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  • 9 Tips for Safely Handling Flammable Solvents

    Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal
    Jessica Hope
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    Flammable chemicals, like solvents, have widespread usage for a legion of needs within numerous industries – 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 […] The post 9 Tips for Safely Handling Flammable Solvents appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Nearly Half of All U.S. Adults Seek Out Organic Food

    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog
    Beyond Pesticides
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, August 20, 2014) According to a new Gallup poll, nearly half of all U.S. adults “actively” seek to add organic food to their diets. Many who eat and incorporate organic foods into their diet are from city areas, whereas those who eat the least organic foods are described as coming from rural areas. […]
  • Asphalt Specialists Tells Workers to Hit the Pavement, OSHA Says Not So Fast

    EHS Today
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    Asphalt Specialists has been ordered by OSHA to pay nearly $1M in compensation and must reinstate drivers terminated for raising safety concerns. Asphalt Specialists Inc. violated the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, according to OSHA, when it wrongfully terminated a foreman and two truck drivers who had raised safety concerns. According to OSHA and the terminated workers, they were directed to violate U.S. Department of Transportation mandated hours of service for commercial truck drivers. read more
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivities: A Workshop

    MCS America ©
    16 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Multiple Chemical Sensitivities: A WorkshopFull Text http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK234802/pdf/TOC.pdf Sections Introduction Research Protocol for Clinical Evaluation Exposures and Mechanisms Epidemiology Key Concepts: Chemical Sensitization Multiple Chemical Sensitivity-What is It? Case Definitions for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Allergy and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Distinguished Design of Animal Models to Probe the Mechanisms of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Antigen Specific and Antigen Non-Specific Immunization Neuropsychiatric & Biopsychosocial Mechanisms in Multiple…
  • 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

  • Nearly Half of All U.S. Adults Seek Out Organic Food

    Beyond Pesticides
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, August 20, 2014) According to a new Gallup poll, nearly half of all U.S. adults “actively” seek to add organic food to their diets. Many who eat and incorporate organic foods into their diet are from city areas, whereas those who eat the least organic foods are described as coming from rural areas. […]
  • FDA Questioned Triclosan’s Safety in Colgate’s Total Toothpaste in 90′s

    Beyond Pesticides
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, August 19, 2014) Newly released documents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reveals that regulators expressed concerns over the safety of triclosan in Colgate Total toothpaste during the product’s registration in the mid-1990s. This information was provided to the public by FDA after a Freedom of Information Act request by the […]
  • Following Lawsuit, EPA Restores Stream Buffers to Protect Salmon from Pesticides

    Beyond Pesticides
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, August 18, 2014) In a victory for environmental groups, conservationists, and fishing groups, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a settlement last Wednesday to restore no-spray buffer zones around waterways to protect imperiled salmon and steelhead from five toxic pesticides.  An initial agreement was reached in June, when it underwent public comment, […]
  • Oregon Law Allowing Contamination from Farm and Forest Practices Challenged

    Beyond Pesticides
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, August 15, 2014) Residents of Southern Oregon are tired of being told that farming and forest industry rights to pollute and spray toxic chemicals trump their rights to live healthy lives, so they are taking the matter to court, except not in the way most would assume. Because unlike many instances where citizens […]
  • Report Finds Banned, Illegal Pesticides in Popular Indian Tea Brands

    Beyond Pesticides
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, August 14, 2014) Pesticides are not the first thing to pop into mind when peering into a hot mug of steaming, pale green or murky black tea first thing in the morning. A recent report published by Greenpeace India announced the results of an investigation that tested for pesticide residues in branded tea. […]
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    EHS Today

  • Asphalt Specialists Tells Workers to Hit the Pavement, OSHA Says Not So Fast

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    Asphalt Specialists has been ordered by OSHA to pay nearly $1M in compensation and must reinstate drivers terminated for raising safety concerns. Asphalt Specialists Inc. violated the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, according to OSHA, when it wrongfully terminated a foreman and two truck drivers who had raised safety concerns. According to OSHA and the terminated workers, they were directed to violate U.S. Department of Transportation mandated hours of service for commercial truck drivers. read more
  • Lights, Camera … Accident: Real-Life Movie Tragedies [Photo Gallery]

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    The movie industry’s safety history is no fairy tale. In fact, the death of a 27-year-old camera assistant during filming of the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” is the latest in a long list of real-life movie-set tragedies.         read more
  • Is 'Safety Culture' Dead?

