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Asbestos: How It Changes the Environment

Asbestos was quite popular a few decades back, and you could find it in a lot of construction materials and household products. It’s safe to say that older homes built between the 1950s to the late 1980s would have asbestos as part of their insulation system, or even their walls and floors. Since it was proven to cause serious health problems, however, its use in household products and construction materials has been discontinued. Yet, the risks remain today.... read more

Asbestos and its Impact to the Environment

Previously a common component of a lot of construction materials and household products, asbestos continues to threaten both human health and the environment even decades after its use was discontinued.

Let’s take a look at this harmful substance and its impact to the environment.

 

What is Asbestos?... read more

4 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air can be more polluted than the air you breathe outside. Shocking, but true. And it isn’t just because you keep your windows open at night, thereby allowing the pollutants in outdoor air to waft into your house. Chemicals commonly found in each households, such as floor cleaners and insecticides also add to the growing list of pollutants that are making your indoor air quality bad.

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Everything You Need to Know About Indoor Air Pollution

Humans breathe in an average of 3,000 gallons of air each day, and spend about 90% of their time indoors. But did you know that indoor air can be up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air?

 

 

Those fumes from insect sprays, cleaning agents, beauty products, and even from the food being cooked in the kitchen all contribute to indoor air that could add up to an alarming amount of pollutants.

 

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The Hidden Dangers of Asbestos

asbestosAsbestos was widely used as an additive to quite a number of products in the past for its heat resistant and insulating properties, as well as its ability to strengthen the products that it was added to.... read more

Greener Snow Removal

snowAs we gear up for some more snow where I live in the Northeast, I wanted to discuss two things that people do to remove snow which are actually bad for the environment:  salt and snow blowers.  

Salt is bad for just about everything.  It's bad for cars, it tears up the road causing potholes, it can kill plants and wildlife, and it can contaminate waterways.  Sure, it's a cheap and easy solution, but it's just plain old bad for the planet.   Most municipalities still use salt for their roadways, but you can minimize or stop using salt on your property.  ... read more

Man-Made Disasters: Our Own Fault

As modernization continues to influence human being, has this put our safety at risk? Our planet experiences different types of disasters. The heartbreaking outcome of these calamities is immense death toll. But there is a shocking fact that every one of us should truly understand - should be aware and should prioritize. We must realize that all these catastrophes could be man-made. Yes, there is a big possibility that natural disasters are not the only ones affecting us and our planet in general. 

Here is an interesting infographic that can tell you about man-made disasters.... read more

Youth Empowerment for the Green Campaign

Environmental problems have become adversely diverse and extensively threatening in the modern times. In the past, humanity was only dealing with a simple pollution problem but now the enormous world population, climate change, global warming, and many other serious problems are already endangering the Earth and every life form.

 

Scientists, environmentalists and experts have been working together to discover scientific breakthroughs and other methods to address the aggravating issues. Environmental organizations and concerned citizens are also doing their part to contribute in the effort to save Mother Earth. ... read more

Incinerator Moratorium Update

The Massachusetts DEP has released their “Master Plan” for solid waste management in Massachusetts. The major components in the plan include increase in recycling, reduction in overall waste, monitoring and enforcement of waste bans, and modification to the incinerator moratorium. The proposed modification of the incinerator moratorium would encourage the use of alternative technologies, such as gasification, for converting waste to energy or fuel under certain conditions (nma.org).

The incinerator moratorium was introduced in 1988. At that time there were fourteen applications at DEP for new incinerators to be built. Fourteen were way too much for the DEP to handle. Having that many incinerators would mean our state would be burning all trash/MSW. Possibly hurting municipal recycling programs. ... read more

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