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  • Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving

    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog
    Beyond Pesticides
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, November 26, 2014) On Thanksgiving, thank you for being a part of Beyond Pesticides and sharing and contributing to the vision necessary to protect the web and fragility of life. We believe that there is no time like Thanksgiving to think about how we can more effectively join together as families and communities […]
  • Fatal Falls Prompt Cal/OSHA to Cite Bay Area Construction Firm

    EHS Today
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    Marcus Zane Powell, 25, Glenn Hodgson, 49, died when they fell 80 feet from a crane-hoisted platform at a bridge-construction site in Winters, Calif. Cal/OSHA has cited Burlingame, Calif.-based Disney Construction Inc. for serious violations that allegedly contributed to the May 30 deaths of two workers. Marcus Zane Powell, 25, Glenn Hodgson, 49, died when they fell 80 feet from a crane-hoisted platform at a bridge-construction site in Winters, Calif.   Cal/OSHA has issued $106,110 in fines for serious safety violations. read more
  • 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
  • NRDC and hundreds of thousands of our members tell USDA and EPA to stand up for pollinators!

    Switchboard, from NRDC › Jennifer Sass's Blog
    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…
  • Blistering opinion of Beshear's environment - The Courier-Journal

    ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH news - Google News
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:02 pm
    The Courier-JournalBlistering opinion of Beshear's environmentThe Courier-JournalShepherd said that the company could have been fined up to $38 million. •Leave us alone: But even as Shepherd is critical of the Beshear administration for its lax oversight of the environment, Beshear was telling President Barack Obama to butt out of
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    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog

  • Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving

    Beyond Pesticides
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, November 26, 2014) On Thanksgiving, thank you for being a part of Beyond Pesticides and sharing and contributing to the vision necessary to protect the web and fragility of life. We believe that there is no time like Thanksgiving to think about how we can more effectively join together as families and communities […]
  • This Giving Season, Donate Before You Shop

    Beyond Pesticides
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, November 25, 2014) Please put charitable giving first this holiday season, and as you consider your donations, please take a close look at Beyond Pesticides’ program to protect health and the environment. Your support enables us to assist local action informed by the science we provide on pesticide hazards and safe and sustainable […]
  • With Some Bee Protective Suggestions, Oregon Task Force Fails to Focus on Neonics

    Beyond Pesticides
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, November 24, 2014) Last Wednesday, a special Task Force on Pollinator Health in Oregon delivered a series of recommendations to the Oregon legislature on how to help the state’s honey bees, native bees, and other pollinators,but failed to address the clear threat that neonicotinoid insecticides pose to pollinators. Because the task force only […]
  • Insect Resistance “A Serious Threat” to GE Crop Sustainability

    Beyond Pesticides
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:54 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, November 21, 2014) Researchers of a new study published on Monday find increased resistance in the fall armyworm to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)-incorporated genetically engineered (GE) maize in the southeastern region of the U.S., calling this evolution of insect resistance to transgenic crops “a serious threat to the sustainability of this technology.” The pest […]
  • Rise in Chronic Diseases Correlates with Glyphosate and GE Crops

    Beyond Pesticides
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, November 20, 2014) A study published in the Journal of Organic Systems this week examined potential connections between the increase in chronic diseases seen within the United States and other parts of the world over the last 20 years and the explosion of glyphosate use, finding a significant correlation between glyphosate use, genetically-engineered […]
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    EHS Today

  • Fatal Falls Prompt Cal/OSHA to Cite Bay Area Construction Firm

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    Marcus Zane Powell, 25, Glenn Hodgson, 49, died when they fell 80 feet from a crane-hoisted platform at a bridge-construction site in Winters, Calif. Cal/OSHA has cited Burlingame, Calif.-based Disney Construction Inc. for serious violations that allegedly contributed to the May 30 deaths of two workers. Marcus Zane Powell, 25, Glenn Hodgson, 49, died when they fell 80 feet from a crane-hoisted platform at a bridge-construction site in Winters, Calif.   Cal/OSHA has issued $106,110 in fines for serious safety violations. read more
  • Survey Looks at Grossest Workplace Habits

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    “While workplaces are full of poor hygiene habits, their frequency tends to increase around cold and flu season,” said Dave Mesko, senior director of marketing for Cintas. Coughing, sniffling, sneezing and nose-blowing are common sounds of the workplace during the winter months. While most of us do our best to tolerate the sights and sounds of cold and flu season, some workplace behaviors are downright gross.        An online survey of U.S. adults revealed that 81 percent of Americans have witnessed a gross workplace habit, and the No. 1 answer is wiping a…
  • Morgan Stanley Unveils Fuel-Cell Energy System at its Purchase, N.Y., Headquarters

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    The Bloom Energy fuel-cell system produces electricity without burning fossil fuels, reducing emission of greenhouse gases. Earlier this month, Morgan Stanley unveiled a new fuel-cell system at the firm’s headquarters in Purchase, N.Y. The fuel-cell system and a solar-panel field completed earlier this year are the latest in a series of initiatives to improve the facility’s “energy efficiency and resiliency,” according to the financial-services firm. read more
  • SLC 2014: An Employee-Engagement Tool That’s Right in Kennametal’s ‘Sweet Spot’

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:18 am
    Find-and-fix "has a very good balance of effectiveness and simplicity that enables people to really latch onto it,” said Jon Hansen, global health and safety manager for the Latrobe, Pa.-based manufacturer of metalworking tools and components. If you were to view Kennametal Inc.’s find-and-fix safety program on a chart with a Y axis that represents effectiveness and an X axis that represents complexity, find-and-fix “is pretty much right in the sweet spot.” “It has a very good balance of effectiveness and simplicity that enables people to really latch onto it,”…
  • How To Improve Workers’ Compensation Outcomes [Infographic]

