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  • Cut food waste love ugly vegetables

    Actual Organics
    Joanna Runciman
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Do you look at how the apple or carrot looks in store and choose a ‘perfect’ looking one? Do you clear out the fridge each week and throw away or compost some food? I used to opt for perfect-looking vegetables, I am less bothered today, and I barely throw away any food, and if something [...] The post Cut food waste love ugly vegetables appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • Allergies, asthma and the environment (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)

    WordPress Tag: Environmental Health
    Diego Fdez-Sevilla
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    Allergies, asthma and the environment. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla) The “hygiene hypothesis” In 1989 a sc
  • Midwest Waterways Contaminated with Persistent Neonicotinoid Pesticides

    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog
    Beyond Pesticides
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, July 25, 2014) A new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study published yesterday found neonicotinoid pesticides persistent and prevalent in streams throughout the Midwestern United States. The study is the first to investigate the presence of neonicotinoids on a wide-scale level in the Midwest. While neonicotinoid use has increased throughout the country, the Midwest […]
  • Pesticides Linked to Drug-Resistant Fungal Infections in Humans

    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog
    Beyond Pesticides
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, July 29, 2014) A recent rise in drug resistant human pathogenic fungi may be fueled by the use of fungicides (pesticides that kill fungi) on agricultural fields, according to research led by Manchester University in the United Kingdom. Aspergillus, the genus of common soil-dwelling fungi analyzed by researchers, include an incredibly diverse group […]
  • Putting People First: VPP and VPPPA

    EHS Today
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association Inc. (VPPPA) is dedicated to cooperative occupational safety, health and environmental management systems. VPPPA is a member-based association, supporting worksites across the U.S. in their efforts to receive and maintain their status in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). As the organization prepares for its 30th annual conference, which will be held Aug. 25-28 at the Gaylord National Convention Center http://www.vpppa.org/conference/ in National Harbor, Md., Editor-in-Chief Sandy Smith had a question and answer session…
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    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog

  • Pesticides Linked to Drug-Resistant Fungal Infections in Humans

    Beyond Pesticides
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, July 29, 2014) A recent rise in drug resistant human pathogenic fungi may be fueled by the use of fungicides (pesticides that kill fungi) on agricultural fields, according to research led by Manchester University in the United Kingdom. Aspergillus, the genus of common soil-dwelling fungi analyzed by researchers, include an incredibly diverse group […]
  • New Research Links Pesticide Exposure to Adverse Effects Three Generations Later

    Beyond Pesticides
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, July 28, 2014) New research from Michael Skinner, Ph.D.’s laboratory out of Washington State University finds that –yet again— exposure to pesticides may have devastating consequences for future generations. The study, “Pesticide Methoxychlor Promotes the Epigenetic Transgenerational Inheritance of Adult-Onset Disease through the Female Germline,” published in PLOS ONE, finds that gestating rats […]
  • Midwest Waterways Contaminated with Persistent Neonicotinoid Pesticides

    Beyond Pesticides
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, July 25, 2014) A new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study published yesterday found neonicotinoid pesticides persistent and prevalent in streams throughout the Midwestern United States. The study is the first to investigate the presence of neonicotinoids on a wide-scale level in the Midwest. While neonicotinoid use has increased throughout the country, the Midwest […]
  • EPA Denies Hazardous Pesticide Use on 3 Million Acres of Texas Cotton Fields

    Beyond Pesticides
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    (Beyond Pesticides, July 24, 2014) Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied an emergency application to use a hazardous pesticide, propazine, on 3 million acres of Texas cotton fields, after groups representing environmental, public health, and organic farm interests urged the agency to reject the request based on environmental effects and the predictable […]
  • New Zealand To Increase Scrutiny of Bee-killing Pesticides, Denies “Neonic” Application

    Beyond Pesticides
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, July 23, 2014) New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Authority is stepping up its requirements for a higher level of scientific evidence regarding the safety and effects of neonicotinoids -pesticides linked to bee decline- before considering them for approval. Just last month, the Authority declined an application of thiamethoxam, a neonicotinoid, for use as a […]
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    EHS Today

  • Putting People First: VPP and VPPPA

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association Inc. (VPPPA) is dedicated to cooperative occupational safety, health and environmental management systems. VPPPA is a member-based association, supporting worksites across the U.S. in their efforts to receive and maintain their status in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). As the organization prepares for its 30th annual conference, which will be held Aug. 25-28 at the Gaylord National Convention Center http://www.vpppa.org/conference/ in National Harbor, Md., Editor-in-Chief Sandy Smith had a question and answer session…
  • #WINNING: EHS Today Comes Out a Winner in ASBPE’s Azbee Awards of Excellence Program

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    EHS Today receives two national and three regional ASBPE Azbee Awards. EHS Today again has been honored for editorial and design excellence as part of ASBPE’s Azbee Awards of Excellence program. EHS Today’s Editor-in-Chief Sandy Smith received the top award for editor’s letter/editorial at the July 25 National Awards Banquet of ASBPE (the American Society of Business Publication Editors). Smith received the national Gold award for her editorials “Wellness…What??!” and “A Voice for the Silent.” read more
  • Top 10 Opportunities for Improvement in Your Safety Program (Gallery)

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    Perhaps just as telling as the statistical results from our 2014 National Safety Survey were the write-in responses. EHS professionals didn’t mince words when we asked them about the challenges and opportunities that they face in protecting workers. In this gallery, we look at the 10 most frequent answers to this question: “In what area would you most like to see improvement in your EHS program?” Do any of these responses sound familiar? Look for an in-depth analysis of our survey in the August issue of EHS Today. read more
  • OSHA and FMCSA Sign Pact Focusing on Whistleblower Protection

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    OSHA and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have signed a memorandum of understanding allowing the agencies to cooperate on whistleblower cases that fall under the anti-retaliation provision of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act. read more
  • Lack of Foot Protection Carries a $308,435 Price Tag for New Jersey Logistics Firm

