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  • EPA Justifies Experiments

    04/05/2014 8:02:09 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 Apr 2014 | John Semmens
    Revelations that the US Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting deadly experiments on unwitting volunteers have surfaced. According to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the EPA’s experiments exposed individuals to pollutants in quantities up to 50 times greater than the levels the agency deems safe. The OIG findings were dismissed as “exaggerated scaremongering” by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “The number of individuals exposed to these toxins are but a tiny fraction of the population. Those criticizing the Agency are overlooking the potentially larger gains to the vast majority of the country that may be achieved by the sacrifice...
  • Senator Calls Keystone Pipeline a Health Threat

    03/03/2014 10:01:09 AM PST · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 Feb 2014 | John Semmens
    Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif) wants the EPA to take a closer look at the proposal to build the Keystone Pipeline. The pipeline would replace rail transport of oil from Canada and is considered a generally safer means of getting the flammable commodity to its destination. Boxer sought to clarify her opposition to the pipeline, saying that “I’m not stupid. I know that trains sometimes get derailed and that in terms of the safety of transporting oil a pipeline would be less dangerous. The point I am trying to make is that a cheaper and safer mode of shipping will mean...
  • Polluted Minds: Greenies think nature is bad for itself

    02/27/2014 5:32:49 PM PST · by Daniel Clark · 5 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | February 27, 2014 | Daniel Clark
    Polluted Minds: Greenies think nature is bad for itself by Daniel Clark One of the things liberals remember best about Ronald Reagan is that he said trees cause pollution. The reason they remember this is that it makes them feel superior to him, and no wonder. Can you imagine anything that sounds stupider than that? It’s the kind of statement for which we’d expect Sarah Palin to be ridiculed, despite her never having said it. So why would Reagan say such a thing? Because trees cause pollution, that’s why. In particular, decaying leaves and pine needles produce organic compounds that...
  • Solar Cells Linked to Greenhouse Gases Over 23,000 Times Worse than CO2 (Warmists very silent)

    02/20/2014 11:37:51 AM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 27 replies
    E-Release ^ | 6/4/2012 | Ozzie Zehne
    BERKELEY, Calif., June 4, 2012 – Solar cells do not offset greenhouse gases or curb fossil fuel use in the United States according to a new environmental book, Green Illusions (June 2012, University of Nebraska Press), written by University of California – Berkeley visiting scholar Ozzie Zehner. Green Illusions explains how the solar industry has grown to become one of the leading emitters of hexafluoroethane (C2F6), nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). These three potent greenhouse gases, used by solar cell fabricators, make carbon dioxide (CO2) seem harmless. Hexafluoroethane has a global warming potential that is 12,000 times higher...
  • Obama Credits Self for Decreasing Carbon Pollution that Has 'Severe Impacts on Our Weather'

    02/18/2014 10:21:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    breitbart ^ | 2/18/14 | staff
    President Obama speaking at a Safeway distribution center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, while speaking about fuel standards: "So for decades, the fuel efficiency standards of our cars and trucks was stuck in neutral even as other kinds of technology leapt forward," Obama said. "And that left families and businesses and our economy vulnerable to fluctuations in oil prices. Every time oil prices shot up the economy got hurt. Our automakers were in danger of being left in the dust by foreign automakers. Carbon pollution was going unchecked, which was having severe impacts on our weather."
  • Carbon Benefits Exceed Costs By Up to 500:1

    02/15/2014 8:41:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Roger Bezdek. The Environmental Protection Agency, other government agencies and various scientists contend that fossil fuels and carbon dioxide emissions are causing dangerous global warming and climate change. They use this claim to justify repressive regulations for automobiles, coal-fired power plants and other facilities powered by hydrocarbon energy. Because these rules are costing millions of jobs and billions of dollars, a federal Interagency Working Group (IWG) devised the “social cost of carbon” concept – which attaches arbitrary monetary values to the alleged impacts of using hydrocarbons and emitting carbon dioxide. SCC estimates...
  • NY Legislature Attacking Facial Scrubs… And They’re Probably Right To Do So!

