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Dangerous chemicals hiding in everyday products | CNN
It was long believed that you could acquire "better living through chemistry." But that may really not be the case. In a landmark alliance, known as Project TENDR, leaders of various disciplines have come together in a consensus statement to say that many of the chemicals found in everyday products can result in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and attention-deficit disorders.
news-eco  toxic-chemicals  news-food 
10 days ago by icresource
Scientists warn of toxic chemical cocktail sprayed on food
The number of chemicals applied to vegetables sold in supermarkets has increased by up to 17-fold over 40 years, according to data presented at a conference organized by the Epidemiology and Public Health Section of the Royal Society of Medicine in London on 20 November, which I attended on behalf of GMWatch.
news-eco  pesticides  toxic-chemicals 
10 days ago by icresource
Toxic Exposure: Chemicals Are in Our Water, Food, Air and Furniture | UC San Francisco
When her kids were young, Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, knew more than most people about environmental toxics. After all, she was a senior scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But even she never dreamed, as she rocked her children to sleep at night, that the plastic baby bottles she used to feed them contained toxic chemicals that could leach into the warm milk. 
news-eco  toxic-chemicals  water  food  air 
10 days ago by icresource
Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals | Earthjustice
Cancer. Reproductive harm. Developmental disorders. The list of illnesses caused by toxic chemicals is as long as the list of flaws in our chemical regulatory policy, which requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to prove that chemicals in products are unsafe in order to keep them off the shelves. That rarely happens, if ever.
news-sources  news-eco  toxic-chemicals  pesticides  news-law 
10 days ago by icresource
The liberal media only cares about GMOs when they involve wildlife, not human children
There’s a wild conspiracy theory being perpetuated by the Trump-hating mainstream media right now that claims the president is reversing an Obama-era ban on the use of pesticides and GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) in national wildlife refuges. But an in-depth Natural News investigation has revealed that this claim is just more fake news, as Obama never actually banned either of these poisons from nationally-owned land.
news-eco  GMOs  pesticides 
10 days ago by icresource
The Chemical Industry Scores a Big Win at the E.P.A. | The New York Times
The Trump administration, after heavy lobbying by the chemical industry, is scaling back the way the federal government determines health and safety risks associated with the most dangerous chemicals on the market, documents from the Environmental Protection Agency show. Under a law passed by Congress during the final year of the Obama administration, the E.P.A. was required for the first time to evaluate hundreds of potentially toxic chemicals and determine if they should face new restrictions, or even be removed from the market. The chemicals include many in everyday use, such as dry-cleaning solvents, paint strippers and substances used in health and beauty products like shampoos and cosmetics. But as it moves forward reviewing the first batch of 10 chemicals, the E.P.A. has in most cases decided to exclude from its calculations any potential exposure caused by the substances’ presence in the air, the ground or water, according to more than 1,500 pages of documents released last week by the agency.
pesticides  chemicals  news-eco  news-law  toxic-chemicals 
10 days ago by icresource
Court Orders E.P.A. to Ban Chlorpyrifos, Pesticide Tied to Children’s Health Problems - The New York Times
A federal appeals court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday to bar within 60 days a widely used pesticide associated with developmental disabilities and other health problems in children, dealing the industry a major blow after it had successfully lobbied the Trump administration to reject a ban. The order by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit came after a decade-long effort by environmental and public health groups to get the pesticide, chlorpyrifos, removed from the market. The product is used in more than 50 fruit, nut, cereal and vegetable crops including apples, almonds, oranges and broccoli, with more than 640,000 acres treated in California alone in 2016, the most recent year data is available.
news-eco  news-law  pesticides 
10 days ago by icresource
Jury orders Monsanto to pay California man $289mn in ‘probably carcinogenic’ Roundup trial — RT US News
A groundskeeper who developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Monsanto’s weed-killers for years is entitled to $39 million in compensation and $250 million in punitive damages, a California jury has decided. The jury at the Superior Court of California in San Francisco deliberated for three days before agreeing that Monsanto had failed to warn DeWayne Johnson, 46, and other consumers of the herbicide’s cancer risks.
