Grandma Dreams Up Big Solar Plan in Kitchen
December 7, 2007 08:39 AM - Marguerite Manteau Rao., Environmental Graffiti
Lisa Max is no ordinary 64 year-old grandma.
Tired of paying too much for her electricity, and also wanting to help the environment, she started a grassroots campaign out of her kitchen in San Rafael, a small town North of San Francisco, to lower the cost of solar power for people in her community. Initially, Lisa Max’s idea was to replicate an initiative from a group of 66 households in Portola Valley, another Bay Area town, who was able, last year, to buy discounted solar installations through a community purchase plan.
China halts batch of U.S. potato chips
December 6, 2007 11:32 PM - Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) - China halted the import of a batch of Procter & Gamble potato chips from the United States for containing a banned additive, state media reported on Friday.
But a China-based P&G spokesman blamed the Chinese importer and said the shipment had nothing to do with the U.S. consumer goods giant.
China has stepped up quality checks on domestic producers in the wake of a series of global scandals involving substandard food and drug exports in recent months, but has also made a point of naming foreign companies that it says have failed its own quality standards.
U.S. childhood cancer death rate declines sharply
December 6, 2007 02:10 PM - By Will Dunham, Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The cancer death rate for children in the United States has declined sharply -- down 20 percent from 1990 to 2004 -- thanks to better treatment of leukemia and other cancers, health officials said on Thursday.
Silver Lining to Climate Change - Green Jobs
December 6, 2007 09:09 AM - UNEP
Bali/Nairobi, 6 December 2007 - As representatives from over 180 countries gather in Bali to map a post 2012 agreement, new research shows the challenge of climate change also presents opportunities for new industries and employment.
"Millions of new jobs are among the many silver, if not indeed gold-plated linings on the cloud of climate change," said Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
New study finds biodiversity conservation secures ecosystem services for people
December 6, 2007 08:48 AM - Conservation International
Healthy ecosystems that provide people with essential natural goods and services often overlap with regions rich in biological diversity, underscoring that conserving one also protects the other, according to a new study.
Titled Global Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, the report confirms the value of making biological diversity a priority for conservation efforts. It shows that more than 70 percent of the world’s highest priority areas for biodiversity conservation also contain significant value in ecosystem services such as fresh water, food, carbon storage, storm buffers and other natural resources that sustain human life and support social and economic development.
Did early Southwestern Indians ferment corn and make beer?
December 6, 2007 08:44 AM - DOE/Sandia National Laboratories
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —The belief among some archeologists that Europeans introduced alcohol to the Indians of the American Southwest may be faulty.
Ancient and modern pot sherds collected by New Mexico state archeologist Glenna Dean, in conjunction with analyses by Sandia National Laboratories researcher Ted Borek, open the possibility that food or beverages made from fermenting corn were consumed by native inhabitants centuries before the Spanish arrived.
Portugal backs 100 pct auctioning for power sector
December 6, 2007 03:16 AM - Reuters
The European Union's carbon trading scheme allocates emissions permits to heavy industrial sectors such as metals, paper and power generators, and is the bloc's main weapon against climate change.
Experts offers gift tips to 'move' children
December 5, 2007 04:05 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - There are a number of gift ideas to get sedentary children of all age active, says a Purdue University childhood fitness expert.
"The key is to find gifts that also motivate the entire family to move," says Carole DeHaven, a continuing lecturer in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. "Parents are the gatekeepers for healthy living. By providing activities that children enjoy, along with healthy food choices, we can help reverse the number of children who are overweight or obese.
Broccoli compound may ameliorate skin disease
December 5, 2007 12:22 PM - By Megan Rauscher, Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The natural compound sulforaphane, which is abundant in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, may have a role in the treatment of epidermolysis bullosa simplex, according to research presented during the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in Washington, DC.
Epidermolysis bullosa simplex is a genetic condition that causes the skin to become fragile and blister easily from minor injuries or friction, such as rubbing or scratching. The signs and symptoms of the condition vary widely -- blistering may primarily affect the hands and feet and heals, while severe cases involve widespread blistering that can lead to infection, dehydration and may be life-threatening in infants.
Study: Hybrid Owners: Wealthy, Active, Educated and Democratic
December 4, 2007 05:44 PM -
NEW YORK - Democratic, wealthy, educated and active are four adjectives that describe today's hybrid vehicle owner, according to a recent analysis from Scarborough Research, a consumer and media research firm.