May 31, 2007

...fuel derived from corn "is about the dumbest idea I've ever seen."

Quote of month - I tend to agree with Charlie Munger when he recently said running cars on fuel derived from corn "is about the dumbest idea I've ever seen." But no matter how much the investing geniuses and I agree on the economics, I think the political tailwind behind ethanol is unstoppable."

May 18, 2007

Green Clean Schools Act sails through Illinois Senate

With a 52-5 vote in the Senate Wednesday, Illinois became only the second state to enact legislation requiring green cleaning in schools. The act will require all elementary and secondary schools in Illinois to purchase environmentally sensitive cleaning supplies, which are now cost-comparable and equally effective to conventional cleaning products. The bill authorizes the Green Government Coordinating Council to determine specific standards for green products within six months. Schools will develop plans for meeting the standards within three months of the standards' development, but may continue using their current stock of cleaning supplies until it is depleted. Source: Healthy Schools Campaign, (VIA-

May 17, 2007

Biofuels displace indigenous people

Indigenous people are being pushed off their lands to make way for an expansion of biofuel crops around the world, threatening to destroy their cultures by forcing them into big cities, the head of a U.N. panel said Monday. Read here

New EPA Environmental Steward Site

EPA has launched a Web site to help business, government and private citizens make intelligent choices on sustainable environmental benefits.

The environmental stewardship Web site can be found at
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As the leading environmental agency in the United States, EPA has an important role to play in promoting environmental stewardship-by individuals, communities, businesses and other organizations, and by our partners throughout government.

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May 16, 2007

New chemical catalyst that can help remove and destroy perchlorate in contaminated water

UIUC's LAS News - When a plume of contaminated groundwater from a manufacturing plant near Las Vegas seeped into the Colorado River, the contaminant "perchlorate" spread throughout the Southwest. The cleanup could take decades.

To aid with such catastrophic cleanups, LAS researchers from the University of Illinois have developed a new chemical catalyst that can help remove and destroy perchlorate in contaminated water.  Read the full story


TIM WEBB, INDEPENDENT, UK - Biofuels have also driven up food prices, hitting the world's poor the hardest. According to the International Grain Council, at the end of this financial year the world's grain stocks (corn, wheat and barley) will be the lowest since the 1970s, mainly because of soaring demand from biofuels. Some of these "green" energy sources also use up more energy during the manufacturing and refining process than they save.

Politics - particularly the interests of big agricultural businesses - is starting to dictate the biofuel market. The US has imposed punitive import tariffs on Brazilian-made ethanol - one of the world's most efficient biofuels - and subsidises the export of its domestically made corn-based ethanol, which is one of the least efficient. This subsidy could lead to a trade war between the EU and the US.

The biggest drawback with biofuels is the deforestation that it directly and indirectly causes. How much deforestation takes place is hard to measure, but if new demand emerges - such as from biofuels - more land has to be found from somewhere.

May 15, 2007

WI - State seeks to expand emergency rules aimed at containing deadly fish disease

MADISON – Reports over the weekend that a new viral fish disease likely killed fish in the Lake Winnebago System is spurring Wisconsin fisheries officials to seek to expand the reach of emergency rules aimed at preventing viral hemorrhagic septicemia, or VHS, from spreading to new waters.

Fisheries officials will ask the state Natural Resources Board to meet in a special session Thursday, May 17, to consider expanding key emergency rule requirements beyond Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, the Mississippi River and their tributaries. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in Room 613 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S. Webster St., Madison.

"When we originally went to the Natural Resources Board in April, they made it clear to us that if VHS was found outside Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and the Mississippi River, they wanted us to come back and they would consider extending the rules to new waters or statewide," Staggs says. "That's what we're doing now that initial tests indicate the disease has spread to the Lake Winnebago system."
VHS is not a health threat to people who handle infected fish or want to eat their catch, but it can kill more than 25 fish species, causing them to bleed to death.

Citigroup Commits US$50 Bln to Green Projects

Cal/OSHA on Falk Blast & Veterans Home of California

Firm to Fight Citations in Wake of Milwaukee Blast
J.M. Brennan Inc. vows to challenge the three Fed-OSHA citations and nearly $17,000 in fines it received in connection with the December propane explosion that killed three workers and injured 45 others at the Falk Corp. plant in Milwaukee. Small Business Times
Go to the Full Story...

