As I flew over the Peruvian rainforest, I kept a lookout for flames. I’d heard that, despite international outrage over the loss of millions of acres of trees, the Amazon basin was still going up in smoke. Now I’d come to see for myself, and it didn’t take long. Out the window of the small […]
If you have a car, stop whatever you’re doing and go check the air pressure of your vehicle’s tires. Apart from keeping your car in park, pumping up your tires to their proper "PSI" – pounds per square inch – is the fastest, cheapest way to reduce the amount of gasoline you use. Tires have […]
In the true spirit of the "web," moms who blog about green issues are joining together to launch a blog carnival to share information and resources related to protecting their kids as well as the planet. The brainchild of Lynn Miller, who blogs at OrganicMania, "Green Moms Carnival" will feature submissions around rotating themes related […]
Thinking about buying some handy ‘germ fighting’ dish soap or bathroom cleanser? Think again. In all likelihood, those cleaners contain triclosan, a toxic pesticide that’s marketed as an "antibacterial agent" but is powerful enough to threaten children’s health and pollute mothers’ breast milk. According to a study by researchers at the non-profit Environmental Working Group […]
Consumer demand for seafood has been depleting fish and shrimp populations for decades. The Marine Stewardship Council has helped protect marine animal populations by creating standards retailers and consumers can follow to choose wild-caught fish from better-managed fisheries. Wal-Mart and Whole Foods are among the retailers that sell MSC-Certified seafood. "Farming" fish and shrimp […]
With all the belt-tightening going on, most people seem ready to give up whatever eco-friendly actions they’ve adopted in order to economize. In his new book, Go Green, Live Rich, best-selling author David Bach makes a convincing case that saving energy and resources will not just save you money, but make you money, too. He […]
The recent post on sunscreen generated several e-mails that are worth sharing here. One reader worried that many sunscreens rely on nanotechnology, which manipulates particles that are smaller than 100 nanometers (nm); for comparison, a human hair is about 80,000 nm in diameter. Some research indicates that nanoparticles of titanium dioxide, which makes it easier […]
Everybody may be talking about recycling these days, but not everybody is doing it. Most communities still don’t have access to curbside recycling programs, so consumers who want to recycle must schlep their cans, bottles, paper and plastic to a sorting center, an inconvenience that can become a major obstacle for someone whose time is […]
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