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  • Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Failure to Regulate Nanomaterial Pesticides

    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog
    Beyond Pesticides
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, December 18, 2014) Beyond Pesticides joined Center for Food Safety (CFS) in filing a lawsuit late Tuesday against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the agency’s failure to regulate novel nanomaterial pesticides. In 2008 more than 13 organizations filed a legal petition demanding the agency take action on this nanomaterial issues. Tuesday’s lawsuit […]
  • Freedom Industries Officials Indicted for W.Va. Chemical Spill

    EHS Today
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    Saying Freedom Industries executives put residents at risk, the U.S. Department of Justice on Dec. 17 issued federal indictments against six former company officials and the company itself for a chemical spill that contaiminated drinking water for 300,000 people. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin on Dec. 17 announced that Freedom Industries Inc. (Freedom) and six former Freedom officials have been charged with various federal crimes related to the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill in Charleston that tainted drinking water for 300,000 people. Former company president Gary Southern faces 68 years…
  • Toxic Beauty: How It Harms Salon Workers (and How You Can Help)

    MCS America ©
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:10 am
    Toxic Beauty: How It Harms Salon Workers (and How You Can Help)http://www.care2.com/greenliving/toxic-beauty-how-it-harms-salon-workers-and-how-you-can-help.html
  • Home Depot and BJ's Wholesale Club take steps to limit or eliminate bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides in their nursery plants

    Switchboard, from NRDC › Jennifer Sass's Blog
    Jennifer Sass
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. Bees and gardeners win! Public pressure successfully pushed Home Depot to start requiring labelling of its nursery plants that are treated with bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. This means that we can read the label, and avoid buying these plants. That will save bees and other pollinators from carrying the pesticide-laced pollen and nectar back to the hive and contaminating the food for the whole hive, including the Queen and baby bees. Home Depot wasn’t the first. East Coast-based BJ’s Wholesale Club also went to its supply…
  • Marion Public Health holiday closings - Marion Star

    ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH news - Google News
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Marion Public Health holiday closingsMarion StarMARION – Due to the holidays, Marion Public Health will close at noon on Dec. 24 and remain closed Dec. 25 and Dec. 26. It will reopen at 8 a.m. Dec. 29. It will also be closed on Jan. 1 for the New Year's Day holiday. These closings will affect all
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  • Lawsuit Challenges EPA’s Failure to Regulate Nanomaterial Pesticides

    Beyond Pesticides
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, December 18, 2014) Beyond Pesticides joined Center for Food Safety (CFS) in filing a lawsuit late Tuesday against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the agency’s failure to regulate novel nanomaterial pesticides. In 2008 more than 13 organizations filed a legal petition demanding the agency take action on this nanomaterial issues. Tuesday’s lawsuit […]
  • GE Labeling Ballot Initiative Narrowly Loses in Oregon Recount

    Beyond Pesticides
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, December 17, 2014)  Supporters of an Oregon ballot initiative requiring labels on genetically-engineered (GE) food acknowledged defeat last Thursday after an automatic recount failed to change the results of November’s vote and a judge denied their plea for a count of rejected ballots. Advocates expressed deep disappointment that a Monsanto led multi-million dollar […]
  • In Remembrance: Theo Colborn, 1927-2014

    Beyond Pesticides
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, December 16, 2014) Beyond Pesticides is sad to say goodbye to a dear friend and colleague, Theo Colborn, who at the age of 87, passed away on Sunday, December 14 at home surrounded by her family. Dr. Colborn is author of the groundbreaking book Our Stolen Future, president of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange […]
  • Tell the President: #BeeKindObama!

    Beyond Pesticides
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, December 15, 2014) Earlier this year, the President called on federal agencies to create a plan to “promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators.” To show appreciation for all that bees and wild pollinators provide, it is essential that this plan address toxic, persistent, and systemic neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) — which […]
  • Organic Certification System Experiences Growing Pains

    Beyond Pesticides
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:48 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, December 12, 2014) Bursting at the seams, the $35 billion organic food industry has tripled in size over the past decade, severely outpacing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) ability to monitor the more than 25,000 farms and other organizations that sell organic crops and livestock. As a result, certifying agents, or USDA-accredited […]
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    EHS Today

  • Freedom Industries Officials Indicted for W.Va. Chemical Spill

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    Saying Freedom Industries executives put residents at risk, the U.S. Department of Justice on Dec. 17 issued federal indictments against six former company officials and the company itself for a chemical spill that contaiminated drinking water for 300,000 people. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin on Dec. 17 announced that Freedom Industries Inc. (Freedom) and six former Freedom officials have been charged with various federal crimes related to the January 2014 Elk River chemical spill in Charleston that tainted drinking water for 300,000 people. Former company president Gary Southern faces 68 years…
  • Does Money Grow on Trees at Dollar Tree?

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    National retail chain Dollar Tree is cited once again when inspectors witness New Castle, Del., worker struck by falling boxes and issue a $103,000 fine. OSHA has cited North American discount chain Dollar Tree Stores Inc. for the second time in Delaware since late 2013 by OSHA after inspectors saw an employee struck by falling boxes during a visit to its New Castle store in June 2014. For willfully and repeatedly exposing workers to serious hazards there, OSHA has proposed penalties totaling $103,000. read more
  • Is Your Company a World Class Safety Organization?

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    Take the survey to see where your organization stands and where you stand compared to your peers.read more
  • Remembering Our Past: Photo Galleries That Look Back in Time at Work and Workers

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:04 am
    They say the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, and as philosopher George Santayana noted, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." read more
  • Trucking Industry Injury Rates and Costs Among the Highest

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:40 am
    Truck drivers have some of the highest rates of workplace injuries in Washington state, according to a new report from the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). Each year, one in every 13 truck drivers in the state of Washington has a work-related injury serious enough that they have to miss work for a period of time. A new report from the Department of Labor & Industries, “Trucking Industry: Examining Injuries for Prevention,” includes information to help employers target the hazards their employees are most likely to encounter. The new report covers the years 2006-2012 and…
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    MCS America ©

  • Toxic Beauty: How It Harms Salon Workers (and How You Can Help)

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:10 am
    Toxic Beauty: How It Harms Salon Workers (and How You Can Help)http://www.care2.com/greenliving/toxic-beauty-how-it-harms-salon-workers-and-how-you-can-help.html
  • Winthrop woman wants people to 'think before they stink'

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    Winthrop woman wants people to 'think before they stink'https://www.centralmaine.com/2014/11/19/winthrop-woman-wants-people-to-think-before-they-stink/
  • NEWS, Science, & Links Summary for the W/E 11/14/2014

    14 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    New support group for people with MCS in Montanta http://mtmcsconnect.wix.com/mtmcsconnect www.facebook.com/mtmcsconnect Dr Molot 12 May 2014 Conference at McGill University Women are more susceptible to the effects of the environment on health. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJDJBsOkqq4 Spain officially recognises Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, the condition of the 'bubble people' http://www.sensibilidadquimicamultiple.org/2014/09/spain-recognises-mcs-bubble-people-2014.html Electromagnetic hypersensitivity means Peter Lloyd can't leave his house... or enjoy any modern pleasures…
  • New support group for people with MCS in Montanta

