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My target is to transform the world to a sustainable, free and just global society and to restore the Mother Earth.
My target is to transform the world to a sustainable, free and just global society and to restore the Mother Earth.

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.."Releases from chemical products, including ones we use every day in our homes, are as much a cause of air pollution as automobile emissions, according to a new study that has big implications for how airborne pollutants are regulated.

Household cleaners, personal care products, perfumes, and other consumer and industrial products emit chemicals known as volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. Researchers led by scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that as cars have gotten cleaner, tailpipe emissions have gone down. As a result, the researchers estimate that emissions from consumer and industrial products now contribute half of the VOCs that cause air pollution.

The study “shows that everyday consumer choices can have an impact on air quality,” Christopher Cappa, an engineering professor at the University of California at Davis and a co-author of the paper, said in a news release. The release also notes that for one type of pollution particularly harmful to health – tiny particles that lodge deep in the lungs – such products contribute twice the emissions as auto exhaust.

VOCs include many different hazardous chemicals, including formaldehyde, toluene and acetone. They come from a wide array of products, including cleaners, air fresheners, pesticides, composite wood or particle board, glues, sealers, finishes, fiberglass, carpets and gas stoves. VOCs are also found in some of the products we use on our bodies every day, like hairspray, rubbing alcohol, nail polish, nail polish remover, colognes and perfumes.

VOCs can irritate your eyes and nose, or trigger asthma attacks. Possible long-term effects include liver, kidney and central nervous system damage, and cancer. Because air pollution ranks fifth as a health risk factor worldwide, it is critical to identify, quantify and control the major sources of VOC emissions. But unlike auto emissions, regulation of VOCs in consumer products is lagging.

The federal government has not updated the law that regulates the personal care industry since 1938. While the European Union has banned or restricted more than 1,300 ingredients in personal care products, the U.S. has only banned or restricted less than a dozen.

You can learn more about VOCs in personal care products by searching EWG’s Skin Deep® cosmetics database. For information about VOCs in your home, look to our interactive Guide to Healthy Cleaning and our Healthy Living: Home Guide.

How can I minimize my exposure to VOCs?

Use EWG’s guides to avoid products with VOCs. Some products, such as paint, are available with low or no VOCs. Look for Green Seal-11 certified paint, wood stains and finishes.
If you must use products that contain VOCs be sure to properly ventilate the area. Open windows and the door if you can. Point a fan out the window to get VOCs cycling out of the room, or turn on an exhaust fan. Follow the instructions for safe use. If the packaging of a product tells you not to use it without proper ventilation, don't.
Buy products known to release VOCs in small quantities, keep them tightly closed and use them as quickly as possible.
A mixture of vinegar and baking soda is a good alternative cleaner. And, when possible, you can swap cleaning sprays and liquids for water-dampened sponges, or microfiber or cotton cloths.
Use water-based adhesives when possible."

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..." "Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society": Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder, CEO Social Capital and former facebook exec, warned about the unintended consequences of social media at Stanford Graduate School of Business: "I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. You are being programmed"

Original Clip (https://youtu.be/PMotykw0SIk?t=21m22s): During his View From The Top talk, Chamath Palihapitiya, founder and CEO of Social Capital, discussed how money is an instrument of change which should be used to make the world a better place. “Money drives the world for better or for worse. Money is going to be made and allocated – you have a moral imperative to get it and then use it to make a difference.“

The Verge Writes "Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society": Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” he told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business, before recommending people take a “hard break” from social media. (https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/11/1...)

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video - the fate of humanity is at stake

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"If we all lose hope, there is no hope. Without hope, people fall into apathy. There’s still a lot left that’s worth fighting for." – Dr. Jane Goodall

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must watch empowering video essential for democracy, freedom and progressive movement

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Be the change you want to see in the world
 
My target is to transform the world to a sustainable, free and just global society and to restore the Mother Earth.
 
I am focused now on securing financing for my feature films. I have an innovative business model that puts the investor first and utilizes more "green" methods to make movies.
 
Human civilization is under threat from itself and its mindless destruction of the very foundations of life. There is no economy or civilization without nature. Humans are animals. No amount of fashionable clothes, make up or products can change that fact. We are a part of nature.
 
We must fundamentally and radically restructure the global economy and every business so it must consider the costs and consequences on the environment at every step of every product or service. Every business in the world must be legally obligated under the same environmental laws so the playing field of the global market is even and fair.
 
Best of luck to all us all and our only home - planet Earth. Kyle Schmierer, writer-producer-director  @ Amadin
  www.AtmaStudy.com
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