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Guest Post: Different Types of Harnesses to Prevent Falling Accidents

November 12th, 2012 | by Glenn Meyers

Safety is a topic that can never be covered enough. For all of those people who have stood at the top of an extension ladder, on a roof's edge, or participated in setting floor joists or roof rafters, there is nothing quite like being armed with the right equipment in case of an accident. This is true whether you're 6 feet off the ground, or 100 feet. Guest writer Eric Blair provides GBE with me useful information concerning safety harnesses and rigging

Guest Post: How to be Safe While Renovating a Home

October 29th, 2012 | by GBE FACTS

Taking on a do-it-yourself home renovation can be a rewarding challenge, but it may also present unseen dangers. This is especially true of older homes that were constructed with materials that are considered to be health hazards today. The level of danger will be variable depending on how old the home is, but the homeowner should take every possible precaution to avoid or limit exposure to dangerous chemicals

Would You Eat Your Plant Pesticide?

October 17th, 2012 | by GBE FACTS

The Harvard School of Public Health has even found a direct correlation between pesticide exposure and Parkinson’s Disease1. If exposure to traditional pesticides has been found to cause serious disease, why would you want to eat fruits and vegetables that are sprayed with it

Tetra Tech Awarded $24 Million EPA Brownfields and Land Revitalization Program

September 26th, 2012 | by pressroom

Under the five-year contract, Tetra Tech will support EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR) in its efforts to promote the assessment, cleanup, and revitalization of properties that are affected by the presence or potential presence of hazardous substances, pollutants, or other contaminants.

Try VNC Wood Finishes That Are Made without Toxic Chemicals

September 25th, 2012 | by Glenn Meyers

This sustainable product is now has wood floors on display at the Samuel Freeman Gallery in Los Angeles. “We’re extraordinarily pleased with the way the beauty of the wood floors was enhanced and preserved with Vermont Natural Coatings,” said Samuel Freeman in a press announcement. “The gallery is all about environment on so many levels and we’re certainly fortunate to have found an environmentally safe, high performance product that meets our very demanding standards.”

Cooling Coal Emissions Has Massive Potential For Clean Air

September 20th, 2012 | by gwinston

Perhaps the largest concern on the part of the public is the potential cost of cooling coal emissions. But proponents of this technology say costs would be offset by a decline in health problems associated with coal production. Scientists estimate that poor air quality derived from burning coal costs the health care system somewhere between $330 billion and $500 billion every year. And that's only taking the financial cost into account

Guest Post: How to Get a Clean, Sparkling Bathroom Avoiding Unnecessary Chemicals

September 19th, 2012 | by GBE FACTS

Many toilet cleaners, antibacterial sprays, and drain cleaners contain harmful chemicals that if inhaled, can lead to breathing problems, irritation, and more serious health problems. At the same time, air fresheners and other cleaners can contain DEA and TEA chemicals that can lead to serious health problems. It is possible, however, to still be able to maintain a clean and sparkly bathroom, while avoiding unnecessary chemicals. This can be achieved through using alternative, eco-friendly cleaners, which can be applied to particular jobs

The National Academy of Sciences Reports About Identifying and Destroying Buried Chemical Warfare Materials

August 13th, 2012 | by Jennifer Shockley

On August 6, 2012 an article was published by the National Academy of Sciences discussing a new report from the National Research Council regarding the approach for identifying and destroying buried chemical warfare materials (CWM). The current processes are not entirely reliable and currently the capability to efficiently tackle large-scale projects does not exist

Turning Your Bathroom Into an Eco-Friendly Spa

August 9th, 2012 | by Glenn Meyers

In our busy, stressed society, taking some time out for yourself to relax and indulge in a spa treatment can be heaven—just what you need to banish stress and return rejuvenated to real life. However, you don’t have to spend a lot on a spa treatment at a five-star beauty salon. You can do your own spa treatments in the comfort of your own bathroom—and you can ensure their earth-friendly as well. Homes that boast water softener systems are already halfway there

More Info on the Dirty Side of Cotton

July 3rd, 2012 | by Glenn Meyers

The problems with conventional cotton are myriad and spreading the word about this is one of my pet issues. I don't know if you want to add more to this piece, but at CAGW we've talked about the problem with conventional cotton and some alternative options

Guest Post: Eco-Alternatives to Harmful Fabrics

July 2nd, 2012 | by GBE FACTS

According to the Organic Trade Association, “cotton covers 2.5 percent of the world’s cultivated land yet uses 16 percent of the world’s insecticides, more than any other single major crop.” The reason behind this is cotton must be grown in mass, with thousands of acres devoted only to cotton crop. This kind of monoculture is more susceptible to diseases, because with millions of genetically similar crops in close proximity, if a disease hits one, it can quickly destroy the entire population. To minimize this phenomenon, farmers enter into the “chemical treadmill,” in which they layer numerous different pesticides

Guest Post: Fresh Water Through Hydraulic Jump

June 7th, 2012 | by GBE FACTS

The ground is now covered by impervious streets and buildings, which do not allow rainwater to leech into the aquifer below. In some parts of the country the natural aquifers have been irreparably damaged due to over use without replenishment. The use of water is becoming more and more restricted every day. The recycling of water as part of the green movement is gaining popularity in the United States

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