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  • EPA Launches Voluntary Rating Program on Pesticide Drift

    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog
    Beyond Pesticides
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, October 22, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a new voluntary Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) program to encourage the use of spray technologies scientifically verified to significantly reduce pesticide drift. But with the recent approval of increased uses of toxic pesticides, such as 2,4-D, and the general lack of compliance […]
  • Farmers and Environmental Groups to Challenge EPA over Herbicide Approval

    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog
    Beyond Pesticides
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, October 23, 2014) Lawsuit filed against Environmental Protection Agency for approval of 2,4-D use on genetically engineered corn, soy crops in six Midwest states.A coalition of farmers and environmental groups filed a lawsuit to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today on behalf of six Midwest states where a toxic herbicide cocktail […]
  • Closing the Gap between the Environment and Human Rights

    News from the Goldman Environmental Prize
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Last month, Goldman Prize Program Officer Ryan Mack traveled to Yale University to attend the UN Conference on Human Rights and the Environment. The two day conference brought together more than 100 scholars and policy experts from over 40 different countries.Conference sessions were also attended by John Knox, the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment and Ramin Pejan, chief consultant on human rights and environment for the UN Independent Expert.Mack attended several sessions exploring the nexus between human rights and the environment, including sessions on…
  • List Top 10 Natural Resources in the World

    Conserve Energy Future
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:51 am
    What are Natural Resources? Natural resources are those resources that occur within the environment in their original and natural form, undisturbed by humanity. They take years to form without the intervention of humans. The Mother Earth is abundant with natural resources that develop on this planet using its surrounding environment. These natural resources are derived from the environment. While few of them are used for our survival like water, air, rest of them like coal, gas, oil are used for satisfying our daily needs. From forests to mountains to minerals to coastal shores and wetlands,…
  • EPA Seeks to Block a Worldwide Ban of a Highly Toxic Wood Preservative

    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog
    Beyond Pesticides
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, October 24, 2014) The U.S. government is opposing international efforts  under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, supported by countries worldwide, to halt the global use of the toxic chemical wood preservative, pentachlorophenol (PCP), which is widely used in the U.S. to treat wood utility poles. U.S. government officials are out of step with countries […]
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    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog

  • EPA Seeks to Block a Worldwide Ban of a Highly Toxic Wood Preservative

    Beyond Pesticides
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, October 24, 2014) The U.S. government is opposing international efforts  under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, supported by countries worldwide, to halt the global use of the toxic chemical wood preservative, pentachlorophenol (PCP), which is widely used in the U.S. to treat wood utility poles. U.S. government officials are out of step with countries […]
  • Farmers and Environmental Groups to Challenge EPA over Herbicide Approval

    Beyond Pesticides
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, October 23, 2014) Lawsuit filed against Environmental Protection Agency for approval of 2,4-D use on genetically engineered corn, soy crops in six Midwest states.A coalition of farmers and environmental groups filed a lawsuit to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today on behalf of six Midwest states where a toxic herbicide cocktail […]
  • EPA Launches Voluntary Rating Program on Pesticide Drift

    Beyond Pesticides
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, October 22, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a new voluntary Drift Reduction Technology (DRT) program to encourage the use of spray technologies scientifically verified to significantly reduce pesticide drift. But with the recent approval of increased uses of toxic pesticides, such as 2,4-D, and the general lack of compliance […]
  • Threatened Status Proposed for West Coast Fisher after Poisonings with Rodenticides

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

    Beyond Pesticides
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, October 20, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a report Thursday that soybean seed treatments with neonicotinoid insecticides provide little or no overall benefits in controlling insects or improving yield or quality in soybean production. While pesticide manufacturer Syngenta has petitioned EPA to raise the allowable levels of another systemic pesticide thiamethoxam on […]
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  • Transportation Firm Facing $145,420 in OSHA Fines for Forklift and Fall Hazards

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    OSHA cited the company for 16 alleged violations, including five repeat, one willful and two serious safety violations. Central Transport LLC is facing $145,420 in OSHA fines for alleged forklift and fall hazards at its Hillside, Ill., truck terminal. OSHA cited the company for 16 alleged violations, including five repeat, one willful and two serious safety violations. OSHA said its inspection found repeat and willful violations that involved defective powered industrial vehicles and lack of fall protection. read more
  • Video Contest Challenges High School Students to ‘Speak Up’ About Workplace Safety

