You can file this under “who knew?” Sadly, not enough of us do. Your clothes dryer can be deadly, a silent killer if the duct venting system is not properly maintained.
There are over 15,000 fires, 400 injuries, and several deaths caused by dryers every year according to TFRS. Most of these fires are caused by improper venting or the buildup of lint inside the venting ducts.
I came home from a business trip this weekend only to find the duct venting (flex dryer hose) had completely disconnected from the back of the dryer. Instead of the lint being properly vented outside it was collecting inside the back of the dryer and collecting in mound on the floor.
I was stunned to see how much lint had collected and to see that the duct coming from inside the dryer was almost completely blocked. We were lucky; that dryer was a disaster waiting to happen. I shutter to think the number of times I’ve left the dryer going while I took a short trip to the store.
Here’s another video worth looking at. This one shows just how quickly a dryer can ignite and destroy your home.
Now that you know how deadly your dryer can be here are three things you can do to protect yourself and your family. For more information read here and here.
In addition to emptying the lint filter every time you are finished using the dryer, check the dryer duct on a regular basis.
Never go to sleep or go to sleep with the dryer on.
The world’s oceans are harboring a dirty secret: trash … lots of it … and we are responsible for it.
If you are of a certain age, you most likely will remember that famous line in the movie Mrs. Robinson, “one word Benjamin . . . plastics!”
We took it to heart, because since the 60’s our use of plastics has gone exponentially through the roof. This is true world wide. It wouldn’t be so worrisome if were not for the fact that most of the people on the planet use plastic (in all its forms) in an indiscriminate manner.
It doesn’t matter what corner of the world we are talking about, we all do … more so in the U.S. than other part of the world.
Watching a cable program a few years ago changed my outlook about plastic trash in all its forms. I will never forget the following point.
Every piece of plastic that has ever been manufactured will continue to exist in our landfills and oceans for hundreds to thousands of years to come. Every piece!We use plastic bags, made of a material that has been manufactured to last into infinity, for a minuscule amount of time and then toss them away.
Our throw away society … “Once ‘n Done” … has created a massive ecological nightmare that has to be faced. We are using our oceans like toilet bowls.
Our thoughtless use and disposal of plastic is helping us kill every form of life. Fish, sharks, whales, dolphins, porpoise, pelicans, seagulls, etc.; the reefs that support so many forms of life . . . all are negatively impacted by our thoughtlessness.
Dumping electronic waste (e-waste) is a massive world wide problem. When talking about toxic time bombs, e-waste is right up there with the top five ecological nightmares that we can choose to deal with now or suffer the consequences of waiting for later.
The amount of e-waste that is generated by the U.S. every year is simply staggering. The U.S. is the world’s top producer of e-waste. According Popular Mechanics we produce 2.25 million tonsof used electronics every year and recycle only 18% of our tech toys.
Why? Because we have very few companies here that are wiling to recycle and extract components that have value (like the copper) and because it is simply cheaper to export the electronics and let poor people in developing nations like China, India, Ghana, and Nigeria deal with the toxic waste.
Monitors, keyboards, mainframes, memory cards contain hazardous materials like lead, mercury, chromium, beryllium, cobalt, arsenic … all cancer causing agents that are constantly being released into the environment as people in poor countries are enlisted to recycle these old electronics.
The poor, often including children, dismantle dumped PCs and phones, stripping the components for the valuable — and toxic — metals contained inside. In the process these people are constantly being exposed to cancer causing toxins, while their landfills and ground waters are hideously being polluted.
The irony here is that since the U.S. no longer is a manufacturing country, when all those container ships arriving with cheap Chinese made goods are emptied we ship the containers back filled with out electronic waste!
For more on how to recycle your computer go to Treehugger and check with you local community recycling program. Many cities and towns reserve at least one day every year where you can bring your old electronics to be responsibility recycled.
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The ongoing devastation to the oceans and our environment caused by plastic trash in all its forms continues at an alarming rate. Our oceans are becoming little more than sewers for the world’s refuge.
Millions of tons of plastic debris and trash are now occupying5 Gyres in the oceans. We knew about the Pacific Gyre , twice the size of Texas, only last year did we start hearing about the other four massive Gyres.
It is estimated that there could be hundreds of millions of tons of plastic rubbishfloating in the world’s oceans. In Japan alone, it is calculated that 150,000 tons of plastic is washed up on its shores each year.
According to a recent article in National Geographic News, 44 percent of all seabirds eat plastic, apparently by mistake, sometimes with fatal effects. And 267 marine species are affected by plastic garbage—animals are known to swallow plastic bags, which resemble jellyfish in mid-ocean, for example—according to a 2008 study in the journal Environmental Research by oceanographer and chemist Charles Moore, of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation.
Plastic hits marine creatures with a double whammy, Moore said. Along with the toxic chemicals released from the breakdown of plastic, animals also take in other chemicals that the plastic has accumulated from outside sources in the water.
“We knew ten years ago that plastic could be a million times more toxic than the seawater itself,” because plastic items tend to accumulate a surface layer of chemicals from seawater, Moore said. “They’re sponges.”
Oprah’s Earth Day shows have been a powerful means of focusing on this unnecessary man made plastic nightmare.