    14 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    New support group for people with MCS in Montanta http://mtmcsconnect.wix.com/mtmcsconnect www.facebook.com/mtmcsconnect
  • Dr Molot 12

    14 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    Dr Molot 12 May 2014 Conference at McGill University Women are more susceptible to the effects of the environment on health.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJDJBsOkqq4 
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    Switchboard, from NRDC › Jennifer Sass's Blog

  • Home Depot and BJ's Wholesale Club take steps to limit or eliminate bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides in their nursery plants

    Jennifer Sass
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. Bees and gardeners win! Public pressure successfully pushed Home Depot to start requiring labelling of its nursery plants that are treated with bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. This means that we can read the label, and avoid buying these plants. That will save bees and other pollinators from carrying the pesticide-laced pollen and nectar back to the hive and contaminating the food for the whole hive, including the Queen and baby bees. Home Depot wasn’t the first. East Coast-based BJ’s Wholesale Club also went to its supply…
  • NRDC and hundreds of thousands of our members tell USDA and EPA to stand up for pollinators!

    Jennifer Sass
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. The USDA and EPA each hosted a “listening session” on pollinator health recently, where the public — beekeepers, farmers, pesticide manufacturing companies, environmental advocates like me, other public interest groups, etc — all get to stand up and tell the government what we think it should do in three minutes or less. USDA and EPA staff don’t respond — no questions, no comments, barely a blink of the eye — though it looked to me like they were taking notes for most of the time. NRDC had about a…
  • 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.
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    ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH news - Google News

  • Marion Public Health holiday closings - Marion Star

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:48 pm
    Marion Public Health holiday closingsMarion StarMARION – Due to the holidays, Marion Public Health will close at noon on Dec. 24 and remain closed Dec. 25 and Dec. 26. It will reopen at 8 a.m. Dec. 29. It will also be closed on Jan. 1 for the New Year's Day holiday. These closings will affect all
  • Remembering an environmental science pioneer - High Country News

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    KVNF Public RadioRemembering an environmental science pioneerHigh Country NewsEach one documented a report or study on endocrine disruption, linking the exposure to chemicals in the environment and consumer products to unnerving changes to the hormones, health and development of people and animals. One afternoon, Theo ...Remembering Theo Colborn: The Rachel Carson of My GenerationEnvironmental Working Group (blog)all 8 news articles »
  • Fine particulate air pollution linked with increased autism risk - HealthCanal.com

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    NBCNews.comFine particulate air pollution linked with increased autism riskHealthCanal.comOther HSPH authors of the study included lead author Raanan Raz, visiting scientist in the Department of Environmental Health; Andrea Roberts, research associate in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Kristen Lyall, visiting scientist Study links autism to air pollution exposure in pregnancyFort Wayne Journal GazetteSmog Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Autism RiskU.S. News & World ReportAutism and Air Pollution: New Study Bolsters Suspected LinkNBCNews.comMedical News Todayall 93 news…
  • State bans fracking, citing health and environmental concerns - Buffalo News

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    Buffalo NewsState bans fracking, citing health and environmental concernsBuffalo News“With today's decision, New Yorkers have received the greatest holiday gift we could ask for – clean air, clean water, and healthy communities,” said Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “Unlike the toy that Cuomo on fracking ban: Health risks outweighed jobsUSA TODAYNew York's Gov. Cuomo Bans Fracking in the State, Citing Health Concerns The Weather ChannelNew York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheerWKRC TV Cincinnatiall 971 news…
  • France's Front National Launch 'Patriotic' Environmental Movement - Newsweek

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    NewsweekFrance's Front National Launch 'Patriotic' Environmental MovementNewsweekAt the Front National congress in Lyon, New Ecology's leader Philippe Murer said that environmental, health and geopolitical issues have come into focus for the party, saying: “Respect for the environment and ecology are very important to the NF
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    Media Notes

  • 2015 duPont award winners.

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism announced 14 winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. Award winners included The Seattle Times' large multimedia project on ocean acidification and the documentary Virunga, which examined environmental issues in the forested depths of eastern Congo. Columbia Journalism School.
  • Visualizing the story data can tell.

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    Scientists and technologists are turning numbers about everything from condors to ocean-floor contours into visual representations of environmental issues. Mary Catherine O'Connor, Ensia.
  • News media #fail: Storms DID ease California’s historic drought. but erasing it could take years.

    14 Dec 2014 | 5:46 am
    If you’ve been following news reports about California’s epic drought in the aftermath of the recent storms there, it would be understandable if you’ve found yourself perplexed.Tom Yulsman, Discover.
  • Instagram is getting so good at news, it should scare Twitter.

    12 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Instagram owes its growing role as a news service to the rise of photos as a form of communication. They’re faster to take and often easier to decode. Jessi Hempel, Wired.
  • Judge sets hearing on Blankenship case gag order.

    12 Dec 2014 | 3:14 am
    A federal judge has scheduled a hearing for next week on an effort by The Charleston Gazette and other news outlets who challenged a gag order she issued in former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship’s criminal case. Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette.
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    Toxicology News

  • Teen Dares Include Holiday Baking Ingredients, Says Loyola Toxicologist

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Newswise - Watch your kitchen cupboards this season as thrill seekers look to common holiday baking ingredients for a rise - cinnamon, nutmeg and even marshmallows are the primary ingredients in an increasingly popular and high-risk game of "chicken." "The envelope is always being pushed to create something new that will get attention, potentially create a druglike effect and can pass under the radar of law enforcers," said Christina Hantsch, MD, toxicologist, Department of Emergency Medicine at Loyola University Health System.
  • Lewiston to tackle lead paint problem

    10 Dec 2014 | 1:56 am
    Lewiston City Manager Ed Barrett says the city, along with medical and community organizations, will use federal grants totaling more than $3 million to tackle the problem. He says the city was spurred to action because the lead poisoning rate for children in Lewiston is three times the state average.
  • New Advances in Oral Fluid Testing Could Answer Questions that Urine Drug Testing Leaves Unanswered

    1 Dec 2014 | 4:10 pm
    At the meeting, Naum Shaparin, MD, a pain medicine specialist at Montefiore Hospital, was presented an award as one of the top new studies that was presented during the annual conference. A poster presentation titled, "Prescription Compliance Monitoring of Plasma Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Morphine Concentration Ranges in Patients at Steady State from Measured Oral Fluid Levels," which focuses on the development of dose correlations using oral fluid testing on patients undergoing chronic oxycodone therapy, was delivered by Shaparin.
  • E-cigarette poisoning calls on the rise

    1 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    As the popularity of electronic cigarettes has soared, so too have the number of liquid nicotine poisoning calls to the Washington Poison Center. As of Nov. 11, the poison center has received 154 calls regarding liquid nicotine exposure this year.
  • Mother trusted doctor because he was globally recognised, Medical Council trial told

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:14 pm
    The mother of a boy said to have been improperly diagnosed with heavy metal poisoning had trusted a doctor who made the diagnosis because of his link to an international medical board, regulators heard. The woman, known in court as Madame A, said she accepted the advice and instruction of Dr Michael Yeung Lok-yin as he was one of five poisoning experts recognised by the International Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology.
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    toxicology news - Google News

