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Hear Native American stories about owls and learn the significance of the owl in Mexico during Owl Day, which coincides with the Mexican Day of the Dead.

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[ Celebrate Polar Bear Week! ]

It’s early November. It’s cold. It’s snowy. And polar bears are waiting for the sea ice to form. It’s Polar Bear Week!polar bear

Polar Bear Week provides polar bear enthusiasts with seven full days of celebrating their favorite arctic animal. The event coincides with the fall polar bear migration to Churchill, Manitoba, where polar bears gather to wait for freeze-up on Hudson Bay so they can return to hunting seals. During Polar Bear Week, the focus is on how longer ice-free seasons are straining the limits of the bears’ fat reserves, threatening their survival.

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[ Pennsylvania Sporting Groups Want Carbon Reduction for “Brookies” ]

A coalition of Pennsylvania outdoor businesses, outfitters, hunting and fishing groups, and outdoor-recreation advocates say the EPA is on track with its proposed Clean Power Plan.

The Tri-County Trout Club near Pittsburgh is one of the organizations that signed a letter in support of the federal agency’s proposal to reduce carbon pollution nationwide.

Club president Steve Hegedus says his earliest memory involves fishing in a small stream for “brookies,” or brook trout – a cold-water species that’s already being impacted by habitat loss, as well as changes in snow and rain patterns.…

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[ Rate Your Food ]

If you want to make more informed decisions about the food you eat, you will definitely want to check out the Environmental Working Group’s Rate Your Plate website & app.  It’s the most comprehensive food database available today and can help guide you to healthier, greener and cleaner food choices.

This easy-to-use online food database and mobile app has information on more than 80,000 foods and 5,000 ingredients from 1,500 brands.  EWG’s unique scoring system rates foods based on nutrition, food additives, contaminants and degree of processing.…

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[ ‘Graaaains, Not Brains!’ The Cast and Crew of The Walking Dead are Going Meatless. Find Out Why! ]

Well, there’s nothing like having to eat fake guts and brains with full zombie gusto to make a person want to give up eating flesh!

Cast and crew members from the TV show The Walking Dead have become so grossed out by their jobs (specifically those yummy flesh-eating scenes) that they have turned vegetarian! The cast began its fifth season last week and are eating veg.

The Daily Star reported that “on-set meat dishes have been replaced by spinach and avocado salad with garlic mustard vinaigrette, mushroom risotto and black bean and cheese Mexican enchiladas.” A source told the publication that “around 80%” of the food served-up by Craft Services caterers at the five locations in Georgia where The Walking Dead is filmed is now meat-free.”

Norman Reedus, who plays wildman Daryl Dixon, told the Daily Star that “I’ve become a vegetarian and I’m kind of bummed about it.” Keep your chin up, Norman, we know you’ll come to love plant-based food, especially with your big heart that cares for animal welfare!…

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[ Pennsylvania Parents Want to Keep Fracking at a Distance ]

Three New Studies Draw Opposite Conclusions on Safety

As natural gas drilling pads, pipelines and compressor stations spring up around the state, groups of parents calling themselves Protect Our Children are hoping for at least a one-mile buffer between infrastructure and schools and playgrounds.

Penni Lechner, a mother in Summit Township, says her family has experienced a number of health problems since fracking arrived in the area, especially with nosebleeds, headaches and rashes. A well pad is located just 900 feet from the local school, and 500 feet from the playground.…

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[ Lead Poisoning Prevention Week – 2014 ]

Oleadctober 19 – 25, 2014 is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

This year’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week theme, “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future,” focuses on the importance of the many ways parents can reduce a child’s exposure to lead and prevent its serious health effects.

Lead poisoning is entirely preventable, yet lead exposure is estimated to account for 0.6% of the global burden of disease, with the highest burden in developing regions. Childhood lead exposure is estimated to contribute to about 600,000 new cases of children with intellectual disabilities every year.…

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[ Radon Action Week October 20th – 26th ]

National Radon Action Week is an important time for homeowners to educate themselves on the dangers of radon. Radon is a problem that affects millions of homes across the country, it has been estimated that 1 out of 15 homes are affected in the United States. This is the time to get informed in order to stay safe and healthy inside your home.

National Radon Action Week is October 20th – 26th for 2014, occurring the 3rd week of October every year.…

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[ A Big Day for Anyone Who Drinks Water ]

The last time you drank a glass of water or took a shower, you probably didn’t think about the Clean Water Act, which is why conservation groups are calling attention to the anniversary of the landmark federal clean water law ahead of a major meeting on water quality in Bethlehem next week.

