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  • Seal Air Leaks to Conserve Energy

    Green Living Everyday Blog
    greenlivingeveryday1
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Properly sealing cracks and openings in you home can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs throughout the year. You may already have identified obvious air leaks, but you will need to do a bit more investigation to find the less obvious gaps to properly seal your home.  Here are several tests that can be used to check for air leaks: Window Seal Check – Shut the window on a piece of paper. If paper can be pulled without tearing paper, than window should be resealed. Visual Gap Check – After daylight hours, shine a light through closed window and door seam and have a…
  • Fireplace Efficiency Tips

    Green Living Everyday Blog
    greenlivingeveryday1
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    Inefficient fireplaces can cost you  heat and money this winter. Follow these tips to save money and energy: Keep fireplace damper closed when not in use. An open damper can result in up to 10% loss in home heating loss. Be sure to close fireplace doors to lessen heat loss. If you do not have glass doors, install a chimney draft guard to reduce heat loss up the chimney. Check for air leaks around the fireplace hearth. Leaks should be properly sealed with caulk. Check the seals around your fireplace flue damper—if the seals aren’t tight, you could be losing home heating through the…
  • How to use ENERGY in your home MORE EFFICIENTLY #Infographic

    Green Living Everyday Blog
    greenlivingeveryday1
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:22 pm
  • Appeals Court to Hear Case on EPA’s Registration of Bee-Toxic Chemical

    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog
    Beyond Pesticides
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, March 4, 2015)  The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to hear the case brought by beekeepers challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval of a toxic pesticide known to be toxic to bees. In 2013, the beekeepers filed suit against the agency, citing that the new chemical, sulfoxaflor, as further […]
  • R+L Carriers Putting Employees at Risk, OSHA Says

    EHS Today
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    OSHA says workers were ‘essentially defenseless’ in dealing with a chemical spill. Untrained R+L Carriers Shared Services LLC workers managed to prevent an explosion and fire after a solvent spill at the company’s Wallingford, Conn. freight shipping terminal. A forklift was being used to transfer a pallet of tetrahydrofuran – a highly flammable liquid – from one truck to another when a 55-gallon drum was accidentally punctured ad the chemical leaked to the ground beneath the truck. Workers, who didn’t have proper training or PPE, tried to contain the spill using…
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    Beyond Pesticides Daily News Blog

  • Appeals Court to Hear Case on EPA’s Registration of Bee-Toxic Chemical

    Beyond Pesticides
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, March 4, 2015)  The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to hear the case brought by beekeepers challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval of a toxic pesticide known to be toxic to bees. In 2013, the beekeepers filed suit against the agency, citing that the new chemical, sulfoxaflor, as further […]
  • Over 125 Groups Urge President Obama to Protect Bees and Other Pollinators from Pesticides

    Beyond Pesticides
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, March 3, 2015) Over 125 conservation, beekeeping, food safety, religious, ethnic and farming advocacy groups are urging President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take swift and meaningful action to protect honey bees and other pollinators from toxic pesticides. Groups, including Beyond Pesticides, raised their voice through a letter sent in […]
  • Partial Victory as Hershey’s Announces Move Away from GMO Ingredients

    Beyond Pesticides
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, March 2, 2015) Amid growing consumer backlash, Hershey’s has announced first steps toward moving to non-genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in its chocolate. The news comes in response to tens of thousands of Facebook posts, emails, and telephone calls from consumers who took part in a campaign calling on Hershey’s to move to non-GE […]
  • New Research Links Bee-Killing Insecticide to Monarch Butterfly Deaths

    Beyond Pesticides
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, February 27, 2015) New research from the University of Minnesota presents some of the first evidence linking the bee-killing insecticides known as neonicotinoids to monarch butterfly deaths. The study finds that milkweed plants, which monarch butterflies need to survive, may also retain neonicotinoids from nearby plants, making milkweed toxic to monarchs. Monarch population […]
  • Emergency Use of Bee-Killing Pesticide Approved for Florida Citrus

    Beyond Pesticides
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:01 pm
    (Beyond Pesticides, February 26, 2015) Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted Florida citrus growers an emergency exemption to use the bee-killing pesticide clothianidin to control Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP), a pest that causes “citrus greening,” a devastating citrus plant disease. Clothianidin, which is not currently registered for use on citrus, is part of a […]
 
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  • R+L Carriers Putting Employees at Risk, OSHA Says

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    OSHA says workers were ‘essentially defenseless’ in dealing with a chemical spill. Untrained R+L Carriers Shared Services LLC workers managed to prevent an explosion and fire after a solvent spill at the company’s Wallingford, Conn. freight shipping terminal. A forklift was being used to transfer a pallet of tetrahydrofuran – a highly flammable liquid – from one truck to another when a 55-gallon drum was accidentally punctured ad the chemical leaked to the ground beneath the truck. Workers, who didn’t have proper training or PPE, tried to contain the spill using…
  • Ohio Sues BP Over Funding to Clean Up Tank Leaks

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    The state of Ohio is seeking more than $33 million from BP Products North America, claiming the company double-dipped to pay for cleanup of storage tank leaks. The Ohio Attorney General’s office, on behalf of the Ohio Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Release Compensation Board, has filed a lawsuit against BP Products North America in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, claiming the company didn’t deserve the more than $33 million it collected from 2,651 claims it submitted to the state to clean up storage tank leaks. read more
  • Work is Killing You Softly [Photo Gallery]

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    Workplace stressors alone increased national health care costs by 5 percent to 8 percent. Interstitial Ads Frequency:  -1 read more
  • Safety Innovations March 2015 [Photo Gallery]

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    Each month, the print issue of EHS Today brings you news and information about products and services that contribute to the safety of our workplaces. These are the products and services we featured in the March 2015 issue. Please check them out. Each description includes a link for more information! Interstitial Ads Frequency:  -1 read more
  • Safety on the Toboggan Chutes

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Safety, at its core, is about having one another's back. EHS OutLoud Blog read more
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  • California moves forward to limit toxic perchlorate contamination - EPA still overdue

    Jennifer Sass
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. California is taking a big leap forward on the path to making the tap water of its residents safer than ever by setting a new public health goal (PHG) for perchlorate - a toxic water contaminant - of 1 part per billion (ppb). This health-based goal is an important step, but not the final step in regulating the chemical, since the public health goal is not mandatory. Next, the California Water Resources Control Board must set an enforceable standard (known as a Maximum Contaminant Level, or MCL), which factors in health effects, feasibility of…
  • No, Cancer is Not Mostly Bad Luck - The Role of Environmental Factors

    Jennifer Sass
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:54 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. No, cancer is NOT mostly bad luck. We've set the record straight in Science magazineAshford et al, 6 February 2015) after it published an article and accompanying editorial so full of misstatements that scientists around the world, including myself, felt compelled to correct the record with the facts. (See Science 2 January 2015 study by Drs. Tomasetti and Vogelstein and accompanying "bad luck of cancer" editorial by Jennifer Couzin-Frankel, with subsequent "backlash" editorial here Our letter to the editor of Science not only challenges the…
  • NRDC and other Green leaders urge U.S. president to ban bee-killing insecticides - EPA moving too slowly

    Jennifer Sass
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. In a letter to the White House, CEOs of leading environmental groups representing millions of Americans urged President Obama to take strong and swift action against neonicotinoid and other systemic insecticides that are devastating honey bee and wild bee populations, threatening the nation's food supplies. What makes neonics so harmful to bees is that they are systemic - meaning they poison the whole treated plant including the nectar and pollen that bees eat - and they are persistent, lasting months or even years in the plant, soil, and…
  • Home Depot and BJ's Wholesale Club take steps to limit or eliminate bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides in their nursery plants

