Thursday, December 29, 2005

Arsenic remediation update

See some more info about arsenic at:

usefulchem weblog

Also, we are entering a hyacinth root based arsenic remediation proposal for the Grainger Challenge.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Global Warming and American lobbyists

I don't really know what to make of this, but can I see a show of hands, please??: Are humans responsible for global warming or not?

Your comments appreciated, and references would be helpful...


Sunday, December 04, 2005

Toxic Pollution: our Right to Know

From OMB Watch

EPA recently announced plans to dismantle the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), our nation’s premier tool for notifying the public out about toxic pollution. The TRI annually provides communities with details about the amount of toxic chemicals released into the air, land, and water. The information enables groups and individuals to press companies to reduce their pollution, resulting in safer, healthier communities. But EPA is placing corporations ahead of community safety with enormous rollbacks in TRI reporting.

While this issue is at home rather than abroad, does it not make sense that ensuring a healthy environment in a democractic society depends on the public's right to know about pollutants in their communities? Should Chemists Without Borders take a stand on right to know about pollutants - whether in the U.S. or anywhere else?

Thanks to Peter Suber on SPARC Open Access Forum.