Environment

 

Chemical Stew by Barbara Hinsz

11167909_10206291586516111_4096209216770984982_oThey were tucked behind the pictures hanging on the walls. They were pushed deep into the pockets of clothing, even in the little coin pockets of the jeans. They were scented Bounce dryer sheets….. and there were a lot of them. The smell could be considered a dream by those not affected by the chemicals in fragrances; but for Carl, they were a horrible nightmare and just one more cruel ploy of revenge in a very dirty divorce after twenty-five years of marriage.

 

 

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Why We Should End Daylight Saving Time by Jenny Johnson

Why We Should End Daylight Saving Time by Jenny Johnson“Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”- Benjamin Franklin       Daylight saving time (DST) was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. He had written an essay stating that adjusting the clocks in the spring would be a good way to save on candles. However, he suggested it more as a joke rather than a legitimate idea. DST was finally established in 1918 but then taken away 7 months later. It didn’t return again until 1942 and lasted until 1945. Finally, in 1966 Congress passed the Union Time Act establishing DST as beginning on the last Sunday in April and ending on the last Sunday of October. Those starting and ending dates have changed over the years. From 1986 through 2006, DST began from the first Sunday in April and ended the last Sunday in October. It was changed in 2007 to begin on the second Sunday in March and ends in the first Sunday in November, adding an extra month. The thing is, why do we still need daylight saving time? Is it still necessary?  So many people love it. Why? So many people hate it. Why? Is DST … [Read more]

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pantherCredo: Protect Endangered Florida Panthers!

Wildlife habitat is shrinking throughout the U.S. and Florida panthers have been particularly hard hit. The fact that their habitat continues to shrink every day — gobbled up by strip malls, parking lots and other commercial development — isn’t good news. The U.S. government must act NOW if we are to save the panther from extinction! Panthers thrive in woodlands and swamps which have unfortunately shrunk to a small fraction of their historic acreage. We cannot afford to lose even one more panther because they are already critically endangered. We are in a race against time — will you help save these big cats? As their habitat becomes increasingly fragmented, it will become impossible for panthers to stay out of harm’s way. Since they are an … [Sign the Petition and share]

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Jenny

Green Building Benefits Health and Environment, by Jenny Johnson

Today more contractors are switching over to sustainable construction.  More people than ever are concerned about what their homes are doing to this environment, but how many people will do something about it?  So what is sustainable construction, anyway? Sustainable Construction, also known as Green Building, is a construction and design practice that uses local materials and efficiently uses water, energy and other resources.  Sustainable construction is based on the best practice which highlights quality, long term affordability, and efficiency Green Building, along with its environmental benefits, has its social and economic benefits.     Environmental Benefits: Improve air and water qualities Reduce waste streams Conserve and restore natural … Read more about the benefits of green building…

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Stop Monsanto

CREDO: Sign the petition: Repeal the Monsanto Protection Act

“One of the most outrageous special interest provisions in years.” That’s what Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) calls the Monsanto Protection Act, which became law in March.1 Now we have an opportunity to stop it. Senator Merkley has proposed an amendment to the Senate Farm Bill that would repeal the Monsanto Protection Act – but it will take serious grassroots pressure to even make sure the amendment comes up for a vote. Tell the Senate: Repeal the Monsanto Protection Act Cynically dubbed the “Farmer Assurance Provision,” this provision allows Monsanto and other companies to ignore existing food safety rules, and continue selling genetically modified seeds even if a court has blocked them from doing so. Even worse is how this shameful giveaway became law. It was inserted … Sign the petition

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The List of the Harmed: People Harmed by Fracking in PA

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Artists Against Fracking: “Don’t Frack My Mother”

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Julie Edgar of Lehigh Valley Gas Truth addresses Fracking Forum at Lehigh University 4/23

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Artists Against Fracking: New Video “Don’t Frack My Mother” Is an Anthem for Everyone

Directors: Sarah Sophie Flicker, Maximilla Lukacs and Tennessee Thomas Video Producer: Rebecca Fernandez Editor: Maximilla Lukacs The artists of Artists Against Fracking worked together to create this music video for “Don’t Frack My Mother,” Sean Lennon’s very own anti-fracking anthem.   This is the perfect time to celebrate our progress. In case you missed it, the New York State Assembly passed a two-year moratorium on fracking in New York. But this is also the perfect time to keep the pressure up! The bill’s not a done deal. It still has to pass the State Senate and then get … [Read More…]

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SRBCSaving the Susquehanna from Drilling: Why It Matters and How to Do It

Courtesy of Julie Ann Edgar The mighty Susquehanna River stretches 400 miles across three states (Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania), provides drinking water to millions of people, and supports many unique natural environments. But in 2011, American Rivers named it the nation’s most endangered river because of the risks posed by natural gas development. That’s why a broad network of organizations and citizens across Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania have come together to make sure that the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) steps up to protect communities and the … [Read More…]

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Grant and Lamendella

The Impact of

Fracking on Stream Ecosystems

We are studying the potential impacts of Marcellus shale gas exploration on coldwater stream ecosystems across trophic levels Problem summary: Pennsylvania is home to the Marcellus Shale Formation, the largest shale gas field in the United States and has become a large contributor to the U.S. energy supply due to technological advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. Permits for over 9,500 Marcellus drill sites have been issued in Pennsylvania.  While there has been a recent exponential increase in the shale gas industry, very little research has been conducted … [Read More…]

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Wolves

Reinstate Wolves Under Federal Protection Permanently

The states which were granted and entrusted with ‘wolf management’ have been unethical in their policies, and the resident state hunters have proven to be hatefully prejudicial and extremely cruel in the manner of which they trap, poison, arrow, purposely gut shoot, hound with dogs, and gleefully, destroy these majestic animals entrusted in their care. Even states, like Minnesota, that said they would wait five years before they would consider any wolf hunts, have immediately jumped on the wolf killing train and have begun hunting and trapping. The subculture of people who trap (in general) … [Read More…]

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Why Should We Care About Endangered Species?

by Andrea Hartley

The extinction of a species happens naturally.  It occurs due to a change in environmental conditions and the rate of this change is referred to as the background rate.   All species will eventually become extinct.  The problem that we face today is the premature extinction of many species, which is occurring because of man’s interference.  “Scientists from around the world published the 2005Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, estimated that the current annual rate of species extinction is a at least 100 to 1,000 times the background rate of about 0.0001% which existed before modern humans appeared…[ Read more Why Should We Care About Endangered Species?]

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