GMOs  news-eco  news-law 
10 days ago by icresource
Al Gore: 'The rich have subverted all reason' | The Guardian
It’s 10 years since the reason for this, the documentary An Inconvenient Truth, was released into cinemas. It was an improbable project on almost every level: a film about what was then practically a non-subject, starring the man best known for not winning the 2000 US election, its beating heart and the engine of its narrative drive a PowerPoint presentation.
climate-change  WG-blog  news-eco 
15 days ago by icresource
Tesla starts solar cell production at Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, raises annual capacity goal to 2 GW | Electrek
Tesla Chief Technology Officer JB Straubel has confirmed that the company started solar cell production at Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo.
solar  news-eco 
7 weeks ago by icresource
Anthropocene
The Anthropocene defines Earth's most recent geologic time period as being human-influenced, or anthropogenic, based on overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now altered by humans. The word combines the root "anthropo", meaning "human" with the root "-cene", the standard suffix for "epoch" in geologic time. The Anthropocene is distinguished as a new period either after or within the Holocene, the current epoch, which began approximately 10,000 years ago (about 8000 BC) with the end of the last glacial period.
WG-blog  news-eco 
10 weeks ago by icresource
Solar Power To Become 4th Largest Electric Power Capacity In The World (Passing Up Wind) | CleanTechnica
Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis Global Power Industry Outlook, 2018, which posits that solar will surpass wind in global energy capacity starting in 2020, making it the fourth largest source of energy generation behind coal, gas and hydro. Less than a year ago, solar surpassed nuclear energy to reach 5th place.
solar  news-eco 
12 weeks ago by icresource
California is throttling back record levels of solar—and that’s bad news for climate goals | MIT Technology Review
Californians are enjoying a sunny spring, which means the state’s solar farms and rooftop panels are flooding the grid with electricity. The problem is, they’re producing so much that plummeting prices and mandates by the state’s grid operator are forcing renewable power plants to throttle back production. In April, California solar and wind farms shut down or dialed back nearly 95,000 megawatt-hours of electricity, a new record, according to the California Independent System Operator, which manages the vast majority of the state’s electricity. That’s enough to power more than 30 million homes for an hour.
solar  news-eco  California-RC 
12 weeks ago by icresource
Tesla Gets Green Light To Create The World’s Largest Virtual Solar Plant In South Australia
The Tesla plan, funded by a two million dollar grant and 30 million dollar loan from the Australian state’s government, could scale up to 50 thousand solar-powered home batteries if the earlier stages are successful. In addition to the Liberal Party’s own 100 million dollar program — which would subsidize about 2,500 dollars of installation costs per household — this means that South Australia may have a grid of some 90 thousand solar-powered homes within the next few years.
solar  news-eco 
12 weeks ago by icresource
Consumerism, Mass Extinction and our Throw-Away Society | The Art Of
We’ve got kind of a problem here. On the right side of the pendulum, consumerism has reached an all-time high, with products reaching their planned obsolescence within absurdly short timespans and new products being rolled out (and bought) by the millions every day. And, since every action has an equal and opposite reaction , we have to expect consequences. So, on the left side of the pendulum, we’re looking at the very real possibility of a mass extinction, the sixth on record for our planet and the first since the extinction of the dinosaurs – sixty five million years ago.
extinction  consumerism  recycling  news-eco 
12 weeks ago by icresource
How humans are driving the sixth mass extinction | Environment | The Guardian
Periodically, in the vast spans of time that have preceded us, our planet’s living beings have been purged by planetary catastrophes so extreme they make your typical Ice Age look like the geological equivalent of a stroll in the park. Scientists count just five mass extinctions in an unimaginably long expanse of 450 million years, but they warn we may well be entering a sixth.
extinction  LIF-blog  biodiversity  environment  news-eco 
12 weeks ago by icresource
Extinction | Wikipedia
In biology, extinction is the termination of an organism or of a group of organisms (taxon), normally a species. The moment of extinction is generally considered to be the death of the last individual of the species, although the capacity to breed and recover may have been lost before this point. Because a species' potential range may be very large, determining this moment is difficult, and is usually done retrospectively. This difficulty leads to phenomena such as Lazarus taxa, where a species presumed extinct abruptly "reappears" (typically in the fossil record) after a period of apparent absence.
extinction  news-eco  LIF-blog 
12 weeks ago by icresource
Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles | Environment | The Guardian
Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles. The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first bacterium that had naturally evolved to eat plastic, at a waste dump in Japan. Scientists have now revealed the detailed structure of the crucial enzyme produced by the bug.
plastic  pollution  recycling  biotechnology  news-eco 
may 2018 by icresource

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