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  • Your Voice Is Needed to Keep Organic Strong

    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog
    Beyond Pesticides
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    (Beyond Pesticides, September 22, 2014)Help protect our farms and food from pesticides and genetically engineered organisms. Don’t let a weakened public process for organic standards, which looms large, roll back the progress we’ve made in growing organic production, and undermine public trust in the organic food label.The fall 2014 meeting dates for the National Organic Standards […]
  • NSC 2014: OSHA’s Expanded Notification Requirement Will Create ‘Teachable Moment,’ Michaels Says

    EHS Today
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    During the National Safety Council’s 2014 Congress and Expo in San Diego, Michaels asserted that the current rule doesn’t provide OSHA “the information we need.” When OSHA’s revised severe-injury reporting rule kicks in next year, OSHA Administrator Dr. David Michaels hopes the agency will be able to make inroads with a new set of employers. read more
  • House Republications Push Bill to Weaken Pesticide Regulations - H.R.5447

    Switchboard, from NRDC › Jennifer Sass's Blog
    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…
  • BCLI Commission Seats

    Urban Habitat
    Uma
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    State Seats The Secretary of State’s Language Access Advisory Committee for California: Noemi Gallardo (’14) Assemblyman Bonta’s BMOC Working Group: Calvin Williams (’14) AB 32 Environmental Justice Advisory Committee: Ryan Young (’12) Regional Seats BART Title VI and Environmental Justice Advisory Committee: Audrey Lee (’13), Sam Kang (’10) CA Insurance Diversity Task Force: Sam Kang (’10) Transbay Joint Powers Authority Citizens Advisory Committee: Mark Garcia (’13), Sandra Padilla (’12) San Francisco Seats Citizens’ Committee on Community Development: Utuma Belfrey…
  • BPA-Free Plastic Containers May Be Just as Hazardous

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    Laura B.
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    Read the full story in Scientific American. Animal studies find that a replacement compound for the
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    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog

  • Your Voice Is Needed to Keep Organic Strong

    Beyond Pesticides
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    (Beyond Pesticides, September 22, 2014)Help protect our farms and food from pesticides and genetically engineered organisms. Don’t let a weakened public process for organic standards, which looms large, roll back the progress we’ve made in growing organic production, and undermine public trust in the organic food label.The fall 2014 meeting dates for the National Organic Standards […]
  • USDA Approves 2,4-D-Tolerant (GE) Crops

    Beyond Pesticides
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, September 19, 2014) The pesticide treadmill continues to turn with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) recent approval this week of three 2,4-D-tolerto ant corn and soybean crops, developed by Dow AgroSciences. Some growers have been pushing for the new Enlist crops in order to combat the rapid proliferation of glyphosate-resistant weeds. The […]
  • Cargill Sues Syngenta after China Forbids the Sale of Its GE Corn

    Beyond Pesticides
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, September 18, 2014) After a reported $90 million loss from rejected shipments of genetically engineered (GE) corn seeds that are not approved in China, the U.S. grain company Cargill Inc. sued the biotech giant Syngenta AG. According to Cargill, since mid-November 2013, China has rejected imports of U.S. corn due to the presence […]
  • DuPont Pays $1.9 Million Penalty to EPA, Fails to Disclose Data on Pesticide Hazard

    Beyond Pesticides
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    ­­­(Beyond Pesticides, September 17, 2014) DuPont agreed to pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) $1.853 million to settle charges from the agency that the chemical giant’s herbicide product ImprelisTM was responsible for killing and damaging thousands of acres of spruce and pine trees in 2011. On Monday, EPA filed a Consent Agreement and Final […]
  • Ask Your Member of Congress to Join Actions for Pollinator Protection

    Beyond Pesticides
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, September 16, 2014) In light of President Obama’s Memorandum directing federal agencies to take action on pollinator declines, groups and members of Congress are calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take meaningful steps to save our bees. In a letter to EPA, U.S.Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and John Conyers (D-MI) […]
 
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    EHS Today

  • NSC 2014: OSHA’s Expanded Notification Requirement Will Create ‘Teachable Moment,’ Michaels Says

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    During the National Safety Council’s 2014 Congress and Expo in San Diego, Michaels asserted that the current rule doesn’t provide OSHA “the information we need.” When OSHA’s revised severe-injury reporting rule kicks in next year, OSHA Administrator Dr. David Michaels hopes the agency will be able to make inroads with a new set of employers. read more
  • NSC 2014: Safe (and Hot) in San Diego [Photo Gallery]

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    It was a week of records in San Diego: Record-breaking temperatures shortened school days and had the region under a heat advisory, while record-breaking crowds converged on the San Diego Convention Center for the National Safety Council’s 2014 Congress and Expo. “This year’s event is our biggest show to date, with the highest attendance ever,” said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, who noted that the theme of this year’s conference was helping attendees advance on their “Journey to Safety Excellence.” read more
  • NSC 2014: Fall Protection, Hazard Communication Repeat as OSHA’s Most Frequently Cited Standards

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:58 pm
    In fact, this year’s entire top 10 list contained the same standards as last year’s list, with a few standards moving up or down. There was no need for a drumroll when OSHA unveiled its preliminary list of the top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2014. Predictably, fall protection (1926.501) retained the No. 1 spot, with 6,143 violations, and hazard communication (1910.1200) retained the No. 2 spot, with 5,161 violations. The No. 3 and No. 4 most frequently cited standards – scaffolding and respiratory protection, respectively – retained…
  • NSC 2014: Leadership Engagement Drives EHS Success at Cummins

