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Sustainable Living Headlines: June 2013

Discussions on NaturalChoice.net

Highlights from our Conservation Series

5 Things to Know About E-Cycling: Eco-friendly ways to get rid of your not-too-trendy gadgets.

Building Green in the Pacific NW: A case study of a green home in Oregon

Natural Choice Network Show: "Greening of wastewater management",  "Composting"

Highlights from our Sustainable Food Series

The Beacon Hill Food Forest: Our urban food forest

Natural Choice Network Show: "Sustainable Foodies" , "Community Gardening", "Binge Eating"

Highlight on Natural Health Series

Natural Skin Care: 8 things to pamper yourself with

Natural Choice Network Show: "Natural Health", "Brain Health", "Combating Seasonal Allergies"

 

Industry Headlines

Climate Change’s Negative Impact On The Seafood Industry

Thanks to climate change, ocean chemistry is changing rapidly. This is putting a strain on shelled creatures like oysters, shellfish and corals, and affecting prices and availability at your favorite seafood restaurant.

7 Reasons Kale Is The New Beef

Humans need protein to survive, but we’re slowly realizing that it doesn’t need to come from animals. Kale is far more nutritious than other leafy greens, and easy to grow in your own garden, but these seven reasons why it is such an important superfood may just surprise you.

Carbon Dioxide Reaches 400 PPM, Highest Level In 3 Million Years

On May 9, 2013,  the daily average concentration of climate-warming carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere passed the milestone level 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. Hooray for us humanoids. We are destroying our planet even faster than we realized, and we are moving into uncharted territory.

Colony Collapse Disorder Expected To Impact Food Prices

Normally farmers rent domestic honeybee populations to pollinate their crops in a timely fashion, but with fewer and fewer hives to choose from, this service is getting pricey. And guess who’ll ultimately be picking up the tab? That’s right: we the consumers.

How To Repel Ticks & Other Bugs Without Using DEET

With summer on its way, families will be spending lots more time outdoors. To avoid ticks and mosquito bites, you might be tempted to reach for conventional bug sprays, but doing so could be a health hazard. Consider using these natural repellants that don’t bite back.

5,000 Children’s Products Contain Toxic Chemicals Linked to Cancer

An analysis of the reports by the Washington Toxics Coalition and Safer States found that makers of kids’ products reported using a total of 41 chemicals identified by Washington State Department of Ecology as a concern for children’s health, including toxic metals such as cadmium, mercury and antimony and organic compounds such as phthalates.

Millennials Helping To Shift America Away From Driving

Baby boomers, those for whom a car was a necessity and a statement of personal value, are moving out of the phase in their life when they do the most commuting. Studies show that Generation Y, which should be starting their driving phase, is opting for bikes, public transit, and their own two feet.

Turning Ecological Restoration Projects Into Works of Art

This isn’t art that simply portrays environmental issues or seeks to educate the viewer. It’s art that cleans water, creates habitat, controls erosion. This feature from the University of Washington’s Conservation Magazine shows that the art itself has an ecological and restorative function.

This App Can Help You Boycott Koch Brothers, Monsanto, and More

Available for both iOS and Android devices, the Buycott app saves time while keeping your conscience clear by taking the guesswork out of shopping. Simply scan the barcode with your smartphone, and the app cross-checks the product owners against the companies and brands included in the campaigns you've joined, in order to tell you if the scanned product conflicts with one of your commitments.

How To Plan an Eco-Friendly Barbecue

Planning a graduation party, family reunion, or just a backyard barbecue with a few friends? This article provides some timely reminders on how to grill up a tasty feast without the big carbon footprint.