"We have a great working relationship with Cal/OSHA and they've bent over backwards to work with us." Marcella McCormack, administrator of the Veterans Home of California at Yountville, about the facility's avoidance of nearly $40,000 in workplace safety penalties Go to the full story in the Napa Valley Register

MSN - Does a story right on saving gas?

FROM MSN: It turns out that we wouldn't have to cut consumption by 40 percent or 30 percent or even 20 percent to send pump prices lower. Try 7 percent.
That's how much demand fell off last winter. After peaking at 9.7 million barrels in the week of Aug. 4, 2006, U.S. gasoline demand hit a low of 9.0 million barrels during the week of Jan. 19, 2007 — a difference of 7 percent. During the same period, the average U.S. price peaked at $3.083 in August and fell to $2.213 by the end of January — a drop of 28 percent.

Scientists cure cancer, but no one takes notice

True or myth... could someone email me if this is a hoax?

Boy I Called this one :-) LEDs emerge winner to fight fluorescents

NEW YORK - The light bulb, the symbol of bright ideas, doesn't look like such a great idea anymore, as lawmakers in the U.S. and abroad are talking about banning the century-old technology because of its contribution to global warming.

But what comes next? Compact fluorescent bulbs are the only real alternative right now, but "bulbs" that use light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, are quickly emerging as a challenger.
Department of Energy, and widespread use of LED lighting could cut consumption in half. By 2027, LED lighting could cut annual energy use by the equivalent of 500 million barrels of oil, with the attendant reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide, the gas believed to be responsible for global warming.
The energy efficiency is no doubt a draw for commercial clients like hotels, but LEDs have another big advantage: they last up to 50,000 hours, according to manufacturers. That compares to about 10,000 hours for fluorescents and 1,000 hours for incandescents. Not having to send out janitors to replace burned-out bulbs means big savings in maintenance costs.
LEDs already beat fluorescents for energy efficiency in some niche uses. For instance, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is putting LED lighting in its in-store refrigerators, where the cold dims fluorescents and incandescents produce too much heat. LEDs also starting to replace flat fluorescent backlights in liquid-crystal displays, or LCDs, where they produce better colors.
LEDs don't contain toxic mercury, which CFLs do, though the amount is very small. (Recent stories circulating on the Web about calling a hazmat team if a CFL breaks are exaggerated. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends sweeping up, not vacuuming, the fragments, then checking out local recycling options.)  The cost of LED lighting should be coming down quickly. Polybrite founder Carl Scianna said the cost of individual white-light diodes, several of which go into an LED bulb and make up much of the cost, have come down in price from about $8 to $1.50 in a year.
"They're going to keep going down," Scianna said. "By the middle of next year, they'll be priced for consumers."
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U.S. Department of Energy on LEDs:

Recycling options for CFLs:

Biofuels are the 'next environmental danger'

Far from being the salvation of an oil-hungry society, biofuels could actually trigger increases in food prices and deforestation, according to a report.

It doesn't suggest doing away with them altogether, but says that current targets for swapping petrol and diesel for fuel derived from crops are too ambitious.

The UK government, and the European Union have set their sights on using biofuels in 10 per cent of our cars by 2020. But the Co-op's report suggests that to produce this amount of fuel on a global scale would require as much as nine per cent of arable land being diverted to fuel crops.

Professor Dieter Helm, who sits of the government's Council for Science and Technology, told the BBC: "The sort of targets being set for biofuels will have quite radical effects on agriculture and therefore will have very substantial consequences for food prices and agriculture more generally."

He points out that rainforest is already being felled to make way for fuel crops.

"Think of the energy involved in felling those rainforests. Think about the damage to the climate being done by the loss of those trees. Think about the ploughing and the cultivation of fields. Think about the transport of those fuels, and you start to realize the carbon imprints are about much more than simply what happens to grow in a particular field at a particular point in time."

Switch to Cleaner Marine Fuel Will Increase CO2 Emissions

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is considering the switch from fuel oil to marine diesel to improve the environmental footprint of the shipping industry.

