Things Are Good: Victims of Kodaikanal Mercury Poisoning Protest Unilever

One of the worst disasters in India since the Bhopal incident, the Kodaikanal mercury poisoning continues to cause harm. Obviously this is not a good thing. What is good is that activists in the area are using every tool at their disposal to raise awareness and call for a boycott against Unilever. Key demands of ...

DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: President Barack Obama

President_Official_Portrait_HiRes.jpg Part 3 in a series, see Part 1 and Part 2. Perhaps more than any other sitting U.S. President, Barack Obama has been Commander in Chief through some of the most obvious examples of what climate change will do to America. The last few weeks alone have given us severe droughts in some areas ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Choral Interlude – O Fortuna

Who says you cannot have fun with classical choral repertoire? Singers: Anita Rywalska, Renata Drozd, Marcin Pomykała, Kamil Pękala tackle Orff, Mercury and ABBA.  :> Filed under: Music Tagged: ABBA, Mercury, O Fortuna, Orff, The DWR Friday Musical Interlude

DeSmogBlog: Dirty Energy Industry Sues EPA Over Clean Air Initiatives

smoke-stack1.jpg In a blatant insult to the millions of Americans who would breathe easier under the EPA’s air pollution controls, the dirty energy industry, along with other groups, has sued the EPA to stop regulating toxic industrial air pollution. The Center for American Progress has the story:   Two essential Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, regulations ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on what we should learn from the recent spate of Alberta oil spills. For further reading…– Stephen Hume finds that Alberta’s pipelines have spilled roughly 28 million litres of oil in thousands of leaks and ruptures just since 2006, and puts the results in perspective: (C)onsider the campaign by the B.C. Used Oil Management ...

DeSmogBlog: Shrinking Arctic Ice May Cause Mercury Poisoning

Arctic-MultiYear-Ice-1980-150×150 (1).jpg NASA has shown repeatedly that the Actic icecap is melting, and melting faster than climate models predict. This new visualization is stark and should be of obvious concern, simply because of the impact on sea levels. Now there is a potentially new threat. The process of shrinkage may cause a chemical reaction that ...

DeSmogBlog: Coal Ash Sites Posing Increasing Dangers To Water Supplies, Public Health

toxins-in-water.jpg The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) has once again put together a fantastic report regarding water contamination near coal ash disposal sites. Last year, the EIP released several reports showing that drinking water near coal ash disposal sites in states across America contained dangerous levels of heavy metals and other toxins, including arsenic. In total, ...