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Sun, Jul 13, 2008
from Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
Hazardous flame retardant found in household objects
"A flame retardant that was taken out of children's pajamas more than 30 years ago after it was found to cause cancer is being used with increasing regularity in furniture, paint -- even baby carriers and bassinets -- and manufacturers are under no obligation to let the public know about it... [The EPA] Web site lists 16 studies that each conclude the chemical does not harm people. The Journal Sentinel examined those studies and found that all were funded by chemical-makers..." ...


Makes ya wonder: whose environment is the EPA protecting?

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Sun, Jul 13, 2008
from The Independent (UK):
Sewage threatens to turn flamingo breeding site into cesspool
In one of the world's great wildlife spectacles, tens of thousands of lesser flamingos gather at a South African wetland - but it is a spectacle now gravely threatened by pollution.... The dam is being used to dump raw sewage from a malfunctioning treatment plant owned by the Sol Plaatje Municipality. "Without urgent action, the dam will become a polluted cesspool devoid of birdlife," said Duncan Pritchard, of BirdLife South Africa. ...


We're so tired of this.
Now it's flamingos in the coal mine.

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Sat, Jul 12, 2008
from KOMO News:
Increasingly popular caviar raises health concerns
"...As demand for paddlefish caviar has grown, health officials have become as uneasy ... about a variety of toxins found in the eggs, including mercury, chlordane and cancer-causing polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. But advocates say the level of contaminants is below federal safety standards and that most consumers don't eat enough of it to suffer any ill effects... Washington chef and restaurant owner Nora Pouillon said she doesn't serve paddlefish caviar. "I can't with a clear conscience poison my customers," she said. ...


Boy, let's just hope all chefs feel like that.

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Sat, Jul 12, 2008
from BBC:
Leak closes French nuclear plant
"France's nuclear safety watchdog has ordered a plant in the country's south to temporarily close after a uranium leak polluted the local water supply... Waste containing unenriched uranium leaked into two rivers at the Tricastin plant at Bollene, 40km (25 miles) from the popular tourist city of Avignon." ...


If only the uranium had been enriched!

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Fri, Jul 11, 2008
from The Japan Times:
Musky hormone disrupter residue found in breast milk
"A minute residue of synthetic musk fragrances, feared to block hormones, has been found in a limited number of sampled breast milk and fat tissues of Japanese women, according to a recent joint study by researchers from three Japanese universities. While there have been findings of the synthetic compounds -- known as HHCB and AHTN -- in breast milk in the United States and Europe, this was the first study that reported their detection in people in Japan." ...


"Musky hormone disrupter residue" ... actually, that sounds kind of tasty!

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Thu, Jul 10, 2008
from Forbes:
Dirty Driving: Top 10 Worst Polluters
"The Hummer H2 might be an obvious target for environmentalists, but unless it's caked in mud, the hulking sport utility vehicle isn't the filthiest ride on the road. That distinction goes to another SUV: the Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI." ...


Those nomadic Berber tribesmen of the disputed Western Sahara -- AKA the Touareg -- must be experiencing a good deal of shame right now.

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Wed, Jul 9, 2008
from New York Times:
Corals, Already in Danger, Are Facing New Threat From Farmed Algae
Corals are being covered and smothered to death by a bushy seaweed that is so tough even algae-grazing fish avoid it. It settles in the reef's crevices that fish once called home, driving them away.... [I]ntroduced in the past three decades to 20 countries around the world from Tonga to Zanzibar and the result in most of them has been failure or worse. The alga K. alvarezii invaded the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve in south India a decade after commercial cultivation began in nearby Panban. "No part of the coral reef was visible in most of the invaded sites, where it doomed entire colonies," the journal Current Science has reported. ...


Could be called the
kudzu of the sea.

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Tue, Jul 8, 2008
from Los Angeles Times:
A climate threat from flat TVs, microchips
"A synthetic chemical widely used in the manufacture of computers and flat-screen televisions is a potent greenhouse gas, with 17,000 times the global warming effect of carbon dioxide, but its measure in the atmosphere has never been taken, nor is it regulated by international treaty." ...


The Apocalypse will be televised.

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Mon, Jul 7, 2008
from NineMSN (Australia):
Yarra River fish deaths worry protesters
The dredging of millions of tonnes of toxic sludge from Melbourne's Yarra River should stop until an investigation determines why fish are dying, protesters say.... "We're talking about exactly the same area and this is where they're dredging up that black toxic stuff which is full of heavy metals and who knows what else".... Almost three million cubic metres of toxic silt is being dredged from the Yarra River area and deposited in a containment "bund" in Port Phillip Bay as part of a $1 billion project to make way for larger ships. ...


Can't stop the march of progress, can we?

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