California officials unravel the "stench of death" mystery

December 8, 2021 by  
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The residents of Carson, California , have had to endure weeks of a foul stench emanating from the Dominguez Channel. The smell, described by locals as similar to rotten eggs, was first reported on Oct. 3. Now, officials say that the stench was caused by waste from a beauty and wellness product warehouse that caught fire and spilled chemicals into a canal. The task of determining the cause of the “stench of death” was left to South Coast Air Quality Management District. The agency said on Friday that the warehouse fire on Sept. 30 and subsequent chemical spill caused were at the heart of the matter. The chemicals killed plants and other organisms in and around the canal, producing hydrogen sulfide. This colorless gas is flammable and harmful to human health. Related: Welcome to Norilsk, one of the world’s most polluted cities Since the stench began, Carson residents have reported various symptoms . Many have complained of headaches, fatigue and respiratory problems. Some have endured more serious symptoms, such as constant nose bleeds that require hospitalization. The air quality was bad enough to force evacuations. At one point, the levels of hydrogen sulfide reached 7,000 parts per billion, over 230 times recommended levels. To mitigate the situation, the county moved about 3,000 people to hotels. Further, 27,000 air purifiers were given to residents to reduce the scent. Despite these efforts, the residents say the scent persists. One resident told The Guardian that after returning to her home from the hotel, she started experiencing symptoms again. “Over-the-counter medicine doesn’t help,” Carson resident Ana Meni said. “The only relief I have is to get out of the city. The moment I do, the headaches go away,” said Meni. Since the stench began, the county has spent over $54 million to provide alternative accommodation, clean the channel and purify the air . If issues continue until March, the cost could rise to over $143 million, according to officials. The county has already issued a notice of violation to the companies behind the pollution, though action has not yet been taken. Via The Guardian Lead image via Laurie Avocado

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Gardening Tips: How To Get Kids Actively Involved

March 29, 2016 by  
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Spring is already pushing its way out whether you are ready for it or not! I am definitely ready to welcome the birds, the buds and the scent of freshly turned earth back again. I’ve been reading lots of gardening tips for getting kids involved in…

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DIY Gift Idea: Learn to Make Beautiful, Solid Perfume Lockets

December 5, 2013 by  
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Most of us have a couple of favorite fragrances that we like to daub on ourselves once in a while, so it’s not surprising that  perfume is one of the most popular gifts for any occasion. That said, although there are some spectacular perfumes and colognes out there, it’s incredibly easy (and fun) to make your own scented blends with essential oils, and then blend them with carrier oils and wax to make solid perfumes. Scent can have a remarkable effect on a person’s mood (as can beautiful bits of jewelry), so if you just happen to combine a gorgeous perfume and a beautiful locket, you have a winning gift this holiday season! Read the rest of DIY Gift Idea: Learn to Make Beautiful, Solid Perfume Lockets Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aromatherapy , cedar , Christmas , christmas gifts , Christmas present , DIY , diy gift , diy holiday gift , EO , essential oil perfume , essential oils , grapefruit , hanukkah , holiday gifts , holiday presents , Jewelry , Kwanzaa , lockets , neroli , patchouli , perfume , perfume lockets , rose , sandalwood , scent , solid perfume , solid perfume lockets , solstice , xmas gift , xmas gifts , xmas present , xmas presents , Yule        

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How can I reuse or recycle old aftershave/cologne?

October 31, 2011 by  
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We’ve had an email from Bala: Can an aftershave which is nearly 3 years old be used as a car freshner?? This sent me down two research routes: 1) do aftershaves/colognes/perfumes expire? and 2) how to make a car air freshener. In answer to the first question, general not: they might lose their top notes or the scent distort in other ways after around five years but otherwise the alcohol will preserve it pretty well, especially if the bottle is pretty full (so there has been less exposure to the air). Some might separate slightly but at three years old, it should be fine. As for making the freshner, Planet Green suggests a dangly scrap fabric/scrap cardboard/fabric sandwich , but I worry about the suggestion to soak the fabric with the scent – I would have though a few spritzes, refreshed regularly, would probably suffice in a closed car (a little scent goes a long way!). Anyone got any ideas for making other types of freshner? Or any other ideas for reusing or recycling old aftershave/cologne?

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Love the Scent of Fresh Laundry? That Fragrance Isn’t as Clean as You May Think

August 29, 2011 by  
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Photo Credit: Irum Shahid , stock.xchng. Ahhhh, the scent of fresh, clean laundry. You can buy laundry detergent in every fragrance from lavender to citrus to “fresh rain” — whatever that’s supposed to smell like. But next time you do a pile of laundry, you may want to change your detergent. That “fresh laundry” smell, even in some popular “green” detergents, is often off-gassing toxic chemicals…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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