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Published: Sun, 05 Jul 2015 07:01:00 GMT


GreenSpace: As medicinal use of plants grows, debate follows
The outer border is awash in the cheery yellows of arnica and the robust oranges of calendula. If you had a muscle ache or a skin irritation and were inclined to nonconventional medicine, these plants might come in handy.

GreenSpace: Park bench will monitor air pollution
Of all the oddball things, Ben Franklin clearly had never seen the like: a park bench that monitors air pollution, powered by wind and solar.

GreenSpace: If we clean up the air, kids' lungs will benefit
The results of a recent study were more heartening than surprising. Short version: If we clean up the air, kids' lungs will benefit.

GreenSpace: Food recommendations take environment into account
A federal panel has concluded that ensuring healthful food for the nation isn't just a matter of nutrition. It also hinges on steering the American diet toward more environmentally sustainable choices.

GreenSpace: Phila. storm-water plan seen to have wider positives
Sure, newly planted shrubs and trees can soak up storm water that otherwise would have overwhelmed the sewage system. Now there is early evidence that they may improve health and safety as well.

GreenSpace: Save the heart by avoiding pollution
By now, many people know the major risk factors for heart disease that they have some control over, including high blood pressure, excess weight, and smoking.

GreenSpace: Study raises concerns about thirdhand smoke
Uh-oh. The kids will be home soon. I'd better have my last cigarette so the air will clear out by the time they get here.

GreenSpace: Study: Concerns over children's health motivates reduction in electricity use
In trying to encourage energy conservation, proponents often emphasize the money people will save on electricity bills. But a new study out of California suggests that potential savings aren't a good motivator. What prompts people to switch off the lights and turn down the heat are concerns about health and air pollution.

GreenSpace: DuPont develops new cooking oil from genetically-modified soybeans
For 37 years - since 1977 - breaded and fried white mushrooms have been a favorite in the food court at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

GreenSpace: 2014's top tips for maintaining environmental health
Sometimes, paying attention to environmental health issues can be a real downer. Those issues often involve air pollution, water pollution, or harmful chemicals.