President Bush Orders Agencies to Develop Regulations to Reduce Fuel Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Motor Vehicles

Minnesota legislature passes country's toughest e-waste bill

Source: Greener Computing


MARLA CONE, LA TIMES - More than 200 chemicals - many found in urban air and everyday consumer products - cause breast cancer in animal tests, according to a compilation of scientific reports published today. Writing in a publication of the American Cancer Society, researchers concluded that reducing exposure to the compounds could prevent many women from developing the disease. . . Experts say that family history and genes are responsible for a small percentage of breast cancer cases but that environmental or lifestyle factors such as diet are probably involved in the vast majority.

"Overall, exposure to mammary gland carcinogens is widespread," the researchers wrote in a special supplement to the journal Cancer. "These compounds are widely detected in human tissues and in environments, such as homes, where women spend time.". . .

The researchers named 216 chemicals that induce breast tumors in animals. Of those, people are highly exposed to 97, including industrial solvents, pesticides, dyes, gasoline and diesel exhaust compounds, cosmetics ingredients, hormones, pharmaceuticals, radiation and a chemical in chlorinated drinking water. .

Toxicologists say that other mammals, such as rats and mice, often develop the same tumors as humans do, and that animal tests are efficient means of testing the effects of chemicals. Environmental regulators, however, often want conclusive human data before taking action.. . .

Twenty-nine of the chemicals are produced in volumes exceeding 1 million pounds annually in the United States. Seventy-three are present in consumer products or are food contaminants - 1,4-dioxane in shampoos, for example, or acrylamide in French fries. Thirty-five are common air pollutants, 25 are in workplaces where at least 5,000 women are employed, and 10 are food additives, according to the reports.


DANIEL HOWDEN, INDEPENDENT, UK - In the next 24 hours, deforestation will release as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 8 million people flying from London to New York. . The accelerating destruction of the rainforests that form a precious cooling band around the Earth's equator, is now being recognized as one of the main causes of climate change. Carbon emissions from deforestation far outstrip damage caused by planes and automobiles and factories. The rampant slashing and burning of tropical forests is second only to the energy sector as a source of greenhouses gases according to report published today by the Oxford-based Global Canopy Program, an alliance of leading rainforest scientists.

Figures from the GCP, summarizing the latest findings from the United Nations, and building on estimates contained in the Stern Report, show deforestation accounts for up to 25 per cent of global emissions of heat-trapping gases, while transport and industry account for 14 per cent each; and aviation makes up only 3 per cent of the total.

"Tropical forests are the elephant in the living room of climate change," said Andrew Mitchell, the head of the GCP.

May 14, 2007

Toyota 2006 47 mpg hybrid minivan...

I would contend that ANY vehicle can be modified to run "bio-fuels" and reduce emissions 50% for $1,000 - 3,000 per vehicle (the same blank check given to hybrids).  
Seriously, my car gets a solid 36 mpg and Toyota has been selling a 36 mpg hybrid minivan (Estima) in Japan since 2006. This is the type of vehicle that really should be used more often in the US...
How can't we do better by 2020?

China's environmental movement: The East is Green - Boing.boing!

Environmental conditions are already approaching apocalyptic in a country where coal provides 70 percent of the country's power. Chinese scientists have predicted that the Yangtze River will die by 2011, and with two-thirds of other rivers polluted, more than 340 million Chinese lack access to clean drinking water. An estimated 400,000 Chinese die of pollution every year. By the government's own estimates released in December 2006, climate change is occurring in China at alarming rates, with temperatures due to increase by 1.3 to 2.1 degrees Celsius by 2020. China is unveiling forward-thinking policies and pushing alternative energy because it has no other choice.

SEED Magazine's article Link

Very little progress since 1930's

TreeHugger has a post quoting Popular Science from 1934 on solar power.

SUNSHINE, our greatest source of potential power, is now largely wasted. It is highly probable, however, that a few years hence science will find a way to harness the mighty energy of the sun's radiation. Solar engines and solar heating apparatus will then make it economically practicable for us to use at least a small portion of our now-wasted sunshine to run our factories, light our streets, cook our food, and warm our houses. In the United States we use, each year, something like a half billion tons of coal, a half billion barrels of oil, and fifty billion horsepower hours of water power for heat, light, and power.

