When sustainability needs a two-way conversation

July 29, 2019 by  
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Mom had it right. “You’ve only one mouth but you’ve got two ears.” A new platform can help companies heed this advice.

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EPA backs the use of toxic herbicide chemical glyphosate

May 3, 2019 by  
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The toxic chemical glyphosate , a common herbicide, has been found to be a threat to public health and a recognized carcinogenic. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is caught between a weed and a hard place as they defend the big-money herbicide even after their own science advisors deemed it a hazard. Commonly known by its brand name Roundup, Bayer, formally known as Monsato, sells about 300 million pounds of the weed killer annually in the U.S. for agricultural use. Farm use accounts for about 90 percent of American sales, with 10 percent sprayed on lawns, parks, golf courses, playground and other non- agricultural uses. Glyphosate sticks to crops, works its way into water and has been linked to cancer-related troubles with the liver, kidney, immune and reproductive systems of farm workers. Related: Researchers find weedkiller ingredient Glyphosate in name brand beer and wine The EPA has had a long and shady past with Monsanto and glyphosate. According to documents recently made available during court proceedings, Monsanto and the EPA Pesticide Office worked together to downplay the herbicide’s cancer risks. In an April 2019 report , the EPA said, “The agency has determined that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans and therefore a quantitative cancer assessment was not conducted.” However, just the week before the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry released its draft Toxicological Profile for Glyphosate which is much more concerned with the potential dangers of glyphosates. Many scientists strenuously disagree with the EPA’s conclusions. “The EPA’s pesticide office is out on a limb here— with Monsanto and Bayer and virtually nobody else,” says Jennifer Sass, a senior scientist at NRDC. “Health agencies and credible non-industry experts who’ve reviewed this question have all found a link between glyphosate and cancer,” Sass says. “The EPA should take the advice of its own science advisors who have rejected the agency’s no-cancer-risk classification.” Via NRDC Image via Mike Mozart

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8 sustainability podcasts to listen to this Earth Day

