Environment

When a widely used chemical is identified as an environmental health hazard and targeted for phase-out and elimination, among the most challenging questions for those involved with making such a chemical are: What to use instead? and Will the replacement be safe? The US Environmental Protection Agency’s report identifying alternatives to the flame retardant hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) illustrates how difficult those questions can be to answer.

  It is not surprising that Biwa salmon (image above), a subspecies of Oncorhyncus masou, do not adapt to seawater very well after having been landlocked in Lake Biwa, Japan for the last 500,000 years or so.  Researchers from Hokkaido University and Shiga Prefecture Fishery Experiment Station in Japan wanted to know what caused the salmon to…

New research published in PLOS Genetics shows that starving C. elegans (Caenorhabditis elegans) during the late larval stage of development when the worms are undergoing tissue growth and formation halts cellular activity at previously unknown checkpoints in their development. These findings show that nutrition is an important cue to signal whether or not the worms should…

Day 3 — Melting Ice Cores and You

I have definitely reached information overload, which is unfortunate because I am missing Brian Schmidt’s talk. However, of all the things I have heard and seen today, there is one talk I need to write about: Ice cores in Greenland. Dorthe Dahl-Jensen is one of the most cited scientific authors. period. That is probably why…

Not an “accident”: Jason Nolte, 31, suffers fatal work-related injury at Aurora, Colorado company

This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality. This one occurred on June 21 at a window manufacturer in Aurora, Colorado.

Solar Powers!

A nice video from Do Something News Hat Tip: Daily Kos

This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week’s Global Warming news roundup skip to bottom Confronting a New Age of Consequences Solstice Edition June 22, 2014 Chuckles, COP20+, Ocean Summit, PIDF, G77, IOREC, GreenPeace, Energiewende Bottom Line, Economics, Pricing Nature, Thermodynamics, Cook Fukushima:…

Assistant fatally burned in UCLA professor’s lab, not an obstacle in receiving NIH grants

A UCLA chemistry professor’s website announces his lab’s award of an NIH grant. I wonder if we’ll also see an announcement explaining the settlement of the criminal charges against him for the work-related death of Sheri Sangji?

As recent events demonstrate all too clearly, the Iraqi government is rubbish. Though from what I read The West had a heavy hand in installing Nouri al-Maliki so I’m by no means complaining that their troubles are all home-grown; more despairing at our ability to prop up corrupt incompetents who don’t like us (vide Afghanistan).…