Safety First- then Fun in the Sun!

Happy Sunny Days! Yes, it’s a great time of year to get out and have some fun, but we should take measures to do it safely, too.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released its 2013 Sunscreen Guide rating the safety and efficacy of more than 1,400 sunscreens, lotions, lip products and makeups that advertise sun protection. What fascinates me most about this report is that the stuff we think is protecting us from terrible sun damage and cancer can actually be exposing us to more frightening threats!

This year, 25 percent of products on the market meet researchers’ standards by offering strong and broad UV protection and posing few safety concerns.

What sunscreens made the list this year? Click here to see EWG’s 2013 Sunscreen Guide.

Even though 1/4 of the sunscreens looked at made the best list, they are not enough. The vast majority of sunscreens available aren’t as good as most of us think they are. EWG’s advice to you is to use the tips in the guide: wear sun-protective clothing, stay in the shade to reduce intense exposure and schedule regular skin examinations by a doctor.

Here are some highlights from this year’s EWG report:

We did not break 400 ppm after all, but does it matter?

The LA Times reports, “Carbon dioxide in atmosphere did not break 400 ppm at Hawaii site.”  They note:

“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revised its May 9 reading at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii, saying it remained fractions of a point below the level of 400 ppm, at 399.89.”

The measurement stayed just under the 400 ppm mark! Do we breath a sigh of relief? Did we dodge a bullet? I mean, for the last 800,000 years we have never broken the 300 ppm level, so I am not sure that the revised measurement really makes me feel all that much better…

 

Why 400+ PPM Matters – it’s not an environmental issue

So I for one am horrified at recent news of atmospheric CO2-e concentration reaching 400+ppm… Why? Climate Change is a serious problem. Not because it can harm the environment (though it will, and that does pain me) but because of the wicked uncertain predicaments we face. The bigger issue with uncertainty is the threat it poses to national security- and even more, global human stability (i.e., peace).

In 2009, the Pentagon made a formal claim that climate change was then (is still now) a threat to U.S. national security.

And for those of you (how!?) still on the fence about whether climate change is real, is caused by CO2-e, is man-made or not, etc. This video is awesome! It uses no climate models (something anti-climate change folks use in their debate to say it’s all guess-work) and it’s not funded by or produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (again, often sited as spinning fallacies and using scare-tactics claiming it’s all for the sake of folks like Al Gore to get rich or whatever…). This is based on historical, peer-reviewed, science. Science. Not speculation. Not feelings or emotions. Not guess-work. Science.

The evidence for climate change WITHOUT computer models or the IPCC

Custom Paper Writing Services

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It is important to note that the quality of a paper completed by a custom paper writing service is of the essence and hence there are a number of things you must be on the look out for before you decide to place an order for a custom written paper in any area including but not in any way limited to business custom papers, biology custom papers, humanities custom papers, social sciences custom papers, literature custom papers, engineering custom papers, personal statement custom papers, persuasive essays custom papers, military science custom, papers, physics custom papers, computer science custom papers, management custom papers etc.

How to identify genuine custom paper writing services

To begin with, companies worth the title custom paper writing service must have a team of competent writers in place. The said writers must be holders of legitimate advanced degrees in a wide range of specializations so that they can be able to complete the various custom orders placed by clients including business custom papers, biology custom papers, humanities custom papers, social sciences custom papers, literature custom papers, engineering custom papers, personal statement custom papers, persuasive essays custom papers, military science custom, papers, physics custom papers, computer science custom papers, management custom papers etc.

Next, genuine custom paper writing services must have I place systems as well as procedures designed to curb as well as arrest all instances of plagiarism. this includes the installation of plagiarism detection software as well as well developed measures to ensure that all the orders placed by clients are completed from scratch. Indeed, custom paper writing services can only be taken to be genuine in papers they avail to clients are 100% plagiarism free.

Next, custom paper writing services must not charge exorbitant prices for their services. Industry analysts warn that custom paper writing services which tend to overcharge their clients are fraud rings founded with the sole aim of defrauding clients. Hence the prices charged by custom paper writing services must be fair enough to the client given the custom paper writing services industry standards. However, custom paper writing services must not undercharge as this shall essentially lower the quality of the papers they complete for clients including but not in any way limited to business custom papers, biology custom papers, humanities custom papers, social sciences custom papers, literature custom papers, engineering custom papers, personal statement custom papers, persuasive essays custom papers, military science custom, papers, physics custom papers, computer science custom papers, management custom papers etc.

Carbon Dioxide Hits 400 PPM for the First Time in 800,000 Years

We have reached a new record. For the first time in 800,000 years the atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide have reach 400 parts per million. For 1000s of years, the atmosphere has remained under 300 ppm of carbon dioxide. We were around 315 ppm in 1960. The rate of growth continues to grow.

Read more at: Scientific American: 400 PPM: Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere Reaches Prehistoric Levels By David Biello (May 9, 2013)

TLC Event Video: My Enduring Sustainability Journey featuring Stephenie Presseller

A new video that is part of our TLC event.
Walking the Walk: My Enduring Sustainability Journey
Stephenie Presseller
Childhood places, experiences with inspirational people, and life choices push us in new directions in life. Stephenie Presseller takes us on her ongoing journey that has led her to become the first sustainability manager at Moraine Valley. This is an amazingly beautiful, challenging, and winding road that invites us all to come along and walk the walk toward sustainability.

Public school swaps chicken nuggets for tofu, becomes first all-vegetarian cafeteria

WOW! This really goes beyond Meatless Monday. I would love to hear a response to this… could it be done at Moraine Valley? Or a local K12 school? Why or why not?

REPOST: By Elizabeth Chuck, Staff Writer, NBC News Braised black beans and plantains. Tofu roasted in Asian sesame sauce. Falafel and cucumber salad. These aren’t menu items from a high-end restaurant; they’re lunchtime grub for students at a Flushing, Queens, public school’s all-vegetarian cafeteria, the first in New York City to nix meat and believed to be one of the first public school in the nation to serve only vegetarian fare. … full article linked below

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/01/17999627-nyc-public-school-swaps-chicken-nuggets-for-tofu-becomes-first-all-vegetarian-cafeteria?lite%3