If it were possible to convert all this energy into power—which of course it isn't—it would produce seven trillion horsepower hours. If it were possible to convert completely into power all the solar energy that each year falls on the United States in the form of sunshine, it would amount to seven thousand trillion horsepower hours. Of course, some of the sunshine that comes to us through 93,000,000 miles of space is needed for the general heating of the earth and for the growing of plant life: but above those fundamental needs, solar radiation provides a potential supply of power many thousand times as great as the amount now supplied by other sources".

That the use of solar radiation for power is no vague dream of the far-distant future is shown by the fact that at present a solar power plant with a thermal efficiency of 4.32 per cent —over one third of the efficiency of the best steam engine—has been built and is being operated.

Dr. Charles Greeley Abbot, the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and the world's leading authority on solar radiation, says that before long we shall find a commercially practicable method of harnessing sunshine. "Financial success probably awaits the solver of the problems of collecting solar heat for power purposes," he says. "With our present outlook it seems to me likely that within another generation or two power demands will lead to the sun as the most available source of supply."

Saving the birds with two sones

Capturing and burning methane produced by dams.

Equipment designed to stop the greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere. The technology will extract the methane from the water to supplement the energy produced by the dam turbines.

The scientists estimate that worldwide the technique could prevent emissions equivalent to more than the total annual burning of fossil fuels in the UK - and reduce the pressure to build new dams in sensitive areas such as the Amazon. The project follows a long-running controversy over how clean hydro-electric power really is.

Critics of the industry have claimed that in tropical areas of Brazil - which supplies more than 90% of its electricity from large dams - some reservoirs emit so much methane that their contribution to climate change is greater than an equivalent power station burning fossil fuels like coal or gas.

Just one part per billion can make a Rat grotesque obesity


No one in the organic beekeeping world, including commercial beekeepers, is reporting colony collapse. The problem with the big commercial guys is that they put pesticides in their hives to fumigate for varroa mites and they feed antibiotics to the bees. They also haul the hives by truck all over the place to make more money with pollination services, which stresses the colonies. . .

Who should be surprised that the major media reports forget to tell us that the dying bees are actually hyper-bred varieties that we coax into a larger than normal body size? It sounds just like the beef industry. .Click text to read full

May 12, 2007

Chinese Water: A picture is worth a million words

Beijing, China 
Beijing, China: Xu Jiehua (r), the wife of the detained Chinese environmental activist Wu Yilong, sits behind water samples collected by Wu Yilong from Chinese urban rivers and lakes.
Photograph: Teh Eng Koon/AFP/Getty Images

Via - The Guardian

"Green Scare: New Laws Equate Environmentalists with Al Qaeda"

Having already done serious jail time for eco-sabotage arson, Rod Coronado is now charged and looking at jail time again -- for describing in a public speech what he went to jail for. Dean Kuipers reports in the alternative weekly Los Angeles City Beat 5/3/07.

Happy Mothers Day - DIVORCE RATE LOWEST SINCE 1970

AP - The national per capita divorce rate has declined steadily since its peak in 1981 and is now at its lowest level since 1970. . . Some experts say relationships are as unstable as ever - and divorces are down primarily because more couples live together without marrying. Other researchers have documented what they call "the divorce divide," contending that divorce rates are indeed falling substantively among college-educated couples but not among less- affluent, less-educated couples. . . America's divorce rate began climbing in the late 1960s and skyrocketed during the '70s and early '80s, as virtually every state adopted no-fault divorce laws. The rate peaked at 5.3 divorces per 1,000 people in 1981. But since then it's dropped by one-third, to 3.6. That's the lowest rate since 1970.

May 10, 2007

There is hope for the world

Best news I read this week: Whoohoo!


"Name me one government leader who can articulate a plan for solving the energy crisis. The silence is deafening."

LEE Iacocca, "I've figured out nine points I call the 'Nine Cs of Leadership.' They're not fancy or complicated. Just clear, obvious qualities that every true leader should have."

Here they are:

  1. Curiosity
  2. Creativity
  3. Communication
  4. Character
  5. Courage
  6. Conviction
  7. Charisma
  8. Competence
  9. Common Sense
From (Thanks always!)

