Coffee as Brain Protector

Many of my blogs explore “big picture” things we can do to live more sustainably. While they’re critical to living sustainably, here’s a bite-sized research report that add considerable health benefits to our enjoyment of coffee.

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HOW Coffee Protects the Brain


Maria Cohut

Medical News Today

6 November 2018

Fact checked by Paula Field


Scientists have now proved that drinking certain types of coffee can be beneficial to brain health, but how does this popular brew support cognitive function?… Keep reading

Air Pollution & Asthma

Several years ago, when we were doing market research for some clients, we came across a statistic that said that something like thirty percent of children in a city, age ten or younger, had some form of respiratory disease, as the air quality was insufficient for their lungs to develop properly. It seems as though we haven’t addressed this problem sufficiently.  Here’s the data, then some suggestions.

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Air pollution causes up to 33 million ER visits for asthma annually

 New study is the first to look at the global

asthma burden’s connection to dirty air.Keep reading

Air Pollution Lowers Intelligence

Here’s a study linking air pollution to intelligence. While we can’t do much to affect air quality on a macro level, we can do a lot to improve our personal environments.

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Air pollution causes ‘huge’ reduction in intelligence, study reveals

Impact of high levels of toxic air ‘is equivalent

to having lost a year of education’


Damian Carrington and Lily Kuo in Beijing

The Guardian

28 Aug 2018


Air pollution causes a “huge” reduction in intelligence, according to new research, indicating that the damage to society of toxic air is far deeper than the well-known impacts on physical health.… Keep reading


With all the widespread fear going around, and with the media’s orientation, “If it bleeds it leads,” I’m cautious about including warnings and such when I’m seeking relevant information about “Sustainable Living.”  However, this research finding offers guidance for helping our health – and particularly the health of children … whose organs are not yet fully developed.

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Pediatricians Warn Against Using Plastic Numbers 3, 6, 7


Lorraine Chow

Aug. 06, 2018



The next time you use a plastic container or bottle, you might want to look at the little number inside the triangle recycling symbol.… Keep reading

London 100% Renewable

Here’s a brief article about what one of the world’s major cities, London, is doing to move from fossil fuel power to clean, renewable power.

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The City of London Will Be Powered By 100% Renewable Energy Starting in October


By Good News Network

Jun 21, 2018


The City of London has announced that they will be sourcing 100% of their energy needs from renewable sources by October 2018.

According to a statement released by the “Square Mile’s” ruling body, the city plans on implementing the shift by installing solar panels on all government-owned buildings; investing in off-site renewable energy projects; and buying clean energy from the grid.… Keep reading