Passed by Congress 42 years ago to mandate clean water protections, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed an updated version of the Act to strengthen the law and better clarify what it protects.…

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[ New car shopping? ]

If you’re shopping for a new car, find and compare the fuel economy of new cars. The fuel economy estimates for 2015 are now online for over 900 new cars.  Visit http://fueleconomy.gov for all the info.…

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[ Putting a Price Tag on the Value of Clean Water In Pennsylvania ]

A new analysis of the potential financial benefits of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint finds a measurable return, with cleaner water adding about $6 billion a year in value to Pennsylvania’s economy. Similarly, the analysis notes if Pennsylvania opts to skip making improvements to ensure cleaner water in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, it will end up bypassing that projected economic productivity.

Newly-released by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the analysis includes a number of economic aspects, including more productive farming and fishing, improved recreational opportunities, and reduced flooding and water treatment costs.…

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[ Reading Labels: PA Lawmakers Learn More about GMO Foods ]

It’s on the November ballot in Colorado and Oregon, and Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering it too – whether to label genetically-modified ingredients in food sold in the state. GMO labeling was the topic of an “informational meeting” of the House Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs in Harrisburg yesterday.

The watchdog group Consumers Union is a national proponent of labeling, and just released a study estimating it would cost consumers about $2.30 per person, per year. That’s a stark contrast to food industry-funded studies, which peg the cost at $100 to $200 a year per person.…

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[ DEP Announces Free Brownfields Redevelopment Seminar in Wilkes-Barre ]

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites municipal, township and borough leaders, county and city planners, redevelopment authorities, community leaders, and economic and industrial development agencies to a seminar, What All Local Governments Need to Know about Brownfields, on Thursday, Oct. 23 in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County

The seminar is offered free of charge and will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DEP Northeast Regional Office located at 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. Lunch will be provided.

The half-day seminar will focus on how to breathe life into abandoned and vacant properties.…

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[ Urban Farming Hits the Big Leagues ]

The air is starting to get crisp. The usual hallmarks of autumn are emerging for their moment in the waning sun. With the natural splendor of fall comes the athletic spectacle of playoff baseball. This year, the race for the World Series will magnify an innovation in how we think about “stadium food.” With two recent world championships in the bank, the San Francisco Giants know about on-field leadership. That excellence has taken on a new form, not on the field but about as close as you can get.…

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[ Report: Methane Control Means Good Jobs, Cleaner Air for PA ]

Many oil and gas developers are letting a valuable product escape as they drill. A new report says more of the methane emitted from wells and pipelines can and should be captured rather than releasing it into the atmosphere, and describes an emerging industry that has made it a goal.

Andrew Williams, regulatory and legislative affairs manager, Appalachian region, Environmental Defense Fund, says methane mitigation has a bright future in Pennsylvania, where new technology and jobs have sprung up at three dozen locations around the state so far.…

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[ EPA Awards $2.6 million to Protect Mid-Atlantic Region Wetlands. Two Pennsylvania Projects Among Six to be Funded ]

EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin announced Thursday at an event in Dover, Delaware, that EPA’s Mid Atlantic Region has awarded a total of $2,642,270 in Wetland Program Development Grants to six recipients.

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PADCNR) and Penn State University (PSU) are among the recipients.

PADCNR was awarded $400,000 to perform a series of research activities that will focus on headwater peatlands, a type of wetland, in Pennsylvania. Peatland is made up of decomposing plant material and the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program intends to determine where peatlands are located, their characteristics and their condition.…

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[ Will You Be Walking to School on October 8th? ]

Walking is great for the environment, so do your part on October 8th and participate in International Walk to School Day, a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school, a  and a celebration – with record breaking participation – each October. Today, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – participate every October.…

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[ Stop Junk Mail! Reduce Your Waste During Junk Mail Awareness Week ]

Each year, you gain 41 pounds…in junk mail. That’s an annual average of 560 pieces of unwanted mail—about 11 pieces a week, which is 10 more than the number of personal letters you probably get. The 62 billion pieces of unsolicited U.S. mail sent annually will:

■ consume more energy in production and disposal than 2.8 million cars

■ require 100 million trees for paper

■ end up in the trash (44 percent never opened), bulking up landfills

■ waste time when you peruse and recycle mail

■ cost you money if you succumb to purchasing things you don’t need

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[ Celebrate World Vegetarian Day Today ]

Did you know that going vegetarian “is one of the easiest ways to lessen your environmental impact,” because it reduces your carbon footprint, saves water, and saves land?  According to Adria Vasil, author of Ecoholic: When You’re Addicted to the Planet , eating 20 percent less meat is the equivalent of switching from a sedan to a Prius.  So, October 1st-World Vegetarian Day-is the perfect day to consider going vegetarian for a day, a week, a month or even longer!