Greenpeace: Biofuels - green dream or climate change nightmare?

There is an advert in several of today's UK papers warning the government about the environmental risks of biofuels as an alternative to petrol and diesel.  » original news

Bottled Water - Good For Business Bad For The Environment

 By stilgar via

EPA Reporting Rules Reduce Toxic Information

Mike Salinero of The Tampa Tribune explains the new EPA rule on filing information to the toxic release inventory 12/27/06. EPA said it will lessen paperwork for small businesses; environmentalists say it deprives communities of information about toxic chemical releases in their neighborhoods.

Plastic waste: more dangerous than global warming

Plastic pollution is destroying the world's ocean ecosystems, but some companies are in a position to stop the devastation.
We have all seen those graphic photos depicting the fate of marine mammals tangled in discarded fishing nets. And the sight of a soft drinks bottle floating by while we are canoeing in our local lake or river of choice is not a rarity.
 True that...

Perfluoroalkyl acids: What is the evidence telling us?

Toxicologists are making headway in their understanding of perfluorinated compounds like PFOS and PFOA. New research is suggesting that the levels being found in both people and animals may have an impact on their health.

World Environment News - May 10th, 2007 from Planet Ark

Reuters 'World Environment News' headlines,

May 8, 2007

Fed-OSHA Levies Maximum Fines in Milwaukee Plant Blast

Fed-OSHA fines a Milwaukee company and a mechanical contractor nearly $73,000 in total penalties related to a propane explosion that killed three workers and injured four dozen more last December. Go to the Full Story...

OSHA Quote of day: "It's not some carcinogen where you get cancer 30 years from now or something. The people are dying right in front of you. You can't wait until you have all the evidence. You have to regulate it."

David Michaels, of George Washington University's department of environmental and occupational health, on Fed-OSHA's responsibility to regulate the artificial flavoring chemical diacetyl Go to the full story in the Washington Post

May 7, 2007

Bused kids breath pollutants up to five times dirtier than the air outside...

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Congressional farm bill makes us fat and use the wrong fuels

The US government gives out $25 billion a year in agricultural subsidies through a farm bill that is renewed every five years including this one. Way back in the dawn of time, the original intent of these subsidies was to ensure that farmers could get at least a minimum price for their crops so that they could afford to keep farming. Over time as people realized that they could get more subsidies for growing more, many of the farms got bought out and became part of agri-business conglomerates that today collect the bulk of those subsidies. The money is primarily paid out to support the price of corn, soy, wheat, rice and cotton with the first two being biggest recipients.

The increased use of those first two crops in processed foods is thought to play a large part in the increased rates of obesity among Americans. Those same two crops are also the most common and probably least efficient feedstocks for biofuels. One the reasons so much money is paid out in agricultural subsidies is that the big companies which benefit the most from them spend a good chunk of it lobbying and contributing back to the campaigns of the legislators that push the bill through congress. As a result, big corn and soy producers have an incentive to push corn ethanol and soy diesel production because they get more subsidies.

Ultimately the health and wealth of Americans would probably benefit more if more of that money was turned over to basic research into areas like algae diesel, cellulosic ethanol, and batteries and also to supporting smaller farmers growing fresh produce and products for local distribution.

[Source: New York Times Magazine - VIA autobloggreen]


Navy scientists claim that slices of CR-39 plastic. . . have recorded the passage of atomic particles emitted during successful cold fusion nuclear reactions. New proof that cold fusion works could fuel additional interest in generating power from low energy nuclear reactions

Cold fusion, the ability to generate nuclear power at room temperatures, has proven to be a highly elusive feat. In fact, it is considered by many experts to be a mere pipe dream - a potentially unlimited source of clean energy that remains tantalizing, but so far unattainable.

Cold fusion has gotten the cold shoulder from serious nuclear physicists since 1989, when Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann were unable to substantiate their sensational claims that deuterium nuclei could be forced to fuse and release excess energy at room temperature. Spawar researchers apparently kept the faith, however, and continued to refine the procedure by experimenting with new fusionable materials. . .
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America's best-selling bottled water and one that claims to be "pure water" with a "perfect taste." The label doesn't mention that the Aquafina sold in Michigan comes from the city of Detroit's water system. Corporate watchdogs and environmentalists are pressuring water bottling companies to disclose the source of their water. Critics accuse companies like Pepsi (Aquafina) and Coke (Dasani) of hypocrisy by promoting bottled water as a healthier alternative to tap water when those products are, in fact, purified tap water. . .

