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But first… listen to this wonderful Green Divas myEARTH360 Report featuring EcoWatch Founder Stefanie Spear (who wrote this post) discussing the latest environmental headlines:...

A Call to Action Pope Francis says climate change is the overarching environmental challenge of our time — and we have a moral obligation to confront it. Our...

There are a number of psychological barriers preventing people from acting to prevent climate change. Robert Gifford at the University of Victoria calls these “dragons...

From the 60 Minutes Report—Depleting the Water Lesley Stahl reports on disturbing new evidence that our planet’s groundwater is being pumped out much faster than...

Fighting for the planet isn’t easy. It takes more than science and passion for scientists to be heard on climate change and beyond… The following is...

1. There are no federal safeguards to protect our communities from coal ash or other water pollution caused by burning coal—and yet there are...

National governments, international groups, non-profit organizations, and business leaders from around the

Not acting on climate change could have the same results as the inaction on Ebola with significant human and economic impact, warned World Bank...

There is no doubt that history was made in Paris this month. National governments, international groups, non-profit organizations, and business leaders from around the...

New, shocking findings about mountaintop removal. There’s been some shocking news out of Appalachia in recent days. First, a game-changing new study demonstrated, for the...

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Resistance

Antibiotics were first massed-produced in the 1940s. Their ability to fight and kill bacteria revolutionized medicine and had profound effects on everything from agriculture to war. After less than 80 years, however, these miracle drugs are failing. Resistant infections kill hundreds of thousands of people around the world each year, and there are now dozens of so-called Superbugs each with its own challenges and costs. How did this happen? Using microscopic footage, harrowing personal stories, and expert insights RESISTANCE clarifies the problem of antibiotic resistance, how we got to this point, and what we can do to turn the tide.

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The Human Experiment

From Oscar winner Sean Penn and Emmy winning journalists Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, The Human Experiment lifts the veil on the shocking reality that thousands of untested chemicals are in our everyday products, our homes and inside of us.

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I Am

“I AM” is the story of a successful Hollywood director Tom Shadyac, who experienced a life threatening head injury, and his ensuing journey to try and answer two very basic questions, “What’s wrong with our world?” and “What can we do about it?”. Tom visits some of today’s great minds, including authors, poets, teachers, religious leaders and scientists searching for the fundamental problem that causes all of the other problems, while simultaneously reflecting on his own life choices of excess, greed, and eventual healing.

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Edible City

Edible City is a fun, fast-paced journey through the local Good Food Movement that’s taking root in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the nation and around the world. Introducing a diverse cast of extraordinary and eccentric characters who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system, Edible City digs into their unique perspectives and transformative work— from edible education to grassroots activism to building local economies— finding hopeful solutions to monumental problems. Inspirational, down-to-earth and a little bit quirky, Edible City captures the spirit of a movement that’s making real change and doing something truly revolutionary: growing the model for a healthy, sustainable local food system.

By now, you must have learned that climate change is a global problem. Governments, not-for-profit organizations and individuals around the world are doing everything possible to change the negative impact of climate change on issues such as food security and availability of water. One area that doesn’t receive as much attention is the impact of climate change on pest management. What you may not know is that climate change affects the cost of hiring Miami exterminators.

So, what is the correlation between climate change and pest management?

First, climate change is accelerating the movement of pests. Humans are not the only ones who feel the negative effect of climate change. Pests to feel the heat, thus the urge to run into areas where they are likely to find food, water and conducive environment for procreating and remaining alive. Miami is now one of the most roach-infested areas in the United States. The roaches feel attracted to the increasingly warm weather and the abundant moisture in Miami.

Pay more to remove roach-infestation

The exterminator business model is changing thanks to climate change.
The exterminator business model is changing thanks to climate change.

Therefore, as new pest infestations continue rising, what you pay Miami exterminators to keep your property free of roaches and other insects will increase. Furthermore, the climatic changes have made Miami an attractive spot for creepy crawlies, beetles and mosquitoes, which are the favorites of roaches. The world is growing warmer, and Miami is no exception. Unfortunately, the warm temperatures are turning Miami into a sort of paradise for pests.

Structures in South Florida at great risk to infestation

According to a study by University of Florida, 50 percent of the structures in South Florida are at risk of a huge and scary termite infestation by 2040. The study showed that six of the most invasive termite species are now residents of Miami. Some of these species include West Indian drywood termite, Asian subterranean termite and Formosan subterranean termite. The species pose a huge risk to wood structures, thus making you pay more for hiring Miami exterminators.