BEING VEGETARIAN CAN REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

  • It only takes 0.4 pounds of carbon dioxide to produce a cup of broccoli, a cup of eggplant, 4 ounces of cauliflower, and 8 ounces of rice, but it takes 10 pounds of carbon dioxide (25 times as much) to produce just one 6-ounce beef steak.
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[ Green Your Pick-Me-Up: 7 Coffee Tips for National Coffee Day ]

According to the National Coffee Association’s 2013 online survey, about 83 percent of adults nationwide coffeedrink coffee. That averages to three cups a day per person, or 587 million cups, making the U.S. the world’s biggest coffee guzzler.  Since today is National Coffee Day, what better day to share these simple steps you can take toward a guilt-free cup of Joe:

Ditch the paper cup: Fifty-eight billion paper cups are thrown away each year, according to BetaCup. Although the cups’ plastic resin coating helps insulate our brew and prevent leaking, it also complicates recycling.…

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[ EPA Announces Excellence in Site Reuse Award for Pa. Lehigh Gap Nature Center ]

Redevelopment of Once-Contaminated Site Now Benefits Community, Nature

Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin presented the Lehigh Gap Nature Center and its Executive Director Dan Kunkle with a 2014 Excellence in Site Reuse Award.   The EPA Regional award recognizes the work that led to the redevelopment of a major portion of the Palmerton Zinc Superfund Site into a wildlife preserve and habitat, promoting conservation, education and research.

“The Lehigh Gap Nature Center, under the leadership of Dan Kunkle, has worked tirelessly to achieve the ultimate environmental goal of turning a formerly contaminated site back to nature,” said EPA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M.…

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[ State Police to Accept Expired, Unwanted Prescription Medications ]

The Pennsylvania State Police will accept unwanted, expired and unused prescription drugs tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 27, as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Take-Back Day is a national initiative, conducted in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), aimed at encouraging the public to dispose of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs that are prone to abuse and theft.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., unwanted prescription medications may be dropped off at select State Police barracks.…

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[ National Radon Poster Contest ]

untitledThe Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection urges Pennsylvania students, ages nine to 14, to enter a national radon poster contest designed to help raise awareness about the dangers of radon. The deadline to enter is Oct. 31.

Radon exposure causes nearly 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year, and 40 percent of homes in Pennsylvania have radon levels above the EPA guideline of four picocuries per liter.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in rocks and soil.…

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[ 2014 International Clean Hands Week ]

Celebrate the benefits of cleanliness and handwashing during Clean Hands Week September 21st – 27th!

International Clean Hands WeekThe Clean Hands Coalition is a unified alliance of public and private partners working together to create and support coordinated, sustained initiatives to significantly improve health and save lives through clean hands. This week highlights the various activities people and communities can participate in to improve hygiene.

Download and share ACI’s free handwashing materials to teach others about the importance of clean hands.

Source:  American Cleaning Institute

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[ Pharrell Is Eco-Friendly at New York Fashion Week ]

Designers usually wait to show their faces after the models hit the runway. Not Pharrell.

The pop star led a dozen models Friday during New York Fashion Week for his RAW for the Oceans spring-summer collection.

He sported his signature hat and denim was a staple for the line, a collaboration with G-Star and Bionic Yarn, which produces fabrics made by fibers collected from recycled plastic bottles.

“It’s very easy to forget we live on this planet,” Pharrell told the crowd.…

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[ New Fridge? Does Efficiency Outweigh Energy to Make It? ]

refrigeratorI love the questions that get posed to the Sierra Club’s Mr. Green.  I saw this recent query that Susan from New Jersey asked and wanted to share what Mr. Green had to say:

Hey Mr. Green, I read your article on the amount of energy consumed by manufacturing a car with great interest. We hear constantly that we should scrap our old refrigerator, our old car, our old dishwasher, in favor of more efficient models. So, let’s say I save 100 kilowatt hours (kWh) a year with my new fridge.

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[ DEP Reminds Citizens of Important Autumn Advisories ]

leavesAutumn is less than a month away and DEP would like to remind citizens about important precautions to take as they are closing their pools and filling their home heating oil tanks. Pool wastewater, if not disposed of properly, can contaminate local waterways, while poorly maintained home heating oil tanks can leak.

