Month: March 2011

BPA and DEHP Found in Food Packaging

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1)Food packaging is a major route of exposure for people to two toxic chemicals: BPA and DEHP. 2)Eating mostly fresh foods and avoiding cans and plastic containers can drastically reduce the levels of these chemicals in our bodies. 3)A combination of shopping habits and legislation may be key to limiting human exposures to the ubiquitous…

Bison Could Repopulate Large Areas From Alaska to Mexico

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Bison can repopulate large areas from Alaska to Mexico over the next 100 years provided a series of conservation and restoration measures are taken, according to continental assessment of this iconic species by the Wildlife Conservation Society and other groups.   The assessment was authored by a diverse group of conservationists, scientists, ranchers, and Native…

NASA Recommends A Simple Solution To Radiation: Take A Vitamin

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To mitigate the effects of radiation on astronauts, doctors advise a simple measure: Take a vitamin pill. Along with the anti-radiation drug potassium iodide, scientists recommend a vitamin pill to plug any nutritional deficiencies in the Recommended Dietary Allowance, a standard established by the U.S. National Academy Sciences in 1941. “There are ways to greatly…

Nuclear Nightmare

by Ralph Nader The unfolding multiple nuclear reactor catastrophe in Japan is prompting overdue attention to the 104 nuclear plants in the United States—many of them aging, many of them near earthquake faults, some on the west coast exposed to potential tsunamis. Nuclear power plants boil water to produce steam to turn turbines that generate…

Sen. Jay Rockefeller: Climate science is ‘unequivocally true’

Opposing Republican efforts to forbid climate regulations, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said Tuesday that the science of human-made climate change is “unequivocally true.” Rockefeller, a strong defender of his state’s coal industry, spoke out on the Senate floor against an amendment submitted to a small business bill by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that…

US Chamber of Carbon And Corporate Greed

Washington looks pretty clean: white marble monuments, broad, tree-lined avenues, the beautiful, green spread of the Mall. But its inhabitants—at least those who vote in Congress—can’t see any more clearly than the smoke-shrouded residents of Beijing, China. Their view, however, is obscured by a different kind of smog. Call it money pollution. The torrents of…

Bottled Water: A Ridiculous Waste

Making bottles to meet Americans’ demand for bottled water requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel some 100,000 U.S. cars for a year.   Bottled water has been a big-selling commercial beverage around the world since the late 1980s. According to the Worldwatch Institute, global bottled water consumption has more…