Archive for October 2010

It is reported that the feds will spend $773 million cleaning up environment hazards at 89 closed General Motors plants So, what about the currently open GM plants? Have they, or are they, creating environmental hazards as well?

Kimberly-Clark, maker of Scott toilet paper, announces the introduction of the first toilet paper in the U.S. without the cardboard tube for use at home – Scott Naturals Tube-Free bath tissue Will it cost more than the one with a tube? Stay tuned.

LiveScience reviews recent concerns that large numbers of space planes, which are in planning stages, could be really bad news for the atmosphere because of soot and carbon dioxide. Some years ago similar concerns led to quashing plans for fleets of supersonic aircraft. The Concorde was something of an anomaly in that it was permitted […]

We’ve seen the recovery, and everyone around the world is happy these miners were saved. There are some important lessons here. One lesson: society is really good at addressing discrete, acute problems such as this one. But not so good at long-term problems such as global climate change. Some problems just are not so clear-cut.

Interesting series of photos of a happy meal, not decomposing.

There’s a lot of buzz about Frito Lay removing its “noisy,” but biodegradable bag, off the market. Sales are down, publicity is bad, so of course the bag should be taken off the market. The fact is, many, if not most, of their chips contain artificial ingredients, including artificial color. People just don’t want this […]

I’ve been wondering in this “toxic red sludge,” which inundated several Hungarian towns. As I understand it so far, this material, sometimes known as “red mud,” comes from the Bayer process, used to extract alumina from bauxite. One very big problem with this material is that it is extremely caustic (high pH, to the chemists […]

Wow, the Christian Science Monitor reports that American Science & Engineering has  sold hundreds of vans equipped with backscatter X-ray equipment.