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Arts and crafts materials can be hazardous to your health and the environment. Even though the Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act of 1988 requires stringent labeling of hazardous materials in art supplies, many materials are out of compliance. This article offers tips to help you choose safe art supplies, plus substitutes to harmful substances.
Recent Blog Posts
September 8, 2014
Recently, a petition was sent to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), asking that the monarch butterfly be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). As a scientist studying monarch conservation, I followed the news surrounding this petition closely. I was concerned by how much confusion, misconception, and incorrect information emerged in discussions about the petition. Unfortunately, this was also the case recently when the gray wolf was considered for delisting. Since the ESA is the most powerful piece of environmental law in our country, I thought I would take a chance to provide a brief explanation of the act and the process of listing a species under the act.
The purpose of the ESA is to protect threatened and endangered species and to conserve the ecosystems and habitat that support them. Endangered species are ones that are in danger of becoming extinct across all or a significant portion of their range. Threatened species are ones that are in danger of becoming endangered soon.
August 25, 2014
As the summer draws to an end, many here in Minnesota will be making a trip to the State Fair, and many others will have already attended a county fair. County and state fairs offer a wide variety of food, games, and entertainment, but they’re also a wonderful learning environment. They provide visitors with the chance to meet new people, explore exhibits, and get information on a whole host of topics. Whether you’re at the State Fair, a local fair, or even visiting a fair out of state, keep your eyes open for some of these great opportunities:
August 11, 2014
In Minnesota, there are several different organizations that work together to manage and protect our water resources. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Pollution Control Agency (PCA) are two organizations that many of us are familiar with. But have you heard of watershed districts (WD) or watershed management organizations (MWO)?