April 22, 2019 by  
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Give your daily commute a boost by subscribing to an eco-friendly podcast. Not only do these podcasts make your drive pass by a little faster, but they will also keep you informed on the latest trends in sustainability — just in time for Earth Day . Here is a quick list of the best sustainability podcasts for your morning drive. Sustainable Jungle This podcast tackles current and future problems in the environmental realm. The hosts of the podcast, Lyall and Joy, tour the planet to discuss big issues with some of the world’s leaders in conservation, tackling issues like plastic waste , climate change and overconsumption, to name a few. Although the people they meet are focusing on different areas of conservation, they are all working together to build a better world. Organic Healthy Life This podcast is led by Nancy Addison and focuses on healthy eating. In each episode, Addison dives into recipes that are tailored to benefit the entire body and mind. According to Player FM , Addison’s clients have experienced substantial improvements to their health by following her advice. This includes weight loss and improved medical conditions. Related: 6 fun, meaningful ways to celebrate Earth Day! Addison is the author of several award-winning books, including Raising Healthy Children ; Lose Weight, Get Healthy And Never Have To Go On A Diet Again ; and How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian . The Minimalists Starring Ryan and Josh, The Minimalists podcast examines sustainability through a slightly different lens. Being minimalists, the pair often talk about how they live a more fulfilled life by decreasing what they own. They also discuss their impact on the environment and how modern living affects Earth’s delicate ecosystem . Ryan and Josh frequently take questions from the audience and offer an inside look at what it really means to be a minimalist. My Ocean The My Ocean podcast interviews leaders in the conservation community whose main focus is on preserving the ocean. This podcast will undoubtedly leave you inspired about the good in people while offering an interesting look at some of the problems facing our oceans today. If you are looking for feel-good stories about people making positive impacts on the oceans, this podcast is definitely for you. The Adaptors This podcast is for listeners who are looking for interesting twists on sustainability. The Adaptors frequently introduces ideas that are hypothetical and bordering on ridiculous, but they still make you think about sustainability in a different way. One of the common questions on the show is how environmentalists would adapt to some of the most damaging effects of climate change . Although the answers are sometimes outlandish, they are often inspirational. Warm Regards Warms Regards may be one of the most passionate podcasts on this list. The hosts often interview journalists and climate scientists who are dedicated to their work in a way most of us could only dream of being. The podcast focuses on climate change and the effects of global warming . This includes exploring ideas on how to deal with global warming and what might happen in the future if proper steps are not taken to deal with the issue. Direct Current Direct Current will appeal to those looking for environmental discussions with elements of comedy. The main topic on Direct Current is electricity and the many ways humans generate and use energy around the world. The discussions often feature human elements and explore new trends in technology that are driving the renewable energy revolution. Fast-paced and always fascinating, this podcast is perfect for those looking to solve old problems in unique and inventive ways. Hippie Haven Hippie Haven releases an episode every Wednesday, and each one is sure to teach you something new about sustainable living. Led by host Callee, this podcast interviews ordinary people who follow  eco-friendly lives . The guests typically offer real-world solutions while telling people how they can get involved in the environmental community. Related: These sustainable headphones are making a debut just in time for Earth Day The topics on Hippie Haven are diverse and include anything from becoming a vegan to building a tiny home . The topics change each week, so you never know where the conversation might take you. Being a long-time activist and small business owner, Callee also brings plenty of experience to the table and is never afraid to discuss even the most controversial of issues. Mountain And Prairie Mountain and Prairie could definitely be your next favorite podcast. Ed Roberson hosts the show and talks with a myriad of guests from the American West. The topics tend to focus on issues that ranchers and hunters face, but they always come back to conservation. Even if you are not an expert on the environment, you will find the discussions on this sustainability podcast both significant and illuminating. Via Player FM , 1 Million Women and The Basic Goods Images via Pexels , Kaboom Pics , Matthieu A , Tomasz Gaw?owski  and  Photo Mix Company

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Soil-Savvy Advice for Perky Plants and Tasty Veggies

June 12, 2018 by  
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If you want your yard to yield succulent vegetables, spectacular flowers, … The post Soil-Savvy Advice for Perky Plants and Tasty Veggies appeared first on Earth911.com.

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World’s largest sovereign wealth fund could ditch oil and gas stocks

November 20, 2017 by  
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Norway raked in money from oil in the past. But now the country’s Norges Bank , which manages its $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund – the world’s largest – is recommending the government dump fossil fuel stocks. They said the move “will make the government’s wealth less vulnerable to a permanent drop in oil and gas prices.” According to Bloomberg , this could mean unloading $35 billion in stocks – and European oil stocks plummeted after the proposal. The movement for fossil fuel divestment appears to be gaining speed. Norway could get rid of their shares of big oil companies like ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell. 350.org’s Bill McKibben said the proposal was “as astonishing as the moment when the Rockefellers divested the world’s oldest oil fortune.” Norway’s fund controls around 1.5 percent of global stocks, according to Bloomberg. Related: Catholic churches to make massive divestment from fossil fuels Norges Bank recommended the move in a letter to the Ministry of Finance, but the government probably won’t make its final decision until next year. They said the idea requires a thorough assessment. The move could include divesting from current shares, and not investing in oil and gas in the future. Bloomberg said the fund has already sold most of its coal stocks. While environmental activists have praised the proposal, Bloomberg said it’s more about hedging risk than combating climate change . Norges Bank deputy governor Egil Matsen said in their statement the advice is based on financial arguments, and doesn’t reflect a certain view of the “profitability or sustainability of the oil and gas sector.” Rystad Energy senior partner Per Magnus Nysveen said “this has nothing to do with the environment .” But according to Mindy Lubber, president of nonprofit Ceres , if Norway takes the significant step, others will follow – which could ultimately be a good move for the planet. Via Bloomberg , The Guardian , and Norges Bank Images via andy muir on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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If you eat seafood, you’re probably eating fleece microfibers