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    Workers’ compensation is the one property and casualty coverage where a business can exert the most control to reduce claims and cost. Here are seven key performance indicators. Many middle-market businesses fail to identify important key performance indicators to help them understand, effectively analyze, track and measure process improvements that reduce claims, maximize ROI and increase profitability, despite the fact that workers’ compensation is the one property and casualty coverage where a business can exert the most control to reduce claims and cost. Content…
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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

  • 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.
  • 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…
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    ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH news - Google News

  • Blistering opinion of Beshear's environment - The Courier-Journal

    28 Nov 2014 | 6:02 pm
    The Courier-JournalBlistering opinion of Beshear's environmentThe Courier-JournalShepherd said that the company could have been fined up to $38 million. •Leave us alone: But even as Shepherd is critical of the Beshear administration for its lax oversight of the environment, Beshear was telling President Barack Obama to butt out of
  • US tightens smog limits in bid to protect health - Tifton Gazette

    28 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    Environment News ServiceUS tightens smog limits in bid to protect healthTifton GazetteThe move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental and public health groups wanting more. Business groups panned the Environmental Protection Agency's new ozone regulations as unnecessary and the ...JeffCo meteorologist optimistic that Birmingham could meet EPA-proposed AL.comPollution and PoliticsNew York TimesProposed Federal Smog Rules Could Affect MinnesotaKSTP.comEnvironment News Service -Albuquerque Journalall 80 news articles »
  • Mounting Electronic Waste Poses Major Threat to Environment, Health - Newsweek

    28 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    NewsweekMounting Electronic Waste Poses Major Threat to Environment, HealthNewsweek... the biggest draws for shoppers on the day (and indeed the rest of the year), but these immediate savings hide the ultimate collective cost - old electronics (e-waste) that are improperly disposed of can result in environmental pollution with its and more »
  • How does environment-damaged DNA lead to disease? - Medical News Today

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    eNews Park ForestHow does environment-damaged DNA lead to disease?Medical News TodayNew research from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has identified for the first time how damaged molecules become inserted into the DNA strand. These molecules may contribute to some diseases - such as cancer, diabetes, ...Scientists Determine How Environment Contributes to Several Human DiseasesLab Manager Magazineall 13 news articles »
  • Statins: Widely used drugs may protect people from air pollution - Environmental Health News

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:37 am
    Statins: Widely used drugs may protect people from air pollutionEnvironmental Health NewsMost recently, a study of 1,923 U.S. women found that those taking statins are less likely to have signs of inflammation, said Bart Ostro, an epidemiologist with California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment who led the study. “There and more »
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    Media Notes

  • Tenacious reporters get scoop on long delayed phosphorus regs.

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    There is a long tradition of companies and governments releasing news they do not want people to hear on Friday afternoon. But what happened last weekend was even more bizarre. The Maryland governor O’Malley administration didn’t so much release a big piece of news as kind of let it slip, and it was a reporter who forced their hand. Rona Kobell, Bay Journal.
  • New York Times' Keystone TK.

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
    The New York Times accidentally published a rough draft of an article online on Tuesday, including multiple leads, unedited B matter, and several blank spaces marked "TK," a shorthand that journalists use as a placeholder in the editing process. Dylan Byers, Politico.
  • Will radio save science journalism?

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    In hiring a brand-new health journalism staff, WNYC may be one of the only news outlet in the country that is actually expanding its physical offices to accommodate more reporting muscle. Anna Clark, Columbia Journalism Review.
  • 'Daily Show' steps into Detroit water shutoffs.

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    Detroit's controversial water shutoffs were highlighted in a satirical news segment Monday night on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." "It's one of our biggest problems here," said The Detroit News' editorial page editor, Nolan Finley. Holly Fournier, The Detroit News.
  • Review: 'Merchants of Doubt' shows how public opinion is manipulated.

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    Don't underestimate Robert Kenner's "Merchants of Doubt." It may sound like a standard-issue advocacy documentary concerned, as so many are, with the perils of global warming, but it's a lot more than that. This enthralling film, based on the book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, is as fascinating as it is horrifying. Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.
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    Toxicology News

  • "Did Marijuana Kill Michael Brown?"

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The title of this post is the headline of this provocative and interesting new piece by Jacob Sullum now up at Reason. Here is how the piece starts and ends: In a radio interview on August 18, a self-identified friend of Darren Wilson's reported that the police officer suspected Michael Brown was under the influence of drugs the day Wilson shot him to death in Ferguson, Missouri.
  • Toxicology Research Laboratory Chooses Instem Software Solutions

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Instem, a leading provider of IT solutions to the global early development healthcare market, announced today that Toxicology Research Laboratory has purchased the Provantis software suite for managing their preclinical studies, along with the submit solution suite to support CDISC's Standard for Exchange of Nonclinical Data . TRL is a GLP operated, AAALAC International accredited facility located within the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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    toxicology news - Google News

  • Reefer madness: Prosecutors mentioned Mike Brown's pot use 44 times in grand ... - Raw Story

    28 Nov 2014 | 5:33 am
    Raw StoryReefer madness: Prosecutors mentioned Mike Brown's pot use 44 times in grand Raw Story“So toxicology, everything it has and everything it doesn't have has significance, and in this instance, I think marijuana is significant that he smoked marijuana, but 99 out of 100 people taking marijuana aren't going to get in a fight with a police Ferguson: Did prosecutors focus unduly on marijuana?BBC NewsProsecutors repeatedly stressed Brown's pot useLake ExpoDid Marijuana Kill Michael Brown?Forbesall 9 news articles »
  • Toxicology report returned on deadly crash - KSBY San Luis Obispo News

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Toxicology report returned on deadly crashKSBY San Luis Obispo NewsThe California Highway Patrol reported Wednesday that Sabrina Hammerlund, the Los Osos woman killed in a crash on Highway 1 on November 11, had a blood alcohol level more than four times the legal limit to drive. The 24-year old was driving early in ...
  • Toxicology report confirms Taveras was intoxicated at time of fatal crash - CBSSports.com

