Some notable events:
April 2015 There has been very little rain this month and not that much this year.
April 15th: Hottest day, 26°C, since last summer.
April 16th: For the first time the ash are leafing at the same time as the sycamore. Ash is usually a few weeks later at least (last to leaf, first to shed). It seems all the trees are leafing at the same time, which is extremely odd (ash, oak, hawthorn, sycamore). So it seems they are primarily sensitive to temperature not day length.
Checking out Firstlight in Sri Lanka. Awaiting replies from Essential, Traidcraft and Dipped Products PLC, Sri Lanka
Traidcraft confirmed gloves are vegan
Here are extracts from nih.gov
J Allergy Clin Immunol. 1999 Jul;104(1):177-80.
Cow's milk casein, a hidden allergen in natural rubber latex gloves. Ylitalo L, Mäkinen-Kiljunen S, Turjanmaa K, Palosuo T, Reunala T.
Source: Department of Dermatology, Tampere University Hospital, Tampere, Finland.
We have previously noted that one natural rubber latex (NRL) glove brand used for skin prick testing in the diagnosis of NRL allergy contained cow's milk casein.
We sought to examine whether other commonly marketed NRL glove brands contain cow's milk casein.
The casein content of 30 NRL glove extracts (1:5 wt/vol) was measured by ....
The casein content of the glove used in NRL allergy screening (Triflex, Baxter) was rather high (ie, about 400 microgram/g of glove). .... detected distinct amounts of casein in 8, minimal amounts in 7, and no casein in the remaining 15 NRL glove brands.
Several brands of NRL gloves were found to contain casein, ..... The use of casein as a stabilizer in glove manufacture without appropriate labeling should be stopped because it can also cause contact urticaria syndrome in individuals with cow's milk allergy.
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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