    02/12/2014 9:30:17 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | February 12, 2014 | Mark Horne
    I say “probably” because I haven’t had time to research the factual claims behind the legislation. But if anyone thinks conservatives are against all government action, then this might be a time to set the record straight. If the facts are correct then I think if is quite likely that the NY legislature is doing exactly what it needs to do. In that case, I hope other states, or even the Federal Government follows their example. Here is Newser.com’s summary:
  • Pollution from China Reaches U.S., According to New Study

    01/21/2014 7:22:33 AM PST · by chessplayer · 9 replies
    The pollution that reaches the West Coast is largely a by-product of production of consumer goods for the U.S. and Europe. It’s the first study to measure exactly how much of the Chinese pollution reaching the U.S. West Coast is from the production of items for the U.S., like cell phones, televisions, and electronics. “We’ve outsourced our manufacturing and much of our pollution, but some of it is blowing back across the Pacific to haunt us,” said U.C. Irvine Earth system scientist Steve Davis, a co-author of the study. “Given the complaints about how Chinese pollution is corrupting other countries’...
  • COLD SHOCK: Warming up your car illegal!

    01/12/2014 4:35:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 123 replies
    WND.com ^ | January 10, 2014 | WND.com
    WASHINGTON – The recent nationwide cold snap isn’t just making Americans uncomfortable. It’s turning some into lawbreakers. The shocking news of state and local regulations that make it illegal to warm up your frozen car is hitting home in Texas, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Colorado, Wisconsin, South Carolina – even some cities in Minnesota. Who knew it could be illegal to run back inside while your car is warming up in winter – in a practice sometimes called “puffing”? Many Americans are getting first-hand experience this brutal winter with the latest manifestation of what some call the “Nanny State.” The...
  • Pollution Rising, Chinese Fear for Soil and Food

    12/31/2013 12:24:47 PM PST · by Theoria · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Dec 2013 | Edward Wong
    The farm-to-table process in China starts in villages like this one in the agricultural heartland. Food from the fields of Ge Songqing and her neighbors ends up in their kitchens or in the local market, and from there goes to other provinces. The foods are Chinese staples: rice, cabbage, carrots, turnips and sweet potatoes. But the fields are ringed by factories and irrigated with water tainted by industrial waste. Levels of toxic heavy metals in the wastewater here are among the highest in China, and residents fear the soil is similarly contaminated. Though they have no scientific proof, they suspect...
  • CHINA: Our Smog Is A Major Defensive Advantage On The Battlefield

    12/09/2013 3:05:45 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/9/2013 | Business Insider
    Chinese air pollution has been in the headlines for some time now. Earlier this year Beijing announced a massive program that would need 1.7 trillion yuan in investment over the next five years to tackle its smog problem. While headlines about cancer villages and the other side effects of China's pollution debacle continue, and Beijing does seem to be taking the issue seriously, Chinese state media is searching hard for a silver lining. Citing a report from a nationalist newspaper, South China Morning Post points to an article that tries desperately to put a positive spin on China's air pollution....
  • Here are the world’s worst cities for air pollution (Al Gore Suicide Watch)

    10/20/2013 7:43:59 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 36 replies
    QZ/Quartz ^ | 10/20/2013 | By Ritchie King and Lily Kuo
    Here are the world’s worst cities for air pollution, and they’re not the ones you’d expect. In 2010, some 223,000 people around the world died from lung cancer caused by exposure to air pollution, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday. And more than half of those deaths are believed to have been in China and elsewhere in East Asia. Here are the world’s worst cities for air pollution, according to the WHO. + air-pollution-by-city Exposure to air pollution is getting worse in parts of the world, especially industrializing countries, according to the WHO. The WHO’s key announcement yesterday was...
  • (Portland, Oregon) Water Supply Cut Off After Man Urinates In Reservoir

