News from the Reference Desk Category: Environment

EWG’s Guide to Sunscreens

Now that the days are at their longest and the sun’s rays are the most direct, proper use of effective sunscreen is essential and insures that summer fun in the sun does not cause skin damage. To select the most protective products as well as the least harmful, consult the Environmental Working Group’s annual Guide to Sunscreens.

From the EWG website:

The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, we drive consumer choice and civic action.
We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.
Since 2007, when EWG published its first Sunscreen Guide, many sun protection products sold in the U.S. are safer and federal regulators have cracked down on some of the worst phony marketing claims. But our investigation of more than 880 beach and sport sunscreens, 480 moisturizers and 120 lip products with SPF for our 11th annual guide found that serious concerns remain.

July and August 2016 Warmest Months on Record

The record warm August continued a streak of 11 consecutive months dating back to October 2015 that have set new monthly high-temperature records. —NASA Analysis

During the opening weeks of the 71st United Nations General Assembly, the Paris Agreement on climate change has been a prominent issue and U.N. members have been strongly encouraged to sign on to the accord.

As of September 21, 2016:

…60 countries representing 48 percent of global planet-warming emissions have now legally bound themselves to the Paris accord. The deal goes into legal force when at least 55 countries representing 55 percent of global emissions sign on. At Wednesday’s ceremony, leaders of countries representing at least an additional 12 percent of global emissions pledged to submit their legal documents by the end of this year. If they follow through, the pact will take effect.
Paris Climate Deal Passes Milestone as 20 More Nations Sign On, New York Times

Summer Driving

The U.S. Department of Energy has a site for fuel economy information which many drivers may find helpful in saving money, finding the right car, and checking EPA ratings. Please take a look at www.fueleconomy.gov.