    12 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    CBSSports.comToxicology report confirms Taveras was intoxicated at time of fatal crashCBSSports.comTessie Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office in the Dominican Republic, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that toxicology reports showed Taveras had a blood-alcohol level five times the legal limit when he lost control of his Toxicology report says Oscar Taveras was legally intoxicated at time of crashYahoo Sports (blog)Toxicology report says Taveras was drunk in fatal crashLas Vegas Review-JournalToxicology report indicates Taveras was drunkWTAE Pittsburghall 221…
  • Toxicology Results Released In Murder/Suicide Case - WBIW.com

    11 Nov 2014 | 12:07 am
    Toxicology Results Released In Murder/Suicide CaseWBIW.com(TERRE HAUTE) - The toxicology results from the Vigo County Coroner's Office for George Samson were released on Monday. Officials were called to the home of George Samson and Kelly Ecker Samson early Sunday morning on Oct. 5. Kelly placed a call ...and more »
  • Travers named chairman of pharmacology, toxicology - Xenia Gazette

    10 Nov 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Travers named chairman of pharmacology, toxicologyXenia GazetteFAIRBORN — Jeffrey B. Travers, M.D., Ph.D., has been named professor and chair, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and professor, Department of Dermatology, effective Feb. 1, 2015, at Wright State University's Boonshoft School of Medicine.and more »
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    WordPress Tag: Mold

  • After Frozen FDD Curb Drain Caused Backup and Floods Last Winter, Ann Arbor Home Tests Positive for Toxic Molds

    16 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    Winter Backup Summary We have just re-posted (here, here and here) about the last winter’s catastrophic basement flooding at two homes on Avondale, in Ward 4, after freeze-ups in, and backups from the City’s FDD-only “curb drains.” These froze solid. We think this subject of winter backups and health risks is so important that it’s worth looking at least at the second post on the winter backups to understand the basic physics and plumbing of the backups: why the  lines freeze; how the water can get into your basement; and how a winter backup can cause as much…
  • Deferred Maintenance on your Home ... can be a real pain when trying to sell!

    15 Nov 2014 | 8:58 pm
    One thing that has become apparent over the last few years is how savvy buyers have become. Buyers are expecting the home they purchase to be in top notch, move in ready condition. If it’s not, well, they are likely to mark that home off their list and move on to the next. And let’s face it, when we’re the ones living in a home with that hinge that is loose on the kitchen cabinet, with the paint peeling on the back deck, or with the drip in the powder room faucet we don’t think much of it. We figure we’ll get around to fixing it at some point. Putting off…
  • GF Machining Options Unveils Devoted Mold Generating Wire EDM Series

    15 Nov 2014 | 5:41 pm
    GF Machining Options Unveils Devoted Mold Generating Wire EDM Series GF Machining Options has introduced the AgieCharmilles Cut 200/300 MoldTech series of wire EDMs , made especially for moldmakers. The machines are equipped with a special technical features and capabilities for precise and efficient machining&nbsp… Study more on ENGINEERING.com Jimtof highlights: Setting new overall performance levels in toolmaking In the EDM field, Mitsubishi Electric&#39s wire-cut MP4800 unit now employs linear shaft motors rather than ball screws for motion manage. This enables quicker…
  • Fall weather leads to no sailing and mold!

    Sailing Pups
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:45 pm
    We have been back at Cowichan Bay for almost a month now and the weather has not been very cooperative for sailing and exploring the coast.  It has been raining most of the time and when not raining, the winds have been up to 70 knots.  So what do you do when you can’t go sailing? Well, we worked on some of the projects that have been on our list and even some that have not been on our list (see future blogs for details). Dark, chilly day in Cowichan Bay Dark clouds over Cowichan Bay Storm clouds approaching Strong winds in Cowichan Bay Winds predicted up to 70 knots in Strait of…
  • Begging 101. Because Autism.

    15 Nov 2014 | 4:31 pm
    I’m begging. Because that’s what you do for your kids. I’m doing a fundraiser for Gavin right now be
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    the soft landing baby

  • 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…
  • Creating a homework space that is productive and fun

    Harry Spence
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    Most kids see homework as a tedious chore, but it doesn’t have to be. After all, a lot of kids love going to school, so why shouldn’t homework be fun in the same way – full of the joy of learning? Designing the right environment for doing homework can make a big difference. It’s well worth the effort, and not just because it will make your child happier in the immediate term. Learning to deal with homework when young helps children to develop a positive attitude to work that will be a big asset in later life. The basics The most basic needs of your child’s homework space are a…
  • Is Fostering a Child right for you?

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

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

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

  • Indigenous Community Beats Drought and Malnutrition in Honduras

    Thelma Mejia
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    The brand-new kitchen that Estanisla Reyes and her husband built working 15 days from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The new ecological stoves cook the food with which the Tolupan indigenous community of Pueblo Nuevo, in northern Honduras, put an end to child malnutrition in just two years. Credit: Thelma Mejía/IPSBy Thelma MejíaPUEBLO NUEVO, Honduras , Nov 27 2014 (IPS)In the heart of the Pijol mountains in the northern Honduran province of Yoro, the Tolupan indigenous community of Pueblo Nuevo has a lot to celebrate: famine is no longer a problem for them, and their youngest children were rescued…
  • Shale Oil Threatens the High Prices Enjoyed by OPEC

    Humberto Marquez
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Ranking of recoverable shale oil and gas reserves, which have revolutionised the global map of fossil fuels. Credit: ProfesionalMovilBy Humberto MárquezCARACAS, Nov 26 2014 (IPS)Shale fever and the political chess among major oil producers and consumers have put OPEC in one of the most difficult junctures in its 54 years of history.“OPEC was spoiled for several years by high prices of around 100 dollars a barrel,” Elie Habalián, a former Venezuelan OPEC (Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) governor, told IPS. “If it had had the foresight to keep prices down to around 70…
  • Women on the Edge of Land and Life