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:57 pm
    "Every manager needs to feel accountable” for safety, CEO Tom Linebarger said. Over the past decade, engine maker Cummins Inc. has embarked on an EHS journey that’s been “nothing short of amazing,” Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger said during an executive forum at the National Safety Council’s 2014 Congress and Expo in San Diego. But Cummins, which received the National Safety Council’s 2014 Robert W. Campbell Award for EHS excellence, isn’t even “partway” to the finish line – at least in the eyes of its leaders. read more
  • NSC 2014: Campbell Institute Paper Reveals the Predictive Power of Leading Indicators

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:13 pm
    A new white paper provides a standardized set of best practices and benchmarks for leading indicators. The Campbell Institute – the National Safety Council center of excellence for environmental, health and safety management – released a new white paper titled, “Practical Guide to Leading Indicators: Metrics, Case Studies & Strategies” at the 2014 NSC Congress & Expo.   read more
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    Switchboard, from NRDC › Jennifer Sass's Blog

  • House Republications Push Bill to Weaken Pesticide Regulations - H.R.5447

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

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

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

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

  • BCLI Commission Seats

    Uma
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    State Seats The Secretary of State’s Language Access Advisory Committee for California: Noemi Gallardo (’14) Assemblyman Bonta’s BMOC Working Group: Calvin Williams (’14) AB 32 Environmental Justice Advisory Committee: Ryan Young (’12) Regional Seats BART Title VI and Environmental Justice Advisory Committee: Audrey Lee (’13), Sam Kang (’10) CA Insurance Diversity Task Force: Sam Kang (’10) Transbay Joint Powers Authority Citizens Advisory Committee: Mark Garcia (’13), Sandra Padilla (’12) San Francisco Seats Citizens’ Committee on Community Development: Utuma Belfrey…
  • We look forward to seeing you!

    ellen
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    For details about the event, go to Honoring Our Past, Shaping Our Future.
  • Job Opportunities

    ellen
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Urban Habitat is looking for an Operations Manager! The Operations Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of the organization, including overseeing general administrative activities, assisting with financial management, and coordinating human resources. The Operations Manager will also be expected to help with technology support, maintaining the database, updating the website, and disseminating emails to the listserv.  The Operations Manager must be able to work well under pressure, prioritize and multi-task, and work well with others. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling…
  • New Report!

    ellen
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:03 pm
    The crisis of affordable housing over the next generation will be concentrated among renters. At the center of this crisis are low-income people of color living in urban areas. Households from these communities have been overrepresented among renters for decades, and in the recent housing market collapse, they have been disproportionately the victims of foreclosure and foreclosure-related evictions. Historically, these are also the same populations that have been uprooted from their homes and had their communities torn apart — by urban renewal in the post–World War II era and by…
  • More Regional Funding = More Local Transit

    ellen
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Urban Habitat and members of the Transportation Justice Working Group are fighting to increase regional funding to put more local transit service on the streets, particularly bus service for low-income communities of color, youth, seniors, and working class communities. In 2013, the 6 Wins for Social Equity Network won an amendment to the Bay Area’s Regional Plan (Plan Bay Area) that commits the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to developing a regional funding program to increase local transit operations. For over a decade, MTC and the region have prioritized rail and other…
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    WordPress Tag: Environmental Health

  • BPA-Free Plastic Containers May Be Just as Hazardous

    Laura B.
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    Read the full story in Scientific American. Animal studies find that a replacement compound for the
  • 5 things that are bigger threats to your health than Ebola (with images)

    Janice Flahiff
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:26 am
    5 things that are bigger threats to your health than Ebola (with images) · APHA · Storify. Excerpt f
  • 'We Should Not Be Seeing This': NASA Reports Startling New Findings On Banned Ozone-Depleting Chemicals

    publichealthwatch
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:15 pm
      New research from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center shows that large quantities of a chemical responsible for depleting the ozone layer are still being emitted, even years after an international ban. New measurements have revealed that despite the Montreal Protocol, which limits the use of a variety of ozone-depleting chemicals, releases of carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) continue. There should be zero emissions of the compound under the international agreement, but NASA measurements show an average of 39 kilotons are still emitted every year. That’s about 30 percent of what…
  • New EPA Report Shows Reduction In Harmful Pollution After Passage Of Clean Air Act

    publichealthwatch
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Actions taken by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act have caused U.S. toxic air emissions to drop “significantly” — in some cases by more than half — since the law was amended in 1990, the regulatory agency told Congress in a report Thursday. Since the Clean Air Act Amendments were passed in 1990, an estimated 3 million tons of toxins from mobile and stationary sources have been removed from the air every year, according to the report. Emissions of benzene, a pollutant found in natural gas, have dropped in outdoor air by 66 percent, while the amount of mercury…
  • THE OLDEST METAL OBJECT FOUND TO DATE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

    jeanne hambleton
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    THE OLDEST METAL OBJECT FOUND TO DATE IN THE MIDDLE EAST According to Dr. Danny Rosenberg of the University of Haifa’s Zinman Institute of Archeology, the copper awl is a unique and very rare artifact, whose discovery, along with other items during the excavations at Tel Tsaf in the Jordan Valley, indicates that the site was an ancient international commercial center From the FMS Global News Desk of Jeanne Hambleton   Released: 21-Aug-2014      Citations PLOS One    Source Newsroom University of Haifa Newswise — A copper awl, the oldest metal object found to date in the Middle…
 
