“It’s important for us to pay attention to our own health and well-being. Eating a healthy diet, surrounding ourselves in a toxin-free environment, and staying away from chemicals whenever possible are all ways to help make your life the best it can be.”


{Wednesday Roundup} 1/30/2013 This Week’s Top Eco Stories

By Lindsay E. Brown

Another Bangladesh Factory Fire: This is Fast Fashion 
Seven workers were killed — all women — and more than 15 injured on Saturday following a fire in a garment factory in Mohammadpur in the western part of Dhaka City, Bangladesh. The Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights reports that the workers were crushed as they tried to escape the burning floor, which is located on the second story of the building. Two of the women killed were teenagers, aged 15 and 16, according to the group.

Judge Approves BP’s 4 Billion Criminal Settlement Over Gulf Oil Spill
You know what they say about karma. A federal judge just accepted BP’s deal with the Justice Department to plead guilty to 14 criminal charges and pay $4 billion in fines for its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill  that killed 11 people and unleashed the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. The fine is the largest criminal payment in U.S. history, Justice Department officials said.

The Justice Department also filed manslaughter charges against two BP rig supervisors and obstruction charges against a BP executive who allegedly lied to Congress. BP also faces Clean Water Act fines which could total $5 billion to nearly $20 billion.

Gowanus Canal Dolphin Death Investigated
First, there was this heartwarming tale of a distressed dolphin who sought a diver’s help. Then, later in the week, we learned that a dolphin had meandered into New York’s polluted Gowanus Canal which runs through Brooklyn. New York news teams rushed to the scene, and captured a still-alive dolphin that seemed to be stuck in the water.

Sadly, the little guy died. This story captivated millions of people, not only in Brooklyn but around the world, who all want to know what happened to the dolphin.

Experts from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation conducted a necropsy Sunday afternoon to determine the cause of death.

“The animal definitely painted a picture of being a compromised individual,” Kimberly Durham, rescue program coordinator for the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation told MNN. ”It was thin, it had some ulcerations on its tongue and on its stomach, and it had a completely empty GI (gastrointestinal) tract. It also had kidney stones, and evidence of parasites in the liver and GI tract.”

The Many Uses For Mason Jars
I love mason jars. I know, it sounds weird, but it’s true. I use them as water glasses and candle holders, and my boyfriend’s mother even gave me mason jars repurposed into wine glasses using glass candlesticks. From terrariums to photo frames, here are some other super-clever ways to put mason jars to use.

Why Are the World’s Largest Oil Producers Leading the Transition to Clean Energy? 
Nations like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have aggressive plans to develop their clean energy resources because they have significant natural gas shortages. In fact, Saudi Arabia plans to invest nearly $110 billion in less than two decades to meet 30 percent of its peak electricity demand with nuclear, solar, and wind power. According to the Truman National Security Project, the Abu Dhabi government, through its clean energy company Masdar, has already invested tens of billions in the world’s largest offshore wind farm, the world’s largest single unit concentrating solar power plant, and several other renewables plants and energy efficient developments.

Is There a Green Side to the Super Bowl?
An energy consulting firm compared the electricity use of American homes during the Super Bowl with other winter Sundays. In some places, power use dropped 7.7 percent. Consultants say that with everyone glued to the game and its commercials, fewer people are doing anything else like say, blowdrying hair, the laundry or vacuuming. It’s also helpful that friends and family gather in front of one screen during the Super Bowl, leaving other houses empty.

The Hidden Chemicals You’re Feeding Your Kids: EWG’s Executive Director on Dr. Oz Show Today!
Environmental Working Group’s Executive Director Heather White will be on the Dr. Oz Show today, January 30 at 4 pm EST.  Dr. Oz and Heather White will enlighten viewers on the shocking loopholes that allow companies to put chemicals into our foods and drinks that have been outlawed in other countries. This is a must-watch show that will teach you how to keep your family safe.

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