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Cal/OSHA cited Vineland, N.J.-based NFI for the same violation in 2012, and alleges that the firm has failed to address the situation. Cal/OSHA has issued $308,435 in proposed penalties to National Distribution Center LP (doing business as NFI) for failing to provide employees with foot protection at its Mira Loma, Calif., facility. The agency cited the Cherry Hill, N.J.-based logistics, warehousing and distribution firm for the same violation in 2012, and alleges that NFI has failed to address the situation. read more
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  • NRDC petitions EPA to cancel neonicotinoid pesticides

    Jennifer Sass
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. NRDC filed a legal petition today against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asking EPA to withdraw its approval of neonicotinoid pesticides (called neonics), given the broad scientific consensus that neonics pose a serious risk to honeybees, wild bees, and other pollinators. Specifically, our petition says: “Given mounting scientific evidence that neonicotinoids are toxic to bees and threaten both individual and population survival, the agency should initiate cancellation proceedings for all neonicotinoid…
  • White House Gets Behind the Bees

    Jennifer Sass
    22 Jun 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. Pollinators including bees just gained an important ally in the fight to regain their numbers, with the White House memorandum, “New Steps to Protect Pollinators, Critical Contributors to Our Nation’s Economy”. In his memorandum, President Obama directed the EPA and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to co-chair a new Pollinator Health Task Force which would identify ways to protect and restore pollinators, including honey bees, native bees (there are over 400 species in the US), birds, bats, and butterflies. Pesticides, and…
  • National Academies heaps praise on the EPA IRIS chemical assessment program

    Jennifer Sass
    6 May 2014 | 11:31 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. The EPA's program to assess the hazards of chemicals - called the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) - earned itself a lot of praise from the prestigous National Academies (NAS) for its adherence to scientific excellence, and to public transparency and accountability.  Today's National Academies report (here) comes after a robust, two-year long review of the IRIS program by fifteen scientific and technical experts and numerous peer reviewers. It was initiated in response to a 2011 National Academies report that, although focused on…
  • Ethylene Oxide - the chemical industry's defense of cancer risk

    Jennifer Sass
    6 May 2014 | 11:11 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. The chemical industry is mounting a defense of its toxic product The EPA Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program released its Draft hazard assessment of ethylene oxide last summer, with its updated evaluation of the cancer risks from inhaling ethylene oxide (IRIS, July 2013).  Ethylene oxide is already known to be a very toxic chemical. It is one of the 33 most hazardous air pollutants identified by EPA as posing the greatest human health risk in the largest number of urban areas.(IARC Vol 97, 2008) At room temperature, ethylene…
  • Carbon nanotube flame retardants - two wrongs don't make a right

    Jennifer Sass
    24 Feb 2014 | 11:00 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. Carbon nanotubes are wee little microscopic-sized tubes made of  sheets of carbon atoms, rolled up into a tube like a paper towel roll. One roll is a single walled carbon nanotube, and a few rolls will make a multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT). These tubes resemble asbestos fibers – rigid, long, and once inside the body they are persistent over weeks or months, similar to asbestos. They also share asbestos’ fire-retardant properties, and asbestos’ ability to make materials stronger and more durable. In fact, carbon…
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    Media Notes

  • InsideClimate News responds to Steve Everley of Energy in Depth.

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    Last week, Energy in Depth published a lengthy criticism of InsideClimate News and partner Center for Public Integrity of stories about toxic air emissions from unconventional gas and oil production in Texas. InsideClimate News editor David Sassoon responds. David Sassoon, InsideClimate News.
  • Journalists subpoenaed in 'pink slime' suit.

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    At least four journalists and a writer have been ordered to hand over documents to attorneys representing the largest manufacturer of “pink slime,” the latest development in Beef Products Inc.’s $1.2-billion defamation lawsuit against ABC News and others. David Uberti, Columbia Journalism Review.
  • Are these science writers and publications facing death threats for covering GMOs?

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    Natural News editor and anti-GMO activist Mike Adams has compared some science journalists and publications to the Nazis, saying they are "Monsanto collaborators who have signed on to accelerate heinous crimes being committed against humanity." Paul Raeburn, MIT Knight Science Journalism Tracker.
  • How Forbes got to $475 million.

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Business fortunes have turned for Forbes, which had trouble paying its rent in 2012, though it may have come at the expense of Forbes' journalistic credibility. Forbes now employs a pay for traffic system that incentivizes writers to put out irresponsible clickbait such as “Is The CDC Hiding Data About Mercury, Vaccines, And Autism?” Ryan Chittum, Columbia Journalism Review.
  • A state lawmaker’s op-ed appears to be copied from… somewhere.

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    What does cattle ranching in Wyoming have to do with building homes in South Carolina? More then you'd think. A recent newspaper op-ed by a Charleston, South Carolina, lawmaker and a PR package from a beef lobbying group in Cheyenne, Wyoming, use nearly identical language in their opposition to a controversial EPA proposal that would clarify and expand regulations on small bodies of water. Corey Hutchins, Columbia Journalism Review.
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    Toxicology News

  • Young mum on diet died from huge caffeine overdose after taking slimming tablets

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Assistant coroner tells inquest: 'It's possible she took the tablets in the misguided belief the amount she was taking would not result in serious injury' A mum who was self-conscious about her weight died of a massive caffeine overdose after swallowing a bottle of slimming tablets, an inquest has heard.
  • Drugs and Concerts Hit a High in Chicago Summer Scene

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    Newswise - Some music festival goers will be exchanging their concert wristbands for hospital patient identification bracelets as Pitchfork kicks off the summer music and drug season in Chicago.
  • Pollution test resuls expected next week1:12 am | 0

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:12 pm
    County health officials could know next week what lab tests reveal after the state toxicologist collected recent samples from a contaminated pond.
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    15 Jul 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Pattison Sand Co. said in a statement Tuesday that a toxicologist determined smoke particle readings from a fire that ignited last week were below levels of public health concern.
  • Paducah Nuclear Workers Meeting July 17

