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The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard is very interesting, and a simple break down of the system we live in. I would add: there are over 85,000 chemicals used in the US. Only 10% are tested, and none are tested in combination for their safety – we don’t know the synergistic effects of chemicals, […]

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Humans are regularly exposed to a complex array of hundreds, possibly thousands, of chemicals in uncontrolled conditions. Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show Americans of all ages carry a body burden of at least 116 chemicals – some banned for more than two decades because of toxicity. Merely 10% of […]

Kayla Coleman, on animal testing. There are products on the market (medicine, and some will tell you cosmetics) that require animal testing by the government before approval for sale. As Ms. Coleman points out, there are enough differences between humans and other animals – even chimps (our closest relatives) that squelch any justification of animal […]

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This is really fantastic. Barn owl web cam. I wrote a nature journal years ago, and was amazed at what can be seen when sitting quietly, and observing. Here, you can jump up and down, and still see some amazing stuff!

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Petrochemicals are chemical products made from raw materials of petroleum or other hydrocarbon (carbon and hydrogen atoms) origin. There are more than 4,000 petrochemical products made from crude oil. They are used in products such as detergents, furniture polish, fertilizers, medicines, paints, plastics, synthetic fibres, and synthetic rubber. They are found in household cleaning products, […]

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I briefly met Judy Wicks at a BALLE meeting in Kingston a few years ago. What an inspiration! Her energy and dedication were so intense you could practically touch it. Celebrate the accomplishments of all 9 environmental leaders.