Posted on October 20, 2014 by Envirothink
Homeowners know that the exterior paint job on their home will only last so long – about ten years or so. Then it’s time to do it all again!
But Dutch chemical and coatings company AkzoNobel has been working on the problem and they’ve come up with an innovative solution. One of the company’s product developers, Dr. Peter Greenwood, figured out that by adding colloidal silica to its paints, it would last up to 16 year – 25 percent longer than the standard product.
Filed under: Exciting New Technologies Revealed | Tagged: AkzoNobel, chemical and coatings company, Clinton Global Initiative, durability, environmental impact, exterior paint, long-lasting paint, Peter Greenwood, Planet Possible, product development, self-cleaning paint, sustainability, sustainability innovations, The Nature Conservancy, urban resilience | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 15, 2014 by Envirothink
For those who have questions as to what the fuss is all about with genetically modified foods or mandatory labeling for foods with GMO ingredients, you’re in luck! The Science Guy Bill Nye helps explain it well.
You’ll enjoy seeing it explained with humor as well as facts.
Filed under: GMOs | Tagged: Bill Nye, genetically modified foods, genetically modified ingredients, GMO food, GMO ingredients, mandatory GMO labeling, science, The Science Guy | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 14, 2014 by Envirothink
Oregon voters may pass a mandatory GMO labeling law this November
Just had the chance to view the new advertisement for GMO labeling that’s launching this week to support Measure 92, the measure before the Oregon voters that would mean mandatory labeling for products containing genetically modified ingredients.
Take a look. It features Dr. Ray Seidler, a former Senior Scientist with the EPA. During the 1980′s, he was the Chief EPA scientist involved in monitoring the first ever microorganism GMO releases into the open environment. He’s someone who’s opinion we should listen to.
Filed under: GMOs | Tagged: Dr. Ray Seidler, environment, EPA, genetically modified ingredients, GMO, mandatory GMO labeling, mandatory labeling, Measure 92, microorganisms, Oregon voters | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 6, 2014 by Envirothink
These days, it’s crucial to be an educated consumer. If you’re not, you and your family are inadvertently getting tons of toxic chemicals in your diet.
Filed under: Food Safety | Tagged: eat healthier, farmers market, organic produce, toxic chemicals, USDA Pesticide Data Program | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 5, 2014 by Envirothink
One of northern California’s giant coastal redwoods that’s been cloned to save its genetic diversity, photo by Debra Atlas
As the drought continues, with little sign of breaking, wildfires are claiming much of our beautiful forested land. And these trees will need replacing, whether by the Forest Service or by landowners on private land.
Those of you familiar with earlier posts know about the Archangel Ancient Tree Project and David Milarch, its irrepressible co-founder. For those of you who don’t, Milarch has made it his life mission to save and clone the oldest giant “Champion” trees so that their genetic diversity will be saved for posterity and use these clones to help reforest countries around the world. Having recently met Milarch and having the chance to see some of these tall giants still alive was a fantastic experience. There will definitely be more to write about what I saw and learned over the coming months!
For right now, Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, a registered non-profit based in Michigan, has a unique opportunity available for those who need to replace burned out trees – or those who wish to expand existing forest land. Milarch’s organization currently has quantities of 2nd generation Champion coast redwood clones available for planting groves in appropriate areas in “living libraries” to assist with migration of the species. These are the largest living organisms on earth and they help offset CO2 emissions while providing a multitude of other essential ecosystem services.
Milarch says they have approximately 10,000 trees available for those who can use and will care for them. To learn more about these magnificent trees and see how to get them for your property, contact Milarch at (231) 378-4400 or online.
Filed under: Drought | Tagged: Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, champion trees, coastal redwoods, David Milarch, Debra Atlas, drought, ecosystem, Forest Service, genetic diversity, living libraries, northern California, species migration | 1 Comment »
Posted on October 3, 2014 by Envirothink
Deformed shrimp taken from the Gulf of Mexico since the 2010 BP oil disaster, photo by Keith Ladner
A new scientific report published Wednesday that looked at the abundance and size of Louisiana white and brown shrimp before and after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, says that the amount of size of shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico and its local estuaries were unaffected. It’s authors noted that “shrimp populations have been predicted not to suffer dramatic effects as result of the spill.”
Filed under: Oil spill disasters | Tagged: Al Jazeera, biodiversity, BP, BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP oil disaster, Dr. Jim Cowan, environmental disaster, Gulf fishing industry, Gulf of Mexico, Gulf oil spill, Keith Ladner, marine life, scientific report, toxic dispersents | Leave a comment »