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:06 pm
    The DEEOIC Interim Advisory Board will hold their third national town hall meeting on July 17, 2014 for claimants who have filed claims under Part E or Part B lung disease claims under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act of 2000, as amended .
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    WordPress Tag: Mold

  • Fishcicles! 5 Fun Summer Ice Trays

    15 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Ah, the ocean. What a beautiful sight, especially on a warm summer evening watching the sun set over the horizon, right? Well, there are dangers that lurk under the waves, and if you’d rather not set foot in the danger zone, think about these fun icy alternatives instead. When was the last time you were on a cruise? Hopefully it was the cruise of a lifetime, but not, y’know, the cruise of a lifetime… if you know what I mean. In honor of our fallen lady the RMS Titanic, raise a glass with these Gin & Titonic ice cubes in it! (Afterward, throw yourself a line with a…
  • New Commercial Industrial Ozone Generator Pro Air Purifier Odor Mildew Mold

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:32 am
    Save $ 10 order now New Commercial Industrial Ozone Generator Pro Air Purifier Odor Mildew Mold at Air Purifiers store. Daily updated air purifier reviews and find the best air purifiers for home on top 10 air purifiers consumer reports on Stores, Market. If you have been looking for top… http://bestairpurifierusa.com/new-commercial-industrial-ozone-generator-pro-air-purifier-odor-mildew-mold/
  • BMC Mix Design DIY 3D Silicone Nail Art Decortive Acrylic Cabochon Mold Kit - Set 4, 30pc Kit 1

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Product Details | Shipping & Delivery | Special Offers Get your DIY juices flowing! b.m.c happily offer you an outstanding deal on sets of cabochan molds. These 10 piece and 30 piece sets will give a load of design ideas to take your nail art to the next level. All molds are made from a…
  • She shared 3-D printable data of her vagina and got arrested!

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:17 pm
    These 3-D printers seem to be more and more popular nowadays and several of my own friends own a dev
  • New Commercial Industrial Ozone Generator Pro Air Purifier Odor Mildew Mold

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Save $ 10 order now New Commercial Industrial Ozone Generator Pro Air Purifier Odor Mildew Mold at Air Purifiers store. Daily updated air purifier reviews and find the best air purifiers for home on top 10 air purifiers consumer reports on Stores, Market. If you have been looking for top… http://bestairpurifierusa.com/new-commercial-industrial-ozone-generator-pro-air-purifier-odor-mildew-mold/
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    the soft landing baby

  • What to ask when your relationship starts to get serious

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

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

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

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

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    Getting the children involved with crafts at a young age is highly recommended for a number of reasons. Not only is it a fun activity for all the family, it can significantly help with their learning and development. According to The Open University, research suggests that taking part in interactive and arts related activities with children can help promote their happiness and development of everyday skills. These include extending a child’s fine motor skills, developing their self esteem and understanding concepts like colour and numbers. Below are top 10 craft tips for when you’re…
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    Inter Press Service » Environment

  • Antigua Weighs High Cost of Fossil Fuels

    Desmond Brown
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    The Petrotrin Oil Refinery in Trinidad and Tobago which has significant, proven fossil fuel reserves. Credit: Desmond Brown/IPSBy Desmond BrownST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Jul 28 2014 (IPS) Caught between its quest to grow the economy, create jobs and cut electricity costs, and the negative impacts associated with building an oil refinery, the Antigua and Barbuda government is looking to a mix of clean energy and fossil fuels to address its energy needs. Venezuela’s ambassador to Antigua, Carlos Perez, announced last week that Caracas was at an advanced stage of negotiations with the government…
  • Drought and Misuse Behind Lebanon’s Water Scarcity

    Oriol Andrés Gallart
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    Tank trucks being filled with water in front of Osman Bin Affan Mosque in Beirut. Credit: Oriol Andrés Gallart/IPSBy Oriol Andrés GallartBEIRUT, Jul 28 2014 (IPS) In front of Osman Bin Affan Mosque, in a central but narrow street of Beirut, several tank trucks are being filled with large amounts of water. The mosque has its own well, which allows it to pump water directly from the aquifers that cross the Lebanese underground. Once filled, the trucks will start going through the city to supply hundreds of homes and shops. In a normal year, the water trucks do not appear until September, but…
  • A Carrot Is a Carrot – or Is It?

    Justin Hyatt
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:09 am
    Permaculture enthusiasts with their harvested produce. Credit: Graham BellBy Justin HyattBUDAPEST, Jul 28 2014 (IPS) Food security is often thought of as a question of diversifying supply and being able to move food through areas plagued by local scarcity, relying on the global economic system – including trade and transport – as the basis for operations. But there is a growing current of opinion that the answer lies much closer to home, by creating locally resilient food supplies which are less dependent on global systems and therefore on the political and economic crises that afflict…
  • Fish Before Fields to Improve Egypt’s Food Production

    Cam McGrath
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:07 am
    Fish cages on the Nile River. Experts are calling for a more holistic approach to aquaculture. Credit: Cam Mcgrath/IPSBy Cam McGrathCAIRO, Jul 26 2014 (IPS) Less than four percent of Egypt’s land mass is suitable for agriculture, and most of it confined to the densely populated Nile River Valley and Delta. With the nation’s population of 85 million expected to double by 2050, government officials are grappling with ways of ensuring food security and raising nutritional standards. “With the drive toward increasing food production and efficiency, Egypt is going to have to become smarter…
  • Human Development Report Finds South Asia’s Poor on a Knife’s Edge

    Amantha Perera
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    Women sleep on a crowded train in Myanmar. Globally, some 1.2 billion people live on less than 1.25 dollars a day. Credit: Amantha Perera/IPSBy Amantha PereraCOLOMBO, Jul 24 2014 (IPS) Millions still live in poverty and even those who have gained the security of the middle-income bracket could relapse into poverty due to sudden changes to their economic fortunes in South Asia, the latest annual Human Development Report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) revealed. “In South Asia 44.4 percent of the population, around 730 million people, live on 1.25−2.50 dollars a day,”…
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    Dr Robert Muller - The Zeitgeist is Changing