    10/18/2013 12:23:51 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 16, 2013
    A Portland, Oregon man urinated in a Mt. Tabor reservoir Wednesday causing the city to take it’s critical water supply off line and dump millions in gallons of water. According to The Oregonian, officials saw five people throwing objects into the reservoir, while one person began to urinate into it through the fencing. Police did not cite the 21-year-old or his friends, but the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office may press criminal charges after surveillance video and police reports are reviewed. [Snip] An administrator for the Water Bureau, David Shaff, said that because of this incident, roughly 7.8 million gallons...
  • Coal Miners and Mountaintop Strip Mining

    09/28/2013 11:16:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 9/28/2013 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    The Earth Justice website paints a bleak picture of strip mining which has “devastated Appalachia,” claiming that “in the past few decades, over 2,000 miles of streams and headwaters that provide drinking water to millions of Americans have been permanently buried and destroyed. An area the size of Delaware has been flattened. Local coal communities routinely face devastating floods and adverse health effects.” If so many miles of streams that provide drinking water to millions had been buried, how do these millions get their drinking water? I also wonder if the cancer rate and lung-related illnesses are higher in these...
  • Environmentalists win dead zone round against EPA

    09/23/2013 10:00:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 23, 2013 7:21 PM EDT | Janet McConnaughey
    Environmental advocates in states along the Mississippi River have won a round toward a long-term goal of having federal standards created to regulate farmland runoff and other pollution blamed for the oxygen-depleted “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico and problems in other bodies of water. In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey in New Orleans gave the Environmental Protection Agency six months to decide whether to set Clean Water Act standards for nitrogen and phosphorous in all U.S. waterways or explain why they’re not needed. The EPA describes the nutrients on its website as “one of America’s...
  • Ear Wax From Whales Keeps Record Of Ocean Contaminants

    09/17/2013 9:23:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NPR ^ | September 16, 2013 | RHITU CHATTERJEE
    How often do whales clean their ears? Well, never. And so, year after year, their ear wax builds up, layer upon layer. According to a study published Monday, these columns of ear wax contain a record of chemical pollution in the oceans. The study used the ear wax extracted from the carcass of a blue whale that washed ashore on a California beach back in 2007. Scientists at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History collected the wax from inside the skull of the dead whale and preserved it. The column of wax was almost a foot long. "It's kind...
  • Toxic algae confirmed in St. Lucie River,officials warn tob stay out of water

    08/06/2013 5:28:07 PM PDT · by Fawn · 26 replies
    WPTV ^ | Aug 6 2013 | WPTV
    MARTIN COUNTY — Algae found in the St. Lucie River is toxic, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection confirmed Tuesday. Martin County health officials have warned residents to stay out of the water. Check back for developments. Read more: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_martin_county/toxic-algae-confirmed-in-st-lucie-river-health-officials-warn-to-stay-out-of-water#ixzz2bEpjxEuk
  • The Cost of Carbon Denial: Carbon use has helped billions escape poverty.

    07/31/2013 7:34:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/31/2013 | Robert Zubrin
    For the past several years, those seeking to strangle the world economy by denying it access to carbon have tried to gain support for their initiatives by inventing a concept called “the social cost of carbon.” According to this notion, the use of carbon imposes a cost on society through global warming, and therefore regulations to restrict the use of carbon create benefits that can be measured in dollar terms. Pursuant to this strategy, the Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 hired a crowd of consultants to generate estimates that would be useful for the cause. This they dutifully did, producing...
  • Former Electric-car Engineer: Electric Cars Pollute More Than Gas

    07/12/2013 6:23:08 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | 12 July 2013 | Selwyn Duke
    Former Electric-car Engineer: Electric Cars Pollute More Than Gas The New American 12 July 2013 Is the only "green" aspect of electric cars the money some companies make off them? If former plug-in advocate and General Motors engineer Ozzie Zehner (shown) is correct, this is exactly the case. Author of the book Green Illusions, Zehner once built his own hybrid car that could run on electricity or natural gas. And, he writes in a recent article entitled "Unclean at Any Speed," he was convinced cars such as his "would help reduce both pollution and fossil-fuel dependence." But he now...
  • China Introduces Death Penalty for Serious Cases of Pollution