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

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

  • all about understanding

    missmolly
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Today I learned that the government has actually, as an experiment, sprayed the populace with something. In 1950 the Army was fiddling around with how someone might deploy a biological weapon, so they sprayed a totally harmless bacteria off the coast of San Francisco for three days. Twenty-six years later, when the records were released, people realized that the perfectly harmless bacteria had killed somebody, and to this day it persists in the area and periodically kills somebody.I had no idea that the chemtrails people had anything beyond paranoia upon which to base their theories.
  • nice bras and funny-looking shoes

    missmolly
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Today I think I learned my bra size. I knew my existing bras were the wrong size because there were issues. Then last night I came across this video, which indicated I was a truly unusual size, but in the description had a bunch of suggestions of where to buy things. I mentioned to my spouse that I might want to go to one of them sometime and try on bras.This morning, I was surprised to find myself in the car on the way to the Nordstrom Rack, which is clear across town. It appears that I have been fussing about bras enough to merit an emergency trip across town.I learned that the unusual size…
  • politics and bathroom lighting

    missmolly
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    Those of you who live in Tucson and have a landline are by now well aware that we have an election coming up. Both sides (but as far as I'm aware, not the actual candidates themselves) have at this point essentially accused the other of intending to act like God did during most of the book of Job.With today's telephone technology, you can blacklist phone numbers, so now our exposure to the vitriol predominantly supports the US Postal Service, through which we have learned that no matter what happens at the election, we're probably all going to live painful, short lives in the post-apocalyptic…
  • things they don't want to tell you

    missmolly
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Recently, I went on a new cell phone hunt, and I learned that when someone is trying to sell you something, they sometimes don't really want you to tell you much about it.I was used to a cut-rate cell phone carrier because if something is cheap enough, it works great, almost no matter how it works, but I finally started caring about good reception outside of town. I researched the other cut-rate companies, ones with better coverage than I had, and I found that you couldn't get any information off their websites. I suppose that could simply be a result of a cut-rate website, but the cable…
  • properly prepared in all situations

    missmolly
    20 Jun 2014 | 1:46 pm
    You know how when you buy a purse, it's all about what looks cute and happens to be in your price/quality range? Today I learned the process can be replicated by a husband.See, I got a phone call from my husband saying he was near a porcelain repair place with his parents, and there was a purse factory next door, and could I maybe tell him the dimensions of something I might like? So I go get a tape measure, and I'm rattling off dimensions of things I would carry, and I'm thinking this is a hopeless case. How's he going to eyeball something like that, much less get something cute?It turns out…
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    ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH news - Google News

  • Letter: Nuclear industry plagued with problems. - Environmental Health News

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:53 am
    Environmental Health NewsLetter: Nuclear industry plagued with problems.Environmental Health News... New York Academy of Sciences estimated “the overall mortality for the period from April 1986 to the end of 2004 from the Chernobyl catastrophe” at “985,000 additional deaths” (Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the
  • Detroit fleets get makeovers through federal program with an uncertain future. - Environmental Health News

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:09 am
    Environmental Health NewsDetroit fleets get makeovers through federal program with an uncertain future.Environmental Health NewsEnvironmental Health News. Alco Transportation in southwest Detroit had a bunch of big, old semi-trucks. The company wanted to bring their fleet up to date and in line with federal diesel emissions standards. But being green isn't cheap when you're Detroit Fleet Cleans Up through Federal Program with an Uncertain FutureScientific Americanall 2 news articles »
  • Sponsorship information - Environmental Health News

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:40 am
    Sponsorship informationEnvironmental Health NewsEnvironmental Health Sciences reaches a rare mix of scientists, policy makers, journalists, lawmakers and industry and NGO leaders via its daily news sites, newsletters and investigative reporting. We set the standard for trusted editorial content and
  • EPA to investigate North Carolina for civil rights violations. - Environmental Health News

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    EPA to investigate North Carolina for civil rights violations.Environmental Health NewsLast week the EPA announced it would proceed two days after Environmental Health News reported about the complaint and new research that found high levels of fecal bacteria in water near industrial pig farms in eastern North Carolina. The Charlotte ...and more »
  • Fur trade a suspect in Minnesota monument mercury contamination. - Environmental Health News

    23 Feb 2015 | 3:14 am
    Scientific AmericanFur trade a suspect in Minnesota monument mercury contamination.Environmental Health NewsHow long does pollution linger? At Minnesota's Grand Portage National Monument, high levels of toxic mercury may date back to the 1700s. February 23, 2015. By Brian Bienkowski Environmental Health News. The Grand Portage National Monument is a ...Historical Fur Trade Proves a Suspect in Modern Mercury ContaminationScientific Americanall 3 news articles »
 
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    Media Notes

  • Why does the media have a blindspot on food science?

    bbienkowski
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:46 am
    Recent claims about the safety of certain supermarket foods highlights the lack of awareness that the media has when it comes to food science. Robin Bisson, The Guardian.
  • Camille Seaman traveled to Alaska to document melting ice.

    bbienkowski
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    It was by chance that Camille Seaman first travelled north — a bumped flight on Alaska Airlines led to a free trip to Kotzebue on the Bering Strait. Little did she know it was the beginning of a decade-long quest, an unshakable compulsion to photograph icebergs in some of the most extreme environments on Earth. Duncan McCue, CBC News.
  • CNN’s Bill Weir explores the world’s threatened wonders.

    bbienkowski
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    In “The Wonder List,” an eight-part CNN series, Bill Weir, a seasoned foreign correspondent, and Philip Bloom, a talented filmmaker, roam five continents to examine cultures and ecosystems riding out humanity’s growth spurt like it’s a cresting wave. Andrew Revkin, Dot Earth.
  • Call me a hack, just don’t call me an environmentalist.

    bbienkowski
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:02 am
    Why do environmental journalists get accused of being campaigners if they point out climate change is happening? Louise Gray, Responding to Climate Change.
  • EHN's Brian Bienkowski talks to WMUK about the chemicals in Michigan's bald eagles.

    bbienkowski
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:05 am
    While the population of the bald eagle in Michigan is stable researchers are concerned about what they're finding in the birds. Writer Brian Bienkowski talks with WMUK's Gordon Evans about new research on flame retardants in the state's birds.
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    Toxicology News

  • More than fish: There may be mercury in that plate of seared tuna. - " Filepic

    22 Feb 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Mercury levels in yellowfin tuna caught in the Pacific Ocean have been rising at a 3.8% annual rate since 1998, according to a new study. The findings, published online in the journal Environmental Toxicology And Chemistry , add to evidence that air pollution, particularly from burning coal, is pumping mercury into the ocean food chain, potentially posing a hazard to human health.
  • Study shows cleanliness of corrugated shipping containers

    18 Feb 2015 | 5:16 am
    Testing and analysis conducted by the University of California-Davis and toxicology experts Haley & Aldrich investigating the cleanliness of corrugated shipping containers confirmed that all corrugated containers tested met acceptable sanitation levels. The testing was conducted on 720 swab samples taken from containers from six different corrugated manufacturers in the US Northwest, California and Florida.
  • Recycling reduces bacterial loading for corrugated shippers

    16 Feb 2015 | 2:02 am
    Testing and analysis conducted by the University of California-Davis and toxicology experts Haley & Aldrich investigating the cleanliness of corrugated shipping containers confirmed that all corrugated containers tested met acceptable sanitation levels. "One hundred percent of the samples evaluated were below the sanitation levels of 1,000 colony forming units [CFU] per swab for the organisms tested," says Maryann Sanders, Senior Toxicologist, Microbiologist, and Regulatory Compliance Specialist at Haley & Aldrich.
  • Heroin deaths likely double in '14

    10 Feb 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Dr. David Grossman, Toledo-Lucas County health commissioner, speaks at a news conference about what's being called a heroin epidemic in the area. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH The number of heroin deaths in Lucas County and 22 surrounding counties in 2014 is expected to be nearly double that of 2013, more proof that the heroin and opiate epidemic continues to grow.
  • Mercury levels climb in Pacific yellowfin tuna, study finds

    7 Feb 2015 | 7:27 am
    Mercury levels in yellowfin tuna caught in the Pacific Ocean have been rising at a 3.8 percent annual rate since 1998, according to a new study. The findings, published online Monday in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, add to evidence that air pollution, particularly from burning coal, is pumping mercury into the ocean food chain, potentially posing a hazard to human health.
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    toxicology news - Google News

  • Dermal Toxicology: A Multifaceted Approach To Meet Today's Research Needs - Clinical Leader

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
    Clinical LeaderDermal Toxicology: A Multifaceted Approach To Meet Today's Research NeedsClinical LeaderA dermal toxicology package will differ depending on if the study is for a new drug, an additional indication, or a new formulation for a previously approved drug. If it's for the latter, the 505(b)(2) pathway can be used, in which systemic data from
  • The Journal of Medical Toxicology Releases First Online-Only Issue - PR Web (press release)

    2 Mar 2015 | 11:25 pm
    The Journal of Medical Toxicology Releases First Online-Only IssuePR Web (press release)The Journal of Medical Toxicology(JMT), the official journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT), transitions from a traditional print journal to an online-only format with its March 2015 issue (Vol.11, Issue 1). All issues will now be
  • Pharmacyclics completes toxicology studies of BTK inhibitor in RA - News-Medical.net

    28 Feb 2015 | 5:07 am
    Pharmacyclics completes toxicology studies of BTK inhibitor in RANews-Medical.netPharmacyclics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCYC) today announced that longer-term toxicology studies for its newly developed Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor for rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, have been completed. The results of these preclinical evaluations and more »
  • US EPA administrator talks up computational toxicology's benefits - Chemical Watch (subscription)

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:31 am
    US EPA administrator talks up computational toxicology's benefitsChemical Watch (subscription)The US EPA's computational toxicology research is a “significant step forward” that strengthens the agency's ability to get more chemicals assessed in a quick manner, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy told Congress. The agency is seeking an increase of ...and more »
  • Animal Ark toxicology results positive for barbiturate - Reno Gazette Journal

