Environmental Health

Drop in Male Births in Indigenous Peoples Tied To Industrial Pollution

A dramatic decline in male births among indigenous American peoples -- both in the Arctic and elsewhere -- has been linked to toxic industrial pollution. "Toxic pollutants travel from industrialized countries and accumulate in the marine food chain of the Arctic region, and in the traditional diet of indigenous peoples."

Source: Indian Country Today, 03/15/2010
March 31, 2010

DEADLINE: Chernobyl Study Trip: Nuclear Power and the Future Energy Economy

What's the future for nuclear power? How do we know if it's "safe enough?" What role does it play in preventing climate change? Learn more by joining the Study Trip to visit Chernobyl in Ukraine, Oct. 15-24, 2010. Travel grants available. Deadline for first review of applicants is March 31st.


Enviros Seek Disclosure of Household Cleaning Product Ingredients

A court case involving a 1971 NY law may force manufacturers to make public unlisted toxic chemicals in products like stain remover, dish soap and laundry detergent. The cleanser industry says the action is "unwarranted, and that fears about health risks are misinformed," according to the AP.

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Anger as Health Officials Give up Hunt for Acreage Cancer Cause

"Outrage erupted among residents and politicians Wednesday after state health officials announced they don't plan to search for an environmental cause of [Palm Beach County community] The Acreage’s cancer cluster -- and instead will mount a campaign to raise 'awareness' about childhood brain cancer."

Source: Palm Beach Post, 02/04/2010

Study Shows Managed Turf Is Net Greenhouse Gas Loser

A study by Univ. of California-Irvine researchers has found that while grass itself acted as a carbon sink, when other factors are taken into account — fuel burned to maintain the lawn, emissions from fertilizer spread to help it grow, etc. — four times as much carbon was emitted than was absorbed.

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