  • Public Transport Has Been Let Down by Our Reluctance to Pay For It

    Dr Robert Muller
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Syntagma Metro Station Archaeological Collection (Wikipedia)by Chris Hale, University of Melbourne Public transport has a problem with money.Campaigners often argue that mass transit is a public good in its own right, and hence should be very cheap or even free.Mainstream media and even many self-proclaimed supporters of public transport run emotional stories about fare increases, while governments offer “giveaway” fare policies that severely restrict transport revenue.Trains and buses are widely derided as “lower-class” forms of transport, despite being one of society’s most…
  • New Zealand’s Southern Alps Have Lost a Third of Their Ice

    Dr Robert Muller
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:29 pm
    by Jim Salinger, University of Auckland; Blair Fitzharris, University of Otago, and Trevor Chinn, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research A third of the permanent snow and ice of New Zealand’s Southern Alps has now disappeared, according to our new research based on National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research aerial surveys. A NASA satellite photo of the Southern Alps, stretching along New Zealand’s South Island, shown here capped with snow in 2002. Jacques Descloitres/NASA/Wikimedia Commons Since 1977, the Southern Alps' ice volume has shrunk by 18.4 km3 or 34%, and…
  • Why We Have to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves

    Dr Robert Muller
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Three young Tasmanian Devils. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)by Richard Conniff, Take Part.com: http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/07/23/why-we-have-save-wildlife-save-ourselvesRichard Conniff is the author of The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth and other books. full bio.Midway through the new special issue of Science, about the global loss of wildlife, my heart caught on this idea: we now live with a steady, imperceptible loss “in people’s expectations of what the natural world around them should look like,” and “each generation grows up within a…
  • The 'Pre-Holocene' Climate is Returning – And it Won't be Fun

    Dr Robert Muller
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Sahara Desert from space (Wikipedia)by Peter Fisher, RMIT University A string of events earlier this year provided a sobering snapshot of a global climate system out of whack.Europe suffered devastating floods, Britain’s coastline was mauled, and the polar vortex cast a US$5 billion economic chill over America.Meanwhile, an abnormally mild winter in Scandinavia disrupted bears' hibernation; while Australia was ravaged by fires and record-breaking heat.These happenings give us an idea of what life must have been like in the lead-up to the Holocene Epoch, living on the brink of seismic…
  • Will 2015 be the Year the World Agrees How to Live Sustainably?

    Dr Robert Muller
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
    The Eight (MDGs) of the UN - Target date 2015 (Wikipedia)by John Thwaites, Monash University; David Griggs, Monash University, and Tahl Kestin, Monash University Next year will be critical in environmental diplomacy.World governments will be negotiating important global agreements in two areas that will have a major impact on our well-being in coming decades, including the legal framework for climate action beyond 2020.The second, far less well-known - but potentially just as important - agreement is about setting global Sustainable Development Goals, to follow on from the poverty-focused…
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    Plastic Bag Ban Report

  • Nevada City Plastic Bag Ban Adopted

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

    Ted Duboise
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    Freemantle, Western Australia, July 9, 2014 (PBBR) – The Strategic and General Services Committee of Freemantle has voted unanimously to adopt the Plastic Bag Reduction Local Law 2014. The Local Law must still be approved by the State Government. The Local Law was actually drafted and passed in 2012. However, the State Government disallowed the […]
  • Hastings-on-Hudson Bans Plastic Bags

    Ted Duboise
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, June 3, 2014 (PBBR) – Tonight, the Mayor and Board of Trustees of the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York adopted a local law to ban plastic checkout bags. The roll call vote was unanimous for the ban. The local law prohibits all retailers, including restaurants, from providing a plastic carryout bag to […]
  • Napa, CA Passes First Reading of Plastic Bag Ban

    Ted Duboise
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    Napa, California, July 22, 2014 (PBBR) – The City Council of Napa, California passed the first reading of a plastic bag ban for the city. Known as the Single-Use Carryout Bag Reduction Ordinance, the measure was passed unanimously by Council. The Council spent over an hour and a half in discussions and a public hearing […]
  • Silver City, New Mexico Passes Plastic Bag Ban

    Ted Duboise
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Silver City, New Mexico, July 8, 2014 (PBBR) – The Silver City, New Mexico Town Council approved an ordinance banning single-use plastic carryout bags at the regular Town Council meeting tonight. The ordinance was introduced by Councilor Cynthia Ann Bettison just six weeks ago on May 27. A public hearing was held before the vote […]
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    Green Living Everyday Blog

  • Bright Outlook for Texas Solar

    10 Jul 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Experts are anticipating that the solar energy market in the state of Texas to achieve significant growth over the next several years.  According to to the Solar Energy Industry Association: Texas ranks 13th in the country in installed solar capacity, with enough solar energy installations to power 12,300 homes. Residential and commercial photovoltaic systems prices fell by 22 percent over the last year. More than 280 solar companies are actively working in the state of Texas, employing more than 3,000 Texans.    
  • Energy Efficient Roofing

    7 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    Hot roofs absorb heat, causing air conditioner systems to work harder to cool during the warmer months of the year. A cool roof uses material that is designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof. Cool roofs can be made of a highly reflective type of paint, a sheet covering, or highly reflective tiles or shingles. Cool Roofs can lower the temperature of your roof by up to 50 degrees, which will reduce cooling costs.  
  • Efficient Windows Can Save Energy = Money

