Archive for April 2010

Many are rightly concerned about environmental effects of gas production by hydraulic fracturing, and look for EPA to do an effective evaluation of the process in its work through its Science Advisory Board. Having stood at the Love Canal disaster site, after studying environmental engineering in an upstate New York area slated for drilling, and […]

Now that we have a huge oil slick making landfall on the Gulf Coast, Obama is putting a halt to further drilling, at least for now. Meanwhile, calls to stop the drilling surge off the east coast and elsewhere are revving up. So, a disaster leads to a rethinking of energy policies meant to increase […]

The CNBC report on nuclear power plants, anchored by their reporter, Melissa Francis, is pretty well balanced, but missed some important points. The emphasis of the production was on interviews with the various experts, with some celebrities thrown in for good measure. (Bob Geldof and Bill Maher, among others, support nuclear power. I’d love to […]

It seems silly to ask whether climate change could have anything to do with causing the Iceland volcano to erupt. Volcanos are way deep, after all, and have been erupting for eons, creating island groups and such. The relevant question to ask is whether the volcano could affect climate change. Particles in the atmosphere reflect […]

H.G. Wells makes a compelling argument that one reason for the fall of Rome was a total lack of interest in knowledge in general, and science in particular. As Well’s wrote, in Volume 2 of his Outline of History,the Roman imperial system was remarkable for an absence of any free mental activity and any organization […]

I’m wondering if the Le Whif caffeine delivery device is really safe. The claim is that particles in this inhaled product won’t enter the lungs, but is that true? I’d think particles would still make it down the airways, at least to some extent. The manufacturer should post the particle size distribution of this stuff, […]

It’s just come out that Prague’s wastewater system was hit with very high levels of mercury. Somebody dumped on them. While treatment can eliminate most metals from the wastewater, the problem is the metals concentrate in the sewage sludge produced during treatment. It seems people in Prague are wanting to know both where the mercury […]