Environmental News: What Our Industrial Society Hath Wrought

Tennessee has ‘toxic nightmare’ – Raw Story 1/2/09

Coal ash disaster will alter area ecosystems ‘for generations,’ says expert.

Massive Tennessee Toxic Ash Spill May Have Been Prevented by Fixes Rejected by TVA Officials – Treehugger 1/4/09

Can America Clean Up from Its Worst Environmental Disaster? [Contains Photo Slideshow] – Alternet 1/5/09

With the breaking of a coal waste dam in Tennessee, environmental and human health is threatened by millions of pounds of toxic chemicals.

Hundreds of Coal Ash Dumps Lack Regulation – NYTimes 1/7/09

Most of the coal byproduct dumps across the United States are unregulated, although they contain chemicals considered threats to human health.

TX city spills 9 million gallons of sewage – Raw Story 12/30/08

State environmental inspectors expect no risks to human health from raw sewage that leaked into a creek feeding Lewisville Lake.

The Costly Compromises of Oil From Sand – NYTimes 1/6/09

Oil On Water: Shale Oil Industry Mixing It Up In The US West With The Aid Of A Federal Bailout Package – Treehugger 12/29/08

One estimate has oil shale extraction needing 10 barrels of water per barrel of oil produced. And, with Colorado’s proposed oil shale operations at full capacity, by mid-century, the industry could require as much as 14 times more power than currently generated by the state’s largest power plant.

Chem spill estimated at 10k gallons – Raw Story 1/9/09

Second TVA spill in three weeks

Study warns of dire overheating of crops,food crisis by 2100 – USA Today 1/8/09

Global Warming May Become the Instigator of World War IV – Treehugger 1/3/09

VIDEO: Mystery Pelican Die-Off in Calif. – National geographic 1/7/09

Pelicans fall out of sky from Mexico to Ore. – Seattle Times 1/7/09

First Bees, Now Birds – George Washingon blog 1/8/09

Bush Administration’s Abysmal Environmental Record in Cool Interactive Graphic Form  – Treehugger 1/7/09

Environment: Paradise lost on Maldives’ rubbish island – Guardian, UK 1/2/09

It may be known as a tropical paradise, an archipelago of 1,200 coral islands in the Indian Ocean. But the traditional image of the Maldives hides a dirty secret: the world’s biggest rubbish island.  A few miles and a short boat ride from the Maldivian capital, Malé, Thilafushi began life as a reclamation project in 1992. The artificial island was built to solve Malé’s refuse problem. But today, with more than 10,000 tourists a week in the Maldives adding their waste, the rubbish island now covers 50 hectares (124 acres).  So much is being deposited that the island is growing at a square metre a day.

More Americans getting multiple chronic illnesses (Reuters)  – Yahoo 1/6/09 

Orange drinks with 300 times more pesticide than tap water – Daily Mail, UK 1/5/09

Fizzy drinks sold by Coca-Cola in Britain have been found to contain pesticides at up to 300 times the level allowed in tap or bottled water. A worldwide study found pesticide levels in orange and lemon drinks sold under the Fanta brand, which is popular with children, were at their highest in the UK.

Bugs in your food: how to know? – Raw Story 1/5/09

As it turns out, there really may be a bug in your soup. The Food and Drug Administration has finalized a rule that will require food companies to list cochineal extract and carmine on the label when they are used in food and cosmetics. But the new rule contains one glaring omission. It doesn’t require companies to tell you that the ingredients come from a bug

UK faces court case over air pollution breaches – Guardian, UK 1/1/09

The European Union is planning to take Britain to court for consistently breaching air pollution laws, which could result in unlimited daily fines.  Air pollution near many roads averages well over twice the UN’s World Health Organisation maximum recommended level, which has led to constant infringements of EU air quality laws.  In particular, diesel engines emit large quantities of minute, sooty particles known as PM10s which are linked to asthma and heart disease. The government’s own figures estimate they result in 12,000 to 24,000 premature deaths a year in the UK.

Report Shows Long Term Use of Cell Phones Linked to Brain Tumors – Natural News 12/28/08

Only Two Companies in US Confirm Using BPA-Free Cans – Natural News 12/19/08

NYC: Gas Drilling Will Raise the Cost of Water by 30 Percent – Alternet 12/16/08

NYC’s chief accountant warned state officials that drilling could have “crippling implications” for the city’s water system.