    07/04/2013 12:53:50 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 18 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 04/07/2013 | James Burgess
    Pollution is killing the world; a strong statement, but true. Certain levels of pollution are considered acceptable by many, such as vehicle exhaust fumes, but large levels of pollution must be controlled. Unfortunately the general attitude towards pollution in many countries, especially the US, is pretty lax. People do go to jail for crimes against the environment, but it is very rare, with soft fines usually the main form of punishment. In Europe environmental regulations are far tougher, and jail terms and hefty fines are far more common. Yet still pollution continues. Maybe in order to fully dissuade companies from...
  • Mongolia neo-Nazis announce a change of tack—pollution control

    07/02/2013 9:03:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jul 2, 2013 6:34am EDT | Carlos Barria
    A Mongolian neo-Nazi group has rebranded itself as an environmentalist organization fighting pollution by foreign-owned mines, seeking legitimacy as it sends Swastika-wearing members to check mining permits. Tsagaan Khass, or White Swastika, has only 100-plus members but it is one of several groups with names like Dayar Mongol (Whole Mongolia), Gal Undesten (Fire Nation) and Khukh Mongol (Blue Mongolia), expanding a wave of resource nationalism as foreign firms seek to exploit the mineral wealth of the vast country, landlocked between Russia and China. From an office behind a lingerie store in the Mongolian capital, the shaven-headed, jackbooted Tsagaan Khass stormtroopers...
  • Russia Warns Obama: Monsanto

    05/28/2013 6:56:17 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 149 replies
    http://topinfopost.com ^ | May 28th, 2013
    The shocking minutes relating to President Putin’s meeting this past week with US Secretary of State John Kerry reveal the Russian leaders “extreme outrage” over the Obama regimes continued protection of global seed and plant bio-genetic giants Syngenta and Monsanto in the face of a growing “bee apocalypse” that the Kremlin warns “will most certainly” lead to world war. According to these minutes, released in the Kremlin today by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation (MNRE), Putin was so incensed over the Obama regimes refusal to discuss this grave matter that he refused for three...
  • Breathing Emission Particles Turns HDL Cholesterol From 'Good' To 'Bad'

    05/19/2013 5:33:57 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 26 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | May 18, 2013
    Breathing Emission Particles Turns HDL Cholesterol From 'Good' To 'Bad' Article Date: 18 May 2013 Academic researchers have found that breathing motor vehicle emissions triggers a change in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, altering its cardiovascular protective qualities so that it actually contributes to clogged arteries. In addition to changing HDL from "good" to "bad," the inhalation of emissions activates other components of oxidation, the early cell and tissue damage that causes inflammation, leading to hardening of the arteries, according to the research team, which included scientists from UCLA and other institutions. The findings of this early study, done in mice,...
  • America's Most Polluted Cities (Cali Gets 8 of Top 10)

    05/09/2013 9:07:20 AM PDT · by OrangeHoof · 27 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 05-07-2013 | Michael B. Sauter, Alexander E. M. Hess and Samuel Weigley
    Despite the improvements, 4 in 10 Americans live where pollution levels are often dangerous to breathe. Since the ALA began studying particle pollution, almost all of the most polluted cities have consistently remained among the worst. Pittsburgh has been one of the 10 most polluted cities since 2004. The cities of Bakersfield and Merced, in California, are the most polluted cities in the U.S. this year and have been among the 25 most polluted since at least 2004. They are among many California cities, including Los Angeles, that have struggled with pollution for some time. The ALA’s 2013 “State of...
  • NBC's Curry: U.S. to Blame for 'Toxic Legacy' of Oil Drilling in the Amazon

    05/03/2013 6:55:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | May 3, 2013 | Kyle Drennan
    Previewing an upcoming story for NBC's Rock Center on Friday's Today, correspondent Ann Curry warned that tribes of the Amazon rain forest "are sharpening their spears and preparing their blow guns to fight Ecuador's new plan to auction as much as 8 million acres of the rain forest for oil drilling." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] She then cited Boston University biology professor Kelly Swing arguing that "America, a top importer of oil from Ecuador, shares responsibility for this coming conflict....And the toxic legacy of past oil drilling in other parts of the rain...
  • Anti-Keystone billionaire rattles Democrats