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    In 1988, after the incident at Chernobyl, a new term arrived to arm safety professionals the world over. The report of the International Nuclear Safety Advisory Group (INSAG) coined the term “safety culture.” This concept quickly was embraced and refined over the next few years but the definition from the INSAG report stuck around: Content Classification:  Curated Leadership Perspectives Blog read more
  • Best Practices in Choosing and Deploying a Successful EHS Management System

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    A robust EMIS plays a central role in propelling an organization’s EHS performance to the next level. An EHS management system can provide many benefits to an organization, including meeting regulatory requirements, minimizing operational risks and liabilities, improving corporate image, meeting customer demands and achieving competitive advantages. With companies worldwide seeking to improve their EHS performance, the need for accurate data management is growing rapidly. Investment in data management systems now is the fastest-growing area of companies’ EHS spending, according to the…
  • Four Traits of a Great Leader

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Four Traits of a Great Leader Success comes in many forms. The concept is so complex that perspective point plays a major role in its definition. Yet it’s so simple that we all have a notion of what defines success.   A person with a temporary disability rejoices when his or her limitations are removed (a success), while an abled-bodied person usually takes it for granted (not a success).   Leadership Perspectives Blog 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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    WordPress Tag: Environmental Health

  • The Lipstick Danger

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
      Lipstick use started more than 5000 years ago, with several cultures using different dyes, gemstones, substances from fish scales, etc. to paint their lips (Schaffer, 2006).  Lipstick use is now part of most women’s cosmetic arsenal with lipstick having a social, cultural and psychological impact on its wearers and viewers.  As much as women enjoy putting on lipstick, the question becomes how healthy is that lipstick? Liu et al. investigated this question and conducted a study on this issue.  In the report titled ‘Concentrations and potential health risks of metals in lip…
  • Free Online TOXNET Class Offered This Fall

    Laura B.
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    The National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) is offering an online, asynchronous class cal
  • National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) announces the Toxicology in the 21st Century (Tox21) Data Challenge 2014 competition

    Laura B.
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) announces the Toxicology in the 21s
  • Women: What's in Your Box?

    19 Jul 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Check out the blog post by Pretty Smart: Houston, we have a problem. Period : 3 Major Problems with
  • Environmental News Today (07/18/14)

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    1. One man’s home is another man’s uranium dump 2. Coal Fuels Brewpubs in Wyoming as Kentucky Mines Misery 3. EPA proposes limits on Alaska’s Pebble Mine project 4. In Dayton, Ohio an economic comeback is in the water What if water was worth the price of gold? One Midwest city is betting on it. 5. Thousands Of Containers Fall Off Ships Every Year. What Happens To Them? 6. Scientists unlock the genetic secrets of bread wheat 7. Climate Confidential Illuminating the crossroads of environment and technology 8. Better use of world’s existing cropland could feed 3 billion…
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    Media Notes

  • Yale preps 90-second pubradio show on climate change.

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Starting August 18, a new daily 90-second module from Yale Climate Connections (formerly the Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media) aims to bring discussion of climate change to the forefront on public radio. Andrew Lapin, current.org.
  • Saying goodbye to the Knight Science Journalism Tracker.

    14 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    After more than 8 years and 10,000 posts, the KSJ Tracker--a blog devoted to highlighting and critiquing journalism on science, health, technology and the environment--will stop publishing new posts at the end of this year. Deborah Blum and Wade Roush, KSJ Tracker.
  • Groups to EPA: Stop muzzling science advisers.

    13 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    Journalist and scientific organizations accused the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday of attempting to muzzle its independent scientific advisers by directing them to funnel all outside requests for information through agency officials. Dina Cappiello, Associated Press.
  • Knight Center alum wins national SEJ award, gives tips for success.

