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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

15 August - The View

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - MARCH 29: (L-R) Astronaun...CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - MARCH 29: (L-R) Astronaunts, Greg Chamitoff, European Space Agency, Roberto Vittori, Andrew Feustel, Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Gregory H. Johnson and Mission Specialists Michael Fincke, pose for a picture after arriving at the shuttle landing facility for the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test at Kennedy Space Spacecraft Center, on March 29, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The TCDT will culminate in a full dress rehearsal for the planned April 19th launch of Space Shuttle Endeavours final scheduled flight to the International Space Station before being retired. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
English: Arctic annual mean(1982-2009) sea sur...English: Arctic annual mean(1982-2009) sea surface temperature and September/March ice edge(1995-2009 mean).Data source:http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/data/gridded/data.noaa.oisst.v2.html (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Arctic Ice BergsArctic Ice Bergs (Photo credit: Polar Cruises)
Arctic Ocean seaports.Arctic Ocean seaports. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Arctic Sea ice concentration, biweekly norther...Arctic Sea ice concentration, biweekly northern hemispheric chart - In 2007 the Arctic Sea ice melted early, and rapidly fell to record low levels. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Three Polar bears approach the USS Honolulu, 2...Three Polar bears approach the USS Honolulu, 280 miles from the North Pole. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
NOAA Projected Arctic changes.NOAA Projected Arctic changes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This image shows the Arctic as observed by the...This image shows the Arctic as observed by the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer for EOS (AMSR-E) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite on September 16, 2007. The image shows a record sea ice minimum in the Arctic. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Arctic LandscapeArctic Landscape (Photo credit: Polar Cruises)

NASA image shows Northwest Passage open


A satellite image released by NASA last week shows a key channel that forms part of the Northwest Passage is partially free of ice.

The image, acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite, shows that more than two-thirds of the Parry Channel was ice-free on July 30. The median coverage for that date was 79 percent from 1980-2010. The Parry Channel separates Victoria Island from Melville Island in Canada's far north.

Extinction rate of North American freshwater fish could double by 2050

The most obese states in the U.S. are all in the South: Mississippi, Louisiana, West Virginia and Alabama.

Haze from Indonesian fires causing health threat in Thailand

Arctic ice melting faster than anticipated

Information taken from the CryoSat-2 probe suggests that Arctic ice is thinning 50% faster than scientists had originally predicted.
ESA's data, which was compared with NASA and submarine records, found that 900 cubic kilometres of summer ice has vanished from the Arctic ocean in the past twelve months.

For those of you in the US, please support our friends at Save Our Wild Salmon and take action to stop the "Worst Dam Bill Ever."

Not hyperbole. Here's a checklist for many of the provisions in HR 6247 for those keeping track at home:

-Eliminate funding for community groups and non-profits working on collaborative river restoration.
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What are the advantages of alternative medicine in the treatment of cancer?

"Calgary admits to chemtrailing"

The Facts on Silver

C-MERC Papers Published in EHP

The June issue of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), includes two Coastal and Marine Mercury Ecosystem Research Collaborative (C-MERC), papers synthesizing research on mercury effects and exposure from fish consumption: Karagas et al. examines the emerging research on health effects of low level exposures to methylmercury,Oken et al. looks at the complexities of providing clear, unified fish consumption advice to reduce methylmercury exposure while simultaneously balancing nutrient intake, ecologic concerns, and economic issues. The issue also includes Celia Chen's editorial,Methylmercury Effects and Exposures: Who Is at Risk?

Superfund Researchers Publish Arsenic Paper in PLoS One

Dartmouth researchers, Joshua Hamilton of the Marine Biological Laboratory and Courtney Kozul-Horvath at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, have published a paper entitled "Effects of low-dose drinking water arsenic on mouse fetal and postnatal growth and development" linking exposure to arsenic in drinking water to adverse health outcomes in pregnant and lactating mice and their offspring.

