Take Preventative Measures
“The first line of defense: you have to keep your leather items well waxed, basically waterproofing them,” says Jeff C. May, coauthor of Jeff May’s Healthy Home Tips. For shoes and outer garments, use beeswax, mink oil or the appropriate shielding agent before you hit the streets. For your home, try Scotchguard Upholstery Protector. To test your waterproofing job, put a drop of water on the material (it should bead up like it would on wax paper). Be sure to cover the entire surface of the material, particularly the point where your shoe or jacket will first contact the snow.
via How to Remove Winter Salt Stains – iVillage.
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Many of us with largish gardens are already using them for a supply of kindling and firewood for open fires and wood burners. But most gardeners could do a lot more to practise self-sufficiency in home-grown wood. With … Continue reading
Researchers believe the destruction of the rainforests kicked off an evolutionary burst amongst reptiles and inadvertently paved the way for the rise of dinosaurs 100 million years later.
And the scientists at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Bristol University warned that the discovery is a chilling message that humanity could be wiped off the face of the earth if today’s Amazon rainforest is allowed to disappear.
The event happened during the Carboniferous Period when Europe and North America lay on the equator and were covered by steamy tropical rainforests.
via Global warming destroyed rainforests 300 million years ago – Telegraph.
A Greenpeace activist checks a hot air ballon depicting the world in Yucatán, Mexico, ahead of the Cancún climate change talks. Photograph: Luis Perez/AFP/Getty Images Beating the rush for getting accreditation at the Cancún Messe convention centre, it felt strange … Continue reading
Refresh your air filter When it comes to improving the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system, replacing a dirty air filter is probably the simplest, most inexpensive and most often overlooked maintenance job there is. Air filters don’t … Continue reading
Seasonal energy savers Energy Saving Tips High humidity makes our bodies hold more heat. Try these tips to keep you and your home cool and comfortable in the summer: Perform activities such as mopping and washing dishes in the coolest … Continue reading