    25 Feb 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Reno Gazette JournalAnimal Ark toxicology results positive for barbiturateReno Gazette JournalAnimal Ark wildlife experts continue to probe the death of a wolf and tiger after receiving toxicology results, which showed traces of two drugs used to euthanize animals and control seizures, on Wednesday morning. Officials received lab results from Toxicology Reports Reveal Poisons in Dead AnimalsKOLOAnimal Ark Toxicology Tests Results Positive for Euthanasia SolutionsKTVNall 7 news articles »
 
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    WordPress Tag: Mold

  • Tucson Mold Remediation Firms Want to Collaborate with DUCTZ for Superior Air Duct Cleaning and Disaster Restoration Services

    EmailWire
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:54 am
    (EMAILWIRE.COM, February 18, 2015 ) Tucson, AZ — Mold remediation is substantial work and should only be performed by a licensed air duct cleaning and HVAC restoration specialist. If any contaminants in the equipment are overlooked then mold has the ability to grow and re-contaminate the whole system. DUCTZ…http://www.emailwire.com/release/177743-Tucson-Mold-Remediation-Firms-Want-to-Collaborate-with-DUCTZ-for-Superior-Air-Duct-Cleaning-and-Disaster-Restoration-Services.html
  • Tips to Keep Mold Allergy at Bay

    advantacleansocial
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:32 pm
    If you have allergy symptoms all year round, chances are you are allergic to mold. Each and every on
  • Moldy Front-Loading Washing Machines Result In Class Action Suits

    ktvtdeborah
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Follow CBSDFW.COM: Facebook |Twitter NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – It’s helped tackle dirty laundry, using less energy, less water, and less detergent. However, front-load washing machines may be triggering more service calls, more trouble, and more lawsuits than manufacturers ever expected. Michael Vogler says it’s left him high and dry. “You could say it was a clothes spoiler, instead of a clothes washer.” Vogler is one of the lead plantiffs in a class-action lawsuit against Electrolux Home Products, the maker of his Frigidaire front-load machine. He walked us to the back…
  • Emergency Water Flood Damage Repairing Services Beverly Hills

    waterdamagebeverlyh
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    Keep Your Home Safe from Water Damage Water is one of the most dangerous forces of nature that’s tough to control. There could be a number of reasons that could lead to severe water damage and no matter what the cause, it’s essential for one to control the situation as soon as possible and ensure the area is dry and disinfected. Licensed and Insured Water Damage Beverly Hills! (Beverly Hills, CA – February 17, 2015) – Water has no shape or form and controlling it is thus tough. Water damage Beverly Hills is a common problem and it’s essential to act fast when such a situation…
  • Protect the walls of the home from water damage with Water Damage Burbank

    burbankwaterdamage
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:24 am
    Water Damage Burbank is a restoration company in Burbank who protects both residential and commercial property form water damage. They started their restoration business on request of some of their potential customers. Numerous people are there in Burbank and the surrounding areas that are in need to a good restoration service provider. Water Damage Burbank is their only solution and friend who can be trusted. They are known in providing well priced, good and dependable services to their customers. They have also received fame for working seven days a week and offering the best quality…
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    the soft landing baby

  • Keeping the romance alive for new parents

    Harry Spence
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:22 pm
    Having a new baby is a special and wonderful time in a couple’s life. A new baby is adorable and you obviously love them, but they are exhausting and time consuming. They also leave very little time for the new parents to spend time alone together, which makes it difficult to be romantic.   Between spending all day taking care of your new little one and staying up all night to tend to a crying baby, it can be difficult to spend your energy on anything else. However, it’s very important for new parents to keep the romance alive, especially after a new baby arrives. With all the time…
  • Documenting Your Pregnancy Tastefully

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

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

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

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

  • Tech-Savvy Women Farmers Find Success with SIM Cards

    Stella Paul
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Members of a women-farmers’ collective demonstrate use of a devices that sends daily bulletins on weather patterns, crops and other matters of importance to farming communities in rural India. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulMAHABUBNAGAR, India, Mar 4 2015 (IPS)Jawadi Vimalamma, 36, looks admiringly at her cell phone. It’s a simple device that can only be used to send or receive a call or a text message. Yet to the farmer from the village of Janampet, located 150 km away from Hyderabad, capital of the southern Indian state of Telangana, it symbolises a wealth of knowledge that…
  • Illegal Wildlife Trade Booms on Chinese Social Media

    Josh Butler
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:40 pm
    By Josh ButlerUNITED NATIONS, Mar 4 2015 (IPS)Despite a major online crackdown on the sale of illegal wildlife products in China, merchants are still peddling their wares in a thriving social media market.TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring group, says “considerable quantities” of ivory, rhino horns, tiger and leopard bones, scales and more numbering in the thousands are being bought and sold each month on social media in ChinaA new report Moving targets: Tracking online sales of illegal wildlife products in China’ – released Tuesday, to coincide with World Wildlife Day outlines…
  • Opinion: It’s Time to Step It Up for Gender Equality

    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    Girls attend school in Peshawar, capital of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPSBy Phumzile Mlambo-NgcukaUNITED NATIONS, Mar 3 2015 (IPS)If we look at the headlines or the latest horrifying YouTube clip, Mar. 8 – International Women’s Day – may seem a bad time to celebrate equality for women.But alongside the stories of extraordinary atrocity and everyday violence lies another reality, one where more girls are in school and more are earning qualifications than ever before; where maternal mortality is at an all-time low; where more women are in…
  • Gaza Reconstruction, Hampered by Israeli Blockade, May Take 100 Years, Say Aid Agencies

    Thalif Deen
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    Scenes of the aftermath of the devastating Gaza conflict, which took place during the previous summer. Credit: UN PhotoBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Mar 3 2015 (IPS)Despite all the political hoopla surrounding an international pledging conference in Cairo last October to help rebuild Gaza, the reconstruction of the Israeli-devastated territory is apparently moving at the pace of paralytic snail.Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director, Middle East and North Africa Division at Human Rights Watch (HRW), told IPS the reconstruction of Gaza has been so inadequate that at current rates, aid agencies…
  • Syrian Conflict Has Underlying Links to Climate Change, Says Study

    Thalif Deen
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    On a drought-hit farm in Syria, December 2010. Credit: Caterina Donattini/IPSBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Mar 2 2015 (IPS)Was the four-year-old military conflict in Syria, which has claimed the lives of over 200,000 people, mostly civilians, triggered at least in part by climate change?A new study by Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory says “a record drought that ravaged Syria in 2006-2010 was likely stoked by ongoing man-made climate change, and that the drought may have helped propel the 2011 Syrian uprising.”"Added to all the other stressors, it helped kick…
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    Dr Robert Muller - The Zeitgeist is Changing

  • Harvard-Smithsonian Profited as Much as Willie Soon with Fossil Fuel Funding

    Dr Robert Muller
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:53 am
    by Kevin Grandia, DeSmogBlog: http://www.desmogblog.com/2015/02/27/harvard-smithsonian-profited-much-willie-soon-fossil-fuel-fundingBoth Harvard and the Smithsonian Institute are trying to shake off the controversy surrounding Willie Soon, but these esteemed organizations should not be let off the hook easily.Earlier this week, documents revealed by the Guardian and New York Times provide irefutable evidence that climate denier Willie Soon and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophyics received more than $1 million in funding from fossil fuel companies to deliver scientific reports…
  • Guess Who’s Been Secretly Funding a Famous Climate Change-Denying Scientist?

    Dr Robert Muller
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:27 pm
    (Photo: Getty Images) by Kristina Bravo, Take Part: http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/02/21/fossil-fuel-climate-change-scientistKristina Bravo is Assistant Editor at TakePart. full bio   As the book-turned-film Merchants of Doubt exposed, corporations such as tobacco companies have found a way to muddle the science on issues affecting their profits: throw some money at it (full disclosure: Merchants of Doubt was produced by Participant Media, TakePart’s parent company). In the midst of a climate-change crisis, that’s just what the fossil fuel industry has been doing. And…
  • The Year the Climate ‘Dam of Denial’ Breaks: Ready for the Flood?

    Dr Robert Muller
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:51 pm
    source: pixshark by Paul Gilding, Renew Economy: http://reneweconomy.com.au/2015/the-year-the-climate-dam-of-denial-breaks-ready-for-the-flood-24144This is the year the climate “dam of denial” will break and the momentum for action will become an unstoppable flood.It will be messy, confusing and endlessly debated but with historical hindsight, 2015 will be the year.The year the world turned; primarily because the market woke up to the economic threat posed by climate change and the economic opportunity in the inevitable decline of fossil fuels. That shift will in turn unlock government…
  • Surf’s Up: Can Wave Energy Rise to the Challenge in Australia?

