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News: ‘Pollution’ Archive

New garbage patch discovered in Indian Ocean – Yahoo! News

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

‘Scientists previously mapped huge floating trash patches in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, but now a husband-wife team researching plastic garbage in the Indian Ocean suggest a new and dire view. “The world’s oceans are covered with a thin plastic soup,” says Anna Cummins, cofounder of 5 Gyres Institute.’

via New garbage patch discovered in Indian Ocean – Yahoo! News.

The poison crib: When protective chemicals harm – Children – Salon.com

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

‘…Chemical flame retardants have been on the market since the 1970s, and are used in everything from computers to upholstery, including nursing pillows, cribs, strollers and fleece baby carriers. In the past 10 years, there’s been an explosion of evidence that the most widely used kind, called PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), do more harm than good — especially when used in baby products, which have little chance of bursting into flames.’

via The poison crib: When protective chemicals harm – Children – Salon.com.

Video: Jeremy Jackson: How we wrecked the ocean

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Troubling talk by Jeremy Jackson, coral reef ecologist about the widespread trouble in the oceans.

Concluding excerpt:
“So the question is, how are we all going to respond to this? We can do all sorts of things to fix it, but in the final analysis the thing we really need to fix is ourselves. It’s not about the fish, it’s not about the pollution, it’s not about the climate change. It’s about us and our greed, and our need for growth, and our inability to image a world which is different from the selfish world we live in today.”

“So the question is will we respond to this or not? I would say that the future of life and the dignity of human beings depends on our doing that.”

Obama seeks more nuclear loan guarantees | Reuters

Friday, January 29th, 2010

‘WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama plans to propose a tripling of government loan guarantees for new nuclear reactors to more than $54 billion, an administration official said on Friday, a move sure to win over some Republican lawmakers who want more nuclear power to be part of climate change legislation.’

via Obama seeks more nuclear loan guarantees | Reuters.