It isn’t bad enough that our oceans are treated like cesspools where areas have ten times as much plastic trash as plankton. The trash is ingested by hundreds of thousands of birds and seas creatures … a time bomb going off in their guts that silently kills. The number of whales, in particular, that are found stranded with stomachs full of trash is increasing with greater frequency.
No, we have a few nations, Japan in particular, that behave with utter disregard to savage, mind numbing killing of sharks just for their fins. Harvesting sharks as a food source is one thing … killing hundreds of thousands of sharks just for their fins and tossing the rest of the carcasses away is criminal waste.
The Japanese apparently feel that all of the oceans fish, sharks, dolphins, and whales are there to feed their voracious appetites for sea food and the rest of the world be dammed. It’s part of their culture, don’t ya know!
If you have seen The Cove you have viewed the tragedy of the Japanese insistence of mindlessly killing dolphins every year. The worse part of this story is that the rationale for the dolphin round-up is so that business corporations like Sea World can add to their supply of performing dolphins.
What is particularly hideous about the slaughter of the dolphins and whales is that these aquatic mammals are intelligent creatures that possess self awareness. They know who they are! They are cultural animals that can learn and teach one another. They mourn and feel pain.
Dolphins have been declared the world’s second most intelligent creatures after humans, with scientists suggesting they are so bright that they should be treated as “non-human persons”.
Studies into dolphin behavior have highlighted how similar their communications are to those of humans and that they are brighter than chimpanzees. These have been backed up by anatomical research showing that dolphin brains have many key features associated with high intelligence.
The researchers argue that their work shows it is morally unacceptable to keep such intelligent animals in amusement parks or to kill them for food or by accident when fishing. Some 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises die in this way each year.
It has been shown that whales, including baleen species, exhibit exceptional acumen. Studies show that they can solve problems and use tools; show grief and joy; and of course they live in complex societies as a key adaptive strategy to their vast watery environment. Cognitively advanced, whales have powers of acoustic processing, communication and social intelligence.
One of the posts I continue to get traffic on every day (here) is about PETA and why so people dislike the organization.
I understand the emotional component of wanting to spare unnecessary pain to animals. I don’t understand mean and childish pranks that generate media attention and little else, which is typically how PETA operates.
These two videos are a case in point! Let’s just call this, now you see the monkey Peta got upset about and now you don’t! It seems Dodge Auto Company recently found itself in PETA’s crosshairs after it aired a commercial starring a monkey dressed up like Evel Knievel.
ta da! This is how Dodge fought back!
Need I say more? Actually the 2nd commercial is so funny, it might actually make me consider a Chrysler product!
Lost in the din of the BP Deepwater Disaster oil spill was the announcement that the United States and the Obama Administration have been major players in back room negotiations that will allow Japan, Norway, and Iceland to restart commercial whaling.
Every President since Reagan has supported the international ban on the killing of whales going back to 1986.
After years of backroom negotiations and closed-door meetings, a secret deal has emerged that would re-start the cruel commercial slaughter of our ocean’s great whales.
That’s right, the same country that for decades has led the international fight to stop the cruel and unnecessary commercial slaughter of whales…whose president promised to be a leader on wildlife protections…is now behind the deal that would reintroduce commercial whaling. In fact, four out of the last five closed-door meetings that produced this plan have been held on American soil. This is a deal that was literally “made in the USA!”
But now – on President Obama’s watch – the United States is about to support a plan that will reintroduce legalized commercial whaling – this despite his campaign assurances that he would strengthen protections for whales.
Greenpeace has labeled President Obama as Public Enemy #1 because of his support of of this unconscionable deal that sanctions the slaughter of these magnificent creatures.
The AP is reporting exceedingly high levels of deadly heavy metals and toxins in the bloodstreams of whales. Roger Payne, the American scientist who headed the research with the Ocean Alliance, has been studying whales for decades. Mr. Payne, is the founder and president of Ocean Alliance, the research and conservation group that produced the report as follows:
Sperm whales feeding even in the most remote reaches of Earth’s oceans have built up stunningly high levels of toxic and heavy metals, according to American scientists who say the findings spell danger not only for marine life but for the millions of humans who depend on seafood.
A report released Thursday noted high levels of cadmium, aluminum, chromium, lead, silver, mercury and titanium in tissue samples taken by dart gun from nearly 1,000 whales over five years.
From polar areas to equatorial waters, the whales ingested pollutants that may have been produced by humans thousands of miles away, the researchers said.
Payne called his group’s $5 million project the most comprehensive report ever done on ocean pollutants. U.S. Whaling Commissioner Monica Medina informed the 88 member nations of the whaling commission of the report and urged the commission to conduct further research.
In an associated article written by: Nancy Roberts 2 days ago,on the Care 2 site more details are given about tragic effects of pollution on whales and the entire food chain:
Human-caused pollution, including deadly toxins and heavy metals, are reaching into the farthest corners of the ocean and into the systems of the largest creatures on earth.
Even if you didn’t care about whales, the fact remains that they are at the top of the food chain, a reflection of what all of the other creatures are consuming, in even the most remote waters.
The fish that some whales eat are also consumed by people—one billion of whom count fish as their primary protein source–and the consequences cannot be avoided. “The entire ocean life is just loaded with a series of contaminants, most of which have been released by human beings,”