When chlorinated water is drained from a swimming pool into a storm sewer, it can quickly make its way to a stream or other body of water, where aquatic life can be damaged or killed.…

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[ Toxic Chemicals in Your Home? ]

Did you know that there is a vast array of nasty toxic chemicals in your home right now?

In a ground-breaking initiative to uncover the truth about toxic chemicals in common household products, the Environmental Working Group has unearthed compelling evidence that hundreds of cleaners, even some of those hyped as “green” or “natural,” can inflict serious harm on unwary users.  Many present severe risks to children who may ingest or spill them or breathe their fumes.

Visit the EWG website here to check out the Cleaners Hall of Shame so you can begin the process of purging your home of these harmful cleaners.…

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[ How to Make Your Tech Green ]

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I was recently contacted by Lisa from SingleHop, a company specializing in cloud hosting technology.  She notified me about a recent post on the SingleHop blog regarding ways to be greener with tech consumption.

I try to do what I can for the environment.  I recycle.  I use reusable bags.  I buy organic fruit and veggies.   But, I never really thought about being ‘green’ with my tech: things like e-mail, social media, and data storage.  It’s all just a bunch of 0’s and 1’s out in the ether(net), so how much could it really affect the environment? …

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[ Helping the Planet, Pint by Pint ]

What makes these beers taste so good?  It could be the knowledge that drinking a local brew is a whopping 300 percent better for the planet than chugging a far-flung brand. These five easy-on-the-earth microbrews were winners at this year’s Good Food Awards.  Visit the Sierra Club to see if your favorite beer made the list.

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[ Buying a new ‘fridge? ]

Starting in September 2014, Energy Star-certified refrigerators and freezers will use at least 10 percent less energy than other models meeting 2014 federal minimum efficiency standards. Also, some models will offer “connected” features that can provide consumers with new ways to save energy such as viewing real-time energy use.  Get more info here.…

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[ Kellogg Sets Bold Sustainability Goals for 2020 ]

Fans of Frosted Flakes and Eggo, two Kellogg Co. brands, who are also champions of sustainability have something to cheer about: Kellogg announced new social and environmental commitments earlier this month.

Among other things, the company committed to responsibly source its top 10 ingredients and materials by 2020. The 10 ingredients include corn, wheat, rice, oats, potatoes, sugar (beets and cane), cocoa, palm oil, fruits and honey. A combination of certification and documented continuous improvement will be used. In addition, Kellogg will validate compliance across all of its direct suppliers by 2015.…

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[ ExxonMobil Pipeline Company to Pay Civil Penalty Under Proposed Settlement for Torbert, Louisiana Oil Spill ]

Settlement Resolves Clean Water Act Violation Stemming from 2012 Spill

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company (ExxonMobil) has agreed to pay a civil penalty for an alleged violation of the Clean Water Act stemming from a 2012 crude oil spill from ExxonMobil’s “North Line” pipeline near Torbert, Louisiana, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.  Under the consent decree lodged today in federal court, ExxonMobil will pay $1,437,120 to resolve the government’s claim.

The United States’ complaint, which was also filed today in the U.S.…

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[ High Levels of Dangerous Chemicals Found in Air Near Oil and Gas Sites ]

A study of the air near oil and gas drilling sites in five U.S. states found sometimes dangerously high concentrations of chemicals.

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[ Poll Finds Generation Gap on Energy Issues as Millennials Voice Climate Concerns ]

As voters head to the polls Tuesday, new research finds a generation gap on energy issues as millennials voice far greater concern about climate change.

Two-thirds of young adults (aged 18 to 34) say they’re inclined to vote for a political candidate who supports cutting greenhouse gas emissions and increasing financial incentives for renewable energy, according to an online poll of 2,105 U.S. residents by the University of Texas at Austin. In contrast, just half of seniors (aged 65 or older) say they would lend such support.…

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[ Congratulations to Madison Bumgarner: a World Series champ and wilderness champ! ]

What a year!

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[ After Two-Year Hiatus, U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Get License Renewals ]

After more than a two-year hiatus, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is once again renewing licenses for aging nuclear power plants.

The independent federal agency gave a 20-year license renewal on Oct. 20 to Limerick Generating Station Units 1 and 2 near Philadelphia and is now reviewing renewal applications for 17 additional reactors, including Indian Point Unit 2 that’s located on the Hudson River about 24 miles north of New York City.

The NRC, which licenses commercial nuclear power plants for a period of 40 years, has granted 20-year extensions to 75 of the 100 operating reactors in the United States, many of which were nearing the end of their licenses.…

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Go Green By Going Vegetarian

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