Archive for June 2010

There’s a lot of news about how the methane coming out with the Gulf oil leak can cause problems in the ocean, such as depletion of oxygen. But, in addition, methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, as EPA reminds us:

I said compositing, not composting. Some toy manufacturers are having trouble with affording the testing and paperwork required by new toy safety regulations set up to help prevent importing toys with lead and other problematic constituents. Here the basic idea: grind up a huge number of different toys, mix, then grind again and mix until […]

Means for tracking sequestered CO2, using tracer gases, are under development. Tracking fluids beneath the subsurface is not nearly so difficult as tracking injected gases, so I’m back to my earlier suggestion: require that hydrofracking fluids have tracers. I’d think the gas companies and manufacturers of fracking fluids would be all for this approach, as […]

There’s another bad poll, this time in Britain, supposedly showing The majority of the British public is still not convinced that climate change is caused by humans As I’ve noted before, these polls about climate change have been sub-standard because there’s no effort to learn whether people have any sort of understanding of how carbon […]

The Environmental Working Group has a new report noting that In addition to celery and peaches,strawberries, apples, domestic blueberries and nectarines made the “Dirty Dozen” list. Onions, avocados and sweet corn remain the cleanest produce, along with cantaloupe, grapefruit and honeydew which were tested for the first time.

More reports of accidents while drilling in the Marcellus shale bring up numerous issues dovetailing with the BP Gulf oil leak, including companies having to

Starbucks finally is getting free wifi… to help the unemployed. As the NY Times writes: The coffee chain is catering in part to people who are out of work Sounds good. Going to Starbucks has been the farthest thing from my mind since learning years back that their wireless was on a fee basis. But […]

It’s difficult to picture BP being ever able to come up with enough money to pay for damages from this oil leak.  David Alexrod is quoted as saying Obama is going to be very clear about what our expectations are in terms of taking care of the people who’ve been damaged by this crisis.

Being eco-friendly includes telling consumers everything that is in a product. Every ingredient, every chemical, every constituent. That’s why I’m impressed with the firm, MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry), which certifies products according to “cradle to cradle” criteria. Among other information they require, a company must submit All material ingredients identified (down to the 100 […]