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Essential Oils for Challenging Times
Virus Fighters, Image: JPC-PROD/Shutterstock.com In these coronavirus days, an essential oil mixture with legendary origins in the Bubonic Plague offers soothing scents for the homebound and might add...

Research-Proven DIY Sanitizers That Work
Virus-Free Hands and Home, Image: kasarp studio/Shutterstock.com When we’re out and about, if we can’t use a sink and soap to ward off the COVID-19 coronavirus, a hand sanitizer can work, advises the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) —as long as it’s...

Tips for Plant-Based Living
Eating Greener, Image: Nina Firsoval/Shutterstock.com Eating more fruits and vegetables as part of a plant-based diet is catching on. In 2019, more than one third of Americans said...

Tips for Toxin-Free House Cleaning
Sustainable Scrubbing, Image:  New Africa/Shutterstock.com Cleaning the house shouldn’t be a health hazard, yet studies have linked many popular cleaning products to asthma and other respiratory ills, developmental problems in young children and...

New York State Bans Plastic Bags
Bagging It, Image: Bogdan Sonjachnyj f/Shutterstock.com On Earth Day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in...

Artificial Light Tied to Inflammation
Fluorescent Findings, Image: koosen/Shutterstock.com Fluorescent lighting is one of the most common sources of artificial light, but new research from Texas State University suggests there may be unexpected...

Tectonic Activity Shakes Geologists
Moon Rocks, Image: taffpixture/shutterstock.com Long considered to be geologically inactive, our 4.6-billion-year-old moon is showing signs of tectonic activity via seismometers deployed between...

Catching Some Rays on the Water
Floating Solar, Image:  PowerUp/Shutterstock.com Solar panels currently generate only about 1 percent of our nation’s energy needs, but new research from the federal National Renewable Energy Laboratory shows that installation of...

Farmers Responding to Climate Change
Hot Topic , Image: nd3000v/Shutterstock.com Climate change has inspired farmers to turn to regenerative agriculture, which pulls carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and stores it in their soil. Regenerative agriculture...

Natural Approaches Help Prevent Harmful Runoff
by Darla Nagel

Keeping Our Lakes Safe, Image: Harmful algal blooms are a growing problem in the Great Lakes, blocking sunlight and consuming oxygen needed for plant and fish species to...

Wastewater Turned into Hydrogen Fuel
Sunny Solution, Image: Rob Crandall/Shutterstock.com Producing pure hydrogen is expensive and energy intensive, but a research team at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, at...

Drugs Found in Rural Rivers
Pastoral Pollution, Image: krugloff/Shutterstock.com Researchers at King’s College London and the University of Suffolk have found a diverse array of cocaine, pharmaceuticals and pesticides in ...

Hemp to the Rescue at Detox Sites
Wonder Weed, Image: Aleksandr Kurganov/Shutterstock.com Cannabis is enjoying a renaissance of sorts, and one new application for hemp, the no-buzz industrial variety used in fabrics, oils and foods, is cleaning nuclear radiation from...

Algae Loss Colors Ocean
Too Blue, Image: The world’s oceans may be getting bluer, thanks to climate change. The effect is more likely to be detected by satellites than Earthbound people, and is caused by...