  • No obvious cause of death for Bend jail inmate; officials awaiting toxicology ... - Daily Journal

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    No obvious cause of death for Bend jail inmate; officials awaiting toxicology Daily JournalBEND, Oregon — The autopsy on a Deschutes County Jail inmate who died hours after his arrest showed no obvious physical cause of death. KTVZ reports (http://bit.ly/1xkXNlC ) officials are awaiting the results of toxicology tests, which take about a month.
  • Society of Toxicology Announces 2015 Best Toxicological Paper Award - Newswise (press release)

    11 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    Society of Toxicology Announces 2015 Best Toxicological Paper AwardNewswise (press release)Newswise — Reston, Va.; December 11, 2014 — Scientists from the US Environmental Protection Agency, Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, and Bruce Allen Consulting are being honored for publishing the best paper in Toxicological Sciences during ...
  • Society Announces Recipients of 2015 Toxicology Education, Student, and ... - Newswise (press release)

    10 Dec 2014 | 9:32 am
    Society Announces Recipients of 2015 Toxicology Education, Student, and Newswise (press release)Newswise — Reston, Va.; December 10, 2014 — The Society of Toxicology (SOT) — the world's largest and preeminent association representing the field of toxicology — is honoring dozens of students, educators, and scientists from around the world
  • Medical Examiner Investigator: Tom Bearson Toxicology Report Taking Longer ... - WDAY

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:04 pm
    WDAYMedical Examiner Investigator: Tom Bearson Toxicology Report Taking Longer WDAYAn investigator for the examiner's office says Bearson's autopsy was complete in September and is pending the toxicology screen. She adds toxicology reports usually take four to six weeks and extra tests could be holding up the final results. Moorhead
  • No Toxicology Test in Deadly Crash Raising Questions About Reports - WJBF-TV

    8 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    WJBF-TVNo Toxicology Test in Deadly Crash Raising Questions About ReportsWJBF-TVThe Warren County Deputy Coroner Sandra Yelton said no toxicology test could be done because she couldn't draw blood from the victims. No autopsies are being performed in this case, so the GBI Crime Lab would only accept the blood sample for testing.No toxicology tests to be administered in fatal McDuffie County wreckThe Augusta ChronicleUPDATE | Names released of 4 killed, 1 critical in head-on collisionWRDW-TVall 18 news articles »
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  • Mold Removal and Containment Miami, FL 305-856-1333

    6 Dec 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Service Max Cleaning & Restoration is a full…http://bit.ly/1yWYFuP
  • Faint Heart

    6 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    Lord, what does the future hold? Can I trust my heart in stepping forward? My faint heart so frail It requires Your strength to prevail Noting otherwise It would run and hide You have a profound purpose Perfect for my service Molding, shaping, rewriting To what is ensuingly exciting Leaving piqued parts That did not impart Gripping them with familiarity Now releasing to embrace verity The warmth of His hand Cherished as I step into His commands The strength of His right arm Entwined in my heart
  • Melt Me, Mold Me

    5 Dec 2014 | 5:21 pm
    A sermon based on Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 and Isaiah 64:1-9 preached on November 30th, 2104 Sermon audio The season of Advent is among us. Today is the first day of the Christian year as well as the first Sunday in Advent. Advent is a journey through the darkness knowing that there is light up ahead. In Advent, we join the magi in their search for the Christ child—yes, there’s a star up above us, ahead of us—a dim but large light, but in order to see it more clearly—to see the One to whom it points, we have to travel through the dimness, we have to wait for that light to grow brighter and…
  • Indoor Air Pollution

    TP Mechanical
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Presented by TP Mechanical | Provided by HORAN The mention of air pollution often brings to mind images of city streets packed with cars or a pollen-laden spring breeze. However, indoor air pollution can be as much of a problem as outdoor pollution. A few sources of indoor air pollution include the following: Tobacco smoke Mold, pollen and pet dander Radon and carbon monoxide Household products such as cleaners, paint thinners and glue The effects of indoor air pollution can range from mild discomfort to the development of diseases such as respiratory ailments and cancer. Young children,…
  • Askew kebabs on cold coals of Contradiction

    5 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
    The film streamed A cosmos of bit-map data, lining eyes with tissue paper and hallmark puns cringey and callous calm and collected actors acted acting and feet stayed as feet stamping to beats of a banshee Lungs gasping for momentary loss of interest to provide some sort of relief from an influx of ingenuity symphonies of scissors cut precisely, a string of paper dolls chirping poetry from inky lipstick virgin lips and above average FB likes Emotions splatter from pan to plate and co-create messy melodies ripe and ready to grow mould Can love be confused for admiration? Or does admiration…
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  • Documenting Your Pregnancy Tastefully

    Harry Spence
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Pregnancy can be an amazing and exciting time — especially if it’s your first pregnancy and you have worked so hard to make it happen. By documenting your pregnancy, you can share your experience with your friends and family, and even the little bundle of joy when he or she is old enough. There are several ways that you can document these precious days, some of which are simple and low-tech, and others that are a bit more creative and high-tech. Low-Tech: The Pregnancy Journal A simple written journal can help you keep all of your thoughts clear, and work through any concerns you…
  • How to you boost your confidence in the bedroom

    Harry Spence
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
    We all want to enjoy a healthy, fulfilling sex life. However, this is often easier said than done and a big barrier to sexual pleasure is a lack of confidence. If your self-esteem in the bedroom is low, you might find it impossible to enjoy yourself between the sheets. The good news is, by following a few simple tips, you should be able to boost your confidence.   Take advantage of relevant treatments One major stumbling block when it comes to enjoying sex is erectile dysfunction (ED). If you suffer from this problem, you might dread going to bed with your partner rather than look…
  • Caring for Your Baby’s Skin. 4 Ways to Ensure Your Child’s Skin Stays Beautiful

    Harry Spence
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    One of the joys of parenthood is the feeling of holding your baby close and enjoying the feel of perfect skin against your own. This feeling rapidly disappears if your child suffers from one of the many baby’s skin ailments they are at risk of, and that is why it is so important to be aware of how to help your baby keep its skin healthy. Your doctor or midwife should give you advice about this soon after leaving the hospital (if not before), but just in case you are still in the dark about the best things to do, and the things to avoid, here are some suggestions that will help you care for…
  • In a long distance relationship? Need tips?

