80% of sunscreens either don’t work or have ‘worrisome’ ingredients, says EWG study

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Alexandra Sifferlin reports for Time:

New research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology shows that many Americans aren’t protecting their skin as much as they should. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asked people how often they use sunscreen when out in the sun for over an hour and only 14% of men said they regularly slathered on sunscreen. Women, at 30%, were twice as diligent about putting on sunscreen—while men were more likely than women to report never using sunscreen.

The problem isn’t only compliance. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its 2015 sunscreen guide on Tuesday, which reviewed more than 1,700 SPF products like sunscreens, lip balms and moisturizers. The researchers discovered that 80% of the products offer “inferior sun protection or contain worrisome ingredients like oxybenzone and vitamin A,” they say. Oxybenzone is a chemical that can disrupt the…

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Racing Carnage: Horseracing Wrongs 2014 Death Stats Visualized


Writing and Data Wrangling by:  Heather Clemenceau

Data reproduced with permission of Patrick Battuello – http://www.horseracingwrongs.com

Most of the followers of this blog are familiar with Patrick Battuello and his meticulous collection of stats on the deaths and injuries of racehorses across the United States via his blog HorseracingWrongs.  I was recently sent his 2014 compilation of information on racing deaths for 2014,  and immediately I knew that,  as a visual person,  I wanted to see it represented in pictures and graphs.  So I took Patrick’s data line by line,  recorded each horse’s age at death,  the track info,  plugged it all in an Excel spreadsheet,  added state,  city,  and zip codes for each of the tracks,  scrubbed and sorted the data,  and then imported it all into Tableau for visualization.  It’s so disturbing to see the number of deaths of 1 year-olds in training at various tracks,  as…

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Australian Marine Park Plans to do What With Stranded Dolphins?!

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June 23rd, 2015 (Angie Plummer). It sounds too sick to be true, but a marine park in Australia called Dolphin Marine Magic has been caught boasting about plans to milk wild, stranded dolphins for sperm.

Why ? So it can artificially inseminate its captive female dolphins – even though animal welfare advocates argue the pool they live in is already far too small, and illegally overcrowded.

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Despite Criticism, Half of Japan’s Captured Dolphins Sold | Care2 Causes

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3143978.largeDocumentaries like Blackfish and The Cove have changed the way we view marine mammals – particularly dolphins and orcas – as entertainment.

The Cove was released in 2009 and won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2010. The film focuses on the process wild dolphins endure when being forced into captivity so humans can be entertained at theme parks. Featured in the film is activist Ric O’Barry, who was one of the people who captured five dolphins for the 1960s television show, “Flipper.” The experience led O’Barry to become a voice for dolphins in captivity.

Blackfish directly takes aim at SeaWorld and its captive orca, Tillikum, held in captivity since his capture off Iceland’s coast in 1983. Since his capture, Tillikum has been responsible for three deaths at the amusement park. Particularly the most notable of those was the 2010 death of trainer, Dawn Brancheau, which prompted the film’s development.


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Study: Green household products have hidden toxic hazards

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From the University of Melbourne:


Hidden hazards found in green products

Dr. Anne Steinemann, Professor of Civil Engineering, and the Chair of Sustainable Cities, from the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, Melbourne School of Engineering, is a world expert on environmental pollutants, air quality, and health effects.

Professor Steinemann investigated and compared volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from 37 different products, such as air fresheners, cleaning products, laundry supplies, and personal care products, including those with certifications and claims of ‘green’ and ‘organic’. Both fragranced and fragrance-free products were tested.

The study, published in the journal Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health found 156 different VOCs emitted from the 37 products, with an average of 15 VOCs per product. Of these 156 VOCs, 42 are classified as toxic or hazardous under US federal laws, and each product emitted at least one of these chemicals.

Findings revealed that emissions of carcinogenic hazardous air…

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Green Energy ‘steals’ from the Biosphere

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An Opinion Piece by
Viv Forbes, BScAppGeol, FAusIMM
Scientist, mineral economist and grass farmer.

Earth has only three significant sources of energy.

First is geothermal energy from Earth’s molten core and decaying radioactive minerals in Earth’s crust. This energy moves continents, powers volcanoes and its heat migrates towards the crust, warming the lithosphere and the deep oceans. It can be harvested successfully in favourable locations, and radioactive minerals can be extracted to provide large amounts of reliable heat for power generation.

Second is energy stored in combustible hydrocarbon minerals such as coal, oil, gas, tar sands and oil shale. These all store solar and geothermal energy collected eons ago and they are the primary energy sources supporting modern industrial societies and the vast populations dependent on them.

