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Climate Change is Slowing Neptune Grass Growth

Neptune grass at bottom of sea: What is Neptune Grass and Why It Matters

Ancient seagrass (aka neptune grass) is believed to be tens of thousands of years old and yet it may be at threat for extinction as a result of climate change. In this article we take a dive deep below the sea to find out what’s growing on the ocean floor and to better understand the most recent findings in regard to this ancient oceanic organism and its importance…

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Easy Almond Milk Recipe

Jar of homemade almond milk

So I have a lactose intolerance issue and have been drinking soy milk for close to 15 years in place of cow’s milk. I recently learned from my doctor that ingesting soy for an extended time period and every day (like I was) could lead to larger health issues, including cancer and other bad things. So in my quest to figure out the best option from both a health and financial perspective, I discovered how easy and affordable it is to make your own almond milk! And with commercial Almond Milk manufacturers now in class action suits about how few almonds yet how many chemicals are in their products, I am further encouraged to make my own. So rather than keeping this as my little secret, I thought I would share this how to make your own almond milk recipe with you…

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Animal Testing Ethics: Under the Microscope

Microscope in lab: Animal Research Ethics

The topic of animal research and if it’s ethical or not has long been debated. Is it beneficial to progressing or do the risks outweigh the rewards? Below we take a look at the definition of animal research, the varied opinions on animal research ethics, important cases in animal research history, threats to researchers, statistics and alternatives to animal testing…

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The Dirty Dozen: What to Buy Organic and What Not

Guide to Eating Clean

I’ve been working on cleaner eating for a while, but because we were still eating out more often than I care to admit, I hadn’t really worked hard to include organics in our budget. I bought organic when the prices weren’t that different (like with carrots), but I, honestly, sort of chose to ignore the dangers lurking on the regular produce shelves. Recently, I started hearing about grapes from a few friends. It’s sort of a no brainer than any fruit or veggie that you eat the skin of is probably best in the organic variety. Twice over the last month, I heard that because grapes skins are so thin, the pesticides can seep all the way through the grape. This is scary since I know pesticides have been linked to many different conditions and even cancer. That’s definitely not ideal…

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Is Zipcar Worth It?

Zipcar: Is Zipcar Worth It?

Car sharing has been a known concept in Europe for years but in 2000 the founders of Zipcar brought the idea to their hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and started rolling it out across the U.S. The idea is to bring alternative transportation to life. The benefits of car sharing are evident to Zipcar’s founders and they seek to bring this sustainable solution that has worked so well in Europe to the United States. Zipcar sees itself as more than just a new company on the block or an eco-aware company trying to do good for the now. The company is an ambassador for change, something that is evident throughout the company as they consciously make decisions to better impact our planet in the future. Sure the company is doing great things but is Zipcar worth it for you?

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Save the Earth, Share a Car: Zipcar Review

Parked zipcar on street

Are you committed to earth friendly transportation but find it difficult not owning a car, even if you have access to public transportation? If you live in a larger city or a college campus, it’s not as hard as you think. Zipcar, the most well-known and popular car sharing service, has the largest fleet of shared vehicles in hundreds of cities and college campuses around the U.S. — and around the world. Read more to learn why we chose Zipcar as our number one choice in our Best Car Sharing Service comparison article…

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Allergy Symptoms in Children

Baby sneezing

Allergy symptoms in children often resemble the signs that indicate they are tired or catching a cold. It is important then, that you know what the common allergies are for children, what may trigger these allergies, and what to do if your child has an allergic reaction to something…

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Aluminum Free Deodorant: 3 That Truly Work

Woman applying deodorant

So you’re thinking about switching to natural deodorant. Aluminum free deodorant seem to be a sure-fire way to return to basics and reduce the increasing health concerns associated with aluminum and parabens in relation to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, respiratory and brain disorders. Yikes! We are right there with you – read our research on which aluminum free deodorants work best when it comes to smelling fresh while reducing your health risks associated with this sometimes sticky (and smelly!) situation…

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The Global Warming Demise of the Woolly Mammoth

The Woolly Mammoth

Woolly Mammoth (also known as Tundra Mammoth) walked the Earth some .15 million to 10,000 years ago. While generally referred to as the Woolly Mammoth it is also known by its Latin name Mammuthis primigenius and by the term “tundra mammoth.” The Woolly Mammoth, the most recognized species of mammoth to ever walk the Earth, lived across the northern hemisphere, from North America to Siberia. It made its home in territory that many creatures today, including man, would find inhabitable but this giant wooly creature made its home in these frozen lands of the northern hemisphere during the Pleistocene era. Learn more about its physical characteristics, why it went extinct and more…

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Tap Water Vs Bottled Water, Which is Better?

Water fauce and botle of water: Tap Water Vs Bottled Water

In a society that has become increasingly environmentally conscious, there are many concerns that center on bottled water. Water is one of life’s most precious resources so it is important to understand and know the things that can help conserve it. But there’s also been recent concerns over the quality of tap water and how it impacts our health. So which should you choose? The ultimate answer depends on your local situation. On the whole, tap water, when properly regulated, can be better for both your health and the environment. What can be done to save the Earth’s dwindling drinkable water supply? Read on to find out…

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How to Avoid Grizzly Bear Attacks

How to Avoid Grizzly Bear Attacks

The grizzly bear is native to North America and as such there are a number of cases each year in which grizzlies run in to humans. Unfortunately for humans caught in these situations, the grizzly bear handles such conflict by standing its ground but when they feel threatened these bears don’t hesitate to attack those confronting them. While attacks by grizzly bears are not as common as many people think, the attacks that do take place are often fatal. In this article we will cover a number of aspects of grizzly bear attacks including why grizzlies attack and some of the most recent incidences of grizzly bear attacks…

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Oxybenzone: The Cancer of Sunscreen?

Sunscreen on back on the beach

What exactly is oxybenzone? It is an organic compound used in sunscreens because of its ability to absorb UVB and short UVA rays. As a chemical ingredient, it is also helpful in maintaining the qualities of other ingredients and therefore you will also find it used in conjunction with other chemical ingredients in other personal care products such as lotions, lipstick and nail polish. As an ingredient in products, it may be referred to as Benzophenone-3.

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Nurse Sharks: Not As Harmless As They Seem

Nurse Sharks in the ocean

Nurse sharks are a bottom dwelling species of shark that humans often don’t give a second thought. The nurse shark won’t hesitate to give a defensive bite though and at as long as 14 feet they can leave a significant wound behind. In this article we will cover everything you ever wanted to know about the nurse shark including: how the nurse shark got its name, where this shark prefers to live, what the nurse shark feeds on and the normal behavior of these bottom dwellers…

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World’s Most Dangerous Insects

Ant: World's Most Dangerous Insects

Insects may be some of the smallest creatures on the planet but they can also create some of the most damage when it comes to the pain and injury they inflict on human beings. Just think about all of the mosquito health warnings now for Zika Virus. In this article we will cover some of the most dangerous insects across the world including the mosquito, bullet ant, the Africanized honey bee, the bot fly and more. Each of these insects has the potential to cause serious harm if not death to the victim of its bite, sting or burrowing activity. Learn more about the characteristics of each of these bugs so you can fly away from them…

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