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    Media Notes

  • Reflections of 40 years of environmental reporting.

    bbienkowski
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:36 am
    Forty years ago this month Tom Palmer began working as a reporter in Polk County, Florida. A lot of things have changed since then, but many of the environmental issues he covered as a twenty-something reporter are still with us. Tom Palmer, The Ledger.
  • Chevron and Ecuador: 2 books and a smear campaign.

    bbienkowski
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    Two clear-eyed books shed light on the murky suit over oil spilled in the Amazon. And a lawyer at the center of the case is attacking one of the authors. Roger Parloff, Fortune.
  • Naomi Klein is right, unchecked capitalism will destroy civilization.

    bbienkowski
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Best-selling progressive journalist Naomi Klein has an important new book out, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate.” The author of “No Logo” and “The Shock Doctrine” now “tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on earth,” as the book jacket aptly puts it. Joe Romm, ThinkProgress.
  • Japanese newspaper retracts Fukushima disaster report and fires editor.

    bbienkowski
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    The Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s second-largest daily newspaper, retracted an influential news report on the Fukushima nuclear disaster on Thursday after weeks of criticism from other news organizations. Austin Ramzy, The New York Times.
  • Society of Environmental Journalists explores Louisiana's issues.

    bbienkowski
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:47 am
    In the aftermath of the Society of Environmental Journalists' Sept. 3-7 conference in New Orleans, journalists from the United States, Canada and elsewhere around the world are writing about the environmental issues they explored in and around the city. Mark Schleifstein, The New Orleans Times-Picayune.
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    Toxicology News

  • It's in Virginia's budget: $418,282 for Public health toxicology

    13 Sep 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Epidemiology itself is simply the study of the distribution of diseases. If there's an cluster of illnesses, what caused them? Was it environmental? That's where the division's public health toxicology program comes in.
  • SC legislative panel discusses medical marijuana

    3 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    A legislative committee created to study what South Carolina needs to do with medical marijuana and how to implement a bill passed this year allowing a very specific use of oil from the plant has plenty of work to do, one of its leaders said Wednesday.
  • 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 .
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    WordPress Tag: Mold

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    15 Sep 2014 | 3:43 pm
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  • Noise Cancelling Headphones: The Perfect Accessories For Parents

    harris
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    The best feeling is when you get the good news that you are going to be a father or a mother for the first time. I bet you cannot explain the feeling. Usually, there are celebrations, then immediately you start preparing the home in anticipation of the newborn. One thing you will forget though is that you will have to forgo some luxuries. When the baby finally comes, you are going to see some changes around, and you will have no other choice but to embrace the change. Reasons Why Parents with Small Babies Need Noise Cancelling Headphones Embracing Change - For those who are music enthusiasts…
  • Preparing for the New School Year

    harris
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    High school junior year is one of the most memorable and hectic times in the life of teens. A large part of it is spent taking classes to prepare for the SATs and ACTs to help them get into the college of their choice. With the right scores, students can also become eligible for a scholarship. Some students choose to take their SAT in January, while others prefer to wait until May. If your child is about to enter junior year, keep in mind that he or she must have enough time to prepare for the test, so it’s a good idea to enlist him or her in SAT courses that provide test-taking strategies…
  • The Best Ways to Encourage Your Children to Read

    harris
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    Many parents get frustrated when their children would much prefer to play with their tablets than read the children’s books they have so lovingly chosen for their little ones. If you are one of those troubled parents, fret not, as there are many ways you can encourage your children to read. If they cannot be parted from the tablet, download eBooks for kids and read with them. Soon, they will be looking for more eBooks to read, and even take a look at the “traditional” books you’ve bought. Make reading enjoyable with these fun tips to encourage your children to read, read, and read!
  • Mediation Techniques and Fatherhood

    harris
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
      One of the more misunderstood, or underestimated, influences upon a father’s rights during a family court hearing is mediation. The use of mediation to avoid going to trial will go a long way in saving both financial trouble and avoid emotional upheaval. Going too far in a legal proceeding is only going to expose many fathers to a somewhat biased court system. The amount of bias being placed towards women as opposed to men in the family court system will vary from state to state, but the financial and emotional cost is still universal. In this way utilizing mediation is something…
  • Are You Doing Everything You Can to Ensure Your Children’s Safety?

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

  • Retiring Chai Life

    Evan
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    As anyone who follows this blog already knows, I have neglected it for quite some time now. In part, it’s because I’ve been busy in “real” life with my wonderful wife and kids, but it also comes down to having lost interest in a personal blog and a refocusing of my attention to more specific niche websites. Chai Life was always just a hobby, but I’ve decided to grow that hobby in to a business. Grayshark LLC is that business. I will be focusing on helping individuals learn technology, working with small businesses to modernize their workplace, and using the…
  • Season’s Greedings

    Evan
    19 Dec 2013 | 7:28 am
    Source: Season’s Greedings
  • Doctor Who Timeline: The First 50 Years

    Evan
    13 Nov 2013 | 10:53 am
    Source: Doctor Who Timeline: The First 50 Years
  • Republican Shutdown Demands vs. What They Got