    Dr Robert Muller
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Photo: AAP Image/Carnegie Wave Energy by Hugh Wolgamot, University of Western Australia Wednesday’s announcement that a pioneering wave farm off Perth has started generating electricity is an exciting and welcome development.The project, developed by Fremantle-based Carnegie Wave Energy, features two buoys, 11m in diameter, below the sea surface (with a third to follow).The buoys are now generating electricity and supplying it to the nearby HMAS Stirling naval base. With this full scale plant now working, is an explosion in wave power imminent?Australia is undoubtedly blessed with abundant…
  • Doc Shows Canadian Police View Environmentalists, Not Climate Change, as Real Threat

    Dr Robert Muller
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Demo in Ottawa (Photo: B Powless via tarsandsaction/flickr/cc) by Andrea Germanos, staff writer, Common Dreams: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/17/doc-shows-canadian-police-view-environmentalists-not-climate-change-real-threat  Canadian environmental organizations could pose a potential threat to national security and are attempting to make the fossil fuel industry look bad. Such was the assessment of what the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) referred to as the "anti-petroleum movement" in a document dated Jan. 24, 2014, and titled Critical Infrastructure Intelligence…
 
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    Plastic Bag Ban Report

  • California Statewide Plastic Bag Ban Suspended

    Ted Duboise
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:19 pm
    SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- After a signature check conducted by California county registrars, Secretary of State Alex Padilla today announced the qualification of a ballot measure to repeal Senate Bill 270, legislation passed in 2014 to ban plastic retail bags and allow grocers to charge – and keep – 10 cents for each […]
  • EU Sets New Rules to Regulate Plastic Bags

    Ted Duboise
    1 Feb 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Brussels, Belgium, December 17, 2014 - Meeting in Brussels today, the Council of the European Union reached a political agreement on a draft directive to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic bags. In a new set of rules, the Council intends to limit the negative environmental impact of litter from plastic carrier bags. Plastic carrier […]
  • Long Island’s East End Gaines 2 New Bans

    Ted Duboise
    1 Feb 2015 | 3:54 pm
    The East End of Long Island has been talking plastic bag bans for quite awhile. Recently, two more towns passed plastic bag legislation. The towns of Southampton and East Hampton adopted plastic bag bans in December of last year. Both bans will take effect in 2015. Read the full story by Erica Cirino: Two Long […]
  • PBBR Celebrates 5 Years with New Site

    Ted Duboise
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Columbus, GA, Jan 24, 2015 (PBBR) - On January 6, Plastic Bag Ban Report (PBBR) celebrated its 5-year anniversary. Five years of reporting on plastic bag bans across the globe. Along the way, more than 530 reports have been published making us the #1 reference site on the web for plastic bag bans.  As our […]
  • 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 […]
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    Green Living Everyday Blog

  • SO You Want to Save Water? #Infographic

    greenlivingeveryday1
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:36 pm
  • How to use ENERGY in your home MORE EFFICIENTLY #Infographic

    greenlivingeveryday1
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:22 pm
  • Natural Tinea Versicolor Treatment

    greenlivingeveryday1
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    We all have yeast living on our skin. When the yeast grows out of control, a skin disease called tinea versicolor can appear.Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection of the skin. It’s also named pityriasis versicolor and is caused by a type of yeast that naturally lives on your skin. When the yeast grows out of control, the skin disease, which appears as a rash, is the result. The infection can happen for any of the following reasons: Oily skin Hot climate Excessive perspiration Weak immune system Because the yeast grows naturally on your skin, tinea versicolor is not contagious. The…
  • Fireplace Efficiency Tips

    greenlivingeveryday1
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    Inefficient fireplaces can cost you  heat and money this winter. Follow these tips to save money and energy: Keep fireplace damper closed when not in use. An open damper can result in up to 10% loss in home heating loss. Be sure to close fireplace doors to lessen heat loss. If you do not have glass doors, install a chimney draft guard to reduce heat loss up the chimney. Check for air leaks around the fireplace hearth. Leaks should be properly sealed with caulk. Check the seals around your fireplace flue damper—if the seals aren’t tight, you could be losing home heating through the…
  • Seal Air Leaks to Conserve Energy

    greenlivingeveryday1
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Properly sealing cracks and openings in you home can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs throughout the year. You may already have identified obvious air leaks, but you will need to do a bit more investigation to find the less obvious gaps to properly seal your home.  Here are several tests that can be used to check for air leaks: Window Seal Check – Shut the window on a piece of paper. If paper can be pulled without tearing paper, than window should be resealed. Visual Gap Check – After daylight hours, shine a light through closed window and door seam and have a…
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    ToxicsWAtch Blog

  • URGENT: Stop the Rollback of Cadmium Standards in Kids’ Jewelry

    ivy
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Washington’s kids need your help! The State Senate is poised to rollback Washington’s strong limits on cadmium in kids’ jewelry. If the bill passes, kids will be exposed to MORE of the cancer-causing heavy metal. We can’t let this happen.
  • Jump For Joy and Then Take Action!

    ivy
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:36 am
    We're jumping for joy at the recent news that several major furniture retailers announced they were phasing out the use of toxic flame retardants. But even though major companies say they will no longer use toxic flame retardants, what about the ones still using the chemicals? And what about the possibility that even worse chemicals could be used as replacements? That's why we need your help to pass the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act!
  • Toddlers, Toxic Flame Retardants & Poop - Yes, Poop

    randi
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:07 am
    Just as many parents have long mused, Swedish researchers have confirmed that the sludge toddlers expel into their diapers IS, in fact, full of toxic waste.
  • A Millenial's Reflections on Interfaith Advocacy Day

    randi
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:55 am
    For many young adults today, traversing the rough terrain of our early twenties is no cake walk. We are thrown into the post-grad “real world” of ambiguous career paths, shifting identities, overwhelming responsibilities, and wobbly stability. As a person of faith, I often wonder what to carry forward with me; and what to let go?
  • Nurses Say Getting Rid Of Toxic Flame Retardants Makes Sense

    ivy
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    A hundred years ago, the big concern of public health nurses was communicable diseases and how we keep children and vulnerable populations healthy. Today it is the threat of toxic chemicals in our workplaces, communities and homes.
 
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    Aarons EnvironMental Corner.....

  • Sleep & Slumber Natural Sleep Aid

    Aaron
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Most of us know that certain herbs, like valerian, are great for helping us find equilibrium and get to sleep. When some herbs are blended to create a great sleep aid, you end up with an indispensable helper for those nights that just won’t turn into rest. The active ingredients in Sleep & Slumber are perfect for that. It includes: Melatonin, which when taken in the right dose, can help you fall asleep when you should, and that same supplement can help you wake up when you should. Valerian extract, which is the perfect complement to a melatonin supplement and has been proven to…
  • VIVE Deluxe Cane is lightweight, adjustable

    Aaron
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Currently, no one in our house requires a cane for regular use, so we’re lucky. We do have visitors and friends, however, that use a can regularly and there’s always those times when you have an injury or pains that might be helped a bit by having something to lean on. My wife, for example, often has issues with her knee or ankle. So when we were offered a cane for review, I thought it would be a good addition to our home. Turns out, I was right. This cane is lightweight aluminum and has a nice soft grip on its traditionally-curved top. The rubber foot, of course, keeps it from…
  • Green scientists caught tampering with the historical record. Again

    Aaron
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Ever since Climategate, the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia has enjoyed just international renown as a world centre of data-fudgin’, scientific-method-abusin’, FOI-dodgin’, decline-hidin’, grant-troughin’, junk-science-endorsin’ global warming propaganda. But did you know that the chap who founded the institution, Hubert Lamb, was a committed sceptic who would without a shadow of doubt have been perfectly appalled by the way the CRU has since prostituted itself in the bankrupt cause of climate change alarmism? No, of course you didn’t – and with very…
  • Family wall sticker #Family

    Aaron
    22 Feb 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Decorating the house is fun times.. for women. For men, it’s a chore that involves a lot of heavy lifting and standing around while someone makes up their minds.. To avoid that, those of us who’re smarter than the rest tend to occasionally “pick up” little decorative items to drop in her lap and “spruce up” without rearranging furniture. This is one of those. The #Family wall sticker is a decorative sticker that says “Family” in cursive letters and sticks to just about any flat surface easily. It can be positioned any way you’d like and…
  • Earth Well Omega-3 Fish Oil

    Aaron
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Obviously I take a lot of Omega-3 supplements. So does my wife. It’s one of the best things you can do for yourself and it’s not expensive or hard to do. Omega-3 fatty acids are the building blocks for most of your cellular needs and can be used by everything in your body from your stomach to your brain. Further, regularly taking it helps reduce inflammation, improve join health, and improve skin. I’ve reviewed a lot of Omega-3 supplements on the blog here and this one is one of the best. To start with, it’s sourced from fish oil, but has no fishy aftertaste thanks to…
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    Habertalk

  • Mineral discovery: A blessing or curse for the community?