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    How do you get young people fired up about workplace safety? Challenge them to get their creative juices flowing – and offer them cold, hard cash. How do you get young people fired up about workplace safety? Challenge them to get their creative juices flowing – and offer them cold, hard cash. That’s the approach taken by Oregon OSHA, the Oregon Young Employees Safety Coalition and other organizations sponsoring the annual “Speak Up, Work Safe” video contest. Teens have used rap music, humor and other creative special effects to share their workplace safety and health…
  • Janesville Acoustics Plant Celebrates 1 Million Man Hours without a Lost-Time Injury

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    The milestone is a new record among the company’s seven manufacturing facilities. Janesville Acoustics, a Southfield, Mich.-based manufacturer of acoustical fiber insulation and molded fiber and die-cut products, said its Old Fort, N.C., plant has surpassed more than 1 million work hours without a lost-time injury. The milestone is a new record among the company’s seven manufacturing facilities. It’s been more than two years since the Old Fort plant, which employs 220 people, had its more recent lost-time injury. Plant Manager Roy Heeralall attributes the milestone to a cultural…
  • Tips to Avoid the Scariest Place Of All – the Emergency Department – on Halloween

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    The scary fact is that 9. 2 million children are injured annually on Halloween and treated at a local emergency department. Each year, 9.2 million babies, children and teens are injured severely enough to need treatment in emergency departments all across America, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Nothing is scarier than a trip to the emergency room,” said Mark Cichon, DO, chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Loyola University Health System. “In a season devoted to frights, it is our goal to keep everyone safe.” Here are Dr. Cichon's top…
  • CDC ‘Tightening’ its PPE Guidelines on Ebola for U.S. Health Care Workers

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    The agency said the guidance reflects best practices from the safe treatment of Ebola patients at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. CDC said it is “tightening” previous infection-control guidance for health care workers “to ensure there is no ambiguity” on how to choose, don and doff the proper PPE when caring for Ebola patients.   The agency said the guidance reflects best practices from the safe treatment of Ebola patients at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and National…
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    MCS America ©

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • politics and bathroom lighting

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

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

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

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

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

  • NPR reduces its environment team to one reporter.

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Earlier this year, the news outlet had three full-time reporters and one editor dedicated to covering the issue within NPR's science desk. One remains—and he is covering it only part-time. NPR says the move to shift reporters off the environment beat was driven by an interest to cover other fields more in depth. Katherine Bagley, InsideClimate News.
  • 'Deep Down Dark' tells the remarkable story of 33 Chilean miners trapped for 17 days.

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

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

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

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

  • OSU toxicologist dies before receiving prestigious award

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    George Bailey , an Oregon State University toxicologist and expert on preventing cancer through diet, died Monday, a month before he was to receive the 2014 Discovery Award. The award is presented by the Medical Research Foundation of Oregon Health & Science University.
  • Professor Daniel G. Cyr receives the Gabriel L. Plaa Award of Distinction

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

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:32 pm
    DESLAURIERS ISLAND, QuebecA A -There are no homes, few trees, and no real reason for any human to visit this 18-hectare hunk of clay and dirt. Gulls run this island, their screaming audible for miles, their guano covering every square foot.
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  • Sometimes You Just Have to Laugh

    Mark Aaron Alsip
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    I’m a compassionate person.  I hate to see others suffering, even when they bring it upon themselves.  But when the suffering person not only asks for it, but actively encourages others to engage in the same behavior and then gets burned in the act,  I have to admit letting out an ironic laugh: Modern Alternative Mama (MAMA) has lost her home to mold. Why is this funny (in an ironic, “teachable moment” kind of way)?  Take a look at one of MAMA’s most recent Facebook posts, linking to her website article on natural cleaning 1: Bad Advice In her home-cleaning article…
  • Memory Monday

    6 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    Caroline’s hospice nurses helped us to make memories with Caroline. They brought plaster to make molds of her hands and feet.  It was quite the production – the two of them were in our kitchen, trying to mix the molding material to the right consistency.  My husband gave them a bowl to use and on the first try it hardened almost immediately.  The second try was slightly more successful.  The cats were very interested in trying to sniff the material while we plunged one of Caroline’s hands and one foot into the mold.  I was nervous about the hand mold, because…

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  • Is Fostering a Child right for you?

