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It’s time for employers to embrace telecommuting.

Environmental Health News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 19:30
Our commutes to and from work are polluting the air we breathe, and they are a colossal waste of time. This is not sustainable.
Categories: Ecological News

After Fukushima: Japan's 'nuclear village' is back in charge

The Ecologist Magazine - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 17:52
Public opposition to nuclear power in Japan remains strong, writes Jim Green, but piece by piece, Shinzo Abe's right-wing government has been putting the country's infamous 'nuclear village' back in control - boosted by draconian press censorship laws, massive interest-free loans, and a determination to forget all the 'lessons' of Fukushima. Is another big accident inevitable?
Categories: Ecological News

Psychiatric medications found in home of Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz, who underwent 18 months of psychiatric 'treatment'

Natural News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Just as Natural News publicly predicted in a widely-circulated article entitled Germanwings jetliner catastrophe: The first antidepressant drug-induced mass murder of the skies?, psychiatric drugs have now been located and identified by law enforcement authorities searching...

U.S. hospitals exorbitantly overcharge patients for cheap blood tests and other simple procedures

Natural News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) The lipid panel is a simple, common blood test doctors use in modern-day medicine to measure patients' cholesterol levels. These tests are ordered millions of times per year, and it's not an overly complicated process. As noted in a Vox report recently, it's "not a procedure...

Migrating monarch butterfly population declined 94 percent in 17 years

Natural News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Despite the fact that the monarch butterfly's population has severely dwindled in fewer than 20 years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has yet to take protective action. As such, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has filed a complaint against the...

Eating more peanuts may reduce your mortality risk by 21 percent

Natural News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) In the first study to assess nuts' health benefits across all races and not just high-income, white populations as has previously been studied, researchers have found that consumption of the food is heart-protective. Specifically, peanuts were linked to a lower incidence...

Five ways to eliminate cancer cells

Natural News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) We now know that most cancers are preventable through simple, yet powerful changes in our diet and lifestyle habits. Yet, today we see nearly one in every two people getting some form of cancer in their lifetime, and a typical cancer doctor is only permitted to offer...

"America's Pharmacist" to speak at Diabetes World Summit

Natural News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Suzy Cohen, RPh, who is more popularly known as "America's Most Trusted Pharmacist®," is one of dozens of speakers scheduled to appear at the upcoming Diabetes World Summit.Cohen, who has dedicated her professional life to the advancement of natural...

Didn't get autism from a vaccine? That doesn't mean the central nervous system wasn't corrupted

Natural News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) Are you a survivor? Did you survive the onslaught of THIRTY or more vaccines during the first seven years of your life, and then countless booster shots, flu shots and multiple jabs that are more dangerous than consuming heavy metal toxins daily? Can you still think...

How the USDA food recommendation guidelines traded one disease for another

Natural News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:30
(NaturalNews) In the late 1970s, a senate committee pushed its "Dietary Goals for the United States" urging Americans to eat less fat. It was thought that red meat, eggs, and dairy were killing Americans.By the 1980s, nearly a million Americans were dying of heart disease each...

Saturday, March 28th – Earth Hour Set to Unite the World on Climate Change

Ecology Today - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 01:56

On Saturday, 28 March 8:30 p.m. local time, individuals, businesses, cities and landmarks around the world will switch off their lights for one hour to focus attention on climate change. As the lights go out, Earth Hour supporters will also be contributing real climate solutions to combat the globe’s biggest environmental challenge.

This year, Earth Hour is set to be a record-breaking celebration of our planet with an unprecedented 172 countries and territories having confirmed their participation, including nations on the climate frontlines like the Philippines, Maldives and Madagascar and key climate actors such as Brazil, the United States and China.

Since its origin as a symbolic lights off event in Sydney in 2007, WWF’s Earth Hour has grown into the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment igniting public awareness and action on climate in more than 7,000 cities across the world.

From Cambodia to Cameroon to Colombia, homes, offices, skylines and monuments will go dark as the world unites to inspire collective action to change climate change. Over 1,200 landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco will turn off their lights. Close to 40 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Acropolis in Athens and Edinburgh Castle in Scotland are also scheduled to go dark in support of Earth Hour.

As landmarks flip their switches off, WWF and Earth Hour teams will switch on the power of the crowd to address local climate issues. By empowering people to take concrete actions for climate — be it by raising their voice for stronger climate action or donating to WWF conservation projects — Earth Hour will bring people together to ensure the momentum to change climate change continues well beyond the hour.