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:21 am
    Villagers in Mashayamvura Village along Tengwe River said there had been an upsurge of “mysterious” illness and they suspected that it was caused by drinking contaminated water from the river.“Many children are falling sick in this area. Even adults are being diagnosed with severe stomach pain and we strongly suspect that it is because of the drinking water,” said Enock Muwonde, a villager in the area.A nurse at a local Chinhere Clinic said they have also witnessed an upsurge on water borne and skin diseases.“There are many cases of people coming at the clinic complaining of water…
  • Tanzania: Environment agency fines Bulyanhulu Gold Mine after toxic water from mine flow to nearby residences

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:49 am
    Confirming this over the weekend, NEMC said the ultimatum was given after its team of experts proved that the mine was polluting the environment, specifically water, by pouring toxic chemicals into water sources. According to NEMC, the mine’s two ponds got burst following last month’s heavy rains. Since the ponds stopped working, it said, toxic water from the mine had been flowing to areas close to people’s residences, contrary to environmental…
  • Inpres sought to mend serious damage in Batanghari River

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    Some 3,000 people are estimated to have been involved in the activities, operating about 300 excavators every day. Most of them reportedly operate illegally.The use of mercury in the mining process was also endangering water quality, Ali said, as downstream there was a dam in Dharmasraya regency which irrigated over 20,000 hectares of agricultural fields. The local tap water company also uses the river as a water source while local fishermen breed fish in keramba (fish cages) placed in the…
  • Ecological gold from Mongolia: Artisanal miners obtain Fairmined Certification

    1 Mar 2015 | 4:24 am
    Fairmined Certification was created by the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), a non-profit organization globally recognized as a leader and pioneer of responsible artisanal and small-scale mining. Fairmined Gold means assurance for miners, the industry and consumers. The gold can be traced from mine to market. By buying Fairmined gold, businesses and individuals contribute to positive change through social development and environmental management in mining communities like XAMODX, giving everyone a source of gold to be proud…
  • Uneven benefits, unequal burden: Women and extractive industries

    28 Feb 2015 | 3:39 am
    For women working within artisanal and small scale mining (at least 1,154 in Tanzania alone), women often work processing minerals with hazardous chemicals. Women also often respond to demand for increased prostitution around the mine sites due to the increased cash economy and distance of miners from their families.http://politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica.org/2015/02/uneven-benefits-unequal-burden-women-and-extractive-industries/
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    Envirocivil.com

  • “Chemical-Free” Cleaning Methods – Could They Be as Big a Hit Domestically As They Are Commercially?

    kamran
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:20 pm
    The methods adopted by commercial cleaning companies nowadays are often based around greener alternatives to chemical products in order to protect the environment and minimise the threat posed by potentially harmful cleaning substances.Split stream water technology from pressure washers is a common example of a green commercial cleaning method that’s sweeping the nation at this moment in time, so will it ever catch on as far as domestic cleaning is concerned and replace the something conventional like bleach?It’s not uncommon for those employing housekeepers at rented properties to fret…
  • Workplace Safety – The Importance of Labelling Potential Hazards

    kamran
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:20 am
    Without appropriate labelling systems, we would be completely oblivious to all kinds of potential hazards in the workplace. Anything that goes unlabelled could quite easily be mistaken for something else or viewed as having no potential threat to our health and safety. A story was recently published in The New Zealand Herald about a woman who mistook a bottle of toxic cleaning chemicals for lemonade at a restaurant. She was rushed to hospital and thankfully survived the ordeal, but this is a clear example of how unlabelled hazards can pose a threat to our health.Labels play an essential role…
  • How will carpooling save the planet

    kamran
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:41 pm
    You may think that by carpooling you do good only to yourself, as you save money, time and nerves. But, have you ever thought that by carpooling you do good to the planet as well? If not, go on reading this article, to find out how will carpooling save the planet.Fuel efficiencyCarpooling is here to help reduce the consumption of new-renewable energies, like gasoline, diesel and so on. For example, if 5 people travel the same distance every day, in average it will take from them about ¼ gallon of gasoline, which is about 23 gallons monthly and 250 gallons yearly. However, if these 5 people…
  • What Size Curling Iron Should You Use? – A beauty doubt

    kamran
    17 Feb 2015 | 12:07 am
    Getting curly hair has become a new fashion mantra as people want to look different and attractive. It is good for the ones who already have curly hairs naturally. However, with a hair curler, curling your hair is not a tough task anymore. Hair curlier is a tool for obtaining curls on a straight hair artificially. However, the tool is quite capable of generating curls that give a natural look to the user. This is why, curling irons are available in different specifications to get the desired type of curls. It is a popular query among people as to what size curling iron should you use?Popular…
  • How to clean effective oil diffuser?

    kamran
    17 Feb 2015 | 12:04 am
    An oil diffuser is one of the many things that are required by an industrial plant to get its work done. It is an integral part of the construction and production process. However, just like any other industrial cog, figuratively stated, it is going to suffer from wear and tear and will suffer quite a bit of depreciation throughout its lifetime. Such depreciation, for obvious reasons, is going to reduce the span of the machine. Therefore, the most important thing to keep in mind is that steps should be taken in order to ensure that the wear and tear is minimum and the lifeline can be…
 
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    Small Footprint Family

  • 8 Hidden Sources of Toxins in Your Home

    Dawn Gifford
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:47 pm
    According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air we breathe inside our homes and offices can be up to five times more polluted than the air outside. This is because contained areas enable pollutants to build up more than open spaces do. But unlike secondhand smoke, radon gas and molds which are airborne toxins we cannot readily control, most indoor air pollution comes from products we willingly bring into our home. Here are eight sources of indoor air pollution that might surprise you. 1. Candles As lovely as they can be, most candles will pollute your home with harmful gases and…
  • 10 Things You Should Not Put In Your Compost Pile

    Dawn Gifford
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Composting is one of the most powerful things you can do for a sustainable planet—even if you don’t have a garden. We simply cannot continue to take nutrients from the soil to grow food, year after year, and not put them back in equal or greater measure, and expect the soil to continue to provide for us. There are at least 100 things in your home that you can compost, which will greatly reduce the amount of trash you put out every week to go to the landfill. But even though technically you can compost anything that was once living, some things are better left out of the compost pile…
  • Uncommonly Good Coconut Chicken Curry from an Uncommonly Wonderful Cookbook

    Dawn Gifford
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:45 pm
    When I arrived in Seoul, South Korea almost 18 years ago, on my very first trip abroad—a teaching and traveling tour—I was shocked to discover that food was growing everywhere. Squashes in pots climbed the side of gas pumps, peppers and cabbages grew in the downtown public landscaping beds, bitter melons scrambled up trellises in front of stores, shiso and other herbs bloomed on rooftops—almost anywhere one could squeeze in a container of soil, you’d find food growing. It was a gardener’s paradise! I later learned that one of the reasons for this, aside from a desire for…
  • Boost Your Immune System with Fire Cider

    Dawn Gifford
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:56 pm
    Fire cider is a traditional folk remedy infused with powerful anti-microbial, decongestant, and circulatory herbs and spices. Adding a tablespoon of this to your diet every day can help boost your immune system, stimulate digestion, and warm you up on cold days. How perfect to make for a mid-winter pick-me-up! Because this is a folk remedy, the ingredients can change from season to season depending on what’s growing around you at the time you make it. The base ingredients are apple cider vinegar, garlic, onion, ginger, horseradish, and hot peppers, which are mighty by themselves, but…
  • 10 Green New Years REVolutions

    Dawn Gifford
    30 Dec 2014 | 1:53 am
    It’s a new year, and the writing is on the wall: This tumbling rock we call Home is not happy with us. The Earth is changing rapidly, and entire species of plants and animals are going extinct before we ever get a chance to understand them. Under our constant and growing demand, precious natural resources like fresh water, fertile soil, and forests are becoming depleted, destroyed or much harder to find. The industrial toxins we’ve put into our air, water, food, medicine, furniture, clothing, workplaces and homes are taking a massive, synergistic toll on our public health—in the…
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    Social Rebirth

  • Understanding Population Limits

    Challenged Species
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Plastic Beach by Ravi Khemka CC BY 2.0 “If we don’t halt population growth with justice and compassion, it will be done for us by nature, brutally and without pity – and will leave a ravaged world.” Nobel Laureate Dr. Henry W. Kendall   The idea that we are reaching a population crisis, that is as a species humans are overpopulating the planet, is becoming an increasingly held opinion. So how do we know that our global population is putting a strain on the biosphere? Biocapacity Biocapacity quantifies nature’s capacity to produce renewable resources, provide areas for…
  • Technology Won’t Save Us From Ourselves

    Challenged Species
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Human technology today is outstanding, mind-boggling almost beyond comprehension; we have advanced so quickly in such a short space of time that most of us are unaware of our true capabilities. Public Domain While we have automated assembly lines which make the production line of Henry Ford look like child’s play, very few of us are aware of the additive manufacturing evolution which is about to make production lines, automated or not, completely redundant. Even glass, something we are surrounded by every day, is no longer simply a translucent barrier between us and the natural elements but…
  • Labour Pains of Social Change