Beauty Secret: Your Make-Up Can Kill You – Alternet 12/16/08

Cervical Cancer Vaccine Paralyses 12-Year-Old Girl– Cryptogon 12/14/08

Amazon pollution suit hits Chevron – Raw Story 12/20/08

Drugmaker Merck seeks Gardasil approval for boys – USA Today 1/6/09

The City Concealed – Metafilter 12/16/08

The creek is the site of a 17 million gallon underground oil-spill (50% larger than Exxon-Valdez) which remains to be cleaned up, resulting in a Supreme Court battle between residents and oil companies.

Mystery Cancer Cluster Hits Illinois Community – WCBS TV 12/15/08

An amatuer video shows residents in McCullom Lake Village. It is a community of a thousand people – but every person in the video either has a brain tumor, lives with a relative with one or lost someone to brain cancer.  There, in a community of about 1,000 people, 14 residents have developed brain cancer. Nationally the rate is roughly seven out of 100,000.  Coincidence?

Attorney Aaron Freiwald says “absolutely not.” He represents the McCollum Lake Village residents in their lawsuits against multi-billion dollar chemical company Rohm and Haas. Rohm and Hass has had a plant there since 1963. It makes specialty chemicals that are used in a variety of industries – from plastics to pesticides. And it has 140 different facilities in 27 countries…
The company admits that for 20 years ending in 1979, it dumped toxic chemical waste in an eight-acre pit on its property. The goundwater beneath the plant is polluted with gallons of chemicals – some are known human carcinogens. In May, the county tested only 14 of the water wells around McCullom Lake Village and found no contamination.

But local residents say no testing was done during the time Rohm and Haas was dumping chemicals.

FDA Stuns Scientists, Declares Mercury in Fish to be Safe for Infants, Children, Expectant Mothers!  – Prison Planet 12/18/08

Genetically Modified Hawaii – Scientific American 12/8/08

Hairspray Exposure in Pregnant Women Increases Risk of Common Birth Defect in Boys – Natural News 12/26/08

How the West’s Energy Boom Could Threaten Drinking Water for 1 in 12 Americans – Alternet 12/26/08

A rush to develop domestic oil, gas and uranium deposits along the Colorado River and its tributaries threatens its future.

Environmental Spill Disaster Devastates Tennessee; 48 Times the Size of Exxon Valdez – Alternet 12/25/08

Approximately 500 million gallons of coal ash sludge has broken through a holding pond at a coal-fired plant.

Europe to Ban Cancer Causing Pesticides – Treehugger 12/24/08

Pesticides have been found in half the foods eaten by Europeans, with six of the most dangerous consistently in the top ten measured. But the battle to act against the risks of pesticides pits productivity, reductions in disease vectors, and other benefits against the difficult to prove risks of developing cancer or the hypothesis that sharp declines in bee populations can be attributed, at least in part, to pesticide contamination in the environment.

Dead Animals Found in Children’s Crayons – Natural News 12/19/08

Time, nature threaten La. island and Native American tribe – USA Today 1/5/09

Isle de Jean Charles is disappearing, mauled by rising sea-level, coastal erosion and an estimated 10,000 miles of canals dug by oil companies. Threatened along with it: the Biloxi-Chitimacha tribe, a French-speaking Native American tribe that has inhabited the island for generations. Nearly 20 families remain on the island, down from a peak of 68 families in 2000, tribal chief Albert Naquin said.

Quitting Coffee is One of the Easiest Ways to Help The Planet and Yourself – Treehugger 1/4/09

Coffee is the 2nd most traded commodity after oil. Some claim that coffee has health benefits while others claim that it is an addictive substance that taxes the body’s adrenal glands, depositing adrenalin (a poison) daily into our bodies, stressing out our digestive tracts at the same time. Whatever you believe, coffee is not essential to our lives and thus it is one commodity worth considering giving up entirely in order to benefit the planet and our pocketbooks in a time of economic and ecologic peril.

USA’s trashed TVs, computer monitors can make toxic mess – USA Today 12/29/08 


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I completely agree with the man above. Then I want to take it a step further and say that environmentalists are mostly radicals who spout “facts” of faith about global warming and climate change.

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