s skippy the bush kangaroo: environmental news stories sunday

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

environmental news stories sunday

for those little pesky stories that you probably didn't hear bandied about on the talking head shows this morning. and, since last weekend i was up in baghdad-by-the-bay for the fancy food trade show, a few "foodie" type stories with an environmental or health bent are tossed in for your pleasure...or horror.

pepsico will halt use of additive in gatorade. the ingredient, brominated vegetable oil, which was used in citrus versions of the sports drink to prevent the flavorings from separating, was the object of a petition started on change.org by sarah kavanaugh, a 15-year-old from hattiesburg, miss., who became concerned about the ingredient after reading about it online - nytimes
genetically modified food technology is mystery to some, a worry for others. what bothers barbara thompson, of collingswood, nj, most is the government's decision that genetically engineered food does not need extensive testing. she wonders if it has anything to do with the increasing rates of food allergies, some cancers and other health problems - cherry hill courier post

carcinogen may have entered human food chain in horsemeat, claims labour. a potentially carcinogenic drug may have entered the human food chain through meat from horses slaughtered in the uk. shadow environment secretary mary creagh told the commons she had evidence that several horses slaughtered in the uk last year tested positive for phenylbutazone. - the guardian

greens hit out at milk contamination. the green party says new zealand should focus on true sustainability in farming rather than setting acceptable levels of chemical residues in milk and food. - new zealand herald

air trap: inversions can spell hell for many in the grand junction area of colorado. since jan. 18, air quality in low-lying areas of grand junction has been worse than denver’s. the amount of fine particulates trapped above the valley are more concentrated here than in any other city in colorado - grand junction daily sentinel

tide of plastic devastates marine food chain. marine life in one of ­scotland’s biggest estuaries has been found to be riddled with pollution caused by ­plastic ­despite attempts to cut down on the amount entering coastal waters. - edinburgh scotsman

global mercury treaty could make local fish safer. it didn’t make many headlines at the time, but delegates from 140 nations earlier this month quietly signed the first-ever global treaty to reduce mercury emissions, a move that could help make Northland fish safer to eat. - duluth news tribune

oil and gas companies pour money into research universities. as many universities face state-funding declines, shell, bp and others have recently poured millions of dollars into colorado state university's research. but given the nation's current oil and gas frenzy, the energy money is raising questions about academic integrity. - high country news

ferocious winter storm set to explode in north atlantic: bombogenesis. some of the most powerful storms on earth form in the north atlantic ocean during wintertime. For the past few days, the meteorologists at the ocean prediction center (opc) in college park, md. been highlighting a treacherous storm event that is taking place in the open ocean, to the south of iceland. - climate central

can two dedicated congressmen make their colleagues care about climate? rep. henry waxman (d-calif.) and sen. sheldon whitehouse (d-ri) announced on thursday that they are forming a joint house-senate climate change task force. the effort will be "dedicated to focusing congressional and public attention on climate change and developing effective policy responses." - mother jones

gretchen bleiler on climate change: do sweat the small stuff. for snowboarder gretchen bleiler, being environmentally conscious is about doing the small things in her daily life. if everyone decided to drink out of reusable water bottles or chose to recycle, it could be enough to deter the long-term impacts of global warming, the olympic medalist said. - aspen daily news

dubious awards presented at davos. only a stone’s throw from the davos world economic forum meeting, a group of non-governmental organisations presented the annual public eye awards this week to goldman sachs and royal dutch shell - inter press service

northeast organic farm association of new york discusses genetically modified organisms at conference. hansen has been working on getting the ge food bill, requiring manufacturers to label gmos through legislation for the last 27 years. he recently put the final touches on prop 37 and hopes it will pick up a sponsor in the california legislature this season - troy record

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