    Manipadma Jena
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    In the Indian Sudarbans, impoverished women band together to fight against hunger, economic insecurity and climate change. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPSBy Manipadma JenaSUNDARBANS, India, Nov 26 2014 (IPS)November is the cruelest month for landless families in the Indian Sundarbans, the largest single block of tidal mangrove forest in the world lying primarily in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.There is little agricultural wage-work to be found, and the village moneylender’s loan remains unpaid, its interest mounting. The paddy harvest is a month away, pushing rice prices to an annual…
  • Rich Countries Pony Up (Some) for Climate Justice

    Oscar Reyes
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted the Climate Summit 2014 at UN headquarters in New York on Sep. 23. Credit: Green Climate FundBy Oscar ReyesWASHINGTON, Nov 26 2014 (IPS)It’s one of the oldest tricks in politics: Talk down expectations to the point that you can meet them. And it played out again inBerlinas 21 countries—including theUnited States—pledged nearly 9.5 billion dollars to the Green Climate Fund, a U.N. body tasked with helping developing countries cope with climate change and transition to clean energy systems.Despite its green mandate, the Green Climate Fund may also…
  • Filipino Farmers Protest Government Research on Genetically Modified Rice

    Diana Mendoza
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:13 am
    Filipino rice farmers claim that national heritage sites like the 2,000-year-old Ifugao Rice Terraces are threatened by the looming presence of genetically modified crops. Credit: Courtesy Diana MendozaBy Diana MendozaMANILA, Nov 26 2014 (IPS)Jon Sarmiento, a farmer in the Cavite province in southern Manila, plants a variety of fruits and vegetables, but his main crop, rice, is under threat. He claims that approval by the Philippine government of the genetically modified ‘golden rice’ that is fortified with beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A, could ruin his…
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    Dr Robert Muller - The Zeitgeist is Changing

  • Has China Already Reached Peak Coal?

    Dr Robert Muller
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Chinese coal miners in an illustration of the Tiangong Kaiwu encyclopedia, published in 1637 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)by Giles Parkinson, Renew Economy: http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/china-already-reached-peak-coal-83430We have to admit we haven’t paid a lot of attention to the dry bulk shipping industry, but these graphs from what will soon be the biggest dry bulk company in the world caught the eye of a reader, and ours too. They come from the third quarter report of Golden Ocean, which is merging with the Knightbridge to form the biggest company of its type - shipping coal,…
  • A Deal to Save the Planet – Or to Wreck It?

    Dr Robert Muller
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:36 am
    by Jonathan Neale, RedFlag: http://redflag.org.au/article/deal-save-planet-%E2%80%93-or-wreck-itThe US-China emissions reduction deal announced last week after nine months of negotiations between the two countries has been variously hailed a “game changer”, a “breakthrough”, “massive”.The numbers and the time frame tell a very different story, writes Jonathan Neale.----------Obama of the United States and Xi of China have signed a bilateral climate agreement. Much of the media have hailed the deal as a key step forward. In fact, it is an appalling deal. Let’s look at the…
  • Want to Feed the World? Tackle Pollution From Ozone and Soot

    Dr Robert Muller
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    Air pollution over India, Bangladesh (Wikipedia)by Zongbo Shi, University of Birmingham Researchers have long known that man-made climate change will harm yields of important crops, possibly causing problems for the world’s food security.But new research shows air pollution doesn’t just harm crops indirectly through climate change; it seems to harm them directly.Pollution from soot and ozone has caused a major decrease of crop yields in India, with some densely populated states experiencing 50% relative yield losses.To ensure the world has enough food, we need to look directly at air…
  • What Will it Take to Go Beyond 'Extractivism'? Federico Fuentes Replies to Don Fitz

    Dr Robert Muller
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:50 am
    A miner in Bolivia.For more on the "extractivism" discussion, click HERE. by Federico Fuentes, Links international Journal of Socialist Renewal: http://links.org.au/node/4127 NOTE: A version of this article appeared first at TeleSUR English.In recent years, a number of important discussions have emerged among and between environmentalists and solidarity activists. None has generated quite as much heat as the debate over extractive industries, particularly in South America. This is perhaps unsurprising given what’s at stake: South America is home to some of the world’s largest…
  • Berlin at Forefront of Urban Green

    Dr Robert Muller
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    by Stockholm Resilience Centre: http://www.stockholmresilience.org/21/research/research-news/10-28-2014-berlin-forefront-of-urban-green.htmlThe URBES project launches video from BerlinAs one of the cities represented in the Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services project (URBES), coordinated by Stockholm Resilience Centre, Berlin has much to show when it comes to development, policy and strategies for enhancing green areas.Green initiatives across the city are enabling people from all walks of life to get involved, and through for example local gardening and education projects adults and…
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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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    ToxicsWAtch Blog

  • Toxic Hot Seat - Get Together and Get Toxics Out

    28 Nov 2014 | 10:51 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.
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    26 Nov 2014 | 4:17 pm
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    26 Nov 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Join our effort to gather personal stories about why it is so important to pass the Toxic Free Kids and Families Act in 2015
  • Break Out the Good China This Holiday Season

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    The holidays can be a time to slow down, take stock of what’s important and share a special feast for our special friends and family. But while you’re setting your plans for the big day, you may also want to think about how you’re setting your table.
  • Governor's Office Unveils Potential Toxics Reduction Bill

    13 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration has unveiled a draft outline of legislation this week that could bring regulating toxic chemicals in Washington state under the umbrella of the Department of Ecology — away from the Legislature’s purview — and could spell far-reaching implications for manufacturers and industries.
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    Aarons EnvironMental Corner.....