"People are paying a very high premium for the luxury of having a carry-along water bottle," Kuhn said. "I tell people that I can sell them 748 gallons of water for $1.40."

To put it another way, homeowners in Muskegon could spend $1.40 and fill 4,787 20-ounce containers with Muskegon tap water. Or they could buy one 20-ounce bottle of Aquafina, Dasani or Ice Mountain water for about $1.

Read more here

May 3, 2007

Work-Related Asthma: Preventable, But Growing

Work-related asthma is the fastest growing occupational disease, costing employers 18 million working days annually; however, almost all cases of occupational asthma can be prevented. Workplace Law (U.K.)
Go to the Full Story...

A second wave of nuclear construction, starts 30 billion in debt

NUKE IS CLEAN & FREE ENERGY (Read more by - Allison Gorman of Business Tennessee magazine)
Not so, says David Freeman, the former TVA chairman largely credited with putting the brakes on the utility's nuclear construction in the 1980s. "We had to shut them down, even though they were under construction, because they cost too much," he recalls. "We didn't shut those plants down on account of their being unsafe. That should have been a reason, but it was the economics."

Some 20 years later, as TVA still carries most of the debt from its first nuclear program, the nation's largest public utility is poised to incur further debt to launch a second wave of nuclear construction...
Nationwide, utilities that had invested in the promise of clean, relatively inexpensive nuclear energy instead faced spiraling cost overruns compounded by stricter federal regulation... The result was a $27.7 billion debt—most of which is still with TVA, and the cost of which has been shouldered entirely by the utility's ratepayers, who don't have stockholders to share the burden. Most utilities are heavily indebted, with an acceptable debt load averaging 50% to 60% of assets, says economist Dennis Logue. And while changes in TVA's reporting methods complicate a direct comparison of its 1997 and 2007 balance sheets, they indicate a decrease in the utility's debts-to-assets ratio from 80% to about 73% over the past decade.

But even the most ambitious initiatives won't fulfill TVA's future generation needs, Kilgore says. Its five working nuclear reactors operate near capacity, its hydroelectric potential is finite, and according to TVA, the high ratio of cost to output doesn't justify large-scale use of ultra-green solar and wind power. Clean-burning natural gas is currently triple the cost of coal, and Kilgore says clean coal gasification technology still needs to be refined. With 57% of its current generation from fossil fuel plants, TVA has spent $4.6 billion just to stay in line with the EPA's tightening air pollution controls requirements and almost certainly faces more restrictive legislation in the future. While retrofit technology will stretch the lifetime of some coal-burning units by decades, Kilgore says, about 10 of TVA's 59 coal units are candidates for decommissioning within the next 10 to 20 years. Already, TVA meets peak demand with $1 billion annually in purchased power, which in 2006 translated roughly to 1.26 million homes worth of power. (Kilgore says that cost necessitated its two most recent rate hikes.)

Assuming other generation sources remain constant, TVA could increase its percentage of nuclear generation from 29% to 41% of its energy portfolio within a decade. TVA's stated goal is to have the largest nuclear generation capacity of any utility in the United States.

Industry advocates point to heavily nuclear France and Japan as evidence that nuclear technologies can operate reliably and safely on a large scale. Currently, TVA's nuclear generation is highly reliable, operating at about 90% capacity. Twenty years ago, Pulsipher says, 60% was considered optimal.

"TVA will almost single-handedly have revived the nuclear industry in America if this works. If it doesn't, and we have another Three Mile Island, then the nuclear industry is dead in America for generations. So there is a tremendous amount at stake in Browns Ferry, and apparently soon at Watts Bar."

Freeman questions the wisdom of investing in "a second nuclear era that has no legs to it...
The only thing new is the history we forgot."

May 2, 2007

People, Prosperity, and the Planet.

