Wi-Fi making kids, teachers sick?
A growing number of Canadian students and teachers are convinced wireless Internet at school is making them sick and they’re wondering why Health Canada has remained silent about the potential risks linked to Wi-Fi.
Canada’s health agency issued new advice on mobile phones Tuesday, advising parents to encourage kids under 18 to cap their cellphone use.
But Health Canada has not issued information about the possible risks associated with other wireless devices, including wireless Internet. It maintains Wi-Fi is “safe.”
In May, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) cancer arm classified all radiation emitted by wireless devices as possibly carcinogenic. (Toronto Sun)
No need to panic over cellphone use by kids, expert says
Fluoride safety debate bubbles up once again
Consumers hearing that some U.S. communities will no longer add fluoride to their drinking water, such as Florida’s Pinellas County, may wonder whether this cavity fighter is safe.
The short answer: Most health professionals say yes, as long as people don’t ingest too much of it.
Studies in the 1930s found tooth decay was less severe in areas with more fluoride in drinking water, prompting U.S. communities to add it to their water.
Yet the Obama administration is moving to lower its recommended amount in drinking water as newer research shows high levels can cause tooth and bone damage. (USA TODAY)
Health Canada issues new cellphone safety advice
OTTAWA – Parents should encourage kids under 18 to cap their cellphone use, according to new advice from Health Canada.
The national health agency issued a precautionary safety update Tuesday – a response to a recent World Health Organization study on the radiation emitted by wireless devices. QMI Agency has also done a series of stories in recent months on the safety of wireless devices.
Health Canada says people can reduce their exposure to radiation from cellphones by limiting the length of phone calls, texting and using hands-free devices. (Toronto Sun)
Wireless group opposes health disclosure ordinance
The rotten truth: Why ‘fruit sugar’ is one of the most damaging ingredients in our food
Sweet, cheap and natural — fructose sounds like the ideal ‘healthy’ sweetener.
However, the sugar, which is found naturally in fruit but is now added to many processed foods, may hide a range of deadly secrets.
Scientists are discovering that fructose appears to be linked to serious modern epidemics such as cancers, heart disease, hypertension, kidney damage and even dementia. (Daily Mail)
Check out the claims in this “Arctic ozone hole” farce – their values for a “hole” are those of a perfectly ordinary day at the equator (you remember that place, where the sun does actually irradiate earth’s surface and life thrives?). Free non-redeemable carbon credit to the first reader to calculate the annual percentage of UV received in the Arctic compared with the equator.
Arctic ozone: ‘Hole’ or just not whole?
Some scientists argue the far North’s ozone merely thinned.
This past spring, the Arctic stratosphere’s ozone layer suffered unprecedented depletion. But whether the record loss constituted a “hole” depends on which experts you consult.
In a Nature paper published online earlier this week, Gloria Manney of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and more than two dozen coauthors describe the 2011 loss as “an Arctic ozone hole.” Other renowned scientists have been weighing in — and some argue that as dramatic as this year’s thinning was, a hole it wasn’t.
Reports of a putative hole in the far North’s ozone are far from new. A quarter century ago to this day, Science News ran a story noting that “while everyone’s attention has been riveted on the atmosphere above Antarctica, a NASA researcher has discovered what he believes is another ozone cavity that forms each [winter] on the other side of the world. . . . This Arctic ozone hole is ‘not as large in magnitude, but it’s unquestionably there.’”
Since then, descriptions of the recurrent depletion of Arctic ozone have been scaled back to more of just a demonstrable thinning. There’s been little question that its triggers, however, are identical to those that seasonably eat away huge portions of Antarctica’s stratospheric ozone. (ScienceNews)
Global Warming Policy Foundation Calls On Government To Suspend Unilateral Climate Targets
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 10:59 Dr. Benny Peiser
London, 4 October – The Global Warming Policy Foundation has welcomed the promise by Chancellor George Osborne that the government will no longer be bound by unilateral targets that cut CO2 emissions in Britain faster and deeper than other countries in Europe. (GWPF)
World far off UN-backed climate change targets, Panama talks hear
THE world remains far away from meeting UN-backed goals on holding back climate change, setting the stage for major damage without more ambitious efforts to cut emissions, a new study says. (AFP)
Group Urges Research Into Aggressive Efforts to Fight Climate Change
It’s elemental: Many private wells across U.S. are contaminated with arsenic and other elements
In Nebraska, along the Platte River, it’s uranium. In Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, it’s arsenic. In California, boron. And in the Texas Panhandle, lithium. Throughout the nation, metals and other elements are tainting private drinking water wells at concentrations that pose a health concern. For one element – manganese – contamination is so widespread that water wells with excessive levels are found in all but just a few states. Arsenic, too, is a national problem, scattered in every region. In the first national effort to monitor well water for two dozen trace elements, geologists have discovered that 13 percent of untreated drinking water contains at least one element at a concentration that exceeds federal health regulations or guidelines. That rate far outpaces other contaminants, including industrial chemicals and pesticides. The most troubling finding involves the widespread contamination of private wells, which are unmonitored and unregulated. (EHN)
Note the misinformation like “terminator technology” – hybrid seeds are generally infertile or revert to base stock after one generation – either way high-productivity hybrids are not suitable for seed saving, something which has absolutely nothing to do with biotechnology. Yes, some work was done to prevent illegal use of proprietary technology (like copy protection on music, videos and/or software that people shouldn’t but do steal – the same kind of thing that built the profits used for philanthropy by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ).
Either way “Big Agro” is the only way 9 billion people are going to be adequately fed on planet Earth, something farmer’s markets and superstitions like “organics” simply can not achieve. Retro nostalgia and primitive agriculture just won’t do the job. You could harvest between the ears of every greenie on the planet but you just won’t find enough crap to grow food for the current 7 billion population without using synthetic fertilizers and higher productivity crop plants. Get over it.