    Harry Spence
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
    Being in a long term relationship, you cannot hug your partner regularly, but you can make their day in a number of ways. For example, visit www.overstock.com, use this coupon and get an amazing gift delivered to their doorstep. This should be done on a regular basis, but overdoing it might not be appreciated. So, plan for the occasion and find a suitable gift for your special partner. Like this, there are a number of tips given below. Use it and get closer to your partner.   Have a device that is good enough to communicate Well, if you know that you will communicate with your partner on…
  • Ideas for Pre-Wedding Celebrations

    Harry Spence
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    A wedding is a stressful thing to organise. It can seem like the to-do list keeps getting longer and the budget bigger. Everyone involved in planning a wedding, from the bride and groom to the mothers and fathers, needs a little treat before the big day arrives – if only to prevent complete wedding burnout! There are hen parties and stag parties for the bride and groom, but what if you want something a little different for all the family? Check out these ideas for pre-wedding parties and celebrations with style. Food and Drink Festivities A pre-wedding celebration will be a great success if…
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    Inter Press Service » Environment

  • Climate Neutrality – the Lifeboat Launched by Lima

    Diego Arguedas Ortiz
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    Activists demand that the COP20 government delegates approve measures to foment investment in renewable energies and eliminate their huge subsidies for fossil fuels. Credit: Joshua Wiese/IPSBy Diego Arguedas OrtizLIMA, Dec 8 2014 (IPS)Packed into stifling meeting rooms in the Peruvian capital, delegates from 195 countries are trying to find a path that would make it possible for the planet to reach climate neutrality in the second half of this century – the only way to avoid irreversible damage, scientists warn.Climate neutrality is defined as no net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, achieved…
  • OPINION: Addressing Climate Change Requires Real Solutions, Not Blind Faith in the Magic of Markets

    Kristen Lyons
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:41 am
    “The darker side of green” – plantation at Bukaleba, Uganda. Credit: Kristen LyonsBy Kristen LyonsBRISBANE, Dec 8 2014 (IPS)Norwegians know something of life in a climate change world. Migratory birds arrive earlier in spring, trees come into leaf before previously expected, and palsa mires (wetlands) are being lost as permafrost thaws.Norwegians are currently waiting while geologists try to predict if, and when, Mount Mannen might collapse, destroying homes in its path, after torrential rain in the region.Kristen LyonsAccording to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),…
  • “Indigenous Peoples Are the Owners of the Land” Say Activists at COP20

    Milagros Salazar
    6 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    The clamor of indigenous peoples for recognition of their ancestral lands resounded among the delegates of 195 countries at the climate summit taking place in the Peruvian capital. “I want my land…that’s where I live and eat, and it’s where my saintly grandparents lie,” Diana Ríos shouted with rage. The 21-year-old Asháninka woman is the […]
  • “What’s Good for Island States Is Good for the Planet”

    Desmond Brown
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    A group of activists at the COP20 climate change meeting in Lima. Credit: Desmond Brown/IPSBy Desmond BrownLIMA, Dec 5 2014 (IPS)The lead negotiator for an inter-governmental organisation of low-lying coastal and small island countries doesn’t mince words. She says the new international climate change treaty being drafted here at the ongoing U.N. Climate Change Conference “is to ensure our survival”.Ngedikes “Olai” Uludong of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) told IPS she is hoping for “an agreement that takes into account all the actions we put in, ensures…
  • Indonesia’s New President Promises to Put Peat Before Palm Oil

    Jeff Conant
    5 Dec 2014 | 10:33 am
    Indonesian President Joko Widodo (right) and Walhi Executive Director Abetnego Tarigan (centre) come to Sungai Tohor village. Credit: Walhi/Friends of the Earth IndonesiaBy Jeff ConantJAKARTA, Dec 5 2014 (IPS)Last week, Indonesia’s new president, Joko Widodo, ordered the country’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry to review the licenses of all companies that have converted peatlands to oil palm plantations.If the ministry follows through, this will be one of the most important actions the Indonesian government can take to begin truly reining in the destruction reaped by the palm…
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    Dr Robert Muller - The Zeitgeist is Changing

  • Lima Climate Agreement: Experts React

    Dr Robert Muller
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:49 am
    Stabilizing the atmospheric concentration of CO 2 at a constant level would require emissions to be effectively eliminated (Wikipedia)by Ian McGregor, University of Technology, Sydney; Nigel Martin, Australian National University, and Peter Burdon After running long past its scheduled finish time, the United Nations Lima climate talks finally delivered an agreement on Sunday that should see all countries, not just developed ones, pledge to cut their emissions after 2020.But the deal still leaves much uncertainty and could reduce the amount of scrutiny that countries' climate plans will…
  • 'Future Earth' Platform Outlines Global Change Strategy

    Dr Robert Muller
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Photo Credit: APby Mark Kinver Environment reporter, BBC News: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30277519 A global initiative bringing together scientists across different disciplines has launched its strategy to identify key priorities for sustainability.The document outlines what Future Earth, launched at the 2012 Rio +20 Summit, hopes to contribute towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It has identified eight global challenges, including "water, energy and food for all" and decarbonisation. The strategy also focuses on the roles of policymakers and funding bodies. "Future…
  • How Solar Power Could Slay the Fossil Fuel Empire by 2030

    Dr Robert Muller
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:43 pm
    A 1906 gasoline engine (Photo: Wikipedia)by Nafeez Ahmed, Motherboard: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/how-solar-power-could-slay-the-fossil-fuel-empire-by-2030​In just 15 years, the world as we know it will have transformed forever. The ​age of oil, gas, coal and nuclear will be over.A new age of clean power and smarter cars will fundamentally, totally, and permanently disrupt the existing fossil fuel-dependent industrial infrastructure in a way that even the most starry-eyed proponents of ‘green energy’ could never have imagined.  These are not the airy-fairy hopes…
  • Bringing Back Resilience: Toolkit Empowers Communities to Protect Their Environments

    Dr Robert Muller
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:46 am
    Bioversity International (Photo: Wikipedia)by Water Land Ecosystems, CGIAR: http://wle.cgiar.org/blog/2014/12/10/bringing-back-resilience-toolkit-empowers-communities-protect-environments/They are called dehesa in Spanish, ahupua’a in Hawaiian, and satoyama in Japanese, and now Bioversity International and its partners are proposing a new, less poetic, but more internationally sounding, name: Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SELPS). Still confused? We’re talking about the kinds of landscapes in which people and nature coexist in mutually beneficial harmony.Throughout…
  • Why This United Nations Climate Summit Is Crucially Important

    Dr Robert Muller
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:33 pm
    (Photo: Presidencia Perú/flickr CC 2.0)by John Light, Moyers and Company: http://billmoyers.com/2014/12/03/u-n-climate-summit-especially-important/  Thousands of diplomats from around the world are gathering this week in Lima, Peru, in the latest round of wrangling over a deal to address climate change.  This two-week conference is the “COP20″ - the 20th conference of parties to the UN’s 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change.Yes, we’ve had a lot of these climate-related UN summits - one every year, in fact, plus the summit in New York…
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    Plastic Bag Ban Report

  • Plastic Bag Ban Calendar

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

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

    Ted Duboise
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    San Mateo County, California, October 29, 2014 (PBBR) – On April 22, 2013, the County of San Mateo, California implemented a Reusable Bag Ordinance. Most jurisdictions in the county also adopted the ordinance. A year and a half later, surveys prove that the Ordinance has garnered dramatic results. The San Mateo County Environmental Health staff […]
  • Plastic Industry Will Fight SB 270

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

  • Fireplace Efficiency Tips

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

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

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

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

  • Help Us Make the World A Better Place

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

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

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

    4 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    Thanks for RSVPing to watch the free stream of Toxic Hot Seat. Go here to receive the streaming link by 9am EST December 1st. This link is available all week and will allow you to watch Toxic Hot Seat as many times as you like between December 1-7.
  • Because Caring is Not Enough

    4 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    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.
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    Aarons EnvironMental Corner.....

