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Join Malibu Unites to Help Advocate for Non-toxic American Schools

by , 08/12/14

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Schools in America are more toxic than ever. Luckily, there are groups like Malibu Unites – a coalition of concerned parents, teachers, community members, scientists, public figures and environmental groups from across the U.S. who are fed up with toxic schools. Malibu Unites was formed in October of 2013, after three local teachers were diagnosed with thyroid cancer within a six-month period, and other teachers experienced physical symptoms that may be linked to toxins, such as migraines, hair loss, respiratory problems, and rashes. According to Malibu Unites, soil on the Malibu High School (MHS) campus tested positive for nine toxins in 2011, including, PCBs, lead, DDT, Chlordane and additional pesticides known to be carcinogenic, which prompted teachers from MHS and Juan Cabrillo Elementary (JC) to ask that their classrooms and soil be further tested for toxins. As a parent or community member you CAN advocate for safer, less toxic schools, but that means taking action just like the community of Malibu has done with Malibu Unites. To ensure that American schools are as healthy and safe as possible join up with Malibu Unites on Facebook to learn more about this inspirational group.

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Rotterdam is Transforming a Canal into a Water-Purifying Wave Park!

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These Amazing Honeycomb Sculptures Are Made by Bees!

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We all know honeybees are essential to our food system and tireless workers, but who would have thought they could be artists too? Bejing-based artist Ren Ri collaborates with these fascinating insects to create stunning sculptures that incorporate the element of chance. Each sculpture is the result of a joint effort between Ri and a colony of bees he has been keeping since 2008.

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Daniel Buren's Colored Glass Installation Lights Up Le Corbusier's Cité Radieuse

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Urban Reef Encourages Summertime Street Lounging in Vancouver

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How to Spice Up a Shipping Container Home

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People all over the world are looking for cheap, alternative housing, and recycled shipping containers are starting to become ever more popular; not just homes but also for all sorts of structures. The average shipping container is a very versatile thing, and they can be easily connected together to make many different shapes and sizes of buildings, somewhat like constructing a building with giant Lego bricks. If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly option to build your new family home or business office, then using modified shipping containers could be the perfect choice for you.

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Dept. of Public Health Deliberately Silenced Citizens Calling about Fracking

by , 08/12/14

NPR recently covered a story about two former Pennsylvania Department of Public Health employees who said they were told to keep their mouths shut when people called in about fracking and related development. Former employee Tammi Stuck said, “we were absolutely not allowed to talk to them,” regarding people who called in insisting that fracking and related processes caused nosebleeds, migraines, skin rashes, and a bunch of other problems common to carcinogen exposure. The concerns mirror public health advocates who say that Pennsylvania hasn’t funded enough research to examine health impacts of blasting apart the Marcellus Shale.

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Aarambh's 20 Cent Cardboard Desk Drastically Improves Life for Indian School Children (Video)

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School desks might seem like a common commodity in the West, but many children in India have to go without, which can result in bad posture, damaged eyesight, and even poor handwriting. To help deal with the problem, New Bombay-based non-profit Aarambh created the Help Desk, a writing surface made from recycled cardboard that can also be folded up into a briefcase. While the desks only cost about 20 cents to make, they drastically improve the learning experience and health of schoolchildren across India. You might need tissues for the video after the jump.

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China's Largest Robot Restaurant is Crawling with WALL-E-Style Waiters

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Domino Sugar Factory Relics to Live on as Part of New High Line-Style Walkway

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Williamsburg’s iconic Domino Sugar Factory will be making way for yet another high-rise development, but at least part of the Brooklyn landmark is going to be preserved. Two Trees, the developer of the new complex, has promised to preserve relics from the original building and incorporate them into a new High Line-style walkway called the “Artifact Walk.”

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France's Grand Large Seaside District is Both Stunning and Sustainable

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Phone Dead? New CityCharge Stations Let You Juice Up with Solar Power

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14 Stunning Visions of Brooklyn Bridge Park's Future Affordable Homes

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All the designs propose building two towers near Pier 6, which lies west of where Atlantic Avenue meets the BQE. The first high-rise would be situated at One Brooklyn Bridge Park and…

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German bike manufacturer LignoTube Technologies designed their ultralight Nemus Cajalun bike by combining layers of veneer, real wood and alumnium. Thanks to its veneer composite pipes…

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Green homes are on the rise, but a world dominated by green real estate is far from reality. In this interview with ECOBroker John Beldock, we thought we'd take a look at ways to locate…

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