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THE AIR WE BREATHE, THE SOIL WE WALK, THE EARTH WE INHABIT: Climate and Pollution News

Warning: Using a cell phone while pregnant can seriously damage your baby – Independent UK 5/18/08

EXCERPTS: “Women who use mobile phones when pregnant are more likely to give birth to children with behavioural problems, according to authoritative research. A giant study, which surveyed more than 13,000 children, found that using the handsets just two or three times a day was enough to raise the risk of their babies developing hyperactivity and difficulties with conduct, emotions and relationships by the time they reached school age. And it adds that the likelihood is even greater if the children themselves used the phones before the age of seven….The Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection says that use of the phones by both pregnant women and children should be “limited”. It concludes that children who talk on the handsets are likely to suffer from “disruption of memory, decline of attention, diminishing learning and cognitive abilities, increased irritability” in the short term, and that longer-term hazards include “depressive syndrome” and “degeneration of the nervous structures of the brain”.

 

The Pentagon’s Toxic Legacy – Dissident Voice 5/13/08

“The nation’s biggest polluter isn’t a corporation. It’s the Pentagon. Every year the Department of Defense churns out more than 750,000 tons of hazardous waste — more than the top three chemical companies combined.”

 

Toxic chemicals are maiming thousands around the world – Alternet 5/16/08

 

Saddled with legacy of dioxin, town considers an odd ally – the mushroom – NYTimes 4/27/08

 

Are hybrids an EMF health risk? – NYTimes via Treehugger 4/29/08, with extra EMF links

 

Mobile phones more dangerous than smoking – Independent UK 3/31/08

 

42% of Americans breathe unhealthy air – Bloomberg 5/1/08

 

World Bank Climate Profiteering – Global Research 4/9/08

 

Pacific Ocean Stew Still Endangering Humans – Salon 4/18/08

 

BPA chemical found ‘everywhere’ may cause cancer – Washington Post/Houston Chronicle 4/15/08

EXCERPT: “The draft report by the National Toxicology Program, an office of the National Institutes of Health, signaled a turning point in the government’s position on bisphenol-a, or BPA, so ubiquitous in American society that it has been detected in the urine of 93 percent of the population over 6 years of age.”

 

California Bay Area to be sprayed with new unregistered pesticide – Global Researh 4/3/08

EXCERPT: “The people of the Bay area of California are about to be sprayed with a new pesticide not registered with the Environmental Protection Agency – EPA, in a pre-emptive strive against a perceived threat from the Light Brown Apple Moth. “In August, the California Department of Food and Agriculture plans to spray pesticides in five Bay Area counties for the invasive species” – CBS 5, 2008. One of the chemicals being used is Checkmate, manufactured by Suterra, LLC, which is owned by Stewart Resnick, one of the richest men in California, and owner of the largest farming operation of tree crops in the world. Mr. Resnick is also included in California Governor Schwarzenegger’s top 100 donors.”

 

Electro-magnetic radiation the most pervasive environmental exposure – Global Research 9/18/07

EXCERPT: “You cannot see it, taste it or smell it, but it is one of the most pervasive environmental exposures in industrialized countries today. Electromagnetic radiation – EMR or electromagnetic fields – EMFs are the terms that broadly describe exposures created by the vast array of wired and wireless technologies that have altered the landscape of our lives in countless beneficial ways. However, these technologies were designed to maximize energy efficiency and convenience; not with biological effects on people in mind. Based on new studies, there is growing evidence among scientists and the public about possible health risks associated with these technologies.
 
Human beings are bioelectrical systems. Our hearts and brains are regulated by internal bioelectrical signals. Environmental exposures to artificial EMFs can interact with fundamental biological processes in the human body. In some cases, this can cause discomfort and disease. Since World War II, the background level of EMF from electrical sources has risen exponentially, most recently by the soaring popularity of wireless technologies such as cell phones – two billion and counting in 2006, cordless phones, WI-FI and WI-MAX networks. Several decades of international scientific research confirm that EMFs are biologically active in animals and in humans, which could have major public health consequences.”

 

Northeastern US forests inadvertently made fire-resistant – Treehugger 11/28/07

“A study by Indiana University researchers found the chlorinated flame retardant Dechlorane Plus in the bark of trees across the northeastern United States, with by far the highest concentrations measured near the Niagara Falls, N.Y., factory where this chemical is produced…Hites said the study demonstrates that tree bark can be used as nature’s own passive sampling device for detecting the presence and relative concentrations of chemicals in the air. Rough, porous and high in lipids, tree bark soaks up airborne gases and particles, then keeps them protected from the elements.”
“The study, “Dechlorane Plus and Other Flame Retardants in Tree Bark from the Northeastern United States,” provides the first data on the prevalence of the chemical in the atmosphere outside of the Great Lakes area. It identifies the epicenter of DP concentrations as being near the factory where the chemical is produced by OxyChem – Occidental Petroleum Corp.. Concentrations in tree bark within a few miles of the factory were several thousand times higher than those found in bark at more distant sampling sites, including Indiana, Virginia and Maryland. We humans have lipids in and under our skin, just like tree bark? See the point?”

 

40 NASA workers on same floor diagnosed with cancer – NewsNet 5 Ohio 4/7/08

“The union that represents hundreds of scientists and other workers said nearly half of the 100 employees on the third floor of the building have been diagnosed with various forms of cancer in the past three to four years.”

