Posted on October 12, 2015 by Envirothink
Flame retardants have been shown to have serious effects on childhood development, from as early as prenatal exposure. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are a class of brominated hydrocarbons that are used as flame retardants.
According to the EPA, PBDEs are all around us in fabrics, upholstery, and polyurethane foam. Phased out over the past decade, unfortunately these toxic chemicals are still all around us. They’ve been detected in fish, surface water, and in the air. Researchers have linked them to attention deficit and impulse control problems in children. The EPA even reports that PBDEs are possible endocrine disruptors.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments | Tagged: childhood development, dopamine, EPA, flame retardant, hydrocarbon, neurotransmitter, non-toxic, University of Texas | Leave a comment »
Posted on December 8, 2014 by Envirothink
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average household spends over $2,200 a year on energy bills. Nearly half that goes to heating and cooling costs. Utilizing a programmable “smart” thermostat can take a bite out of that.
Filed under: Technology | Tagged: energy, energy bills, energy consumption, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, indoor climate, Programmable thermostats, smart thermostats | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 24, 2014 by Envirothink
Last night’s episode of HBO’s drama “The Newsroom” featured an interview with a supposed EPA representative who spoke about climate change. Perhaps it’s more accurate to say the EPA guy finally said what our government, politicians and federal agencies haven’t or haven’t been able to get said for the past several decades. It’s plain talk – brutally honest, devastating “news”
that we’ve gone beyond our ability to fix the effects of climate change and are 20 years too late. Continue reading
Filed under: Climate Change | Tagged: Aaron Sorkin, climate change, climatologists, effects of climate change, EPA, HBO, Ice Age, Jeff Daniels, politicians, The Newswoom, truth | 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.
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Posted on April 24, 2014 by Envirothink
Photo courtesy of Energy Star
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in most cities, commercial buildings are the largest source of carbon emissions.
Filed under: Energy issues | Tagged: commercial buildings, energy consumption, Energy Star, EPA, green, green buildings, Green Cities, greenhouse gas emissions, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, US Environmental Protection Agency | 2 Comments »
Posted on February 7, 2014 by Envirothink
Many 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.
Filed under: Health concerns, Pet products | Tagged: cancer, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, flea colars, flea infestations, fleas, Green Paws product guide, Natural Resources Defense Council, NRDC, pesticides, potential health threat, toxic chemicals | Leave a comment »
Posted on January 2, 2014 by Envirothink
Ford’s newest concept car is solar powered – a big step forward in the industry
The idea of using solar power for energy is gaining traction in a wide variety of industries. The auto industry may have been a bit slow to the party but it seems that at least one brand has its eye on the future.
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