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Chemical Fertilizer Issues
 
Chemical Fertilizers feed the world for the short term - but what about the future?
Cell Phone Radiation in Images
 
Ways to reduce the radiation...
Plastic Packaging Waste
 
Plastic packaging and other non-biodegradable disposables are the most persistent and infrequently recycled forms of waste.
Extreme Weather
 
Highly reliable global temperature measurements show the planet is warming and the water cycle (hydrological cycle) is becoming more active; creating higher rates of evaporation and precipitation. Droughts and floods are the natural consequences of warmer temperatures: droughts because it’s hotter, floods because warmer seas release more water vapor.
Dead Zones
 
This year’s heavy rainfall and flooding means excessive runoff and nitrogen input for the Gulf. 2011 could see the worst Gulf dead zone yet...
Hydraulic Fracking Basics
 
Things you might not have known about hydraulic fracking, but should know...
BP Spill - One Year Later
 
Our government has not passed one law to protect our environment from oil or gas drilling since the spill...
The WE Party Manifesto
 
This is 'our' planet and our children's future depends on this planet. Our air, our water, our land, our wildlife...all of these precious resources are collectively ours. We can no longer sit silent and let dysfunction take our planet down.
The Japanese Tsunami's Wake
 
The earthquake took place at 14:46 JST, the tsunami hit the closest land at 15:12 JST. The surge was as high as 33 feet. A catastrophe of incomprehensible magnitude.
A Tribute to Dolphin Mothers and their Calves
 
Sad events are taking place in the Gulf...
Koch Brothers' Products
 
If you have been following news about the Koch brothers, you might be curious as to which products they manufacture. It would be highly unlikely that you are not surrounded by their goods...
Midway Island Albatross
 
I know these photos by Chris Jordan have been out for a while now. But I just could not face these images until recently. It really is life changing if you do look; and learn the story behind this aberration...
DEET in our Waterways
 
The Minnesota Department of Health has placed DEET on the top spot on its list of "chemicals of emerging concern" and will conduct numerous tests this year. The main objective of the research will be to calculate a "safe" level of exposure. Although DEET has been okayed for clothes and skin (in moderation) it has never been meant for consumption. But with its increasing popularity and abundant usage it is showing up in ever greater quantities in our rivers, streams and lakes and it is only a matter of time before it shows up in our drinking water as well.
How The Average American Uses Energy
 
The average U.S. American consumes 335.9 million BTUs per year, the world per person average is 72.4 million BTUs. 48.2% of US electricity comes from coal. Only 3.7% comes from solar, wind, and geothermal. The average U.S. American uses 441 gallons of gas for their car each year... and more...
DECT Phone Safety
 
Radiation from cell phones has been getting a lot of press of late but according to the BioInitiative Report cordless phones look to be just as deadly as cell phones when it comes to brain tumors and acoustic neuromas. DECT technology originated in Europe and has since been widely introduced throughout the world. Today more than 800 million DECT systems are in use. The pulsed frequencies of the radiation used in DECT technology are in the microwave band. The ICNIRP is responsible for monitoring and creating guidelines for radiation technologies. The ICNIRP guidelines focus exclusively on high frequency radiation and thermal activity. But many scientists have been pointing out that pulsed microwaves at low frequencies are also cause for alarm.
BP Oil Spill
 
It is somewhat ironic that an extensive environmental study in the Gulf carried out by the Minerals Management Service, that counted and noted habitat preferences of cetaceans (marine mammals with a blowhole for breathing- including whales, porpoises and dolphins) encountered two species (melon-headed whales and fraser's dolphins) that were rarely seen in the area before... During the study the ship heard and saw numerous sperm whales in the vicinity of the Deepwater Horizon. There is a native population of about 1400 sperm whales that live in the Gulf of Mexico year round. And scientists say if we lose just a few of them due to this spill, it could dangerously tip their numbers into the negative. See many more photos here- of native cetaceans and the Gulf dilemma....
Is spring arriving earlier?
 
