Archive for July 2010

That’s the report about the site in the river Jordan (the Qasr al-Yahud),  but I don’t quite follow why Israeli inspectors sample the water at the site….twice a year.

The leaked BP oil appears to be dissipating relatively rapidly, due to a number of factors, one of which I identified earlier: the higher temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico as opposed to the arctic. These high temperatures help speed the release of volatile compounds into the air (note: this increases worker exposures that will […]

There’s a certain amount of nitrogen in sewage, and a bit of it is released as nitrous oxide during treatment. One problem is that nitrous oxide is a powerful greenhouse gas (about 300 times stronger than carbon dioxide). It is reported that researchers at Stanford believe they might one day increase that amount, separate it, […]

What’s the rush? NRDC sues the Food and Drug Administration for failing to issue a final rule regulating the chemicals triclosan and triclocarban, which are commonly found in antibacterial soaps. These chemicals are suspected endocrine disruptors linked to reproductive and developmental harm in laboratory studies. … In April, FDA acknowledged soaps containing triclosan offer no […]

AP reports that Crews were working Tuesday to contain and clean up more than 800,000 gallons of oil that poured into a creek and flowed into the Kalamazoo River in southern Michigan, coating birds and fish. It’s interesting to note that the pipeline’s uses include carrying tar sand oil to a BP refinery. I wonder […]

Wow. A quarter of the surface water is reported to be unfit for industrial use, due to pollution. Pretty bad.

Walk into any Lowe’s or Home Depot and look at their ceiling fans. Almost all of them are flat as a pancake. As pointed out in the Economist, quoting David Collins of Synergetics Environmental Engineering: If blades were designed for better aerodynamic efficiency, instead of for being stamped from sheet metal as cheaply as possible, […]

ABC has an article on green pesticides. What I did not know, but which is not surprising, is that the article notes that

Tony Hayward is reported to be out, as I called it back in May, when I advised him to dust off that dissertation (title: Tertiary ophiolite-related sedimentation in S.W. Turkey). A very dry read, no doubt. It’s still sitting on the shelf in the library at the University of Edinburgh. I wonder if he ever […]