Environmental Destruction: Information and Alternatives

What do you think about air-powered cars? Cars that run on fuel vapor? (OhGizmo)

The Dark Side of Sunscreen : gender bending chemicals and hormone disruptors (NOW Toronto)

Green Roofs and their benefits (Boston Globe & PristinePlanet)

Household Products Database (National Institute of Health)

EXCERPT: “This database links over 7,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:

What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?

Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?

Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?

What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?

What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?”

Inter-species clones closer than you think (Yahoo)

Aspartame linked to cancer (Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, via Raw Story)

Trial set in banana pesticide case (AP via MyWay)

Daley’s Chicago testing out rubber sidewalks, solar bus shelters (NBC5)

Thomas Edison: Off the Grid and Solar (Treehugger)

In 1931 he told Henry Ford: “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”

Greenland really was green once (Global & Mail, Canada)

6,000 year old Artic ponds drying out (Toronto Sun)

UN issues desertification warning (BBC, UK)

EXCERPT: “Tens of millions of people could be driven from their homes by encroaching deserts, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia, a report says. The study by the United Nations University suggests climate change is making desertification “the greatest environmental challenge of our times”. If action is not taken, the report warns that some 50 million people could be displaced within the next 10 years. The study was produced by more than 200 experts from 25 countries.

Abstract of article on BT toxins in GMO crops (Bio-Tech-info.net)

Could GMO crops be killing the bees? (San Franscisco Chronicle)

Ten predictions about climate change that have already happened (Times, UK)

Fox attacks the environment : they distort, we reply (Crooks and Liars)

“The Army now admits that it secretly dumped 64 million pounds of nerve and mustard agents into the sea, along with 400,000 chemical-filled bombs, land mines and rockets and more than 500 tons of radioactive waste – either tossed overboard or packed into the holds of scuttled vessels.” (MParent blog)

Taskforce to cut ‘cyber warming’ (BBC)

EXCERPT: “Reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the production, operation and disposal of computers is to be the aim of a new government taskforce. Computers and other IT equipment have been blamed for causing as much global warming as the airline industry. The taskforce will oversee the piloting of a “green PC” service in which individual machines use 98% less energy than standard PCs. IT equipment is thought to generate 35m tonnes of harmful CO2 gas each year.”

“Researchers at New Jersey Institute of Technology have developed an inexpensive solar cell that can be painted or printed on flexible plastic sheets. According to the lead researcher, “Someday homeowners will even be able to print sheets of these solar cells with inexpensive home-based inkjet printers. Consumers can then slap the finished product on a wall, roof or billboard to create their own power stations.” The team combined carbon nanotubes with tiny carbon buckyballs (fullerenes) to form snake-like structures. Add sunlight to excite the polymers, and the buckyballs will grab the electrons.” (Science Daily)

BP is poisoning Lake Michigan (Chicago Tribune, Grist, Phil Curtis blog)


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