Archives for February 2014

When’s the Water Safe to Drink? What WV Officials are Saying About Conditions

After coal processing company Freedom Industries accidentally spilled chemicals into the Elk River, on January 9th, officials in West Virginia banned residents in several cities from using tap water for anything other than flushing toilets.

Officials lifted their tap water ban ten days after the spill; however, more than a month later, residents still have justifiable concerns.… [Read more]

Environmentally friendly windows for your home

The U.S. Department of Energy recently revealed that energy-efficient products can reduce your household energy bills by up to a third. Not only does this drastically improve your finances, but it also significantly heightens the environmental efficiency of your home; reducing your carbon emissions due to unnecessary energy expenditures. One of the most environmentally friendly modifications you can make to your home is replacing old windows with new energy-efficient ones.… [Read more]

The Clean Air Act Explained

The Clean Air Act (CAA) is a comprehensive federal law which regulates air emissions from industrial and mobile sources. This law authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in order to safeguard the health and welfare of the US public, and regulate the emission of hazardous air pollutants.… [Read more]

The World’s Most Environmentally Friendly Businesses

Many of us would like to believe that businesses wouldn’t exist solely to reap profits. Often, businesses are instituted to make a lasting impact on the society to which they belong. The moment an organisation instills its very core business with ‘giving back,’ it becomes evident that the business stands for a purpose. The overall goal of an organisation ideally rests on corporate citizenship.… [Read more]

Will Legalizing Marijuana Lead To More Accidents In the US?

Ah marijuana…or weed, or ganja whatever you wish to call it. It has divided opinions all over the world, and especially in our country. Some cultures extol its virtues, others deride it, still others are indifferent or on the fence. It is a hot topic though, wherever you go. In pop culture too, from rappers to film stars, and even The Simpsons and South Park, everyone has an opinion on that little green plant and aren’t afraid to share it.… [Read more]

Cost of Drugs

Americans have come to face the harsh reality that health care isn’t cheap. Prescription medications are no exception. On average, Americans pay $983 per year for their prescriptions. In fact, Americans pay up to 100 percent more on medications than any other country in the world. How can that be? The answer lies in the overwhelmingly high costs of research and development.… [Read more]

The Crisis in Pensions and Retirement Plans

Despite being considered the financial centre of the world, it’s still very possible for the United States to learn from other countries. See the infographic below; it presents a brief history of retirement plans in the U.S. including state and local government pensions and Social Security. Now let’s put things in perspective: Countries with strongest pension programs (based on 2013 pensions, both public and private) rank the U.S.… [Read more]

Benefits of a Public Healthcare System

Public health and the availability of healthcare services have become increasingly prominent issues in recent years. In the US, the controversial debate regarding the possible establishment of a public healthcare system has sparked many to revaluate their opinions towards public healthcare.

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How public healthcare works

The fundamental principle behind a public healthcare system is that the tax payments which individuals make to the State will be allocated towards the payment of their healthcare.… [Read more]

Top 5 environmentally friendly cars in 2014

In recent years, car manufacturers have increased their production of hybrid vehicles; revitalising the motoring industry with a range of powerfully dynamic yet environmentally efficient vehicles. Here are five of these cars, which provide an environmentally friendly motoring option without depriving drivers of power or stylistic elegance.

1- Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt has rapidly become the best-selling plug-in hybrid in the US, and for good reason.… [Read more]

Distribution of wealth in the USA

The United States has a significantly unequal distribution of weallth when held in comparison with other developed countries across the globe. So much so that recent figures state reveal that in the US 75.4% of all wealth is owned by the richest 10% of the population. This means that the US has the most extreme wealth concentration of any of the top 20 developed nations in the world.[Read more]