    Harry Spence
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    Fostering a child is an unbelievably rewarding experience for the whole family and of course, the child themselves. If it’s something you’ve been thinking about, you’ve no doubt got a whole host of questions regarding whether it is potentially something that could really work for you, your family and your lifestyle. We’ve looked at some of the main questions to hopefully help you along on your way to deciding. Do you fully understand with the whole process will involve? The fostering process is a complex one that will be completely different varying from person to person so it’s…
  • Helping Protect the Elderly from Winter Health Hazards

    Harry Spence
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Winter isn’t such a ‘wonderful’ time of year for our elderly population, as it can bring around a lot of problems that can affect their health, mobility and even their mood. Therefore if you’re a carer for an elderly person, or are just concerned for the welfare of a senior person, we’ve put together a list of some of the most common winter health hazards that older people face each year, along with tips on how to protect them. Falls, slips and trips During the winter, icy surfaces create a large risk for slips and falls for the elderly. If your loved one has mobility issues, make…
  • Can You Afford to Have a Family?

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

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

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

  • OPINION: The Politics of Biodiversity Loss

    Zakri Abdul Hamid
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Roseate spoonbills (Platalea ajaja), coastal birds in Sonora, Mexico. Mauricio Ramos/IPSBy Zakri Abdul HamidKUALA LUMPUR, Oct 22 2014 (IPS)To mainstream biodiversity concerns into development planning, we must offer a compelling rationale and demonstrate biodiversity’s relevance to wealth generation, job creation and general human wellbeing. Only a persuasive “why” resonating throughout society will successfully get us to urgently needed negotiations of who, what, where, when and how to halt disastrous biodiversity loss.Experts in a broad span of disciplines — taxonomists,…
  • U.S. Revisiting “Broken” Workplace Chemicals Regulation Process

    Carey L. Biron
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Of the tens of thousands of chemicals thought to be in regular use in the United States today, the government’s main labour regulator oversees fewer than 500. Credit: BigstockBy Carey L. BironWASHINGTON, Oct 22 2014 (IPS)The U.S. government will soon begin receiving public suggestions on how federal regulators should update their oversight of toxic chemicals in the workplace.The new information-gathering process, which began last week and will continue for the next six months, could result in the first major overhaul of related regulations in more than four decades. Of the tens of thousands…
  • Panama’s Indigenous People Want to Harness the Riches of Their Forests

    Emilio Godoy
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Emberá dwellings in a clearing in the rainforest. The Emberá-Wounaan territory covers nearly 4,400 sq km and the indigenous people want to manage the riches of their forest to pull their families out of poverty. Credit: Government of PanamaBy Emilio GodoyPANAMA CITY, Oct 22 2014 (IPS)For indigenous people in Panama, the rainforest where they live is not only their habitat but also their spiritual home, and their link to nature and their ancestors. The forest holds part of their essence and their identity.“Forests are valuable to us because they bring us benefits, but not just oxygen,”…
  • We Must Think of “Security” in New Ways

    Zafar Adeel
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:28 am
    Protesters march through Port-au-Prince in April 2008 to demand the government lower the price of basic commodities. Credit: Nick Whalen/IPSBy Zafar AdeelHAMILTON, Canada, Oct 21 2014 (IPS)Recent events in the Arab world and elsewhere have underscored the point that traditional notions of security being dependent solely on military and related apparatus are outmoded.Security is a multi-faceted domain that operates at the nexus of human development and sustainable management of water, energy and food resources.The confluence of water scarcity with energy shortages, food-price hikes, ballooning…
  • Ethiopia Moves in Right Direction with Climate Change Response But Challenges Remain

    James Hassam
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    Ethiopia has an estimated 70 million smallholder farmers, many of whom only grow sufficient amounts of crops like grain and coffee to support their families like those in Lalibela, Amhara Region. Climate change will inevitably have an impact on people’s lives. Credit: James Hassam/IPSBy James HassamADDIS ABABA, Oct 21 2014 (IPS)Ethiopia is widely regarded as an African success story when it comes to economic growth. According to the International Monetary Fund, the country’s economy is growing by seven percent annually. But there are concerns that climate change could jeopardise this…
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    Dr Robert Muller - The Zeitgeist is Changing

