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More than 23% of funeral homes fail to tell consumers about options for simple cremations, in violation FTC rules

Washington DC/Burlington VT September 12, 2016 – Today, the Funeral Consumers Alliance and the Consumer Federation of America released a survey of 142 representative funeral homes showing that more than one-fifth (23%) fail to tell consumers about their options for simple cremations, in violation of the Federal Trade Commission’s “Funeral Rule,” which requires specified price […]

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New Obesity Maps Show US Adults Still Struggle with Obesity

September 1, 2016 – CDC today released 2015 state- and territory-specific data on adult obesity prevalence using self-reported information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). The 2015 maps show that the proportion of adults with obesity in the United States remains high. Highlights All states had more than 1 in 5 adults (20 […]

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Report Finds Toxins/Carcinogens in Popular Brands of Toothpaste

Aug. 18, 2016 – The latest report by The Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry watchdog, uncovers serious problems in cosmetics industry regulations. Regulatory weaknesses and loopholes allow for the use of questionable, even harmful ingredients in personal care products, such as toothpastes, that could negatively impact the health of the users. Behind the Dazzling Smile: […]

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Nearly half of consumers think manufacturers should be responsible for recycling mobile phones

HONG KONG, Aug. 15, 2016 – Consumers say mobile phone manufacturers are releasing too many new models, according to a survey Greenpeace East Asia commissioned across six countries. In all countries surveyed, consumers were most likely to say that mobile phone manufacturers should be responsible for providing people with the means to recycle their phones, […]

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Message in a Brain Scan

Sting looks at his brain scans at McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute. Photo Credit: OWEN EGAN August 15, 2016 – What does the 1960s Beatles hit “Girl” have in common with Astor Piazolla’s evocative tango composition “Libertango”? To the casual listener, probably not much. But in the mind of one famously eclectic singer-songwriter, the two […]

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Karuk Tribal Herbaria Grand Opening Aug. 11

ORLEANS, CA, Aug. 11, 2016 – The Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources is delighted to announce the official Grand Opening of the new Karuk Tribal Herbaria on August 11, 2016 from 4 – 6 pm. The public is invited to attend. “The Karuk Tribal Herbaria provide a good representative sample of culturally significant food, […]

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National Wildlife Federation Releases New Book Celebrating Wildlife Success Stories in California

LOS ANGELES, CA, Aug. 3, 2016 – In partnership with Heyday Books, the National Wildlife Federation has released When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People And Wildlife Working It Out In California, a new book of stories celebrating people and wildlife thriving together—sometimes in the most unlikely of places. Written by National Wildlife Federation’s California Director, […]