  • Yargis – the fast-paced, homebrewed space shooter

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Yargis is a spaceship shoot-em-up (or space shooter) that has you plying the galaxy to save planets and blow up bad guys. You gain credits and experience to build bigger and better ships and add them to your arsenal (er.. hangar). You’re tasked with taking on the Mukka, an unknown alien species bent on attacking Earth. You, of course, are Yargis, protector of Earth, tasked with uncovering the plot and putting a stop to it. The game is part nostalgia and part modern. If you remember playing space shooters back in the 1990s in the arcade or on your x86, you’ll love the look and feel…
  • Jumbo Grande Car Sunshade

    5 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    We live at high altitude and sunshades are a must for our cars – both to keep them cooler during the day and to help fading resistance. I love this sunshade because it’s HUGE. Huge as in GIGANTIC. As in JUMBO GRANDE. (See what I did there?) We have a minivan, which has large windows (of course) and they stretch for most of the vehicle at front, back, and sides. We have a front and rear window shade that work great, but for the side windows.. Well, some serious rigging would have been required had I not discovered these huge things. One on each side and.. viola! We keep them up…
  • Lemon Zester and Cheese Grater awesomeness

    5 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    I’m kind of a food nerd. I like gadgets, I like cooking, and I like having gadgets that help me cook. I’ve had several zesters like this in the past and up to now, have found that the standby (but bulky) four-way grater/zester has been the best choice for me. Handheld graters like this one seem to always break in my hands, eventually, or get warped/bent from use. Not this one. It’s awesome. The handle is easy to grip, so grating at high angles, which saves it from bending, is easy. It’s also sharp and has proven itself to stay that way with use. I’ve had this…
  • Vitamin B12 Vegetarian Gummies

    1 Dec 2014 | 10:19 pm
    What’s better than taking vitamins? Taking vitamins that are gummy bears! What’s Vitamin B12 good for? Energy levels and mental health. What’s better than getting plenty of B12? Getting other vitamins as a bonus. All of that is true with these gummy vitamins, which are vegetarian, gluten free, gelatin free, and have no artificial flavors. They’re meant specifically for vegetarians, who are often low in B12, but can be taken by anyone. You take three of these delicious little gummy bears a day and get a full days’ supply of B12 plus Vitamins A, C, D, E, B6, B9,…
  • TrueSynergy Vitamin D3

    1 Dec 2014 | 9:58 pm
    It should be clear by now that our house is a big believer in Vitamin D. During the winter months, however, it’s tough to get enough sunlight to take care of business, so we turn to supplements. Like this one, which is an excellent Vitamin D3 source in softgels that are easy to take and have no aftertaste or “burp” factor. Vitamin D-3 softgels supply this key vitamin in a highly-absorbable liquid softgel form. Vitamin D is normally obtained from the diet or produced by the skin from the ultra-violet energy of the sun. However, it is not abundant in food. As more people avoid…
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  • Mercury Pollution in Mining

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:42 am
    For one gram of gold produced artisanal gold miners dumps about two grams of liquid mercury into the environment. Together, the world's 15 to 20 million illegal gold miners release about 2000 tons of mercury into the environment every year, or 45 percent of man-made mercury pollution to the environment. Artisanal gold mining is truly the leading global mercury pollution of caused to the environment, ahead of water power plants.http://www.world-mining.com/2014/12/mercury-pollution-in-mining.html
  • Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:32 am
    Approximately 15 million people in more than 70 countries earn their livelihoods through artisanal and small-scale (ASM) gold mining. While the sector is an essential source of wealth in the informal economy, most ASM activities are unregulated and may be undertaken without adequate regard for the health and safety of the miners or for the environmenthttp://www.lundingold.com/s/csr.asp?ReportID=687774&_Type=Corporate-Social-Responsibility&_Title=Artisanal-and-Small-Scale-Mining
  • Indigenous communities 'among the very few best protectors' of Peruvian Amazon

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
    Small-scale gold mining often involves the use of mercury, a neurotoxin, to separate ore from substrate. In 2011 alone, nearly 1,400 tons of mercury was used for gold mining, making it the world’s largest source of environmental mercury pollution. Oil and natural gas extraction, too, often releases dangerously high levels of heavy metals into rivers, according to the report. And the roads that these industries build, while a boon for commerce, tend to perpetuate a cycle of forest destruction. “A huge impact of the roads is the migration it causes,” said Robert Guimaraes,…
  • The Minamata Convention on Mercury: Contents, Guidance, and Resources

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:16 am
    Mercury moves around the world in three key ways. First, it is actively traded as a global commodity, often for uses like artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) in the developing world, where substantial mercury releases into the environment are routine. Second, airborne mercury, from burning coal for instance, can travel great distances before being deposited in waterways. Mercury released in Asia, for example, can circle the globe and enter American lakes and rivers. Third, once mercury enters a waterway, the natural bacteria can absorb it and convert it to a more toxic form: methyl…
  • How the Nobel Committee Could Help Fight Conflict Gold

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:48 am
    Jewelers are increasingly careful about the origins of their gold for two main reasons. The first is the link between gold and armed conflict.  Since 1998, a war in eastern Congo fueled by gold mining has claimed more than 5 million lives. The contribution of gold to the conflict is so substantial that a new U.S. law, which went into effect this year, requires some publicly traded U.S. companies to disclose whether the gold in their products could have contributed to the war.The other reason is that gold mining is plagued by serious labor and environmental abuses. Industrial gold mining…
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  • Finding Health Insurance on Your Own vs. Getting Assistance from an Agency

    2 Dec 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Health insurance is a necessity for many and it should be something that everyone carries. Having health insurance could be the only thing that saves you from paying a countless amount of money when a doctor appointment is needed or an emergency happens where hospitalization is needed. When a person suffers from long-term health issues, it is crucial that they have health insurance to help cover doctor appointments, tests and whatever else they may need on a regular basis to assure their health. It is possible for a person to find their own health insurance. However, it takes a lot of…
  • Android Mirroring With Mobizen

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    Mobizen is one of the best and must have an android application for your android Smartphone or android tablet or any other android device. This app helps users to completely control all functions and features of their android Smartphone or tablets remotely through their computer either they are plugged in via USB or wirelessly over your mobile carrier or wifi etc. This best and amazing feature just only came up in mobizen android app which is available on Google Play Store and users can start taking advantage of it.It has some awesome and amazing features that are mentioned below and you…
  • 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…
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    Small Footprint Family

  • 12 Eco Friendly Holiday Tips

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

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

    Dawn Gifford
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Regardless of the holiday you celebrate in December, ’tis the season for… COOKIES!  I just love a good cookie, don’t you? But if you or your loved ones are gluten-free, dairy-free, or both like we are, it can be challenging to find cookies to make (and give as gifts) that fit your dietary needs and still taste good. So here are 24 delicious, allergy-friendly cookie recipes that are so darned yummy, no one will know the difference! Tips for Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Baking Substitutions Most of these cookie recipes call for coconut flour (I use this one.)…
  • Breaking the Ice Without Scorching the Earth