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    Brian Bienkowski, now a reporter at Environmental Health News, received second place in a national contest for his series called Stories of the Great Lakes' People, Places and Creatures. Here's a quick Q & A that probes his formula for success. David Poulson, Knight Center for Environmental Journalism.
  • Ebola coverage: Informing vs. overhyping.

    11 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta critiques media coverage of the Ebola outbreak. Ben Stelter, CNN.
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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

  • Mark Nix Fun Fact #581

    4 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    I was making a quesadilla, yesterday, and I noticed some specks of green in my shredded cheese. I thought, “Ah, I’ll just pick those pieces out. Cheese is made with mold, right? It will be fine.” So I start picking, and I’m becoming distraught at how much of my cheese I am losing when I realize that it is shredded pepper jack cheese and those green specks are peppers. Honestly, I don’t know how I’ve survived this long.
  • Common Places Mold Grows

    4 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    10 Places Where Mold Grows In Your Home. Mold presence in the house may lead to a number of health p
  • Movie Review - Ashe Collins on Mold! (2012)

    4 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Title: Mold! (2012) Director: Neil Meschino Runtime: 86 minutes — I expected Mold! to be somet
  • #ManifestMyOWNdestiny Day 3 & 4

    Ally McEntire
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:46 pm
    I’ll start at the beginning, because I can’t really think of any better way to organize two days of hell in a row. Our sketchy Western Inn motel left my dog barking non-stop through the night. Prostitutes in the hallway? Maybe. We took my car into the Chevy dealership to get the engine light problem fixed once and for all and were there by 8:30a.m. It wasn’t my first choice in mechanics, because we knew it would be expensive, but it ended up being much worse than predicted. My wheel hub bearings were completely shot. That turned into a $1,000 fix. Money that was supposed…
  • Mold Removal Miami Fl

    3 Aug 2014 | 7:58 pm
       Mold is an organism that exists in just about everything in our environment has a…http://bit.ly/1nj1761
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    the soft landing baby

  • 10 best parental control apps on Android

    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…
  • What to ask when your relationship starts to get serious

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
    What to ask when your relationship starts to get serious So, you’ve found someone that you have fun with; someone who makes you feel great, and someone you have found who you have really clicked with. What happens when things start to get serious? There are a few questions you should probably ask yourself, then make a note to sit down and discuss them between you.   What about marriage? Perhaps don’t lead with this but it might be worth ascertaining whether or not you both see marriage in your future. You don’t have to talk about marrying each other, of course, but…
  • Keep the little ones occupied during travelling with Trunki Luggage

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Any parent will know that keeping the little ones occupied travelling to and from your destination on Holiday can be a constant battle, especially if you have to wait at the airport for boarding for a few hours as even their most favourite toys may only hold off their boredom for a while. UK brand Trunki has cleverly designed a range of luggage and travel accessories specifically aimed at children which is not only practical but also works to keeping children occupied during all aspects of travelling. They really have thought of everything to keep your children occupied while helping out you…
  • How to Prevent Back Problems When Driving Long Distances

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    Do you have to drive long distances, as part of your work, or to visit friends and relatives? As the miles clock up, it can become less and less comfortable. Long distance driving isn’t just a draining experience, it can also create back problems for adults and children alike. It’s essential therefore to make the car as comfortable as possible for both the driver and passengers. Why Sitting in a Car is Different to Sitting in a Chair Sitting in a chair at home allows you to adopt a good, upright posture that avoids putting strain on your spine. You may think it’s the same…
  • Water Filtration and Healthy Food Preparation for Young Minds

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

  • Can Land Rights and Education Save an Ancient Indian Tribe?

