Heatwave heads to Queensland, adding to drought strain

What a summer it’s turning out to be… – Queensland is braced for yet another scorcher as the drought continues to take hold across the state. The Longreach and Barcaldine regional council areas have been declared drought stricken. Twenty-six local government areas are drought declared, covering almost 65 per cent of the state. Agriculture Minister […]

Flame-Retardant Furniture May Leave A Toxic Legacy

We don’t often think about where our trash ends up, but that’s not a good thing when so much of it is full of chemicals we’d like to avoid! – California’s new Technical Bulletin 117 removes a decades-old requirement that flame retardants be included in the filling of upholstered furniture. The state rule, which became […]

Is Nail Polish Harmful? – NYTimes.com

We’re not big on nail polish, it gets in the way of feeding the animals! Why leaving your nails ‘au natural’ is a good thing – The idea of nail polish as a risky substance gained traction in 2006 when public health advocates began a nationwide protest concerning three compounds — often referred to as […]