    Challenged Species
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:43 am
    A piece of Stencil Art. Author Dfrg.msc Creative Commons 3.0 The problem we are faced with is traditional thinking, the mindset of the way forward being growth and jobs. I can understand it, we have been raised in this social environment all our lives, of course, however there are many signs of failure and they are all pointing at the same cause. We have massive unemployment to be sure, yet we also have the much less discussed issue of under-employment. We have climate change marching ever closer, the continual loss of global biodiversity and the impending depletion of our all important oil…
  • Propaganda will push us into war

    Stu Luminos
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Tom BlackwellOne Nation Under CCTVhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/tjblackwell/ I recently read a sombre article on how society took a huge step backwards on June 28, 1914, and have since been reflecting on this realisation. What dismays me most about this is how we continue the cycle of war – forgetting the lessons from history and following the same paths, over and over again. As individuals, we’re not stupid, but as a society, we take a very long time to come to a consensus on justice. This allows certain groups of people to take advantage, often to devastating effect. Why is…
  • Why Exchanging Labour for Purchasing Power Will Fail

    Challenged Species
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:12 am
    Money is a term which represents an abstract form of exchange of labour for purchasing power. This article will not investigate interest, loans, debt or the creation of money. For in reality money could be gold, silver, match sticks or pine nuts. Here we will concentrate on the direct result of defining a value to labour to use in exchange for purchasing power. While it may be offered that the abstraction (money) simply allows for delayed trade to take place, such as; Human x has some chocolate. Human y wants some chocolate and has a chicken farm but at the time has no eggs to trade. So human…
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    News from the Goldman Environmental Prize

  • The Power to End Conflict Palm Oil is in your Hands

    lizmeans
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:55 am
    From plantations to processing to consumer products, this three part series examines the impacts of industrial palm oil on the environment, human rights and wildlife conservation.Did you know that nearly half of all packaged food products sold in grocery stores contain palm oil? It can be found in chocolate, ice cream, cake mix, doughnuts, potato chips, frozen meals, canned soup, even baby formula. According to Rainforest Action Network, “When you eat food that comes out of a bag, a box or a package of any kind, chances are you are eating palm oil.”It can even be found in non-food…
  • The Dirty Business of Producing Palm Oil: Climate Change, Toxic Waste and Child Labor

    lizmeans
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:45 pm
    From plantations to processing to consumer products, this three part series examines the impacts of industrial palm oil on the environment, human rights and wildlife conservation.Last week we explored some of the initial impacts of palm oil plantation expansion on tropical rainforests and the people and wildlife who depend on them. This week we are focusing on the long term impacts of palm oil production, including the effects of tropical deforestation on climate change, toxic waste pollution from processing plants, and forced labor at palm oil plantations.  Tropical rainforests are…
  • Clearing the Way for Plantations: Land Grabs, Deforestation and Endangered Species

    lizmeans
    11 Feb 2015 | 12:53 pm
    From plantations to processing to consumer products, this three part series examines the impacts of industrial palm oil on the environment, human rights and wildlife conservation.Conflict palm oil: it’s the new buzz word on the street, but how could something as seemingly innocent as vegetable oil be the cause for so much concern? Anything that is used so widely by so many well-known and trusted brands like General Mills, Campbell’s and Nestlé can’t be that bad, right?The unfortunate truth is that the negative impacts of industrial palm oil are far worse than most consumers realize.
  • Forever as Wilderness: Praise for Obama’s Move to Protect the Arctic

    lizmeans
    4 Feb 2015 | 2:09 pm
    The Obama administration recently asked congress to increase federal protection for millions of acres within Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The White House is seeking “wilderness” level protection for 12 of the 19 million acres that make up the refuge. Wilderness status is the highest level of federal protection available for public lands and would prohibit a range of activities, including oil and gas drilling.“Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuge is an incredible place — pristine, undisturbed. It supports caribou and polar bears, all manner of marine life,…
  • Von Hernandez Fights to Keep Waste Incineration Ban in Place

    lizmeans
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Waste incineration produces some of the most toxic chemicals known to science, including hormone-disrupting dioxins. The incineration process produces ash with concentrated amounts of heavy metals, such as lead, arsenic and cadmium that, when buried, pollute groundwater for generations. These chemicals have been linked to birth defects, cancer, respiratory ailments and reproductive dysfunction among people who live near incineration plants.2003 Goldman Prize winner Von Hernandez was instrumental in leading the Philippines to institute the world’s first nationwide ban on incinerators, as…
 
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    Actual Organics

  • Easy DIY nail and cuticle oil recipe

    Joanna Runciman
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:58 am
    Easy DIY nail and cuticle oil recipe When it is cold my cuticles get dry and the temptation to pick them is tremendous. I have always cared for my hands and nails. I have fond memories of ‘doing my nails’ The post Easy DIY nail and cuticle oil recipe appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • Why being unbusy is worth mastering

    Joanna Runciman
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:46 pm
    Multi-tasking is common today, chatting on the phone whilst eating lunch or scrolling through your Facebook account whilst standing in a supermarket queue but is being busy all the time good for us and what can you do to quit The post Why being unbusy is worth mastering appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • Three square meals a day diet

    Joanna Runciman
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    The unglamorous, three square meals a day ‘diet’ Weight loss regimes and all things diet-related are a multi-billion dollar industry, companies market their products to us from dawn ‘till dusk. Detox fads percolate through society and before long ‘detoxing’ and The post Three square meals a day diet appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • 5 reasons why you need to embrace nature

    Joanna Runciman
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    De-stress. Stress is commonplace and it is even affecting our empathy and ability to show compassion to others, we need more compassion not less (read more).   Exercise: Lack of exercise and inactivity (as it is now known) is thought The post 5 reasons why you need to embrace nature appeared first on Actual Organics.
  • Reset your life with simplicity

    Joanna Runciman
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Reset your life with simplicity does it sound appealing? It’s possible and will change your life. It takes commitment but here are some simple ways to get started and ensure that you stick with it. No one is suggesting you The post Reset your life with simplicity appeared first on Actual Organics.
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    Sustainable Green Homes »

  • Delicious and Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes

    David Guion
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:36 am
    It used to be almost an unwritten law that sweet potato casseroles had to be made with canned sweet potatoes, gobs of brown sugar, and marshmallows. Here are some healthier alternatives, and they actually taste better. A little brown sugar is not bad, but too much added sugar hides the flavor of sweet potatoes. For all of these recipes, use fresh sweet potatoes. The ones in the can are already too sugary and, to my taste, cooked too long. Baked sweet potatoes Baked sweet potatoes are wonderful. Scrub the skins, pierce them in several places with a knife or fork, and bake them in a shallow…
  • How much do you know about science?

    David Guion
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:01 am
    Looking through my collection of PDFs, I came across a report and poll from Pew Research about how much Americans know about science. It’s a couple of years old, but the results would probably not be much different now. You can care about the environment and practice green living without knowing much about science. But the better informed you are, the better choices you can make for yourself and your family. Test your knowledge and take this quiz. When you get your results you can follow a link there and read the report. I will try to present just enough information to get your interest…
  • 7 Innovative Steps to Save on Home Décor: Electricity, Wood, and Money

    David Guion
    5 Feb 2015 | 4:22 am
    Contributed by Jim Taylor A reclaimed electric wire reel provided this elegant table. The last three decades have witnessed a revolution in terms of environmental awareness. In every global forum, environmental conservation is a key topic as evidence of unrelenting degradation becomes apparent. As a home owner, you can make a timely contribution by making your home more energy efficient. This can be done by saving on electricity and wood, which in turn translates to less environmental exploitation of the environment for energy use. Saving on wood halts deforestation, while at the same time…
  • Crawling to the Paperless Society

    David Guion
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:13 am
    Half a century ago, even before anyone ever thought of the World Wide Web or most of the gadgets we now use to access it, visions of a paperless society began to appear. Soon, futurists promised, technology would make paper record keeping, even paper reading obsolete. Now, we communicate by email. We can ask all the companies that send us regular statements to send them electronically. If we find something online that we want to keep, we can preserve it as a PDF. Think of all the trees we’re saving! But a paperless society? It hasn’t happened yet, and it probably never will. We can do…
  • Get Your New Year Off to an Energy Efficient Start

    David Guion
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:27 am
    Contributed by Maria Ramos The new year is a time for new beginnings – and where better place to start than in your own home? Energy bills around the holidays can strain your wallet, but you can earn that money back throughout the year by adopting new energy-saving tips and techniques that help the environment at the same time. Start by investigating online resources. You can use the EPA’s new Energy Star Home Advisor tool for ideas on home improvement projects and Energywise’s tool for room-by-room energy efficient tips. You can also find more energy-saving tips and tricks at…
 
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  • Solar Energy – All You Need to Know [Infographic]