Battle Escalates Against Genetically Modified Crops
By Kanya D’Almeida
WASHINGTON, Oct 1, 2011 (IPS) – Home to a fast-growing network of farmers’ markets, cooperatives and organic farms, but also the breeding ground for mammoth for-profit corporations that now hold patents to over 50 percent of the world’s seeds, the United States is weathering a battle between Big Agro and a ripening movement for food justice and security.
Conflicting ideologies about agriculture have become ground zero for this war over the production, distribution and consumption of the world’s food.
One camp – led by agro giants like Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta – define successful agriculture and hunger alleviation as the use of advanced technologies to stimulate yields of mono-crops.
The other side argues that industrial agriculture pollutes, destroys and disrupts nature by dismissing the importance of relationships necessary for any ecosystem to thrive.
At the heart of this struggle is the debate about genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which were given the green light in 1990 when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated, “(We) are not aware of any information showing that GMO foods differ from other foods in any meaningful or uniform way.” (IPS)
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- Should you care? No
- Does this indicate anything other than a cold Northern winter? No
- Is the “ozone layer” stable at any time? No (see “That ‘ozone depletion’ thing“
- Do fluctuating stratospheric ozone levels indicate “loss”? No
- Is this of any significance to humanity or the environment whatsoever? No
- Is this just another “People bad, industry bad, chemicals bad” scam from misanthropes and would-be controllers of everything? You betcha!
NASA Leads Study Of Unprecedented Arctic Ozone Loss
WASHINGTON — A NASA-led study has documented an unprecedented depletion of Earth’s protective ozone layer above the Arctic last winter and spring caused by an unusually prolonged period of extremely low temperatures in the stratosphere.
The study, published online Sunday in the journal Nature, finds the amount of ozone destroyed in the Arctic in 2011 was comparable to that seen in some years in the Antarctic, where an ozone “hole” has formed each spring since the mid 1980s. The stratospheric ozone layer, extending from about 10 to 20 miles (15 to 35 kilometers) above the surface, protects life on Earth from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
The Antarctic ozone hole forms when extremely cold conditions, common in the winter Antarctic stratosphere, trigger reactions that convert atmospheric chlorine from human-produced chemicals into forms that destroy ozone. The same ozone-loss processes occur each winter in the Arctic. However, the generally warmer stratospheric conditions there limit the area affected and the time frame during which the chemical reactions occur, resulting in far less ozone loss in most years in the Arctic than in the Antarctic. (NASA News)
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Analysis: World divided on new plan to combat global warming
A new plan to curb global warming risks becoming a battleground between rich and poor nations and could struggle to get off the ground as negotiators battle over the fate of the ailing Kyoto climate pact. (Reuters)
Climate Talks Open in Panama With Calls to Extend Kyoto Accord
Posted in Activists, Cap and tax, Climate change, Crazy carbon schemes, Dioxycarbophobia, Enviros, Green scams, IPCC, PlayStation® climatology, Propaganda, Regulation, Silly scares, UN
Ocean Acidification — a little bit less alkalinity could be a good thing
In Brief: The oceans are not acidic, and will not become acidic in the foreseeable future. Many of the fears and alarming scenarios are based on models. Many scary headlines are based on studies of extreme pH values beyond the range of anything realistic.
Incredibly, hundreds of studies show that for pH changes that we are likely to encounter in the next 100 years, there is arguably a net benefit to underwater life if the oceans became a little less alkaline. (Jo Nova)
Breast Cancer Fund Study: Science Or Class Warfare?
As I’ve noted here on Forbes, the mainstream media has a pretty amazing knack for ignoring key research when there’s a controversy. So, this summer, we’ve seen a whole series of important studies on the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) come and go with next to no coverage, even though the subject has, up until now, generated hundreds of news stories.
Oh, wait, do you think it might be because the studies found that there was no risk? Hmmh… let me think about that for a moment.
Op-Ed: The ‘current trends’ con
Obesity, like other problems, can’t be solved by hysteria
Trevor Butterworth, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
If you plan on being around in 2030, be warned: As an American, you will have a one in two chance of being obese.
This prediction comes from a report in one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals, the Lancet. The journal devoted a special issue to obesity in advance of this week’s World Health Organization meeting in New York on noncommunicable diseases, many of which can be attributable to the global surge in weight.
Of course, this is old news: A 2008 study by Johns Hopkins researchers in the journal Obesity warned that by 2030, 51.1 percent of American adults would be obese, and that if the trends behind the numbers continued, every adult American would be overweight or obese by 2048.
Why You Should Trust The FDA (And Not Dr. Oz)
If the reaction in the news media to Dr. Oz’s absurd claims about the dangers of arsenic in apple juice has been enormously heartening (essentially the media’s collective “Dr. Oz says this, but the FDA says that” narrative leaves the celebrity cardiothoracic surgeon looking like an unscrupulous and unethical quack), the disheartening part is that too many people will still choose to believe a television doctor who doesn’t know his ass from his elbow in terms of chemistry, over the massed ranks of PhD’s and toxicologists at the Food and Drug Administration.
This abysmal state of affairs was summed up by some fool on The View mouthing off about how we all should be grateful that Dr. Oz is looking out for our kids – as if the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars spent on a vast array of regulatory agencies simply didn’t occur. (Forbes)
Robots Extract Coolant From Old Refrigerators
RECYCLING refrigerators — especially those made more than 15 years ago — is a tricky job. The coolant in old appliances (now banned from newer versions) can cause serious trouble, warming the atmosphere and depleting the ozone layer.