Banishing Teen Body-Image Blues: How Teens Can Learn to Love Their Looks

Banishing Teen Body-Image Blues How Teens Can Learn to Love Their Looks

by Amber Lanier Nagle

Many young women don’t feel comfortable in their own skin. A 21st-century global study sponsored by Unilever’s Dove brand found that 90 percent of girls from 15 to 17 years old wanted to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, especially their body weight.

Continue Reading

Sealife Sanctuary: Greenpeace Lobbies to Create Huge Antarctic Preserve

Sealife Sanctuary: Greenpeace Lobbies to Create Huge Antarctic Preserve

The South Pole is Earth’s last uninhabited outpost, and Greenpeace seeks to establish an Antarctic sanctuary of almost three-quarters of a million square miles in the Weddell Sea adjacent to the vast continent that would protect whales, penguins and other wildlife.

Continue Reading

Antidepressants in Pregnancy Linked to Autism

Antidepressants in Pregnancy Linked to Autism

A study by the University of Bristol, England, of 254,610 young people from Stockholm showed that children born to mothers taking antidepressants during pregnancy had more than a 4 percent risk of autism, compared to less than a 3 percent risk in children born to mothers with psychiatric conditions not on antidepressants.

Continue Reading

Bottle Buyback: Britain May Charge Deposit to Reduce Bottle Litter

Bottle Buyback Britain May Charge Deposit to Reduce Bottle Litter

Britain only recycled 57 percent of the plastic bottles that were sold there in 2016, and is considering charging a deposit fee to reduce litter. Scotland is also introducing a deposit return policy for cans and bottles.

Continue Reading

Yes to Yarn: Popular Needlework Crafts Go Green

Whether for function, decoration or personal gifting, the skillful hobbies of yarn arts such as knitting, quilting, weaving, stitching, sewing, crocheting and macramé are going strong. The difference these days is that doing it eco-responsibly is enhancing the process.

Continue Reading

Auto Revolution: Industry Revs Up for Electric Car Future

Auto Revolution Industry Revs Up for Electric Car Future

China, the world’s largest car market, is planning to stop production and sales of traditional energy vehicles in favor of electric vehicles (EV), and the decision has sped up competitive development by U.S. automakers.

Continue Reading

Moderate Exercise Guards Against Depression

Moderate Exercise Guards Against Depression

In Exercise and the Prevention of Depression, a study of 33,908 adults in Norway by the University of New South Wales, researchers found that one hour of exercise a week reduced depression in 12 percent of the subjects.

Continue Reading

Chocolate and Olive Oil Help Heart Health

Chocolate and Olive Oil Help Heart Health

Cardiologist Rossella Di Stefano, with the University of Pisa, in Italy, led a study of 26 people and determined that eating a combination of dark chocolate and olive oil improved cholesterol levels and blood pressure after 28 days.

Continue Reading

2018 Asian Festival Takes Place on Feb. 17 and Ushers in the Year of the Dog

2018 Asian Festival Takes Place on Feb. 17 and Ushers in the Year of the Dog

San Antonio’s annual Asian Festival marks the Year of the Dog on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Institute of Texan Cultures in downtown San Antonio. This family-friendly event extends the tradition of the Chinese New Year with music, cultural performances, food, fashion, crafts and multicultural demonstrations.

Continue Reading

CITY HOMESTEADING: Creating Sustainable Urban Living

CITY HOMESTEADING Creating Sustainable Urban Living

by Randy Kambic

Homesteading is a broad field. “Along with planting produce, we encourage people to compost, change how they use water, learn about biochar—a long-term soil amendment that returns carbon to the earth—and employ creative economics, including bartering and food-sharing systems,” says K. Ruby Blume, of Grants Pass, Oregon, who founded the Institute of Urban Homesteading, in Oakland, California, a decade ago (iuhOakland.com).

Continue Reading