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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 20:17
Everywhere, USA, March 2014—Does it really matter what kind of fuel we use to power our lives? Must we choose between the lesser of evils? As always, it’s best to define terms before engaging in meaningful debate. Here again the science geeks at Earth Talk, a feature of The Environmental Magazine, answer a key question to inform one end of the discussion around the proposed Keystone XL pipeline:

What are “dirty fuels” and why are they so called?

The term “dirty fuels” refers to fuels derived from tar sands, oil shale or liquid coal. Just like their more conventional fossil fuel counterparts such as petroleum and coal, they can be turned into gasoline, diesel, and other energy sources. And they can generate extreme amounts of particulate pollution, carbon emissions, and ecosystem destruction during their lifecycles from production to consumption.
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Kids Live It Up
Health
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 20:13
Washington, D.C., March 2014—It’s National Nutrition Month, and the National Restaurant Association is celebrating a major program milestone. Its first-of-its-kind Kids LiveWell initiative has grown to 42,000 restaurant locations nationwide. The voluntary program provides a growing selection of healthful children’s menu choices.

To join Kids LiveWell, restaurants agree to offer and promote a selection of qualifying menu items based on leading health organizations’ scientific recommendations. The program now counts more than 145 restaurant brands in every state as participants. The list includes new national companies (Cosi, Jamba Juice and Rainforest Café), as well as other regional chains and independent restaurants. 
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Healthier Lifestyle Made ‘Soy’ Much Easier
Health
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 20:06
Everywhere, February 2014 — Because soyfoods can be used to replace a number of less healthy foods in a daily diet, they can also contribute to a healthier lifestyle and offer numerous health benefits, including lower LDL cholesterol levels.

In honor of February as American Heart Month, the Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA) created an infographic detailing interesting heart health statistics and how soyfoods can help. Cardiovascular heart disease (CHD) is the number one cause of death in the United States, but the proteins found in soyfoods have been shown to help lower LDL cholesterol levels (the “bad” cholesterol”) and the total amount of cholesterol. 
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GoodBelly to the rescue
Health
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 19:54
Boulder, Colorado, February 2014—GoodBelly, a maker of probiotic juice drinks formulated for daily digestive health, has launched the Good Belly Reboot. It’s an easy-to-follow, 21-day program designed to help naturally reset and renew digestive health with daily digestive wellness tips, challenges and reminders.

Digestive wellness is critical to overall health. Approximately 70 percent of our immune systems dwell in the digestive tract; yet it’s often overlooked because it’s a difficult indicator to measure. The Good Belly Reboot challenge offers consumers encouraging and informative step-by-step tips on how to maintain and actually track their digestive health. The goal is to support people in their journeys to sustain healthy digestive systems and integrate probiotics into their daily diets. 
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Go (Soy)Nuts Over Healthy Snacking
Health
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 19:33
Grand Rapids, Michigan, February 2014—The mid-afternoon slump can be fatal to a hard day’s work of healthy eating. It’s a time when even the most dedicated health nuts can become susceptible to the call of potato chips and candy bars.

Love Your Health® SoyMix can provide a better snacking alternative; it’s as convenient as a bag of chips, but much healthier and just as craveable.

Incorporating more soy protein into a daily diet has been shown to boost energy and benefit heart health by lowering LDL (the bad kind) cholesterol levels; soy has also been linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer and other chronic diseases. 
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Trade You for a Cap
Bio-Based
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 19:59
Everywhere, USA, March 2014—What are the odds? Can we expect the U.S. Congress to garner enough bi-partisan support to take on any environmental issues? Or might the states take the lead?

If “cap and trade” has worked so well in Europe for reducing greenhouse gas emissions there, why haven’t we tried something similar here in the U.S.?

“Cap-and-trade,” whereby big polluters must pay to emit greenhouse gases against a capped total amount that is reduced over time, has been in effect across the European Union (EU) since 2005. This so-called Emissions Trading System (ETS) requires 11,000 of the largest electric and industrial facilities in 28 European countries to participate. Some 45 percent of Europe’s total greenhouse gas emissions are regulated under the system. Proponents say the ETS has succeeded in keeping greenhouse gas emissions in check and making Europe a global leader on climate. The EU reports that, by 2020, emissions from sectors covered by ETS will be 21 percent lower than they were in 2005 and 43 percent lower by 2030.
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Former Foster Youth Get Boost From ACA
Health
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 20:00
Oakland, California, February 2014— Each year, over 20,000 youth “age-out” (become too old) of the foster care system in the United States. In California alone, between 2,700 and 5,000 youth age-out of foster care every year. These vulnerable youth too often lack adequate support to make the transition to adulthood successfully. For example, they are much less likely than their peers to have health insurance, but tend to have more health care needs due to trauma experienced during childhood.
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Too Small to Fail
Health
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 19:47
New York, New York, February 2014—Too Small to Fail is a joint initiative of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and Next Generation. It aims to help parents, communities and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of children under age five. The goal is for more of America’s children are prepared to succeed in the 21st century.
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More on Zija and How it Works
Health
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 19:39
A note from the editors—plus something about heart month, which occurs in February:

For the past several issues we’ve been plugging something that was introduced to us by a client back in September. Endorsing things is something we rarely do, which I explained earlier. But this stuff is so good and good for you, it was our duty to pass along the good news.

Zija is the name of a growing company. Their full name is Zija International. You can Google them to find out more, but they’re not only legitimate, they’re well respected after only a few years on the market.

Their all-natural product is derived from the Moringa Tree, a scrubby-looking little planting that thrives in crummy weather—mostly in Western Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and in some parts of Central America. Though this growth has been around since Biblical times, only recently did the knowledge of what it contains and what it can do reach the developed countries.
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