Environment: Life is going to kill you
November 27, 2007, 6:52 pm
Filed under: ecology, environment, illegal, interesting, news, poison, politics, pollution

Got Nuclear?: 104 nuclear plants operating in the U.S.; is one in your backyard? (GreenPeace)

Children are exposed daily to chemicals whose safety has not been proven  (Treehugger)

How To Detox Your House (via Treehugger)

What do sewers and our rivers have in common? Too much! (Treehugger)

Is Your Town Toxic? (Business Week)

Top 10 Hazardous Household Chemicals (ConsumerLawPage)

The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products (Alternet)

“Investigative journalist Mark Schapiro discusses why companies that manufacture hazard-free products for the European Union often produce toxin-filled versions of the same items for America and developing countries.”

Windex Aerosol, Formula 409, Lemon Fresh Pine Sol, Simple Green and others contain poison (San Francisco Chronicle)

EXCERPT: “The chemical, called ethylene glycol butyl ether or EGBE, is on California’s list of toxic air contaminants. Some animal studies indicate that it produces reproductive problems, such as testicular damage, reduced fertility, death of embryos and birth defects. People exposed to high levels of EGBE for several hours have reported nose and eye irritation, headaches, vomiting and a metallic taste in their mouths, studies show.”

SuperFund365: Each day for a year, starting on September 1, 2007, Superfund365 will visit one toxic site currently active in the Superfund program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). We begin the journey in the New York City area and work our way across the country, ending the year in Hawaii. (We will need a beach vacation by then!) In the end, the archive will consist of 365 visualizations of some of the worst toxic sites in the U.S., roughly a quarter of the total number on the Superfund’s National Priorities List (NPL).

Over 80% of American schools spray pesticides regardless of need (NewsWise)

The Hidden Health Risk of Cell Phones (Alternet)

People who use a cell phone for even five hours a week over ten years are “20 per cent more likely to contract acoustic neuromas, and 30 per cent more likely to get malignant gliomas.”

Brief cell phone use can cause cancer-related brain changes (Information Week)

EXCERPT: “Given the high level of anxiety and controversy that surrounds the question of whether cell phones can cause cancerous brain tumors, it’s surprising that this new study, from scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, hasn’t gotten more attention in this country. Though not quite accurate, this headline from London’s Daily Mail gives you the gist: “Only ten minutes on a mobile could trigger cancer.””

British government to study health effects of Wi-fi (EnGadget)

Life Will Kill You (Salon)

“Children shouldn’t use cellphones. No one should drink diet sodas sweetened with aspartame. And think twice before getting X-rayed with a CAT scan except in a bona fide life-threatening emergency. That’s just some of the precautionary advice that epidemiologist Devra Davis, who runs the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, delivers in her new book, “The Secret History of the War on Cancer.”


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