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Sunday, June 27, 2010

environmental news stories sunday

for those stories that probably won't be mentioned on the talking head shows today.

a closer look: pesticides in strawberry fields. - california strawberry farmers may soon have a new pesticide to use on their fields. the state's department of pesticide regulation is recommending approving use of the soil fumigant methyl iodide. however, scientists say that methyl iodide is very toxic and can cause cancer, brain damage and miscarriages - latte times

just say 'no' to methyl iodide. - when scientists universally declare a substance a "highly toxic chemical" and a regulatory agency then proposes releasing millions of pounds of it into the soil and air, the callousness that is required to make this decision is hard to fathom- beverly hills california chronicle

california state parks plagued by decay. - look beyond the crashing waves and towering redwoods, and california's 278 state parks are a tangle of troubles - sacramento bee

michigan wants federal help for cleanup, but funding is tight. - for the first time in 14 years, budget-strapped michigan is turning to the federal superfund program for help, trying to get new hazardous-waste sites included for cleanup. the superfund program has its own funding problems, however - gannett news service

bee colony collapse focus of new congressional caucus. - lawmakers are rallying behind the beleaguered honeybee by creating a congressional caucus to focus attention on the troubling collapse of bee colonies. In some cases, beekeepers have lost 40 percent or more of their colonies, potentially endangering the pollination of many fruits, nuts and vegetables - mcclatchy

wet winter set stage for big fire threat. - fires in the southwest’s mountains and deserts have increased in occurrence and intensity over the past 50 years, according to a study published in science magazine in 2006. that study, led by scientists from the university of california at merced, blamed man-made changes to the landscape and climate change - las vegas sun

greens face a battle in california. - november 2 will see the outcome of the most crucial battle yet between the old economy and the new, between the fossil-fuel-powered industrialisation of the last two centuries that has enriched much of the world and the low-carbon prosperity that is needed in future - london daily telegraph

study: lead found in children's drinks and fruit products. - as if it were not enough to be concerned about harmful dyes in M&Ms and jelly beans, now it's lead in our kids' juice - st. petersburgh times

maker of controversial dispersant used in gulf oil spill hires top lobbyists. - as questions build about the dispersant being used on the gulf of mexico oil spill, the company that makes that chemical mixture has well-connected lobbyists helping handle inquiries from us. epa and congress - greenwire

nitrate contamination widespread among central coast farmers. - the cause of nitrate problems at marchi's central farm is no mystery to county public health officials. "a likely source of the nitrate contamination is fertilizer application adjacent to the well," the inspector wrote - san mateo county times

toxins found in whales bode ill for humans, report says. - sperm whales feeding even in the most remote reaches of earth's oceans have built up stunningly high levels of toxic and heavy metals, according to american scientists who say the findings spell danger not only for marine life but for the millions of humans who depend on seafood. - ap

gloves off in california over greenhouse gas law. - california environmentalists opened fire on wednesday on a measure approved for the state's november ballot that would roll back a landmark law regulating greenhouse gas emissions - reuters

google and spectrum bridge send your power use data over tv "white space." - google continues on its quest to firmly embed itself in the energy industry, this time by teaming up with service provider spectrum bridge to launch the country's first smart grid wireless network trial utilizing tv's white spaces spectrum. - fast company

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1 Comments:

Great. Now corporations are even making strawberries dangerous.
commented by Blogger libhom, 7:12 PM PDT  

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