Third are radiation and gravitational energies from the Sun and Moon which are captured by the biosphere as heat, winds, tides, rain, rivers…

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Join P!nk in Supporting the Ban on New York City’s Horse-Drawn Carriages! | Action Alerts | Actions | PETA

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Activists to Descend Upon USDA to Save Nosey the Elephant | Ecorazzi

Life or Lunch?

nosey-the-elephant-592x399A group of animal activists are planning a rally in Washington D.C. this week in hopes of finally freeing Nosey the Elephant.

Nosey is a 32-year-old pachyderm who was sold to Hugo Liebel in 1988 and has been used in circuses performances and elephant rides since then. Nosey has been in the spotlight for several years now amid complaints she is forced to perform despite her obvious suffering from arthritis and a chronic untreated eye infection. Last fall, actress Olivia Munn fired off a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture chastising the agency for being aware of Nosey’s condition and not doing anything about it, and demanding that they confiscate Nosey from Liebel and permanently revoke his exhibitor’s license.

Unfortunately, despite that Liebel has been cited for violating the Animal Welfare Act two hundred times, the USDA did not revoke his license and Nosey continues to suffer. It’s for this reason…

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We Have All Seen The Utmost Suffering Of Dogs At Yulin – Now The Pathetic FCI Allows China To Hold The World Dog Show In 2019 !!! – Petition Link Included.

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SAV comment – we have just had to witness, rage, grimace and express untold anger at the untold suffering inflicted on thousands of dogs and cats at the Yulin ‘festival’; and now we are insultingly informed that China has won the gutless FCI right to hold the World Dog Show in 2019.  Is this an utter insult to Canines or what ?

How pathetic can this be ? – these Chinese government barbarians should be punished for what they have done and what they allowed to happen at Yulin.  At the very least, these pathetics should have this event stripped from them.  Let them learn the hard way; try to teach them to be civilised; a difficult task but you have to agree; but you have to try.

The following petition asks for the event to be taken away from China who will currently be hosting in 2019.  Please support…

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Scientists Want To Call This Unnamed Octopus Species ‘Adorabilis’


Scientists Want To Call This Unnamed Octopus Species Adorabilis

What do you call a tiny octopus with big eyes, gelatinous skin and is cute as a button? Stephanie Bush of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute aims to classify and name this presently undescribed deep-sea cephalopod using preserved specimens and a clutch of eggs hatch housed at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Learn more about Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis in the informative video below by Science Friday.

“I don’t see any obvious reason why it would be inappropriate … it’s easy to pronounce and popular with the public.”

Stephanie Bush tells the AFP. She says only 12 individuals have been studied so far and they have all been female. The unnamed octopus is a form of Flapjack octopus and wouldn’t be the first species named ‘adorabilis’. For example there is a White-crested Coquette hummingbird called Lophornis adorabilis.

Scientists Want To Call This Unnamed Octopus Species Adorabilis (1)

Bush is currently trying to incubate a batch of octopus eggs in…

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Blacks are 13% of US population 37.6% of prisoners and 71% of shooters in Chicago

Somewhere in Florida, in the brutal summer heat and humidity, a lonely African elephantm, Nosy, is standing, cramped and miserable, in a trailer much too small for her.

A 17-year-old invented an ingenious way to instantly stop bleeding

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Imagine this: You’re gushing blood. Nothing seems to make it stop. Then you apply a gel to your wound, and the bleeding stops within seconds. You’re healed in minutes.

This is the premise of VetiGel, an algae-based polymer created by Joe Landolina — a 22 year-old who invented the product when he was just 17.

Landolina is now the cofounder and CEO of Suneris, a biotech company that manufactures the gel. Suneris announced last week that it would begin to ship VetiGel to veterinarians later this summer. Humans won’t be far behind.

When injected into a wound site, the gel can form a clot within 12 seconds and permanently heal the wound within minutes, Landolina says.

“The fastest piece of equipment we have measures every 12 seconds,” Landolina tells Business Insider. “So we know that it happens in less than 12 seconds.”

The science that makes this all possible is…

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Weigh In! Should It Be Legal to Break Into a Hot Car to Save a Distressed Dog?

Amelia Aycock

Every year, especially in the hot summer months, dogs needlessly suffer and die, trapped inside parked cars. On a nice, 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach up to 120-degrees within just a few minutes.