    Manipadma Jena
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    Bonda women in the remote Tulagurum Village in the eastern Indian state of Odisha seldom allow themselves to be photographed. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPSBy Manipadma JenaMALKANGIRI, India, Aug 19 2014 (IPS)Scattered across 31 remote hilltop villages on a mountain range that towers 1,500 to 4,000 feet above sea level, in the Malkangiri district of India’s eastern Odisha state, the Upper Bonda people are considered one of this country’s most ancient tribes, having barely altered their lifestyle in over a thousand years.Resistant to contact with the outside world and fiercely skeptical of…
  • Recurrent Cholera Outbreak in Far North Cameroon Highlights Development Gaps

    Monde Kingsley Nfor
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Lara Adama digs for water in a dried up river bed in Dumai, in Cameroon’s far north. There has been a nine-month drought in the region and recurrent cholera outbreaks. Credit: Monde Kingsley Nfor/IPSBy Monde Kingsley NforDUMAI, Cameroon, Aug 19 2014 (IPS)Under a scorching sun, with temperatures soaring to over 40 degrees Celsius, Lara Adama’s family is forced to dig for water from a dried-out river bed in Dumai, in northern Cameroon. This is one of the rivers that used to flow into the shrinking Lake Chad but there is not much water here.There has been a nine-month-long drought in the…
  • Island States to Rally Donors at Samoa Meet

    Desmond Brown
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Flood damage in St. Vincent. Credit: Desmond Brown/IPSBy Desmond BrownST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Aug 18 2014 (IPS)Amid accelerating climate change and other challenges, a major international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month represents a key chance for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean to turn the tide.“This is an opportune moment where you will have all of the donor agencies and the funding partners so as civil society we have prepared a draft which looks at agriculture, health, youth, women and many other areas to present to the conference…
  • Does Iceland Gain From Whaling?

    Lowana Veal
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:39 am
    Two fin whaling boats in Reykjavik harbour, shortly before heading out to sea. Credit: Lowana Veal/IPSBy Lowana VealREYKJAVIK, Aug 18 2014 (IPS)Although fin whaling by Icelanders has encountered increasing opposition over the last year, Icelandic whaling boats headed off to sea again in mid-June for the first hunt of the summer and by August 14 had killed 80 fin whales.The story of what then happens to the whales once they have been taken back to Iceland is part mystery and part an economic balancing act between the country’s economic interests and its international image.As soon as the…
  • Socialists Could Turn to Environmentalist after Candidate’s Death

    Mario Osava
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Eduardo Campos and Marina Silva, the Brazilian Socialist Party’s ticket for the October presidential elections, before Campos died in a plane crash. Credit: Agência Brasil/EBCBy Mario OsavaRIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 16 2014 (IPS)The death of socialist presidential candidate Eduardo Campos opens up an unexpected opportunity for environmental leader Marina Silva to return with renewed strength to the struggle to govern Brazil, offering a “third way” in a highly polarised campaign.Silva, who was environment minister from 2003 to 2008, won 19.6 million votes in the 2010 presidential elections –…
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    Dr Robert Muller - The Zeitgeist is Changing

  • Eight Years Ago, They Were the Most Common Mammal in America. Now They're Almost Extinct

    Dr Robert Muller
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Image Credit: Gettyby Eileen Shim, Mic.com: http://mic.com/articles/96444/eight-years-ago-they-were-the-most-common-mammal-in-america-now-they-re-almost-extinctThe newsVampire-evoking, blood-sucking and Ebola-linked bats might not be the most beloved animals in the world.Even so, these animals play a crucial role in our ecosystem - and now they are in danger of disappearing.According to Wired, 6.5 million Little Brown Bats lived in the eastern U.S. in 2006, making them the most populous wild mammal species in America at the time. Since then, millions of Little Brown Bats have…
  • Pan European Green Corridor Network

    Dr Robert Muller
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Bachalpsee in the morning, Bernese Alps (Wikipedia) by Max A.E. Rossberg, European Wilderness Society: http://wilderness-society.org/pan-european-green-corridor-network/ Based on the enthusiastic response to our Pyrenees to Carpathians natural green corridor project, our Society decided to develop the idea further into a Pan European Green Corridor Network.  We believe that such a network can be set up for the implementation and promotion of wilderness and wildlife preservation across the continent. The Pan-European Green network (PEGnet) initiative aims to create a vast…
  • Expansion of Sundrop Farms Seawater Horticulture Project Approved by Port Augusta Council

