Environment

July 6, 2012

The Greene Report is a compilation of environmental stories written by Linda Greene. This week's edition includes:

  • Help stop a coal-to-gas plant in Rockport, Indiana
  • Council of Canadians calls on provinces to ban fracking
  • NAACP joins lawsuit to defend mercury and air toxics standards
  • Navy testing, training exercises a dire threat to marine life
  • Germany to close all nuclear reactors by 2022
  • Murders of environmental activists on the rise
  • Drilling for oil in the Arctic
  • Exxon Mobil project for Rocky Mountains defeated
  • Indigenous people in Malaysian Borneo fight proposed dam
  • Toxic liquid pour into the earth poisons groundwater

Process reminiscent of '93 Brown County State Park hunt

June 30, 2012

A recent late-night walk with my border collie Zoe has transported me back to one of the darkest, dreariest days of my 30-year journalistic career. Following her gaze down a utility easement east of Bryan Park a half mile south of downtown, I saw a young whitetail deer, frozen by our presence, hauntingly backlit by a streetlight half a block to the south. Since then, I have read documents from, and stories about, the Bloomington-Monroe County Deer Task Force, which is poised to recommend that city deer be shot.

"Many an urban deer’s days may be numbered if Bloomington adopts the expected recommendations for 'lethal solutions' from its deer task force," a May 15, 2012, Bloomington Herald-Times story began. The group's report includes several such deadly solutions, among them sharpshooters baiting and plugging deer in city parks and on private property, an image that took me back to the Dec. 5, 1993, story I wrote for the H-T titled "Park hunt kills 370 deer."

June 22, 2012

The Greene Report is a compilation of environmental stories written by Linda Greene for the Alternative and WFHB Community Radio's EcoReport. This week's edition includes:

  • Threats to Indiana forests multiply
  • Big Coal running out of room for disposing coal ash
  • Vast amounts of waste from factory farms
  • Whales under threat from Japan
  • FDA rejects petition to ban bisphenol A for humans
  • Congress considers wilderness-protection bills
  • Gasoline Regulations Act attacks undermines clean air and public health
  • Planting genetically modified crops before they’re proven safe
  • Extending nuclear reactor operating licenses for up to 80 years

Read The Greene Report archive on The Bloomington Alternative.

How do 'conservatives' justify authoritarian business models?

June 14, 2012

It is doubtful that schemes to refine synthetic gas and liquids from coal will ever be economical. Indeed, only two countries have used such technology, because they were desperate for transportation fuels. And they were expelled from trading with other countries.

The first was Nazi Germany. The second was apartheid-controlled South Africa.

But that fact seems to escape those who seek giant profits by forcing unwilling consumers to buy their fuels and assume tremendous risks. That is the case in tiny Rockport, a town of a little over 2,000 people on the Ohio River in southwest Indiana. There, a Wall Street-based hedge fund called Leucadia National has developed a business.

June 10, 2012

On May 23, 2012, John Rowan, national president of Vietnam Veterans of America, sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting his “immediate assistance in staying de-regulation of Dow AgroSciences much ballyhooed 2,4-D-resistant corn seed until an environmental impact study can be conducted and its subsequent results evaluated by scientists who are not affiliated with Dow AgroScience.”

Rowan is concerned about the use of the herbicide 2,4-D on 2,4-D-resistant–corn because it constituted half the ingredients in the defoliant Agent Orange used by the U.S. during the Vietnam War and is causing serious ailments in vets and Vietnamese civilians. Agent Orange was contaminated with dioxins, the most potent synthetic class of carcinogenic chemicals known, second only to radiation in potency as a carcinogen. Although most of the dioxins were from the 2,4,5-T half of Agent Orange, 2,4-D was also contaminated.

June 8, 2012

The Greene Report is a compilation of environmental stories written by Linda Greene for the Alternative and WFHB Community Radio's EcoReport. This week's edition includes

  • Radiation released at Fukushima higher than originally reported
  • Important Canadian environmental research center to close
  • Watering your garden can be dangerous to your health
  • Mega-sprawl “village” plan near wildlife refuge defeated
  • Promising new chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Industry pays people to wear pro-coal t-shirts at EPA hearing
  • Children protest fracking near their schools
  • Stopping Shell from drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean
  • Ohio set to beat Pennsylvania at passing a bad fracking law
  • Halting uranium contamination of Navajo drinking water supplies

Read The Greene Report archive on The Bloomington Alternative.

May 28, 2012

News release 

Citizens Action Coalition 

Citizens Action Coalition joined a network of consumer and environmental organizations from the Midwest today and launched a new website to track developments at the controversial and problem-plagued Prairie State Energy Campus (PSEC) coal-fired power plant, currently under construction in southern Illinois.

The website is located at www.prairiestatecoalplant.org.

Texas studies show chemical-induced genetic changes passed on to offspring

May 27, 2012

The pernicious impact of toxic chemicals in the body, from suspected roles in autism to human response to everyday stress, can manifest themselves in future generations, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Texas (UT) and Washington State University (WSU).

Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the animal study found DNA changes wrought by a common fungicide are passed down from parents to offspring, according to a May 22, 2012, UT news release. The researchers studied how the animals respond to stress.

“The ancestral exposure of your great-grandmother alters your brain development to then respond to stress differently,” said WSU professor Michael Skinner.

May 26, 2012

The Greene Report is a compilation of environmental stories written by Linda Greene for the Alternative and WFHB Community Radio's EcoReport. This week's edition includes:

  • Mercury from coal-fired power plans ruining Indiana’s waterways
  • Sad state of recycling in Indiana
  • Military burn pits threaten the environment and troops’ health
  • KFC destroying Indonesia’s rainforest
  • Chemical industry determined to undermine HHS listing of styrene as a potential carcinogen
  • Impending risky schemes for 'dirty bombs on wheels'
  • Malaysian “Penan Peace Park” combines forest protection with socioeconomic development
  • Global climate change in mind
  • Increase in plastic waste polluting the North Pacific
  • Nanotechnology threatens firefighters

Citizens packed meetings, confronted the mayor, ran for office

May 26, 2012

On an unremarkable day in July 2009 the residents of Scottsburg and surrounding Scott County, in southern Indiana, read an unusual notice in the Scott County Journal.

The notice announced a public hearing, only 10 days away, on a request for a zoning exception and development-plan approval for Liberty Green Renewables, LLC (LGR), which wanted to construct and operate a 32-megawatt incinerator in Scottsburg to convert biomass to electricity.

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