[GRRN] [earthsystems.org News] July 26, 2000

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    ISSUE OF THE WEEK
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    Electricity Labels - Some are advocating that utility companies should inform
    consumers how they generate electricity.

    http://www.earthsystems.org/issues.html

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    POLL OF THE WEEK
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    Do you favor labeling sources of electricity?

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    HESTON'S REVENGE
    A "killer" algae that has choked parts of the Mediterranean was found last
    month for the first time in the U.S. in a San Diego-area lagoon. The
    aggressive mutant strain of Caulerpa taxifolia, a mild-mannered species
    native to some U.S. waters, evolved as a commercial aquarium plant, and the
    plant seems to enter waterways via dumped aquariums. Machines that "mow"
    other overgrown water plants can't control Caulerpa, because they break off
    pieces which clone into new plants. Potentially, any locality where there are
    sensitive coastal ecosystems and hobbyists with aquariums is at risk.

    (http://www.anstaskforce.gov/Caulerpa.htm). Science News cover story on
    invasion of Med (http://www.sciencenews.org/sn_arc98/7_4_98/bob1.htm)

    IS THAT SOIL LENT GREEN?
    According to the latest data compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency
    at its Beach Watch web site (http://www.epa.gov/ost/beaches), more than 25
    percent of the 1,891 beaches for which data are available were affected by at
    least one closure or advisory in 1999. Most of the problems were caused by
    high bacteria levels, primarily from sewage overflows or stormwater runoff.
    The Natural Resource Defense Council's annual "Testing the Waters" report,
    based on the EPA data, is due out on August 3.

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    GET THE FACTS ON YOUR STATE'S ELECTRICITY
    This Electricity Label Generator is designed to show how YOUR electricity
    is produced-and how much pollution is created in the process. Where your
    electricity comes from depends on where you live. To see the facts about
    your electricity, enter your monthly electricity bill and select your state.

    http://www.environmentaldefense.org/programs/energy/green_power/x_calculator.html

    FISH FARMING IS NO PANACEA, SAYS AUTHORITY ON OCEANS
    Dr. Rebecca Goldburg, an expert on aquaculture, otherwise known as fish
    farming, recently co-authored an article in Nature magazine on this
    increasingly important source of seafood. Dr. Goldburg explains why
    aquaculture can create its own environmental problems.

    http://www.environmentaldefense.org/programs/oceans/bginterview.html

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    FROM GRIST:

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    YANKING HIS CHENEY
    This week, GOP presidential candidate George W. Bush chose
    former Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney as his running mate, and
    enviros are already listing reasons to be wary of the new veep
    contender. Cheney earned only a 13 percent approval rating from the
    League of Conservation Voters as a House member from Wyoming from
    1978 and 1989. While in Congress, he cosponsored a bill to open up
    the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, and he voted
    against reauthorizing the Clean Water Act and requiring industries to
    publicly release information about their toxic emissions. Enviros
    also accuse Cheney of having a poor environmental record in his

    current role as chair and CEO of the Halliburton oil company.

    read it only in Grist Magazine: Muckraker, Ben White, 07.25.00

    http://www.gristmagazine.com/grist/muck/muck072500.stm

    HELL FREEZES OVER?
    In a recent preliminary ruling, the World Trade Organization upheld
    France's ban on asbestos imports from Canada, a decision that has
    some enviros and labor rights activists wondering whether the global
    trade group is becoming a little more sensitive to their issues. The
    ruling is expected to be made final by September. This is the first
    time the WTO has upheld a member nation's trade restriction designed
    to protect human health. Other WTO member nations might now use the
    ruling as a precedent to justify similar bans on imports of hazardous
    materials.

    straight to the source: New York Times, Elizabeth Olson, 07.25.00

    http://www.nytimes.com/00/07/25/news/financial/wto-asbestos.html

    NO-LOOK PASSES
    One-third of major air polluters in the U.S. have not been inspected
    in the last three years, according to a new study by the
    Environmental Working Group, which found that officials in many
    states are not enforcing federal clean air and water laws. Ohio,
    Michigan, and Texas lead the nation in failure to inspect factories
    with records of air and water violations. In 10 states, more than 40
    percent of all Clean Water Act inspections were so-called
    "reconnaissance inspections," in which inspectors were not required
    to get out of their cars.

    straight to the source: Denver Rocky Mountain News, Scripps Howard News Service, Joan Lowry, 07.24.00

    http://insidedenver.com/shns/story.cfm?pk=POLLUTION-07-24-00cat=WW

    straight to the source: Indianapolis Star, Associated Press, Nedra Pickler, 07.25.00

    http://www.starnews.com/data/wire/out/0725ap_k6o44ce009.html

    straight to the study: Environmental Working Group

    http://www.ewg.org/pub/home/reports/primesuspects/

    LL WILL AND GRACE
    The U.S. EPA is investigating why its officials ignored evidence for
    18 years that W. R. Grace and Co. used vermiculite ore tainted with
    asbestos in its building products. An EPA study in 1982, during the
    Reagan administration, found high levels of asbestos in the company's
    vermiculite, contrary to claims made by Grace, but the agency shelved
    the report and scuttled follow-up studies. As a result, Grace was
    able to largely avoid government scrutiny, and nearly 200 workers and
    residents of Libby, Mont., where Grace mined vermiculate until 1990,
    have died over the past 40 years from ailments likely caused by
    asbestos.

    straight to the source: New York Times, Michael Moss and Adrianna Appel, 07.22.00

    http://www.nytimes.com/library/national/science/072200sci-environ-asbestos.html

    straight to the source: Washington Post, Dana Hedgpeth, 07.24.00

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23646-2000Jul21.html

    THE ICE, MAN, GOETH
    The Greenland ice sheet -- which contains almost 10 percent of all
    the frozen water on the planet -- is melting at a rate of
    approximately 12 cubic miles per year, according to research by NASA
    scientists published in the journal Science. If melting continues at

    this rate, it could cause a measurable rise in sea levels, said the
    study's lead author, William Krabill. The study, the most precise
    and comprehensive of its kind to date, does not specifically mention
    global warming, but some scientists say its findings are in line with
    climate change predictions.

    straight to the source: Chicago Sun-Times, Associated Press, Paul Recer, 07.21.00

    http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/thaw21.html

    straight to the source: Washington Post, Curt Suplee, 07.21.00

    http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A15559-2000Jul20.html

    WHO WANTS TO BE A BILLIONAIRE?
    Two months after India became the second nation in the world with a
    population greater than 1 billion, Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari
    Vajpayee and other government leaders will meet tomorrow to develop a
    strategy for slowing the nation's population growth. Since the birth
    of India's symbolic billionth baby on May 11, another 3.5 million
    children have been born in the nation. India is now home to 16
    percent of the world's people, and if it continues to grow at its
    current rate, its population could surpass China's by the middle of
    this century. After the Indian government launched a mass
    sterilization program in the mid-1970s, many citizens became highly
    suspicious and fearful of contraception and sterilization, and the
    government is still trying to recover and convince people of the
    benefits of family planning programs.

    straight to the source: Nando Times, Associated Press, Krishnan Guruswamy, 07.21.00

    http://www.nandotimes.com/healthscience/story/body/0,1079,500230583-500334062-501907656-0,00.html

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