  • SPECIAL REPORT: West Midlands Butterfly Denies Causing Hurricane

    Dr Robert Muller
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:34 am
    by NewsBiscuit: http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2014/10/22/west-midlands-butterfly-denies-causing-hurricane/A butterfly from the Black Country has angrily denied being the cause of Hurricane Gonzalo, the tail end of which battered much of the UK this week.This all came after meteorologists, using cutting-edge computer modelling, traced the origins of the hurricane back to the single flap of a butterfly’s wings three weeks last Tuesday in a field outside Walsall.‘It was mental,’ said Red Admiral Roger Bould. ‘I was just fluttering about, as you do, when these boffins turn up and say that I…
  • Building the Political Momentum on Climate Change

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

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

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

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

  • Plastic Industry Will Fight SB 270

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

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

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

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

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

  • Product Review: Smart Faucet

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

    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

    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

    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.  
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    ToxicsWAtch Blog

  • Don't Be Tricked this Halloween--Be Green!

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    If there is one thing no one wants with their Halloween costume, it’s toxic chemicals. But that may very well be the case according to the results of our new HealthyStuff.org study of 106 common Halloween related products purchased from retailers including CVS, Kroger, Party City, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens. The products were tested for chemicals based on their toxicity or tendency to build up in people and the environment. These chemicals include lead, bromine (brominated flame retardants), chlorine (vinyl/PVC plastic), phthalates, cadmium, arsenic, tin (organotins), and mercury.
  • Because Caring is Not Enough

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Election season can be overwhelming -- lots of phone calls, slick mail pieces and those television commercials. How's a voter supposed to sift through all of the noise to make an informed choice? Seattle CityClub has developed a tool for voters looking for information to find it from other voters -- and add their own opinions as well.
  • Usually we’re frustrated with what seems like persistent inaction in Congress, but this time we’re feeling encouraged

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

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

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

  • SiliGuy flexible phone mount/holder #carmount

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

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

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

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

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
    Today, gold mining gobbles up an average of 6145 hectares of rainforest per year in Madre de Dios—more than three times the rate before the 2008 financial crisis drove up the demand for gold. And as another paper in PNAS this week shows, it’s nearly impossible to clean up after gold mining: Mercury pollution from the 19th century California gold rush will likely persist in the environment for more than 10,000 years.http://news.sciencemag.org/earth/2013/10/scienceshot-gold-mining-and-damage-wrought
  • Fairtrade Gold Launches in Switzerland

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    Fairtrade International stated that approximately 70 percent of gold refining takes place in Switzerland. The first Fairtrade gold jewelry collections by Max Havelaar Switzerland are being offered by Coop City and Christ Uhren & Schmuck, both parts of the Coop Group. The gold has been mined by Fairtrade gold mine Sotrami, which is located in southern Peru.Fairtrade gold was developed to improve the welfare of people who operate small-scale gold mining projects, while empowering safer working conditions, offering  fair market access to distribute and ensuring…
  • Urgent need to address pollution caused to Metepona River

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    There is an urgent need to address the pollution caused to Metepona River on North Guadalcanal by the mine operations at Gold Ridge on Central Guadalcanal. North Guadalcanal Chief, Benedict Garimane said the new Government, formed after the November 19 National Elections, a new Gold Ridge Investor, the Kolobisi Landowners Association, and the Guadalcanal Provincial Government should seriously address the dangerous impacts on Metepona River and the villagers.He said the villagers depend on the river for washing, cooking their meals and…
  • Gold mining expanding rapidly along Guiana Shield, threatening forests, water, wildlife

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    Gold mining is on the rise in the Guiana Shield, a geographic region of South America that holds one of the world’s largest undisturbed tract of rainforest. Mining is a key driver of forest cover change, and while deforestation rates from mining remain lower overall in the Guiana Shield than in some other areas in South America, this region, with its unique biodiversity and expansive areas of connected forests, is certainly a place to watch......................................... “Some observers I talked to speculate that an increase of Brazilian [prospectors] fleeing poverty and strict…
  • Dangerous Fish! - All Stream Caught Fish is Dangerous to Pregnant Women and Children

