Menopausal Mother Nature

News about Climate Change and our Planet

Responsible Living

How dangerous are chemicals in plastic consumer products?

By now, most people know the Earth is overwhelmed with plastic. It drifts in our oceans and swims in our drinking water, piling up in landfills to last for generations. To combat the plastic pollution, you do what you can,…

These kids are making the world a better place

Ruby Kate Chitsey was heartbroken when she learned that a resident in the Arkansas nursing home where her mother worked had to give up her dog because she couldn’t afford to feed it. The resident, Pearl, received only $40 a…

A little boy spends his birthday savings on victims of Hurricane Dorian

[embedded content] Jermaine Bell was going to Disney World. No matter how long it took, or how much birthday money he would have to save, the 6-year-old South Carolina boy would spend his special day in “The Happiest Place On…

What you should always ask before you buy

There are at least two things in my house that are relatively ancient. There’s the 20-year-old toaster oven with a warped tray and a foggy glass door. It’s dated, is a little icky, has no fancy settings and makes a…

​How to help in the aftermath of a mass shooting

El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, are in the news this week for all the wrong reasons. They join an unenviable list of American cities shaken by gun violence. As an individual, you may be wrestling with what to do…

Those hotel mini soaps and shampoo bottles will soon be history

Long a mainstay of the hotel business, those mini soaps and tiny bottles of shampoo and lotion will soon be gone in one of the world’s largest chains. InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is removing the personal-sized amenities in its 843,000…

This isn't your father's rental furniture

My son is a senior in college, living in a furnished apartment just off campus. While he’s only had to move basics like clothes, electronics and kitchen items, his friends have scrounged for hand-me-down sofas, mattresses and lamps to fill…

Why you should kick the plastic straw habit

Instead of using a plastic straw (which could potentially end up in the ocean), opt for a paper one instead. (Photo: Rich Carey/Aba/Shutterstock) The worst thing about plastic straws is that most of the time, they’re not a choice. Like…

Woman collects 2.4 tons of trash on Nova Scotia beaches in 1 year

A little more than a year ago, Karen Jenner was at a nearby beach on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia when she started picking up escape hatches from lobster traps. These are small rectangular pieces of plastic that…

Danish island embraces trash-free lifestyle

Bornholm is a small Danish island in the southern part of the Baltic Sea. At only 227 square miles (588 square kilometers), the island is home to about 40,000 people and welcomes around 600,000 visitors each year. The island is…