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

    29 May 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Clean Refrigerator Coils – Coils can collect dust, making them less efficient for cooling. Be sure to clean coils two times per year to eliminate buildup and reduce energy use by up to 6%.       Clean Ventilation - Air conditioning vents and dirty air filters should be cleaned and/or replaced regularly.  Changing filters can reduce HVAC energy use and electricity costs from 5 to 15%.       Inspect Vent Hoods – Check vent hoods for need of cleaning or filter replacements.  Energy Star certified ventilation fans can use 60% less energy than…
  • How to Use Composting Worms

    30 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    Did you know that the majority of organic waste can be recycled by worms? A worm composting system can convert over 70% of your home waste into beneficial compost. How to make a worm composting bin To make a worm composter, you’ll need: A short, wide plastic bin A drill Sand/gravel Damp, shredded newspaper or straw (for bedding material) Compost worms. You need 1,000 to 2,000 Step one: First you need to drill a holes in the bottom and top of the bin. Step two: Put up to 10cm of gravel (or sand) in the base of the bin.. Step three: Next, add some of the bedding material (Newspaper or…
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    ToxicsWAtch Blog

  • Senate Tackling the Worst of the Worst Chemicals

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:17 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.
  • Would You Like Flame Retardants With That Couch?

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Most of Aimee Robinson's customers are moms. And more of them are starting to ask questions about the contents of the couches and chairs she constructs. "I get moms crying on the phone," said Robinson, owner of the green furniture company EcoBalanza. "Their main concern is protecting their loved ones from exposure to toxic chemicals."
  • Toxic Hot Seat - the Washington Tour 2014

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:33 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.
  • Walgreens - We Need You to Lead on Toxic Chemicals

    27 Jul 2014 | 2:25 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
  • Federal Toxics Reform: Most Chemicals Haven't Been Tested Enough to Know

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

  • Can the Moon change our climate? Can tides in the atmosphere solve the mystery of ENSO?

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    by Jo Nova The Moon has such a big effect — moving 70% of the matter on the Earth’s surface every day, that it seems like the bleeding obvious to suggest that just maybe, it also affects the air, the wind, and causes atmospheric tides. Yet the climate models assume the effect is zero or close to it. Indeed, it seems so obvious, it’s a “surely they have studied this before” moment. Though, as you’ll see, the reason lunar effects may have been ignored is not just “lunar-politics” and a lack of funding, but because it’s also seriously complex. Keep your brain engaged… Ian…
  • The ‘War on Meat’ Will Make the ‘War on Coal’ Look Tame

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    by Ronald Bailey, Reason Put down that burger, you irresponsible carnivores! Why? Because munching steaks, burgers, and chops significantly increases the carbon footprint of meat-eaters and thus their contribution to man-made global warming. So says a new study, “Dietary greenhouse gas emissions of meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans in the UK,” in the journal Climatic Change. By how much? The researchers conclude: Read the rest here. Related Posts (automated): New paper claims a value one seventh of the IPCC best estimate for Climate Sensitivity for a CO2 doubling…
  • The BBC Has Lost Its Balance Over Climate Change

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    by Matt Ridley, The Times The BBC’s behaviour grows ever more bizarre. Committed by charter to balanced reporting, it has now decided formally that it was wrong to allow balance in a debate between rival guesses about the future. In rebuking itself for having had the gall to interview Nigel Lawson on the Today programme about climate change earlier this year, it issued a statement containing this gem: “Lord Lawson’s views are not supported by the evidence from computer modelling and scientific research.” The evidence from computer modelling? The phrase is an oxymoron. A model cannot,…
  • Number One Nutrition Krill Oil

    6 Jul 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Most of you know by now that I take Omega-3s as one of the few daily supplements I have in my diet. I’m not a firm believer in taking supplements for every damn thing, but I do know from experience and research that some supplementation is necessary given our diets and access (or lack thereof) to certain things in today’s world. For example, genetically, I am predisposed to a high protein diet that would have, at one time not long ago, included a lot of Atlantic fish. Since I now live landlocked and thousands of miles from any ocean, I supplement my diet with Omega-3s via fish oil…
  • Men’s Soap Company Shaving Soap review

    6 Jul 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Shaving is one of those things that I honestly haven’t mastered, even after over twenty years of doing it. I’ve tried creams, various shavers, different techniques, etc. and just can’t seem to find the right spot where I get a good shave, without irritation, and without spending a fortune. I have sensitive skin and a beard that grows in every direction. I’ve compromised, up to now, by using cheap shaving cream, in the shower, with a shaving mirror, and a high-quality disposable blade shaver, and by shaving only every second or third day. This minimizes irritation (the…
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  • Mercury Exposure and Health Impacts among Individuals in the Artisanal and Small - Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) C ommunity

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    Mercury exposure in ASGM communities is associated with adverse health effects including kidney dysfunction, autoimmune dysfunctions,and neurological symptoms.Urinary mercury concentrations in ASGM communities are above the concentrations that have been associated with neurologic and kidney effects. Fish, a major source of protein for many populations inASGM areas, are contaminated with methyl mercury as evidenced by hair mercury concentrations. Many of the hair mercury concentrations are reported to be considerably above the concentration associated with the…
  • Illegal Gold Mining in Madre de Dios, Peru

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:50 am
    Worldwide, small scale mining accounts for one third of all mercury pollution; in Madre De Dios alone an estimated 30 to 40 tons of mercury are dumped into the environment annually. http://www.amazonconservation.org/pdf/gold_mining_fact_sheet.pdf
  • Mercury contamination from artisanal gold mining in Antioquia, Colombia: The world's highest per capita mercury pollution.

