NRDC sues EPA over toxic chemicals in flea collars

flea collarsMany pet lovers know the annoyance of getting rid of flea infestations. There are a number of natural remedies that can help alleviate this situation.

Flea collars are popular because they take away the worry and hassle of having to deal with the issue. But these handy items contain toxic chemicals that could be putting us and our pets at risk.

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The healthy benefits of enjoying cinnamon

cinnamonOf all the spices, one of my favorites is cinnamon. It’s a combination of the fragrance and flavor. Now there’s evidence that not only does it taste good but it’s got some surprising health benefits worth knowing about.

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World Health Organization says air pollution causes cancer

Air pollution in China

Air pollution in China

Even as the amount of carbon dioxide in the air has gone down, the outdoor air pollution continues to be an issue, particularly in developing countries and, most notably, in China. It’s long been known that pollution contributes to heart disease and respiratory illness, but the IInternational Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization’s specialized cancer agency, has now classified outdoor air pollution as carcinogenic to humans.

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Saving our ancient giant redwoods could help save the planet

David Milarch The Man-Who-Planted-TreesAs the genetics versus Nature controversy rages on, one related issue may prove crucial to the survival of the planet.

Trees have an enormous impact on our planet. They act as natural filters, capturing carbon dioxide, help clean pollution from the air, and provide critical habitat for wildlife. They also contribute to the overall well-being and health of humans, our oceans and all life.

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Concerns for toxic chemical use in the news

Pesticides signConsumers have reason to be concerned. The use of toxic chemicals is seriously on the rise. And their effects, although our federal “watchdog” agencies are officially touting them to be safe, look to be real cause for concern (to put it mildly).

Here are a few stories that hit the news today. Judge for yourselves, then you might want to make some changes.

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GMO television ad airs in Australia

It’s the first of its kind in the world. A short but graphic TV ad is airing in western Australia. It exposes the  public to the 2012 Séralini research study, published in the US science journal Food and Chemical Toxicology,. This important study links consumption of Genetically Modified (GM) food to cancer, liver and kidney damage. This raises serious questions about the Barnett Government’s promotion of GM farming in Western Australia.

GMO (no)

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Compact fluorescents can cause cancer?

CFLI’ve written a number of articles about the shortfalls and risks of compact fluorescent light bulbs. These include that CFL’s are expensive and, unless you’re willing to spend beaucoup bucks, they won’t deliver the kind of higher wattage we’ve come to expect from incandescents. Another concern is that CFL’s contain mercury, a highly toxic substance in itself, and if a bulb breaks, this poses a real hazard.

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