    Dawn Gifford
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:35 pm
    In many parts of the country this week, streets and walkways are covered in snow and ice, and everyone is using salt, sand and other chemical de-icers to make their streets safe for travel. But not all de-icers are alike, and some are downright harmful to your pets, your children and your local streams and rivers.   Why Conventional De Icing Salt is Dangerous Urea, potassium nitrate (KNO3), rock salt, table salt (NaCl), and baking soda are common de-icers that are cheap and do a good job of melting ice. But when the snow melts and rain falls in the spring, the salts and nitrates in…
  • Black Friday Sale – Up to 80% Off Natural Living and Health E-Books

    Dawn Gifford
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Whether you are holiday shopping on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday, you don’t have to beat the crowds to get a good deal. I’ve teamed up with my friends and fellow health and natural living bloggers to bring you ridiculous discounts in the comfort of your home!  Every Book and Meal Plan is 50%-80% Off! From November 28 – December 2, my eBook Sustainability Starts at Home – How to Save Money While Saving the Planet is on sale for 67% percent off! At just $2.64, you can send multiple copies to your friends and help all of them save a ton of…
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    News from the Goldman Environmental Prize

  • Indigenous Communities Disappointed by Underwhelming Outcome at COP20 in Lima

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Representatives from nearly 200 countries gathered in Lima, Peru at the beginning of December for the final round of climate negotiations before the Paris Climate Summit in 2015.While some supporters applauded the negotiations as the first time all nations have agreed to reduce carbon emissions, the general consensus suggests that Lima was yet another missed opportunity for meaningful action to be taken on addressing climate change.A report from Democracy Now said, “The countries most dissatisfied with the outcome in Lima were those who are poor and already struggling to rebuild from the…
  • Guest Blog and Q&A from 2011 Goldman Prize Winner Francisco Pineda

    10 Dec 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Living under the constant threat of assassination, Francisco Pineda was awarded the Goldman Prize in 2011 for courageously leading a citizens’ movement that stopped a gold mine owned by OceanaGold (formerly Pacific Rim) from destroying El Salvador’s dwindling water resources and the livelihoods of rural communities throughout the country.Gold mining is notoriously damaging to the environment. Mine operators often employ a process known as cyanide leeching, whereby cyanide, a highly toxic chemical, is mixed with water pulled from local supplies and applied to rock deposits to extract the…
  • 30 Years Later: Still Fighting for Victims of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy

    3 Dec 2014 | 11:41 am
    On the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak that killed 20,000 and injured more than 150,000 in Bhopal, India, we are spotlighting 2004 Goldman Prize winners Rashida Bee and Champa Devi Shukla, who led a class action suit demanding cleanup and compensation for affected individuals.Devi Shukla lost her husband and three sons on the night of the accident, and her daughter has given birth to two children with developmental abnormalities. Bee lost her sister and three nieces due to respiratory illnesses resulting from the accident.In the ten years since winning the Goldman Prize…
  • Prize Winners Gather in Korea for 2014 Green Asia Forum

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    The 2014 Green Asia Forum took place October 31 – November 4, aboard the Peace & Green Boat in South Korea. As in previous years, several Goldman Prize winners were in attendance, including MC Mehta, Von Hernandez and Pisit Charnsnoh.Yul Choi, 1995 Goldman Prize winner and president of the Korea Green Foundation, the forum’s main sponsor, gave the welcome speech at the forum’s opening ceremony.The Green Asia Forum was launched in May 2012 to bring Asian activists together to act against the rapid degradation of the environment in the Asia-Pacific region. Eight Goldman Prize…
  • Fatima Jibrell Honored with UNEP Champions of the Earth Award

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:51 pm
    2002 Goldman Prize recipient Fatima Jibrell recently hosted a funder’s briefing at the Goldman Prize office in San Francisco to educate potential donors about the recent work of her organization Adeso (formerly Horn of Africa Relief and Development Organization).Jibrell founded Adesso in the early 1990’s after civil war and famine broke out in Somalia and she was compelled to do something about what was happening to her land and her people.Over the next decade, she focused on helping Somalia’s pastoralists, who traditionally relied on grazing their livestock in the country’s sparsely…
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    Sustainable Green Homes »

  • What Does Sustainability Look Like?

    David Guion
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:50 am
    It’s easy enough to find definitions of the principles and goals of sustainability. It is less easy to envision what actions either promote or hinder achievement of sustainability. The International Brundtland Commission Report of 1987 issued a widely quoted definition: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” I often say that it means practices we can continue indefinitely without causing harm to the environment, the economy, or to people. But how can we…
  • Engineered Eats: Labeling GMOs In The U.S.

    David Guion
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:26 am
    Infographic. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have raised a lot of controversy and fear lately. So far, no one has proved that they are either safe or dangerous. The rhetoric goes beyond the science. I have been collecting information in order to present some clarity, but I haven’t had the chance to study it yet. In the mean time, I have received the following infographic on GMOs. It raises the issue of letting consumers know if food contains GMOs. As it is, the food we buy at the grocery must identify its ingredients. Why not identify GMOs? Courtesy of: Infographic World The post…
  • Gorgeous Sea Glass dinnerware, made from recycled glass: a review

    David Guion
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:14 am
    Have you ever been to the beach and found bits of glass? The sea smoothes out rough edges and gives the glass a sheen like nothing else. “Sea Glass” is the name of a line of dinnerware made from recycled glass, mostly post-industrial waste. It captures both the sheen and the whimsical shapes of glass shaped by ocean waves. Do you like your dinnerware formal and elegant? Or does your taste run to whimsical? Sea Glass recycled glass dinnerware comes in 10 shapes and 8 colors. You can choose one of 5 combination sets or mix and match colors in any way that suits your fancy. Whatever…
  • 27 Ways Not to Be Inundated With Trash at Home

    David Guion
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    On average everyone in America (including babies) generates as much at 5 pound of trash every day! How can that be? For every garbage can emptied at the curb, the amount of waste generated by obtaining raw materials (including oil and gas used for energy) and manufacturing processes of creating finished products and packaging create the equivalent of 71 garbage cans of waste. Estimates of how much garbage each household generates includes its share of the production and distribution chain. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection estimates that if everyone reduced their trash…
  • 12 little eco friendly habits that make a big difference

    David Guion
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    Eco friendly lifestyle choices like trying to eliminate plastic from your life can seem monumental. Did you know that you can influence the environment for good or ill with habits that seem insignificant? Tiny changes add up over time, especially as more and more people make them. It takes only a month of mindful attention to make a new habit. Then you don’t even have to think about it. For example, fasten your seat belt before you start your car. That’s a small part of an overall goal of reducing idling by five minutes a day. Five minutes a day of idling can use a full tank of…
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    Conserve Energy Future

  • Is Global Warming Real? Top 5 Arguments in Favor and Against it

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:47 am
    Is Global Warming Real? Global warming is a hot topic these days. Debate over global warming has been going all around the world. While few consider as it biggest challenge of all times, others consider it as a climate shift that occurred in early 90’s and have fallen flat since then. Those who believe it have their own scientific reasons to back their claims, others have their own reasons to disregard their theory. Understanding global warming and its impact is important to meet the challenges pose by it. If you want to start a lively conversation going the next time you are out among…
  • What are the Major Biomes of the World?

