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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”

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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



REPOST: Obama Does Not Represent Change – he is intended to placate the ‘left’

Getting Rolled by Obama a Wake-Up Call for Uprising – TPMuckraker 7/10/08

 

Obama has received over $11 million from telecoms – OpenSecrets.org

Looks like their investment is paying off.

 

Corporate America Hearts Obama – Alternet 4/30/08

Worthwhile reading.  “Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, was the Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times. He spent seven years in the Middle East and reported frequently from Iran. His latest book is American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America.”

 

Ralph Nader on Barack Obama: “It is Quite Clear He is a Corporate Candidate from A to Z” – audio, video or transcript Democracy Now 6/18/08

 

Collection of Obama Flip-Flops – Mass Discussion – 6/21/08

 

Neither Obama or McCain keeping to transparent campign financing promises; secrecy on par with Bush-Cheney – NYTimes 7/11/08

 

The Audacity of Imperial Airbrushing: Barack Obama’s Whitewashed History of U.S. Foreign Policy and Why it Matters – ZNet 7/6/08

 

Barack O’Bilderberg: Picking the President – Global Research 6/9/08

 

Daniel Pipes: If Obama Wins, Bush Will Attack Iran in November – Antiwar.com 6/6/08

 

In The Great Tradition: Obama Is A Hawk – John Pilger on Global Research 6/15/08

 

Video: Obama vs. McCain on Taxes – Mother Jones 6/13/08

 

Obama Camp closely tied to Ethanol Industry – NYTimes 6/23/08

 

Ron Paul nails McCain and Obama on ‘Morning Joe’ – video via MParent 6/18/08

 

Originally posted 7/12/08

 

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