{news & views} what the frack?

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Fracking. It bears an uncanny resemblance to a popular curse word, doesn”t it? With reason. Fracking is the process of using fluid pressure to crack the bedrock which makes up the earth”s core in the hope of releasing natural gas or oil. While that may sound perfectly innocent to some people, those living with the […]

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{News and Views} Arizona Wildfire’s Effect on Animals

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Since May 29th, wildfires have ravaged parts of Arizona. The Wallow fire raging on the Arizona/New Mexico border, has burned 800 square miles and recently edged close enough to force evacuations in Luna, New Mexico. Despite being the largest wild fire in Arizona history, the flames have consumed 32 homes/vacation cabins in contrast with Arizona’s […]

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{News and Views} What’s Eco-Happening in June

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June is a month of global environmental awareness, from the World Day to Combat Desertification to Clean Energy Awareness and even Global Wind Day! 1. World Day to Combat Desertification Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, and inappropriate agriculture. The forests and trees anchor […]

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{News and Views} Thyroid health: Part Two

I wanted to continue last week’s post to give you an idea of what we all face as potential risks to our thyroid health. There are many factors that can cause the thyroid to become imbalanced. Today, I would like to talk about the environmental factors that can affect your thyroid health. Environmental Factors Exposure […]

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{News and Views} Thyroid health

Yesterday marked the end of World Thyroid week. This little butterfly shaped gland that wraps around your windpipe below the adams apple, plays an important role in hormone production. There is a complex balance of chemical processes that occur and the thyroid plays a role in many key hormonal systems. The main role of the […]

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{News & Views} Poisoning the world, one rat at a time.

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While some parts of the world worship the rat as a bringer of good fortune, in the West, seeing a mouse in the kitchen usually results in a scream and a call to the exterminator. Most people never give this process a second thought, but there is a very good reason why we should all […]

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{News and Views} How to Ease Into a Vegetarian Lifestyle

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If you’ve been toying with the idea of going vegetarian, it might be the perfect time. Reports have been hitting the news feeds since  last year about methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) being  found in pork, beef and poultry in the United States. On May 13th, the Independent covered another story about US supermarket  meats testing […]

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{News and Views} Green Days Ahead for Empire State Building

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Crain’s New York Business reports when the Empire State Building finishes its $550 million renovation, it will garner the title of one of New York’s greenest. The building is working toward certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) which came about in spring of 2000. The organization measures the eco-efficiency of  buildings. […]

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{News and VIews} Global Fair Trade Awareness: Bringing Fair Trade Home

Fair Trade Pararayo seed necklace from Omnatura Most of us have heard of Fair Trade coffee, but “Fair Trade” is much more than coffee, it’s a sustainable, economically responsible, and globally crucial way of life. So, what is Fair Trade? Fair Trade encompasses a vast array of products from producers across the globe, many residing […]

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