    Evan
    17 Oct 2013 | 6:13 am
    I’d love to think that perhaps they learned their lesson, but if history teaches us anything, they didn’t. Here’s hoping the average voter still remembers this a year from now for the midterm elections. Source: The Maddow Blog Source: Republican Shutdown Demands vs. What They Got
  • A Case Of The Mondays

    Evan
    14 Oct 2013 | 9:00 am
    Source: A Case Of The Mondays
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    Inter Press Service » Environment

  • Latin America at a Climate Crossroads

    Susan McDade
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Turbines at WindWatt Nevis Limited. In most countries of the region, the abundance of renewable resources creates an opportunity to increase reliance on domestic energy sources rather than imported oil and gas. Credit: Desmond Brown/IPSBy Susan McDadeUNITED NATIONS, Sep 17 2014 (IPS)World leaders gathered at the Climate Change Summit during the United Nations General Assembly on Sep. 23 will have a crucial opportunity to mobilise political will and advance solutions to climate change.They will also need to address its closely connected challenges of increasing access to sustainable…
  • U.N. Pushes Climate-Smart Agriculture – But Are the Farmers Willing to Change?

    Manipadma Jena
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    In India, most farmers are smallholders or landless peasants who will need to adapt to 'Climate-Smart Agriculture' in order to survive changing weather patterns. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPSBy Manipadma JenaKARNAL, India, Sep 17 2014 (IPS)United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to make a strong pitch to world political leaders at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York on Sep. 23 to accept new emissions targets and their timelines.Launching the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) represents yet another concerted attempt to meet the world’s 60-percent higher food…
  • As Uganda Heats Up, Pests and Disease Flourish to Attack its Top Export Crop

    Prossy Nandudu
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    Farmer Sera Nafungo picking coffee berries in Bukalasi, eastern Uganda. Credit: Wambi Michael/IPSBy Prossy NanduduKAMPALA, Sep 17 2014 (IPS)When Abudu Zikusoka was a small boy his father would bring people to their home in Ndesse village in Central Uganda’s Mukono district. He would watch as they packed the family’s harvested coffee into sacks and then loaded it onto their bicycles.“I used to see one of them giving daddy money from which he took out some coins to give my sister,” Zikusoka tells IPS.“When my brother started going to school, daddy continued with the practice until one…
  • Pushing for Cities to Take Lead on Climate Change

    A. D. McKenzie
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    Smog over Cairo. Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria reaffirmed their commitment Sep. 17 “to support international cities’ efforts to lead in the global fight against climate change”. Credit: WikipediaBy A. D. McKenziePARIS, Sep 17 2014 (IPS)If former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg had used the Vélib’ – Paris’ public bicycle sharing system – to arrive at the headquarters of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development here Wednesday, he might have sent a stronger message about the need for cities to be…
  • Tackling Climate Change and Promoting Development: A “Win-Win”

    Joel Jaeger
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    The cost of solar energy has fallen by 90 percent in the last half dozen years. Credit: UN Photo/Pasqual GorrizBy Joel JaegerUNITED NATIONS, Sep 17 2014 (IPS)A widespread perception exists that developing countries must make a choice between tackling climate change and fighting poverty. This assumption is incorrect, according to the authors of a new report on green growth.The New Climate Economy (NCE) report was launched on Tuesday at the United Nations by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, which is chaired by former Mexican President Felipe Calderón."Reforms will entail costs…
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    Dr Robert Muller - The Zeitgeist is Changing

  • Will Seattle Be the First U.S. City to Recycle Everything?

    Dr Robert Muller
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
    Truck dumps compost materials at process facility (E Thompson)by Christine Woodside, Next City: http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/seattle-recycling-compost-sustainable-cultureIt’s dawn on waste-collection day in the hilly Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle.Along the curvy streets of this residential peninsula northwest of downtown, three large bins wait outside each house.The green ones hold compost - leftover food and yard clippings. The blue ones overflow with everything recyclable: glass, plastic containers, cans and aluminum foil. The round black ones, for the trash, often aren’t full…
  • The Massive Scale of California's Ongoing Drought, in One Disturbing GIF

    Dr Robert Muller
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    by Sophie Kleeman, Mic.com: http://mic.com/articles/97894/the-massive-scale-of-california-s-ongoing-drought-in-one-disturbing-gif  The news: The stunning images above shows the effects of California's drought on Lake Oroville State Recreation Area, a state park north of Sacramento.The photographs were taken three years apart: the green and hydrated version in 2011 and its parched sister in 2014. The lake has frequently been cited as a prime example of the drought's destruction: "Currently at 32% of its total 3,537,577 acre feet," the caption reads. Yes, things…
  • Germany Has a Radioactive Wild Boar Problem and It's Chernobyl's Fault: The Effects of the Disaster are Still Cropping Up and Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

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

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

    Dr Robert Muller
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:53 am
    Machiavelli: This is Politicsby Tina Perinotto, The Fifth Estate: http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/articles/ret-review-let-the-planet-be-damned-this-is-politics/COMMENT: The Warburton Review of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target, released late Thursday, is not a mistake.It is not naive, nor a miscalculation of the cost benefit analysis of renewable energy. It is deliberate savagery designed to bankrupt the industry. Labor is wrong to say it is written by sceptics. The people who insisted on this outcome could be the most fervent believers in climate change; and they know the glory days of…
 
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  • SB 270: A Businessman’s Perspective

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

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

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

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

    Ted Duboise
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm
    California Assembly Passes Statewide Plastic Bag Ban SACRAMENTO, California, August 28, 2014 (ENS) – The California State Assembly today voted 44-29 to phase out plastic shopping bags across the state. The legislation now advances to the State Senate where it is expected to come up for a vote before the legislature adjourns on August 31. […]
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  • A-B-C 1-2-3 Pack Their Back Pack Toxic-Free!

