rise of cheap natural gas, the coal industry is in a slump – and mining giants like Alpha Natural Resources, formerly Massey Energy are feeling the…
  • Mama Aleta Inspires at the 2014 Summit on Women and Climate

    lizmeans
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Earlier this month, over 80 female environmental activists from more than 37 countries gathered in Bali, Indonesia for the “2014 Summit on Women and Climate,” hosted by Global Greengrants Fund, the International Network of Women’s Funds and Greengrants Alliance of Funds.The four day conference, which took place August 3-7, sought to bring women together to share strategies, address common environmental challenges, build alliances and raise the profile of female environmental leaders around the world.2013 Goldman Prize winner Mama Aleta Baun attended the conference as a guest speaker,…
  • Beat the Heat with these Cool Reads from Goldman Prize Winners

    lizmeans
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    Nothing beats the dog days of summer like a good read, which is why we are pleased to present two new titles from Goldman Prize winners for you to check out:“Optimism: Reflections on a Life of Action,” provides a glimpse into 1990 Goldman Prize winner Bob Brown’s life since retiring from Australian Parliament in 2012. It focuses on Brown’s experiences, big and small, and illustrates why he remains optimistic about the future."It is a fortunate life if a person feels more optimistic than ever before. That's me,” Brown said.2011 Goldman Prize winner Hilton Kelley’s new…
  • Jonathan Deal Calls on South African Government to Place New Moratorium on Fracking

    lizmeans
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    2013 Goldman Prize winner Jonathan Deal and his team at Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) are calling for the South African government to place a new moratorium on shale gas exploration in the country.Deal was awarded the Goldman Prize for leading a successful campaign against fracking in South Africa to protect the Karoo, a semi-desert region treasured for its agriculture, beauty and wildlife.In an open letter addressed to South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma and nine ministers, Deal stated that if Zuma does not responded to TKAG’s request within 30 days, the group will "either…
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    Actual Organics

  • Remember today sit quietly for a while

    Joanna Runciman
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    I like sitting. Not doing. Just sitting. Watching. Listening. Imagining. I never used to; I’d race about, rushing, busy, glorifying busy-ness (as Joshua Becker says). Then that all changed. I realised I was fast-forwarding through my life, rather than watching the actual moments and things around me.  I was looking forward, living forward {* learn [...] The post Remember today sit quietly for a while appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • 3 ways to reduce your household waste

    Joanna Runciman
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    I want to reduce my household waste, here I share ways I have discovered that might help you reduce your household waste. One is an eco-hack, the others products that help you reduce ‘disposable products’ that create waste. Cling film is plastic but here is an alternative. Abeego wraps     My go to product [...] The post 3 ways to reduce your household waste appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • One way to get more time in your life

    Joanna Runciman
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Last week I quit Facebook.  It felt odd initially but it is now 11 days since I began the challenge and it feels great. Liberating even. I have more time. I joined 99 Days of Freedom, developed by a creative agency in the Netherlands. The premise is to establish how you feel when you don’t [...] The post One way to get more time in your life appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • Benefits of a social media break

    Joanna Runciman
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    Yesterday I decided I would take August off social media. Facebook in particular. Is it okay that I am over it? I’m not alone either, whilst researching to write this article I discovered others who are doing this and actually there’s a group in the Netherlands who set up 99 Days of Freedom. I was [...] The post Benefits of a social media break appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • How much is ENOUGH?

    Joanna Runciman
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    How much is ENOUGH?   We live in an age of excess but it doesn’t seem to be making us happy. The trouble with seeking to have the latest fasion or phone is that within six months there’s a new “hottest” item.   Relentless advertisements play on our insecurities to suggest that one hasn’t got [...] The post How much is ENOUGH? appeared first on Actual Organics.
 
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    Sustainable Green Homes

  • The ugly politics of the Dan River coal ash spill

    David Guion
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:54 am
    On February 2, 2014, a coal ash retention pond in Eden, North Carolina ruptured and spewed 39,000 metric yards of coal ash and contaminated water into the Dan River. The ash quickly traveled as much as 70 miles downstream. The politics quickly grew as ugly as the polluted river. Regulators have not communicated adequately. The state government has bickered and dithered. Now that the Environmental Protection Agency has called off any further cleanup efforts, environmental groups have responded with great fury and little accuracy. Government ugliness Work at Dan River coal ash spill site.
  • Secrets of the Perfect Compost

    David Guion
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    Guest post by Sofia Lewis Compost can be used to help grow plants, it is good for the wild life and is very cost effective. Making compost is fairly simple, with not much effort and without costing you too much, you can turn scraps of food such as vegetables, fruit peelings and grass clippings into dark nutritious compost. When used, it provides nutrients to the plants and can enrich your garden soil. It also reduces the amount of garden and kitchen waste going to landfill sites so benefits the environment. You are also creating your own garden fertiliser! Composts can be started in a compost…
  • Problems that solve other problems

