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Ocean Pollution

******************** A survey of 200 sites in 20 countries around the world has found that bisphenol A, a synthetic compound that mimics estrogen and is linked to developmental disorders, is ubiquitous in Earth’s oceans. Bisphenol A, or BPA, is found mostly in shatter-proof plastics and epoxy resins. Most people have trace amounts in their bodies, […]

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The Ideal Sustainable Home?

Sustainable housing is not a new idea, but there are many different ideas surrounding the term sustainable building, some of them always changing. People have varied sustainable plans when designing a house, but in reality you can narrow sustainability down to some basic ideas. The best sustainable housing is… Sustainable at each level. From choosing […]

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Why Are Organic Products So Expensive?

With the best intentions in the world as a green consumer, it’s easy to get put off when you compare the price of organic food with regular mass-produced products. People who are on a limited budget may have the inclination to buy their groceries ethically, but when we stand in the store and check out […]

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7 Sustainable Wrapping Ideas

Gift giving is arguably one of the best parts of the holiday season. Unfortunately, with the bestowing of gifts also comes incessant waste. According to Earth911, discarded wrapping paper and shopping bags in the U.S. total more than 4 million tons annually. Moreover, the EPA states holiday gift-wrapping is largely attributed to the approximate 25 […]

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Magic Mushrooms Replace Polystyrene

If Eben Bayer has his way the evil that is extruded polystyrene foam, generally referred to as Styrofoam, will be replaced by mushrooms in the next few years. Polystyrene is in everything: packaging materials, coffee cups, takeout containers, insulation, even flotation devices. Made in part from petroleum, polystyrene is basically indestructible and thus non-biodegradable – […]

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Scientists: Haiti’s wildlife faces mass extinction

The loss of amphibian species is often the first warning sign that an ecosystem is in grave danger. Haiti may be headed for a massive extinction event, one comparable to the sudden disappearance of dinosaurs, a group of biologists from Penn State warns. The group is currently taking action to prevent this loss. Blair Hedges, […]

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New water-efficient homes make perfect ‘sense’

Four new homes in Roseville, Calif., earn official WaterSense labeling as part of a program that’s similar to EnergyStar but focuses on home water conservation instead of energy efficiency. I’ve always wondered if the EPA’s EnergyStar for Homes program was a bit lonely and in need of some official, watery company to truly help homeowners […]

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Pollution levels in rivers alarming

NELSPRUIT – It is not safe to drink water from any river in Mpumalanga. This alarming fact is just one of the concerns  mentioned in the most recent report by Inkomati in Mpumalanga. Inkomati is South Africa’s first catchment management agency and was launched in the province in November 2006.

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World Toilet Day observes global sanitation crisis

Friday 19 November is World Toilet Day and although the first flush toilet was invented over 400 years ago in 1596, almost 2,5 billion people – or 40% of the world’s population – still have no access to toilets and proper sanitation. Lack of sanitation is the world’s biggest cause of infection and one of […]

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