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What happens on land matters on the sea

Over 80% of marine pollution comes from land-based activities. One of the biggest sources is called nonpoint source pollution, which occurs as a result of runoff. Nonpoint source pollution includes many small sources, like septic tanks, cars, trucks, and boats, plus larger sources, such as farms, ranches, and forest areas. Millions of motor vehicle engines drop small amounts of oil each day onto roads and parking lots. Much...

Flame retardants weaken immune systems in frogs

Young frogs exposed to flame retardants have weakened immune systems, which could leave them more susceptible to diseases that are ravaging amphibians worldwide. A new laboratory experiment is the first to link flame retardants to immune system problems in frogs, and adds to evidence that pollutants may contribute to global declines of their populations. By Brian Bienkowski Staff Writer Environmental Health News May 13, 2014...

Three Big Reasons to NOT use Antibacterial Soaps

Finally!  The FDA has a new position on antibacterial soap: Manufacturers have to show that it’s both safe and more effective than simply washing with conventional soap and water, or they have to take it off the shelves in the next few years.  Now, we just need to worry about getting the right data through all the channels and not let pseudo-science and false facts end up as a “published fact”.  Triclosan...

FDA Sued over Triclosan

The Natural Resources Defense Council released this press release yesterday and all I have to say is, “Hallelujah!” Except it is tragic that it will take them until 2016 to make sure this dangerous endocrine disruptor is removed from consumer products. WASHINGTON (November 22, 2013) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, under a court agreement signed yesterday, will end decades of delay and decide how to...

Cycle of Life

When I was on the beach this morning, I observed a seagull making his breakfast out of a baby loggerhead sea turtle. While watching it can create disturbing thoughts, it made me reflect on Nature’s Recycle Program, which is what many would call the “Cyle of Life” or “Circle of Life”. Sometimes we must stand waaaay back in order to see the big picture of things. Are we focusing too much on the...