Scientists discover hazardous chemicals accumulate in household dust

September 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Scientists discover hazardous chemicals accumulate in household dust

Scientists have found an array of hazardous chemicals inside everyday household dust , putting the health of families at serious risk. The toxic cocktail accumulates over time from a variety of household products, including cleaners, electronics, furniture, and flooring. Families are warned that infants are more at risk, as they tend to crawl on the floor and frequently touch their mouths. An analysis of 26 studies and one unpublished set of data reviewed findings covering a range of indoor settings, including homes, gymnasiums, and schools. They discovered a disturbing trend of at least 45 different chemicals present in dust, 10 of which were found in at least 90 percent of the samples taken. Related: What kind of toxins are lurking in your mattress? Known carcinogen TDCIPP, a flame retardant found in furniture foam, carpet padding, and some baby products, was at the top of the list. Another flame retardant present, TPHP, has been linked to adverse effects on reproductive and nervous systems. Phthalates , an ingredient in vinyl flooring as well as food and personal care packaging that can interfere with hormones and infant development were also found in abundance. “It is really important for companies and regulators to get the message that people care about this and want and need safer products for their families,” expressed study co-author Veena Singla to The Guardian . She noted that consumer demands will help with future risks, but many of the products contaminating homes do not get replaced often, such as flooring. By frequently vacuuming, dusting with a wet cloth, and washing hands before meals, families can reduce their risk of ingesting or inhaling these toxic elements. Via The Guardian Images via Pixabay ( 1 , 2 )

Originally posted here: 
Scientists discover hazardous chemicals accumulate in household dust

Denmark is building the "Silicon Valley of agriculture" near Aarhus

September 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Business, Eco, Green

Comments Off on Denmark is building the "Silicon Valley of agriculture" near Aarhus

According to William McDonough + Partners , the agricultural food park first opened in 2009. It is owned by The Danish Agriculture & Food Council and currently hosts 75 companies and 1,000 employees. Now spanning 44,000m2, the park will grow an additional 280,000m2 in multiple phases over the next 30 years. William McDonough + Partners said it is expected to “create synergies among the many existing tenants while building an ecosystem inviting new entities to further strengthen products and expertise developed within the hub.” McDonough later told Inhabitat, “This is a place, literally, where people could be engaging in the business of feeding the world safe, healthy food. That, to us, is very exciting.” William McDonough + Partners and GXN are specifically focusing on five particular areas that will define the AFP (and potentially future, similar developments) and creative an inspiring space that gives rise to innovation; they include healthy materials, clean energy , increased biodiversity, healthy air, and clean water. Related: Interview with William McDonough, green architect and Cradle to Cradle founder “Embracing Agro-Urban Ecosystem Design, the AFP treats urban and agricultural development together as a unified, productive and restorative ecosystem,” said William McDonough + Partners. “By integrating the carbon cycle and other ecological processes into large scale urban systems and their surroundings – buildings and energy flows, water cycles and wastewater treatment, land use and food production – the AFP creates economic value within the urban and agricultural infrastructure.” The master plan comprises three main sections – the Lawn, a central communal green space that will become a “showroom” for experimental food production, the Strip, the main street with “active” ground floor facades to ensure a lively atmosphere throughout the day, and five Plazas that “bind” clusters of buildings together, creating individual neighborhoods with distinct identities. “Innovation occurs best when knowledge is concentrated in clusters and cross-pollinated,” said Kasper Guldager Jensen, Director of GXN. “By linking food production to urban life, we have tried to create an environment where people, knowledge and ideas meet. The dream is to create the framework for agriculture’s answer to Silicon Valley.” + William McDonough + Partners

View post:
Denmark is building the "Silicon Valley of agriculture" near Aarhus

Contemporary Finnish lake house is built with seven types of timber

September 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Contemporary Finnish lake house is built with seven types of timber

The warm and welcoming House Åkerudden owes its cozy character to its timber-lined and light-filled interior. Its gabled form is a reference to the local vernacular of Tenala, a rural community 60 miles west of Helsinki. Unlike the neighboring architecture, however, the lake house combines treated and untreated timber for a highly textured appearance that complements the surrounding field landscape. The house is clad in vertical strips of aspen and sits atop oak batons, while the outdoor decks are built with locally sourced Oregon pine. “The building’s idiom is simple and oblong and it settles naturally into the open field landscape,” said studio founder Mathias Nyström, according to Dezeen . “In its simplicity and apparent modesty, it approaches vernacular architecture without mimicking it. The goals were authenticity, simplicity, locality and sustainability.” House Åkerudden was built with a locally sourced spruce frame, which is kept exposed and was lightly treated with white-tinted oil. Oiled and untreated black alder paneling, as well as oak veneer, pine, and larch surfaces line the interior. Black-painted oriented strand board clads the staircase. Related: Timber-louvered house maximizes privacy and light in rural Germany Natural light streams in through large windows on all sides of the home that frame views of the outdoors. The home, aided by the double-height space in the large open-plan lounge and kitchen that occupy one half of the building, help make the home feel airy and spacious. The other half of the home comprises the bedrooms, bathrooms, and study, and is separated from the communal areas by an entrance hall. + MNy Arkitekter Via Dezeen Images © Mathias Nyström and Kuvio Architectural Photography