    Rinkesh
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:16 am
    Solar Energy – All You Need to Know [Infographic]Solar panels are used by large number of people these days in order to generate electricity for their homes. It is quite an interesting fact that rays of sun produce around 1000 watts of energy per square meter on the surface of the planet. Thus when this sun light falls on the Photovoltaic cells which are made from semi conducting material an electric field is created.If you wish to use solar energy in your home there are many possible ways to do so like Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels, solar thermal panels, solar car port and even solar…
  • Pros and Cons of Hydrogen Energy

    Rinkesh
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:10 am
    Hydrogen Energy Pros and Cons Hydrogen is the most fundamental of all Earth components. It is a powerful source of energy that exists with water. Hydrogen isn’t available on earth but it can be produced using a method called electrolysis that separates hydrogen from water. The process of electrolysis is in itself expensive. The process of electrolysis requires more energy to extract hydrogen than the amount of energy produced by the hydrogen fuel. Hydrogen when extracted from methane releases greenhouse gases which results in global warming.According to EIA, the U.S. produces about 9…
  • Pros and Cons of Hydroelectric Power

    Rinkesh
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Hydroelectric Power Pros and ConsHydroelectric power simply means generation of power from falling or streaming water. To produce power, dams are constructed on rivers. The constant running flow of water is then used to move the turbines. The rotating turbines then use the kinetic energy of moving water which in turn causes the magnets inside the generator to rotate and generate electricity. The water then exits the turbine and is returned to the stream below the dam. Moving water is therefore powerful source of energy that can lighten cities, towns and even countries.Although producing of…
  • Pros and Cons of Biomass Energy

    Rinkesh
    7 Feb 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Biomass Energy Pros and Cons Biomass energy is the energy that is derived from organic matter of plants and animals. Biomass in the form of dead plants, trees, grass, leaves, crops, manure, garbage animals waste can be a great source of alternative fuels that can be used to replace fossil fuels. Plants make use of process called photosynthesis that converts energy from the sun into chemical energy. This energy gets transferred to animals when they eat plants. When plants and animals waste are burned, the carbon dioxide and waste stored inside them is released back into the atmosphere. This is…
  • Pros and Cons of Renewable Energy

    Rinkesh
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Renewable Energy Pros and Cons Renewable energy is a hot topic these days. With the ever growing increase in population, demand of energy is also increasing everyday. Non-renewable sources are limited, not environment friendly and increase or decrease in production of these sources can have direct result on the inflation. Renewable sources, on the other hand, are renewable, sustainable, abundant and environment friendly. Unlike fossil fuels, they are not going to expire soon as they are constantly replenished.Like fossil fuels, renewable sources have their own shortcomings. They are highly…
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  • 3 Proven Sustainability Practices for Small Businesses

    Michael Manouel
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Successful Sustainability: One Step at a Time Why should only the largest corporations, like Coca-Cola and Toms, get all the credit and accolades for trying to do their part to help the environment? It may feel like a monumental task to become a ‘green’ company, but small businesses can certainly be a part of this […] The post 3 Proven Sustainability Practices for Small Businesses appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Why Should You Care About the EPA’s 2015 Pharmaceutical Waste Proposal?

    Michael Manouel
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Why Regulate? The Difficulties in Dealing With Pharmaceutical Waste Waste pharmaceuticals have always been tricky to manage. One difficulty is their near ubiquity in our society; hospitals, pharmacies, residential care facilities, and veterinary clinics would not be able to function without the use of certain lifesaving—yet sometimes highly toxic—medications. For example, the mechanism of action […] The post Why Should You Care About the EPA’s 2015 Pharmaceutical Waste Proposal? appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • Describing Waste: What’s the Difference Between Toxic and Hazardous Waste?

    Michael Manouel
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Talking about Waste: ‘Toxic’ Vs. ‘Hazardous’ Waste Oftentimes the words we use to describe wastes that can pose an environmental or public health threat are chosen almost interchangeably, the same waste is sometimes called ‘hazardous’ today, and ‘toxic’ tomorrow. But what’s the difference between these two very similar, yet conflicting terms? If you work in […] The post Describing Waste: What’s the Difference Between Toxic and Hazardous Waste? appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • What To Do With Old Fluorescent Light Bulbs: A Recycling and Disposal Guide

    Michael Manouel
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Why Fluorescent Light Bulbs? Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and fluorescent light tubes use 75% less energy than their incandescent counterparts, and this efficiency makes them the go-to light source for businesses, municipal buildings, hospitals, and schools. CLFs can also last up to ten times longer than incandescent bulbs, and since they use much less electricity, […] The post What To Do With Old Fluorescent Light Bulbs: A Recycling and Disposal Guide appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
  • 3 Changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard You Need to Know About

    Michael Manouel
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:08 am
    History of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) The Occupation Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) first promulgated the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), or “HazCom Standard” for short, on November 25th, 1983. The Hazard Communication Standard (also known as the “Right-to-Know Law”) was designed to help inform employers and employees of the hazardous nature of chemicals used […] The post 3 Changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard You Need to Know About appeared first on Hazardous Waste Experts | Hazardous Waste Disposal.
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  • Chile's Villaricca volcano erupts in dazzling display

    photoblog
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
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  • Pedro the pony gets periscope to see over his door

    lmoss
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Meet Pedro, a 14-year-old Shetland pony and the newest addition to London's Ebony Horse Club, a nonprofit that works with disadvantaged youth.   Pedro is the first animal the children meet when they come to the club, serving as their introduction to horses. He often works with disabled children.  
  • How to fix 7 hardwood floor problems

    networx
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Nothing adds a distinctive air (and increased resale value) to your home like natural wood flooring. But hardwood's beauty is just one of its many virtues. If there is damage to your wood floor, you can just repair or partially replace the affected area — there's rarely a need to pull up the whole floor. This will save you money and keep your flooring looking great for years to come.
  • Real-life cookie monsters steal Girl Scout cookies

    jsavedge
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    It is that time of year again when little girls clad in Girl Scout sashes aim to raise money for their troops by selling cookies. According to the Girl Scout organization, the goal of the annual cookie sale is to teach young girls about the fundamentals of business: budgeting, sales and marketing. But unfortunately, some girls are also earning hard life lessons along the way in trust, security and how to file insurance claims.  
  • 26 writers take 'Journeys Home' to their ancestral countries in new anthology

    gmiller
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    At a time when delving into one's heritage is more popular than ever, some take genealogical research one step further by traveling to their ancestral homes to trace family histories and connect to the past. "Journeys Home," a new anthology from National Geographic Books, features essays by journalists and authors who traveled to homelands around the globe.  
 
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  • 10 Things You Should Be Able to Clean in 30 Minutes

    Natalia Rex
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:13 am
    Got 30 minutes? What could you clean if you had 30 minutes to spare? An organization called ISSA publishes a booklet of cleaning times – how long it should take to clean various things. We decided to have some fun with it to celebrate Coverall’s 30th birthday this month. If you didn’t have to prepare to clean, walk from object to object or room to room, or check quality, here’s what you could get done per ISSA standards.* Time to roll up the sleeves, grab the gloves and get to cleaning! 1. 50-60 desk phones 2. 10-15 microwaves (exterior) 3. 300 dumbbells 4. 20-30 chairs 5. 10-15…
  • 9 Things We LOVE To Have Around The Office

    Natalia Rex
    11 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
    A clean office is more beautiful than a romantic sonnet on a bright summer’s day…okay, that didn’t work. Let’s face it, we’re not all poets, so here we go - we love clean (a quality clean) especially at the office, because we spend so much time in one! Here are 9 things we can’t live without and it’s pretty obvious why. 1. Hand sanitizers Portable, handy (no pun intended), and they kill germs. What’s not to love? 2. A tidy desk Less clutter, less germ spread, less frustration. 3. A fresh smelling fridge No one wants to leave their food with the fridge monster. 4. NO string mop…
  • 3 Ways to Fund Your Franchised Business

    Natalia Rex
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:10 am
    Did you get your W2 yet? If you’re anxiously waiting to file your taxes to use that cash for something good, we’ve got 3 very good ideas of what you can do with that refund. What did you spend it on in the past? A survey found that 30% of Americans plan to pay a debt, 28% will save it and 26% will use it for monthly bills. How about using it to start your own business? Sounds great, doesn’t it? And, it’s doable. Here are 3 ways you can fund your franchised business, starting with your tax refund. Tax Return - Start off this year on the right foot by taking that money and thinking…
  • Top 3 Cleaning Products And What They Have In Common

    Natalia Rex
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    Commercial cleaning isn’t only about the appearance, it’s also about the right tools. With tons to choose from, it’s easy to get lost in the long list of things you need to keep your building clean. But, here’s a good starting point. Facility Cleaning Decisions Magazine polled facility managers about what cleaning supplies they consistently need to keep in stock. The top 3 choices were*: 1. Paper Towels and Tissues (92%) 2. Disinfectants and Sanitizers (91%) 3. Hand Soap (90%) These top three have a couple things in common – hand hygiene and surface cleanliness, both very important…
  • Preventing Slip and Falls