A new study out of the UK, published by the Royal Society, shows that flowers are blooming 2 to 12 days earlier than they did 25 years ago. The study used 400,000 records of first blooms, and looked at over 400 species of flowers. The research showed this pattern of early blooming to be the first in recorded history. The study also showed that a 1 degree Celsius change, over a short two year period, resulted in an earlier flowering time of five days. An earlier British study "Rapid Changes in Flowering Time in British Plants" (Fitter, 2002) showed that 385 plant species bloomed 4 and a half days earlier during the 1990s than the 4 decades prior. And yet another study out of the UK, by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology found that in 2005, species were breeding on average 11.7 days earlier than in 1976. In the U.S....
Organic vegetables start out as seed...
 
For the past year there has been an uproar in the vegetable seed business as Monsanto has purchased Seminis (a seed conglomerate that has 40% of the U.S. vegetable seed market) and De Ruiter Seeds. Monsanto is now in the vegetable seed business for the first time and it's in big time. 55 percent of store bought lettuce, 75 percent of U.S. tomatoes, and 85 percent of peppers now originate through Monsanto's fingers. If you wish to steer clear of purchasing Monsanto seed- you need to do a bit of homework, as even reputable seed companies that have signed the Safe Seed Pledge, are still selling Seminis (now Monsanto) seed. Buying seed from a seed exchange, buying open-pollinated and organic are safe ways to avoid Monsanto seed.
State of the Planet
 
Today, during the State of the Planet Conference 2010 at Columbia University, Prince Albert of Monaco, via satellite, expressed "we are at the dawn of major changes." Here in the West, as we wake up to this new day, there is much yawning and shaking away of the slumber... Letting go of 100 years of combustion, and starting a new paradigm, is an awesome challenge for developed nations who are stuck in their vision of fenced in, lawn-covered yards and oil dependent infrastructure.
Old fridge recycled- new fridge rebate...
 
On the government's Energy Star site there's a "Refrigerator Retirement Savings Calculator". I put in approximate age of fridge, size, type (side-by-side), electricity rate. Hit go. Wow, says this old fridge here in NY costs $410 a year to operate. Says the savings would be $1565 over the next five years if it were replaced by an Energy Star model which would cost a quarter less to operate; $97 a year (v $410) for a similar type fridge. Plus a $105 rebate...
 
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Atrazine
is up for reevaluation



atrazine usage



Syngenta Corp, the largest manufacturer of the weed killer Atrazine, had 11 billion in revenues in 2010. Syngenta is based in Switzerland, yet Atrazine is banned in the EU. Atrazine (a triazine herbicide) is the second most widely used herbicide in the United States after glyphosate (RoundUp). It is also readily used in Australia and Asia. The U.S. deposits 80 million pounds per year on corn fields, golf courses and lawns and the herbicide easily finds its way into streams, rivers and groundwater. Atrazine can stick around for up to 100 days in soil, but it much prefers to leach into groundwater, where it can remain for decades. Atrazine also evaporates into the air after application, in a process called volatilization drift. After drifting, it comes back into our waterways via rainfall. Atrazine has been found in rainwater more than 180 miles from the nearest application area.1


Who is responsible for checking Atrazine quantities in our drinking water?

Each chemical that makes it into our drinking water should be thoroughly assessed for toxicity. The chemical then needs to have a high end quantity determined, and then it needs to be regularly tested for. Unfortunately many times these standards and testing rates are strongly influenced by industry. Toxicity tests are performed by the manufacturer which influence the standards set by the governing autority (EPA), which most times has funding for only very basic testing and oft times those tests and testing procedures are outdated. And even if one chemical is analyzed as to toxicity, what about the synergistic affects of the myriad chemicals that find their way into our drinking water?

Atrazine's limit has been set at 3 parts per billion (ppb) - yet that is the annual average. In the U.S. under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, state regulators must test local drinking water for atrazine at least once a year, and some test a maximum of quarterly. The local water authorities are 'only' required to report data collected by the state during these infrequent tests. Since weedkiller is applied seasonally, atrazine levels jump in spring and summer. Spikes as high as 59 ppb in April have been found in groundwater.2 But a municipality might test right before a spike or after atrazine levels have receded. So, average annual reports from your local water authority often do not reflect the spring and summer spikes.