    04/04/2013 2:20:17 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    politico pro ^ | 4/3/13 11:27 AM EDT | By ANDREW RESTUCCIA and KENNETH P. VOGEL
    BOSTON — San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer is giving Democrats a taste of the divisive, big-spending primary battles that have caused Republicans so much heartburn over the past four years.And he says it’s for their own good.The former hedge fund trader-turned-philanthropist is bankrolling a far-flung political operation pushing environmental causes and candidates, including his pricey effort to torpedo the Keystone XL oil pipeline. He's increasingly drawing scrutiny for trying to take down the Senate candidacy of Massachusetts Rep. Stephen Lynch, a Democrat who has expressed support for Keystone.Steyer is signaling that his efforts against Lynch are just the beginning of...
  • Somebody Please Tell Stubborn Fool Obama How Filthy and Toxic Electric Cars Really Are

    03/20/2013 3:46:30 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 25 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 20 March 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    When you buy a car, there are various ratings outfits in the business of calculating the true cost of owning that particular vehicle, inc. insurance, depreciation, maintenance, cost of repairs, etc. Such a comprehensive model is surely more realistic than just looking at the monthly payment or sticker price, and the customer knows if they're actually making a cost-effective, bottom-line decision. But even if you buy-into the now imploding globaloney scam, wouldn't it make sense to apply similar logic to calculate the entire environmental impact of electric vs. internal combustion cars over the full service life... esp since the actual...
  • Abound Solar's Toxic Waste Highlights Enviro Hypocrisy on Pollution

    02/28/2013 2:49:33 PM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 28, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    And the environmental pressure groups wanted you to believe solar energy was “clean” and “green.” If that’s true, then why do we keep hearing the words “toxic” and “hazardous” connected with the production of solar panels – especially with the companies that fail? The latest example of phony eco-purity is Abound Solar, which declared bankruptcy last summer after it had received $70 million of a $400 million Department of Energystimulus loan guarantee. According to news reports from Colorado, where Abound was based, the state Department of Public Health and Environment found 2,000 pallets of solar panels that couldn’t be sold...
  • Global convention to limit mercury agreed

    02/13/2013 2:26:46 AM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 21 January 2013 | Maria Burke
    The import or export of mercury is set to be banned © ShutterstockAfter six days of complex discussions in Geneva last week, governments from around the world agreed to a global, legally-binding treaty on Saturday to limit mercury use. This is the first new major environmental treaty in over a decade.The Minamata Convention on Mercury – named after the Japanese city where thousands of residents fell ill with mercury poisoning in the 1950s – covers a range of products and processes where mercury is used or released. Countries will be invited to ratify the treaty, which took four years to...
  • Guess which giant special interest is really polluting Alaska? (It's not big oil, but it's BIG)

    02/02/2013 1:58:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/02/2013 | JAZZ SHAW
    People have been warning us for years that drilling for oil in the Alaskan arctic would lead to big environmental trouble. It’s not that the technology hasn’t advanced to the point where it can be done safely, but those nasty people in charge of the projects just don’t care about the environment. These Mother Earth Hating Monsters would clearly let the whole thing go to H. E. double toothpicks and ruin the pristine beauty of the wilderness. Well, I guess they turned out to be right. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has agreed to plug at least one additional...
  • China Demands U.S. Taxpayers Clean Up Its Air

    01/28/2013 8:25:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/28/2013 | Gordon Chang
    Are the stars finally aligned for a global climate change treaty? After years of frustration, momentum seemed to change in an instant last Monday. President Obama’s second inaugural address made it clear he was going to lead the world on the issue, his words a “clarion call to action” as one observer put it. Obama’s first term was marked by one failure after another on the climate issue. For instance, his efforts to craft an agreement at Copenhagen in December 2009 were frustrated by developing nations, and subsequent conferences, such as the one last November and December in Doha, have...
  • Wayward dolphin dies in polluted New York canal

