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Such is the concern about copper chrome arsenate-treated timber that the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority banned its use in new playgrounds and picnic areas from March last year, prompting a costly rush by local councils to remove old equipment.
It has always been my experience that there are 2 (or more) sides to EVERY story, and sensationalism sells newspapers. It is my pleasure to bring you the other side of this story, as brought to my attention by Mr. Peter Carruthers.
When government officials finally shut down the site in 1979, they found nearly 7,000 storage drums, and dead birds and animals. Many of the drums were badly corroded and leaking dangerous chemicals. The Environmental Protection Agency called it the state’s worst environmental hazard, placed it on the Superfund list and began a cleanup.
The problem, according to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, is test kits commonly available are not reliable. "In a lot of cases, we're seeing these false negatives and false positives, and parents are panicking," said Ed Kang, a spokesman for the commission. Yesterday, the agency advised consumers against relying on consumer test kits.
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Tests showed Rowan's blood had high levels of a chemical that can cause thyroid dysfunction in rats.
1 of 3 "In the beginning, I wasn't worried at all; I was fascinated," Hammond, 37, recalled.
But that fascination soon changed to fear, as tests revealed that their children -- Rowan, then 18 months, and Mikaela, then 5 -- had chemical exposure levels up to seven times those of their parents.
"[Rowan's] been on this planet for 18 months, and he's loaded with a chemical I've never heard of," Holland, 37, said. "He had two to three times the level of flame retardants in his body that's been known to cause thyroid dysfunction in lab rats."
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But a new tide of victims - increasingly female and dubbed the "third wave"- has arrived, and its numbers are tipped to rocket.
The latest Taking Stock report from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) reveals that a continued decline in releases of toxic chemicals to the environment--15 percent for the United States and Canada from 1998 to 2004--is being driven by a group of industrial facilities that are the largest generators of emissions.
The pollution is so bad many visitors are wondering how Olympic athletes will be affected and how this city can possibly be ready to host them in less than 10 months.
That's what University of Maryland scientists have discovered a tiny microbe doing at the stinky, oily bottom of Charm City's stupendously polluted harbor. Down there, in muck as oozy as black jello, this creature can actually survive on PCBs -- one of the most harmful pollutants in U.S. waters -- and, in the process, break them down into something less dangerous.
Louisa Morris, a 29-year-old Vancouver lawyer, recently ditched the Nalgene water bottle she once carried every single day to the University of Calgary law school. In July, she traded up, forking over $30 for a sexy new stainless steel version. The high-polished metal bottle looks sharp. But Morris's decision had nothing to do with style. Two years ago, the Ontario-born family lawyer was diagnosed with cancer after finding a pea-sized lump in her breast.
Fire causes billions of dollars in damage every year and kills thousands. Plastic items like small electronic gear and building materials are petroleum-based and would be very flammable if not for chemicals added during the manufacturing process known as brominated flame retardants, or BFRs.
But researchers are now finding that these chemicals have entered our food chain and might have a role in the recent deaths of hundreds of seals — and could ultimately be harming people as well.
Could any of this relate to the dismal U.S. economy?
Boston – Toys made in China aren’t the only products laced with dangerous heavy metals: lipstick manufactured in the United States and used daily by millions of American women also contains surprisingly high levels of lead, according to new product tests released today by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The lead tests were conducted by an independent laboratory over the month of September on red lipsticks bought in Boston, Hartford, Conn., San Francisco and Minneapolis. Top findings include:
This story originally reported on BusinessWeek.com
Falling home prices may not be the only thing poisoning your neighborhood. Landfills, abandoned manufacturing plants, and leaking underground petroleum tanks sometimes lurk in the backyards of unsuspecting homeowners and home buyers, leading to serious health issues and spoiled real estate markets.
But for a small group of residents, the hope for economic revival is overshadowed by health concerns. They are awaiting a report later this year that could reveal whether the dozens of cases of Lou Gehrig’s disease centered around a downtown industrial area were caused by pollution.
So HOW in heaven's name did I get HERE??
The report, 'Europe's environment — The fourth assessment', was presented in Belgrade, Serbia, at the opening session of the sixth ministerial conference of the 'Environment for Europe' process held under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
By now, most of us are keenly aware that emissions resulting from the burning of fossil fuels are causing our planet to heat up, altering our climate and putting the survival of plants, animals and even humans in peril. But what we don’t really know is whether it is still possible to stop those emissions and reverse the problem.
Now, it turns out, a great experiment is about to be performed, at enormous financial cost, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for science. Several weeks before the 2008 Summer Olympics, in an effort to make Beijing more palatable to foreign visitors, the government of China will begin shutting down industries that emit vast quantities of soot and carbon into the atmosphere surrounding the city.
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A compact fluorescent light is a type of energy-saving bulb that fits into a standard light bulb socket or plugs into a small lighting fixture, and right now, compact fluorescents seem to be gaining in popularity. But did you know they can also be toxic to your home and the environment?
Women absorb 5lb of chemicals from cosmetics every year - from cancer-causing compounds in face cream to arsenic in eyeshadow. We tested two beauty junkies to reveal the shocking toll on their bodies...
Charlotte Kohl and her sister Emma are attractive young women. Their looks, they admit, are very important to them, which is why, between them, they use more than 70 different beauty and cosmetic products every day.
I started a journey and this is where it led me! As a registered nurse, I am very aware of the high incidence of certain types of cancer, asthma, and environmental sensitivities, miscarries, fibromyalgia, and a host of other ailments. It seemed to me that there were more people presenting with disease (in all stages) than I remembered from earlier years.