Recent testing in agricultural states in the U.S., from 20 different watersheds, found all twenty watersheds positive for atrazine. Sixteen of those watersheds had "average concentrations above the level that has been shown to harm plants and wildlife."3


Atrazine Toxicity =  Reproductive Toxicity

Many scientists say that atrazine below 3 ppb is unsafe, especially to pregnant women.  Atrazine has been associated with birth defects, low birth weights and premature births.4 A Perdue University study found that concentrations as low as .1 ppb (30 times lower than allowed by the EPA) may be associated with low birth weights.5 Another study, published in the medical journal Acta Paediatrica, found that atrazine increases the risk of nine different birth defects, and that birth defect rates in the U.S. were highest for women who conceived during months when atrazine levels were spiking.6

According to University of California, Berkeley biologists, atrazine wreaks havoc with the sex lives of adult male frogs, in studies it chemically castrated 75-90 percent of them and turns one in 10 males into females, and leaves the rest with a low sperm count, all at levels as low as .1 ppb (30x lower than the EPA standard). These results can skew a population's sex ratios into oblivion.7 Leaving many to question whether atrazine may be a cause of amphibian declines around the world.

Scientists believe the pesticide interferes with endocrine hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone. And the EPA officially considers atrazine to be a potential hormone disruptor  -- but has yet to ban it. A new study released in the fall of 2011, compared woman in Vermont and Illinois. The Illinois resident's tap water had double the concentration of atrazine than the Vermont communities’ water. The study revealed that the women from Illinois farm towns were nearly five times more likely to report irregular periods than the Vermont women, and more than six times as likely to go more than six weeks between periods. In addition, the Illinois women had significantly lower levels of estrogen during an important part of the menstrual cycle.8 Research on fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals have turned up additional alarms as well.9 So far, only Syngenta's studies show that atrazine is not an endocrine disruptor.


Can't live without it?

The EU banned atrazine in 2004 and is doing fine without it. Several countries that have a policy of banning chemicals that occur in drinking water at levels higher than 0.1 parts per billion had even banned the herbicide before that.

According to the Pesticide Action Network: "Corn yields and acreage have actually gone up in Germany and Italy since those countries banned atrazine in 1991. According to recent analysis, dropping atrazine completely from U.S. corn fields would result in yield losses of approximately 0 to 1%, much lower than industry estimates."10 Currently, 75 percent of all U.S. cornfields are treated with atrazine.









Atrazine is Syngenta's cash cow and they are fighting tooth and nail to keep it that way.

Atrazine is applied to lawns, golf courses, cauliflower, Christmas trees, summer fallow, winter wheat, guava, macadamia nuts and more than half of all U.S. corn, two-thirds of sorghum and nearly 90% of all U.S. sugar cane.



Please sign the Petitions by Nov 14 (when the EPA closes the new evaluation) -


EPA comment - no need to fill out the left side of the page.
www.regulations.gov

Center for Biological Diversity
www.action.biologicaldiversity.org

Save the Frogs
www.org2.democracyinaction.org

NRDC Biogems
www.nrdconline.org



Beware:

Scotts -- Bonus S Weed and Feed
Ortho -- Atrazine Plus
Hi-Yield -- Atrazine Lawn Weed Killer
Syngenta -- AAtrex Line




From Atrazine Weed Killer Label
ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS
This pesticide is toxic to aquatic invertebrates. Do not apply to water or wetlands. Runoff or drift from treated areas may be hazardous to aquatic organisms in neighboring areas. Do not contaminate water when dis- posing of equipment washwaters. Atrazine can travel (seep or leach) through soil and can enter groundwater which may be used as drinking water. Atrazine has been found in groundwater. Users are advised not to apply Atrazine to sand and loamy sand soils where the water table (groundwater) is close to the surface and where these soils are very permeable., i.e., well-drained. Your local agricultural agencies can provide further information on the type of soil in your area and the location of groundwater.



