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10 Aug. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in water supply, Great Lakes shrinking, water crisis, water usage

Quenching Humans' Thirst: Depleting our water supply

water supply, droughts, water crisis

When I walk throughout my neighborhood in the middle of the hottest and usually driest months of July and August, I find that I am dodging the water shooting from sprinklers and jumping over puddles of water on sidewalks. Because clean water is so accessible to us, we consequently tend to be wasteful with its uses like leaving sprinklers on too long, creating a saturated yard and those sidewalk puddles. In our ignorance, we are taking advantage of a natural substance – water- without any regards to its limitations.

22 Jul. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in phthalates, fragrance, perfumes, dangers chemicals, household products

Deceiving Our Noses: Dangers of Household Products

fragrance, dangers of perfume, household products

Now most of us know that sticking our noses in a bleach bottle is harmful to us and that drinking any household product is equally as dangers, if not deadly. But what about wafting and smelling the scents left behind, from the smells of our fabric softener to the air fresheners strategically placed throughout our homes? Although we are made to believe that all of these smells equal fresh and clean, these smells are the result of chemicals. They are deceiving our noses and us.

A 1991 “Environmental Health Perspectives” article said it best,

21 Jul. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in clean renewable energy, windpower, solar power, hydropower

Moving Forward or in Circles With Clean Renewable Energy?

wind turbine, windpower, solar power, hydropower

If the clean renewable energy sources prove too problematic, should we continue to pursue them as clean renewable energy sources? And if these sources are so problematic are they really clean renewable energy sources? The answers to these questions and the decisions we make both nationally and internationally will effect generations to come.

24 Jun. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in water pollution, chemicals in drinking water, pharmaceuticals

Clear But Not So Clean: Pharmaceutical drugs in drinking water

water pollution, chemicals in drinking water, pharmaceuticals

Although our drinking water is clear, it does not mean that it is free of all harmful substances – hence water filters. What is bewildering to me is that we have this amazing grasp on the existence of germs even though we cannot see them. But when it comes to harmful chemicals in our drinking water, food and home, we often seem completely dumbfounded that they are there. Why is there this gap between understanding “unseen” germs and acknowledging the existence of “unseen” chemicals?

23 May. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich in consumers, products, shopping, manufacturing, environmental health

Shopping and Industry Practices on Autopilot

consumers, products, shopping, manufacturing, environmental health

We know we can go to the grocery store or department store and pick up a frozen pizza and blue jeans, respectively. And now days we can walk into Walmart and purchase both of these items. But do you really know where all these products come from and what is really in them?

Now, you may look on the tag of those jeans and see that they are made in Thailand, China or India; or that your pizza was made in Chicago or Detroit. There is still this disconnection between us and our daily lives and our products and food, which needs to be mended.