 

Pollution alters brain functionBBC 3/11/08

 

Pollution prevalent in US West’s National ParksNational Geographic via Treehugger 3/4/08

 

Food additives could be as dangerous as lead in petrol – Independent, UK 4/5/08

“Artificial food colours are set to be removed from hundreds of products after a team of university researchers warned they were doing as much damage to children’s brains as lead in petrol.”

 

Uranium contamination in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada – Global Research 3/14/08, originally published 11/13/07

EXCERPT: “The urine analysis of the nine Port Hope residents and former nuclear workers revealed all study subjects’ bodies to be contaminated by unnatural species of uranium. Neither Health Canada, nor the other responsible monitoring and regulating agencies – Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Natural Resources Canada, Ontario Public Health, and the Provincial or Federal Departments of Environment list these uranium species as present in Port Hope. Nor do they identify them as potential contaminants to the residents and workers there. We can find no environmental, biological or radiological study identifying these species of uranium in any jurisdiction in Canada“…
“Uranium is an “alpha particle” emitter. Alpha particles are the heaviest and most damaging of all forms of ionizing radiation. Uranium’s radiation is 20 times more damaging – i.e. an RBE – “relative biological effectiveness” – of 20 than Gamma radiation Gamma is the only type of radiation monitored by Health Canada or any agency, in Port Hope. Alpha radiation, its public uptake and the human internal deposition of Alpha emitters is not monitored in Port Hope. There has been insufficient analysis of Port Hope’s unusual patterns of coronary disease and cancers and their possible association with the daily emissions and chronic internal exposure to insoluble radiogenic toxins into the town’s breathing zone.”

 

Abandoned to Their Fate: Victims of the Bhopal Disaster – Guardian 4/9/08

 

Scentless Spring? Flowers’ smell blocked by pollution – National Geographic 4/11/08

 

Sludge fertilizer program spurs concerns – AP/Yahoo 4/13/08

EXCERPT: “Scientists using federal grants spread fertilizer made from human and industrial wastes on yards in poor, black neighborhoods to test whether it might protect children from lead poisoning in the soil. Families were assured the sludge was safe and were never told about any harmful ingredients. Nine low-income families in Baltimore row houses agreed to let researchers till the sewage sludge into their yards and plant new grass. In exchange, they were given food coupons as well as the free lawns as part of a study published in 2005 and funded by the Housing and Urban Development Department.  The Associated Press reviewed grant documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and interviewed researchers. No one involved with the $446,231 grant for the two-year study would identify the participants, citing privacy concerns. There is no evidence there was ever any medical follow-up.”

 

African project to revive depleted soils – Treehugger 8/2/08

EXCERPT: “A five-year, $180 million project to revitalize the soils and agricultural sector of sub-Saharan Africa has been launched in Nairobi, Kenya. The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa’s – AGRA Soil Health Program will work with 4.1 million farmers to regenerate 6.3m hectares of farmland, which have been degraded by unsustainable farming practices in the last few decades.”

 

Lawsuit seeks to ban uranium mining in Grand Canyon – TruthOut 3/13/08

EXCERPTS: “One of the great natural wonders of the world – the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River – is threatened by uranium exploration. Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging the approval of up to 39 new uranium drilling sites within a few miles of Grand Canyon National Park. In December, the Kaibab National Forest granted British firm Vane Minerals approval to conduct exploratory uranium drilling on national forest lands along the park’s southern boundary with no public hearing and no environmental review. It is the first of five such projects slated for the area….
 
“The Forest Service claims it has little power to deny uranium development under the 1872 Mining Law. But the mining law does not go against the agency’s separate obligation under the National Environmental Policy Act to carry out in-depth public and environmental reviews of such proposals. “The Grand Canyon is facing a massive uranium build-up at its southern boundary,” said Sandy Bahr of Sierra Club‘s Grand Canyon Chapter. “The mining law doesn’t negate the Forest Service’s duty to conduct detailed environmental and public reviews for new uranium development – and the Grand Canyon deserves at least that much.”…
“More than 2,000 uranium mining claims have been filed since 2003 in the Tusayan Ranger district alone, the majority of them within 10 miles of Grand Canyon National Park, says the Board of Supervisors. Fueled by a 15-fold increase in uranium prices during the last eight years, planned uranium development has increased on federal lands immediately south of the Grand Canyon, where in addition to the 2,000 claims, there are five uranium exploration projects, and the possible opening of one mine.”

 

EPA may not act to limit rocket fuel in water supply – AP/Seattle Times 5/6/08

 

Dry river beds are open wounds in the US – CNN 4/23/08

 

Map shows toll on world’s oceansBBC 2/14/08

EXCERPT: “Only about 4% of the world’s oceans remain undamaged by human activity, according to the first detailed global map of human impacts on the seas. A study in Science journal says climate change, fishing, pollution and other human factors have exacted a heavy toll on almost half of the marine waters. Only remote icy areas near the poles are relatively pristine, but they face threats as ice sheets melt, it warns.”

 

Why protecting watersheds is about community and culture – Alternet 1/29/08

A new vision for Gulf-area communities gets beyond the legacy racism, classism and environmental destruction.

 

Antarctic melt releasing DDT, tainting penguins – National Geographic 5/12/08

 

Hint of methane’s renewed rise – BBC 4/24/08

Methane is more dangerous to the ozone layer than CO2.  ‘Alternative energy’ plants running on methane are naïve and short-sighted.

 

Forget global warming, prepare for ice age – The Australian 4/23/08

 

March the warmest on record over world land surfaces – AP/Yahoo 4/17/08

 

Jet streams are shifting and may alter paths of storms and hurricanes – ScienceDaily 4/17/08

 

Eating as if Climate Mattered – Alternet 1/23/08

 

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