Plastic Microbeads In Toothpaste  By Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. If you buy Crest toothpaste, it has little plastic pieces in it - put there on purpose.  Really. It even tells you on the label.  Go to the little “inactive ingredients” text on the side of the box, and you will find the word “polyethylene”.   About …

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An Electrifying Idea - Community Solar Gardens by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. One of my favorite statements by a corporate leader goes something like this: “If change outside of your organization is happening faster than change on the inside, the end is near.”  (Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric).  This is happening to a …

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The Personal Moral Issue Around Climate Change by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D We have two decades to save life on earth as we know it - and I am not kidding[i]. About 150 years ago we unknowingly started making gasses that are coming back to hurt us. They came from the carbon-based fuels - coal, …

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This One Simple Trick Could Dramatically Cut Climate Change by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. Local communities and major corporations both have an unrecognized chance to reverse the trends in climate change/global warming dramatically.  This opportunity exists because according to the scientists one of the major gasses causing problems lives around 12 years[1].  If we can stop …

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We Can Stop Climate Change by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.  Local communities and major corporations both have an unrecognized chance to reverse the trends in climate change/global warming dramatically.  And it's not about buying a smaller car, or using less electricity.   This opportunity exists because according to the scientists one of the major gasses …

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Citizens Taking The Law Into Their Own Hands For Public Good by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. North Carolina citizens have access to new low cost weapons that can be used to protect families. Some people who want to use these weapons are organizing themselves into self-defense groups, claiming that the existing government institutions are not …

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Small Scale Farming Co-ops Can Create Jobs While Preventing Misery by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. Unless something is done to increase food production substantially, food availability per citizen worldwide will drop almost in half over the next 35 years.[1]  This is because the population of the world is increasing, while historic farm areas are having …

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STEVEN'S SAUSAGE A NORTH CAROLINA CLEAN TRANSPORTATION SUCCESS STORY Opened 1948 Locations Smithfield, NC Primary Business Hog/pork products Employees 100 2013 Sales Over $12 Million   Company Spotlight Stevens Sausage plans to utilize the conversion to propane to become almost entirely independent of gasoline and diesel. In order to further develop business in N.C., Stevens …

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Polluted Schools Damage Brains by Francis P. Koster, Ed. D. Since the passage of the Clean Air Act in 1970, America has become much healthier.   According to the New England Journal of Medicine, our average lifespan increased almost three years between 1978 and 2001, and as much as 4.8 months of that can be attributed …

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Rebuilding America's Aging Downtowns Needs to Anticipate the Future by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. 14 smaller “mom and pop” stores died each time Wal-Mart, Target, and Kmart opened a new store.[1]  Between 1962 and 2013 alone these giants established more than 8,000 stores.[2] Most of these “car accessible” big box stores were located on interstate …

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