Climate & Environment News Round-Up

EWG Study Finds Hundreds of Pollutants in Nation’s Drinking Water

Global supply of rare earth elements could be wiped out by 2012

Air Pollution Can Harm Human Reproduction

Six Deadly Chemicals You’re Carrying in Your Body

Environmental Coverup: Radioactive Groundwater Contamination in the Chesapeake Bay

Video: ‘Birth defects’ from Israeli bombs

India’s generation of children crippled by uranium waste

Uranium Weapons, Low-Level Radiation and Deformed Babies

Whale-Shaped Floating Garden Cleans the World’s Rivers

Ethanol burns dirtier than gasoline, study finds

One quarter of US grain crops fed to cars – not people, new figures show

The Effects of Genetically Modified Foods on Animal Health

Three Approved GMOs Linked to Organ Damage

See You in Cochabamba! Evo Morales Plans Bolivian Alternative Climate Summit for April

2.4 Million Pounds of Plastic Pollution Enter the World’s Oceans Every Hour

Compact Fluorescent Lights Dumping Mercury Directly into Landfills

Greenwash 101 Fact Sheet

Darwin’s Finches are Evolving Again

EPA Releases Interactive Map of Facilities Guilty of Eco-Crimes

Point and Counter-Point Chart Sums Up the Climate Change Debate

If you’re looking for a great graphic that sums up the climate change debate, check out this handy chart by Information is Beautiful. All of the major debate points from climate change deniers on one side, with the counter points by climate change activists on the other side. Information – pure and simple – lays out the debate, including graphics.

It’s too large to past the whole graphic here, but Information is Beautiful provides the entire thing. Debate points like “We don’t even have accurate temperature records” and “It was actually hotter in medieval times than it is today” are all addressed, along with the oh-so-relevant “When the evidence doesn’t fit, scientists edit the evidence.”

The mini ice age starts here (UK)

Climategate investigated by – WTF? – the ‘National Domestic Extremism’ team

No Rise of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Fraction in Past 160 Years, New Research Finds

Most of the carbon dioxide emitted by human activity does not remain in the atmosphere, but is instead absorbed by the oceans and terrestrial ecosystems.

Rolling Stone Calls Out the 17 Worst ‘Climate Killers’ in the US

Carbon trading fraud in Belgium – “up to 90% of the whole market volume was caused by fraudulent activities”


Even more reasons not to use biofuels

Stan Cox : Biofuel’s Drug Problem – CounterPunch 6/9/09

Corn Ethanol Worse than Oil? California Rules Yes – Treehugger 4/20/09

So Thirsty: Corn Ethanol Uses Up to 300% More Water than Previously Thought – Treehugger 4/14/09

Robert Bryce : Why the Promise of Biofuels is a Lie – CounterPunch 2/21/09

 The Higher Cost of Biofuels – Center for Media and Democracy 2/11/09

A new study found that there is a higher health cost associated with corn-based biofuels than with traditional energy forms. The researchers “found the total environmental and health costs of gasoline are about 71 cents (50p) per gallon, while an equivalent amount of corn-ethanol fuel has associated costs of 72 cents to $1.45, depending on how it is produced.” The health concerns include “increased cases of heart disease, respiratory symptoms, asthma, chronic bronchitis or premature death.” There is also concern that using a food crop for fuel will continue to drive up the cost of foodstuffs, affecting everyone, but especially the most vulnerable populations. There is evidence that the costs associated with the next generation of biofuels could be much lower. Those products may be produced from organic waste or plants that are grown on non-agricultural land.

Biofuels may increase global warming – Raw Story 2/14/09

New Study Finds Corn-based Ethanol More Harmful Than Oil-based Gasoline – Treehugger 2/7/09


Previously: Biofuel Posts

Alternative energy , poisons in your products, and other notable environmental news


Palm oil offers no green solution – BBC 12/1/08

A major international study says palm oil plantations reduce plant and animal diversity, and do little to reduce carbon emissions.

Salt Water As A Fuel – EVTV1

Wind Power Exposed: The Renewable Energy Source is Expensive, Unreliable and Won’t Save Natural Gas – Energy Tribune 11/25/08

Ocean currents can power the world, say scientists  – Telegraph, UK 11/29/08

A revolutionary device that can harness energy from slow-moving rivers and ocean currents could provide enough power for the entire world, scientists claim

Biodiesel makers get subsidy as they sell fuel abroad – Houston Chronicle 11/29/08

$15-Million Marine Energy Prize Launched in Scotland  – National Geographic 12/1/08

The race is officially on for the team who can find the best way to harness the oceans’ power as a serious energy alternative to fossil fuels.

Hawaii to build statewide electric car network – CNN 12/2/08



Pregnant women warned off make-up  – Independent, UK 11/30/08

90 Percent of U.S. Infant Formula May Be Contaminated with Melamine; FDA Abruptly Declares Chemical Safe for Babies – Natural News 11/29/08

Study Shows How Meat Spurs Cancer Growth – Natural News 12/1/08

You may Not Know: Your Food has been Genetically Engineered   – Natural News 12/1/08

One in three toys is toxic: Group – CNN 12/3/08

New York’s Water Threatened by Natural Gas Drilling? – Alternet 12/3/08

For months public concern has been growing that upstate mining may be threatening the water supply for New York City’s 9 million people.

