by Samantha Javier @ 9:32 am post a comment »
- I don’t know about you, but I love monarch butterflies and this week I read the sad news that they are starting to disappear. The reasons these beautiful creatures are starting to disappear is because of: “disappearing habitat in Mexico, disappearing milkweed in the U.S., and the Polar vortex”. The awesome migration of millions of these butterflies is expected to vanish because the populations are at an all-time low. The United States, Canada, and Mexico are being urged to protect the habitat of these delicate insects.
- In other news, here’s an interesting approach to “a call to action” … the Green Party of England is calling for a purging of all climate change non-believers as government advisers. Recent storms are suspected to be linked to climate change, and the Green Party is saying that “[England has] an Environment Secretary (Owen Paterson) who is a denier of the reality of climate change and [they] also can’t have anyone in the cabinet who is denying the realities that we’re facing with climate change.” (more…)
Saturday, February 8, 2014
by Samantha Javier @ 9:01 am 1 comment »
- As we enter our 40th year of the Endangered Species Act, it is a great achievement that the de-listing of the first fish is upon us. The Oregon Chub (above) was placed on the endangered species list back in 1993 due to loss of floodplain habitats and predation by non-native fish. Today over 150,000 Oregon Chubs are now found in over 80 habitats around the Willamette area. Read more here: theeverge.com
- On Friday, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority approved the dumping of up to one million tons of dredge waste in park waters in order to make the port in Abbot Point one of the world’s largest coal ports. The Great Barrier Reef is already considered to be in “poor” health, so who knows what impact this will have on its future degradation. Read more about the decision here: businessinsider.com (more…)
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
by Samantha Javier @ 10:30 am 1 comment »
Do you ever feel like so many unnecessary things are sent in the mail and use an unacceptable amount of paper? I definitely feel that way and I’ve recently found an app that can help you lessen the amount of paper that is delivered to you. Unsurprisingly, businesses do not want to waste money printing and delivering material to you that you’re simply going to recycle – or worse, throw directly into the trash.
The free PaperKarma smartphone app enables you to “unsubscribe from catalogs, magazines, credit card offers, etc.”, turn it into email correspondence or remove it all together. Each US household gets about 850 pieces of unwanted mail per year, which leads to more than 100 billion pieces! Of this wasted mail, about 44 percent goes into landfills unopened. So, instead of feeling bad about all those offers and advertisements you get, you can avoid this environmental damage completely.
PaperKarma is very easy to use – just snap a photo of the junk mail, flyer or publication, hit send and you’re done. The app automatically contacts the mailer who then removes you from their distribution list. PaperKarma can stop most unwanted mail that is addressed directly to you. In about 24 hours you will receive the unsubscribed notification and move on with less paper waste clogging up your mailbox and your ‘karma’. I know that I am going to take advantage of this, and I suggest you try it out for yourself. For more info, or to download the app go here: paperkarma.com
related: more green tips from The Alternative Consumer
Friday, January 24, 2014
by Samantha Javier @ 8:09 am post a comment »
The United States’ search for cheap products and labor may be coming back to us in added pollution from China reaching our own west coast. This article highlights the concerns that “acid rain-inducing sulfate from burning fossil fuels in China can account for as much as a quarter of sulfate pollution in the western United States,” and we all know that Los Angeles doesn’t need anymore smog. Read more at: theguardian.com
Maintaining lush and green forests should be an important concern in the fight against climate change and reducing CO2 levels, but it turns out we’re destroying more forest than we’re restoring globally. This article highlights this concern with an interactive map of forest gains and losses over the course of 2000-2012. The study in the article “found that 888,000 square miles of forest cover were lost globally during that time period, while 309,000 square miles were gained.” Read the entire story here: columbian.com
In this newly proposed bill, overfishing is not discouraged, there is a lack of “basic environmental provisions,” and doesn’t take a strong enough stance on illegal wildlife products or illegal logging. Both the NRDC and Sierra Club criticize this bill, what do you think? Read more @ nationalgeographic.com
Now for some good news in these last two articles. The first highlights Europe’s goal to “cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, compared with 1990 levels, the toughest climate change target of any region in the world, and will produce 27% of its energy from renewable sources by the same date.” This is good news in the battle against global warming.
My last entry this week highlights the opening of the world’s largest solar-powered bridge – Blackfriars Bridge – across the Thames River in London. “As part of a project with solar installation firm Solarcentury, the roof of the bridge has been covered with 4,400 photovoltaic panels, providing up to half of the energy for London Blackfriars station.”
Monday, January 20, 2014
by Samantha Javier @ 9:04 am 1 comment »
With concerns of climate change and sea level rise, protecting our endangered species across the globe is an ever-growing challenge. The Endangered Species Act turned 40 this year (just last month) and many people believe that strengthening it is in all our best interest. A recent poll conducted by the Center for Biological Diversity and Public Policy Polling found that half of the people polled believe the United States is not doing enough to protect plants and animals.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
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Have you ever wanted to eat healthier but you can’t find the motivation, time to shop, or you think the act may be too costly? Well now there is a great solution for you, it’s called NatureBox. Each box costs $19.95, but is delivered right to your door with free shipping. You receive one box every month (feel free to cancel or pause at any time) and if you are not happy with the product, you will receive a full refund. And hey, you can receive $10 credit by referring a friend.
Each box comes with little snacks because snacks are the easiest habit to improve while combating bad snacking as a factor of obesity. All the snacks in your box are nutritionist approved and minimally processed (if at all), helping to make you feel happier and healthier. The food has no high fructose corn syrup, no partially hydrogenated oils, no artificial sweeteners, no artificial flavors or colors, and zero grams of trans fat. And you can select from soy-free, gluten free, non-gmo, nut-free and vegan options.
NatureBox also donates to WhyHunger, which may also help you feel better about your purchase. By donating to WhyHunger, NatureBox works against the problems of hunger and poverty and towards making more nutritious food more widely available. So you can know that you are helping to improve the lives of others while improving your own.
Check out NatureBox and their eight varying boxes at: naturebox.com to learn more about the nutritional facts and benefits.