Sustainability in the developed and developing world requires scientific and technical innovations to create designs that enable the Earth and its inhabitants to prosper. The Expo and the EPA's P3 Award are demonstrating the possibilities of innovative designs to simultaneously benefit people, prosperity, and the planet.
Washington, D.C. –George Gray, Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Research and Development, today announced the winners of EPA's 3rd Annual P3 Awards – People, Prosperity, and the Planet. Six student teams from Appalachian State University, Lehigh University, Northwestern University, of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Virginia, and Western Washington University won the awards by competing at EPA's National Sustainable Design Expo. [Read More]

"Few things are less environmentally friendly than kids."

Good comments for "green parenting" on this post from GRIST

Haase Comments... While I don't agree with any one point to this article, I did find the comments on the topic entertaining ;-)

Quote from article "Few things are less environmentally friendly than kids."

Please don't blame your kids or parents... you are responsible for your actions and the actions of your children.
No Really.

Sorry - No posts last week!

It's true I posted nothing last week as me and the fam were in Florida. I don't publish "when I am going on vacation"... otherwise it wouldn't be.
A big THANKS to Bill & Chip for filling in while I was out!  
And yes... we went to Disney as,
"Nothing happens unless first we dream." --Carl Sandburg

Attend the 2007 H2E Environmental Excellence Summit

2007 H2E Environmental Excellence Summit

Celebrate environmental achievements and learn about emerging environmental issues in health care!

May 14-15, 2007
Minneapolis, MN
Online Registration closes May 7th
Presented by Hospitals for a Healthy Environment

H2E Environmental Excellence Awards
H2E's Environmental Excellence Awards celebrate healthcare's environmental leaders, who are engaging in pioneering environmental initiatives and helping build momentum for environmentally responsible healthcare. One hundred and twenty eight organizations will receive a total of 146 awards across five categories for their outstanding work! This year also marks the inauguration of H2E's new "hall of fame"—the Environmental Leadership Circle. More details here.

Pharmaceutical Waste Management Workshop
Effectively managing pharmaceuticals in your facility means reducing waste and improving compliance while providing a safer environment for patients, staff, and the community. Learn about the newest best practice developments and how to make positive changes at your facility by attending the Pharmaceutical Waste Management Workshop. More details here.

Keynote Speaker Pete Myers
The Environmental Excellence Summit's keynote speaker, author Pete Myers, will discuss the emerging science on low-level chemical exposures, hormone disruption, and efforts to reduce the effects of synthetic chemical contamination. Myers' compelling analysis of what is at stake if we fail to address low level chemical exposures underlines the need to minimize the use of toxic materials in health care delivery. More on Pete Myers here.

Networking Opportunities 
See the list of current registrants to find friends, or use our networking/travelshare tool to connect with people who share your interests in advance of the event.

Trash Flower Contest!
Win an eco-gift basket by developing the wackiest (or loveliest!) flower arrangement you can out of your facility's trash. This annual event brings out the artist in all of us—and tells a story about the many ways to employ materials after use! More on the contest here.

Register Today!
Online registration closes May 7.

Texas Refinery Will Pay $2.9 Million to Resolve Air Violations - Company Will Take Significant Steps to Reduce Harmful Emissions

Texas Refinery Will Pay $2.9 Million to Resolve Air Violations - Company Will Take Significant Steps to Reduce Harmful Emissions

FOX "STORY" - DOWNSIDE OF CFL (Grist & Treehugger set story straight)

The $ 2000 CFL Cleanup: Where Urban Myths Come From

ellsworth.jpgCompact fluorescents are controversial, and their mercury content is a concern. We have had a number of commenter's note that it costs thousands to clean up a room if you drop a bulb; one demanded "real scientific responses only, please" which counted me out, but Helen Suh Macintosh answered it here yesterday. But where did this $ 2000 cleanup idea come from? The myth started with an article by Steve Milloy published on Fox News ...

FOX - Tells Stories??? ;-)
STEVEN MILLOY, FINANCIAL POST, CANADA - How much money does it take to screw in a compact fluorescent light bulb? About US $4.28 for the bulb and labor -- unless you break the bulb. Then you, like Brandy Bridges of Ellsworth, Maine, could be looking at a cost of about US $2,004.28, which doesn't include the costs of frayed nerves and risks to health. . . read more here