Tampa Bay Informer - Environmental News
Friday, 09 April 2010 20:28

How Do You Find Healthy Snacks for Kids?

Christine Steendahl of Kid Approved Meals stresses the importance of teaching kids which snacks to eat and which to avoid early in life so that they can sidestep obesity and other health problems altogether. Fruits, nuts and dry cereals, for example, are good alternatives to chips and other junk food - Photo by Tree & J. Hensdill, courtesy FlickrFood writer Michael Pollan recommends steering clear of foods that advertise their green attributes on their label. According to his line of reasoning, why give a child a fruit roll-up when you can give him or her a piece of fruit? Only processed foods need to advertise what’s natural about them, whereas an apple speaks for itself, providing wholesome nutrition without the need for marketing hype.

Published in Natural Health
Tuesday, 30 March 2010 17:51

Raw Food Diet Facts

Raw Foods DietA raw foods diet typically consists of unprocessed foods that are not heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit so as to preserve nutrients otherwise lost during cooking. Proponents claim that besides losing weight and feeling more energetic, they are also avoiding the carcinogens introduced into foods by cooking and protecting the environment from drug- and chemical-dependent, water-wasting big-business agriculture.

Published in Natural Health
Tuesday, 12 January 2010 11:27

Green Car Detailing

Green Car WashTraditionally, auto detailing has employed a range of not-so-green-friendly products such as ammonia, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), nonphenolethoxolates (NPEs), abrasive detergents, and chemical-based leather, vinyl, fabric and carpet treatments. Inside the car, they can off-gas harsh airborne pollutants; when washed down storm drains they can wreak havoc on public water supplies.

Published in Environmental
Tuesday, 08 December 2009 15:45

Hyenas - The Hunted Predator

The spotted hyena - Photo by Ikiwaner, courtesy WikipediaAmong the most intelligent animals on Earth, three species of hyenas still roam in wilder parts of Africa and Asia. In general, hyenas are large, strong, flesh-eating animals that hunt a wide range of prey but mostly feed on carrion (the kills of other predators). They most closely resemble dogs but are in fact more closely related to cats. When full-grown, hyenas range from about 3 1/2 to 5 1/2 feet long and weigh between 75 and 175 pounds. Considered as smart as some primates, hyenas work in teams to hunt zebras and wildebeests. They communicate through a series of yells and growls, and their cries resemble human laughter.

Published in Environmental
Monday, 30 November 2009 16:48

The Environmental Impact of Bidets

Once reserved for Europeans, bidets are now popular all over the world -­ except in North America. Pictured: A toilet and bidet in a Westin Hotel in Italy - Photo by Brandi Sims, Courtesy of FlickrBesides being more sanitary than toilet tissue, bidets—those squirty accessories so popular in Europe, Japan and elsewhere that clean your underside using a jet of water—are also much less stressful on the environment than using paper.

Published in General
Monday, 19 October 2009 11:50

Geothermal Energy - How Does it Work?

A utility-grade geothermal energy plant in Iceland, which derives 26.5 percent of its electricity needs from the technology - Photo By Gretar IvarssonThe term “geothermal” is derived from the Greek words for Earth (geo) and heat (therme). In essence geothermal energy is power harnessed from the Earth itself. Heat from the Earth’s core, which averages about 6,650 degrees Fahrenheit, emanates out toward the planet’s surface. Heated springs and geysers up to three miles underground can be accessed by special wells that bring the hot water (or steam from it) up to the surface where it can be used directly for heat or indirectly to generate electricity by powering rotating turbines. Since the water under the Earth’s surface is constantly replenished, and the Earth’s core will continue to generate heat indefinitely, geothermal power is ultimately clean and renewable.

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