    David Guion
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Trash and recycling truck I came across a fascinating post on another blog called Using Garden “Problems” as Solutions. There is nothing really new about turning a problem into a solution. The author offers her story as an illustration of a general principle that the world would do well to follow. As it is, technological solutions to environmental problems too often create more problems. The author had a runaway pumpkin vine that was taking way too much space in her small garden and a plague of squirrels. She heard that squirrels don’t like to deal with the prickly stems of…
  • Need rain? 12 water-saving tips

    David Guion
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    It’s always a good time to think about how to save water. Summer is especially good. It’s always a good time to learn new tips, too. This is the time of year when high temperatures and reduced rainfall begin to make some parts of the country abnormally dry. That’s the first level of drought. Some parts of the country, especially California, have experienced drought for so long that they have reached the fifth and most serious level: exceptional drought. Maybe some day, someone will invent a way to move water from flooded parts of the country to drought-stricken parts of the…
  • What’s in shampoo, and what does it do?

    David Guion
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    I remember reading a discussion of plastic illustrated with a bottle of shampoo. The author pointed out that both the plastic bottle and contents had many of the same ingredients, specifically petrochemicals. A while ago I wrote about soap and detergent. What’s shampoo? The short answer: detergent with additives. The molecules of both soap and detergent have a hydrophilic end, which attracts water, and a hydrophobic end, which avoids water. I explained in more detail in my earlier article how they work, but basically the hydrophobic end attaches to oil and grease while the hydrophilic…
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  • What is Environmental Health and Issues Related to it?

    Rinkesh
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    What is Environmental Health? Environmental health is the science of looking at the external factors that can influence a person’s health and behavior. These external factors are defined as physical, chemical and biological factors. It can include everything from managing the use of pesticides to the quality of drywall used in construction. It is a healthcare area that is gaining increasing attention around the world as there are more studies proving that the impact of environmental health extends beyond the individual and can determine the cost of public health care and the health of the…
  • What is Environmental Sustainability and Sustainable Development?

    Rinkesh
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    What is Environmental Sustainability and Sustainable Development? While it may seem that environmental sustainability and sustainable development are one in the same, there is quite a few ways in which they diverge in their goals. They do have the same overall goal that of conserving natural resources and creating more energy efficient projects and practices – but the two groups that are focused on them may find themselves in disagreement about what the priorities of actions are. Having a better understanding of how they are different and the same can help you do know how to navigate…
  • Various Tundra Plants

    Rinkesh
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    Various Tundra Plants The tundra only has what would normally be considered a growing season for two months of every year. Despite the almost year round freezing temperatures, the tundra biome is thriving with a surprising variety of plant life. What you won’t find on the tundra are trees. After all, that is how it got its name – tundra comes from the Finnish “tunturia” which means treeless land. The winds are harsh here, and most of the plants that grow on the surface of the tundra grow in clusters to form a natural barrier against the wind. There are over 400 different types of…
  • Distributed Power Generation

    Rinkesh
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Distributed Power Generation: A Win Win for Australia A lot of Australians are choosing solar energy these days, because they’re concerned about the impact of fossil fuels on the environment. Solar power is considered an alternative energy source because less than 2 percent of the world’s energy is generated this way. Still, this hasn’t deterred some Aussies from adopting it. Specifically, distributed power. What is Distributed Power? Distributed power means that there’s not centralized power plant. Power is instead generated closer to the source. For example, if you have a power…
  • Various Tundra Animals

    Rinkesh
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    List of Various Tundra Animals The tundra is an ecosystem located at the North Pole. This biome surrounds the Arctic Circle and is the coldest biome of all on earth. While it is centered on the North Pole, there are other areas of the world are considered to be part of the tundra because they share the same climate. These areas include the region of Antarctica, parts of Alaska and parts of Northern Canada. In the tundra, the average winter temperature is well below negative 34 degrees Celsius and the summer range is between 3 and 12 degrees Celsius. While the tundra only warms up for two…
 
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    EnviroTech - Mold Remediation | Pest Control | Indoor Air | Lawn Care | Restoration Contracting

  • When Good Humidifiers Go Bad

    enviroadmin
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    As a mold expert, I’ve walked into some pretty bad situations. It’s not unusual for people to be unfamiliar with all the inner workings of their homes, and many are surprised to learn that the utilities that help their house function can also be causing problems. At the top of this list of appliances that need to be monitored and maintained is the furnace humidifier. What You Need to Know During the cold and dry winter months, a furnace humidifier is a necessity, creating much-needed moisture in the house. But during that time—and even throughout the year—there are some things…
  • NYS Wants to Clean Up Mold—the Right Way