It’s killing the fruit industry

The fruit industry in Miami has suffered irreparable and irreconcilable losses because of an infestation by the oriental fruit fly. In 2015, the federal and state government had to quarantine around 85 sq. miles of farmland because of this infestation. The fruit fly is notorious for destroying wide-ranging fruits and vegetables. The ever-changing tropical climate in Miami makes it prone to such types of devastating attacks primarily because of the climatic changes.

Increasing number of summer pests

With increasingly warmer temperatures the norm, hiring Miami exterminators to get rid of growing numbers of mosquitoes and ticks would be costly for most people. The most annoying pests during summer are often mosquitoes, poison ivy, deer ticks and red fire ants. The warm temperatures of Miami will make the area more attractive to these summer pests. Eventually, Miami exterminators will charge more because of the high demand for their services.

Therefore, you’re justified for worrying about the impact of climate change, which will have a bearing on your pocket. You’re like to feel the full impact of climate change by paying more to hire Miami exterminators to remove pests from your property. What’s more, you would have to wait longer if the demand for the services the professional exterminators provide exceeds the current capacity. In the meantime, learn how to keep your property free of pest infestation.

Let’s be honest being environmentally friendly can provide some challenges and difficult obstacles to surmount. But anyone reading this website, I would assume is firmly committed to the cause and is more than happy to face those challenges head on. Every home needs to be cleaned for numerous reasons and that’s why it is very important that we use the correct products to minimise any environmental damage. This is much easier to achieve, if you are doing your own cleaning, but if you are employing the services of a cleaning company then it is critical that you due significant research to ensure that any company you choose to employ if fully in tune with your environmental focus.

Earth-friendly cleaning services are rising in popularity along with other organic products.
Earth-friendly cleaning services are rising in popularity along with other organic products.

Any company that is environmentally friendly should be very vociferous in proclaiming that to the world. It shouldn’t be a one line marketing blurb on their website, they should be proud of the fact, and shouting it from the rooftops. To test this out I performed a search for the phrase Home Cleaning Sydney and closely analyzed the results.

There were certain companies who didn’t even mention the environment, and seemed to focus totally on the cost of their service. For me those companies were instantly disqualified, as they obviously have given no thought whatsoever to the damage all of those cleaning products is doing.

There were other websites that made a vague mention of environmental cleaning, but again in my opinion this was almost a token gesture, and certainly had no real belief or conviction behind it, and so I was able to dismiss those companies very quickly.

Cost was also something I was aware of, and while I am more than happy to pay a little extra to ensure the correct products are used, anyone who offers no price increase for making the green choice, certainly gets a tick in my box.

Disappointingly at the time of writing by the time I have performed this little test, I had whittled the field down to about 3 potential firms. In my opinion this next part of the process is quite possibly the most important.

Arrange an interview with all of the companies on your shortlist, and then have a list of relatively simple questions. These questions should be easy enough to answer for anyone passionate about the environment, but not common knowledge. The idea behind them is to discover who is a genuine eco-friendly firm, and who is just trying to jump on the green bandwagon for purely business reasons.

It will come as no surprise to you, that of the three firms I spoke to, I was able to quickly rule out two of the three companies, who quite clearly had no idea whatsoever about environmental issues. That is not meant in a horrible way, but it makes my blood boil when people try to claim that they are environmentally friendly just to earn or perhaps even charge extra.

The entire process may seem a little lengthy, to select a cleaner, but for me at least I feel it is essential to practise what you preach, and therefore it was the right and proper thing to do.

 

 

Dayton Ohio, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, surrounded by plenty of beautiful nature, and greenery but beautiful as Mother Nature can be, left to their own devices trees can take over your garden, and even your home, and cause a lot of expensive damage if not attended to on a regular basis.

The tree huggers in all of us might cringe at the thought of cutting trees, but it's necessary sometimes.
The tree huggers in all of us might cringe at the thought of cutting trees, but it’s necessary sometimes.

In most cases it may be simpler to employ a professional company rather than try to do it yourself. Many injuries are caused every year by DIY enthusiasts trying to save a few dollars rather when it may be more prudent and safer to employ the professionals. Remember a serious fall from a tree could cost a lot more than it would take to employ a good tree surgeon.

The first place to start looking if you need a Tree Service In Dayton Ohio is to ask local residents and friends. Your neighbours may already use a company, and provided the costs are reasonable and they have a good reputation in the local area, then this may be a good place to start. The added advantage here is that you should be able to get a very good idea of the cost from your neighbour, which should avoid any nasty surprises.