February 7, 2017 by  
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If you enjoy spending time in the great outdoors (or simply like to feel warm and cozy throughout the day), you’re probably a fan of synthetic fleece jackets. But what you might not know is that every time one of these items runs through the wash, it releases thousands of microscopic plastic fibers into the water supply. These microfibers end up being eaten by fish and marine life – where they eventually end up back on our plates. A study last year from the University of California Santa Barbara , in collaboration with the clothing company Patagonia, shows that every time polyester fleece jackets are run through the wash without detergent, up to 2 grams of these fibers could be shed. It’s worse for top-load washing machines, which release seven times more fibers than the front-load variety. Unlike clothes dryers, which can capture loose fibers in lint traps, loose material in washing machines ends up simply being washed down the drain. Unfortunately, these microfibers are so small that wastewater treatment plants can’t filter them out. Instead, they end up being released into the environment, where they’re eaten by wildlife. Related:  Patagonia says synthetic fibers (including their own) are polluting the oceans Are these microscopic bits of plastic harmful when ingested? It’s not entirely clear. Some studies have show certain species can’t cope well with the microfibers: water fleas who inadvertently eat fleece fibers are more likely to die, and common crabs that have ingested the tiny bits of plastic eat less food overall. But further research is needed to show if humans who eat fleece-filled seafood suffer any ill effects. Unfortunately, short of avoiding fish altogether, it’s impossible to know whether you’re ingesting microfibers or not. For now, the only real solution is to either avoid washing your fleece when possible, or rig your washing machine with a filter to catch microfibers before they enter waterways. Sadly, that won’t do much unless everyone who wears synthetic fleece takes this advice to heart. Via NPR Images via Kelly and StockSnap  

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New Silk light bulbs automatically adjust brightness according to the time of day

July 2, 2015 by  
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No one can underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. Most of us have heard, yet maybe not followed, the advice to turn off bright lights and screens before going to bed because of the rousing effects light has on our brains. A new Kickstarter campaign by the company Saffron is introducing the Silk system of light bulbs to do the work for us. This system is connected through a series of bulbs which automatically adjust color temperature to the time of day and the Sun’s natural shifts in brightness. Read the rest of New Silk light bulbs automatically adjust brightness according to the time of day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automatic light system , circadian rhythm , connected light system , light affecting sleep cycles , saffron kickstarter , silk by saffron , silk light bulbs , silk lighting system

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2016 Toyota Mirai is the only zero-emissions vehicle that can travel 312 miles

July 2, 2015 by  
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In the market for a zero-emissions vehicle that can travel almost as far as a regular gas-powered vehicle? Up until now, you’re only choice has been the Tesla Model S with its 265 mile range, but Toyota has just announced that the 2016 Mirai fuel-cell vehicle has a driving range of 312 miles, which is longer than any other zero-emissions vehicle on the market. Read the rest of 2016 Toyota Mirai is the only zero-emissions vehicle that can travel 312 miles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric car , electric vehicle , fuel cell vehicle , green car , green transporation , hydrogen , hydrogen powered vehicle , Toyota , Toyota fuel cell vehicle , Toyota Mirai , zero-emissions

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HOW TO: Create a Natural Medicine Cabinet Stocked with Edible Remedies

July 12, 2014 by  
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Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” We often fail to take this advice as literally as Hippocrates meant it! If you’re interesting in taking a more natural approach to your family’s health, there are a number of great items to keep on hand. Our handy guide will show you everything you need to create a natural medicine cabinet stocked full of herbs, teas, veggies, and other gifts from the earth. You may already have some of these things in your kitchen! READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: herbal remedies , home remedies , how to create a natural medicine cabinet , medicinal herbs , natural first-aid , natural medicine , natural remedies

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How to engage employees: Advice from four leaders

June 14, 2012 by  
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Learn how to best engage employees from strategies recently offered at the Sustainable Brands conference.

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