See PBS's The Thin Green Line -- clip here: inspirationgreen.com/frogs-the-thin-green-line -- Tyrone Hayes and his students from the University of California at Berkeley are studying how agricultural chemicals, including fertilizers and pesticides, are affecting the health of frogs.



Resources:
      1. www.healthychild.org/issues/chemical-pop/atrazine
      2. 59.57 ppb in Piqua, Ohio -- April 2005, the only time tested that year.
          www.nytimes.com
      3. www.nrdc.org
      4. www.nrdc.org
      5. ehp03.niehs.nih.gov
      6. www.reuters.com/article/2010/02/08/us-weed-killer
      7. newscenter.berkeley.edu
      8. www.environmentalhealthnews.org
      9. minnesota.publicradio.org
      10. www.panna.org/current-campaigns/atrazine
     
More Resources:

  1. Poisoning the Well: How the EPA is Ignoring Atrazine Contamination in the Central United States, a Natural Resources Defense Concil report, released August 2009.
  2. Still Poisoning the Well: Atrazine Continues to Contaminate Surface Water and Drinking Water in the United States. This is NRDC's update to its 2009 report.
  3. The Syngenta Corporation and Atrazine: The Cost to the Land, People and Democracy, a joint PANNA/Land Stewardship Project report released January 5, 2010.
    NPR interview with researcher Dr. Tyrone Hayes about his findings that atrazine "chemically castrates" male frogs. March 7, 2010.




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Cindy
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I have seven adorable grandchildren. Would hope they would live to enjoy life as we knew it as kids.
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This chemical is poison and MUST be banned!
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Time to end the madness. Won't someone think of the children?
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Chemical Fertilizer Issues
 
Chemical Fertilizers feed the world for the short term - but what about the future?
Cell Phone Radiation in Images
 
Ways to reduce the radiation...
Plastic Packaging Waste
 
Plastic packaging and other non-biodegradable disposables are the most persistent and infrequently recycled forms of waste.
Extreme Weather
 
Highly reliable global temperature measurements show the planet is warming and the water cycle (hydrological cycle) is becoming more active; creating higher rates of evaporation and precipitation. Droughts and floods are the natural consequences of warmer temperatures: droughts because it’s hotter, floods because warmer seas release more water vapor.
Dead Zones
 
This year’s heavy rainfall and flooding means excessive runoff and nitrogen input for the Gulf. 2011 could see the worst Gulf dead zone yet...
Hydraulic Fracking Basics
 
Things you might not have known about hydraulic fracking, but should know...
BP Spill - One Year Later
 
Our government has not passed one law to protect our environment from oil or gas drilling since the spill...
The WE Party Manifesto
 
This is 'our' planet and our children's future depends on this planet. Our air, our water, our land, our wildlife...all of these precious resources are collectively ours. We can no longer sit silent and let dysfunction take our planet down.
The Japanese Tsunami's Wake
 
The earthquake took place at 14:46 JST, the tsunami hit the closest land at 15:12 JST. The surge was as high as 33 feet. A catastrophe of incomprehensible magnitude.
A Tribute to Dolphin Mothers and their Calves
 
Sad events are taking place in the Gulf...
Koch Brothers' Products
 
If you have been following news about the Koch brothers, you might be curious as to which products they manufacture. It would be highly unlikely that you are not surrounded by their goods...
Midway Island Albatross
 
I know these photos by Chris Jordan have been out for a while now. But I just could not face these images until recently. It really is life changing if you do look; and learn the story behind this aberration...
DEET in our Waterways
 
The Minnesota Department of Health has placed DEET on the top spot on its list of "chemicals of emerging concern" and will conduct numerous tests this year. The main objective of the research will be to calculate a "safe" level of exposure. Although DEET has been okayed for clothes and skin (in moderation) it has never been meant for consumption. But with its increasing popularity and abundant usage it is showing up in ever greater quantities in our rivers, streams and lakes and it is only a matter of time before it shows up in our drinking water as well.
How The Average American Uses Energy
 
