Record Number of Jamaican Iguanas Released as Part of Ongoing Recovery Program
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - FORT WORTH, TX - The International Iguana Foundation (IIF) today announced the release of a record 52 Jamaican Iguanas (Cyclura collei) in April.Â Â This brings the total number of iguanas to 226 that have been reintroduced to their native Hellshire Hills since 1996 as part of a recovery program aimed at restoring this species in the remnant dry forests of southern Jamaica.
May 20, 2013 - 4:27:21 PM
Alternatives to Toxic Cleaning Supplies
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - ItÂ is true that many household cleaners contain potentially toxic substances, so parents especially should make an effort to keep them out of the reach of children or, better yet, replace them with safer alternatives.
May 18, 2013 - 2:35:57 PM
Dust Bowl Days Are Here Again
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - We are embroiled in what many consider the worstÂ drought in the U.S. since the "Dust Bowl" days of the 1930s that rendered some 50 million acres of farmland barely usable.
May 18, 2013 - 2:29:06 PM
Emotional Response to Climate Change
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - BUFFALO, N.Y. - Sixty-two percent of Americans now say they believe that global warming is happening, but 46 percent say they are "very sure" or "extremely sure" that it is not.
May 14, 2013 - 9:51:39 AM
Greening Package Delivery Fleets
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Package delivery companies like FedEx and UPS have come a long way in a relatively short time regarding sustainability, but they still have considerable room for improvement.
May 11, 2013 - 12:00:22 PM
Air Conditioning Options
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - AccordingÂ to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), energy consumption for home air conditioning units accounts for more than eight percent of all the electricity produced in the U.S., at a cost to homeowners of $15 billion annually.
May 11, 2013 - 11:54:11 AM
West, Texas Could Happen Anywhere
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - ManyÂ people may not realize that what happened on April 17, 2013 in the town of West, Texas-a fertilizer plant with an unreported large stockpile of explosive ammonium nitrate blew up, killing 14 and rendering hundreds of others injured and homeless-could happen almost anywhere.
May 5, 2013 - 11:38:39 AM
Beer Brewers for Clean Water
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - In April 2013 the non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) brought together two dozen nationally respected craft beer brewers to launch the Brewers for Clean Water Campaign, which aims to leverage the economic growth of the craft brewing sector into a powerful voice for bolstering clean water protection in the United States.
May 5, 2013 - 11:31:41 AM
Asian Carp Woes
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Seven species of carp native to Asia have been introduced into United States waters in recent decades, but it's four in particular-bighead, black, grass and silver-that worry ecologists, biologists, fishers and policymakers alike.
Apr 27, 2013 - 1:37:54 PM
The 'Monsanto Protection Act'
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - The so-called Monsanto Protection Act is actually a provision (officially known as Section 735) within a recently passed Congressional spending bill, H.R. 933, which exempts biotech companies from litigation in regard to the making, selling and distribution of genetically engineered (GE) seeds and plants.
Apr 27, 2013 - 1:31:11 PM
Greenwashing - What Does It Mean?
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - In essence, greenwashing involves falsely conveying to consumers that a given product, service, company or institution factors environmental responsibility into its offerings and/or operations.
Apr 20, 2013 - 3:02:12 PM
Hawaii's Threatened Coral Reefs
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Despite sweeping protections put in place near the end of George W. Bush's presidency for large swaths of marine ecosystems around the Hawaiian Islands, things are not looking good for Hawaii's coral reefs.
Apr 20, 2013 - 2:59:36 PM
African Elephants Declining Rapidly.
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - A century ago some five millions wild elephants roamed Africa. Today fewer than 500,000 remain, a result of poaching for meat and ivory as well as habitat loss due to expanding human development.
Apr 13, 2013 - 11:46:08 AM
Getting Kids Outside to Appreciate Nature
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Getting kids away from computer and TV screens and outside into the fresh air is an increasing challenge for parents everywhere. Researchers have found that U.S. children today spend about half as much time outdoors as their counterparts did 20 years ago.
