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Plague Mice Loosed: Jersey Search for Bubonic Lab Escapees PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 September 2005 12:41
Plague Mice Loosed: Jersey Search for Bubonic Lab Escapees

PEJ News - C. L. Cook - "About" two weeks ago, authorities now admit, three mice infected with the Bubonic Plague went missing from a New Jersey "bioterrorism" lab.

www.pej.org
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 September 2005 12:41
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Trouble with the Antarctic Ozone Hole? PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 September 2005 10:20

Trouble with the Antarctic Ozone Hole? NASA Graph

(The United Nation's International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is on September 16th)

Sept 14/05 ---  dani rubin, PEJ Earth Editor

I well remember in 1977 when my dear friend, Kenneth Clark, told me straight out the we were in trouble - CFC's were destroying the Earth's ozone layer. At that time it all seemed so hypothetical. 25 years later, well after they had banned CFC's, NASA (and other researchers) reported that the biggest hole, the Antarctic Hole was shrinking. Finally something was getting better - using common sense we had solved this terrifying problem! 

Hmmm....

I wish that this was the end of this "story" but we still dump a lot of CFC's and other ozone depleting junk into the upper atmosphere. As the graph clearly indicates the Antarctic Ozone Hole is still growing - and is now threatening the health and well-being of those who live in southern Australia, Argentina and Chile.

(Graph courtesy of NASA)   

Related links: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0914-02.htm ; http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,16375675%255E2703,00.html ; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozone_depletion

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 September 2005 10:20
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2005 World Summit must move towards implementing the precautionary principle PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 13 September 2005 00:57
2005 World Summit must move towards implementing the precautionary principle



The global community is living with the consequences of misapplication of the precautionary principle. Actions to prevent threats to the environment and human health have been superseded by actions to ursurp the fundamental purpose of the United Nations- to prevent the scourge of war.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2005 00:57
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ENDING GOVERNMENT REGULATION BY MANUFACTURING DOUBT PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 September 2005 01:06

RACHEL'S ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH NEWS #824 - August 18, 2005photo- An oil refinery

Part 1: ENDING GOVERNMENT REGULATION BY MANUFACTURING DOUBT

By Peter Montague

Thirty years ago, scientists began reporting birth defects and unusual homosexual behavior in wildlife, which they couldn't explain. (See Rachel's #146, #263.) By the late 1980s, Theo Colborn -- an expert on the Great Lakes -- thought she saw a pattern, and she pulled together a scientific meeting in July 1991 to discuss it. The result was the "Wingspread Statement" on hormone-disrupting chemicals which began:

"We are certain of the following:

"A large number of man-made chemicals that have been released into the environment, as well as a few natural ones, have the potential to disrupt the endocrine [hormone] system of animals, including humans.... Many wildlife populations are already affected by these compounds." (Rachel's #263)

http://www.rachel.org

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 September 2005 01:06
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Cheering the Climate Criminals II PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 02 September 2005 01:48
Cheering the Climate Criminals II

Medialens -
September 2, 2005 - Where are the leading articles or news reports highlighting the insidious efforts of big business to obstruct the rational policies on energy, transport, food production and trade that we need so urgently? Where are the news stories addressing the billions spent annually by business and the public relations industry on promoting unsustainable consumer consumption?

www.medialens.org

Last Updated on Friday, 02 September 2005 01:48
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Fallujah, Louisiana PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 September 2005 12:39

Fallujah, Louisiana

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- C. L. Cook - Night is falling again in New Orleans, and reports aired by CNN paint a desperate picture. Without water, power, and hope for immediate rescue, the people stranded in the city face another night of thirst, hunger, deprivation, and now, reportedly, marauding armed gangs, and at least one insane sniper.

www.pej.org

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 September 2005 12:39
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"The Name of This Hurricane is Global Warming" PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 September 2005 05:05
"The Name of This Hurricane is Global Warming"

Democracy Now! - Shortly after he took office, the President reneged on his campaign promise to cut emissions from power plants. He then ordered the EPA to remove all references to the damages of global warming from its website. Vice President Cheney came out with his energy plan calling for 1,900 new power plants, most of them coal. This is the fast track to climate hell. And, of course, the President withdrew us from the Kyoto Protocol, so he is really going in the opposite direction from the rest of the world, and he really is following the dictates of the fossil fuel lobby. There's no question about it.

www.democracynow.org
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 September 2005 05:05
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Cheering the Climate Criminals PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 September 2005 02:51
Cheering the Climate Criminals

Media Lens - Where were the declarations by governments of radical action on energy, trade, transport and food production? Where were the impassioned newspaper editorials? Where were the urgent television and radio debates? Nowhere. One can only conclude that our society is, quite literally, insane.

www.medialens.org
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 September 2005 02:51
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Is Human Activity Intensifying the Earth's Tropical Storms? PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 31 August 2005 18:28

Anthropogenic Effects on Tropical Cyclone Activity

Kerry Emanuel, PhD
Center for Meteorology and Physical Oceanography
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

1. Introduction

Among the more consequential effects of global climate change is the possible change in the level of activity of tropical cyclones. We are most concerned with three aspects of hurricane activity: their frequency, their intensity, and their geographical distribution. Any change in the frequency with which hurricanes strike populated land is of obvious concern. But the amount of damage increases roughly as the square of the intensity of the storms, as measured by their maximum wind speed, so in practice we are concerned more with the intense storms. If some aspect of climate variation were to lead to fewer hurricanes, but more intense ones, we might expect more losses. We would also be concerned if climate change were to cause hurricanes to be experienced in parts of the world now free from them, or to cease to be experienced in regions they now trouble. From a scientific standpoint, these issue are quite separate. The factors that control the intensity of hurricanes appear to be quite different from those that govern their frequency of occurrence, and this is reflected in the observation that some seasons produce very few but very intense storms. (The 1992 season had few storms, but it produced Hurricane Andrew.)

http://wind.mit.edu/~emanuel/anthro.html

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 August 2005 18:28
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Orleans Down the Drain, But Who's to Blame? PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 31 August 2005 01:26

Orleans Down the Drain, But Who's to Blame?

Media Channel - Danny Schechter - "You didn't hafta have been there in the past two days to be stung by what happened. Anyone who walked the streets or partied in NO, or watched Angel Heart (the movie), or walked the dusty roads along the Gulf saw an America that won't ever be again..." - Da'ud X Mohammad, New Orleans refugee

www.mediachannel.org

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 August 2005 01:26
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