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Presidential Debates and Sustainability

Politics will always be a sensitive subject for most people. Especially in these changing times….opinions are stronger than ever. That being said A Sustainable LIFE will reserve comment issues surrounding the coming election. We will however share unpartisan interesting info when we find it.  

I think this analysis by Mother Nature Network (MNN) is worthy of sharing. MNN took a look at the last five elections and analyzed the changing environmental priorities. They combined the presidential transcript debates of the last 20 years and made word clouds! These clouds highlight the most frequently used terms. I love the way some environmental terms are used year after year while others have been added or scrapped.

2008 — Sen. John McCain (R) and Sen. Barack Obama (D)
 
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2004 — President George W. Bush (R) and Sen. John Kerry (D)
 
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2000 — Gov. George W. Bush (R) and Vice President Al Gore (D)
 
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1996 — President Bill Clinton (D) and Sen. Bob Dole (R)
 
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1992 — President George H.W. Bush (R), Gov. Bill Clinton (D) and businessman Ross Perot (I)
 
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Wordless Wednesday

rainbows and dust

Source: Photoboto

Meatless Monday

Today we continue the “Easy ways to eat more veggies (and fruits)” series, featuring tips on how to get move veggies into your busy lifestyle.

Find veggie alternatives for a less-healthful ingredient. Instead of serving tacos in flour tortillas, serve them in iceberg lettuce leaves or artisan lettuce “cups” (think lettuce wrap). Instead of stuffing tuna salad into a pita, serve it over a green salad. Load up that omelet with diced tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers and scale back the cheese.

Source: Tammy’s Recipes

Wordless Wednesday

Bamboo Forest

Source: PhotoBoto.com

Feature Friday

ATide laundry detergent podss a mother of a young child I thought this was something worthy of sharing with the LIFE community. It seems that there is an alarming new trend of children being poisoned after eating colorful, bite-sized and delicious-looking laundry detergent packs. It seems that  the squishy/colorful/bite-sized/delicious-looking nature of  Tide Pods is just too tempting for many curious tykes to resist. Reports of toddlers mistaking the capsules for candy, eating them and falling gravely ill continue to rise. Ken Wahl, medical director for the IllinoisPoisonCenter states: “I’ve never seen a consumer product that had that degree of injury in a child.” If you purchase laundry pods please make sure they’re stored in child-proof containers or out of the reach of your little ones.

Source: Mnn.com

 

Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes

Emagazine.com  features an “Earth Talk” column which answers questions about the environment. A Sustainable Life will occasionally share some of these Q&A’s with you.

Dear EarthTalk: I couldn’t believe my ears: “genetically engineered mosquitoes?” Why on Earth would they be created? And I understand there are plans to release them into the wild?

Yes it’s true, genetically engineered mosquitoes, which were bred in the lab to transmit a gene during the reproductive process that kills their offspring, have already been used on an experimental basis in three countries—the Cayman Islands, Malaysia and Brazil—to counteract the quickly spreading mosquito-borne viral infection dengue fever. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that as many as 100 million cases of humans infected with dengue fever—which causes a severe flu-like illness and can in certain instances be fatal—occur annually in more than 100 tropical and sub-tropical countries.

Oxitec first released some of the genetically modified mosquitoes in the Cayman Island in the Caribbean in 2009, much to the surprise of the international community and environmental advocates, many of whom are opposed to genetic engineering in any of its forms due to the unknown and unintended side effects that unleashing transgenic organisms into the world could cause.

In Brazil, where the largest experiments have been carried out to date, the government is backing a new facility designed to breed millions of genetically engineered mosquitoes to help keep dengue fever at bay.

Dengue fever isn’t considered to be a big problem in the U.S. as yet. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that most of the dengue fever cases showing up in the continental U.S. are among those who have travelled to sub-tropical and tropical areas of the world. Still, WHO reports that the incidence of dengue fever in the U.S. has increased some thirty-fold over the last half century.

A proposal by Oxitec to test its transgenic mosquitoes in the Florida Keys has some locals upset. In April 2012, the town of Key West passed an ordinance prohibiting the release of the mosquitoes pending further testing on possible implications for the environment. In the meantime, Oxitec has applied to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a patent on their mosquito and permission to release them in the U.S.

Tell me what you think about this……

Don’t Get Overwhelmed by Going Green

I hear a lot of people say that they’d love to help the environment by purchasing an electric car but they can’t afford it. Or that they would like to put solar panels on their roof but it’s too pricey. These items are not affordable for most of us but this is not the only way to “go green.” My advice is to start small and not to get overwhelmed by thinking of what you cannot do, but focus on what you can do.

 Start Small….. 

  1. Lower the temperature on your water heater to save energy.
  2. Take shorter showers to reduce water consumption.
  3. Start by recycling cans and then include paper and compost.
  4. Make sure the dishwasher is full before you wash a load of dishes.
  5. Turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth.

 Start Cheap ….

  1. Replace incandescent light bulbs with CFL’s one at a time.
  2. Purchase items made from recycled plastic.
  3. Install a rain barrel to collect water for irrigation.
  4. Repurpose items that you already have or consider buying gently used items.
  5. When making repairs or replacing appliances consider items with energy saving features.

 Source: The Good Human

Photo: Tipmont.org