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    The artisanal gold mining sector in Colombia has 200,000 miners officially producing 30tonnes Au/a. In the Northeast of the Department of Antioquia, there are 17 mining towns and between 15,000 and 30,000 artisanal gold miners. Guerrillas and paramilitary activities in the rural areas of Antioquia pushed miners to bring their gold ores to the towns to be processed in Processing Centers or entables. These Centers operate in the urban areas amalgamating the whole ore, i.e. without previous concentration, and later burn gold amalgam without any filtering/condensing system. Based on mercury mass…
  • Mercury contamination in fish

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:44 am
    In the U.S. large scale mining and processing of gold ore is a now a relatively minor source of direct mercury emissions to air thanks to effective regulations. Globally, however, large scale gold mining still emits substantial quantities of mercury to the environment. In addition, the largest use of mercury in the world is artisanal and small scale gold mining. Approximately 10-20 million miners around the world, especially in Asia, Africa and South America, use mercury to bind with gold contained inside ore, and then burn off the mercury, leaving just the gold behind. This low-tech practice…
  • Leading Britain Casting Houses Offer Fairtrade Gold

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Around the world, small scale mining employs about 15 million miners. As many as 100 million people depend on it for their livelihoods.·          Fairtrade gold was first launched in 2011 in the U.K. closely followed by launches in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Japan and South Korea. Discussions are currently underway to introduce certified gold in the U.S. and Switzerland in the near future.·          The Fairtrade Minimum Price for pure gold is set at 95…
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  • Buying Legal Codeine Phosphate 30 mg from an Ethical Online Med Store

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    Pain is essentially a very contentious issue in the medical profession. Doctors usually categorize pain into mild, moderate, and severe. However, the classification is often inaccurate due to the differences in pain bearing capacity in patients. The pain that is severe to one may be only a mild botheration to someone well-trained at handling pain.In addition, pain is a symptom encompassing diverse medical niches such as neurology, skeletal & muscular pain, discomfort in internal organs, and sometimes even ghost pain where the cause is unidentifiable. Nevertheless, the origin of pain is…
  • Mangroves our Natural Asset Declining

    Wajeeha Alam
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Pakistan’s coastal area is an arid sub-tropical desert with 1,050 kilometers long coastline of which one-third is in Sindh and the rest in Baluchistan. The average rainfall is 100-200mm per year, and that too, sporadic. The Indus Delta is spread over 600,000 hectares along the southern Arabian Sea Coast in Sindh. Out of these, 260,000 hectares are covered with mangroves mainly in the Indus Delta swamps. In addition, small pockets exist in deltaic swamps of other small rivers namely Basol, Dasht, Piroli and Winder which fall into the Arabian Sea in Balochistan. Mangroves thrive on a…
  • Baluchistan Black Bear on its verge of extinction

    Mehmooda Peachi
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    In Pakistan the Himalayan Black Bear is found in the mountains of Azad Kashmir, Khagan, Swat Kohistan and Southern Chitral, in Chitral Gol National Park. It is also found in Ayubia National Park. The sub specie, Baluchistan Bear is found in the higher hill ranges of Baluchistan, such as Takht-e-Suliman and Toba Kakar. It is also found in Ziarat, Kalat and Khuzdar. Many believe it to be the only “true” subspecies of Asiatic Black Bear.The Baluchistan black bear (Ursus thibetanus gedrosianus) locally known as “Kala Reech in Urdu,Kala Bhalom, Mum in Baluchi was once widely…
  • Illegal Hunting Of Houbara Bustards (Tiloor) In Chagai Baluchistan

    Maria Noor
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) has condemned hunting of 2,100 Houbara Bustard in Chagai, Baluchistan. Divisional Forest Officer of Baluchistan Forest and Wildlife Department, Chagai in Dalbandin highlighted hunting of 2,100 Houbara Bustards. Houbara Bustard, is listed as “vulnerable” in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. It is also listed in Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Appendix I, pertaining to species that are vulnerable to hunting and poaching due to their economic value. In…
  • How Does Dredging Work?

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Dredging is the process of removing various minerals and materials from the surface of lakebeds, rivers and various other bodies of water. Over the course of time, bodies of water such as rivers start to accumulate silt, sand, stone and other materials that require removal every now and then. The gradual build up of sedimentation that is washed downstream cannot go anywhere else, so harbours and channels require dredging to take place in order to empty the surface of the water. It is an incredibly important process as debris can reduce the depth of water and make it dangerous for boats and…
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    Small Footprint Family

  • 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…
  • 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 Vegetables On the seed packages in the garden stores and catalogs, you will often see the words “partial sun” or “partial…
  • 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 below Amazon.com If 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 Not Sprinkler 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…
  • Small Footprint Fridays #69 – A Sustainable Living Link-Up!

    Dawn Gifford
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Welcome back to another Small Footprint Friday—a blog link-up party about sustainable living. Every Friday, we come together to support and encourage each other in living greener, healthier more sustainable lives. By joining together and sharing our wisdom, we can turn the tide on our health and environmental crises, and create a better world for our children and grandchildren. There are so many things we can learn from each other, like how to: save energy, water, trees, gas, and other resources; grow, preserve and store food; avoid toxins and heal ourselves naturally; make our own…
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    News from the Goldman Environmental Prize

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

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

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

    9 Jul 2014 | 4:07 pm
    1998 Goldman Prize winner Bobby Peek and his team at groundWork recently released a report exposing egregious air pollution violations and a resulting human health crisis being created by South Africa’s major energy utility, Eskom.Eskom provides 95% of South Africa’s energy, 90% of which comes from coal. Most of the production and processing of this coal happens in the economically depressed Highveld region, home to 12 of Eskom’s coal-fired power plants, hundreds of mines and some of the worst air quality in the world.The people who live in the Highveld region are being unfairly…
  • As Environmental Crime Surges, UN Report Calls for Urgent Action

    2 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    A recent report from the UN and Interpol titled “The Environmental Crime Crisis,” estimates that illegal environmental crime, from illegal logging to elephant poaching, generates up to $213 billion a year, with the majority of profits going to international crime syndicates and terrorist organizations.   Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said, “The illegal trade in natural resources is depriving developing economies of billions of dollars in lost revenue and lost development opportunities, while benefiting a relatively…
  • Chilean Government Rejects Massive Patagonia Dam Proposal

    20 Jun 2014 | 12:29 pm
    In what some are calling “the greatest triumph of the environmental movement in Chile,” the government of President Michelle Bachelet rejected an $8 billion dam proposal that would have devastated Chile’s pristine Patagonia region.The HidroAysén hydroelectric project would have flooded 15,000 acres of land in Patagonia, threatening the region’s biodiversity and cultural significance.The government’s decision is being hailed by local and international environmental groups, many of whom have been fighting to stop the project since its inception nearly eight years ago.Among those…
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    Actual Organics

  • How much is ENOUGH?

