Archive for December 2010

Someone needs to create an interactive map. Now Italy has banned the bag: Starting on Saturday, retailers are banned from providing shoppers polyethylene bags. They can use bags made of such material as biodegradable plastic, cloth or paper.

Mother Jones has a good rundown on proposed new regulations for handling coal ash slurries, developed after the dam burst at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Tennessee, creating an environmental disaster. The thing is, there’s not much hope really for dealing with this material other than trying to store it safely. There’s a certain amount […]

A WSJ article about 2010 books on health has some interesting tidbits, such as: the odds of having a heart attack during sex are only about 20 in a million But how do they really know that?

It needs to be stated: if industrial hygienists had had an appropriate role during the Ground Zero clean-up, the $6.1 billion bill, being fought by certain of the malcontents,  would not be necessary. Who was responsible for this failure to properly protect the workers at Ground Zero? EPA? NYC Health Department? There are a lot […]

This is low hanging fruit. Here’s a guy (one Phil Kerpen) claiming on a Fox outlet that economic prosperity alone led to better air, water, and soil over the past 40 years. So we really don’t need EPA or regulations. This kind of claptrap just doesn’t cut it. The counter-arguments are obvious. Look at China. […]

The Supreme Court will hear a suit that will determine whether judges can rule that pollution is a public nuisance and on that basis set limits on carbon emissions. There is at least one interesting previous decision on the matter, as noted in the article:

Not to be confused with hump day (i.e., Wednesday), the UN has designated December 11 as International Mountain Day:

Requiring that contaminated wastewater from hydrofracking be held in tanks could be a game-changer because it might not be possible to hold all that wastewater in tanks in an economical fashion. As the Philadelphia Enquirer reports:

This observation comes as no big surprise (although linking it to increased cancer rates may be a bit of a stretch at this stage). Many hazardous chemicals attach to small particles which trek through the air and later deposit virtually anywhere, including glaciers.  When the glaciers melt, the compounds bound within can travel with the […]