ENVIRONMENT ROUND-UP: Finding Solutions, EMR / Cell Phones, Corporate Destruction, Climate Change


The Age of Eco-Surrealism – Richard Neville blog 6/19/08

Inconvenient Truths: Get Ready to Rethink What It Means to Be Green – Metafilter 6/13/08

Well: Boosting Health With Local Food – NYTimes 6/6/08

How to Know if Your Water Is Safe to Drink – Alternet 6/4/08

Broken Agriculture: It will take more than gardening to fix our food system – Counterpunch 5/31/08

Biotech giants demand a high price for saving the planet – Independent, UK 6/8/08

A word to the water-wise – Common Dreams 7/6/08

Michael Pollan on What’s Wrong with Environmentalism – Alternet 7/8/08

Why Our Food Waste May Be Our Greatest Asset – Alternet 7/17/08

How We Can Save Our Country’s Water – Alternet 7/16/08

Appalachian Residents Have Found the Antidote to Coal – Alternet 7/9/08

“Change Your World” Encourages Alternatives to Car – Treehugger 6/25/08






Old McDonald had a pharm – Salon 6/11/08

Paxil Babies: The Dangers of Antidepressants  – Alternet 6/6/08

Sweeting Corn Syrup’s Public Image – Center for Media and Democracy 6/23/08

Research Shows Disinfectant Wipes Spread Superbugs in Hospitals – Natural News 7/6/08

Will the Toxic Sludge Industry Be Held Accountable for Human Health Risks?  – Alternet 6/1/08

Boeing, Dow Chemical fined 926 million over nuclear pollution – AFP via Raw Story 6/3/08

GM Sugar: Another threat from Monsanto – Politicook 5/28/08

Low Sperm Counts and Deformed Penises: The Chemical Industry Has a Hold on Your Reproductive Future – Alternet 6/26/08

Genetically modified mosquitoes may combat malaria (AP)  – Yahoo 6/19/08

This Land Is Their Land: How the Rich Confiscate Natural Beauty from the Public – Alternet 6/17/08 

Video: Chemical Dumbing Down of America – YouTube, 10 minutes

Zapped! How Irradiation Is Threatening Our Food System – Alternet 6/13/08

Small Town Overthrows Corporate Giant for Control of Water – Alternet 6/5/08

Chemical law has global impact – Raw Story 6/12/08

“Europe this month rolled out new restrictions on makers of chemicals linked to cancer and other health problems, changes that are forcing U.S. industries to find new ways to produce a wide range of everyday products”

The Organic Consumers Association hosts a press conference to announce results of a new study of natural and organic body care products. Sadly many brands are using petroleum and contain 1,4 Dioxane a known cause of cancer. – YouTube, 7 minutes

Another nuclear leak in France – Raw Story 7/18/08

Contaminated US site faces ‘catastrophic’ nuclear leak – New Scientist 7/14/08

Four homebuilders to pay $4.3M to settle pollution case – USA Today 6/11/08

EXCERPT:  Four of the nation’s largest homebuilders have agreed to pay $4.3 million in fines for failing to control runoff at construction sites in 34 states and the District of Columbia.  Centex agreed to pay $1.49 million, KB Home $1.19 million, Pulte Homes $877,000, and MDC Holdings’ Richmond American Homes $795,000, the government said in a statement…In February, the agency fined Home Depot Inc. $1.3 million to resolve alleged violations at 30 construction sites for its big box stores in 28 states. But the largest settlement to date was with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which in May 2004 agreed to pay $3.1 million for violations at construction sites across the country.”

Fresh scent may hold toxic secrets – Seattle Post Intelligencer 7/23/08

“The scented fabric sheet makes your shirts and socks smell flowery fresh and clean. That plug-in air freshener fills your home with inviting fragrances of apple and cinnamon or a country garden.  But those common household items are potentially exposing your family and friends to dangerous chemicals, a University of Washington study has found…. For Steinemann’s research, published Wednesday in Environmental Impact Assessment Review, she selected a top-selling item from six categories of products: dryer sheets, fabric softeners, detergents, and solid, spray and plug-in air fresheners.
Then she contracted with a lab to test the air around the items to identify the chemicals people could be breathing.  Ten of the 100 volatile organic compounds identified qualified under federal rules as toxic or hazardous, and three of those — 1,4-dioxane, acetaldehyde and chloromethane — are “hazardous air pollutants” considered unsafe to breathe at any concentration, according to the study.
The labels gave no indication that the irritating and potentially dangerous chemicals were present, so Steinemann checked the product’s Material Safety Data Sheets. These technical documents provide ingredient information for the safety of workers and emergency responders. They, too, disclosed little detail, mostly citing ingredients such as “essential oils” and “organic perfume.”
“It’s a reasonable expectation to think that laundry products and air fresheners would be free of chemicals that can cause cancer,” said Erika Schreder, a staff scientist with the Washington Toxics Coalition.  “But as this UW study shows, it’s disturbingly easy to find toxic chemicals in everyday products like these because companies don’t have to say what’s in their products.”





Cancer center director issues warning on cell phone risks – AP/Yahoo 7/24/08

“The warning from Dr. Ronald B. Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, is contrary to numerous studies that don’t find a link between cancer and cell phone use, and a public lack of worry by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Herberman is basing his alarm on early unpublished data. He says it takes too long to get answers from science and he believes people should take action now — especially when it comes to children. “Really at the heart of my concern is that we shouldn’t wait for a definitive study to come out, but err on the side of being safe rather than sorry later,” Herberman said.”


EMF, EMR, Our Brains and the Weather – What’s the link?  – Natural News 7/8/08


Frequent Mobile Phone Use Boosts Tumor Risk by 50 Percent – Natural News 7/13/08

Are mobile phones wiping out our bees? – Independent, UK 4/15/07

Well: How Much Radiation Does Your Phone Emit? – NYTimes 6/11/08




UN Publishes Satellite Atlas of Africa’s Changing Environment – Treehugger 6/10/08


Two peer-reviewed scientific papers debunck CO2 myth – PrisonPlanet 7/16/08

EXCERPT: “Three top scientists have once again contradicted the claim that a “consensus” exists about man-made global warming with research that indicates CO2 emissions actually cool the atmosphere, in addition to another peer-reviewed paper that documents how the IPCC overstated CO2’s effect on temperature by as much as 2000 per cent.


Professor George Chilingar and Leonid Khilyuk of the University of Southern California, and Oleg Sorokhtin of the Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences have released a study that they claim completely contradicts the link between CO2 and global temperature increases.
“The writers investigated the effect of CO2 emission on the temperature of atmosphere. Computations based on the adiabatic theory of greenhouse effect show that increasing CO2 concentration in the atmosphere results in cooling rather than warming of the Earth’s atmosphere,” states the preamble to the paper.”


Under-estimating extinction – Guardian, UK 7/2/08

‘We’re toast’ without action on warming says NASA scientist (AP) – Yahoo 6/23/08

Sea Level Fluctuations Played a Crucial Role in Planet’s Mass Extinctions – Treehugger 6/18/08


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