Researchers find sunscreen becomes toxic when exposed to chlorine

June 30, 2017 by  
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Most of us are quick to reach for our sunscreen before heading outdoors in the summer , but that might not be a great idea – especially for swimmers. New research reveals that sunscreen becomes toxic when exposed to chlorine, sometimes resulting in kidney and liver dysfunctions, as well as nervous system disorders. The study, conducted by Lomonosov Moscow State University, was published in the journal Chemosphere . The researchers were reportedly stunned to discover that chlorine — a chemical commonly used in the US and UK to disinfect water by killing bacteria — breaks down suncream into other potentially-hazardous chemicals. Specifically, the ingredient Avobenzone is what breaks down into hazardous components when mixed with chlorinated water. As Phys.org reports , Avobenzone was approved by the FDA in 1988 due to its ability to absorb ultraviolet light by converting the energy of the light into thermal energy . Every year, it is regularly applied by millions of people worldwide — a fact which makes this finding so concerning. Related: Hawaii aims to ban coral reef-killing chemical sunscreens Dr. Albert Lebedev, the study’s author, said, “On the basis of the experiments one could make a conclusion that a generally safe compound transforms in the water and forms more dangerous products. In spite of the fact that there are no precise toxicological profiles for the most established products, it’s known that acetyl benzenes and phenols, especially chlorinated ones, are quite toxic .” Scientists are now looking into a suitable alternative for avobenzone that won’t break down when exposed to chlorination or bromination of fresh and sea water. “Studying the products of transformation of any popular cosmetics is very important as very often they turn out to be much more toxic and dangerous than their predecessors,” said Lebedeve. “In principle, basing on such researches, one could obtain results, which could restrict or even put under a ban the usage of one or another product, and preserve health of millions of people.” Via Express.co.uk , Phys Images via Pixabay , SheKnows

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Gorgeous light-filled Nike headquarters opens in New York City

June 30, 2017 by  
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Sports giant Nike just unveiled its stunning new headquarters in New York City —complete with a 4,000-square-foot, full-size indoor basketball court. Drenched in natural light and surrounded by enviable floor-to-ceiling views of the city, the Nike NYHQ offers creative open-plan workspaces across six floors at 855 Avenue of the Americas. The new office is studded with site-specific art, recycled materials, and a giant rooftop planter shaped into the iconic Nike swoosh that’s visible from the Empire State Building. Though Beaverton, Oregon is Nike’s main headquarters, the company has been forging strong bonds with New York City for decades, including in its recent campaign #NewYorkMade. Creativity and collaborative workspaces abound in the nearly 150,000-square-foot New York HQ. Local artists were commissioned to produce Nike-themed, NYC-related art on multiple floors, while meeting spaces are diverse and varied, and include the inside of a VW van , a tribute to the original van that the founders used to distribute Nike shoes in the company’s early days. Related: Nike makes Air Max shoebox from recycled milk jugs and coffee lids Recycled materials were used in the furnishings, such as the outdoor benches made from reclaimed timber posts and the custom ceiling tiles produced by Miniwiz . The 4,000-square-foot indoor basketball court on the second floor doubles as an event space with seating for 400 and will host local leagues, high school teams, and community partners. The roof terrace serves as an outdoor events space with food served from an indoor food truck. The HQ also includes a media room, market showroom, maker’s space, and library. + Nike

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What the new Chemical Safety law means for business

June 22, 2016 by  
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The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was signed into law Wednesday, replacing the Toxic Substances Control Act which left Americans exposed to many toxic chemicals.

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June 22, 2016 by  
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The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was signed into law Wednesday, replacing the Toxic Substances Control Act which left Americans exposed to many toxic chemicals.