Apr 13, 2013 - 11:38:39 AM
Earth Day Tips for Children
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Earth Day, April 22nd, is approaching and that means it's time once again to re-think our choices and how they impact the environment. One way to make a positive impact on the environment is through organic farming.
Apr 11, 2013 - 4:26:58 PM
Neighborhood Park Renovations Enhance Visitor Behaviors and Experiences
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Renovating public parks enhances visitor behaviors and experiences, according to researchers at Penn State, who surveyed park visitors in Allentown, Pa., about their use of a neighborhood park after it was renovated.
Apr 9, 2013 - 4:29:40 PM
Global Warming Solutions
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Americans care more about the environment than ever before and the overwhelming majority of us acknowledges that climate change is real and human-induced.
Apr 6, 2013 - 11:50:37 AM
Avoiding Environmental Cancer Triggers
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Cancer remains the scourge of the American health care system, given that four out of every 10 of us will be diagnosed with one form or another during out lifetime.
Apr 6, 2013 - 11:46:33 AM
Earth Day 2013: April 22
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Organizers from Earth Day Network (EDN), the non-profit group dedicated to diversifying and mobilizing the environmental movement through planning and coordinating Earth Day activities and events around the world, have chosen "The Face of Climate Change" as the theme for 2013's celebration on April 22.
Mar 30, 2013 - 12:19:05 PM
The 'Production Tax Credit' for Renewal Energy Development
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Environmentalists and wind energy boosters breathed a sigh of relief this past January when Congress voted to reinstate the Production Tax Credit (PTC), a federal tax incentive for companies that generate renewable energy from wind, geothermal or "closed-loop" biomass (dedicated energy crops) sources.
Mar 30, 2013 - 12:11:57 PM
The Budget Sequester's Impact on the Environment
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - The sequester that went into effect March 1 is a budget measure that cuts federal spending across the board to the tune of $85 billion, meaning every federal agency is affected and must reduce discretionary spending.
Mar 22, 2013 - 5:00:48 PM
Solar Roof Shingles
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Solar shingles are photovoltaic cells designed to look like and integrate with conventional asphalt roof shingles. First commercially available in 2005, solar shingles were much more costly than traditional "bolt-on" photovoltaic panels, and thus were used mainly by those wanting to go solar but maintain a traditional roofline.
Mar 22, 2013 - 4:55:28 PM
The 'De-extinction' Movement
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - De-extinctionâ€”bringing back extinct animal and plant speciesâ€”is a term that conservation biologists and environmentalists have been bandying about for a decade or so.
Mar 16, 2013 - 10:19:20 AM
Chlorine in Drinking Water
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), chlorine levels of four parts per million or below in drinking water-whether from a private well or municipal reservoir-are acceptable from a human health standpoint.
Mar 16, 2013 - 10:18:09 AM
Ground-level Ozone Falling Faster Than Model Predicted
(HealthNewsDigest.com) -Â HOUSTON - (March 11, 2013) - There is good news and better news about ground-level ozone in American cities. While dangerous ozone levels have fallen in places that clamp down on emissions from vehicles and industry, a new study from Rice University suggests that a model widely used to predict the impact of remediation efforts has been too conservative.
Mar 11, 2013 - 1:41:55 PM
Addressing Global Food Scarcity
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Food scarcity is a bigger problem than ever as human population numbers continue to swell, putting additional stress on already fragile food production and distribution systems.
Mar 8, 2013 - 10:42:00 AM
Attracting Backyard Pollinators
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Attracting bees and butterflies to a garden is a noble pursuit indeed, given that we all depend on these species and others (beetles, wasps, flies, hummingbirds, etc.) to pollinate the plants that provide us with so much of our food, shelter and other necessities of life.
Mar 8, 2013 - 10:37:51 AM
Food Choices and Water Usage
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Our food choices and the availability of fresh water are inextricably linked. The crux of the problem is that human population numbers keep growing-we recently topped seven billion people worldwide-yet the amount of fresh water available remains finite.
