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Should We Recycle Recycling?

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Apr 2, 2016 2:34:00 PM

Recently, environmental journalist Amy Westervelt shared a thought provoking look at our current recycling practices. Her question? Is the way we recycle working for the economy or the environment, and if it isn't what are the recommendations.

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Is Wastewater from Fracking Being Used to Water Crops in California?

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 23, 2016 8:03:08 AM

Environmental groups say that in drought-stricken areas, even organic crops are being watered with toxic water the oil companies want to get rid of.

Common Dreams filed this report yesterday:

Most U.S. consumers are unaware that so-called "organic" produce can be grown with fracking wastewater, much less that the practice is common in drought-stricken regions such as California. Two environmental groups, the Sierra Club and the Cornucopia Institute, today publicized a petition asking the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ban toxic irrigation of organic food.

"Consumers buy organic produce to support sustainable agriculture that doesn’t use toxic chemicals," said Alexander Rony, Sierra Club's senior digital innovation campaigner, in a press statement. "Oil wastewater puts the entire organic system at risk. If you can’t be sure what’s in your organic fruits and vegetables, what food can you trust?"

Federal regulations currently allow "produced water," a euphemism for wastewater produced by the fracking process, to irrigate organic crops.

The practice has grown more common in regions desperate for new sources of water.

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Earth Hour Day

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 19, 2016 1:55:00 PM

Today is Earth Hour Day.

Here at Green Builder Media, we take the future of the environment very seriously. This year marks the 10th year of Earth Hour, which started in Australia. Last year, more than 172 countries took part in the event. Join us this year from 8:30-9:30PM your local time in a show of solidarity about the importance of taking climate change seriously.

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Free of Scalia's Scorn,  Supreme Court Denies Mercury Polluters' Appeal

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 4, 2016 8:09:25 PM

In the first of what's likely to be many reversals, the Supreme Court today ruled against pollutors, denying coal states another delay in their attempt to underming EPA rules about Mercury pollution.

According to, "Last June, as we know, the Supremes said that EPA didn’t properly consider cost as it relates to the mercury rules and re-delivered the to the DC Court of Appeals for it to reconsider. That lower court will rehear the arguments but decided in the meantime, that the law could go forward.

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CDC Raises Red Flag on Lumber Liquidators Formaldehyde Flooring

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 25, 2016 6:36:45 PM

The story points to Chinese imports, as told by ABC News:

A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put the spotlight again on some flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators due to potential health risks. The company came under fire last year after some of its products sourced from China were found to have elevated formaldehyde levels. But the CDC's new report on Monday suggests the risk may be higher than previously estimated. this story (Image Source)

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