What they’re doing to our ecosystem
June 24, 2007, 7:39 pm
Filed under: colony collapse disorder, death, economy, environment, poison, pollution

Texas air quality (Houston Chronicle) Smells like money!

EXCERPTS: “The Houston Chronicle tested the air in public parks, playgrounds and neighborhoods bordering some of the state’s largest industrial plants and found the air in the Manchester area so laden with toxic chemicals that it was dangerous to breathe.”

· Levels of the human carcinogen benzene were so high in Manchester and Port Neches that one scientist said living there would be like “sitting in traffic 24-7.”

· Eighty-four readings measured by the Chronicle were high enough that they would trigger a full-scale federal investigation if these communities were hazardous waste sites.

· Some compounds detected by the Chronicle, such as the rubber ingredient 1,3-butadiene found at four homes in the Allendale area near Manchester, if inhaled over a lifetime at the concentrations found, could increase a person’s chances of contracting cancer, according to federally determined risk levels. Concentrations here were as much as 20 times higher than federal guidelines used for toxic waste dumps.

Such levels attract little attention in Texas and especially in Houston, which for more than half a century has been home to one of the nation’s largest industrial complexes and some of the most powerful petrochemical and oil companies.”

Everything you didn’t want to know about Colony Collapse Disorder (GNN.tv)

Animal Extinction – the biggest threat to mankind (Independent UK via CommonDreams)

President Bush has allowed underground storage tanks to fall into gross disrepair and is now trying to withhold billions in federal funds needed to fix them, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released today. There are over 100,000 known leaks that could contaminate U.S. drinking water (Buzzflash)

States compete to host deadly disease lab (Yahoo)

Cancer and Cosmetics (Globe and Mail, UK)

New study claims women who use make-up on a daily basis are absorbing almost 5lb of chemicals a year into their bodies (Telegraph, UK)


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