    Joanna Runciman
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    How much is ENOUGH?   We live in an age of excess but it doesn’t seem to be making us happy. The trouble with seeking to have the latest fasion or phone is that within six months there’s a new “hottest” item.   Relentless advertisements play on our insecurities to suggest that one hasn’t got [...] The post How much is ENOUGH? appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • Rissoles – save money with leftovers

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

    Joanna Runciman
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Do you look at how the apple or carrot looks in store and choose a ‘perfect’ looking one? Do you clear out the fridge each week and throw away or compost some food? I used to opt for perfect-looking vegetables, I am less bothered today, and I barely throw away any food, and if something [...] The post Cut food waste love ugly vegetables appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • Ways to use Herbamare in cooking

    Joanna Runciman
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I have used Herbamare made by A Vogel for years. I first bought it when living in England and found that it was a great alternative to salt, which I use, but the addition of the herbs adds a delicious flavour without having to buy mixed herbs and add them all individually. I like Herbamare [...] The post Ways to use Herbamare in cooking appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • Best ways to keep cool in summer

    Joanna Runciman
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    It is hot here at the moment. I have got up at 0530am and it is pleasant but still warm. I have very pale skin so sunbathing and going to the beach are out for me. So what are the best ways to keep cool in Summer? Drink hot tea When I was staying with [...] The post Best ways to keep cool in summer appeared first on Actual Organics.
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    Sustainable Green Homes

  • Can these ideas provide alternative energy? A firm maybe

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

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

    David Guion
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    Guest post by Hally Bertram These days, more people have started to think green and apply methods to live in an ecologically-friendly way. It is indeed true that the modern lifestyle usually comes with many disadvantages when it comes to protecting the environment. Technology, chemicals that can be found in all types of products and many other things we use in our everyday lives, do have a negative impact on the planet. It’s essential to try and do our best to protect it by starting to live in a more green way. Cleaning is an inevitable part of our lives, however, the cleaning…
  • Technology projects aiming for a more sustainable future

    David Guion
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    House with both solar panels and wind turbine Guest post by Jennifer Smith These days, we thankfully live in an age in which a great number of companies and governments are looking at how what we do affects the natural environment. Many of our energy resources will run out in the not too distant future if we abuse them, and so it has become very important that our technology projects from here on in try to bring about a more sustainable future for all of us. Solar panels When you drive around pretty much any area these days, you may just see a few houses that have solar panels installed. Some…
  • Cleanliness and dirty water

    David Guion
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Water draining Whenever you wash dishes, laundry, or yourself. You send dirty water down the drain. What’s in it? And what effect does it have on the environment? You have a variety of cleaning products to use. Most of them are either some kind of soap or some kind of detergent. They are necessary because, if the dirt includes any kind of oil or grease, water alone won’t clean it. Nearly all compounds are either hydrophilic (water-loving) which means they will dissolve in water, or hydrophobic (water-hating), which means they will not mix with water. Oil and water don’t mix.
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    Conserve Energy Future

  • Various Tundra Animals

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    List of Various Tundra Animals The tundra is an ecosystem located at the North Pole. This biome surrounds the Arctic Circle and is the coldest biome of all on earth. While it is centered on the North Pole, there are other areas of the world are considered to be part of the tundra because they share the same climate. These areas include the region of Antarctica, parts of Alaska and parts of Northern Canada. In the tundra, the average winter temperature is well below negative 34 degrees Celsius and the summer range is between 3 and 12 degrees Celsius. While the tundra only warms up for two…
  • What is Sustainable Development and What are its Goals?

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:44 am
    What is Sustainable Development? Sustainable development is the practice of using guidelines for environmentally responsible and energy savings to create new development projects and to maintain and retrofit older projects. It can include using green materials in new construction, designing projects that can harvest their own energy to reduce load on a power grid, or that incorporate green space in order to counterbalance the green space removed to build the onsite facilities. There is a heavy emphasis on making sure that what is built can be maintained and repaired in a way that minimizes…
  • Top Tips For Reducing Running Costs

    9 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    Top Tips For Reducing Running Costs There are so many power-hungry appliances out there in the world, with a lot of the older model appliances being the major culprits. Many of them are 10 years old or older. But, newer appliances offer more than just good looks. They offer power savings that translate into lower energy costs. Even still, there are ways to further reduce your energy consumption and only pay for devices you’re using. Avoid Leaving Appliances On Standby Energy companies, often recommend unplugging appliances that you’re not using. An alternative to this is to purchase a…
  • What is Sustainable Living and 15 Easy Ways for Sustainable Living?

    6 Jul 2014 | 1:27 am
    What is Sustainable Living? Sustainable living is the practice of reducing your demand on natural resources by making sure that you replace what you use to the best of your ability. Sometimes that can mean not choosing to consume a product that is made using practices that don’t promote sustainability; and sometimes it means changing how you do things so that you start becoming more of an active part of the cycle of life. We all know that climate change, global warming, depletion of ozone layer and resource depletion are real and their impact on human and animal lives can be devastating. It…
  • 15 Environmental Problems That Our World is Facing Today

    27 Jun 2014 | 3:18 am
    Environmental Problems Our environment is constantly changing. There is no denying that. However, as our environment changes, so does the need to become increasingly aware of the problems that surround it. With a massive influx of natural disasters, warming and cooling periods, different types of weather patterns and much more, people need to be aware of what types of environmental problems our planet is facing. Global warming has become an undisputed fact about our current livelihoods; our planet is warming up and we are definitely part of the problem. However, this isn’t the only…
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    EnviroTech - Mold Remediation | Pest Control | Indoor Air | Lawn Care | Restoration Contracting

  • Asbestos: Banned but still around in Buffalo, NY

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Asbestos is an indestructible, highly toxic material. Due to its extreme resilience, it was often used in the manufacturing of building materials, including insulation roofing and siding shingles, vinyl floor tiles, and textured paints. Exposure to asbestos is known to cause significant damage to the respiratory system, even causing lung disease and lung cancer, and has therefore been banned for many uses since the 1970s. However, asbestos still exists in older buildings, putting those who live or work in them in danger of exposure. For Professionals Only As a city that boasts several…
  • House Hunting? Read this First!

