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June 21, 2011

WeatherWear: Native Shoes for Hot Summer Casual Comfort


These waterproof Native Shoes are terrific for casual summertime wear. Flip flops are fine, but Natives provide the ventilation with a little more support. They are breathable, washable, odor-resistant and animal free. Unisex Natives come in a wide range of colors for adults and children.

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June 20, 2011

Climate Changes May Increase Health Problems Related to Indoor Air Quality


Heat waves, floods, and other extreme weather not only affect what's going on outside but likely affect the quality of your indoor air and raise your risk of health problems, according to a new report issued by the Institute of Medicine.

Dampness and poor ventilation contribute to indoor mold and allergens. Emissions from building materials also affect air quality, and misuse of electric generators result in sometimes catastrophic carbon monoxide poisonings.

jeffmayhomehealthtips.jpgJeffrey May, principal scientist at May Indoor Air Investigations in Tyngsborough, MA, and author of several books, including Jeff May's Healthy Home Tips explains: "If you cool air, you get water. You have moisture in the coil of the air conditioner and if you don't have a good filtration system, the dust builds up, and wet dust turns into mold.

Minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) ratings are used to rate how well an air conditioning filter removes dust from the air as it passes through the filter. To minimize allergens in your home, you want an air conditioner filter with a rating of MERV-8 or a MERV-11.

[via WebMD]

Read More in: Emergency Weather | Global Warming/Climate Change | Weather Books

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June 17, 2011

WeatherHawk WM-200 WindMate Hand-Held Wind Meter


This is the very first wind meter to incorporate wind direction measurement in addition to wind speed, essential for sailors and anyone else who depends upon the wind. The WeatherHawk WM-200 WindMate Hand-Held Wind Meter measures wind 0.1 to 89 MPH, measures average and maximum wind speed over 10 second intervals, calculates cross wind, head wind, tail wind, measures temperature, wind chill and wind direction using the digital compass.

The jackknife case protects the mechanism and functions as a handle. The WM-200 is water-resistant, fits a tripod, has an auto shutoff feature, a thermometer as mentioned, and a convenient back light.

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June 16, 2011

Hot Summer Weather Brings New Label Requirements For Sunscreen -- FDA Announcement


Hot summer weather and sunburns go hand in hand. Just in time for the summer tanning season, the FDA has announced new requirements for sunscreen currently sold over-the-counter (OTC), i.e. non-prescription. The requirements take effect by the summer of 2012, but consumers may begin to see changes to sunscreen labels before the effective date. Here's the scoop from the Q & A:

Sunburn is primarily caused by UVB. Both UVB and UVA can cause sunburn, skin cancer, and premature skin aging. A certain percentage of a broad spectrum product's total protection is against UVA.

Under the new regulations, sunscreen products that protect against all types of sun-induced skin damage will be labeled "Broad Spectrum" and "SPF 15" (or higher) on the front.

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June 15, 2011

Decorate with Patriotic Wind Spinners for the 4th of July


In the summertime we like to have few wind spinners around on the patio or at the beach to create a festive atmosphere while we chat and sip summer drinks. Patriotic Wind Spinners are just the decoration for weather buffs on the 4th.


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