  • How to avoid processed food

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:14 pm
    There`s a growing (and healthy) “whole foods” phenomenon taking over the nutrition world`s vocabulary. From trendy celebrities to eco-foodies to bizarre New Age dieters, the idea of getting away from processed foods is catching on. The problem is: changing your lifestyle from everyday supermarket and frozen food aisle eating to organic, natural, unprocessed foods is not necessarily easy. Especially if you don`t know where else to get your food. The problem isn`t with understanding the new diet, but with understanding what is and what isn`t “processed.” Yes, it`s…
  • Nature’s True Medicine Vitamin D3

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:51 am
    This is a new Vitamin D supplement that is issued in tiny gel caps that even children can swallow. Probably it’s top selling point, I would say. Our kids take them without hesitation (aged 3-4). In the winter, we supplement since we don’t often get the amount of sun we need here in the cold of Wyoming. No other nutrient, supplement, drug or hormone has gained more scientific credibility than Vitamin D. Vitamin D is linked to pretty much every age related disorder including cancer and chronic inflammation. Vitamin D is actually a hormone. It triggers certain actions in the body…
  • Santamedical Tens Electronic Massager Muscle Stimulator

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:45 am
    I often have back aches, usually of the “generally tired” and probably the “sitting too much” variety. They usually go away within a couple of days. These aren’t spinal issues, but are muscle fatigue and general pain. I’ve sometimes found massage to help, but don’t often have access to good massage. Until now. This Santamedical electronic massager works by sending small pulses of electricity into your muscles, causing them to quickly contract and release. That results in a massage. It’s awesome. Santamedical electronic tens pulse massager…
  • StyleWriter 4 – More Than Just Spellcheck

    12 Nov 2014 | 7:58 pm
    I do a lot of writing. A lot. It’s literally what I do for a living. So anything I can do to help improve my abilities is a good thing. I rarely find style tips, grammar checkers, etc. that are worth having. Built-in spellcheck to catch my occasional blunder or help prompt the correct spelling and some time proofreading are my primary tools. I was asked to try StyleWriter 4, a new grammar, spelling, and style checker. It’s software that just reads what you’ve written and grades it on various levels to show ways to improve. It comes in three flavors: Starter, Standard, and…
  • Small Packing Organizer Bags

    12 Nov 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Whether traveling or just organizing your shelves, having little containers and portable bags is awesome. Enter these little travel cubes. These organizer bags from Dot & Dot are small 11×6.75×3 inch bags with a double zipper, mesh top, and are just the right size to stuff with small clothing items, miscellaneous items, or whatever. They come in a four-pack and I’ve reserved one for actual travel use, where I’ll stuff things I want kept separate from other things in my suitcase. The other three are being used to organize our childrens’ craft items. The bright…
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  • Ghana: Licensing and regulatory authorities must bear the blame

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:54 am
    Despite the disparities in knowledge of the distinction between small scale mining and illegal mining, small scale mining has become synonymous with ‘galamsey’ (artisanal gold mining in Ghana) due to the way they both go about with their work.  ‘Galamsey’ is the term used to describe the aspect of mining that is not licensed, regulated or supervised by any authority in Ghana. This study which was conducted in the Denkyira, Nsutam and Osino townships where there are heavy presences of small scale miners. A scan through the communities and the environments of these areas, showed…
  • Gold rush an ecological disaster for Peruvian Amazon

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:49 am
    Illegal mines dump an estimated 30 to 40 tons of mercury into the region's rivers every year, contaminating them and their fish, according to the Peruvian government.A Stanford University study found that the region's indigenous people had up to five times the internationally accepted level of mercury in their bodies."It's an extraction economy here. People survive on what they remove from nature," said Eduardo Salhuana, the head of the Madre de Dios Miners'…
  • Paeroa drinking water fears

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:48 am
    Anti-mining activists have the backing of a retired Waikato University Professor who believes mining operations in the Karangahake Gorge would lead to contamination of the area's drinking water. Around 80 people marched to the Hauraki District Council offices in Paeroa yesterday to oppose plans that allow New Talisman Gold Mines Ltd to reopen mines without public consultation.http://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/88016-paeroa-drinking-water-fears.html 
  • Tiffany CEO Turning to Environmental Activism Upon Retirement

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:46 am
    Tiffany & Co. chairman and CEO Michael J. Kowalski plans to become an environmental activist when he retires next year, according to a New York Times report. The longtime exec “will seek to push the green agenda to the forefront of the luxury industry discussion,” the article said.Under Kowalski, the retailer has been surprisingly public in its opposition to the proposed Pebble gold and copper mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Kowalski considers the Environmental Protection Agency’s move to block the mine one of his “most satisfying moments” of the past year, according…

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    Five-hundred tons of cyanide-containing waste from the highly disputed Ovacık gold mine was discharged into a small stream in the Bergama district in the western Turkish province of İzmir. The mine is operated by Koza İpek Holding, one of the largest conglomerates in Turkey and run by Akın İpek, a businessman who acquired the mine in 2005 and known for his close ties with the controversial Gülen Movement.http://www.dailysabah.com/nation/2014/11/26/cyanide-containing-waste-discharged-from-kozas-ovacik-mine
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    Small Footprint Family

  • 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…
  • 30 Ways to Use Less Paper

    Dawn Gifford
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Why should we care about our paper usage? Paper is pretty cheap and renewable, right? Unfortunately, paper is substantially more resource intensive than you would think. Here’s why, and how you can save a ton of paper (and money) at home, school and work… Paper’s Heavy FootprintFrom cradle to grave, papermaking uses a tremendous amount of energy and natural resources. First, trees are cut down and the wood is chipped into small pieces. Then water and heat, and sometimes chemicals, are added to separate the wood into individual fibers.The fiber is mixed…
  • Is Borax Toxic?