    13 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    What is a Biome? Biomes are those regions of this planet where plants, animals, insects and people live in a particular type of environment. While hot and humid biome, called the tropical rainforest exists, in Brazil, the frosty biome, called the Arctic tundra, exists in Alaska. The flora and fauna are adapted to that particular temperature and any small change in temperature can lead to increase or decrease of a certain species of plant or animal. The climate and geography of a region determines what kind of biome can exist there. The plants and animals living in each biome are as different…
  • Australian Researchers Transform Solar Power to Electricity

    10 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    Australian Researchers Transform Solar Power to Electricity with more than 40% Conversion Solar Panels aren’t just becoming cheaper as the years go by. They’re also becoming more and more efficient. Converting solar energy into electricity isn’t a perfect technology yet. That’s why when some researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) were able to convert more than 40% of solar power into electricity, scientists considered the result a milestone. According to reports, the technology used by the Australian researchers consisted of a custom optical bandpass filter that…
  • What is Environmental Education and What are its Components?

    4 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    What is Environmental Education? Environmental Education (EE) is a methodology in which people pick up familiarity with their surroundings and secure learning, abilities, values, experiences, and passion, all of which will empower them to act – separately and aggregately – to take care of present and future environmental issues. It is the study of relationship and interactions between natural and human systems. In short, environmental education is provided so that people can have a better understanding of the world around them and know how to take care of it properly so that the…
  • What are Top 25 Environmental Concerns?

    28 Nov 2014 | 12:51 am
    Environmental Concerns Our Mother Earth is currently facing lot of environmental concerns. The environmental problems like global warming, acid rain, air pollution, urban sprawl, waste disposal, ozone layer depletion, water pollution, climate change and many more affect every human, animal and nation on this planet. Over the last few decades, the exploitation of our planet and degradation of our environment have  gone up at an alarming rate. As our actions have been not in favor of protecting this planet, we have seen natural disasters striking us more often in the form of flash floods,…
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    Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal

  • Automotive Shops and Used Oil Waste: FAQs

    Michael Manouel
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
    Automotive Shops and Used Oil Waste: FAQs   If you manage an automotive repair facility or maintenance shop, you may have some questions concerning the safe disposal of used oil, used oil filters, contaminated fluids, and other waste streams that are generated in your shop day-to-day. A few of these questions might be: What does […] The post Automotive Shops and Used Oil Waste: FAQs appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Paging Doctors and Dentists: It’s Time to Talk About X-Ray Waste

    Michael Manouel
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Paging Doctors and Dentists: It’s Time to Talk About X-Ray Waste   It’s so commonplace you might not even notice it, were it not for the heavy lead-lined apron you’re sometimes made to wear: If you’ve ever fractured a bone or had a bad cavity, the process of having an X-ray taken is routine procedure. […] The post Paging Doctors and Dentists: It’s Time to Talk About X-Ray Waste appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • The 3 Rules of Land Disposal Restrictions

    Michael Manouel
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:29 am
    The 3 Rules of Land Disposal Restrictions   In 1984, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) was updated to prevent the disposal of certain hazardous wastes on land. Out of this new rule came the Land Disposal Restrictions (LDR) program, which mandates that certain protective measures be taken before any hazardous waste is disposed […] The post The 3 Rules of Land Disposal Restrictions appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Calling All RCRA Wunderkinds: Test Your Regulatory IQ With This Fun Quiz

    Michael Manouel
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:32 am
    Calling All RCRA Wunderkinds: Test Your Regulatory IQ With This Fun Quiz   The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, also known as, RCRA (pronounced in acronym form as “reck-rah”) is a labyrinthine piece of legislation. If you work in the environmental sector or with hazardous waste (even in any cursory fashion), you are sure to […] The post Calling All RCRA Wunderkinds: Test Your Regulatory IQ With This Fun Quiz appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • 3 Steps to Building a Green Supply Chain

    Michael Manouel
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:36 am
    3 Steps to Building a Green Supply Chain   You listen to your customers. You read several newspapers a day, so you know all about corporate sustainability—how sustainable companies make record profits and are measurably more popular with the public. You and senior management have made the decision to switch to a leaner, more sustainable business […] The post 3 Steps to Building a Green Supply Chain appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
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  • Could these fungi make plastic edible for humans?

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Many plastic products can take thousands of years to break down, which means all the plastics we use-- such as single-use plastic bottles and bags-- present a major landfill problem, not to mention a pollution problem because many plastics can be toxic in the environment.
  • Enjoy a healthier night's sleep in this totally transparent house

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Several weeks after the dreaded act of falling back, you still might be struggling to properly adjust your internal clock — and come to terms with the fact that darkness now sets in at 4:30 in the afternoon.  
  • Stephen Colbert raffles off 'Report' set, raises $300K for charity

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:07 pm
    After almost 10 years of the self-described "well-intentioned, poorly informed, high-status idiot" that we all came to know and love as Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report," tonight marks the final goodbye. The real Stephen Colbert, who in reality is nothing like the fictional anchorman he plays, will next move on to replace David Letterman on CBS's "Tonight Show" in the fall of 2015.   
  • Twisted deadwood floats on rainbow-colored sand in this surreal photo

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    Photo: Scott Clark/MNN Flickr Group  
  • Is your goat happy? Here's how you can tell

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:23 am
    As urban farming has taken off and demand for goat cheese, goat milk and goat meat has increased, the number of goats in the world has understandably grown.   Today, there are nearly 900 million goats worldwide, up from 600 million in 1990.  
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  • 4 Steps to Dusting the Right Way

    Natalia Rex
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:44 am
    Some people cover nasty carpet stains with rugs or use air freshener to mask bad smells, but there’s no way to hide dust. It will eventually make itself known. Which is a good thing! Time to roll up your sleeves, put on some music and enjoy a little dusting. There’s a right way to dust, and these pointers will make dusting less time consuming, leave you with a cleaner space, and possibly help improve your indoor air quality. Microfiber is your friend If you haven’t used microfiber yet it’s a real shame, because it’s a hero in the world of fighting dust bunnies and grime. Microfiber…
  • What’s Your Biggest Office Pet Peeve?