    enviroadmin
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    Mold Legislation on the Move New York State lawmakers recently approved legislation that would require the licensing of mold inspection, assessment and remediation specialists, ensuring that only properly trained, licensed professionals would be able to conduct mold assessments and abatement/remediation services. The bill has bipartisan support and is now with Governor Cuomo for ratification. Currently in New York State, certification is not required to conduct mold assessments or remediation activities. If the bill becomes law, applicants will need to complete state-approved courses to…
  • Asbestos Removal In Buffalo, NY

    enviroadmin
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    Asbestos is known as a type of mineral fiber within rocks and soil. Due to its resilient fiber strength and heat resistance, many building construction materials use asbestos as both insulation and a fire retardant. Since asbestos has a resilient nature, it was used in the manufacturing of many products like building materials. Asbestos, in the past, was commonly used in buildings. Some uses of asbestos in buildings include wall insulation (with vermiculite), roofing and siding shingles, vinyl floor tiles/backing and textured paints. Even though the resilient material was used for…
  • Termite Terrors: Common Types

    enviroadmin
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    Termites 101 These social and destructive insects live off wood, decay, dead leaves and plants. Although there are more than 3,000 species of termites, there are three main groups: Subterranean, Formosan and Drywood termites. Each group has many different varieties and lives in different parts of the country. Knowing the type of infestation you have is vital to eradicating the problem. Subterranean Termites The subterranean termite is found in many areas of the country and is the most damaging termite of all the species. They live underground, as their name implies, and they feed on wood.
  • Asbestos Removal Specialists in Rochester, NY

    enviroadmin
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    Asbestos is a mineral fiber that was once commonly used in many types of building materials, including furnace ducts, insulation, roofing, patching and floor tiles. Even decorative texturing materials used in acoustic or popcorn ceilings may contain it. Asbestos was banned once it was proven that it causes serious damage and disease to the respiratory system—including lung disease, cancer, and asbestosis, a scarring of the lungs by asbestos fibers. However, homes that were constructed before 1977, especially in Rochester, NY’s historic districts, may still harbor exposed (and therefore…
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    Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal

  • TCE: End of an Era?

    Jessica Hope
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    TCE: End of an Era? Though it was first synthesized in 1864, Trichloroethylene (TCE) made its true entrance as a substitute for petroleum distillates in the early 1920s, and quickly became a front-runner solvent for vapor degreasing in the 1930s. Toxicity concerns diminished trichloroethylene’s popularity in the 1960s, but it has continued to see usage as […] The post TCE: End of an Era? appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Electronic Receipts: Should You Go Paperless?

    Jessica Hope
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Electronic Receipts: Should You Go Paperless? If you do much shopping, you have almost certainly heard an associate ask a question like this when closing out your sale: “Would you like your receipt in the bag, or e-mailed to you?” This is the relatively new phenomenon of electronic (or digital) receipts – the option of a customer collecting […] The post Electronic Receipts: Should You Go Paperless? appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • What You Need to Know About Organic Waste

    Jessica Hope
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    What It Is Organic waste, or biodegradable waste, is a natural refuse type that comes from plants or animals. It comes in manifold forms – biodegradable plastics, food waste, green waste, paper waste, manure, human waste, sewage, and slaughterhouse waste. Why Landfills Don’t Work Most organic products sound innocuous enough – they are natural, after all. […] The post What You Need to Know About Organic Waste appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Lead Contamination in Shooting Ranges

    Jessica Hope
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Shooting Ranges: The Lead Contamination Danger It probably won’t surprise you to hear that lead contamination is a nasty business, but a little repetition is usually worth its nuisance when framed in a new context. Lead can be a pretty scary element. Prolonged exposure to lead contamination leads to an accumulation inside the body, which can, in […] The post Lead Contamination in Shooting Ranges appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • 9 Tips for Safely Handling Flammable Solvents

    Jessica Hope
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Flammable chemicals, like solvents, have widespread usage for a legion of needs – but because they’re dangerous, it’s important to keep in mind that caution and extreme care should always be exercised. Fire Prevention Measures for Solvents To minimize the risk of a fire or explosion, follow these nine tips as preventative measures when dealing with solvents: […] The post 9 Tips for Safely Handling Flammable Solvents appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
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  • 10 reasons you should consider an electric fireplace

    networx
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    There's nothing cozier on a crisp fall day than sitting in front of your fireplace, enjoying its warmth and the hypnotizing play of the flames. Add in some good company, your favorite munchies, and maybe a faithful four-legged friend snoozing on the hearth rug, and you've got a recipe for total relaxation. If you're committed to going green, the fireplace in this cozy picture could very well be an electric one.
  • Do action movies make you fat?

    jsavedge
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Struggling with your weight?  Maybe you need to watch less Walking Dead and more Dancing with the Stars. According to a new study, action films are more likely to make you pile on the pounds so it might just be worth changing that dial.  
  • Jake Gyllenhaal says extreme weight loss for 'Nightcrawler' was a 'fascinating journey'

    mdestries
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
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