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

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

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

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    The work of 2014 Goldman Prize winner Rudi Putra is featured in a report released by Rainforest Action Network (RAN) earlier this week. The report, titled “The Last Place on Earth, Exposing Threats to the Leuser Ecosystem: A Global Biodiversity Hotspot Deserving Protection,” details the dire threats facing Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem.The report describes the Leuser Ecosystem as “a rich and verdant expanse of intact tropical lowland rainforests, cloud draped mountains and steamy peat swamps. It is among the most biodiverse ecosystems ever documented by science, and it is the last…
  • World Travels Bring Prize Winners to the Bay Area

    5 Nov 2014 | 12:38 pm
    In the last few months, we have been lucky to catch up with several past Prize recipients as they’ve traveled through the Bay Area for various events.First we caught up with 2009 Goldman Prize winners Yuyun Ismawati from Indonesia and Olga Speranskaya from Russia. Yuyun and Olga were in town for a funder’s briefing on climate, environmental health and justice, hosted by the Marisla Foundation and Global Greengrant Fund.Yuyun and Olga became fast friends on the 2009 Goldman Prize tour, and today they work together as colleagues for IPEN (International POPs Elimination Network), a global…
  • The New Environmentalists Makes its National Debut

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Don’t miss “The New Environmentalists: From Ithaca to the Amazon” as it makes its national debut on a PBS station near you!This Emmy winning series is narrated by Robert Redford and features the inspiring stories of the 2014 Goldman Prize winners: Desmond D’Sa (Africa), Ramesh Agrawal (Asia), Suren Gazaryan (Europe), Rudi Putra (Islands), Helen Slottje (North America), and Ruth Buendia (South and Central America).Check out our full-page ad in the New York Times on Friday, November 7 and be sure to check your local PBS listings and tune in to catch the show:THIRTEEN-WNET, New York…
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    Actual Organics

  • Manifesto for life

    Joanna Runciman
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:38 am
    Little introduction is needed for my manifesto for life, suffice to say I pick one or two things each day rather than try and be perfect! I’m not perfect. I am just doing my best like we all are; learning, growing, messing up and getting up again the next day and starting all over again. [...] The post Manifesto for life appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • 10 ways to quit your plastic habit

    Joanna Runciman
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:43 pm
    I used to have a plastic habit, I used plastic things and never really thought about what happened when I had used it, where it went when I threw it away. Where is away anyway? It is possible to lessen your reliance on plastic, how do I know this? I have done it. Let’s be [...] The post 10 ways to quit your plastic habit appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • 10 ways to reduce waste in your life

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Cordless LED sconces from Exciting Lighting: a review

    David Guion
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:28 am
    Do you want to add some beauty and atmosphere to your home lighting? Or perhaps do you need so shed some light in a dark corner of a room? But you don’t want the expense or mess of cutting into a wall to install wiring? Then check out these battery operated LED sconces from Exciting Lighting. Exciting Lighting makes a wide variety of cordless LED wall lights. Because they are battery operated, you can mount them on any wall in your home as easily as you can hang a picture. The batteries can account for half the weight of these lamps. It’s easy to put a screw (and screw anchor)…
  • Organic Food: Natural Nourishment for Your Mind and Body

    David Guion
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:46 am
    Guest post by Daisy Rachel. Green organic food has become well-liked by everyone nowadays. Everyone wants to know what organic food are, if they are healthy, what type of food is organic and the advantages of consuming organic food. This can be bewildering as a starter. The following article will give you a clear view about green organic food. First, I want to define what organic foods are so that you can get a clear. Organic food has been produced in an environment that is friendly. No synthetic pesticides are used to control weeds, no bio-engineered genes and no petroleum-based fertilizers…
  • Enzyme Cleaner and How to Make it

    David Guion
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    Guest post by Shanon Gilborg. This article explains how to make enzyme cleaners at home and why they are better to use than standard cleaning products. Take a look. What are enzymes? Enzymes are “benevolent” chemicals in human bodies that accelerate metabolic reactions, break food down and speed up biological processes. They are catalysts capable of converting some molecules into other molecules. They can’t reproduce themselves. Due to their nature, enzymes are capable of breaking waste down. For this reason, these catalysts are used to make cleaning solutions. What are enzymatic…
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    Conserve Energy Future

  • 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,…
  • Features and Stages of Environmental Management Systems (EMS)

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:42 am
    What is Environmental Management Systems (EMS)? An Environmental Management System (sometimes referred to as an EMS) is an apparatus for dealing with the effects of an organization’s practices on nature. It gives an organized methodology to arranging and actualizing environmental safety measures. EMS involves establishment of programs and monitoring and measuring progress to meet desired objectives and targets. More formally, EMS is a tool that is used to study the impact of organization’s activities on the environment. It helps an organization achieve its environmental goals through…
  • What are Most Common Energy Efficient Lighting Types?

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    What are Most Common Energy Efficient Lighting Types? It is getting harder to find any type of lighting that isn’t one of the 3 most common energy efficient lighting types, mostly because the traditional incandescent light isn’t made by many manufacturers anymore. The choices that remain will provide a wider range of lighting options, increased energy efficiency and reduced waste. Knowing which light to choose for your home or office will make sure that you get right one to help you work or live. These energy efficient lighting types light your home using the same amount of light for less…
  • Various Facts About Fossil Fuels

    11 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    Fossil Fuels Facts Fossil fuels are remains of dead plants and animals buried deep under the earth’s crust. Fossil fuels power our life, and have for over a century. They are non-renewable sources of energy that take millions of years to develop and provide us with power to light and heat our homes, drive our vehicles and develop our modern lifestyles. Fossil fuels come in the form of coal, oil or natural gas. They are the cheapest and easiest of all fuels to acquire and use. There is a lot of debate about the continued exploration and mining rates for. Considering that almost all of…
  • Medical Waste Disposal and Companies Involved in it

    6 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
    What is Medical Waste Disposal? Medical waste is any waste material that is considered be of a bio-hazardous nature. Healthcare facilities like hospitals, dental clinics, nursing homes, physician’s offices generate a large amount of medical waste daily. The waste generated includes a broad range of materials like needles, chemicals, blood, body parts, razor blades, broken tubes, suction devices, gloves, gowns,  syringes, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and saturated dressings. This type of waste isn’t just generated by medical facilities and labs, but can also be found on general…
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    EnviroTech - Mold Remediation | Pest Control | Indoor Air | Lawn Care | Restoration Contracting

  • Pest Control For Mice and Rats

    11 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Due to the spread of towns, cities and businesses, the original habitat of common mice has been encroached upon. The intrusion on rolling hills where mice once lived (well, technically they still do, but there are less rolling hills) has created the opportunity for them to find a new home within man-made dwellings. Some say that mice have now become dependent on humans for their sustenance. Flourishing cities, once established, has cause mice to migrate in droves and become permanently settled. Because of this, mice bring a host of problems for people in their homes and places of business.
  • Mice, Rats, and Ants! Oh My!