    01/25/2013 5:04:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 25, 2013 7:46 PM EST | Colleen Long
    A wayward dolphin that meandered into a polluted urban canal, riveting onlookers as it splashed around in the filthy water and shook black gunk from its snout, died Friday evening, marine experts said. The deep-freeze weather hadn’t seemed to faze the dolphin as it swam in the Gowanus Canal, which runs 1.5 miles through a narrow industrial zone near some of Brooklyn’s wealthiest neighborhoods. … The filthy canal was named a Superfund site in 2010, meaning the government can force polluters to pay for its restoration. For more than a century before, coal yards, chemical factories and fuel refineries on...
  • EPA Says Don't Touch the Particulate Filter

    01/25/2013 9:58:02 AM PST · by conservative98 · 27 replies
    PickupTrucks.com ^ | January 24, 2013 | Mark Williams
    In a court settlement with the EPA, Edge Products, a manufacturer of electronic power modules for diesel engines, has agreed to pay a $500,000 fine for manufacturing and selling electronic devices that allowed owners of Chevy, GMC, Ford and Dodge/Ram diesel pickup trucks (2007 and later) to remove the programming for diesel particulate filters from their vehicles. The Ogden, Utah, company is reported to have sold more than 9,000 units from January 2009 through April 2011. This is said to have resulted in an estimated 158 tons of excess particulate matter emissions — the equivalent of 422 new long-haul semitrailers...
  • The most polluted cities of the world's largest economies

    01/19/2013 7:43:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Economist ^ | 01/19/2013
    BEIJING is frequently shrouded in dense, yellowish smog so thick that the other side of the road is obscured. But the deadly smog that enveloped the city over the past weekend was so bad that air-quality readings from a monitor on the roof of the American Embassy said simply: "Beyond Index". The embassy uses the US Environmental Protection Agency's air-quality index (AQI), which measures the concentration of PM 2.5 (total mass of particulate matter of 2.5-micron diameter or smaller per cubic metre). Such particles are small enough to be inhaled and can damage lungs. The AQI range ends at 500;...
  • Chinese Air Pollution Pegs-the-Needle as Suffocating Citizens Left Gasping for Air

    01/17/2013 7:37:33 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 11 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 17 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Measurement 'literally beyond index' Despite glowing words of praise from admirers in the neo-commie Obama Administration, by any measure -social security, health care, unemployment benefits, whatever- the booming China of today hasn't got much to do with socialism. Indeed, government handouts are far more prevalent in the US, and modern Chinese 'communist' leadership -who run a tight ship and enjoy a budget surplus- have come right out and said that American entitlement culture (with Obama as it's primary cheerleader) is precisely what's destroying us. So tell me who's the capitalists now: the Chinese may live under an oppressive dictatorship, but they learned not to restrain...
  • China's Smog Is So Bad No One Noticed A Factory Was On Fire

    01/15/2013 6:48:07 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-15-2013 | Adam Taylor
    China's Smog Is So Bad No One Noticed A Factory Was On Fire Adam TaylorJanuary 15, 2013China's smog problem is reaching historically high levels, with air quality in parts of the country now 40 times higher than standards set by the WHO. There's also serious visibility problems — and these can have real ramifications. State news agency Xinhua reported Monday that a fire in a 1,000 square foot factory in China’s Zhejiang province went unnoticed for 3 hours as locals couldn't tell the difference between the smoke and the smog blanketing the area. By the time anyone noticed, the fire...
  • (Potheads Vs. Tree Huggers) Pot Farms Wreaking Havoc on Northern California Environment

    12/23/2012 11:26:16 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 23, 2012 | Joe Mozingo
    Pot farms wreaking havoc on Northern California environment • Burgeoning marijuana growing operations are sucking millions of gallons of water from coho salmon lifelines and taking other environmental tolls, scientists say. EUREKA, Calif. — State scientists, grappling with an explosion of marijuana growing on the North Coast, recently studied aerial imagery of a small tributary of the Eel River, spawning grounds for endangered coho salmon and other threatened fish. In the remote, 37-square-mile patch of forest, they counted 281 outdoor pot farms and 286 greenhouses, containing an estimated 20,000 plants — mostly fed by water diverted from creeks or a...
  • EPA tells judge it will impose stricter water pollution standards on Florida

