Beyond being annoyed by the overpowering use of fragrances by department stores, magazine, and individual, there is real cause for concern about the safety of perfumes. In fact, the Cancer Prevention Coalition (CPC) has issued a warning that public is at risk from the federal government’s lack of regulation and the fragrance industry’s “recklessly irresponsible” […]
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Kombucha tea, made from fermented yeast and bacteria often referred to as a “mushroom“, has become increasingly popular in recent years. Enjoyed since the 1800s, this beverage is touted for its detoxifying and energy boosting properties. Small amounts of alcohol are created in the process of fermentation, but the quantity is small enough to classify […]
Painting the roses red We’re painting the roses red We dare not stop Or waste a drop So let the paint be spread We’re painting the roses red We’re painting the roses red “Would you tell me, please,” said Alice, a little timidly, “why you are painting those roses?” Alice might ask a similar question […]
Malaria is a life-threatening tropical disease that is transmitted through mosquito bites. Caused by the parasite Plasmodium, this disease results in almost one million deaths with most of the victims being children. Unfortunately, scientists have recently discovered an link between “increased incidence of malaria to land-use practices in the Amazon.”
It’s amazing to think that wind power could actually be on the decline when the alternative energy sector seems to be just taking off in the United States. Wind power generation broke records in 2009 with 9.8 GW of new installation; however, this expansion of growth is slowing down dramatically as favorable sites are already […]
There are many aspects of city life that are stressful. From traffic to noise, urban residents encounter many situations each day that have the potential to raise their blood pressure. Even if you live a calm, meditative municipal life, the very air you breathe is enough to raise your blood pressure, according to a new […]
Last week, the President’s Cancer Panel (the Panel) released a report titled “Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk“ summarizing research conducted in 2008-2009 on “the state of environmental cancer research, policy, and programs addressing known and potential effects of environmental exposures on cancer.” The Panel found that “the true burden of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly […]
It’s an old story: a major corporation targets its small competition over alleged trademark infringement. McDonald’s attacked McDharma’s, a vegetarian fast food restaurant in Santa Cruz, California over “Mc”. Now, Clorox is targeting Method environmentally cleaning products for using a yellow daisy image similar to one found on their Green Works products.
Earth Day is around the corner, and unfortunately, this day makes me cynical and snarky. Perhaps it’s from years in education seeing teachers make token gestures to celebrate the day, or perhaps it is from years of blogging and reading Earth Day posts…whatever the cause, I’m afraid in many ways Earth Day has lost its […]
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For the second year, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has compiled a list of cities with the “most energy efficient buildings”. To qualify as an energy efficient building, the structure must earn the EPA’s Energy Star label. At the top of the list for the second time is Los Angeles, California with 293 Energy Star […]
From electric car charging stations to solar highways, the Pacific Northwest is a model region for living green. The use of pesticides in public spaces, such as parks and playgrounds, is no exception. Some cities, like Arcata, California, have been pesticide-free for over a decade, whereas others are phasing out chemicals. Behind this movement to […]
We breathe it in; we breathe it out. We can’t survive without out, but often the air we breathe is tainted with pollution. Sometimes is noticeable, such as when visiting smog plagued southern California, but usually we don’t even notice air pollution’s presence. Pollution from traffic causes genetic changes in utero and increases risk of […]
Amsterdam, the Netherlands is one of my favorite cities in Europe. The city is known for its predominance of bicycles. In fact, there are approximately 600,000 bicycles for the 750,000 residents. There are even bike shops specializing in recycled bikes. In this city built of narrow streets and canals, cars are definitely a hindrance, but smaller […]
If you live rent an apartment, own a condominium, live in a shady neighborhood, or simply don’t want solar panels on your roof, residents of Colorado have a solution: community solar gardens. What’s a community solar garden? It’s a unique idea to allow residents to purchase a share of a large solar array that would […]