    4 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Every homeowner deals with pests in their household at some point. Some are easier to get rid of than others. A few of the more troubling pests include: Ants Ants can be a plague in many homes. Whether it is a few ants or a large nest, the problem usually is hard to measure on the surface. Some home remedies such as finding the nest and pouring boiling water onto it may be satisfying, but will only take care of a few thousand, compared to the millions in the nest. Wasps Wasp nests can be dealt with easily if they are in the ground. First you find where the wasps are going into the soil. After…
  • Getting Rid of Rats

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Why is Controlling Rats Important? Rats have a stigma about them for being one of the deadliest pests and for good reason! Rats are hosts to bacteria that cause deadly diseases, such as leptospirosis, typhus fever, rat-bite fever, and dozens more. They transmit disease through hair, droppings and urine. If food or water get contaminated, it could result in food poisoning. Eliminating these pests from your home or business needs to be a main concern. If you own a rental property or a business establishment, the sight of rats will drive potential and existing customers away! Rats are quite…
  • Along With Drafts Come Some Furry Friends

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

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

  • From Profiteering to Environmental Care: The B Corporation

    Michael Manouel
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    From Profiteering to Environmental Care: The B Corporation   B corporations (or B corps), and benefit corporations, are for-profit companies that have a stake in not only driving up their stakeholders’ price-per-share, but also in trying to bring about solutions to environmental concerns, social issues, their workers’ benefits, and sustainability overall. Which means, these companies […] The post From Profiteering to Environmental Care: The B Corporation appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Radon & Safety: Ubiquity, Exposure, and OSHA

    Michael Manouel
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Radon & Safety: Ubiquity, Exposure, and OSHA   Radon: The Insensible Radioactive Gas Radon is a tasteless, odorless, and colorless radioactive gas. Increased exposure to large concentrations of the gas have been correlated with an incidence of lung cancer. Radon is released during the decay of uranium and thorium, which are found naturally occurring in […] The post Radon & Safety: Ubiquity, Exposure, and OSHA appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • OSHA 2015 Regulatory Changes: Will You Be Ready?

    Michael Manouel
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:44 pm
    OSHA 2015 Regulatory Changes: Will You Be Ready?   OSHA reporting may be an unpleasant reality of the workplace, but it is necessary to help improve the safety and working conditions of all workers, and compliance with the health and safety body means keeping in line with the law. On January 1st 2015, new OSHA […] The post OSHA 2015 Regulatory Changes: Will You Be Ready? appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Ebola Risk Management in Our Community

    Jessica Hope
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    Ebola Risk Management in Our Community   We are sometimes asked if we have written procedures or protocols regarding packaging, labeling, transporting and disposing of various “hazardous materials/infectious agents”. Management of Ebola outbreak situations is the catalyst for the most recent wave of inquiry so we’re offering information and resources that will help to educate […] The post Ebola Risk Management in Our Community appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Coal Ash Regulation: How Will It Affect You?

    Michael Manouel
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Coal Ash Regulation: How Will It Affect You? What is Coal Ash? Coal combustion residuals (CCRs), commonly referred to as coal ash, are the residue or detritus from the combustion process of coal-fired power plants, and are disposed of in a liquid form in impoundments or landfills After the coaled is burned, this residual material […] The post Coal Ash Regulation: How Will It Affect You? appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
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  • November 30

    30 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Nov. 30, 1980:  The U.S. Congress passes the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, protecting over 100 million acres of Federal land in Alaska and doubling the acreage included in the National Parks System.  President Jimmy Carter signs the bill into law two days later.  
  • November 29

    29 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Nov. 29, 1979:  The floodgates are closed for the first time on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Tellico Dam, ending a six-year controversy.  The dam’s construction was opposed due to the presence of the snail darter, a small endangered fish, in the Tellico River.  
  • 10 recipes for leftover Thanksgiving turkey

    28 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Happy day after Thanksgiving. It’s time to start deciding what to do with those Thanksgiving leftovers, including all that turkey. It’s not unusual to cook extra turkey just to ensure you have leftovers for soup or sandwiches, or one of these 10 other recipes.
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  • November 27

    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Nov. 27, 1966:  New York City is enveloped in smog, resulting in hundreds of hospitalizations. At right, smog covers the city in 1998.  
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  • 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…
  • Ways to Make Your Monday Happier at the Office

    Natalia Rex
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    Do you like Mondays? On Mondays, people get on an average only 3 hours of work done, call in sick the most, and many feel more depressed on a Monday than any day of the week. The cult-classic Office Space perfectly illustrates Monday frustration: It’s a guessing game as to why Mondays are the way they are. Maybe people are reminded of what they didn’t do (or have to do), maybe they didn’t get rest during the weekend, watched a late Sunday night football game, or don’t like their job. Some reasons why people don’t like their jobs are time related - they’re overworked, they…
  • 4 Things to Ask Your Office Cleaning Company

    Natalia Rex
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    If you’re hiring a new office cleaning service, what should you ask from the get go? Do “How much do you charge,” “How can I pay,” and “How often do you clean” sound familiar? If so, you’re on the right track in choosing the best office cleaning service. Office cleaning, however, isn’t a one-size-fits-all service. Every business has different needs and as the customer, you should know what to ask if you want a professional clean. After all, who wants dirty floors, dusty desks and messy restrooms? Talk about making a bad first impression on your visitors, clients, patients or…
  • 2 Reasons Why People Come To Work Sick

