The Environment Needs You: Coastal Cleanup Day

No matter who you are, what you do or where you live, your actions have a direct impact on the environment around you. Unfortunately, the true effects of our actions (and inactions) are not always visible. We don’t necessarily see how the soap and detergent someone uses to “clean” their driveway gets into the sewer […]

Clean Water: An Environmental Necessity

There are so many objects and possessions we mistakenly believe we “can’t live without”, that we sometimes forgot one of the most important environmental necessities: clean water. Without clean water, how will we keep hydrated? How will plants grow? How will we keep our bodies clean? If dirty water breeds bacteria and disease, then in […]

California Spreading Its Hazardous Waste Problem Across the Nation

A few weeks ago I wrote about California’s Hazardous Waste Problem and gave you a little insight into how California seems to be unable to keep up with its own hazardous waste generation. The situation is so bad, in fact, that California has been shipping out toxic and hazardous waste to 31 different states. That’s […]

San Timoteo landfill image by Keith Tyler via Flickr Creative Commons

Pollution at its Worst: California’s Hazardous Waste Problem

Earlier today I saw this article about how Walmart plead guilty to dumping hazardous waste in 16 different California communities. According to the article this is the second of this type of incident for Walmart. The first was back in 2010 when Walmart agreed to pay $27.6 million dollars as part of their settlement. Now, […]

Transportation: Cost and Environmental Pollution

  Image by biofriendly No matter what form of transportation you use, one of the key things you should factor in is cost to you and the environment.  How much does it cost to run that vehicle?  How much is your car polluting the air?  How much will a proven fuel additive help lower emissions […]

Beaches Going Green with CA Coastal Cleanup Day

  Photo from California Coastal Commission website Calling all beach lovers, surfers, vacation goers, families and really anyone and everyone who cares for the environment…Saturday, Sept 19th is the 25th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day!  It’s a great opportunity for people to come together from all over CA and do something to make our beaches clean and green again. Since the program’s conception, over […]

Hydrocarbons Polluting the Air We Breathe

  Image by biofriendly  Even with the large volume of hybrids and electric vehicles being driven around the U.S. every day, there are still millions and millions of  hydrocarbon-based gasoline and diesel vehicles adding to our poor air quality.  For example, these types of vehicles are reportedly responsible for about 60% of the air pollution in most major cities. What causes these […]

Emissions update on America’s Port

  Image from PortofLosAngeles.org America’s Port, aka the Port of Los Angeles, is making headway on its quest to significantly lower emissions and improve air quality.  This is even despite it being one of the largest U.S. Harbors, handling more cargo and international shipments in just a few weeks than most North American harbors do in a whole year.  Last year I […]

Protecting Yourself from Mercury in the Environment

  Image from museumca.org Recently there have been a number of articles about mercury being found in streams and rivers and how fish are testing positive for mercury.  But do you know how to limit your exposure and protect yourself from mercury in the environment? Here are some common places mercury can be found:  fish […]

Ziploc Evolving For The Environment

  Image from Pricegrabber.com  Ziploc recently launched their Ziploc® evolve™ Sandwich and Storage Bags which are designed to be better for the environment. Great news, right?! But, why did they make a new line of bags instead of just making their existing bags more environmentally-friendly?  Well, according to their website, the new bags “are an […]