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BPA Can Disrupt Sexual Function in Turtles, Could be a Warning for Environmental Health

BPA Can Disrupt Sexual Function in Turtles, Could be a Warning for Environmental HealthUnderstanding the effect on turtles could help researchers determine human implications

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is used in a variety of consumer products, such as food storage products and resins that line plastic food and beverage containers. Often, aquatic environments such as rivers and streams become reservoirs for BPA, and fish and turtle habitats are affected. Now, a collaboration of researchers from the University of Missouri, Westminster College, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Saint Louis Zoo have determined that BPA—which mimics estrogen—can alter a turtle’s reproductive system and disrupts sexual differentiation. Scientists are concerned findings could indicate harmful effects on environmental and human health.

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Rising Appalachia Release Wider Circles In Time For Earth Day

 

Rising Appalachia Release Wider Circles In Time For Earth DayWider Circles’ “blend of ethereal sister harmonies, banjo and fiddle duets, driving percussion, and brass and backup bass presents a lush Earth Day soundtrack for global times.” - Huffington Post

With a focus on sustainability and community, the soulful sisters of Rising Appalachia and their band are proud to announce the release of Wider Circles today, Tuesday, April 21st. In synchronicity with Earth Day (April 22nd), the roots-meets-social conscious quartet recently took to traveling by train in an effort to promote their “Slow Music Movement.” Wider Circles is the perfect “Earth Day Soundtrack” says the Huffington Post, with tracks equally inspired by the swampy sounds of the bayou, the twang of the Appalachian mountains, and the beat of a global rhythm. Rising Appalachia is currently on tour throughout the summer. A full list of tour dates including stops in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles is below.

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Eco-friendly Pioneer's Tips for Earth Day and Everyday

Eco-friendly Pioneer's Tips for Earth Day and EverydayAs Earth Day approaches, many people start to think about how they can make small changes in their own lives that can have big impacts on the health of our planet.

Eco-friendly pioneer and designer Robin Wilson, CEO of Robin Wilson Home and author of the new book Clean Design: Wellness for Your Lifestyle, offers some tips for making smart, healthy choices in your home that can not only make your living environment safer but also can help nurture good health for the planet.

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Atlanta Soccerfest Announces First Location

 

Strategic Partnerships Announced with Soccer in the Streets, Atlanta Silverbacks, and Atlanta Contact Point

Atlanta Soccerfest announced that the location for its SOCCERFEST I this summer will be historic Candler Park. On Friday, June 12 at 8:00 p.m., the second USA game vs Sweden will be shown on a massive screen in the park. On Saturday, June 13, one more World Cup game will be shown at 4:00 p.m. featuring two soccer giants, England and Mexico. A 5K and Fun Run will also take place in the morning on Saturday and there will be soccer activities for kids and adults of all ages all day, and a fun zone for smaller fans. As it cools down on Saturday evening, movie night will begin with two movies being shown on the big screen.

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Food Gardening in the U.S. at the Highest Levels in More Than a Decade According to New Report by the National Gardening Association

  • Food Gardening in the U.S. at the Highest Levels in More Than a Decade According to New Report by the National Gardening Association - Image provided by www.lifeunplugged.net35% of all households in America, or 42 million households, are growing food at home or in a community garden, up 17% in five years
  • Largest increases in participation seen among younger households - up 63% to 13 million since 2008
  • 2 million more households community gardening -- up 200% since 2008

During the past five years there's been a significant shift toward more Americans growing their own food in home and community gardens, increasing from 36 million households in 2008 to 42 million in 2013.

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Furniture Retailer Phase Out of Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals Brings Safer Choices

Advocates Urge Other Leading Retailers to Adopt Timelines and Policies to Eliminate Harmful Chemicals

Several of the nation's largest retailers have eliminated or begun phasing out furniture with chemicals known as toxic flame retardants, which have been linked to cancer and learning and developmental disabilities in children. However the pace of the phase-outs and disclosure of the contents of the furniture remains a muddle according to public health advocates, and they are urging the nation's biggest furniture retailers to provide better disclosure.

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NASA, NOAA Find 2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record

NASA, NOAA Find 2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record The year 2014 ranks as Earth's warmest since 1880, according to two separate analyses by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists.

The 10 warmest years in the instrumental record, with the exception of 1998, have now occurred since 2000. This trend continues a long-term warming of the planet, according to an analysis of surface temperature measurements by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS) in New York.

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Toxic Weed Killer Found in Breast Milk, Infant Formula

Toxic Weed Killer Found in Breast Milk, Infant FormulaThe widely-used herbicide glyphosate, now classified as probably carcinogenic to humans by the World Health Organization, has been found in a number of items, including honey, breast milk and infant formula, according to media reports.

“When chemical agriculture blankets millions of acres of genetically engineered corn and soybean fields with hundreds of millions of pounds of glyphosate, it’s not a surprise babies are now consuming Monsanto’s signature chemical with breast milk and infant formula,” said Ken Cook, president and co-founder of EWG. “The primary reason millions of Americans, including infants, are now exposed to this probable carcinogen is due to the explosion of genetically engineered crops that now dominate farmland across the U.S.”

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Keep DeKalb Beautiful Hosts Paper Shredding Event

Keep DeKalb Beautiful (KDB), a unit of the DeKalb County Sanitation Division, in partnership with DeKalb County District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson, will host Community Shred Day on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.The event will be held at the East Lake Family YMCA parking lot, 275 East Lake Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30317.

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Good News for Parents: New Study Shows Kids Eating More Healthy Food at School, Throwing Less Food Away

Good News for Parents: New Study Shows Kids Eating More Healthy Food at School, Throwing Less Food AwayUniversity of Connecticut's Rudd Center Research Provides Even More Evidence Updated Meal Standards Are Working

A new study from the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut shows that children are eating healthier food at school and discarding less food since updated healthy school meal standards took effect in 2012.

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