FDA admits mercury fillings have neurotoxic effects on children – PrisonPlanet 12/3/08

“Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetuses,” reads a statement that has been added to the agency’s Web site. “Pregnant women and persons who may have a health condition that makes them more sensitive to mercury exposure, including individuals with existing high levels of mercury bioburden, should not avoid seeking dental care, but should discuss options with their health practitioner.”



Corporate Water Abusers Should Not Be Trusted As Stewards of the World’s Water – Alternet 12/3/08

Large corporations have convened to talk about reducing their “water footprint” but the real stakeholders have been left out.

Forget the Polar Bears — The Climate Crisis Is About All of Us  – Alternet 12/3/08

Do we want to be remembered as the generation that saved the banks and let the planet collapse?

FEMA’s Nightmare: A Big Midwest Shaker – Miller McCune 11/21/08

The “Big One” assumed for California or other Pacific Rim states and provinces will almost certainly arrive some day, but FEMA said Thursday that the most catastrophic quake in the United States probably is destined for mid-America.

Spy fly collects secrets without risk – Raw Story 11/24/08

Military engineers work to disguise bugs as, well, bugs to record, attack insurgents.

Major Green Groups Offer Plan to Obama   – Alternet 12/1/08

How should Obama act on the environment? A report by 29 major enviro groups gave Obama a list of actions and policies.

PHOTOS: Pacific Shipwrecks Potential Toxic Timebombs – National Geographic 11/25/08

Film Review: GenerationRx Documents Chemical Abuse of Children by Pharmaceutical Industry, Modern Psychiatry – Natural News 11/26/08

The Dangers of Nanoparticles – Natural News 11/26/08

TreeHugger: Nature’s Wonders: Untouched Landscapes – Treehugger 11/28/08

Water Neutral: Is the Latest Eco-Term Just Corporate Hype? – Alternet 12/1/08

As companies like Coca-Cola start throwing around the term, it has many people highly skeptical, and for good reason.

Inside The World’s Super Dumps  – Forbes 12/2/08

From toxic trash in China to mountain-sized landfills in Michigan, the world is awash in waste.

Total Decarbonization: Our Last Shot to Prevent Runaway Climate Change – Alternet 12/3/08

The latest science suggests that preventing runaway climate change means total decarbonization. Can we do it?

Soil Not Oil: Why We Need to Kick Petroleum Out of Our Farms – Alternet 12/3/08

Biodiverse farms offer us more food, better food, higher incomes for farmers and a defense from climate disasters.

VIDEO: Antarctic Survey’s Stunning Species – National Geographic 12/1/08

Scientists have discovered that islands near Antarctica’s main peninsula hold more species than even the Galápagos Islands, the experts claim.

Ant invader knocks on UK’s door – BBC 12/2/08

A recently identified ant which wipes out native species is finding new homes in northern Europe.

20 (More) Strange and Exotic Endangered Species – Ecoist 12/2/08

Selenium Curbs AIDS Virus, may Fight Cancer – Natural News 12/2/08

Seawater holds key to future food – BBC 12/4/08

Growing crops in salt water is becoming necessary to overcome shortages of fresh water, scientists say.

Studies Prove that Obesity has Nothing to do with Bad Genes – Natural News 12/4/08

Iraq veterans exposed to cancer-causing dust sue contractor – Raw Story 12/3/08

The Guardsmen charge that KBR was aware of dangerous levels of sodium dichromate on the premises, used to remove corrosion from pipes. Part of its chemical makeup is hexavalent chromium, which is known to cause lung cancer and birth defects. Sergeant First Class David Moore of Dubois, Indiana, was among those said to be affected: he died this year of chronic interstitial lung disease. His death was ruled service-related.

“It’s not right,” said Mark McManaway, 55, the main plaintiff in the suit. He has suffered rashes and nosebleeds he blames on the exposure. Their attorney, Mike Doyle, is also representing ten KBR workers in arbitration (Langford v. Halliburton, American Arbitration Association, 70-480-00649-05) who echo the charge, saying that their employer chose to cover up the exposure after neglecting to issue them the proper protective gear. Ed Blacke, who worked as a medic at Qarmat Ali, testified to a Senate panel in June that he was fired when he discovered the toxic dust and tried to warn others. “A day’s exposure could write you a death warrant,” he added. “Just one day’s exposure.” He said that the chemical contamination was an act of sabotage by the Iraqi Baath party.

“The Tell City Guardsmen were repeatedly told that there was no danger on site, even after KBR managers knew that blood testing of American civilians exposed onsite confirmed elevated chromium levels,” Doyle said in the complaint…The Guardsmen’s complaint includes a copy of an internal KBR memo, dated June 2003, in which managers discussed sodium dichromate at the plant, and a statement from the Army confirming that there was “high potential for direct exposure” to the chemical during the time the Guardsmen were stationed at the plant.