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After years of debate, and criticism over the delay, the Bush administration will move Friday to require security enhancements at high-risk chemical plants nationwide.
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Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.
- Part 1 of a special Tribune report on China's environmental impact.
- Part 2 in the series: The hidden cost of your hardwood floor
- Part 3 in the series (appearing tomorrow): The coming fight for oil. Link will appear on the series home page.
In a recent wide-ranging interview with the San Antonio Express News, Shell president John Hofmeister said Shell's position on the source of E85 fuel is clear: the expressed preference is cellulosic ethanol but notes there is no large-scale effort from this segment. Hofmeister says he's concerned about food prices going up if corn is used to produce (Ethanol) E85.
[Source: San Antonio Express News - VIA autobloggreen.com]
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Link Source: Total via GreenCarCongress -via autobloggreen
Dec 15, 2006
From Union of Concerned Scientists
- 10,000 Scientists Speak Out
E is for Endangered Species Act scientific underpinnings
air pollution to Ground Zero, the A to Z Guide showcases
dozens of examples of the misuse of science on issues like
childhood lead poisoning, toxic mercury contamination, and
Dec 14, 2006
Episode 69: - They did a bench test of running & startup efficiencies of general household lights using nearly the same bench equipment I have.
Their results, same as mine, the LED used 1/10th the power of the compact fluorescent consumer bulbs.
I usually shy away from the 1 to 10 ratio as it is bias with each manufacturer. (as DOE concluded) However, stating they are "10-100%" more efficient appears to be a well documented number anyone could quote.
On a lighter note... my son and I completed the thermoelectric Peltier install this weekend I am testing for Steve Spence over at green-trust.org. It runs a array of "LED" and a TV powered for "free" off the heat from the vent in his room via the thermoelectric Peltier effect.
Is there hope for energy in our future? it is as bright as the light in my son's eyes when he saw "free" energy light up his room...
Dec 13, 2006
"In a recent study, fuel cell expert Ulf Bossel explains that a hydrogen economy is a wasteful economy. The large amount of energy required to isolate hydrogen from natural compounds (water, natural gas, biomass), package the light gas by compression or liquefaction, transfer the energy carrier to the user, plus the energy lost when it is converted to useful electricity with fuel cells, leaves around 25% for practical use an unacceptable value to run an economy in a sustainable future. Only niche applications like submarines and spacecraft might use hydrogen." » original news
I assume they had read a science journal published within the last 40 years to come up with this "ground breaking" conclusion... seriously.
P.S. Someone should have told CA before they spent 40 Million on the New Buses & Hydrogen Highway ;-)
While I believe Wal-Mart is serious about tackling major environmental challenges, Someone needs to call them on this one "100 million Compact Fluorescent Campaign" before they make a million mistakes. Very nice LED's have been on the market and in my home for over 4 years? How is it that "Wal*Mart" can not implement this program with technology that is 10-100% more efficient? The IMPACT Wal*Mart would be "life changing"...
JUST WRONG... If Wal*Mart would just call an expert, they can "learn" that there is Mercury in compact fluorescent lighting that is FAR more damaging than the short term gains they offer - Seriously! GO LED
Please read more on the GLRPPR Blog,
Dec 12, 2006
"We think it's a very important step in dealing with some of the most substances that are in our environment, and that pose a threat to the environment and our own health."
"If there's going to be a greater responsibility for enforcement for our health, we'd better back it up with the money to go with it," she said.
Ambrose released the name of the first chemical to be placed on the list: hexafluorobutadiene.
Others chemicals include:
- 2-Butoxyethanol (2-BE),
- 2-Methoxyethanol (2-ME),
- Bisphenol A,
- Perfluorooctane sulfonate or perfluorooctanyl sulfonate (PFOS),
- Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs),
- Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs),
Dec 11, 2006
Click here to read more...
Dec 10, 2006
'How can we allow these to enter our household?'
Dr. Gideon Koren
Everywhere the cleaning products are kept, the readings jump. The average home normally reads about 50 parts per billion.
Dec 9, 2006
The EPA said the president's proposed budget had accelerated efforts to modernize the system, and they said that library visits were declining.
"I think we are living in a world of digitized information," said Travers of the EPA. "In the end there will be better access."
Travers said all EPA-generated documents from the closed libraries would be online by January and the rest of the agency's 51,000 reports would be digitized within two years. The EPA, she said, would not digitize books, scientific journals and non-EPA studies but would keep one copy of each available for inter-library loans.
Dec 8, 2006
Products Project (SPP) tested household dust for a wide variety of chemicals
and found a "toxic cocktail" that we are exposed to every day in our
homes, from commonly used products ".
They provide "downloadable" facts sheet with information about the chemicals
they tested for and their health risks... (PDF Files)
Visit their site to download one or all of these fact sheets.
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I was recently told that several trade publications are no longer including expert “topics” in their publications as they were "no longer being submitted by members (industry experts)".
I think it is very sad when industry experts no longer feel they can compete with the “media” blitz of blogs & dribble of irrelevant information making its way into the national headlines.
If an EHS professional does not evolve their training & writing style as the industry changes the way media is presented, their programs will loose effectiveness & appeal.
From an older post (linked here)
Sadly… on the internet, if it does not have a “shock” value, celebrity, eyecandy or “get rich” theme no one from the general public will read or return to read even the most important information….
So to my colleagues, educators, regulators, scientists and true environmentalists… I am sorry for the “main stream” content.
While it may personally belittle and embarrass me… helping People and the Planet is not about me, it’s about US.
So again, Thanks for putting up with the hype to find great content!"
The Paleocene/Eocene Thermal Maximum by mongabay.com
Research published over the past year indicates that PETM climate change helped drive the evolution of modern primates by causing the dispersal of tarsier-like primates across the globe.
Dec 7, 2006
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your parents smoking around you when you were a child; or
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playing with mercury in your hands; or
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running out into the chemical fog when the truck came around to spray for mosquitoes; or
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other children eating paint chips
Ethanol is an interesting fuel, though, with some potential to transform our big problem into less of a problem. Grist's Muckraker pieces on ethanol politics can give you the skinny on government and industry attention, so why don't I back up and go to the rudiments for all dearest readers.
Apparently the first cute little internal combustion engines used alcohol fuels, and ethanol is indeed alcohol, ethyl alcohol, made from fermented plants.
Victoria's Secret says... it will not buy wood pulp for its well-known catalogue from some areas of Western Canada. The move is in response to an environmental campaign aimed at the catalogue industry in general and at Limited Brands, which owns Victoria's Secret. Environmentalists have been aiming to get the industry to stop using paper made from endangered forests. The main concern was a stretch of Canadian boreal forest in the ...
Don Anair, vehicles engineer at the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists submitted a report including the deaths of over 1,100 people in California in 2005, form construction industry pollution.
"This is taking a heavy toll on the health of all Californians," Anair said.
Dec 6, 2006
Food, fuel or freedom... we need not sacrifice ANY to power our future, because if we do, we have none.
Have a GREAT holiday season!