Emergencies

Unfortunately, with Trees and maintenance emergencies do happen, a branch might snap, or inclement weather conditions may cause a tree to suddenly become dangerous. Make sure to enquire what the call out procedure would be during times of emergency as this may be the time that having a regular company really pays for itself.

Ask For Recent Clients

Cutting down trees and even maintaining them can create a huge amount of mess and debris. This can actually be more irritating and problematic, then the work itself. If you have the chance to speak to previous customers, make sure to ask about the clean up procedure after the job was finished. Did the company leave the area clean and tidy before they left? Did they turn up on time every day, and work hard for the duration? It may sound as though you are going over the top a little, but in essence you are completing a job interview, and you want a professional company, not a bunch of amateurs.

Agree A Price Up Front And Get It In Writing

Tree Surgery is relatively predictable, especially if you are employing a good company. Unlike a motor vehicle, there generally should be few surprises that are capable of significantly increasing the cost, so the majority of tree service companies should be more than happy to give you a fully itemised written quote as part of the bidding process. Any company that refuses is probably best avoided.

As with all things maintenance related, prevention is better than cure, and it is worthwhile keeping on top of your trees in order to prevent a costly issue further down the line. By following some of the tips above, you should be able to get back to the business of enjoying nature, rather than worrying about it.

 

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Join our World Water Week twitter chat (be sure to follow @TheGreenDivas, @GreenDivaMeg,@LynnHasselbrgr, @GreenDivaLynn @myEARTH360) and use the hashtag #GDwater! We’ll be talking all about water issues, why we should all care about them (how water scarcity will be impacting us all in the future) and what we can do. Click here to RSVP to the twitter chat. Or just show up!

Special guests will include @water and @MarielHemingway.

What’s the big deal?

Millions of women and children in the developing world spend hours daily—walking up to six miles—collecting water.

780 million people lack access to clean water, which is 2-1/2 times the number of people living in the U.S.

They fill up from water sources that are often polluted, then carry their 40 pound jerry cans on their backs all the way back to their villages. Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water related disease. Four thousand kids every day. Every year, 3.4 million people die from a water related disease. An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day.

And clean water security is something that could impact all of us with climate change and population growth combined with agriculture sapping (and dirty energy tainting) our resources.

World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), takes place in Stockholm, Sweden August 31st through September 5th, 2014. It’s been the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991.

What better time to try to raise awareness about water in a bigger way?

Four more ways to help…

1. Give to my water.org fundraiser—$25 is enough to give one person access to safe water for life. Giving just one dollar helps, too!

2. Share this post anywhere and everywhere. On twitter, use the hashtag #GDwater and, if it fits #WWWeek.

3. Read the posts in our blog hop below to learn more about water issues and share those as well!

4. Have your own blog? Write about water issues then enter your post in our blog hop.

Oh, and listen to this Green Divas Radio Show interview with water.org…

While we didn’t get to speak with Matt Damon, who is behind the amazing organization Water.org, we did get a chance to speak to Moree Scofield, who’s working hard to help raise awareness about the plight of so many people who do NOT have easy access to clean, safe water. Learn more about how to get involved. Great podcast!

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But first… listen to this wonderful Green Divas myEARTH360 Report featuring EcoWatch Founder Stefanie Spear (who wrote this post) discussing the latest environmental headlines: a new map showing the acidification of our oceans; and this John Oliver and Bill Nye video which puts the climate debate to rest.

And now for the John Oliver and Bill Nye viral climate change denial video…

In case you missed this hilarious Last Week Tonight with John Oliver viral segment earlier this year, you can watch it now as it’s just as relevant today as it was months ago.

With the release of the final component of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report last week, the new book by veteran environmentalist George Marshall about the thousands of abusive emails received by climate scientist Michael Mann and news that climate denier-in-chief—Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe—will soon head the Senate Environment Committee, makes it a perfect time to get real with John Oliver and remember that public skepticism about global warming is irrelevant. As Oliver points out…

“The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe it.”

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Every community has a story.

We traveled around, listening to local stories of climate change, and collected more than 50 written, video and photo interviews. From farmer to faith leader, business owner to fisherman, and many others—they all share their stories.

We’re sharing these interviews with a collaborative storytelling effort, The Climate Listening Project, to connect local community conversations about climate change impacts and resilience.

