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218 Articles by Jeanne Roberts

Keystone XL -Decimating the Heartland

Keystone XL, Decimating the Heartland Keystone-XL, a pipeline designed to bring Canadian tar sands (from Alberta) south to the Gulf of Mexico where it will be processed, passes through America’s Heartland. From North Dakota and South Dakota, the wheat-growing center of the continent, down through Nebraska and Kansas (more ... keep reading

Written by Jeanne Roberts in August 2011, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Children and Families, Coal & Oil, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Health, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government, Pollution, Water

Who is Polluting Chinese Rivers? ( Hint-Not necessarily the Chinese)

  A July Greenpeace report shows that the toxic chemicals in Chinese water systems aren’t always the fault of Chinese officials and factory managers (who sometimes face death if convicted of negligence).   Instead, they are the result of Western firms working in China and, intentionally or inadvertently, driving production to ... keep reading

Written by Jeanne Roberts in August 2011, about Children and Families, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environmental Disasters, Health, Industry & Business, Pollution, Poverty & Development, Water

How Homeowner's Associations Defeat Green

  More and more, homeowner’s associations in the U.S. have taken the tack that, when in doubt if a member is in violation, sue.   Homeowners associations are commonly governing bodies that regulate the painting, decorating, landscaping and buildout of homes, townhomes or condominiums in a specific area that were ... keep reading

Written by Jeanne Roberts in July 2011, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Children and Families, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Design, Finance & Money

10 Pest Remedies You can Make at Home

  Just in time for the hottest part of summer, when all the little creepy crawlies multiply and invade our homes, Celsias brings you a host of recipes to defeat the advancing armies of ants, spiders, flies, and even cockroaches (eeek!).     I personally don’t mind a few ants. Or even ... keep reading

Written by Jeanne Roberts in July 2011, about Environment & Wildlife, Health, Lifestyle & Behavior, Weather

Is the Link to Autism Environmental?

The debate over autism’s cause has been raging for several decades, with most medical personnel favoring nature (genetics) over nurture (environment).   Last week, however, an extensive study of twins published in the Archives of General Psychiatry demonstrated that the link may be, if not predominately environmental, then at least ... keep reading

Written by Jeanne Roberts in July 2011, about Children and Families, Events, Health, Lifestyle & Behavior

Turning Off The Light on the Environment

On June 12, U.S. House Republicans failed to revoke the lighting efficiency restrictions mandated by the 2007 law, The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, or HR 6. This law would phase out incandescent bulbs, and is one that Republicans themselves sponsored.   Republicans did, however, pass legislation that ... keep reading

Written by Jeanne Roberts in July 2011, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Children and Families, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Energy Saving, Politics & Government, Population (2 comments)

Calling Formaldehyde By Its Real Name : Carcinogen

In June, the U.S. government published a report adding formaldehyde to a growing list of recognized carcinogens, or cancer-causing substances.   Most people associate formaldehyde with embalming the dead, and if that were its only use, it might be okay. But it isn’t. It is also used in makeup ... keep reading

Written by Jeanne Roberts in July 2011, about Agriculture & Food, Children and Families, Environmental Disasters, Finance & Money, Food, Lifestyle & Behavior

The Rights of Mother Earth- Ecuador and Bolivia Enshrine Her Rights

Following in the footsteps of Ecuador, Bolivia is about to declare rights for Mother Earth.   It appears to be a sort of virus – a crisis of conscience – spreading across South America, as more and more governments, driven by the will of their people, begin to realize that La Madre, Mother ... keep reading

Written by Jeanne Roberts in June 2011, about Coal & Oil, Economics, Logging, Philosophy & Religion, Politics & Government, Poverty & Development

Global Warming Working Towards a Hungry World

Stanford University researchers recently published a study in Science Express showing how global warming has put a damper on grain crops over the last 30 years.   The study was supported by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The paper’s lead author is David Lobell of the Stanford Program on ... keep reading

Written by Jeanne Roberts in June 2011, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Agriculture & Food (2 comments)

Branson's Lemurs Rescue Mission to his Islands- A Good Idea ?

They’re not Martians, but the lemurs that Sir Richard Branson plans to import to the Caribbean may be as out of place in their new home as ET was in a California suburb. Branson, founder of Virgin Group (Virgin Records, Virgin Atlantic Airways, etc.), is Number 5 on the ... keep reading

Written by Jeanne Roberts in June 2011

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