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Monday, January 22, 2007

New research confirms that people can take up brominated flame retardants (PBDEs) from the dust in their homes.

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Monday, January 22, 2007

The House has taken a strong step toward cleaner energy by passing the Creating Long-Term Energy Alternatives for the Nation (CLEAN) Act. The CLEAN Act will shift nearly $14 billion in tax breaks for oil and natural gas companies to renewable fuels and energy efficiency programs.

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Friday, January 19, 2007

If you’re a major rock band playing 30 shows in four months, your carbon footprint can get pretty big. Barenaked Ladies knows this and has taken big steps to lessen their footprint.

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Friday, January 19, 2007

Are Wal-Mart's 'organics' organic?- A year after Wal-Mart laid out ambitious plans to become a much bigger player in the organic foods business, the giant retailer is running into trouble over its organic effort with consumer activists and government regulators.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Zoological Society of London highlighted 100 species – ranging from the spiny long beaked echidna to the potentially already extinct Yangtze river dolphins – for their new program EDGE: Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered. Although these species, selected because of the “peculiarity of their genetic backgrounds and the degree of danger they face,” represent animals found nowhere else on the planet, two-thirds are receiving little to no conservation effort.

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

From Buz Livingston at Motley Fool:

Yesterday's most popular article on The Wall Street Journal's online edition (www.wsj.com) was not Intel's (Nasdaq: INTC) 39% drop in earnings, nor was it homebuilder Lennar's (NYSE: LEN) continuing woes as it copes with the soft real estate market. You would think that the Dow notching another record close would be the top story, but surprisingly, that honor goes to a column on the increasing popularity of organic foods.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

report by the World Rainforest Movement details the violence villagers in eastern Uganda are subjected to just for trying to access their own land which is “protected” by armed park rangers guarding a carbon offset project for a Dutch company. Villagers have been beaten and shot at “in defense of” FACE Foundation’s project, the credits of which are sold to Amnesty International, the Body Shop, and others.

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Publishers Penguin and Rodale have announced today a joint effort to publish an adaptation of Al Gore’s book AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH: THE CRISIS OF GLOBAL WARMING for young readers.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

When Tony Blair says that he will be 'offsetting' his family's recent Florida trip, he is referring to a system in which an individual pays a [usually for-profit] company to zero out all or part of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of a party, by reducing the emissions—or increasing the CO2 absorption—of another party.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Dell has a new program to plant a tree for each computer it sells, saying it could offset CO2 emissions from the machines. I’m not sure who did the math on that, but the program is commendable nonetheless. More impressive is Dell’s free recycling of all computers, monitors, printers, and other gadgets without requiring the purchase of a newer model.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Al Gore’s Nashville-based Climate Project expects to train well over 1,000 volunteers to be effective messengers of climate change science through slideshow presentations. Al's use of the slideshow turned into a film you may have heard about. According to Gannett, a recent training included teachers, doctors, a meteorologist, ministers, Wal-Mart employees, architects, retirees, veterans, financiers and actress Cameron Diaz.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

An Intellichoice.com study finds that hybrid cars, whose fuel efficiency alone may not justify their higher initial purchase price, are in fact more economical in the long run. When you factor in financing, fuel, insurance, state taxes and license fees, repairs, maintenance and depreciation, over five years a Prius will cost $13,408 less than a similar-size non-hybrid sedan.

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Monday, January 8, 2007

After pressure from EWG and an ABC News story, EPA has announced it will “deny all applications for registration of acid copper chromate, known as ACC, as a wood preservative pesticide intended for residential use.”

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Monday, January 8, 2007

In Chemical & Engineering News’ Point/Counterpoint an American Chemistry Council (ACC) representative and a University of Massachusetts professor debate the adequacy of current chemical regulation in the U.S. One of the most shocking facts in the article comes right in the introduction...

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Friday, January 5, 2007

Just before Christmas, President Bush signed the Combating Autism Act of 2006. On December 21st, a largely supported act that will give more money to research and education on autism was enacted. The bill authorizes nearly $1 billion for research and education on autism over the next five years, a more than 50% increase.

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Thursday, January 4, 2007

The New York Times' most emailed article of the day reports on the absurd marketing claims for cosmetic skin creams and the high prices the products demand. A Manhattan dermatologist recommends reducing your daily skin care routine to two simple ingredients: gentle soap and sunscreen, and a third product only for specific skin needs like acne or pigment spots. Avoid the high-priced brands, because no research suggests more expensive products are any better.

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic heard a dire warning on the possible link between a widely used weed-killer and cancer. In a forum usually reserved for medical researchers, amphibian endocrinologist Tyrone Hayes of UC Berkeley talked about frogs, but his message was one with direct implications for human medicine. Exposure to the herbicide, Atrazine, results in what amounts to chemical castration.

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Thursday, January 4, 2007

On January 19, EPA will decide whether to allow unrestricted use of a potent human carcinogen in lumber sold at hardware and home improvement stores. Hexavalent chromium–the "Erin Brockovich" chemical–is a key ingredient in a wood preservative the chemical industry is lobbying hard to keep on the market, before release of a major cancer study on the chemical expected later this year.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Two former high-level Bush bureaucrats are stepping back through the revolving door to resume their crusade on behalf of industry and against pesky regulations.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2007

 

Happy new year and welcome back to Enviroblog--you are reading the first post of 2007! I’ve never been big on New Year's resolutions but this year I’m making one I know I’ll follow through with and that will benefit both my wallet and the earth--changing the remainder of the incandescent bulbs in my house to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

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