Archives for the day of: January 1, 2011

Greenwire: How EPA’s regulatory surge missed a primary target.

It was 20 years ago, just days before the election of 1990, when Democrats and Republicans banded together in an effort to solve a problem that people on both sides of the aisle saw as a stark failure of the Clean Air Act.

In the first few years after the law hit the books in 1970, U.S. EPA cracked down on airborne lead, soot and smog. Congress had also ordered EPA to figure out the risks posed by toxic contaminants, but the agency did little to stop mercury and other rare but dangerous chemicals from being released into the air.

In two decades, the agency had applied that section of the Clean Air Act to just eight substances. More . . .

London Daily Mail: ‘Climate change could give you cancer’: UN report warns of deadly pollutants from glaciers.

Melting glaciers and ice sheets are releasing cancer-causing pollutants into the air and oceans, scientists say.

The long-lasting chemicals get into the food chain and build up in people’s bodies – triggering tumours, heart disease and infertility.

The warning comes in new international study into the links between climate change and a class of man-made toxins called persistent organic pollutants. More . . .

Oklahoma City Oklahoman: Oil companies dispose of drilling mud in soil farms.

To Ben Gadd, it’s the oil and natural gas industry’s dirty little secret.Operators dump barrels of water-based drilling mud onto pasture lands, creating soil farms that Gadd worries are too hazardous for the environment.

“Most people haven’t heard of a soil farm,” Gadd said. “It’s not something you want to be a neighbor to.” He said one Love County soil farm was allowed to be established in a flood plain — a claim denied by regulators — and the operator failed to re-establish vegetation in the area. “The site is now an ecological disaster,” he said. More . . .

In this portion of my interview of Dr. Frederica Perera (professor at the Mailman School of Public Health and Director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health), she shares her five favorites (see prompts below).

(Duration 4:21)


  1. What mentor had the greatest influence on your work? 00:50
  2. What do you consider to be the best wide-audience book, article, or movie related to your field? 01:15
  3. What do you consider to be the most important academic book or article? 01:35
  4. Which of your scholarly publications would you recommend to viewers? 02:10
  5. Which activist or community organization do you most admire? 03:15

More of the Perera interview is here.

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