“As Earth Hour continues to break records for global participation, our supporters continue to reach new heights for energy and creativity in using their power to make a difference. Every light switch turned off, every signature collected and every project funded, gives us renewed hope that together we can change climate change,” said SudhanshuSarronwala, Chair, Board of Directors, Earth Hour Global.

Even before Earth Hour sweeps across twenty-four time zones on Saturday, WWF teams are already using the power of the movement to drive concrete action and solutions on climate change. From collecting 100,000 signatures to urge a ban on the exploration of Arctic oil in Russia to reducing people’s dependency on firewood and forests by building sustainable livelihoods in Uganda, Earth Hour is empowering people to be a part of a global movement to take climate action.

In past months, Earth Hour supporters have also used their power on the Earth Hour crowdfunding platform to help build community climate resilience in India, Indonesia, Colombia and Portugal. WWF teams are also building on Earth Hour’s potential to inspire action from individuals, businesses and governments by advocating climate-friendly policy and legislation on themes such as access to renewable energy and reforestation.

“Earth Hour shows us what we can achieve together. From creating a forest in Uganda to lighting up entire villages with solar power in India and the Philippines, the power of the crowd to make change happen is phenomenal,” added Sarronwala. “With Earth Hour, every light switch turned off is hope for climate action turned on.”

Lights around the world will go out for one hour this weekend, but the need to take climate action extends throughout the year. As Earth Hour brings temporary darkness to many of the world’s most recognizable landmarks, WWF hopes to shed permanent light on the power each individual has to change climate change.

Earth Hour 2015 will take place on Saturday 28 March at 8:30 p.m. local time.

Visit the Earth Hour Tracker to see events happening near you or to create your own Earth Hour activity. Log on to our website www.earthhour.org for more stories and articles on using the power of the crowd to change climate change.

Link to the official Earth Hour 2015 video: http://www.ehour.me/eh2015vid

Link to videos and photos on Earth Hour activities around the world (to be updated live on the night): http://www.earthhour.org/media-centre

About Earth Hour:

Earth Hour is WWF’s global environmental movement. As one of the first open-sourced climate change campaigns, Earth Hour has grown from a symbolic event in one city to the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment. In 2014, Earth Hour engaged individuals, businesses and organizations in over 7,000 cities and 162 countries and territories during the hour and beyond. In 2015, Earth Hour aims to harness the power of its millions of supporters worldwide to change climate change.

About WWF:

WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with over five million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

Categories: Ecological News

'Heat beater' beans could feed millions in warmer world

The Ecologist Magazine - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 21:51
Thirty new heat tolerant varieties of bean - a staple food crop around the world's tropical regions - will help people survive in a world as much as 4C warmer that it is now, writes Alex Kirby - and look: no genetic modification!
Categories: Ecological News

Half-shell hero.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 19:30
How the humble oyster is reviving a regional economy and helping to heal one of America's great wild-food factories.
Categories: Ecological News

Nuclear waste accident caused by wrong cat litter.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 19:30
A yearlong investigation by government scientists has concluded that a major accident at a nuclear waste dump was caused by the wrong brand of cat litter.
Categories: Ecological News

Researchers work to understand how our plastic waste affects the Great Lakes.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 19:30
There’s plastic trash in every one of the Great Lakes. Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario say it’s a growing problem and they say we don’t know enough about that plastic garbage.
Categories: Ecological News

Michigan's Saginaw Bay receives $2.5 million for conservation project.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 19:30
The Nature Conservancy is set to receive $2.5 million in federal funds to help implement conservation practices across 10,000 acres of cropland in the Saginaw Bay Watershed, federal officials announced Thursday, March 26.
Categories: Ecological News

The West Coast is in hot water.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 19:30
Move over polar bears. Are starving sea lion pups the new face of climate change?
Categories: Ecological News

Colorado city vows to be carbon neutral, defying partisan politics.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 19:30
Fort Collins, Colo., led mostly by Republicans, approves targets to reduce emissions and become carbon neutral by 2050, but hurdles remain.
Categories: Ecological News

Australian report finds improvement in beef industry environmental performance.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 19:30
A report which looks at the environmental impacts of producing beef, has found the industry made gains in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption and land use in the 30 years to 2010.
Categories: Ecological News

Colombian tribe scores ‘historic’ victory versus Big Gas.

Environmental Health News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 19:30
The indigenous U’wa people living in north-east Colombia have won what observers call an “historic” and “decisive” victory after state oil and gas company Ecopetrol dismantled a gas drilling site in their territories.
Categories: Ecological News
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