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

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

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

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

    rebecca
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    This week Washington Toxics Coalition joins concerned parents and health advocates from around the U.S. to ask Walgreens to take strong steps toward selling safer products. Together we are holding a "Week of Action." and ask you to call on Walgreens to be a leader in getting toxics out of personal care products
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  • Keomi Skincare Organic All Natural Handmade Soap

    Aaron
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    This soap is great stuff. My wife loves it and our little girls think it smells nice and feels good too. Fragrances are nice, but not overwhelming, and the feel is soft rather than greasy. A great combination. “Our fine soaps are carefully crafted in small batches using the cold-process method to retain the benefits of the living oils. The soap’s base is a rich blend of over 10 USDA certified organic vegetable, fruit and seed oils, plus shea and cocoa butters. The complexity of each of the Pure Aromatherapy-grade Essential Oils adds something wonderful and unique to each…
  • Cooking With Beans e-Book Book GIVEAWAY

    Aaron
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    The people at A Frugal Life have offered to give away a copy of their Kindle e-book Cooking With Beans: Cook Cheap and Easy Meals With Dried or Canned Beans to one of my blog’s readers through the contest entry below. How cool is that?! I received a copy of this book a couple of weeks ago and the recipes that are in it are great stuff. Some are old hat to anyone used to cooking with beans, but most are probably new or variations of some you may have seen. All are great and are a must-have for anyone who stores beans for that “rainy day” or “SHTF” scenario. Beans…
  • Mega Mesh magnetic screen door is awesome

    Aaron
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    You’ve probably seen those TV commercials advertising a magnetic door that opens and closes automatically as you, your kids, your pets, etc. push through it. I always thought it was a cool idea, but figured it would not be all that durable  and probably didn’t work as advertised.  Well, so much for that. Yet again, I was proven wrong. I was sent this one to try and we LOVE it! We installed it on our only back door that doesn’t have a storm door. It leads to the deck and is the door most-often used by the kids and the dogs. Since we don’t have a dog door installed…
  • EPA: Ignore our previous statements on Ocean Acidification

    Aaron
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    from WUWT The EPA is fighting a desperate battle to sink a green lawsuit, a lawsuit which is substantially based on the EPA’s own climate narrative. The Lawsuit, launched by the Center for Biological Diversity, seeks to impose enhanced clean water act protection upon the Pacific Coast. The suit argues that protection is necessary because, according to the EPA’s own climate narrative, ocean acidification is severely damaging the marine ecosystem. According to the CBD; “The CBD points out that the EPA has acknowledged that ocean acidification has killed billions of oyster larvae in the…
  • Advanced Probiotic Ultra with 10.2 billion per serving

    Aaron
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:43 pm
    If you’ve been reading Aarons EnvironMENTAL for long, you know that we’ve reviewed several probiotic supplements. Most are good, some are great. This is one of the great ones. It’s got a lot of nutrition in it and it is easy to take. Two things that make for a great probiotic. As you probably know, probiotics are a great way to improve digestion, combat constipation, improve bloating and abdominal pain, and can help with things like acne, thicker hair, and other nutritional deficiencies due to bad absorption in the gut. This supplement, Advanced Probiotic Ultra, has billions…
 
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  • Mali Receives Artisanal Gold Mining Boost amid Safety Concerns

    20 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, also at the meeting, called on miners to end the practice of child labour. "We will not allow children into gold mining sites," he said, "We have to stop this." A 2011 report by Human Rights Watch detailed reports of children aged six to 17 in Mali's artisanal mines digging pits, working underground in unstable mines, carrying and crushing heavy ore, and using toxic mercury to extract gold.http://www.africanbusinessreview.co.za/leadership/1681/Mali-Receives-Artisanal-Gold-Mining-Boost-amid-Safety-Concerns
  • Illegal Gold Mining, Mercury Contamination and Deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:36 am
    Event Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014This Bay Area Tropical Forest Network event takes place at 6pm on the Stanford Campus. Speaker Luis Fernandez, a tropical ecologist at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology and director of the Carnegie Amazon Mercury Project, will discuss the dynamics that have made artisanal gold mining both the primary driver of deforestation in the Western Amazon and the number one source of anthropogenic mercury in the world today, and describe its effects on forests, wildlife and…
  • The Chemical Weapons Ukrainian Separatists Didn't Get

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    Acosta serves Philippines President Benigno Aquino III as that country’s secretary for the environment. The secretary and Philippine agencies have collaborated on several projects with Pure Earth, from reducing mercury poisoning from small-scale, artisanal gold miners to cleaning up the Pasig River (which is to Manila as the Seine is to Paris) and restoring fisheries in Laguna Lake, the country’s biggest ecosystem. “We’ve worked with Richard many times, always on a project-by-project basis, and now we’re working together to establish a Global Alliance for Health and…
  • Mali to boost funding and policing of artisanal gold mining

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:23 am
    President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, also at the meeting, called on miners to end the practice of child labour. "We will not allow children into gold mining sites," Keita said, "We have to stop this." A 2011 report by Human Rights Watch detailed reports of children aged 6 to 17 in Mali's artisanal mines digging pits, working underground in unstable mines, carrying and crushing heavy ore, and using toxic mercury to extract gold.http://af.reuters.com/article/ghanaNews/idAFL6N0RJ53Z20140918
  • Illegal mining in Latin America

