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DHL and United States Postal Service Get Highest Marks in Green Shipping Scorecard

DHL and United States Postal Service Get Highest Marks in Green Shipping Scorecard

Shipping packages for business, friends and family leaves an enormous carbon footprint. One little package en route from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Pittsburgh, California is part of a great cloud of greenhouse gases in its wake. Choosing a package shipper on the criteria of best-yet green practice just got much easier. Stoneyfield Farm and Climate Counts, a nonprofit that rates companies on greenhouse output, just concluded their rankings for least polluting shippers. At the top was DHL and the United States Postal Service.

December 21, 2007

Honda Unveils New Breed of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

Honda Unveils New Breed of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

A commercial fully hydrogen car is hitting the pollution-fogged highways of southern California in 2008. At the Los Angeles Auto Show Honda just unveiled its FCX Clarity, an “advanced fuel cell” car that gets about 68 mpg, accelerates cheetah-like, is as silent as a church, emits only water out the tailpipe, looks cool outside and in, and handles as well as a sports car. If you live in southern California you can lease one for $600 a month for three years.

December 13, 2007

Ecology Center Study Finds One-Third of Toys to Contain Unsafe Levels of Toxins

Ecology Center Study Finds One-Third of Toys to Contain Unsafe Levels of Toxins

The Ecology Center recently completed testing on around 1,200 children's products in anticipation of the holiday shopping season. More than a third of those products were found to contain unsafe levels of dangerous chemicals like mercury, arsenic and lead. Most of these toxic toys are still on the market, with no plans in place to recall them any time soon.

December 7, 2007

McDonald's is Advertising on Elementary School Report Cards

McDonald's is Advertising on Elementary School Report Cards

A year ago, the school board in Seminole County, Fla., teamed up with the owners of local McDonald's franchises to create a junk food rewards program for students with good grades and attendance records. Rewarding good academic performance with a Happy Meal may not seem so bad, but the partnership between the school board and McDonald's didn't end there.

December 7, 2007

Buckwheat Honey Better, Safer for Child Coughs Than Cough Syrups

Buckwheat Honey Better, Safer for Child Coughs Than Cough Syrups

With the first snowstorms blowing in across the U.S. the annual battle with colds and coughs assails us. For children with coughs, parents running to the drug shelf used to be considered a responsible way to alleviate the cough and its suffering. But as many natural health care advisors have known for a long time: honey is better and safer. Now a study by a team at Penn State University concludes that honey is indeed superior to over-the-counter cough syrups for children (older than 1) in both efficacy and safety.

December 6, 2007

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