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Breathing in Houston Can be Dangerous

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Breathing in Houston Can be Dangerous

Posted on 03 September 2010 by Patricia Gras

By: Angel Hadnott, Production Assistant

If you live in the Houston area, playing outside could damage your health. Though exaggerated, the statement holds some truth as Houston’s overall air quality remains among the nation’s worst. When you’re outdoors in Houston, beware of inhaling some of the toxins and pollutants that you may be taking in.

Two of the most harmful air pollutants present in the Houston area are butadiene (1,3, butadiene) and benzene. Butadiene, which is produced from burning fuels, can cause nausea, skin irritation and fatigue. The exposure to butadiene can also cause leukemia; children are especially at risk for leukemia after exposure to the pollutant. Be aware that the emissions from vehicular combustion and industrial processes in the Houston area release benzene. Continue Reading

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Living Smart with Green Energy

Posted on 03 September 2010 by Patricia Gras

I am both excited and concerned about writing on Green Energy. I do believe each one of us should do something to conserve energy and care for our environment in our own way. For instance I just bought compact light bulbs and three months ago I signed up with GREEN MOUNTAIN ENERGY, But I am afraid to say I had a problem with them. My bill went from 50 dollars in November to about $300 in December and up to $400 in January.

 Needless to say I was shocked and in my 16 years of living in my apartment I had never paid more than usually 90 dollars. My highest bill those sixteen years was $175. I have been investigating this and would like to know if you have had any experience or know of anyone who has had experience with Green Mountain Energy please write me back. I am sure if I had problems with this, many others have too. So far my cousin in Dallas and a friend here in Houston had similar problems. Have you experienced a problem like this? What did you do about it? What are your thoughts about green energy? I would love to hear your feedback.

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