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:21 am
    The water supply has also been affected. Thirty to forty tonnes of mercury are pumped into rivers in the region each year. Unsurprisingly, it has worked its way through the food chain. By analysing hair samples, another Carnegie study found that 78% of people in Madre de Dios had three times the usual concentration of mercury in their bodies. Some were more than 27 times over the international limit.http://www.economist.com/blogs/americasview/2014/09/illegal-mining-latin-america
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  • A comprehensive guide to rhinology and the associated treatments

    kamran
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    Rhinology is the medical practice associated with the study and treatment of the nose and the nasal canal. The nasal canal practically consists of the nose, ear and throat and the associated tubes and systems adjacent to it. This canal is open to the atmosphere and is quickly affected by a variety of substances that can cause irritation to it. These allergies can cause distress in the sufferer and may warrant medical attention. Treatments associated with rhinologyThere are several issues that the nasal passage is prone to. Apart from an occasional cold or flu, the possibility of an…
  • What Is GHRP-6?

    kamran
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:39 am
    Peptides have many beneficial uses. They are gaining in popularity with the amount of benefits that they can provide for the body. Below, we will talk about one of the more commonly used peptides.GHRP-6 is a growth hormone peptide. It usually comes in an injectable form and is normally used to increase the users GH production in their body. Increasing someone’s GH production will help in both their ability to gain muscle and burn fat. It is commonly used in weight loss and muscle gaining supplements.It increases the user’s appetite which can be beneficial if the user follows a…
  • Why the World’s Resources Are Limited?

    kamran
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:06 am
    On our planet, humanity has evolved to become both resourceful and increasingly enterprising towards Earth’s elements. Fossil fuels, oil and other natural resources are becoming limited with an ever-increasing population, finite reserves and adverse effects from pollution. Some very important resources are depleting quickly. Everyday, we work towards alternate solutions, caring for the planet better and recognize the severity of completely losing versatile, valuable resources. Accepting that the world’s resources are indeed limited allows us to protect what we can, arrive at…
  • Is Solar Power Feasible for Your Boating Needs?

    kamran
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:19 pm
    Despite the controversy surrounding solar power and it’s ability to replace current electrical standards, technology is continuing to develop which utilizes this sustainable method for a variety of products. Everything from solar-charging flashlights to automobiles use panels of varying degrees to charge batteries and continue usage without expending fossil fuels. It is this versatility that allows developers to create boats that utilize photovoltaic technology in order to power motors. Why Use Solar Energy for Boating? Instead of putting in to shore or port for refueling, solar boats…
  • Teach Your Child to Protect the Environment

    kamran
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    We are all getting the green bug, protecting the environment, recycling our waste, turning off the lights we don’t need, installing renewable energy technology, and a host of other things that make the world a better place. For most parents, passing on that ethos and knowledge to the people who really matter, their children, is probably one of the most important things they can do.Cut down on waste. From taking toys down to the charity shop to making the best of the food in the fridge, it’s a good idea to get your kids involved in cutting down waste. Rather than doing it for them, get…
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  • GIVEAWAY: 18-Piece GlassLock Storage Set {$40 Value!}

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

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

    Dawn Gifford
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:37 am
    Most food gardening requires a full day of sun to help your fruits and vegetables to grow and ripen properly. But what if your yard has shady spots? Can you still grow some of your own food?The answer is YES! There are plenty of vegetables and herbs that can be grown in full shade, dappled shade, or as little as three to six hours of sun a day. Here is a list of 28 vegetables that grow in partial shade.Partial Sun and Partial Shade VegetablesOn the seed packages in the garden stores and catalogs, you will often see the words “partial sun” or “partial shade.”…
  • GIVEAWAY: $300 Amazon Gift Card!

    Dawn Gifford
    13 May 2014 | 8:00 am
    Great things happen when bloggers unite… like this giveaway, for instance. Are you ready to win a $300 Amazon Gift Card? We can hear your inner voice: “Well, duh! How do I enter?”Step 1: Click on the link belowAmazon.comIf you were to win the gift card, what would you purchase? Let us know with a link to the item in the comment section! It’s VERY possible that what you choose will be on our list for future giveaways. Step 2: Join the Small Footprint Family Blog Update! Simply enter your preferred email address in the box at the top of the sidebar. We send one…
  • GIVEAWAY: RainBird Drip Irrigation Kit {$30 Value!}

    Dawn Gifford
    29 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Fresh water is becoming scarce all over the world, even in seemingly wet places like Florida or Michigan. So it is very important that we use water conservation methods whenever we can. Landscape irrigation is one of the biggest uses of household water during the summer, so anything you can do to save water outside your home will also save you at least $75 a year. Waste Not, Want NotSprinkler systems are typically very inefficient. They spray water all over the place, not just on your plants, and often they spray or run off onto the sidewalk, driveway, etc. where the water is simply…
 
