Author name: Jennifer Lance

Jennifer lives on 160 acres off-the-grid in a home built with her own two hands (and several more skilled pairs of hands) from forest fire salvaged timber. Her home is powered by a micro-hydro turbine, and she has been a vegetarian for 21 years. Jennifer graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in art education and has been teaching art to children for over 16 years. She also spent five years teaching in a one-room schoolhouse before becoming the mother of two beautiful children. Jennifer has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently teaching preschool, as well as k-8 art. She enjoys writing, gardening, hiking, practicing yoga, and raising four akitas. Jennifer is the founder and editor of Eco Child's Play (http://ecochildsplay.com) "I’ve always been concerned about the earth and our impact upon it. Now that I have children, I feel compelled to raise them with green values. From organic gardening to alternative energy, my family tries to leave a small carbon footprint." Please visit my other blog: http://reallynatural.com

Human Pollution Causes Cancer in Wildlife

Cancer in wildlife caused by human pollution is on the rise, according ot Newsweek. Our impact on the environment is leading to health problems in wild animals, especially considering much of our trash contains carcinogens.Β  A report titledΒ  “Wildlife Cancer: a Conservation Perspective” published in Nature Reviews Cancer found “mounting evidence of human’s contribution to […]

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Do Hot Dogs Cause Cancer? Jersey Residents Demand Warning Labels

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/v/UhwXPsTaRgc&hl=en&fs=1&] Hot dogs are gross; there’s just no getting around it.Β  They are made from left over parts and full of nitrates.Β  Unfortunately, they are part of American food culture, what little there is, and a summer time mainstay from ball parks to BBQs across the country.Β  New Jersey residents have filed a class action

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BC Wildlife Officials to Tourists: Don't Put Seal Pups in Your Car

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/v/qPE2fHs5-_I&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&feature=player_embedded&fs=1] A tourist from Calgary found a lone seal pup while in British Columbia.Β  She thought the pup needed rescuing, so she put it in her car wrapped in a blanket then called the police.Β  Most likely, the pup was not abandoned.Β  Canada.com explains: According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, mother seals will

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Wildfire Ecology Part 4: Salvage Logging Hinders Natural Regeneration and Makes Burn Areas More Fire Prone

Now that the June 20, 2008 California lightning fires are nearly contained, talk has turned to salvage logging the burned areas.Β  Two years ago, an Oregon State University study has called into question the practice of salvage logging after a fire as a means of promoting forest rehabilitation and future fire safety, as well as

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Wildfire Ecology Part 2: A Native American's Thoughts on Forest Fire

The following post was written by Sul’ma’ejote, aka Dr. Darryl “Babe” Wilson, PhD.Β  Sul’ma’ejote was born in 1939 in Qatsade (Fall River Valley) on the north bank of Sul’ma’ejote (Fall River), a stone toss from It’ajuma (Pit River) in far northern California. He has written several books, including The Morning the Sun Went Down, about

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Wildfire Ecology Part 1: Almost 4 Weeks Later, 489 California Wildfires Still Burning

On June 20, 2008, an unusual, early summer lightning storm sparked over 1400 fires in California.Β  According to state wildfire maps, currently 489 fires are burning.Β  The reduction in the number of fires is not because they have been put out, but because these blazes have merged.Β  For example, the Hell’s Half Complex, which threatens

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Do Not Spray: The Little Moth Causing Big Protests

Does aerial biochemical spraying really work to control foreign species?Β  Many communities extensively sprayed pesticides in an effort to control the spread of West Nile Virus, yet mosquitoes quickly spread this disease across the continental United States in just a few short years. Will aerial pesticide spraying combat the spread of the Light Brown Apple

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Ode to a Road

What to do when you have spent five years trying to stop a massive federal road project to no avail? Take a walk and say good bye to the gentle one lane curves, old growth forest, and northern spotted owl (NSO) habitat. That’s what members of my community did in semblance of a Maori custom

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