The average U.S. American consumes 335.9 million BTUs per year, the world per person average is 72.4 million BTUs. 48.2% of US electricity comes from coal. Only 3.7% comes from solar, wind, and geothermal. The average U.S. American uses 441 gallons of gas for their car each year... and more...
DECT Phone Safety
 
Radiation from cell phones has been getting a lot of press of late but according to the BioInitiative Report cordless phones look to be just as deadly as cell phones when it comes to brain tumors and acoustic neuromas. DECT technology originated in Europe and has since been widely introduced throughout the world. Today more than 800 million DECT systems are in use. The pulsed frequencies of the radiation used in DECT technology are in the microwave band. The ICNIRP is responsible for monitoring and creating guidelines for radiation technologies. The ICNIRP guidelines focus exclusively on high frequency radiation and thermal activity. But many scientists have been pointing out that pulsed microwaves at low frequencies are also cause for alarm.
BP Oil Spill
 
It is somewhat ironic that an extensive environmental study in the Gulf carried out by the Minerals Management Service, that counted and noted habitat preferences of cetaceans (marine mammals with a blowhole for breathing- including whales, porpoises and dolphins) encountered two species (melon-headed whales and fraser's dolphins) that were rarely seen in the area before... During the study the ship heard and saw numerous sperm whales in the vicinity of the Deepwater Horizon. There is a native population of about 1400 sperm whales that live in the Gulf of Mexico year round. And scientists say if we lose just a few of them due to this spill, it could dangerously tip their numbers into the negative. See many more photos here- of native cetaceans and the Gulf dilemma....
Is spring arriving earlier?
 
A new study out of the UK, published by the Royal Society, shows that flowers are blooming 2 to 12 days earlier than they did 25 years ago. The study used 400,000 records of first blooms, and looked at over 400 species of flowers. The research showed this pattern of early blooming to be the first in recorded history. The study also showed that a 1 degree Celsius change, over a short two year period, resulted in an earlier flowering time of five days. An earlier British study "Rapid Changes in Flowering Time in British Plants" (Fitter, 2002) showed that 385 plant species bloomed 4 and a half days earlier during the 1990s than the 4 decades prior. And yet another study out of the UK, by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology found that in 2005, species were breeding on average 11.7 days earlier than in 1976. In the U.S....
Organic vegetables start out as seed...
 
For the past year there has been an uproar in the vegetable seed business as Monsanto has purchased Seminis (a seed conglomerate that has 40% of the U.S. vegetable seed market) and De Ruiter Seeds. Monsanto is now in the vegetable seed business for the first time and it's in big time. 55 percent of store bought lettuce, 75 percent of U.S. tomatoes, and 85 percent of peppers now originate through Monsanto's fingers. If you wish to steer clear of purchasing Monsanto seed- you need to do a bit of homework, as even reputable seed companies that have signed the Safe Seed Pledge, are still selling Seminis (now Monsanto) seed. Buying seed from a seed exchange, buying open-pollinated and organic are safe ways to avoid Monsanto seed.
State of the Planet
 
Today, during the State of the Planet Conference 2010 at Columbia University, Prince Albert of Monaco, via satellite, expressed "we are at the dawn of major changes." Here in the West, as we wake up to this new day, there is much yawning and shaking away of the slumber... Letting go of 100 years of combustion, and starting a new paradigm, is an awesome challenge for developed nations who are stuck in their vision of fenced in, lawn-covered yards and oil dependent infrastructure.
Old fridge recycled- new fridge rebate...
 
On the government's Energy Star site there's a "Refrigerator Retirement Savings Calculator". I put in approximate age of fridge, size, type (side-by-side), electricity rate. Hit go. Wow, says this old fridge here in NY costs $410 a year to operate. Says the savings would be $1565 over the next five years if it were replaced by an Energy Star model which would cost a quarter less to operate; $97 a year (v $410) for a similar type fridge. Plus a $105 rebate...
 
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