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  • Coming Soon: “The New Environmentalists: From Ithaca to the Amazon” at the Mill Valley Film Festival

    lizmeans
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    The Goldman Environmental Prize is happy to announce it will be joining Mill Valley Film Group in co-presenting the film “The New Environmentalists: From Ithaca to the Amazon” as an Active Cinema partner at the 37th Annual Mill Valley Film Festival (Oct. 2 - 12, 2014).Active Cinema highlights films that feature groundbreaking social, environmental, and human rights issues. Their goal is to connect the power of film with the action of communities and organizations, and to help inspired audiences get involved. “The New Environmentalists: From Ithaca to the Amazon” is a…
  • SEJ’s Chemical Corridor Tour Exposes Struggle of Fenceline Communities

    lizmeans
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Last week, Goldman Prize Communications Officer Jenny Park attended the 2014 Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The most impactful part of the conference for Park was a tour of Louisiana’s “chemical corridor,” in which participants had the opportunity to hear from activists and industry representatives and to see first-hand what life is like in the fenceline communities living in the shadow of the Gulf’s big oil and gas industries.The tour started with a presentation from oil and gas industry representatives touting the economic impact the…
  • 1996 Goldman Prize Winner Marina Silva Announces Bid for Brazilian Presidency

    lizmeans
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Following the tragic news that the Brazilian Socialist Party’s (PSB) top presidential candidate Eduardo Campos was killed in a plane crash last month, Campos’ running mate and 1996 Goldman Prize winner Marina Silva announced that she had accepted PSB’s nomination to take his place in the upcoming election.Born in the Brazilian Amazon, Silva spent her childhood making rubber, hunting and fishing to help her father support their large family. At the age of 16, illness brought her to the city. Although she had been illiterate, she soon earned a university degree. She went on to found the…
  • Humberto Rios Labrada to Bring Sustainable Farming Expertise to Spain

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

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

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

    Joanna Runciman
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Ask ten different women “what is the biggest beauty mistake?” and you’ll get ten different answers. I used to think radiant skin, and beauty, was achieved by eating good food and using the best skin care. Whilst simple, nutrient-rich food is important there are other pieces in the beauty-jigsaw-puzzle:   Beauty mistakes you do not [...] The post Beauty mistakes you do not know you make appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • Remember today sit quietly for a while

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

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

    Joanna Runciman
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Last week I quit Facebook.  It felt odd initially but it is now 11 days since I began the challenge and it feels great. Liberating even. I have more time. I joined 99 Days of Freedom, developed by a creative agency in the Netherlands. The premise is to establish how you feel when you don’t [...] The post One way to get more time in your life appeared first on Actual Organics.
 
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  • Green Cleaning: 6 Uses for Baking Soda in the House

    David Guion
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    Guest post by Sofia Lewis. Store shelves bulge with specialized cleaning products. They’re expensive. All those containers take up lots of room. It can help to have different ways of cleaning your house. You will find that there are plenty of alternate ways in which to do the house cleaning. Some cleaning services may not even have known about them. You will find that you can use the alternatives if you feel like you want to make a change in the chemicals that you use for environmental reasons, or for a change of cleaning scene, or even if you have run out of what you usually use!
  • Norman Borlaug and the “green revolution”

    David Guion
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    Front and Back of Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Norman Borlaug / US Mint (2006) “Green revolution” refers to the vast increase in agricultural yields that began in the 1930s with advanced technologies and spread worldwide beginning in the 1950s. This year marks the centennial of the single most important individual behind the green revolution, Norman Borlaug. Borlaug won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his role in averting mass starvation. By the end of his career, though, environmentalists began to challenge his methods and achievements. Until recently, I had never heard…
  • The ugly politics of the Dan River coal ash spill

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

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

    Rinkesh
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:22 am
    What is a Hybrid Car? Hybrid cars are becoming more popular, and more common. Basically, a hybrid car is one that uses two or more engines i.e. an electric motor and a conventional engine (either petrol or diesel). The electric engine powers the car at lower speeds and gas engine powers it at higher speeds. A hybrid car like Toyota Prius and Civic Hybrid not only conserves fuel but also produce less CO2 emissions. Though hybrid vehicles are now growing in popularity but still few people are actually using it mainly due to lack of knowledge of how hybrid vehicles work and whether they’re…
  • How Choosing Blinds Can Save on Your Fuel Bills

    Rinkesh
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    How Choosing Blinds Can Save on Your Fuel Bills If you’re looking for a way to save money on your energy bills, then window blinds are a great way of making your home more efficient. Believe it or not, by employing the clever fabric technology of thermal blinds, you can help reduce heat gain in your home by a staggering 78%. So, to start saving money on your household bills – and to add a beautiful feature to your home – you should turn your attention to your windows. More Warmth in Winter It’s not just during summer months that you’ll notice the benefit either – being more…
  • What is World Environment Day and What are Environment Day Activities?

    Rinkesh
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    What is World Environment Day? Every June 5th is World Environment Day. On this day, communities and individuals around the world work to increase awareness of the importance of conserving the environment, the positive global impact of environmental regulations and controls and engage in activities that serve to educate and improve their environment locally. It grew out of the efforts of leading environmentalists who recognized the need for there to be a coordinated global focus to begin to make conserving the environment and our natural resources a priority. Similar to World Environment Day…
  • The Three R’s: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Waste Hierarchy

    Rinkesh
    6 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    The ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ Waste Hierarchy If you have heard of something called the “waste hierarchy” you may be wondering what that means. It is the order of priority of actions to be taken to reduce the amount of waste generated, and to improve overall waste management processes and programs. The waste hierarchy consists of 3 R’s as follows: Reduce Reuse Recycle Called the “three R’s” of waste management, this waste hierarchy is the guidance suggested for creating a sustainable life. You might be wondering as to how can you incorporate these principles in your…
  • What is Environmental Health and Issues Related to it?