    23 Jun 2014 | 8:12 am
    Before making an offer on a home, most people hire an inspector to check it out. Some inspectors will perform cursory checks for basic environmental concerns, but most don’t. The smart house hunter will also engage an environmental and pest specialist to perform an additional inspection, looking for some very specific hazards: PESTS:  Most pest inspections focus on wood-destroying insects such as carpenter ants and termites, but rodents can be just as damaging. Rodent waste carries dangerous bacteria and viruses. Common areas of infestation are basements, ceilings and garages. MOLD: Attics…
  • A Fungus By Any Other Name…Would Still Be Mold

    13 Jun 2014 | 1:28 pm
    I’m often asked what, exactly, mold is. The simple answer is that molds are members of the fungi kingdom, as are yeasts and mushrooms. In fact, the powerful antibiotic Penicillin is actually a mold. Mold reproduces by releasing microscopic spores into the air. There are thousands of different varieties of mold, but none would exist without the presence of moisture, air, and something to feed on. As a living organism, mold is a part of nature and—in nature—it serves a valuable role by breaking down dead organic matter. The Uninvited Guest In our homes, however, mold can be quite harmful.
  • Attack of the Killer Mold Spores!

    10 Jun 2014 | 8:03 am
    It sounds like the title of a bad 1950s sci-fi movie. And it may sound a little far-fetched, but it’s actually not that far off the mark. Mold is Pervasive The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that between one third and one half of all buildings in the United States have the warm, damp conditions necessary to facilitate the growth of mold. And once it grows, it’s very hard to eliminate. According to the EPA website (http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldresources.html), “There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control…
  • Bath Fans and Poor Ventilation Will Cause Attic Mold

    15 May 2014 | 6:47 am
    Throughout the year, attic ventilation is a critical element in maintaining attic temperatures. In the summertime, vents help remove excess heat. In the wintertime, air vents prevent the excess moisture from building up and help to keep water condensation from accumulating due to the temperature differences between the attic and the floor directly below. Aside from an actual leak in your roof, the winter months are the time when moisture can lead to the growth of attic mold. During cold weather, warm air from the house can escape to the cold attic area. When warm air meets the cold surface of…
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    Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal

  • What is a Brownfield?

    Jessica Hope
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:08 pm
    According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a brownfield is defined as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse or which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” But in simpler terms, a brownfield is just land (previously developed for commercial or industrial purposes) that has possibly […] The post What is a Brownfield? appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Sustainability-Stressed?

    Jessica Hope
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    The world around us is growing more environmentally conscious all the time, and that has placed mounting pressure on businesses to implement sustainable practices.   Consumer expectations are high; people no longer just want to feel good about the purchases or services they’re paying for, they want to feel good about the business they choose […] The post Sustainability-Stressed? appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • 6 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle

    Jessica Hope
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    There are a great many benefits of becoming more waste-conscious. We produce more trash than we know what to do with, and even when our no-longer-desired possessions don’t end up in landfills, they end up cluttering our houses, basements, and garages. Enter recycling. We all know that we’re supposed to recycle aluminum cans, plastic bottles, […] The post 6 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Pharmaceutical Waste: 4 Things You Need to Know

    Jessica Hope
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
      Healthcare providers are tasked with many great responsibilities, some of which are exciting and noble (saving lives) and some of which are frustrating and tedious (disposing of waste). Properly disposing of pharmaceutical waste might not sound all that impressive, but the benefits are actually pretty remarkable: ensuring that your disposal process is safe and […] The post Pharmaceutical Waste: 4 Things You Need to Know appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • The 5 Essential Elements of Spill Response

    Jessica Hope
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Spills come in all different shapes and forms – they can occur in laboratories or garages, indoors or outdoors, can be associated with medical or contamination emergencies, and come big or small. But no matter what kind of hazardous material spill you’re dealing with, there are some rules of thumb that apply to all scenarios. […] The post The 5 Essential Elements of Spill Response appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
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  • Thyme: A new breast cancer drug?

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    I love fresh herbs, so I grow my own sage, lemongrass, basil and mint, but not thyme. (I didn't figure I cooked with it enough to make it worthwhile.) But I'm going to plant some ASAP. That's because some intriguing new data suggests the well-loved herb might be a serious cancer-fighter.   
  • Germs prefer handshakes to fist bumps

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    When the British Olympic Association's head doctor urged London 2012 athletes not to shake the hands of rivals during the Games lest they catch a bug, he was generally taken to task for his unsportsmanlike advice. But it looks like the good doctor may have been on to something.  
  • How birds are important pollinators

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Photo: Bill Bouton/MNN Flickr Group   Cape May warbler sips nectar
  • Who says heroes have to be human? U.S. trees save more than 850 lives a year

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    While trees are just standing around – swaying in the breeze and providing shade – they are also up to some seriously noble work. While most of us know that trees take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, they are quietly providing another important service as well.
  • Tara Reid believes a sharknado could really happen

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    Part of my overwhelming joy for bringing back Tara Reid's character for the "Sharknado" sequel was the hope that we would get another media interview on par with last year's whale shark rant. As some might remember, Reid appeared during 2013's "Shark Week" to share her insights on whale sharks, and their "puzzling" origins.   
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