Flame Retardants: Why Are They So Important?

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(DGIwire) – Flame retardants (FRs) are a key component in reducing the devastating impact of fires on people, property and the environment. A variety of different chemicals, with different properties and structures, act as FRs and are often combined for effectiveness. But what exactly do FRs do that makes them so important? According to the […]

Environmentally Conscious Flame Retardants: What’s New?

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(DGIwire) – Flame retardants (FRs) are a critical safety component, particularly in the textile industry, because they can help protect bedding, decorative fabrics, automotive fabrics and outdoor fabrics, as well as military and workwear. However, the quest has been on for a newer and more environmentally conscious set of chemicals. According to the Environmental Protection […]

President’s Forceful Climate Plan Focuses on Technology

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(DGIwire) — It’s no secret that the United States is a major contributor to global emissions. In fact, as of late 2014, the United States was second only to China with regard to pollution, according to an article in The Guardian. Surveys show that many Americans are simply not willing to give up the lifestyles […]

What Are the Long-Term Effects of Greenhouse Gas Emissions on Earth?

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(DGIwire) – Brown University researchers recently investigated how climate change and evolution have intersected throughout the millennia. The group, which published its findings in August 2015 in the journal Nature Communications, focused on ancient animals living in what is now America. According to their study, changes in the environment were significant enough to make the […]

How Companies Can Profit by Joining in Against Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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(DGIwire) — When it comes to energy conservation, industrial corporations often get a bad rap. The image of the money-hungry businessman building his fortune on a pile of felled lumber while pumping his toxic waste into a pristine river has been drawn by many a political cartoonist. And certainly this perception is not without basis; […]

Air Pollution Epidemic Kills More Than AIDS and Malaria Combined

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(DGIwire) — Recent research suggests that air pollution could be responsible for more deaths annually than AIDS and malaria combined. As reported in the Daily Mail, a study led by Joshua Apte of the University of Texas found that outdoor particulate air pollution causes 3.2 million deaths each year—more than the estimated 2.5 million deaths […]

President Declares That Climate Change Is Making Us Sick

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(DGIwire) — Until now, climate change has almost always been framed as an environmental issue or social cause. It has been presented in a context closer to a “save the whales” campaign than a massively dangerous peril to the public. All that changed on April 7, 2015, when the White House issued a statement, summarized […]

Earth Day is Every Day with this Technology

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(DGIwire)  It’s April 22nd and that can only mean one thing, it’s Earth Day! Today marks the 45th anniversary of the annual day of action: A day when billions of people worldwide pledge to undertake “green” initiatives to help the planet and reduce our carbon footprints by taking preventative measures such as planting trees, picking […]

China’s Air Pollution Plan: An Uncomfortable Choice

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(DGIwire) — “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” wrote Spanish philosopher George Santayana. His words certainly ring true today for many reasons, but particularly when focusing on industrialization in modern cities. Most American and English high school students learn about the Industrial Revolution, the period in the early 20th century […]

How Mother Nature Can Prevent Bank Robberies

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(DGIwire) – We might think of bank robbery as something romantic, in a way, as many people unfortunately do. Why? Well, when we hear the names John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd or Bonnie and Clyde, it brings to mind some daring, larger-than-life characters, along with a bygone era in which men wore hats, women were called dames, […]

As California Bakes, One Company Aims to Quench Farmers’ Water Woes

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 (DGIwire) – Entering the third year of a major drought, California’s farmers are in crisis mode. Hundreds of them will get no water from the reservoirs that sustain farming in the Central Valley, where much of the country’s fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables are grown. According to The New York Times, low water allocations from […]

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