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Hunters and Anglers Favor EPA Clean Water Plan

A poll of national and Pennsylvania hunters and anglers has found overwhelming support, even among self-described conservatives, for a controversial EPA clean water policy.

Commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the survey found support for an EPA plan to apply Clean Water Act protections to small headwaters and wetlands - something that had been under a legal cloud.

Ed Perry, a lifelong hunter and angler, works for the federation in Pennsylvania.

"Over 85 percent of Pennsylvania hunters and anglers support the rule," he says....

07/24/2015 10:32:46am
Can One Man's Green Sports Movement Turn Fans Into Environmentalists

Dr. Allen Hershkowitz is the co-founder and President of the Green Sports Alliance, a coalition of hundreds of sports teams, leagues and venues committed to protecting the conditions that make life on Earth possible. 

Mother Jones has an article about his mission to bring environmental messages to America's sports-crazed masses.

Here are a few highlights:

Back in 2004, the Philadelphia Eagles had recently moved into a brand new stadium and wanted to become more environmentally responsible. The team reached out to Hershkowitz to talk about paper, one of his areas of expertise....

07/22/2015 10:30:01am
Russell Simmons: NYC’s Horse Carriages Like Holocaust

Hip-hop mogul and animal-rights advocate Russell Simmons is comparing New York’s horse-drawn carriages to slavery and the Holocaust.

Simmons spoke Thursday at an event organized by horse carriage opponents.

The Wall Street Journal reports  that he likened horse carriages to slavery, ethnic cleansing and “people who put people in ovens.”

Simmons urged New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to follow through on his campaign promise to ban the horse carriages.

De Blasio said Simmons’ remarks didn’t bother him.

The mayor said he feels “very clear about the mission” to ban horse carriages.

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07/21/2015 09:48:15am
Neil Young Offers Support To Vermont Food Label Law

Neil Young is lending his support to the state’s efforts to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients

Young, who performed in concert Sunday at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, appeared earlier with Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin and donated $100,000 to a fund devoted to defending Vermont’s genetically modified organism, or GMO, labeling law from legal challenges.

Shumlin said Monday that Young’s donation was “a huge help.”

“It’s a huge gift, and we need more like them,” he said, to help defray the costs of a legal battle that Attorney General Bill Sorrell has estimated could cost the state as much as $8 million.

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07/21/2015 09:34:11am
Recycling Records For Novelties

These vinyl records give “remaster” a new meaning.record

An entrepreneur transforms the lacquered discs into jewelry, clocks, wall art and other novelties, with the perk of keeping a little more trash out of the environment along the way.

Patrick Chirico, owner of Wrecords by Monkey in Brooklyn, gets his raw materials from the surplus of used-record stores, which canvas flea markets and estate sales, sell the most popular vinyl, and discard the rest.

Chirico pays about 10 cents a disc, and uses mostly 33-rpm LPs for his projects, separating them into thick and thin vinyl.

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07/16/2015 01:54:38pm
Scientists Predict ?Mini Ice Age' Will Hit In 15 Years

Scientists warn that the Earth is just 15 years away from experiencing a "mini ice age" — something that hasn't happened in 300 years.

Researchers in the U.K. created a new model of the Sun's solar cycles that allows them to make extremely accurate predictions of changes in solar activity like never before.

Solar cycles typically last 11 years and during that time, the north and south magnetic poles flip. It looks a lot like a heartbeat when graphed out. We're currently in Cycle 24....

07/15/2015 08:19:11am
Pennsylvania Farms Crucial to Chesapeake Bay Health

A federal court victory has cleared the way for what conservationists say needs to happen on Pennsylvania farms to help meet the goals of a Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan.

A federal appeals court ruling this week reaffirmed the legality of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort, which spans six states and the District of Columbia.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation president Will Baker says the current bay blueprint plan offers "real hope" for a healthier bay, along with potential economic benefits of $22 billion per year - but he says the state is far behind where it needs to be in cleaning up farm runoff....

07/10/2015 10:23:13am
Pilot Sets Nonstop Record With Solar Powered Plane

A Swiss man attempting to circumnavigate the globe with an aircraft powered only by the sun's energy landed in Hawaii last week, after a record-breaking five-day nonstop solo flight across the Pacific Ocean from Japan.

The Solar Impulse 2 is the first aircraft to fly day and night without any fuel. Pilot Andre Borschberg's 120-hour voyage shattered the 76-hour record for nonstop flight by late American adventurer Steve Fossett in 2006 on the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer.

Borschberg, who took off from Nagoya, Japan, on Monday on the seventh leg of the journey, landed at 5:55 a.m.(1155 EDT) on Friday in Kalaeloa after five days and nights....

07/10/2015 09:23:51am
July is National Water Gardening Month

pondJuly is a great month to enjoy the water garden lifestyle.  While the installation of a pond is hard work, the peaceful sounds of a fountain or waterfall, and the colorful water lilies and other plants are a source of lasting beauty and enjoyment.  Many ponds are stocked with either Koi or goldfish, which can survive through the winter even in colder climates.  Ten percent of U.S. households have a water feature as part of their gardens and they spend close to a billion dollars a year on their hobby....