    Rinkesh
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    What is Environmental Health? Environmental health is the science of looking at the external factors that can influence a person’s health and behavior. These external factors are defined as physical, chemical and biological factors. It can include everything from managing the use of pesticides to the quality of drywall used in construction. It is a healthcare area that is gaining increasing attention around the world as there are more studies proving that the impact of environmental health extends beyond the individual and can determine the cost of public health care and the health of the…
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  • Introduction to Mold: 101

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

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

    enviroadmin
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Honeybees have a very strict set of rules when it comes to finding the ideal location for a nest. In fact, they’re more particular than many people I know! They also have a meticulous process for their house-hunting endeavors. House-Hunting Honeybees When a swarm of honeybees is ready to relocate, they send out a small number of house hunters to scout new nesting sites. These house-hunting honeybees are very thorough, spending approximately 40 minutes exploring each potential site. They’ll select their top locations for repeat visits. The queen, too, visits each potential site, and…
  • A Day Buzzing with Surprises

    enviroadmin
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    On the job—any job—there are invariably days that are routine and days that are exciting. This holds true as a pest management professional, too. And one of my most exciting happened just a few short months after I began working at EnviroTech. Surprise #1 The service call seemed pretty run of the mill: “Customer with bee issue in wood closet.” I headed out, thinking it would be a fairly straightforward job. Based on the time of year, I expected a nest the size of a grapefruit, possibly a volleyball as a worst case scenario. The customer, Jim, greeted me cheerily at the door and…
  • Asbestos-Containing Vermiculite

    enviroadmin
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    I have worked at EnviroTech as an environmental inspector going on 8 years now and have come across vermiculite on quite a regular basis. As a company, Envirotech has removed vermiculite safely and effectively from hundreds of homes. The largest and oldest vermiculite mine in the U.S. is located in Libby, Montana, and although it is no longer in use, it was producing vermiculite up until 1990 under the commercial name Zonolite. At one point, the Libby mine had produced up to 80% of the world’s vermiculite. Vermiculite has been used throughout homes as an insulator, but is most commonly…
 
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  • 6 Tips for Managing Hazardous Waste Containers in Satellite Areas

    Jessica Hope
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:41 pm
    6 Tips for Managing Hazardous Waste Containers in Satellite Accumulation Areas If you’re storing hazardous waste in satellite accumulation areas, or 90-day areas, it would be wise to take a minute and review these six simple tips to avoid problematic scenarios (like spills or violations). Conduct a weekly inspection. Frequent inspections will keep you apprised of any potential problems […] The post 6 Tips for Managing Hazardous Waste Containers in Satellite Areas appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Will Bacteria Have a Role in Nuclear Waste Disposal?

    Jessica Hope
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Will Bacteria Have a Role in Nuclear Waste Disposal? Nuclear waste disposal is a complex issue in dire need of a solid and reliable solution. Our current and most trusted method – burying very large volumes deep underground in geological disposal facilities (GDFs) – is riddled with problems. One such problem with this disposal strategy […] The post Will Bacteria Have a Role in Nuclear Waste Disposal? appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Hazardous Waste Labeling and Marking 101

    Jessica Hope
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    Hazardous Waste Labeling and Marking 101 If you are a small quantity generator (SQG) or large quantity generator (LQG) of hazardous waste, you will need to comply with container requirements—and an integral step in that process is ensuring that you properly mark and label all containers. There is no standardized hazardous waste marking format, but […] The post Hazardous Waste Labeling and Marking 101 appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • TCE: End of an Era?

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

    Jessica Hope
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Electronic Receipts: Should You Go Paperless? If you do much shopping, you have almost certainly heard an associate ask a question like this when closing out your sale: “Would you like your receipt in the bag, or e-mailed to you?” This is the relatively new phenomenon of electronic (or digital) receipts – the option of a customer collecting […] The post Electronic Receipts: Should You Go Paperless? appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
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  • September 21

    dailynews
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Sept. 21, 1938: The New England Hurricane slams into Long Island, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, killing 600 people. An estimated 12-foot storm surge floods downtown Providence.  
  • Citing drought, L.A. squashes plans for massive Slip 'N Slide-athon

    mhickman
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
  • September 20

    dailynews
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Sept. 20, 1519: Ferdinand Magellan departs Portugal on the first successful circumnavigation of the world. The fleet succeeds, but Magellan is killed by a poison arrow in the Philippines in 1521.  
  • Angelina Jolie to direct real-life animal poaching drama

    mdestries
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Angelina Jolie has announced her next directorial project – and it couldn't come at a better time for the world of conservation.   The 39-year-old, who previously has helmed such true-life dramas as "In the Land of Blood and Honey" (2011) and "Unbroken" (2014), will take on "Africa," a film about archeologist-turned-conservationist Richard Leakey and his battle to save the elephant. Written by Eric Roth ("Forrerst Gump, "Munich," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"), the script has been in limbo for quite some time.   
  • Dogwood & Hastings: Organic cotton table linens that 'bring nature home'

    mhickman
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    While you might know her best for her recent articles on the sexual appetites of big-bellied men and frenemy break-ups, MNN lifestyle columnist Starre Vartan is also a talented photographer, enthusiastic nature lover (natch), and seasoned sustainable style expert.   
 
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