    12/01/2012 6:15:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Times ^ | December 1, 2012 | Craig Pittman
    ........Late Friday night, the EPA said in a news release that it had approved the state rules for part of the state's waterways, but would still impose the federal rules for the rest. According to David Guest of Earthjustice, that means the state rules cover only 15 percent while the new federal rules cover 85 percent — about 100,000 miles of waterways. State DEP officials said they were disappointed the EPA would impose federal rules on any part of the state and vowed to "work with them to craft solutions" to put the state in charge of all pollution rules....
  • Autism: Traffic pollution linked, study suggests

    11/27/2012 8:54:50 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/27/12 | BBC
    The possibility that autism is linked to traffic pollution has been raised by researchers in California. Their study of more than 500 children said those exposed to high levels of pollution were three times more likely to have autism than children who grew up with cleaner air. However, other researchers said traffic was a "very unlikely" and unconvincing explanation for autism. The findings were presented in the Archives of General Psychiatry journal. Data from the US Environmental Protection Agency were used to work out levels of pollution for addresses in California. This was used to compare exposure to pollution, in...
  • ExBox snares polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

    10/19/2012 10:07:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 15 October 2012 | Simon Hadlington
    The macrocycle can trap polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons US chemists have designed a novel macrocyclic molecule that may be able to scavenge an important class of toxic hydrocarbons from the environment. The rectangular cyclophane can trap a wide range of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – PAHs – several of which are carcinogenic. The molecule, dubbed ExBox, was shown to remove PAHs from a sample of crude oil. Additionally, the crystallised complex of ExBox and particular PAHs contain stacked aromatic rings which could have novel or unusual electronic properties.The team, at Northwestern University in Illinois, constructed the cyclophane by taking an extended...
  • EPA's Science Evokes Nazi Death Camp Memories

    10/06/2012 5:43:56 PM PDT · by Olympiad Fisherman · 5 replies
    Warning Signs ^ | 10/6/2012 | Alan Caruba
    The “EPA has admitted to a federal court that it asks human guinea pigs to sacrifice their lives for regulatory purposes—and $12 per hour.” That was a recent news item reported by JunkScience.com’s founder, Steve Milloy. “EPA has responded to our emergency motion for a temporary restraining order against its ongoing human experiment (called ‘Captain’) involving the air pollutant” known as “fine particles” ...
  • Study: ‘Green’ cars might cause as much or more pollution than gas cars

    10/06/2012 4:53:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 5, 2012 | Jessica Stanton
    Electric cars might cause as much or more pollution than conventional gas vehicles, according to researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. According to a study published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology, “the production phase of electric vehicles proved substantially more environmentally intensive” than the production process for traditional gas-powered cars. Specifically, the study found that electric car factories can emit more toxic waste than gas-burning car factories. And greenhouse gas emissions rise exponentially if coal is used to produce the electricity necessary to charge “green” vehicles, according to the study. The researchers compared the overall life-cycle...
  • Air Pollution From Grilled Burgers Worse Than Trucks

    09/19/2012 3:34:48 PM PDT · by twistedwrench · 62 replies
    CBS Local ^ | September 18, 2012
    A UC Riverside study found that commercially cooked hamburgers cause more air pollution than diesel trucks. The study, which focused on commercial charbroilers found in burger restaurants, said the equipment generates grease, smoke, water vapors and combustion products, which emit a large amount of particulate matter into the air.
  • Airpod, the Car That Runs on Air

    08/20/2012 3:29:40 AM PDT · by Renfield · 50 replies
    Core77 ^ | 8-16-2012 | Perrin Drumm
    With gas prices rising and the massive drought making ethanol a tough sell as a gas alternative, India's Tata Motors has hit on the perfect time to debut the Airpod, a small urban vehicle that, as its name suggests, runs on air. If you don't know much about how regular cars use fuel, natural gas or, alternatively, hydrogen is compressed in a pressurized tank, hence the 'pssf' sound when you unscrew the gas cap. Now think about air rifles. If you had the bad luck to grow up with an older brother obsessed with using you as a target (or...
  • 'Brownfield' companies get tax break without proof of pollution