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    A new study released by the U.S. Geological Survey found that every fish sampled from 300 streams nationwide contained toxic traces of mercury. The highest mercury levels were found in remote blackwater streams along the coast of the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida and Louisiana. Mercury was also high in fish near gold mining areas, in areas across the West, and in the North Fork of the Edisto River in South Carolina. No Fish can escape mercury pollution according to the…
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    The Outer Cape Soapbox

  • Test of Furies Banner

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
  • Dolphin Strandings Potentially Under-reported on Cape Cod

    23 Apr 2012 | 3:11 pm
    Dolphin skull in Wellfleet, MA, found in Indian Neck marshlands remainder of the dolphin's skeleton was found approximately 20ft from skull's location. Stranding of whales and dolphins is common on Cape Cod and are parts of some of the earliest recorded history of the Cape. The recent mass standings of Dolphins on Cape Cod bayside beaches has few precidents in the area.  While their are stradings every year the number occuring this winter is unpredented in scope.  Since the middle of January their have been at least 114 dolphin strandings…
  • Victory! Destruction of Vernal Pool in Wellfleet to be remediated

    31 Jan 2012 | 5:30 am
    Roughly a month ago I along with two other concerned individuals appeared before the Wellfleet Conservation Commission to present the case of the vernal pool's destruction.  At that meeting we went over the issues regarding the vernal pool's destruction and how town bylaws protected the location even in the absence of state certification of the pool's existence.  During this meet the Conservation Commission decided to order the Wellfleet DPW to re-mediate the damage.  I'm not sure what steps might be taken but…
  • Sealing a Fisheries Fate, Seals and their effects on the Gulf of Maine Fishery, and NOAA's questionable methodology

    19 Dec 2011 | 6:41 pm
    Grey Seals on ice flows in Wellfleet HarborSealing a Fishery’s FateThe recent NOAA cod counts are part of a disturbing trend of lower than expected counts across a variety of fish species, including, striped bass, cod, and yellowtail flounder, and threatens New England’s traditional fishing industry. Already, the industry has been adversely affected by sector management, which intentionally or unintentionally favors the consolidation of the fishing industry. Sector management policies are exacerbating the decline of the local dayboat industry, and are having a detrimental economic impact…
  • Wellfleet Wetlands Destruction by DPW

    16 Dec 2011 | 7:06 pm
    So I haven't posted for a long time but I intend to post fairly regularly now. Recently some time in the first week of December a wetland and likely Spade Foot Toad Habitat that was protected under the town Wellfleet bylaws (which were updated as recently as 2010), was totally removed and recently filled with GRAVEL by the towns DPW. (Did I mention that it had at least a couple of feet of water in it at the time of its removal, and that a neighbor of the pool/swap told the dpw that it was "obviously a wetland area." I quickly contacted the local conservation agent and a number of…
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  • Herpes Virus in Moms and its Treatment

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

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

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

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

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

  • Is Borax Toxic?

    Dawn Gifford
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Many people are concerned about whether borax is a safe chemical. There are many sites on the internet claiming it is toxic. I disagree with these sites and believe that borax is as safe as table salt or washing soda—in other words, the dose makes the poison. Here’s why…History of BoraxHumans have mined and used borax since its discovery in Persia more than 4,000 years ago. Borax is a naturally occurring mineral found in concentration in dried salt lake beds, and consists of water, sodium, boron and oxygen. That’s it. The main areas where borax is mined…
  • Easy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

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

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

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

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

  • Closing the Gap between the Environment and Human Rights

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Last month, Goldman Prize Program Officer Ryan Mack traveled to Yale University to attend the UN Conference on Human Rights and the Environment. The two day conference brought together more than 100 scholars and policy experts from over 40 different countries.Conference sessions were also attended by John Knox, the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment and Ramin Pejan, chief consultant on human rights and environment for the UN Independent Expert.Mack attended several sessions exploring the nexus between human rights and the environment, including sessions on…
  • Threats to Environmental Activists on the Rise

