June 30, 2010 at 8:49 pm (Health and wellness)
Powered by BP plans to get rid of safety watchdog, sources sayCNN.com
By Drew Griffin and David Fitzpatrick, CNN Special Investigations Unit
Don’t miss "AC360°" at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday for more on this story.
Washington (CNN) — BP has been trying to shut down an internal safety watchdog agency it set up under congressional pressure four years ago, according to sources close to the office and a leading congressman.
The Ombudsman Program was set up after a 2005 explosion at a BP refinery in Texas that killed 15 workers and a massive oil spill in Alaska the following year. Its chief, former federal judge Stanley Sporkin, would not comment for this story — but a source inside his office told CNN, "I’m surprised we’re still here."
The Washington-based office was set up to hear BP workers’ safety concerns after investigations into the Texas City refinery explosion raised questions about whether employees feared retaliation for speaking up. Since then, 112 employees have filed complaints, and 35 of them have dealt with "system integrity or safety issues" that the office says are extremely serious.
But sources close to the office say BP doesn’t like having independent investigators pursuing those complaints. A union representative told CNN that some workers who complained have faced retaliation. Jeanne Pascal, a former lawyer for the Environmental Protection Agency, agreed.
"They’ve been demoted, they’ve been terminated, they’ve also been blackballed," Pascal said.
June 30, 2010 at 2:05 pm (Health and wellness)
NaturalNews.com printable article
Originally published June 26 2010If You Live Near the Gulf Coast Oil Spill, Use House Plants for Cleaner Airhttp://www.naturalnews.com/029078_oil_spill_house_plants.html
by Tony Isaacs, citizen journalist
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(NaturalNews) As if Louisiana and other gulf coast residents didn’t already have enough to worry about from the catastrophic oil spill, new reports are indicating that the very air they breathe has become a health threat. Air quality samples have found levels of sulphur dioxide, benzene and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) anywhere from 100 to 1000 times the maximum levels considered safe. One place Gulf Coast residents may look to find considerable relief from VOCs in their homes and offices is their local organic nurseries where they can find indoor plants that are proven natural toxin removers.
The good news is that common indoor plants may offer considerable improvement for the air in homes and offices. In the late 1980s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) spent two years testing common house plants for their ability to remove the volatile organic
compounds benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from the air.
The study found that all of the plants were useful, with some houseplants capable of removing as much as 87 percent of indoor air pollutants within 24 hours. The plants the study found effective were:
*Bamboo or Reed Palm
*Elephant Ear Philodendron
*Janet Craig Dracaena
. The plants which were found to be most effective for benzene removal were: English Ivy, Dracaena marginata, Janet Craig, Warneckei, Chrysanthemum, Gerbera Daisy and Peace lily.
Besides the benefits of eliminating toxins from the air, plants are a source of oxygen. They have been found to elevate mood as well as productivity and they reduce fatigue, coughs, sore throats and other cold-related illnesses by more than 30 percent, partially by increasing humidity levels and decreasing dust.
June 28, 2010 at 8:01 pm (Food and drink)
June 27, 2010 at 11:54 pm (News and politics)
Renewable energy: New Mexico to build two solar power
Renewable energy: New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson announced Wednesday
that his state will be home to two new solar facilities.
Renewable energy: Snow geese pass the
setting sun in Bosque del Apache, New Mexico. The state will be home to
two new solar facilities, Gov. Bill Richardson announced Wednesday.
posted June 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm EDT
Albuquerque, N.M. —
Two solar technology facilities are coming to Albuquerque and
will be bringing with them at least 30 new jobs.
Gov. Bill Richardson made the announcement Wednesday that CFV
Solar Test Laboratory and the Fraunhofer R&D Facility will begin
operations at the Mesa del Sol development south of Albuquerque later
Richardson and state economic development officials say
they are hopeful the two green energy ventures will act as a magnet for
other renewable energy companies.
IN PICTURES: Harnessing the sun’s energy
CFV Solar Test Laboratory will test products for certification to North
American and international photovoltaic standards.
facility will focus on the long-term reliability, reduced costs and
increased performance of photovoltaic modules.
IN PICTURES: Harnessing the sun’s energy
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June 25, 2010 at 2:13 am (Health and wellness)
Ginger Reduces Pain After Exercisd
June 24 2010
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may reduce the pain associated with muscle injury after exercising. This
could offer athletes a natural pain reliever.
Both raw and heat-treated ginger reduced pain associated with muscle
injury by about 24 percent.