    08/19/2012 1:18:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 19, 2012 | Sandra Pedicini
    A state program created to redevelop polluted areas is doling out tax breaks for companies that lease offices in downtown high-rises, build on pastureland and open restaurants on busy highways, even when there is no proof they are on contaminated land. From January 2011 through April 2012 alone, about $11 million in tax refunds have been approved for dozens of businesses, according to a database accidentally released in June by the state Department of Economic Opportunity.... .....Companies are getting the breaks largely because Florida's brownfield initiative has a major loophole, critics say. To be eligible, there is no need to...
  • Zoo Interchange lawsuit well-intended, misguided (interchange rebuild is raaaaacist!)

    08/17/2012 7:20:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | August 14, 2012 | Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
    Yes, transit in the Milwaukee region should be improved to give citizens, especially the many inner city residents without driver's licenses, better transportation options. And, yes, the state should ramp up transit aid and road maintenance even at the expense of new highway projects. But none of that means that reconstruction of the Zoo Interchange in Milwaukee County should be delayed and that planning for the interchange rebuild should go back to square one, as a lawsuit filed last week seeks to do. The interchange, the busiest in Wisconsin, is vital to commerce and the state's economy. It needs the...
  • An oldie but a goodie (Clean up political campaigns with negative ad ban )

    08/09/2012 7:27:55 AM PDT · by teflon9 · 19 replies
    Pittsburgh Business Times ^ | November 12, 2010 | Craig Wessel
    I’m absolutely terrified that the end of the political campaign season, with its cavalcade of negative advertising, is here. Exactly how am I going to be able to determine who is attempting to tear the very fabric of our nation apart, or who shipped my job overseas, or for that matter, who is forcing their constituents to bow bound and gagged before a false God? This is the kind of stuff I need to know about. These people are out there amongst us, and with the big political machines in idle they’ll now be able to go about their dirty...
  • DRIESSEN AND FLANAKIN: Rio+20’s expensive wish list

    06/24/2012 6:08:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 22, 2012 | Paul Driessen and Duggan Flanakin
    The NGO Major Group Organizing Partners have finalized their key document for the Rio+20 Summit. “TheFutureWeWant” outlines the common vision for “sustainable development” throughout the planet sought by those nongovernmental organizations - mostly social and environmental activist groups. There are many noble sentiments in its 283 statements. There also is much that raises serious concerns. “Sustainable,” “sustainability” and “sustainable development” appear in the text an astounding 390 times. Like “abracadabra,” these amorphous words are supposed to transform even corrupt societies into Gardens of Eden under United Nations auspices. They will use less, pollute less, be sustainable, get along and save...
  • China tells U.S. to stop tweeting Beijing's bad air

    06/07/2012 2:18:27 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    CTV ^ | 06/05/12
    China tells U.S. to stop tweeting Beijing's bad air BEIJING — China told foreign embassies Tuesday to stop publishing their own reports on air quality in the country, escalating its objections to a popular U.S. Embassy Twitter feed that tracks pollution in smoggy Beijing. Only the Chinese government is authorized to monitor and publish air quality information and data from other sources may not be standardized or rigorous, Wu Xiaoqing, a vice environmental minister, told reporters. China has long taken issue with the U.S. Embassy's postings of hourly readings of Beijing's air quality on a Twitter feed with more than...
  • Depleted uranium: could this reduce our dependency on crude oil?

    06/01/2012 7:03:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | June 1, 2012 | Lindsay Brooke
    A simple three-step chemical reaction which could herald the introduction of new sustainable feedstocks for the chemical industry has been developed by scientists at The University of Nottingham. Scientists in the School of Chemistry have developed a recyclable system for converting carbon monoxide (CO) directly into more complicated organic molecules using depleted uranium. The research, funded by the Royal Society and European Research Council, was led by Dr. Stephen Liddle, an expert in inorganic chemistry. Details of the new procedure — which can return the molecule that performs the transformation back to its start point — have been published in...