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

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

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

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

  • 10 ways to reduce waste in your life

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

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

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

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

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

    David Guion
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Wind farm Wind energy is the fastest growing method of generating electricity in the world. It’s also one of the most ancient of energy sources. Sailboats have existed for thousands of years. Wind exists because the sun heats the earth and its atmosphere unevenly. As warmer air rises, colder air rushes in to take its place. Hills, valleys, and other irregularities in the earth’s surface, as well as bodies of water, vegetation, man-made structures, and the rotation of the earth all influence wind flow patterns. Rotors mounted on towers capture the wind and operate a generator,…
  • 4 Small Changes That Make a Big Environmental Difference

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

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

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

    David Guion
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    I had long thought it was illegal to put dead batteries in the trash. I said so in a group once and a friend immediately contradicted me. He’s a retired Regulatory Affairs Manager. His professional knowledge and experience trumps what I had long thought. Still, I decided to investigate further. Recently, California declared all batteries hazardous wastes and outlawed putting them out for regular trash collection. Otherwise, there’s no law against putting single use batteries in the trash. But just because something isn’t illegal doesn’t make it all right. And dead…
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  • List Top 10 Natural Resources in the World

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:51 am
    What are Natural Resources? Natural resources are those resources that occur within the environment in their original and natural form, undisturbed by humanity. They take years to form without the intervention of humans. The Mother Earth is abundant with natural resources that develop on this planet using its surrounding environment. These natural resources are derived from the environment. While few of them are used for our survival like water, air, rest of them like coal, gas, oil are used for satisfying our daily needs. From forests to mountains to minerals to coastal shores and wetlands,…
  • What is Being Eco-friendly and 10 Steps to Become Eco-friendly?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Michael Manouel
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    On-Site Hazardous Waste Storage and Containerization Generators commonly store hazardous waste on-site before transferring that waste to another facility. It’s easier than shipping off the waste immediately and gives a newer company time to find the right facility for their waste. But knowing the EPA-recommended units of containerization is key for proper storage. Related: Hazardous […] The post On-Site Hazardous Waste Storage and Containerization appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • 3 Easy Steps to Better RCRA Recordkeeping

    Michael Manouel
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    3 Easy Steps to Better RCRA Record-keeping Record-keeping is something we all probably have to do in some capacity, but maybe we don’t particularly enjoy. But when it comes to hazardous waste, record-keeping can mean the difference between safe, legal operating practices versus substantial fines and illegality. Plus, non-compliance in an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) […] The post 3 Easy Steps to Better RCRA Recordkeeping appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Dealing with the Percs of the Dry-Cleaning World

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

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

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Recent news that Lockheed Martin has made a nuclear fusion breakthrough has come with its fair share of sensational headlines. Claims have been thrown out there that it could change the world and forever alter the future of humanity.
  • In Garbage City, trash is a way of life

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Not far outside the main area of Cairo, Egypt, is a city of trash.   And the citizens of Garbage City, as it's called, are surprisingly happy. Only one thing really seems to worry them: the thought that their livelihood dealing in Cairo’s trash will be taken away.  
  • What to drink this weekend: Blood Orange Mule Halloween Cocktail

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Halloween is next Friday, but the parties start this weekend, especially the adult costume parties. Orange cocktails are in order for themed parties, and if you’re looking for one that doesn’t come with eyeball ice cubes, I have one you might want to give a try.  
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  • 4 Steps to a Cleaner Office

    Natalia Rex
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    Online guides for office-related problems are useful and extremely popular and it’s a no-brainer – with 40 or more hours per week at your desk or cubicle, it makes sense to find ways to create a paperless office, a productive one, and even stress-free. What about a cleaner office? A grimy and unkempt office doesn’t look very professional, and if your visitors or customers have a bad first impression, will they be confident in your services?  There are quite a few positives to a cleaner office. We’re not just talking about how your office looks, but a truly healthy clean that kills…
  • 4 Reasons Why Clean Floors Matter

