Jun 19, 2013
EPA FINAL RULE: NATIONAL EMISSION STANDARDS FOR HAZARDOUS AIR POLLUTANTS (NESHAPS) FROM PETROLEUM REFINERIES
Read on at: http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/13/06/18/1832251/with-an-eye-toward-disaster-nyc-debuts-solar-charging-stations
Sign up by August 1 to join Safer Chemistry Challenge Program at no cost! via @NPPRoundtable #saferchemistry
PCB's still used today. Webinar offers green chemistry principles to become PCB free in pigments, inks, dyes, and other products.
The researchers found an increased level of a receptor known as bradykinin B1 receptor (B1R) in the brain of mice with AD, a receptor involved in inflammation. "By administering a molecule that selectively blocks the action of this receptor, we observed important improvements in both cognitive and cerebrovascular function," says Dr. Baptiste Lacoste, research fellow who conducted the study at The Neuro and now pursuing his training at Harvard Medical School in Boston. "Alzheimer's disease destroys nerve cells and also compromises the function of blood vessels in the brain. Not only were there improvements in learning and memory, but also marked recovery in blood flow and vascular reactivity, i.e. the ability of cerebral vessels to dilate or constrict when necessary." Proper functioning of blood vessels in the brain is vital to providing nutrients and oxygen to nerve cells, and vascular diseases represent important risk factors for developing AD at an advanced age.
Another interesting result that has not been seen before in our mouse model is a reduction by over 50% of toxic amyloid-beta peptide.
Journal of Neuroinflammation - Cognitive and cerebrovascular improvements following kinin B1 receptor blockade in Alzheimer's disease mice
Read more at NBF
Certainly one of the more intriguing things on display at this year's Paris Air Show, the Sherpa by Belgian startup Sagita aims to make the helicopter simpler, more efficient, more reliable and more affordable. The helicopter's rotors are directly driven by turbines which are themselves powered by hot air and fumes from the helicopter's power plant. Sagita claims that this makes the the aircraft approximately 85 percent efficient while doing away with the need for a tail rotor... Continue Reading Sagita's hot air-powered Sherpa rethinks the ultra-light helicopter
We've already seen the Solar Kettle, which uses heat from the sun to boil water. Now we have a product called SolSource that also harnesses the sun's heat, but instead of boiling water, it can cook anything you would put on a regular grill... Continue Reading SolSource uses the heat of the sun to cook your food
Jun 18, 2013
Via @AirResources California and Shenzhen, China, sign agreement to cooperate on fighting climate change
S.1016 Massachusetts "Green Cleaning Act" concerning environmentally preferable cleaning supplies in schools #education #nontoxic #safety
TODAY Free Live Broadcast to discuss the development of a “green” chemical supply chain #Safe #Green #Chemistry
Another free webinar supporting EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management for Green Challenge #Green #Sustainable #Energy #CSR
Consumer Price Index for May - Spoiler Alert, more bad new, all increased 1.4% in year #Economy #News
OSHA finds no violations for chemicals in Butler County warehouse via @triblive #OHS #OSHA #Chemical #Safety
Crane safety is focus of OSHA's New program in the Northwest that aims to curb maritime and construction fatalities
Louisiana Explosion: OSHA Joins Investigation, Safety Debate Raised and Explosions a Deadly Reminder of Plant Safety
As I reported yesterday, a longtime employee of 34 years was killed instantly in the blast. Seven other people were injured — four plant employees and three contractors.
For more details about the Donaldsonville explosion, including a video report, please click right here.
Coming back-to-back with Thursday's massive explosion at the nearby Williams-Olefins chemical plant in Geismar, the Donaldsonville explosion has rattled some nerves.
Ascension Parish sheriff Jeff Wiley objected to the media reports that the eruptive release of the nitrogen was an explosion. He compared it more to something like a tire or a balloon leaking gas.
However, locals don't underestimate the potential damage of the events.
Jun 17, 2013
Philly Closes 23 Public Schools, Generously Builds $400 Million Prison Where Kids Can Hang Instead #politics #education #fail
Jun 16, 2013
EPA Makes Available Information Collection Request for Revised Second List of Chemicals for Endocrine Disruptor Screening
Jun 15, 2013
Point Source Power, the company responsible for the Voto, is looking to extend its product line with the Halo. Where the Voto is a fuel cell charger that works with an open fire, the Halo is a gas canister backpacking stove with built-in fuel cell charger and dual USB ports. .. Continue Reading Halo combines canister stove and fuel cell charger
All those free drinks, lie-back seats and extra perks have an unexpected cost that can't be charged to the company expenses account.