Superfund Researcher, Brian Jackson, was part of a Panel of Scientists at a Science Cafe Discussing Arsenic in Food and Water in Concord, NH

FAQ Responses Regarding Arsenic in Food Containing Organic Brown Rice Syrup

Dartmouth Researchers Publish Paper on Arsenic in Organic Brown Rice SyrupRead more...

Superfund Research Programhttp://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/supported/srp/news/index.cfm

Exposure to triclosan linked to impairment of heart and muscle activity

UC Davis Bioassay Adopted for EPA Screening Program

“Development and Applications of Integrated In Vitro and Cell-Based Bioassays,” aims to develop and validate mechanistically-based cell and in vitro bioassays to screen for specific chemicals or chemical classes in environmental and biological samples.

SRP Grantees gather, meet with ATSDR representatives

More than 100 Superfund Research Program grantees and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Research (ATSDR) scientists gathered on August 7-8 at the ATSDR campus in Atlanta, Ga. to investigate points of shared research interest and possibilities for collaboration. 
The meeting was broken into four topic areas: legacy contaminants, community engagement, fate and transport of chemicals, and emerging contaminants. 
A full meeting report will be available in the September edition of the NIEHS Environmental Factor.

 Windows of Lead Exposure Sensitivity, Attained Height, and Body Mass Index at 48 Months. Journal of PediatricsExit NIEHS Website 160:1044-1049. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2011.12.022 Exit NIEHS Website
Prioritization of Biomarker Targets in Human Umbilical Cord Blood: Identification of Proteins in Infant Blood Serving as Validated Biomarkers in Adults.Environmental Health Perspectives120:764-769. doi:10.1289/ehp.1104190 Exit NIEHS Website
Arsenic concentration and speciation in infant formulas and first foods. Pure and Applied ChemistryExit NIEHS Website 84(2):215-223. doi:10.1351/PAC-CON-11-09-17 Exit NIEHS Website
Arsenic, Organic Foods, and Brown Rice Syrup. Environmental Health Perspectives120:623-626. doi:10.1289/ehp.1104619 Exit NIEHS Website
Arsenic exposure from drinking water and dyspnoea risk in Araihazar, Bangladesh: a population-based study. European Respiratory Journal.39:1076-1083. doi:10.1183/09031936.00042611 Exit NIEHS Website

Indoor and outdoor air pollution and lung cancer in New Hampshire and Vermont.Toxicology and Environmental Chemistry94:605-615.doi:10.1080/02772248.2012.659930 Exit NIEHS Website

Another one from the archives. As we try to explain to summer guests what winter is like here.

QUOTE OF THE DAY From Patrick Hosler: "It's so good to see big name oil companies get charged out the ass for their crimes." (In response to the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) stating it wants Chevron Corp to pay a $3 billion penalty for a rig explosion that caused a 46-day fire.)

O what the 'edit' and 'delete' function keys can do..

Great before and after graphics of Enbridge's 'disappearing islands' in Douglas Channel
How Enbridge wants you to believe Douglas Channel is: wide and empty.

After coming under fire for releasing what it touted as an independent study of fracking's groundwater contamination risks that was in fact led by a director of a fracking company, the University of Texas appoints a panel to investigate -- and it's chaired by a former director of a gas company who's still receiving compensation for his service. Meanwhile, that company's fracking operations have been blamed for groundwater contamination.
Underlying data and high resolution versions at http://rainforests.mongabay.com/endangered/charts/ — Endangered animal charts (50 photos)

Check Out Texas’ New Grenade Launcher-Equipped Police Drone in Action
For the first time in the history of Texas, a local law enforcement agency will have a high tech drone with grenade-launching capabilities, night vision and 

Bioscience Education Canada welcomes you!

Fascinating ideas keep popping up all over the place, as creative minds work on possibilities for our over-populated, over-polluted world. Just think how far we could get if ALL the people who live to find reasons we can't improve over this or that dirty technology decided to look for how we CAN!

Truth News Radio Australia shared a link.
Underground News Network shared a link.
Scientists are developing wood-powered batteries made from paper waste!http://su.pr/2PnLx5

Massive snake found in Florida


Researchers in Florida have documented the biggest snake ever found in Florida. But the snake is an invader — it's not native.

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