Environment

An important reminder about cold weather and carbon monoxide

An important reminder about cold weather and carbon monoxide

The warmest it's supposed to get in my neck of the woods this coming week is 30°F. Not even above freezing! Cold weather like this increases the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning because people are more apt to use space heaters for extra warmth. Anything that burns fuel can be a source of carbon monoxide. The gas is produced when the fuel is not completely combusted, which can happen if an item or appliance is poorly maintained or not used or vented properly. Read more ...

Frostbite: What You Need to Know

Frostbite: What You Need to Know

Bitterly cold - that’s what the weather report says - danger of frostbite.

Did you know that if you have frostbite, your skin freezes and ice crystals form inside your cells?

Did you know that no matter what you might have seen in old movies, rubbing or massaging frostbitten skin only makes things worse? Read more ...

It's a King Tide Party and You're Invited

It's a King Tide Party and You're Invited

In my 2D Design class, we've learned about more than creating good design. We also learned something about nature's designs and the impact we humans can have when we try to intervene.

Our professor, Jan Piribeck, is involved in the Envisioning Change project, which aims to visualize sea level change in Portland and the Casco Bay region over about a 200- year period — from 1900 to 2100. Read more ...

The middle ground of "Green"

The middle ground of "Green"

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I try to live lightly on the earth, minimizing my carbon footprint, and by extension that of my family.

 

Yes, I know, I'm kind of a zealot.  

 

The Difference Between West Nile Virus and EEE

The Difference Between West Nile Virus and EEE

INFECTED MOSQUITOS IN MAINE

Maine health officials have confirmed that a pool of mosquitos collected on July 16 in the town of Alfred tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). A health alert issued by the Maine Center for Disease Control states that, "This is the earliest in the season that Maine has identified EEE, previously the earliest detection was in the beginning of August." Read more ...

Tech Solutions May Help Reduce Cigarette Litter

Tech Solutions May Help Reduce Cigarette Litter
Despite a ban on smoking in public parks and within 20 feet of doorways along with a $100 fine for tossing cigarette butts on the street, downtown Portland continues to be littered with them.  That has led to efforts to control the problem using a variety of methods.  As reported in May, a Portland restaurant owner offered a nickel per cigarette butt in an effort to help encourage cleanup.  However, Monument Square was littered again within days.  While the situation may seem dire, a variety of solutions are being developed or are available that could help address the problem.
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As reported in the May story, cigarette butts are the most widespread form of litter in the U.S.  While electronic

Find Sunburn Relief in Your Kitchen

Find Sunburn Relief in Your Kitchen
Best advice — don’t get a sunburn.

If you didn’t follow my best advice and are suffering from a mild to moderate sunburn, relief could be as close as your kitchen. Try one of these home remedies. Read more ...