    Dr Robert Muller
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Port Augusta in South Australia (Wikipedia)by ABC News: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-13/sundrop-farms-wins-backing-expanded-seawater-horticulture/5667074A horticultural project that uses seawater to grow vegetables, Sundrop Farms, is set for expansion with the backing of South Australia's Port Augusta Council.Sundrop Farms uses solar-thermal energy to desalinate water from Spencer Gulf to grow food in greenhouses about 20 kilometres south of Port Augusta.The company was planning to build eight more greenhouses and supporting infrastructure across a 20-hectare site.The expansion would…
  • Natural Capital: A Good Idea or the Path to Ruin?

    Dr Robert Muller
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:33 pm
    by Alex Gaut, Conservation Council SA: http://conservationsa.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/natural-capital-a-good-idea-or-the-path-to-ruin/Alex Gaut, Biodiversity Program Manager here at the Conservation Council of SA has been pondering economics and the environment. Here are some of her thoughts on the topic.I have recently started a journey into the world of environmental economics.I have no background and, I thought, no interest, in economics and started where most of us are at with having to manage my own finances and attempting to understand how the national and global economy affects that.
  • Explainer: Back Burning and Fuel Reduction

    Dr Robert Muller
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Bushfire regrowth in Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)by David Bowman, University of Tasmania The recent surge of bushfire disasters has introduced fire-fighting tactics to everyday language.Two important approaches that use fire to fight fire are “back burning” and “fuel-reduction burning”.Unfortunately these two fundamentally different approaches are often confused.Fuel reductionFuel reduction (also known variously as prescribed, planned, controlled or hazard-reduction burning) is the targeted burning of bushland to control fire behaviour.The idea is to reduce the intensity of…
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    Plastic Bag Ban Report

  • U.S. Plastic Bag Bans Now 178 and Counting

    Ted Duboise
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Columbus, Georgia, August 1, 2014 (PBBR) – As of this writing, there are now 178 jurisdictions across the U.S. that have adopted some type of plastic bag regulation. And, there are at least two dozen more that are considering some type of legislation. In California, many cities are trying to get an ordinance adopted before […]
  • Gonzales, CA Adopts Reusable Bag Regulation

    Ted Duboise
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Gonzales, California, July 7, 2014 (PBBR) – The City Council of Gonzales passed an ordinance today that prohibits any retail establishment from giving a customer a single-use carryout bag for the purpose of transporting purchases away from the premises. A retailer may make available for sale to a customer either a recycled content paper bag […]
  • Evanston, Illinois Bans Plastic Bags

    Ted Duboise
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Evanston, Illinois, July 28, 2014 (PBBR) – The City Council of the City of Evanston voted tonight to ban plastic bags at large retail stores within the city. Evanston is a suburb of the City of Chicago and home to Northwestern University. Set to take effect August 1, 2015, the ordinance will only affect Evanston […]
  • Monterey County Bans Thin-Film Plastic Bags

    Ted Duboise
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Monterey County, California, July 29, 2014 (PBBR) – Today, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt an ordinance which will apply to retail establishments in the unincorporated areas of the county. The ordinance will: ban the use of single-use plastic carryout bags, regulate the use of recycled paper bags and, regulate the use […]
  • Nevada City Plastic Bag Ban Adopted

    Ted Duboise
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    Nevada City, California, June 25, 2014 (PBBR) – After several months of planning and deliberation, the City Council of Nevada City passed a plastic bag ban by unanimous vote. First reported here on March 8 of this year, Nevada City wanted to make sure the ordinance was passed ahead of September 1st in case the […]
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    Green Living Everyday Blog

  • 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.  
  • Efficient Windows Can Save Energy = Money

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

  • Toxic Hot Seat - the Washington Tour 2014

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

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

    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
  • Would You Like Flame Retardants With That Couch?

