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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.
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November 17, 2014
It’s 12 degrees, snowy, and icy, and I just had a great conversation with a colleague about year-round gardening! You probably think we were talking about greenhouses, but we weren’t. Our conversation actually went back and forth between two topics- windowsill herb gardens and fall planting of flower seeds.
Many herbs can be grown indoors in pots all year round, provided they are placed near a window in order to get light. If you don’t already have a windowsill herb garden, try it out this winter. Not only will you be able to add some fresh flavor to your cooking, but growing plants indoors can brighten up a room and take away some of the winter gloom. Herbs like basil, cilantro, chives, and oregano grow great in pots, but you can try anything you like.
November 3, 2014
Have you ever thought about alternative ways to heat your home? Of course, there are the basic methods that you may be familiar with; forced air heat, hot water, electric baseboards, and wood burning stoves- to name a few that we Minnesotans love. But, have you ever thought about heating your home with dirt? Yes, that is what geothermal heating entails. However, to be a geothermal supporter, you must first understand what geothermal is.
The inside of the earth remains at a fairly constant temperature year-round. Geothermal energy is thermal energy generated and stored in the earth from this constant temperature. The earth's internal heat is stored in the earth's crust (or in the dirt). We can take this heat and power warmth into our homes through the following process.
October 20, 2014
It seems that fall is definitely upon us, and there is nothing I love to do more on a cold, rainy autumn day than curl up with a good book. If that sounds good to you, let me recommend a few books with environmental themes that have been published recently.
War of the Whales: A True Story, by Joshua Horwitz
This is an edge-of-your-seat nonfiction legal thriller that had me hooked after just the first few pages. It details the decades-long legal battle between environmentalists and the US Navy over underwater weapons and detection systems that result in massive whale die-offs. It’s well written and carefully researched, and it does an excellent job of telling both sides of the story. The book culminates in a Supreme Court ruling, but it is clear that this is one story that remains ongoing.
Memory of Water, by Emmi Itaranta