Posts Tagged ‘Green’

07/14/2014

Duh – Study Says Organics Better For You

In what is commonly known throughout the natural world, organic produce and grains are better for you.  A new study reported by The New York Times highlighted the research conducted at Newcastle University in England.  The researchers said that organic fruits, vegetables and cereals contain significantly higher concentrations of antioxidants. . .

07/03/2014

Recycling Urban E-Waste

Mining for precious metals like gold, silver, and copper is extremely costly. Not only does it require a huge amount of energy and have a devastating impact on the environment, it also puts human life at risk.  Still, these metals are what enable our precious smartphones and tablets to work. . .

03/06/2014

Having That Toilet Paper Discussion

The convenience of toilet paper is a comfort many Americans can’t picture themselves living without.  America is the world largest market for toilet paper.  Americans per capita use 23.6 rolls per year, totaling about 7 billion rolls a year for the country. Unfortunately, using toilet paper is not the most sustainable. . .

12/30/2013

Cometh The Bike Tax?

With the popularity of bicycling soaring local municipalities have begun to consider taxing cyclist.  Chicago is so serious about accommodating cyclists that it deploys mini-snow plows to clear snow out of an ever-expanding web of bike lanes.  The attention city leaders have lavished on cycling raises a question that keeps. . .

12/25/2013

Ways To De-Stress The Holidays

Holiday stress can be a real downer for many people.  It’s not just the pressure of making sure that you’re having a great time this season, but you also have to contend with that highly dysfunctional family we all are part of.  Finding a way to de-stress during this time. . .

11/28/2013

Greening Thanksgiving

No, this is not going to be a soliloquy on being being a vegetarian for Thanksgiving, or giving a reprieve to what once could have been our National bird, the Turkey. Greening Thanksgiving covers a wider range of life style issues that we could all use.  With a nod to. . .

11/05/2013

Logging Bills Face Opposition From Science

More than 200 biologists, ecologists and other scientists are urging Congress to defeat legislation they say would destroy critical wildlife habitat by setting aside U.S. environmental laws to speed logging of burned trees at Yosemite National Park and other national forests and wilderness areas across the West.  The experts say. . .

10/30/2013

Southern Weed Invading Midwest

It’s a beast of a weed, creeping north into the Midwest from cotton country.  Palmer amaranth can shoot up as high as 7 feet, and just one plant can produce up to a million seeds. Herbicide is increasingly futile against it, and the weed’s thick stems and deep roots make. . .

09/16/2013

Wal-Mart To Ban Products Containing Toxic Chemicals

Wal-Mart announced Thursday that it will require its suppliers to phase out about 10 hazardous chemicals from personal care products, cosmetics and cleaning products sold in its stores.  It will also require the suppliers to disclose chemicals in those products.  The moves follow an announcement made by Procter & Gamble. . .

09/03/2013

Red Cedar Trees Rebound After Clean Air Act

A species of old trees in the Appalachian Mountains is growing faster than expected in the wake of clean-air controls implemented decades ago, a new study shows.  The research on eastern red cedar trees, all between 120 and 500 years old, also showed changes in the types of carbon and. . .

Putting Insects On The Menu

A growing number of forward-thinking chefs are putting insects on their menus, often grasshoppers and mealworms, but also more exotic fare such as creamy bee larvae or zesty carpenter ants. “It’s amazing to me how it’s snowballed,” says David George Gordon, author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook and one of America’s. . .

07/24/2013

Republican House Proposes Cuts To EPA

House Republicans Monday proposed slashing cuts to environmental programs and funding for the Smithsonian Institution and the arts as they unveiled the latest legislation to implement the second year of budget cuts required under so-called sequestration.  The $24 billion spending measure would gut the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency. . .

07/15/2013

Global Population Jumps

The African population could increase fourfold by 2100, making poverty and hunger issues more severe.  In advance of World Population Day, United Nations demographers have once again revised official projections upward.  Some of their report highlights:  Nigeria, the West African nation slightly larger than Texas, is on track to surpass. . .

05/17/2013

Today Is Bike To Work Day

Today is National Bike To Work Day.  I’m not sure it would qualify for its own Hallmark greeting card, but biking to work has gained a tremendous amount of traction in the last ten years. According to the League of American Bicyclists bike commuting in the U.S. has increased 44. . .

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