First class air passengers are much more damaging to the environment than the average traveler, according to new research.
The paper (PDF), published in May, explains that those who enjoy first class service have a carbon footprint that is over nine times larger than the humble passenger crunched up in coach class.
First class seats are bigger than the standard berth, meaning less people can get on a plane. This results in more fuel being burnt per person to get the aircraft to its destination.
Moreover, passengers flying in luxury are likely to carry more bags, adding more weight to the plane and consuming more fuel.
A disease called coffee rust has reached epidemic proportions in Central America, threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of farmers and the morning pick-me-up of millions of coffee drinkers.
Caused by a leaf-blighting fungus, possibly exacerbated by growing practices and climate change, the disease leaves coffee plants spindly and barren, their precious fruits unripened.
"Where people have been using heirloom varietals for a century, you just have trees without leaves," said David Griswold, president of Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers. "We're already into the flowering cycle now, then it takes nine months to incubate the beans. You can see from the flowering what the losses will be. It's just twigs. It's as though you're walking through a forest of twigs."
Please read full and follow at: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/06/coffee-rust-epidemic/all/
More signs of muddle through here as weekly rail traffic comes in pretty stagnant again. This week's intermodal reading was 2.5% year over year which brings the 12 week moving average to 1.64%. That's the lowest level since the first week of January and clearly not a sign of a robust economy.
CDC: 'Nearly 50% of U.S. Adults Will Develop at Least One Mental Illness'
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention says that at any given moment about a quarter of American adults are mentally ill and that over the course of their lifetimes about half of all Americans will develop at least one mental illness.
A CDC mental-health fact sheet–Mental Illness Surveillance Among U.S. Adults–says that "published studies report that about 25% of all U.S. adults have a mental illness and that nearly 50% of U.S. adults will develop at least one mental illness during their lifetime."
Please continue reading at: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/cdc-nearly-50-us-adults-will-develop-least-one-mental-illness
Half of US Adults Due for Mental Illness, Study Says
The report said mental illnesses are associated with numerous other chronic health disorders, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, and that treating mental illnesses can reduce their effects.
"People with mental disorders should seek help with the same urgency as any other health condition. Treatment and support services are effective and people do recover," Hyde said.
Please read full and follow at: http://www.livescience.com/15876-mental-illness-strikes-adults.html
...In girls ages 9 to 12, a higher urine concentration of the plastic component bisphenol-A (BPA) was more likely to put them in the 90th percentile on weight charts, researchers found.
Webinar Title: Advancing Green Chemistry: PCBs in Pigments
Date: Thursday, June 27, 2013, noon eastern
Presenters: Dr. Lisa Rodenburg, Rutgers University
Adriane Borgias, Washington State Department of Ecology Dr. Robert Christie, Heriot-Watt University, Galashields, Scotland
Description: The purpose of this session is to provide historical and regulatory context to the issue, describe the changes, challenges, and solutions needed for effective source control of PCB. The goal is to provide insight into the design of PCB free pigments that meet green chemistry principles, and to outline a transition path from research to development to market: the mechanisms, barriers, and implementation.The challenge of reducing Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) at the source is a national, even global issue as PCBs are globally transported, do not easily degrade, and bioaccumulate in the food chain. PCBs are ubiquitous in the environment, not only as the result of legacy uses of Aroclors but, significantly, from residual PCBs that are still being legally produced as "inadvertent contaminants" in industrial processes. A specific example is PCBs in pigments used in inks, dyes, and other products.
Background information: http://scienceblogs.com/thepumphandle/2013/03/27/are-manufacturing-by-product-pcbs-an-occupational-health-hazard
Jun 14, 2013
Virtually every week there are articles about new and innovative methods for harvesting wind energy. And every week more megawatts of capacity from three-blade horizontal-axis wind turbines (HAWT) becomes operational, despite all of the contenders. Why aren't these innovative new products knocking the iconic HAWT off its perch? Is it possible to tell which are likely to be viable? These eight points are a useful way to assess which technology has potential, and which are likely just hot air... Continue Reading Dodgy wind? Why "innovative" turbines are often anything but