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Most of Aimee Robinson's customers are moms. And more of them are starting to ask questions about the contents of the couches and chairs she constructs. "I get moms crying on the phone," said Robinson, owner of the green furniture company EcoBalanza. "Their main concern is protecting their loved ones from exposure to toxic chemicals."
  • Federal Toxics Reform: Most Chemicals Haven't Been Tested Enough to Know

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    I have watched the attempt to reform toxic chemical law in Congress with growing alarm. What started out as an important effort to protect people from toxics has turned into a giveaway to the chemical industry. Americans could end up with weaker safeguards and greater exposure to dangerous chemicals.
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  • UV Blacklight Pet Urine Stain Finder

    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

    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…
  • More Heat about Ocean Heat – another nail in the AGW coffin

    4 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    by Anthony Cox I have previously written about the fact that the heat in the ocean isn’t there. A Facebook commentator produced some excellent graphs based on the ARGO data which showed NO heat accumulation at any level in the world’s oceans. This lack of warming contradicts completely (Anthropogenic Global Warming) AGW theory as put forward by such AGW stalwarts as Trenberth and England. It also has Hansen scrambling for weird and whacky explanations. So it is plain in the ARGO era that the oceans are not warming and this contradicts AGW. In my articles I noted that NODC graphs were…
  • Greatest deshedding tool EVER

    3 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    You have a pet. It sheds. Either all the time or heavily a couple of times a year. It’s annoying. It messes up the house. It’s impossible to keep up with. Or so you thought. Our dog is a daily shedder with a short coat. We have a cat with ultra-long and fluffy fur. It’s a chore just to keep up with one, let alone both. We’ve tried the vacuum idea (animals hate it, it’s loud), those “sticky brush” things that work for about three seconds, and the painful “tape” method. Regular brushing helps, but doesn’t get the worst of it. So what…
  • Sweet Dreams sleep mask is comfy and soothing

    3 Aug 2014 | 12:50 pm
    My wife is a very light sleeper. So light a sleeper that just the cat walked across the bed can wake her up. This doesn’t make for good sleep when we have a three and a four year old, a dog, a couple of cats, and my snoring. Over time, we make compromises and concessions to create sleep. It doesn’t always work. When asked to review this sleep mask and ear plug set, I was skeptical. We’ve tried something like this before and it didn’t work. The mask was uncomfortable and my wife had a hard time keeping it in place as she slept. Earplugs are already a common commodity in…
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  • Will Zimbabwe’s next generation have potable water?

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    Meanwhile, environmental expert Shepherd Zvigadza of the Zimbabwe Regional Environment Organisation said effluent disposal from gold mines is characterised by raised levels of toxic heavy metals, especially sodium of cyanide  and silver mercury. Zvigadza said the availability of toxic metals in effluent water is not only associated with ground and surface water contamination, but is also responsible for the degradation of aquatic environments, animal species as well as death and infection of human beings. He said the challenge of mining effluent can only be reduced through capacity…
  • Bennett unveils 2 plans sparked by Mount Polley

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:19 am
    The second planned action involves independent third-party dam safety inspections, based on the potential impact to the surrounding area should a dam fail, for every tailings pond at all permitted mines in the province, the minister said. “It is a very serious incident, it is a disaster,” Bennett said, referring to Mount Polley. “People in B.C. need to know we can mine in this province safely.” The catastrophic failure August 4 of the tailings pond wall at Imperial Metals's (TSX:III) Mount Polley copper and gold mine near the community of Likely released 10 billion litres of…
  • Peru fights gold fever with fire and military force

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    While the damage from illegal mining may not be deforesting the Amazon as fast as cattle ranching and agriculture elsewhere have, the destruction is multiplied by the miners’ poisonous little companion: liquid mercury. They dump it on the sediments they collect to bond with the gold, then vaporize the mercury with torches. It is not a precise industrial process. So toxic is liquid mercury that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends calling a hazardous waste specialist if a spill is larger than a broken thermometer. Exposure can cause neurological damage, birth defects,…
  • Mining Spill Near U.S. Border Closes 88 Schools, Leaves Thousands Of Mexicans Without Water