07/09/2015 01:56:46pm
Would You Ever Consider Living Like This?
Rob Greenfield's life consists of living off the grid in a teeny tiny 50 square foot house in San Diego. After years of simplifying his life, he's debt free with no bills and rich in health, happiness, and freedom.
His off the grid lifestyle consists of a simple camp kitchen with 2 sinks.  He buys his food in bulk so there's no packaging and then stores it in glass jars.  His stove is just a few bricks and wood that's fallen from trees. ...
07/09/2015 10:34:39am
Educating Students at Wonderful World of Water at Summer Camp

Sponsored by Pennsylvania American Water and organized in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Resources Council, The Outdoor Classroom, Carnegie Library of Homestead and Lackawanna River Corridor Association. The “Wonderful World of Water Day Camp” will be held August 3rd through the 5th, 2015 from 9am - 3pm for students ages 7-11. Day campers will explore water and watershed basics, learned how human impact on the land affects water quality in our rivers and streams, and discovered solutions to water pollution.

Click here for more information....

07/08/2015 02:08:44pm
July is UV Safety Month

July is UV Safety Month, and it’s the perfect time to be reminded to avoid sun overexposure!

Here are a few tips of what to do to avoid sun overexposure and sunburn:

  • Check your UV Index. The UV Index predicts the strength of solar rays. Check your UV Index so you know how strong the sun's rays will be, and avoid sun overexposure: http://www2.epa.gov/sunwise/uv-index
  • While some exposure to sunlight can be enjoyable, too much can be dangerous. Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can result in a painful sunburn.
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07/08/2015 09:38:31am
5 Foods We May Lose to Climate Change

We need to go on a carbon diet. If we keep pumping out emissions at current rates, we’re going to see some pretty wild changes over the next century. Here are five food and beverage staples that we could lose to climate change, gone from the menu forever:

Seafood

The oceans are one of the planet’s main carbon sinks, but their ability to absorb all the excess carbon we’ve been putting into the air has led to higher and higher levels of acidification. ...

07/08/2015 09:24:28am
America’s Top 10 Outdoorsy States

How does Pennsylvania rank?

The United States' incredible landscapes, peaks, valleys, roving rivers, and gleaming beaches make us proud to call this place “home.” We hike; we climb; we wander this great continent, and still: we can't get to everything, no matter how hard we try.

Retale.com recently did a study to find out which states are the best for hiking, climbing, and wandering-the most outdoorsy!   Many different elements make a state “outdoorsy.” From the number of recreational hiking trails to the number of campgrounds; from fly fishing waters to rock climbing locations to sailing schools. 

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07/07/2015 10:23:55am
Be Smart This July, Save Water During Smart Irrigation Month

Smart Irrigation Month is a public awareness campaign to promote efficient water use. Using water wisely:

  • Saves money on your utility bill.
  • Nurtures green spaces that deliver real environmental benefits.
  • Protects your community’s water supply for generations to come.
  • Minimizes needed investments in infrastructure to store and carry water, which must be paid for by property taxes or municipal bonds.

Automatic watering or sprinkler systems — known in the trade as irrigation systems — deliver exactly the right amount of water at the right time....

07/02/2015 09:56:25am
Lego Puts Big Bucks Behind Push To Go Green

Lego is going green.

The toy company plans to invest $150 million over the next 15 years as part of a broad effort to make its iconic plastic building blocks better for the environment. It will also make its packaging more sustainable.

Lego has already done things to reduce its carbon footprint — like cutting the size of packages and investing in wind power....

07/01/2015 01:30:38pm
Court Ruling May Delay "Life Saving" Pollution Controls

A Supreme Court decision may have cast doubt on controls for mercury and other airborne toxins from power plants - but it didn't throw them out.

The high court decision could delay a permanent implementation of new air pollution rules, which the EPA says will save thousands of lives.

In a five-to-four decision, the court said the EPA should have considered the cost to industry earlier in the process of writing pollution limits.

Jim Pew, an attorney with Earthjustice, says whether or not the regulators documented it, the public will gain benefits of $3 to $9 for every $1 the protections cost....

06/30/2015 10:21:29am
Can You "Unshop" for 30 Days?

Have you heard of "unshopping"?  It's a lifestyle choice that many people are making.  "Unshopping" is the act of letting go of things you don’t really need anymore; the opposite of hoarding.  It includes acquiring the things you need from someone else, without going to a store or spending any money and shifts consumerism away from waste, and toward a more sustainable, less expensive lifestyle.

Yerdle is challenging people to "unshop" for 30 days.  They're calling it the Unshopping Challenge.  They're asking people to commit to buying nothing new for 30 days to unclutter their life, save money, and create a lot less waste....

06/29/2015 09:32:11am
General Mills to Drop Artificial Ingredients in Cereal
General Mills is dropping artificial colors and flavors from its cereals, the latest company to respond to a growing desire for food made with ingredients people see as natural.

The company said that Trix and Reese's Puffs will be among the first cereals to undergo the changes. As a result, the reformulated Trix cereal later this year will be made with four colors instead of six, said Kate Gallager, cereal developer for General Mills.

While the company was able to come up with alternatives for red, orange, yellow and purple Trix pieces, Gallager said it was too difficult to find natural alternatives for blue and green that achieved the right taste and color.

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06/26/2015 09:28:16am
How Hot Sauce Can Help Save the World

If you like hot sauce, the Sierra Club has some eco-friendly recommendations including Homesweet Homegrown right down the road in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

"I wanted to bring transparency back to the food system," says Robyn Jasko. Which is why she started HOMESWEET HOMEGROWN in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Visitors can handpick peppers on her two acres of organic fields, reclaimed from growing genetically modified corn. Scotch bonnet, ghost, and lemon drop chilies all turn into tasty sauces that bring the heat. Jasko's best-selling Punch Drunk variety is inspired by mole, incorporating raw cacao and beer from nearby Victory Brewing Company....

06/25/2015 10:18:23am