On a 90-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 160-degrees in just 10 minutes – the amount of time it takes to run inside the bank and make a deposit, to grab a snack from the convenience store.

Currently, only 16 states have laws on the books prohibiting leaving dogs in parked cars. And, only 14 of those states grant permission to law enforcement to enter a vehicle to save a dog.

Read more: http://www.dogingtonpost.com/weigh-in-should-it-be-legal-to-break-into-a-hot-car-to-save-a-distressed-dog/

Related article: Army veteran smashes window of hot car to save dog, gets arrested

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Why I’m An Animal Rights Activist When There Is So Much Human Suffering In The World.

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Yulin Dogs and Cats Demonstration outside Chinese Embassy in London this Friday (26/6/15) at 2pm.

The animal abusers who are associated with the Embassy of China in London is the diplomatic mission of China in the United Kingdom. The Embassy in London is China’s only embassy in the UK.

Address:   51 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL

Hours: Open today · 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

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More Details below. Please forward.


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Please read this excellent article below which has been penned by an activist – for both animal AND human rights.

As you can see from the tabs which run along the top of this (SAV) site, we, as animal welfare / rights people, also have something inside which says that humans also need support sometimes. …

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Hunting & Habitat Loss Could Lead Extinction Largest Herbivore Animals

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Which is most valuable: Gold, cocaine or rhino horn?

According to study co-authored by UCLA ecologist, the answer is devastating news for Earth’s largest animals

The study found that one-fifth of the world’s wild savannah elephant population was poached between 2010 and 2012.

Many of the world’s largest herbivores — including several species of elephants, rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses and gorillas — are in danger of becoming extinct. And if current trends continue, the loss of these animals would have drastic implications not only for the species themselves, but also for other animals and the environments and ecosystems in which they live, according to a new report by an international team of scientists.

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Kind Woman Saves 100 Dogs From Being Eaten at Yulin Dog Meat Festival | One Green Planet

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dog2-1200x726In the U.S., dogs and cats are considered pets and beloved companions and as such, we would never support the practice of killing and eating them. We have designated animals like cows and chickens for consumption, despite the fact that they are just as intelligent and capable of comprehending their pain, but for some reason we elevate our pets to escape the fate of being food. While all animals deserve the chance to live happy, long lives free from human use and exploitation, in some countries dogs and cats are consumed just as readily as farm animals.

The practice of eating dog meat in China has garnered international attention with the rise of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in recent years. Started in 2010, this festival is meant to ring in the summer solstice by promoting the consumption of dog meat which is thought to have “warming” and auspicious properties…

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Mr. Robot – New drama series on USA TV begins 24 June 2015 – “Our democracy has been hacked!”


Urge Gap, Inc.’s INTERMIX to Stop Selling Fur | Action Alerts | Actions | PETA

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No Dose of Radiation is Safe for the Eyes: Any Dose Can Cause Cataracts, USNRC Comment Deadline Today 11.59 pm NY-DC (ET) One Minute to Midnight

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Recent studies have suggested a “no-threshold” dose for cataracts from radiation exposure to the lens of the eyes among radiology and nuclear workers. Is this a surprise? It involves more dangerous ionizing radiation than UV rays, as can be seen on the diagram above. And, when was the last time you heard a medical or governmental recommendation to wear your UV protective sunglasses for only part of the time that you are in the sun? UV protection sunglasses have been recommended for several decades. And, initially they weren’t cheap. But, everyone was told to buy them and use them. No one said that you can expose your eyes for a few hours or years, and then put on the glasses (or hat. [1]) But, this is the same sort of “reasoning” used by the nuclear industry and the so-called protection agencies-organizations, when they pretend that there…

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Action Alert: #TWEETSTORM at Congress #KeepWolvesListed and Protect the ESA

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#TWEETSTORM sponsored by the following groups Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin, Wolves and Writing, Canis Lupus 101, Passions For Wolves, Vote4wilderness, Medicine of the Wolf, Apex Protection Project

In December of 2014, federal protections were reinstated for wolves in the Great Lakes states of MI, MN and WI because federal judge invalidated FWS’s delisting of wolves, the federal courts held that the state management plans for wolves did not protect wolves.

The result of these two recent court decisions is that wolves in Wyoming, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin are back on the federal Endangered Species Act list.

A new threat to wolves in the form of a house appropriations bill with a rider attached

Section 121 of the FY 2016 House Interior/EPA bill nullifies both of these recent federal court decisions, directing the Secretary of the Interior to reissue the two wolf delisting rules that federal courts found illegal under…

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