View the trailer:

The project began in Western North Carolina for many reasons, including…

  • NOAA National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is located in Asheville
  • The region recently received recognition in Huffington Post about it’s nature-based business and green tech sectors
  • Climate Interactive, one of the world’s top climate think tanks, is based in Western North Carolina;
  • And, many Nobel laureates and top climate planners make their home in the mountains.

Laura Lengnick (photo below), Western North Carolina resident, served as a lead author of the report “Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation” which served as USDA’s technical input to the Third National Climate Assessment released in May 2014. Her forthcoming book, Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate, is being released in 2015.

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Connecting science with climate stories.

People in local communities around the world are connecting the science with the stories, talking about the impacts they’re experiencing from climate disruption, working together on local mitigation and adaptation, and hoping and building for a resilient future.

Via the Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard:

Even though climate change is a problem which must be addressed nationally and internationally, the impacts are very much local.  Resiliency to climate impacts starts in our communities.

The Climate Listening Project is an effort to help communities share their climate stories.  Sharing concerns about climate change, climate impacts they are seeing in their daily lives and ideas for how to address those, we prepare ourselves to face climate change.

What’s your climate story?

See what people are saying or share your story by connecting here on Facebook.

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Get Outside & Play!

Posted on July 12, 2013

Did you know June is Great Outdoors Month?

Here’s something I just found on my old blog, written in June, 2009! Things have changed since then. My son is now 12 and for the last few years it’s been nearly impossible to get him inside when the weather is nice.

My 2nd grader will be home from school soon. It’s a beautiful day and I am anticipating my daily challenge of getting him outdoors.

Up until the last year and a half, he was perfectly content to play outside. Even by himself (he’s our only child). With certain friends, imagination led them to dig, play with trucks, dig some more, play hide and seek or tag. As they’ve gotten older, they’ve gotten bored faster out there, climbing the occasional tree before badgering me every 15 minutes with, “Have we been out here long enough yet?” The good news is they’re not begging to watch TV or play video games. They just want to play in the sea of LEGO that is Ethan’s room.

Hold on. The bus just dropped Ethan off. I will try to catch him on video for his reaction to playing outside today…

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Is it me, or did it seem like I was trying to capture a comment from a corrupt politician?

When I was Ethan’s age, we were carefree and just played outside. Even in the winter when it was 20 below we stayed out until our fingers and toes were numb. It was the thing to do. And we had fun, darn it! Granted, I wasn’t an only child, but I wasn’t always playing with my brothers, either. I could play outside with my Barbies or pretend I was Agent 99 from Get Smart . My parents would have to call to us in more than once—finally resorting to yelling—before we’d go inside.

Today’s children are the first generation ever to grow up isolated from nature–outdoor time for kids has decreased by more than 50 percent.

And, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation study, kids spend, on average, more than six hours per day with electronic media (more recent data says seven hours!). This trend has galvanized groups like the No Child Left Inside Coalition (NCLI) and American Recreation Coalition. The National Wildlife Foundation’s Green Hour Campaign gives parents and caregivers the information, tools, and inspiration to get their kids—and themselves—outside.

On Earth Day 2009, historic legislation was introduced to the Senate: No Child Left Inside Act. If passed, this act would have marked the first environmental education legislation to pass Congress in more than 25 years.

“Environmental education must be a part of the formal pre-K-12 education system if we are to fully prepare students to become lifelong stewards of our ncompete in a green economy,” Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD) said.

The bill died. But several states, including Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts and Wisconsin, endorsed the movement by creating programs in local parks and schools that addressed the concern of children’s disconnect with nature.

I decided I needed to get to the bottom of why playing outside had become more of a chore for Ethan. It took a few dollars, but he finally agreed to a formal interview. Here it is, starting with the question of why, now that he’s “older”, he seems to get bored outside at a much faster rate.

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Many children are involved with sports, which certainly help get the kids outside. But sports are not Ethan’s thing. He likes to say, “I was born to play LEGO and cook.” Ethan did recently show an interest in basketball, so we bought him a basketball hoop. Every day for the first week all he wanted to do was play hoops. By himself, with others, it didn’t matter. But the novelty has worn off.

I think my challenge is a bit trickier because I have an only child. I’m not going to let that be my excuse. I, together with my husband, have to put forth a little extra effort and, well, use our imagination. Not only because I’m an “eco mom,” but because outdoor play offers many benefits:

  • Daily unstructured free play improves children’s physical and mental health
  • Children who play outside are more physically active, more creative, less aggressive and show better concentration
  • Outdoor experiences and education enhances children’s ability to learn and retain knowledge
  • Outdoor experiences build a conservation ethic and concern for the natural world.