See the original post here: 
Contemporary Finnish lake house is built with seven types of timber

Levels of Flame-Retardant Chemicals in American Women Finally Dropping

September 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Levels of Flame-Retardant Chemicals in American Women Finally Dropping

For the first time ever, researchers are finding that levels of flame retardants (PDBEs) are declining in the bodies of American women. The study focused on the bodies of a group of California women, and found that the PDBE levels in their bodies were 65% lower than those found in pregnant women who were tested just three years ago. Considering that flame retardants wreak havoc on our bodies , disrupting thyroid hormones in women and their newborns, as well as reducing IQ and concentration in children exposed, these lowered levels are very encouraging.  There’s still a lot of work to be done, considering that PDBEs are found in all manner of products , but these declining levels are certainly a good start. Click through to learn more about the study, as well as other flame retardants to watch out for: READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: flame retardant , flame retardant chemicals , hormone disruption , PDBE , PDBEs , pregnancy , pregnant women , thyroid        

See the original post here: 
Levels of Flame-Retardant Chemicals in American Women Finally Dropping

Report Finds Over 5,000 Children’s Products Contain Toxic Chemicals

May 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Report Finds Over 5,000 Children’s Products Contain Toxic Chemicals

Photo via Shutterstock A new report by the Washington Toxic Coalition and Safer States has revealed that over 5,000 children’s products contain toxic chemicals associated with cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive problems. The products, intended for those from infancy through adolescence, include party hats which contain cancer-causing arsenic, cosmetics which contain formaldehyde and dolls which contain hormone-disrupting bisphenol A (BPA). READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BPA , car seat safety , children safety , children's products , claires accessories , flame retardant , formaldahyde , toxic chemicals , toxic toys , toxin home , walmart , Washington Toxic Coalition and Safer States        

Here is the original post:
Report Finds Over 5,000 Children’s Products Contain Toxic Chemicals

Study Finds Industrial Chemicals in Supermarket Foods

March 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Study Finds Industrial Chemicals in Supermarket Foods

Photo via Shutterstock The next time you take a trip to the grocery store and pick up a prepackaged meal , there may be more to worry about then just the calorie count on the outside of the box. A study published in this month’s Environmental Health Perspectives by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has shown levels of phthalates in common US foods. The industrial chemicals are used as plasticizers, and can be found in many personal care and home products. Linked to reproductive and endocrine damage, phthalates were found in all of 72 samples from foods and beverages tested from grocery stores in Albany, NY. Read the rest of Study Finds Industrial Chemicals in Supermarket Foods Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: albany , arnold schecter , BPA , environmental protection agency , flame retardant , food , grocery store , HBCD , NY , pbde , phthalates , plastic , plasticizer , prepackaged , resin , supermarket , the university of texas health and science center at houston , uthealth

Original post: 
Study Finds Industrial Chemicals in Supermarket Foods

Zero Skyscraper: A Survival Structure for Post-Apocalyptic Life On Earth

March 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Zero Skyscraper: A Survival Structure for Post-Apocalyptic Life On Earth

Read the rest of Zero Skyscraper: A Survival Structure for Post-Apocalyptic Life On Earth Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “eVolo” , agriculture , Apocalypse , Communication , doomsday , Ekkaphon Puekpaiboon , human extinction , internet , skyscraper , Survival , zero skyscraper

See more here:
Zero Skyscraper: A Survival Structure for Post-Apocalyptic Life On Earth

World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant to Be Built in California

March 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant to Be Built in California

Concentrating solar power companies  Abengoa and BrightSource Energy will soon team up to build the world’s largest solar tower facility in Southern California. The new solar development will be located on federal land, and it’s being facilitated by the Bureau of Land Management. The 500-megawatt Palen Solar Electric Generating System will create 2,000 new construction jobs, and it will produce enough electricity to power 200,000 households. The project was unveiled just hours after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar approved 900 MW of solar development in California . Read the rest of World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant to Be Built in California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , Abengoa , Brightsource Energy , Bureau of Land Management , California , concentrating solar power , Interior Department , ken salazar , renewable energy , Riverside County , Solar Power , solar power tower , solar technology , solar tower

Here is the original post:
World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant to Be Built in California

Bad Behavior has blocked 1074 access attempts in the last 7 days.