    Natalia Rex
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    One of the first things people notice is the floors in your facility. How do they look?  Do your floors make a good impression, or a bad one? Clean floors depend on a balance between maintenance, protection and deep cleaning. The quality of this process is strengthened with training, professional equipment and experience. Not every floor is created equal, but all floors require an equal amount of care to help you save time, money and avoid a bad customer experience. Here are 4 reasons why clean floors matter and how various facilities deal with floor care: With the use of a Square Scrub®…
  • 4 Questions to Ask About Fall and Flu Season

    Natalia Rex
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Autumn is upon us. How do you notice fall is here? Is it the pumpkin-flavored coffees at your favorite café, sweaters on sale at the mall or the telltale sign of fall – changing leaves and cooler temperatures? For many, fall brings the dreaded flu. There is still no concrete explanation as to why flu season happens when it does but there are theories. Researchers have found patterns in the survival of the virus in low and high humidity. At low humidity (think indoors during winter season) viruses survive better because droplets evaporate and the virus can survive in dryer conditions.
  • 5 Hand Washing Do’s and Don’ts

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

    Natalia Rex
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Infection control is a hot topic right now due to the Ebola outbreak in various parts of the world and Enterovirus (EV-D68), which is affecting children and teenagers across most of the United States. Sometimes, it is only after a disaster or tragedy that the general population becomes aware of infectious diseases. This cold and flu season, and throughout the year, it’s important to remember that hand hygiene is pivotal to infection control and a healthy environment. The Journal of Environmental Health published research from Michigan State University that observed the hand washing…
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  • For Allergy Suffers: 6 Must-Have Home Appliances

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:50 pm
    6 Powerful Home Appliances for the Allergy Suffers To an allergy sufferer, dust control will often be an annoying thing. It is important to pick befitting appliances to make you feel better. So, what home appliances we need if we facing allergy problem? Now, let’s go to the appliances we could get on the market today. 1. Air Purifier After you make a clean sweep in your house, it is also an indispensable thing to build a defensive. An air purifier… Continue Reading ›› The post For Allergy Suffers: 6 Must-Have Home Appliances appeared first on AirBetter.org.
  • What is Mold? How to Avoid Mold Indoors?

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:32 am
    What is Mold? Why Should We Get Rid of Mold and Mildew? What is Mold? Mold is a kind of fungus, which is developed from airborne spores, and is harmful to your health. Mold can be spotted in humid environments, especially in places where lacks an adequate airflow, like bathrooms and laundry rooms. A high concentration of molds can cause a bunch of unpleasant symptoms, including coughing and sneezing, eye irritation and skin rash. Black mold which forms on damp… Continue Reading ›› The post What is Mold? How to Avoid Mold Indoors? appeared first on AirBetter.org.
  • Effects of Air Pollution on Human Health

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Terrible Effects of Air Pollution on Human Health What are health problems related to air pollution?  What are health problems related to air pollution? In this article we will try to answer you this question, we will cover the main health effects of air pollution, including diseases and  Detrimental Effects. Diseases Associated with Air Pollution - Health Effects of Air Pollution Respiratory Diseases Lung cancer The main reason of increasing lung cancers lays on the fact that air pollution has become more… Continue Reading ›› The post Effects of Air Pollution on Human…
  • Ultimate Guide to Second Hand Smoke

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:51 am
    What is Second Hand Smoke - Secondhand Smoke Definition? Second Hand Smoke Facts Why is Second Hand Smoke Bad? -Effects and Dangers of Secondhand Smoke Heart Disease Cancer Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Asthma Other Respiratory Diseases Second Hand Smoke and Children How to Avoid Second Hand Smoke Quick Check What is Second Hand Smoke? -Secondhand Smoke Definition What is Second hand Smoking? What is the definition of second hand smoke? Secondhand smoke is also called environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), involuntary or… Continue Reading ›› The post Ultimate Guide to…
  • 12 Useful Tips to Quit Smoking

    6 Oct 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Top Useful Tips to Quit Smoking Smoking quitting sounds difficult for most smokers. Though it is not very easy, it is absolutely possible. Following are some advices about quitting smoking quickly and effectively. Before Starting Quit 1. Be confident about yourself It’s very important to believe that quitting is something you can do. Think about all the difficulties or troubles you have faced in your life and finally overcame before quitting, and then you can get the courage and determination.… Continue Reading ›› The post 12 Useful Tips to Quit Smoking appeared first on…
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