    Natalia Rex
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:14 am
    91 million workdays are lost due to slip and fall injuries each year. With all those slip and falls, about 90% happen when the person encounters a wet surface. That’s a huge number of accidents that could be prevented. Besides tip-toeing across the wet area (which doesn’t work, although it looks funny) here are some things you can do to avoid slip and falls on a dangerous surface. To start off – indoor floor surfaces. Whether it’s vinyl, tile, granite, marble, concrete or other, clean floors create great first impressions. Take extra care to follow good housekeeping rules to help…
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  • Tips to Have Great Indoor Air: Suitable Humidity Level

    Brian
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:40 pm
    2. Maintain a healthy humidity level Too much moisture in the air can greatly encourage the growth of molds, bacteria and dust mites. Recommended humidity levels for home are around 30% to 50%. So you can adjust the humidity level of your home with a humidifier and a dehumidifier. It can help you maintain the balanced moisture in the air, which can reduce the amount of molds, bacteria, allergens. And an air conditioner also can keep the indoor pollen at… Continue Reading ›› The post Tips to Have Great Indoor Air: Suitable Humidity Level appeared first on AirBetter.org.
  • 3 Tips to Use Humidifiers Correctly to Relieve Allergies

    Brian
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:13 pm
    How to Use A Humidifier Correctly to Relieve Allergy Effect Dry indoor air can irritate airways and nasal passages. For allergies suffers, it can aggravate their allergies symptoms, while for those who are with asthma, it is able to raise the risks of asthma attack. Using a humidifier to add adequate moisture into the air can help allergies and asthma sufferers to breathe easier and soothe uncomfortable symptoms. However, a humidifier might have some negative effects on allergies. For example, raising… Continue Reading ›› The post 3 Tips to Use Humidifiers Correctly to…
  • Main Types of Asthma

    Brian
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Types of Asthma You might have been familiar with asthma since an increasing number of people are suffering from it, but do you know there are many different types of asthma? Understanding what type of asthma may help the patients to take more effective actions to prevent or treat asthma symptoms. Child-Onset Asthma This type of asthma usually occurs during one’s childhood. Child-onset asthma happens probably because the child has become sensitized to surrounding allergens. This is most likely due… Continue Reading ›› The post Main Types of Asthma appeared first on…
  • 5 Tips on Choosing a Furnace Humidifier

    Brian
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:14 pm
    5 Tips on Choosing a Furnace Humidifier When the humidity in the air is below a certain minimum level, it’s more likely to cause some uncomfortable symptoms, such as dry nasal passages and scratchy throats. These discomforts are especially common in dry winters. What’s more, dry indoor air in winter can often cause irritation and peeling on skins, static on clothes and cracking on furniture. Furnace humidifiers that are operating with the home’s heating furnaces can regulate the moisture of… Continue Reading ›› The post 5 Tips on Choosing a Furnace Humidifier appeared…
  • Best Small Dehumidifier and Reviews, Consumer Reports 2015

    Brian
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Small Dehumidifier Reviews 2014 -2015 Maintaining a healthy humidity level for home has been a mission of dehumidifiers. And nowadays, dehumidifiers have various models and size to meet customers’ needs. But, sometimes customers tend to dehumidify some small areas or one part of the house, which doesn’t require a huge or a heavy weight dehumidifier, instead, a small dehumidifier is capable of providing excellent humidification as well. The demand for best small dehumidifiers is increasing in recent years. Most small… Continue Reading ›› The post Best Small…
 
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  • 6 Green Ways to Take Care of Your Pet

    Diana Smith
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:21 am
    Last updated:25th February, 2015, 2:24 PMAs the world is evolving, it is becoming to be harder and harder to take care of our pets due to the influence of many uncontrollable forces that influence their lives. However, if the pet owners look into making their pets’ lives greener, it is possible to help them stay strong and to give them better care in the long run. Moreover, eco-friendly pet care is important because owners will be promoting a non-toxic relationship with their pets; from food to the toys used, it is important to avoid using harsh and noxious chemicals that might damage the…
  • Electric Cars and Their Impact On The Environment

    Diana Smith
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:28 am
    Last updated:19th February, 2015, 7:31 PM It is a fact well known that a car is essential for any family with working members. The number of cars is growing each day, and as the number grows, so does the need for something environmentally friendly. Cars exhaust a toxic gas which ends up going everywhere around us, including the atmosphere. Not only is it toxic for a human body, but it also damages the greenery, affects the growth of trees, plants, etc. So, the engineers have come up with a solution – create an environmentally friendly car that will not work on fossil fuel, but electric…
  • Proven Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

    Rachel Heagney
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:54 am
    Last updated:18th February, 2015, 1:56 PMThere are many reasons why you should be gung ho about making your home more energy-efficient. Aside from the fact that it saves money, it can be your ticket to tax breaks and other financial incentives.You also get to significantly reduce your carbon footprint while turning your home into a healthier and more comfortable place to live.Below are some of the best steps to making your home more energy efficient. Start with a home energy audit. Before everything else, determine which aspects of your home could use an improvement in terms of energy…
  • How to Add Insulation to Your Home?

    Diana Smith
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:55 am
    Last updated:16th February, 2015, 10:57 AMIf you have problem with heating during the winter and keeping your home cool during the summer, this could signal you that you should do something about your home insulation. Insulating your home is a complex process, but at the same time, it has numerous benefits. If will save the heating or cooling energy within your home, not letting it to escape. Also, proper insulation will help you lower your energy bills, since the air conditioning won’t have to work all the time. However, before you even think about undertaking such venture, you need to be…
  • Know The Deployment Of Three Generations Of Renewable Energy

    Angelina Lopez
    14 Feb 2015 | 6:29 am
    Last updated:14th February, 2015, 3:49 PMThe Commercialization of renewable energy requires deployment of three generations of renewable energies. The concern for renewing the energy started 100 years from the time technology has evolved. Due to the population growth, the energy is becoming scarce and there must be some alternate method to save energy for the further generations.Till date, there are three generations of technologies used for renewable energy, Let us discuss the generations : First Generation: The first generation of renewable energy includes mature and economically…
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  • Super Easy Ways to Do Your Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

    Shera Cane
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:38 pm
    If you think that you have to be a trash expert to be really good in disposing your household hazardous wastes, then this tip will definitely convince you otherwise.1. Educate yourself. All the other tips in here will be worthless if, in the beginning, you don’t know the difference between hazardous and non-hazardous waste. Nevertheless, just to give you some idea, a hazardous waste is one that is considered corrosive, reactive, ignitable, or toxic. To further help you out, ask these questions:Is it flammable?Does it change to another form when exposed to, say, air or other substances or…
  • How to Make Hazardous Waste Disposal Fun and Educational for the Kids

    Shera Cane
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Learning the proper ways of life begins at home, including how to effectively manage hazardous wastes. The good news is educating them doesn’t have to be preachy and boring. Here are some great tips to infuse fun in teaching:1. Pack an “environmental friendly lunch.” Skip the plastic! Buy totes or wrap them in brown bags instead. To make it even more fun, work on the designs for the bag together or scribble on the brown bag.2. Reward them for every good job. Motivate your kids to do good at all times by rewarding them for their efforts. Now, parents, this doesn’t have to mean you…
  • Are You Doing the Proper Hazardous Waste Disposal?

    Shera Cane
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Although all types of wastes should be disposed properly, special attention should be given to hazardous wastes. These pollutants can create a harmful ripple effect once they found their way to our main water supply, grounds, and even to other commodities such as food. Sometimes the health effects are quick, sometimes long like a decade. Either way, they can endanger your or your loved one’s life. But are you disposing hazardous wastes correctly? If you don’t, here are some tips you need to implement as soon as possible:1. Learn to recognize what’s truly hazardous in your…
  • Beware of the Human Health Risks of Hazardous Wastes

    Shera Cane
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:01 am
    With the amount of wastes we produce every day, some of them can end up in our land, water, air, among others. What we have to know is how much of these waste is hazardous and what kinds of health risks they present. For example:WaterThere are many ways water can be contaminated by hazardous wastes. One, some industrial facilities located near bodies of water such as seas and rivers may experience a leak, and chemicals can find their way into these waters. Pollution in the soil can also lead to water contamination as pollutants find their way into the ground source. If there are leaks to…
  • 10 Ways Hazardous Waste Disposal Could Help Environment and Mankind

    Shera Cane
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:19 pm
    The importance of disposing hazardous waste properly can’t be stress enough. Its impact goes beyond keeping an industrial plant’s or a factory’s environment clean. It also:Maintains clean water supply. Toxic wastes can get into the water’s main line and not only pollute it but also introduce harmful chemicals that, when drank, can have a profound effect on people’s and animal’s health.  Keeps the soil in a healthy condition. When toxic wastes from products such as batteries and computers are thrown into landfills, they can get leach into the soil, which also becomes toxic.
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