According to NutraIngredients:
"The rhizome of the ginger plant (Zingiber officinale) is a rich
source of antioxidants, including gingerols, shogaols, zingerones and
other ketone derivatives … ginger’s pain reducing effects are
biologically plausible with both in vitro and in vivo animal studies
showing an effect of gingerols, shogaols, and zingerones on inflammatory
June 20, 2010 at 4:07 pm (Health and wellness)
ConAgra Foods Packaged Foods, LLC has
recalled Marie Callender’s Cheesy Chicken and Rice
ConAgra is recalling all Marie Callender’s brand Cheesy Chicken and
Rice frozen meals in commerce, regardless of production date. These
products are being recalled after the company was informed by the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of an investigation
involving 29 people in 14 states who have been diagnosed with
salmonellosis linked to Salmonella
serotype Chester. Eight of the case-patients specifically reported
eating Marie Callenders Cheesy Chicken and Rice frozen meals in April
and May, 2010, prior to illness onset; the last reported illness was
reported on May 22.
FSIS became aware of the problem during the course of an ongoing
investigation of a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella serotype Chester
illnesses. CDC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), FSIS, and state
health and agriculture departments are cooperating in this ongoing
investigation. The investigation is ongoing, and has not yet
definitively identified a food vehicle(s). Further information will be
released to the public as it becomes available.
The products subject to recall include: 13-ounce packages of "Marie
Callender’s Cheesy Chicken & Rice White Meat Chicken and Broccoli
over Rice Topped with Rich Cheddar Sauce." (READ FULL ARTICLE)
June 18, 2010 at 9:17 pm (Food and drink)
Campbell Soup Recalls 15M Pounds of SpaghettiOs
Friday , June 18, 2010
Campbell Soup Co. is recalling 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs
with meatballs after a cooker malfunctioned at one of the company’s
plants in Texas and left the meat undercooked.
The Agriculture Department announced the recall late Thursday.
Campbell spokesman Anthony Sanzio said the company is recalling certain
lots of the product manufactured since December 2008 "out of an
abundance of caution" because officials don’t know exactly when the
cooker at the Paris, Texas, plant malfunctioned. Officials believe it
happened recently but aren’t sure, he said.
The meatballs that went through the cooker did not get the requisite
amount of heat, according to the company.
Recalled are certain lots of three varieties of the pasta product
often consumed by children: SpaghettiOs with Meatballs, SpaghettiOs A to
Z with Meatballs, and SpaghettiOs Fun Shapes with Meatballs (Cars).
The USDA said there are no reports of illnesses associated with the
product and Sanzio said the company has received no customer complaints
The recalled products have "EST 4K," as well as a use-by date between
June 2010 and December 2011 printed on the bottom of the can. The
products were manufactured between December 2008 and June 2010 and
distributed to retail establishments nationwide.
Sanzio said the company believes there are about 35,000 cases of
SpaghettiOs subject to the recall on the market right now. He said USDA
announced the recall of 15 million pounds because that is all of the
product that has been manufactured since December 2008. Much of it has
likely been consumed.
Consumers with questions about the recall can call Campbell’s Hotline
at (866) 495-3774.
Click here for more
information from the USDA.
June 14, 2010 at 11:09 pm (Health and wellness)
Jun 08, 2010 01:39 pm
I love this idea. Sort of obvious once you think about it,
but hardly considered or discussed when talking about ways to reduce climate
change, obesity, driving, and so on. Why do people think life in the suburbs
sounds so nice? One major reason is because they think of the benefits of a nice
[Preventing Urban Sprawl with Parks from Green Living Ideas]
June 6, 2010 at 12:02 am (Food and drink)
Does Washing Produce Get Rid of Bacteria?
June 05 2010
produce, even very carefully, may not remove all the bacteria present.
Rough surfaces provide lots of places in which bacteria can hide out.
You may want to wash rougher-surfaced fruit more carefully.
However, according to Live Science:
“For vegetables and other foods that are eaten raw, the best way
to prevent outbreaks … is through cleaner farming practices … When
the water used to irrigate the food crops is drawn from wells that are
near livestock, fecal bacteria can spread through the water to the
June 4, 2010 at 9:15 pm (Health and wellness)
McDonald’s has issued a recall
for 12 million "Shrek Forever After 3D" drinking glasses after learning they are tainted with cadmium, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said
Cadmium is a heavy metal that has recently gained attention as numerous Chinese manufacturers who have been forbidden from using lead in paints on products shipped to the U.S. have substituted cadmium. In this case, the glasses were made in the U.S. by ARC International of Millville, N.J. Cadmium, like lead, is a heavy metal that can be dangerous, particularly to children.
Cadmium was found in the characters on the glasses: Shrek, Fiona, Puss n’ Boots, and Donkey. Anyone who has the glasses is urged to take them away from children. Long-term exposure to cadmium "can cause adverse health effects," the CPSC said.
The 16-ounce glasses were sold for about $2 at McDonald’s restaurants across the United States since May as part of a promotion of the movie. Anyone who has the glasses can get a refund. (Read more)