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:14 am
    So far the company has denied rumors that the wastewater included trace amounts of cyanide believed to have been used in the copper mining at Buenavista. However last week a different mine in northern Mexico spilled over a half million gallons of a cyanide solution used in gold mining, contaminating less than a square mile. Both spills have been at least partially attributed to heavy rains in the area that taxed the overflow ponds’ capacities.http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/08/18/3472343/mexican-mining-spill-border-88-schools/
  • Teaching in French Guiana

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:37 am
    Each year, an estimated 6 tons of gold is illegally mined and smuggled out of French Guiana by  illegal aliens from Brazil, Suriname and (former British) Guyana. Organized into gangs and networks, these heavily-armed criminals cut down trees in the middle of the rain forest to mine gold, creating a wasteland of erosion and pollution where vegetation can no longer grow. Worse, the illegal miners use large quantities of mercury to help them find gold by amalgamation. The mercury runs into the rivers, poisoning the waters and intoxicating the wildlife. The Native Indians (especially the…
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  • The Impact of the Electric Car on Global Warming

    16 Aug 2014 | 11:42 pm
    For a majority of industries and owing to the damage that has been unwittingly and otherwise carried out on our environment over decades of industrialization, the focus has now shifted from reducing the costs of production to creating sustainable ways of production in every industry.The motor industry has not been left behind and while gasoline engines have over the years been streamlined to be more efficient, there still has not been development of a technology that completely omits the production of the tail-pipe emissions, which as you know are very harmful to the environment.The motor…
  • Gain Effective results with the Clenbuterol cycle

    14 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    The Rising Usage of Clenbuterol.In recent days, Clenbuterol has been quite significant in helping many obese as well as over-weighted people to lose weight in a faster way. It actually being an effective and important thermogenic, helps one to lose weight in a considerable way only with its proper usage.Clenbuterol is actually like a medicine or drug that like other medicines calls the user to use it in a proper and designated way. Like the other medicines, this drug too has a certain cycle that needs to be maintained in order to reap the best of the benefits from it.The Right Dosage for…
  • Green Affiliate Programs Can Be A Hit

    13 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    These days, more and more people are becoming interested in green energy and all of them are trying to make sure that they save the environment as well as their pockets from being drained completely. The concept of green energy is not new. However, it is now becoming quite prevent amongst the masses. Not only this, green products are also making headlines and the people are quite interested in buying these products. This clearly means that there is a huge unexploited market out there for green energy and green products that you can tap in to earn massive profits. The people are becoming quite…
  • Drinking safe Water – The Bawell Anti-oxidant Alkaline Water Ionizer Machine

    13 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    The Bawell Premier Alkaline Water Ionizer machine can make ionized water of pH range 3.2-10 and ORP (oxidation-reduction potential/measure of the intensity to act as an anti-oxidant) of +600 to -420mV. The main advantage of this machine is that it’s easy to use for people of all ages and for a practical demonstration, you may watch the video on YouTube.Starting the processOnce connected to the water faucet with the waste water pipe directed into the sink, the machine is automatically turned on by turning on the water faucet tap. This machine has a very large LED display screen that gives…
  • An Italian Getaway: Sail Away to these Top Yacht Holiday Destinations

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    Are you planning to have a cruise that you will never forget? Are you looking for an exciting yet romantic holiday getaway? Grab your sails and make your way to the Italian peninsula, where its surrounding waters are still left untouched. Although most Italians already know the beauty of their seas, most foreigners still have no clue about what this marvellous destination has to offer.Italy’s Top Yacht holiday DestinationsItaly is known for its peaceful and amorous scenery. Aside from its romantic landscapes, it is also home to the best sailing grounds in the Mediterranean. A sailing…
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    News from the Goldman Environmental Prize

  • Mama Aleta Inspires at the 2014 Summit on Women and Climate

    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

    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

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Can these ideas provide alternative energy? A firm maybe

    David Guion
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    This is the third and final installment of a look back at alternative energy innovations I wrote about two or more years ago. I have already described the ones that have proven to be practical and the ones that have proven to be impractical. In retrospect, I think I should have described biogas among the successes so that’s where I’ll begin today’s post. When I looked, I found no fresh information about the specific projects I first described. I can only assume that they’re still in progress. Otherwise I’m looking at gray areas. None of these ideas are in…
  • Pesticides and Environmental Concerns

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

  • What is Environmental Sustainability and Sustainable Development?