So off with the shoes and into the grass. Watch out for the ant hills!

What are some ways you get your kids playing outside?

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I love the earth and everything, but geez.

Nothing wrong with celebrating and being grateful for the earth. And flowers and compassionate people and sunrises and sunsets. Tasty food. Children’s laughter. A hug. And whatever else is good about life.

But there are far too many “holidays” for the earth and, in my humble opinion, the seemingly never-ending supply of earth-dedicated days diminishes the true importance of being mindful on a daily basis.

Celebrating the earth and its parts should just be part of who we are. Like arms and legs, eyes and ears. If we have them we’re probably grateful for them and we try to take care of them so they continue to work.

Playing devil’s advocate, many people give little to no thought about how they impact the earth and others around them. Maybe they need a reminder or subtle kick in the arse with an environmental holiday replete with eco-friendly streamers and people breaking out in earthy songs to get them back on track. Maybe some eco-friendly gifts, too.

But too many holidays could serve to overwhelm these same folks, who may just throw up their hands in surrender, crying, “I prefer the fun kind of holidays that call for drinking and/or lighting off fireworks!”

Everybody, take a deep breath.

So, today is World Environment Day. I’m not buying a card. I’m not living today differently from yesterday. I’m not calling my parents. I’m just writing about how there are too many Earth holidays.

If you like to have any reason to celebrate and want to know all the earth-related days, here they are:

  • World Wetlands Day – February 2
  • World Sparrow Day – March 20
  • World Water Day – March 22
  • Earth Day – April 22
  • Arbor Day – Last Friday in April (each state also has its own observation based on best tree planting time)
  • Green Up Day – first Saturday of May in Vermont
  • International Migratory Bird Day – May 3
  • Greenery Day – May 4 in Japan (previously April 29)
  • International Day for Biological Diversity (World Biodiversity Day) – May 22
  • Bike-to-Work Day – Third Friday in May
  • World Environment Day – June 5
  • World Oceans Day – June 8
  • Global Wind Day – June 15
  • World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought – June 17
  • World Population Day – July 11
  • International Tiger Day – July 29
  • International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer – September 16
  • Clean Up the World Weekend – September 17-19
  • Zero Emissions Day [1] – September 21
  • Car Free Day – September 22
  • Ecological Debt Day (Earth Overshoot Day) – September 23 in 2008, but receding
  • World Rivers Day – every last Sunday in September
  • World Habitat Day – first Monday in October
  • International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction – second Wednesday in October
  • World Planting Day – October 22
  • International Day of Climate Action – October 24
  • International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict – November 6
  • America Recycles Day – November 15(ish)
  • World Soil Day – December 5
  • International Mountain Day – December 11
  • Ozone Action Day – at certain times during the summer months
  • eDay – variable date

For your edification, I’ve added special week-long, year-long and even decade-long events. Don’t expect me to remind you of these again.

  • Green Office Week
  • Bike to Work Week Victoria
  • National Clean Beaches Week – July 1 to 7
  • Conservation Week
  • European Mobility Week – September 16 to 22
  • Bike Week – second week in June
  • Recycle Week – 20 to 26 June 2011
  • Green Office Week
  • European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) – 9 days, last complete week in November
  • No Car Day – China, week of September 22
  • International Polar Year – 1882–1883
  • International Polar Year – 1932–1933
  • World Population Year – 1974
  • International Year of the Ocean (IYO) – 1998
  • International Year of Mountains (IYM) – 2002
  • International Year of Ecotourism (IYE) – 2002
  • International Year of Freshwater (IYF) – 2003
  • International Year of Deserts and Desertification – 2006
  • International Year of the Dolphin – 2007–2008
  • International Polar Year – 2007–2009
  • International Year of Planet Earth – 2008
  • International Year of Sanitation – 2008
  • International Year of Natural Fibres 2009
  • Year of the Gorilla – 2009
  • International Year of Biodiversity – 2010
  • International Year of Forests – 2011
  • International Drinking Water Decade, 1981-1990
  • International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction – 1990s
  • United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development – 2005-2014
  • Water for Life Decade – 2005-2015
  • United Nations Decade on Biodiversity – 2010-2020

Did I miss any? Please let me know. But don’t expect a card from me.

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