April 2013

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Global Briefs

Label GMOs

Whole Foods Market has become the first company in the industry to decide that all products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) in its U.S. and Canadian stores must be so labeled by 2018.

Thrifty Threads

The company’s new jeans contain recycled plastics, and the firm is sourcing eco-friendly cotton from the Better Cotton Imitative.

Survival Alert

America, like most of the rest of the world, is running short of fresh water. “We can do better” is the urgent message of the 2013 National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.

Better Barters

In Mexico City’s innovative monthly Mercado del Trueque (barter market) residents can trade trash for fresh produce.

Silver Lining

“Cloud” data centers use about 2 percent of all electricity in the nation, but up to 90 percent of the energy is sometimes wasted. A new initiative aims to reward Internet firms that take some of their heat-producing, energy-hungry servers offline.

Cool Tool

Past studies have shown a conflicting range of ice losses, from zero to catastrophic. Learn what the latest analysis of the data suggests.

Keystone XL Fight

Thousands of citizens have rallied at the White House, calling on President Obama to honor his clean energy campaign promises and reject the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.

Nordic Order

The nation’s recycling program is so successful—only 4 percent of its waste ends up in landfills—that it now imports tons of trash from European neighbors to run incinerators that create heat and electricity.

Online Literacy

According to a Pew Research Center survey, the Internet has opened up a vast world of information for today’s students, but digital literacy skills need improvement.

Gas Saver

Drivers have many ways to save money by coaxing more miles per gallon from their vehicle. It’s easy to adopt some simple driving and maintenance habits.
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Health Briefs

Coffee and Vision Loss Linked

Possible Side Effects with a Cup of Joe

Turmeric Acts Against Cancer

One Powerful Spice

A Bus Pass to Green Well-Being

Improve Your Health and the Planet's

Getting the Lead Out

New "Action Level" for Exposure in Children

How Does Your Garden Glow?

Chemicals and Heavy Metals Found in Gardening Tools

A Diet for Healthy Bones

A Reason to Go Mediterranean
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Health

Household Cleanse

Allergies, asthma, lung cancer and heart problems have all been linked to poor indoor air quality. Here’s how to rid the family home of the top five common household toxins.
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Fit Body

Picture Perfect

Using imagery and positive self-talk can increase the confidence and improve the efforts of any type of athlete, from amateur to elite. Such gains also advance overall well-being.
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Conscious Eating

Eating Ecology

How we choose, prepare, cook, serve and preserve our food can improve nutrition, weight loss, cost savings and the environment.
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Green Living

Going Electric

Clean and sustainable mobility is within reach, and the pioneering policies of local governments can help accelerate the transition from gas-powered to electric and hybrid vehicles.
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Inspiration

Earth Music

We are part of a single, fragile biological system, and the whisper of every leaf and creature’s song implores us to love and care for the delicate biophony that was the first music our species ever heard.

The Next Level

Transformational learning allows students to experience the connectedness of the global community through the lens of economic, social and environmental challenges.
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Wise Words

Healing the Ecosystem Within

The co-editor of Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, talks with Natural Awakenings about the role each of us plays today in creating a more sustainable tomorrow.
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Healthy Kids

Park It Here

Exploring America’s National Treasures
Family trips to our national parks offer affordable, accessible, fun adventures that link us with nature and strengthen our commitment to appreciate and care for priceless resources.

Honoring Earth Day

Go Green at Parks and Other Community Events
This year’s National Park Week, from April 20 to 28, centered around Earth Day, offers free admission to all 398 national parks from April 22 to 26. Earth Day’s 43rd anniversary celebrations include a host of local events to help citizens of all ages join in the next “billion acts of green,” aligned with the theme: The Face of Climate Change.
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Natural Pet

Detecting Disease

Regular laboratory testing allows for early diagnosis and treatment of these serious conditions. Combining conventional therapies with natural remedies usually results in successful outcomes.