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Researchers discover toxic heavy metals in Portland’s trees and air

April 6, 2016 by  
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We don’t often think about whether there are toxins in the trees around us, but researchers in Portland, Oregon recently made a very unsettling discovery. Common tree moss in the area contains dangerous  heavy metals  like arsenic, and it isn’t just in the trees – it’s in the air, too. Read the rest of Researchers discover toxic heavy metals in Portland’s trees and air

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This windproof glass lets you savor wine in the great outdoors

April 6, 2016 by  
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Spring is here and we all know what that means — it’s picnic season ! You may have your picnic basket with all the appropriate accoutrements, but what about wine glasses? Behold, the world’s first windproof wine glass that allows you to enjoy wine in the great outdoors without any fear of tipping over at first wind’s blow. The POINTER wine glass pins right in the ground, so you can enjoy a classy beverage anytime, anywhere. Great for a picnic, beach outing, or a little R&R in the garden, this elegant yet practical Dutch-designed glass lets you skip the plastic cups altogether. + POINTER The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Lady Liberty, Uncle Sam, and 23 Others Arrested in Cove Point Civil Disobedience

August 25, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Lady Liberty, Uncle Sam, and 23 Others Arrested in Cove Point Civil Disobedience Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , Atlantic Sunrise , Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project , Cabot , cabot oil and gas , Climate Change , climate chaos , climate justice , Cove Point , destruction , dirty energy , drilling violations , earth , energy industry , Energy Justice Network , Energy Justice Summer , engineering , Environment , environmental engineering , environmental justice , extraction , FERC , Fossil Free , fossil fuels , fracked gas , fracked gas exports , fracking , fracking well violations , Future , gag orders , gas exports , green jobs , industry , inhabitat , livable future , Maryland , methane , natural gas , pennsylvania , pipelines , renewable energy , renewables , Susquehanna , susquehanna county , toxic , Williams , Williams companies

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Dept. of Public Health Deliberately Silenced Citizens Calling about Fracking

August 12, 2014 by  
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NPR recently covered a story about two former Pennsylvania Department of Public Health employees who said they were told to keep their mouths shut when people called in about fracking and related development. Former employee Tammi Stuck said, “we were absolutely not allowed to talk to them,” regarding people who called in insisting that fracking and related processes caused nosebleeds, migraines, skin rashes, and a bunch of other problems common to carcinogen exposure. The concerns mirror public health advocates who say that Pennsylvania hasn’t funded enough research to examine health impacts of blasting apart the Marcellus Shale. Read the rest of Dept. of Public Health Deliberately Silenced Citizens Calling about Fracking Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , Atlantic Sunrise , Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project , Cabot , cabot oil and gas , Climate Change , climate justice , corporations , destruction , dirty energy , drilling violations , energy industry , Energy Justice Network , Energy Justice Summer , Environment , environmental justice , extraction , FERC , fossil fuels , fracking , fracking well violations , gag orders , government , industry , methane , natural gas , pennsylvania , pipelines , politics , renewable energy , renewables , Susquehanna , susquehanna county , toxic , Vera Scroggins , Williams , Williams companies

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Santiago Calatrava’s Spectacular New Building is a Living, Moving Creature From Out of This World

August 12, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Santiago Calatrava’s Spectacular New Building is a Living, Moving Creature From Out of This World Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , and Technology Building , brise soleil , Daylighting , energy efficient design , florida , Florida Polytechnic University , green architecture , Green Building , green design , innovation , lakeland , organic architecture , organic design , santiago calatrava , science , solar shading , sustainable design

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Aarambh’s 20 Cent Cardboard Desk Drastically Improves Life for Indian School Children (Video)

August 12, 2014 by  
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School desks might seem like a common commodity in the West, but many children in India have to go without, which can result in bad posture, damaged eyesight, and even poor handwriting. To help deal with the problem, New Bombay-based non-profit Aarambh created the Help Desk, a writing surface made from recycled cardboard that can also be folded up into a briefcase. While the desks only cost about 20 cents to make, they drastically improve the learning experience and health of schoolchildren across India. You might need tissues for the video after the jump. Read the rest of Aarambh’s 20 Cent Cardboard Desk Drastically Improves Life for Indian School Children (Video) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cardboard backpack for schoolchildren , cardboard briefcase , foldable cardboard desk , Help Desk by Aarambh , Indian schoolchildren , portable cardboard desk , recycled cardboard desk , repurposed cardboard boxes

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