    Natalia Rex
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
    What's the one thing that you wish wouldn't happen at work? Is it the smelly bathroom, sick coworkers or messy office? Maybe it's the loud talkers or messy refrigerator? Whatever it is, we want to know your biggest office pet peeve. Vote and find out what others picked. The post What’s Your Biggest Office Pet Peeve? appeared first on Coverall Official Blog | Commercial Cleaning Blog.
  • 10 Ways Your Janitor Should Be Like Santa

    Natalia Rex
    28 Nov 2014 | 11:45 pm
    What do you know about your janitor? If you don’t know much, you definitely can notice they’ve visited– the trash has been emptied and the floors are cleaner. This holiday season, do they remind you of someone? He has an important list – and checks it twice Dusting? Check. Vacuuming? Check. Trash bins? Check. Restrooms? Check. Lights out? Check. Door locked? Check. He works while you sleep So, you can come into work and find your office just the way you like it – clean and comfortable. He wears a special outfit You could spot him right away – sturdy shoes and a recognizable,…
  • 20 Things We’re Thankful For

    Natalia Rex
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:05 am
    Time to make a list and check it twice, and not for holiday gifts but for people, relationships, health, jobs and other things that bring a smile to our face. While we enjoy our Thanksgiving potluck at the Global Support Center and decorate our offices for the holidays, here are 20 things we’re thankful for this year: A fresh cup of coffee right before a meeting No accidents on the highway Place for your lunch in the fridge The CEO stopping by your office just to say hi. A day without technical glitches A restroom that smells fresh A microfiber towel within reach after a spill Your boss…
  • Why Veterans Lead in Small Business Ownership

    Natalia Rex
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    What do you picture when you think of veterans? When we picture veterans, independent franchised business owners comes to mind. Why? Did you know that veterans employ nearly 6 million workers and account for one of 10 small businesses in the US? As a whole, veteran small business owners are 45% more likely to be self-employed than non-veterans. When becoming a small-business owner, you rely on discipline and leadership to operate a business. And, a military background provides experience with structured environments and process-oriented methods – two important skills that can help you in…
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  • Vicks Humidifier Reviews 2015 – Which is the Best Vicks Humidifier to Buy

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Vicks Humidifier Reviews, Ratings, Consumer reports 2014 – 2015 If you always wake up with a sore throat, if you always get zapped by static electricity, maybe it’s time to get some moisture into your room. It’s especially the case during the winter season, when the heating system tend to dry out the air and cause some uncomfortable conditions. A Vicks Humidifier is just what you need. Our post of Vicks humidifier products today will include Vicks cool mist humidifier… Continue Reading ›› The post Vicks Humidifier Reviews 2015 – Which is the Best Vicks Humidifier…
  • Is Second Hand Smoke Bad for Dogs? – Pets and Secondhand Smoke

    12 Dec 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Is Cigarette Smoke Bad for Dogs? —- Are you listening? Your pets are saying: “No! Secondhand smoke!” It’s almost known to everybody that secondhand smoke is harmful to human body causing numerous grisly diseases. Health authorities release that thousands of non-smokers are dying from secondhand smoke every year. However, only a few know that secondhand smoke also has dangerous effects on pets. Or in some cases, people tend to ignore and underestimate the effects of secondhand smoke on pets. Yet… Continue Reading ›› The post Is Second Hand Smoke Bad for Dogs?
  • Best Humidifier and Reviews, Ratings, Consumer Reports 2014-2015

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:06 am
    The Guides of Choosing A Best Humidifier What Is The Best Humidifier? Our post here is for Humidifier reviews, to give you a better impression of humidifiers choosing. We will pick out some best rated humidifiers, and listed the main features and ratings and compare them, in the term of technology, including some ultrasonic humidifiers, cool mist humidifiers, warm mist humidifiers, and in the term of usage, some whole house humidifiers, some baby humidifiers, etc.. What is A Humidifier? How Does A Humidifier… Continue Reading ›› The post Best Humidifier and Reviews,…
  • Best Home Humidifier and Reviews 2014 – 2015

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Choosing Best Humidifiers for Home: Home Humidifier Reviews 2014 – 2015 Have you ever considered to get a humidifier for your home, especially when enormous unpleasant symptoms occur frequently, such as clapped lips, dry skins, flu infection, cough and forth. If you do have this inclination, you should get enough information about buying a home humidifier. There is much information available online about how to get the best home humidifier, you can have a reference. Personally, I have some suggestions about… Continue Reading ›› The post Best Home Humidifier and…
  • Holmes Humidifier Reviews, Ratings, Consumer Report

    4 Dec 2014 | 1:13 am
    Reviews for Holmes Ultrasonic Humidifier, Cool Mist, warm mist Humidifier This is a post for Holmes Humidifier Reviews, we will introduce Holmes ultrasonic humidifier review, warm mist humidifier, Holmes cool mist humidifier reviews one by one, at last we will cover some Holmes humidifier filters. Why we Choose A Holmes Holmes Humidifier? Humidifiers produced by Holmes are always affordable. Most of them are compact-designed and only for small to mid-sized rooms. Unlike humidifiers from other brands that are feature-full, a… Continue Reading ›› The post Holmes Humidifier…
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  • #TOP10 – The 10 Best Solar Oven For Efficient Cooking

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    #TOP10 – The 10 Best Solar Oven For Efficient Cooking. If you are the one who love to  go out to picnics so much, or the one who love to cook your food efficiently in your house ,Then you should be hearing of what so called solar cooking, if you are new to this expression ,it is actually pretty easy ,it means that you cook your food with the help of the sun, no fuel or gas or any stuff required. Actually the only device you can use  for applying solar cooking is Solar Oven. Solar oven is used for cooking pretty any type of food with the help of the sun only. So this…
  • How to Support Renewable Energy When On – Budget

    Heather Roberts
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    How to Support Renewable Energy When On – Budget. As the Eco – friendly lifestyle gained popularity, the prices of the renewable energy and the energy – efficient appliances are dropping. But they are considerably more expensive than the commercial methods. For most of the people, installing a solar panel is a commodity when it comes to costs. The external conditions, such as the weather characteristics in a certain place, play important role. Sometimes the house is situated in a shady area and there is not enough sunlight penetration. Maybe you are renting the place and you can’t…
  • Bamboo Tree – Renewable Energy Source and So Much More

    Ariel Bellamy
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    Bamboo Tree – Renewable Energy Source and So Much More. Long time ago, some significant changes in temperatures, air quality, and the quality of life on Earth in general were discovered.Over the centuries, people had enormous effect on the planet,and the results are not good. Pollution and global warming are just some of the problems that have occurred that have to be stopped immediately, or at least reduced. As people are trying to be more eco-friendly and save our planet from destruction, they started using different materials for clothing, furniture, heating,and one of the most…
  • What Does The Future Hold For Solar Energy?

    Edrick Hypolite
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
      What Does The Future Hold For Solar Energy? About 200 years back, wood was the primary source of energy. However, now we have several alternatives that include a fast growing array of renewable energy innovations including solar energy. The 21st century has seen solar power grow rapidly to become part of our daily life. From sun-powered homes to solar heated pools, many examples exist that clearly demonstrate the importance of using clean energy. Moreover, as concerns increase regarding the ugly effects of over-reliance on fossil fuels as well as the impending threat of exhausting…
  • Dead Trees And Sustainability

    Lillian Connors
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    Dead Trees And Sustainability. By being the “lungs of our planet”, trees are considered as one of the most important ecological factors which can affect global climate. In order to reduce raging global warming, it is highly recommended that we take additional precaution concerning preservation of these fragile species. In addition, the less people mess around their natural habitats, the ore likely they will be to preserve it. In most cases, the best way to help nature is to leave it to take care on its own. Habitat Dead wood is an important contributor for reducing negative effect of…
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