Health

Far From Trashy: Atayne Athletic Apparel Made from Used Materials
December 4, 2009 10:00 AM - Jace Shoemaker-Galloway , Triple Pundit

Inspiring positive social and environmental change through the power of active lifestyles, Atayne takes people’s trash – old garments, footwear, race numbers and plastic bottles – and recycles them into high performance athletic and outdoor gear. The company does not use harmful chemicals or treatments to enhance the materials.

Smog problems off almost 50% in 2009
December 4, 2009 05:29 AM - Frank O'Donnell, Clean Air Watch

If you think there’s less smog this year, you are probably right. Thanks in large part to cooler temperatures and more rain, the number of dirty-air days for smog nationwide has dropped by almost half in 2009 compared to last year, according to a survey by the non-profit Clean Air Watch. The survey by Clean Air Watch volunteers is the first comprehensive snapshot of smog in the United States in 2009. It found that the national health standard for smog, technically ozone, was breached more than 2,600 times through August 31 at monitoring stations in 37 states and the District of Columbia.

Fun Ways to Go Green this Holiday Season
December 3, 2009 11:36 AM - , Sierra Club Green Home

Children often put toys in their mouths, and yet many on the shelves today are made with toxic materials. Natural toys, on the other hand, are made from materials that are safe for the child and the environment. They can also be one of a child’s first connections to nature. A wooden rattle in a child’s hand comes from a living tree and feels familiar and nurturing in a way that man-made materials can’t match.

Companies Are Committing to Reduce Toxic Footprints
November 30, 2009 10:51 AM - Richard Liroff, Green Biz.com

Companies need to move towards using greener chemicals because the principal drivers demanding such change -- science, regulation, and business-to-business environmentally preferable purchasing programs -- are surging and will intensify. Product toxicity reduction should be a core element of business strategy because it can reduce reputational and litigation liabilities, help companies avoid "toxic lockout" of their products from the marketplace, and drive innovation.

Cutting Greenhouse Pollutants Could Directly Save Millions of Lives Worldwide
November 25, 2009 10:27 AM - ScienceDaily

Tackling climate change by reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse emissions will have major direct health benefits in addition to reducing the risk of climate change, especially in low-income countries, according to a series of six papers appearing on, Nov. 25 in the British journal The Lancet.

65 World leaders to join climate talks
November 22, 2009 08:35 AM - John Acher, Reuters

Sixty-five world leaders have confirmed they will attend a U.N. conference in Copenhagen in December that will try to clinch a new global climate deal, and many more are considering, Danish officials said on Sunday.

Ten Tips for Staying Healthy and H1N1-Free This Holiday Season
November 20, 2009 10:49 AM - Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News

The holidays are here and with them family, friends, parties and germs. This year, in light of the H1N1 outbreak, many fear that the most wonderful time of the year will end up being the unhealthiest, too.

US Army Corps Found Negligent in Katrina Floods
November 20, 2009 10:04 AM - BBC, Environmental Health News

A US judge has ruled that negligence by the US Army Corps of Engineers led to massive floods in parts of New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. It was the first time a US court has found the federal government directly responsible for some of the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Wide Range of Bisphenol A Found in Canned Foods
November 18, 2009 10:22 AM - Consumer Reports Health via Wallet Pop

The chemical Bisphenol A, which has been used for years in clear plastic bottles and food-can liners, has been restricted in Canada and some U.S. states and municipalities because of potential health effects. The Food and Drug Administration will soon decide what it considers a safe level of exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA), which some studies have linked to reproductive abnormalities and a heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, and heart disease.

USEPA Proposes One – Hour Sulfur Dioxide Standard, to Drop 24 -hr and Annual Primary Standards
November 18, 2009 07:10 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

The US Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a new one – hour Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) standard. The SO2 standard has not been changed since 1971. There has not been a health based standard shorter than 24 hrs for SO2 since short term acute effects have not been well known. A secondary standard of 3-hrs has been in effect. This was set to address welfare considerations, not health.

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