Mar 2, 2013 - 12:35:03 PM
Healthy and Green-friendly Carpeting
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Modern day carpets, in all their plush and stain-resistant glory, are wonders of technology and help make our homes and workplaces more comfortable. But the typical carpet, made from petroleum-based synthetic fibers, contains dozens of chemicals and gases, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other potential toxins
Mar 2, 2013 - 12:34:17 PM
Is Organic Food any Healthier than Conventionally-grown Food?
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - There is no doubt that organic foods are healthier-for our bodies individually as well as for the environment-than their conventionally produced counterparts. The question is how much healthier and does the difference warrant spending more on your grocery bill.
Feb 23, 2013 - 3:56:46 PM
The Environmental Justice Movement
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - The environmental justice movement was born in September 1982 when a group of poor residents of rural Warren County, North Carolina laid down in front of trucks transporting waste containing toxic PCBs to a nearby landfill.
Feb 23, 2013 - 3:19:28 PM
Fisheries On The Brink of Collapse
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Many of the world's fisheries are indeed in crisis today due to years of overfishing, pollution and habitat destruction. According to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, 57 percent of global fish populations are "fully exploited" and another 30 percent areÂ "overexploited or collapsed."
Feb 14, 2013 - 12:06:25 PM
Global Warming, Droughts and Wildfires
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - By throwing the planet's climate regulation systems out of whack, global warming is likely to cause more extreme weather events of every kind, including additional precipitation and flooding in some cases and more drying and drought in others-sometimes within the same region.
Feb 8, 2013 - 12:02:55 PM
The Greening ofâ€¦McDonald's?
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Long a poster child of environmental ills and health concerns, McDonald's has worked steadily over the last two decades to clean up its act. The company will never win over vegetarians, who eschew meat for health, animal welfare and even world hunger concerns (we'd feed more people by using the land used to grow animal feed to grow food for people instead), but it has otherwise made some significant strides.
Feb 8, 2013 - 11:59:55 AM
Salmon Use Earthâ€™s Magnetic Field to Find Their Way Home
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Five years ago, marine biologists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill proposed a theory that sea turtles and salmon use the Earth's magnetic forces to find their way back to their birthplace after migrating across thousands of miles of open, featureless sea.
Feb 7, 2013 - 4:42:33 PM
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Biomass is plant matter that is burned as a source of energy. Fallen or cut wood that is burned for heat is one primary form of biomass, but another includes plant or animal matter that is converted into biofuels.
Feb 2, 2013 - 10:52:27 AM
Saving Energy and Money with Home Automation
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Home automation may indeed be the next big trend in what consumers can do today to stand up for the environment. By setting up a wired (or even wireless) system, homeowners can optimize lighting level efficiency, cut heating and cooling energy costs and deactivate energy-consuming devices and appliances even when no one is home.
Feb 2, 2013 - 10:46:49 AM
National Wildlife Week, March 18 - 24
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - National Wildlife Week is a program of the non-profit National Wildlife Federation (NWF) that is designed around teaching and connecting kids to the wonders of wildlife. Each year, the group picks a theme and provides fun and informative educational materials, curriculum and activities for educators and caregivers to use with their kids.
Jan 26, 2013 - 2:41:03 PM
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - While air travel today accounts for just three percent of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, the carbon dioxide (CO2) and other pollutants that come out of jet exhaust contribute disproportionately to increasing surface temperatures below because the warming effect is amplified in the upper atmosphere.
Jan 19, 2013 - 10:53:44 AM
Through Responsible Recycling, Safeguard the Environment and your Economy
(HealthNewsDigest.com)-You may be able to save yourself both trouble and money-and help save the planet at the same time. It's easy when you're careful to recycle your electronic equipment with the aid of a certified recycler.
Jan 19, 2013 - 10:45:04 AM