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36 Articles by Gina-Marie Cheeseman

The Economy: Changing Us for the Better?

Last fall, a shift began to occur in American society: Americans spent less and saved more. Retail sales fell 2.8 percent, the fourth straight monthly drop in October. At the same time the unemployment rate hit 6.5 percent. In a survey of 1,000 households, 43 percent were ... keep reading

Written by Gina-Marie Cheeseman in May 2009, about Consumerism, Economics, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior (4 comments)

Studies Show Pollution Affects Unborn Babies

Two recently released studies show that pollution affects fetuses. In April, the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health published a study by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey study. The study is based on nearly 336,000 births in New Jersey between 1999 and 2003 and regular ... keep reading

Written by Gina-Marie Cheeseman in May 2009, about Children and Families, Coal & Oil, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Health, Industry & Business, Population

Your Toxic Shower: Hidden Dangers in Shampoo

Reaching for the shampoo bottle, pouring a small amount in your hand, and then washing your hair with it is something many of us do without bothering to find out what ingredients are contained in that shampoo. However, the average shampoo contains a number of toxic chemicals. Take the chemicals ... keep reading

Written by Gina-Marie Cheeseman in May 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Children and Families, Health, Lifestyle & Behavior (4 comments)

Climate Change: Dire Consequences for California's Agriculture

Earlier this year, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said California agriculture could disappear by the end of the century because of climate change. "We're looking at a scenario where there's no more agriculture in California," Steven Chu says. California is the top agricultural producer in the U.S ... keep reading

Written by Gina-Marie Cheeseman in May 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Industry & Business, Politics & Government, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, War (3 comments)

Governor Parkinson Eats Coal for Breakfast, and Other Coal News

Unfortunately, has been a good week for coal, which is responsible for about 20 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  Shares in U.S. coal companies increased on May 6. The leading U.S. coal producer, Alpha Natural Resources Inc. reported a 61 percent increase in its first-quarter profit ... keep reading

Written by Gina-Marie Cheeseman in May 2009, about Climate Change, Coal & Oil, Economics, Emissions, Industry & Business, Politics & Government, Pollution

One in Six Americans Breathes Dangerous Air. Are You One?

Despite the Clean Air Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1970, there are still high levels of air pollution in many American cities and counties. The tenth annual State of the Air report by the American Lung Association (ALA) ranks cities and counties for three different pollution categories ... keep reading

Written by Gina-Marie Cheeseman in May 2009, about Air Quality, Emissions, Health, Industry & Business, Pollution, Transport

U.S. Wind Turbine Manufacturing Will Increase

In 2008, the U.S. became the top producer of wind energy, overtaking Germany. The same year, the U.S. wind energy capacity increased to 50 percent to 25 gigawatts (GW), enough to power over five million homes. German wind energy capacity reached almost 24 GW in 2008, making it ... keep reading

Written by Gina-Marie Cheeseman in May 2009, about Clean Technologies, Economics, Green energy, Industry & Business, Politics & Government (4 comments)

Late Discoveries: How Two "New" Gasses Became Climate Enemies

Recent reports have labeled sulfuryl fluoride (SF) and nitrogen trifluoride (NT) as greenhouse gases. The fumigant SF is 4,000 times better at trapping heat than carbon dioxide. It was previously estimated that SF stays in the atmosphere for about five years. However, new research shows it lasts for a ... keep reading

Written by Gina-Marie Cheeseman in May 2009, about Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environmental Disasters, Health, Industry & Business, Pollution (2 comments)

Inhumane Factory Farming: The Swine Flu Connection?

Swirling around the internet are news reports linking the swine flu, technically known as H1N1, to pig factory farms in the Mexican state of Veracruz. The American company, Smithfield Inc.'s Mexican subsidiary, Granjas Carroll, operates large pig factory farms near the Veracruz village of La Gloria. A broadcast by ... keep reading

Written by Gina-Marie Cheeseman in April 2009, about Agriculture & Food, Air Quality, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Food, Health, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government, Pollution, Population, Poverty & Development (8 comments)

Recycling and the Key to Overcoming Industrial Legacy

The Industrial Revolution made the current way of life in the Western world possible.  Unfortunately, since the Industrial Revolution began in the 18th century, enormous amounts of waste have been created. The McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC), who created the Cradle to Cradle design paradigm, refer to the legacy ... keep reading

Written by Gina-Marie Cheeseman in April 2009, about Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Pollution, Recycling

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