    Natalia Rex
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    The latest study about flu in the workplace has produced some interesting and share-worthy results. The good news? There’s a drop of the percentage of people who come to work sick. The bad news? 60 percent of employees still come to work sick. Why is there still such a significant number who show up sick, even when 88% of managers encourage them to stay at home? According to the study, here are 2 main reasons why: 40% of them feel there is too much work to do 31% of them think their boss will appreciate it The problem with these reasons are that the employee doesn’t get well, their state…
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  • Reviews to Choose A Best Room Humidifier 2014 – 2015

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:47 pm
    What is the Best Room Humidifier for 2014 – 2015? Why Do We Need Room Humidifiers? Except for working time, most people spend more than 90% of their time staying in rooms. So if there are some evident signs of dryness in your room, such as clapped lips, sore throats, dry skins, and cracking furniture, it may be the time to get a room humidifier. If you are not sure whether a room humidifier is really needed, you can use… Continue Reading ›› The post Reviews to Choose A Best Room Humidifier 2014 – 2015 appeared first on AirBetter.org.
  • Air Pollution Fact: Developing Countries and The Kyoto Protocol

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Air pollution in developing countries Tough developed countries have realized the danger of air pollution and already taken necessary actions to reduce it, most developing countries haven’t gain the awareness of air pollution. Developing countries take the excuse to help developing countries improve their industries through building factories, in fact, most of which releasing chemical pollutant in those countries. Developing countries often lower the standard of wastewater and sewage than those factories they restrict in their home lands. And now,… Continue Reading ›› The…
  • Tips to Choose a Best Quiet Humidifier for Bedroom

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Best Humidifier for Bedroom and Reviews 2014 – 2015 How to choose A Best Humidifier for Bedroom? If you are considering purchase a humidifier for your bedrooms, there are three things you may need to take into account. First, it should be a quiet humidifier. The decibel level your bedroom humidifier operates should be at the lowest level since this humidifier is for the bedrooms, high noise will definitely affect your sleeping. There is no completely noiseless humidifier, which means… Continue Reading ›› The post Tips to Choose a Best Quiet Humidifier for Bedroom…
  • A Short Introduction for Facts of Air Pollution

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:19 pm
    Air: a vital element for life Air is a gaseous mixture which has no color, odor or taste. It is mainly comprised by around 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen and other gases, like hydrogen, argon, neon, helium and carbon dioxide. It envelops the terrestrial globe to form the earth’s atmosphere. It’s a vital element for all the living beings. Clean and high quality air enhance the quality and lifespan of life, otherwise, it creates unbeneficial factor affecting human health. Causes of… Continue Reading ›› The post A Short Introduction for Facts of Air Pollution appeared first on…
  • How to Choose A Console Humidifier – Console Humidifier Reviews 2015

    17 Nov 2014 | 12:22 am
    Console Humidifier Reviews 2014 – 2015 Why Do We Choose Console Humidifiers? Are you feeling confused by console humidifiers and portable humidifiers when you are looking for a humidifier for your home? To some extents, both two models are portable. Generally, a portable humidifier with maximal capacity only can give humidification to one or two rooms, but a console humidifier can spray moisture around a whole house. Console humidifiers, specifically, is a type of the whole-house humidifier, however, it can… Continue Reading ›› The post How to Choose A Console Humidifier…
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    Assmaa Almaairgy
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:11 am
    Happy Holidays Everybody. It’s Black Friday Deals For 2014.  And for this occasion  i will be featuring the top 10 best Energy & Environment  related deals for black Friday ,The deals are listed down below. You will be getting a lot of discounts and free shipping ,So make sure you don’t miss this deals out. 1- ALLPOWERS™ 16W Solar Panel Charger See larger image (Black Friday)ALLPOWERS™ 16W Solar Panel Charger with PowersIQ™ Fast Charging Technology External Power Pack 2A Dual USB Portable Charger Backup for Iphone 6 Plus 5s 5c 5 4s 4, Ipad Air Mini, Samsung Galaxy…
  • 4 Lessons To Teach Your kids on How To Be Eco Friendly

    Heather Roberts
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    4 Lessons To Teach Your kids on How To Be Eco Friendly.  In a world where sustainability and renewable energy are becoming more and more popular as words, people must make sure they fully understand the importance of preserving the environment and doing everything in their power to prevent harm to it. What is more, the young should be taught and educated about these issues, as they are the future generation that will suffer from unsolved problems and benefit from solutions. Kids can be amazing listeners and they can be taught very essential lessons on the important issue at hand –…
  • 10 Ways To Make Your Home Eco Friendly

    Milan Budimkic
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    Keeping your home eco friendly is an important part of every day life. You might ask how do you do that, but we’ll make it simple for you. We have put up a little text talking about how to make your home more eco friendly. Just follow these steps presented in the text below. 1. Install underfloor heating. Wall radiators are very energy wasting, and they are pretty ugly too. Underfloor heating is the right heating. 2. Have good insulation. Use natural or recycled materials, because they are eco friendly. Energy efficiency drops down by you can’t even imagine how much when you…
  • #TOP10 – The 10 Best Small Wind Turbines For Home Use

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    You might be looking for an efficient and clean way to produce electricity at your house ,Well that became possible nowadays as the technology made our life even easier and brought so many interesting devices to produce energy at house like solar panels and wind turbine, As for solar panels you can have an idea about them at this article  ” The 10 Best Solar Panels For Your Home ” ,but for now i will be discussing the wind generators. Next are the 10 best wind turbines for home use. But before you buy one , you first should understand them ,How they work and what is the perfect…
  • The TOP 8 Greatest Solar Energy Projects Of All Time {Infographic}

    Stuart Amm
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    Renewable energy has been a hot topic in recent years. We regularly see content in the media related to the issue of climate change around the world and how it will inevitably affect us all. We have seen many erratic changes to weather patterns and there have been a number of related natural disasters. Weather experts and scientists claim that this pattern will continue as climate change continues to take hold. We as individuals have the opportunity to make a difference even if it means small changes in our behaviors. Recycling more household products, choosing renewable energy options are…
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