    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

    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

    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

    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…
  • What is Sustainable Development and What are its Goals?

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:44 am
    What is Sustainable Development? Sustainable development is the practice of using guidelines for environmentally responsible and energy savings to create new development projects and to maintain and retrofit older projects. It can include using green materials in new construction, designing projects that can harvest their own energy to reduce load on a power grid, or that incorporate green space in order to counterbalance the green space removed to build the onsite facilities. There is a heavy emphasis on making sure that what is built can be maintained and repaired in a way that minimizes…
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    EnviroTech - Mold Remediation | Pest Control | Indoor Air | Lawn Care | Restoration Contracting

  • NYS Wants to Clean Up Mold—the Right Way

    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

    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

    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

    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…
  • Asbestos: Banned but still around in Buffalo, NY

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Asbestos is an indestructible, highly toxic material. Due to its extreme resilience, it was often used in the manufacturing of building materials, including insulation roofing and siding shingles, vinyl floor tiles, and textured paints. Exposure to asbestos is known to cause significant damage to the respiratory system, even causing lung disease and lung cancer, and has therefore been banned for many uses since the 1970s. However, asbestos still exists in older buildings, putting those who live or work in them in danger of exposure. For Professionals Only As a city that boasts several…
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    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 within numerous industries – 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 […] The post 9 Tips for Safely Handling Flammable Solvents appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Do You Need a Spill Kit?

    Jessica Hope
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    You probably don’t expect a fire to occur in your workplace, but odds are that you keep a fire extinguisher handy all the same – just in case. Prevention will always be your best line of defense, but preparation surely takes a close second. Fire extinguishers offer you the best of both worlds: preparation for […] The post Do You Need a Spill Kit? appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Making Sense of EPA ID Numbers

    Jessica Hope
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Whatever the cause – perhaps it’s the relation to a federal regulatory agency, or even just the association with units of the mathematical system – some people seem to be suspicious of EPA ID numbers. Others still have no idea what they are. This can be problematic, as EPA ID numbers aren’t exactly nonessential; when […] The post Making Sense of EPA ID Numbers appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • The Layperson’s Guide to Hazardous Waste Disposal

    Jessica Hope
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Some of the people we work with are extremely knowledgeable about hazardous waste disposal – they understand the unique challenges, they’re informed about regulations, they recognize environmental concerns, and they’re conscious of safety issues. These people are cognizant of what they’re dealing with – they just need our help in getting rid of their waste. […] The post The Layperson’s Guide to Hazardous Waste Disposal appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
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  • Want more money for retirement later? Downsize now

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:43 pm
    I've lived in big houses with roommates and once, by myself. I've lived in small houses solo and with a friend. I've lived (part-time) in a studio apartment with my very tall partner. I've lived in a yurt by myself, and I've lived in the attic of the house I bought and cannot seem to sell. At the ripe old age of 37, I can say that for me, smaller abodes are cheaper—in both time and money.  
  • Drought forces California cemeteries to think outside of the pine box

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There’s been plenty of attention paid to California homeowners and their struggle to keep the most waterlogged slice of the American dream — a lush, weed-free front lawn — alive amidst landscaping-specific water restrictions brought on by the state’s historic drought.  
  • Will new federal rules make flights safer for pets?

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Travelers who fly with kitty and canine companions will soon get more details about pet deaths or mishaps on commercial flights.   After numerous incidences of animal deaths, injuries and losses, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will require airlines to file a report each time such an event occurs, starting on Jan. 1.  
  • Taku-Tanku: Tow this tiny portable home with a bike

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Today, meet a tiny trailer-bound abode that stands out from the similarly compact pack.  
  • U. of Kansas turns matchmaker to save rural businesses

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    It's a tough economy out there for many small, independent business owners — especially as the owners get older. It's equally tough for people who want to launch new businesses. That's particularly true in rural areas with an aging demographic, pressures from urban migration and competition from big box stores.
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