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Designing Communities that Eat Local and Build in Healthy Eating

Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Farming, Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health with 0 Comments
Designing Communities that Eat Local and Build in Healthy Eating

Gino Campana, Kristin Kirkpatrick, and Tracy Wiedt join Thom Hartmann to discuss how to design communities that encourage healthy habits including eating local, farm-fresh food.

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Green Spaces Deliver Lasting Mental Health Benefits

Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Environment with 0 Comments
Green Spaces Deliver Lasting Mental Health Benefits

Green space in towns and cities could lead to significant and sustained improvements in mental health, finds a new study published in the journal of Environmental Science & Technology.

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Revised Laws and Urban Farming Projects Provide New Opportunities for Urban Gardeners

Posted by on January 6, 2014 in Farming, Health with 0 Comments
Revised Laws and Urban Farming Projects Provide New Opportunities for Urban Gardeners

Growing your own garden or participating in a community garden is a great way to improve your health, help build a sustainable food system, and support our planet as it struggles to make room for increasing numbers of us. Food grown in your own garden is fresher, more nutritious, and tastes better than store-bought food—and you can’t beat the price! Urban gardens are key to saving energy, protecting water quality and topsoil, and promoting biodiversity and beautifying densely populated communities. Remember, plants are our richest source of natural medicine.

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TEPCO To Siphon Off Radioactive Water From Tunnels Under Fukushima Plant

Posted by on January 6, 2014 in Environment, Environmental Hazards with 0 Comments
TEPCO To Siphon Off Radioactive Water From Tunnels Under Fukushima Plant

The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi atomic plant plans to start cleaning underground tunnels believed to be part of the sources of radioactive materials poisoning the groundwater in the area. The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) will first block the flow of tainted water between the damaged buildings and the tunnels. Workers will begin burying pipes in the ground to carry refrigerants in January, NHK TV network reported. In April, they are set to start draining the contaminated water from the tunnels.

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Bone-Chilling ‘Polar Vortex’ Storm Brings Midwest Cities To a Standstill

Posted by on January 6, 2014 in Climate Change, Environment with 0 Comments
Bone-Chilling ‘Polar Vortex’ Storm Brings Midwest Cities To a Standstill

Cities across the US Midwest on Monday are grinding to a halt as a deadly “polar vortex” descends, promising to deliver heavy snowfall and potentially record-breaking cold temperatures. An Arctic blast of freezing, dense air known as a “polar vortex” was expected to knock down temperatures and affect more than 140 million Americans beginning Monday, with the frigid temperatures made more severe by the wind chill factor, a reading that tells what it feels like outside when wind speeds are taken into account.

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Irony Alert: Global Warming Scientists Finally Rescued from Antarctic Ice

Posted by on January 2, 2014 in Climate Change, Environment with 0 Comments
Irony Alert: Global Warming Scientists Finally Rescued from Antarctic Ice

Climate scientist and expedition leader Chris Turney, who set out from New Zealand November 28 with a 74-member crew comprised of scientists and media figures to document climate change at the south pole, got a little less global warming than he bargained for in the Antarctic.

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