California adds Monsantos glyphosate to list of chemicals known to cause cancer

June 28, 2017 by  
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Ever since the World Health Organization (WHO) deemed Monsanto’s glyphosate — a key ingredient in its Roundup weed killer — to be “ probably carcinogenic ,” the agrochemical giant has fought back with a vengeance. After California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) attempted to add glyphosate to its list of cancer-causing chemicals last year, the corporation sued the organization . Now, after rounds of legal battle, the branch of California’s Environmental Protection Agency says it will add glyphosate to a list of chemicals “ known to the state to cause cancer “ Proposition 65 , covered by California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, requires state officials to publish a list of chemicals which pose harm to human health by means of causing birth defects, cancer or other reproductive harm. It is updated at least once a year and typically includes more than 800 chemicals . As USA Today reports, businesses that sell products with banned ingredients are required to inform California consumers of the risk. As per Proposition 65, state officials were just doing their job by adding a chemical proven to cause birth defects, cancer, autism, ADHD, gluten intolerance , and a host of other ailments to the list. Fortunately, Monsanto lost its lawsuit against the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment last year. The company did file an appeal soon after, however – and this appeal’s ruling is still pending. If the company wins the appeal, Monsanto products that contain glyphosate will not require labels saying they cause cancer . Listing the ingredient as a known carcinogen under California’s Proposition 65, however, would require companies that sell the chemical in California to add warning labels to all packaging. Related: EPA official accused of killing investigation into Monsanto weedkiller Environmental groups cheered OEHHA’s decision to list glyphosate as cancer-causing. Nathan Donley, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity, said: “California’s decision makes it the national leader in protecting people from cancer-causing pesticides .” + California Proposition 65 Via Reuters , USAToday Images via Chafer Machinery , Shutterstock

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NASA unveils 6 prototypical deep space human habitats for Mars and beyond

August 10, 2016 by  
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Each habitat prototype is backed by a different private U.S. company. The six companies are Bigelow Aerospace of Las Vegas, Boeing of Pasadena, Texas, Lockheed Martin of Denver, Orbital ATK of Dulles, Virginia, Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems of Louisville, Colorado, and NanoRacks of Webster, Texas. The six habitats have the same goal: keep humans and equipment safe even in the notoriously inhospitable climes of places like Mars. However, how each habitat looks and works differs greatly from one to the next. Related: How Scott Kelly’s 340 days in space, and his twin, will help NASA plan future flights “NASA is on an ambitious expansion of human spaceflight, including the Journey to Mars, and we’re utilizing the innovation, skill and knowledge of both the government and private sectors,” said Jason Crusan, director of NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems which manages the NextSTEP program. “The next human exploration capabilities needed beyond the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion capsule are deep space, long duration habitation and in-space propulsion. We are now adding focus and specifics on the deep space habitats where humans will live and work independently for months or years at a time, without cargo supply deliveries from Earth.” Over the next two years, the six partner companies will work to develop ground prototypes and run concept studies to explore options for deep space habitats with Mars and other far-reaching destinations in mind. Each habitat will include a pressurized cabin, with complex integrated systems controlling docking functions, environmental control and life support systems (ECLSS), radiation mitigation, fire safety, and crew health capabilities. + NASA NextStep Via Gizmodo Images via NASA , Bigelow Aerospace, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, NanoRacks, Orbital ATK, and Sierra Nevada Corporation

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Utilities urge COP21 to power clean electricity

October 15, 2015 by  
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American Electric, EDF, Eletrobras, ENEL, and State Grid Corporation of China seek clear and long-term policy from Paris to spur decarbonization.

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More than hot air: Which hand dryers save energy, dry fast?

October 15, 2015 by  
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Air dryers cost and pollute less than paper towels. For the office, hotel or restaurant bathroom, here’s how top models compare on energy and hygiene.

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Modular Eco-Mobius Phone Cuts Electronic Waste With Upgradeable Guts

November 5, 2013 by  
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The new Eco-Mobius Phone is an upgradable modular phone that helps address the growing problem of electronic waste . Designed by ZTE Corporation , the Mobius phone is made up of a series of individual modules. The phone can be upgraded by swapping in new modules, which keeps waste to a minimum while allowing consumers to customize their current phone rather than buying a new phone each year . Read the rest of Modular Eco-Mobius Phone Cuts Electronic Waste With Upgradeable Guts Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: e-waste , eco design , Eco-Mobius , electronic waste , environmentally friendly phone , green design , modular phone , sustainable design , ZTE Corporation        

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Qihoo 360?s Office has Floating Cloud-Like Meeting Rooms and Spiraling Slides!

May 24, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Qihoo 360′s Office has Floating Cloud-Like Meeting Rooms and Spiraling Slides! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: David Ho , eco design , edg Corporation , flexible workspace , green design , Qihoo 360 headquarters , strawboard , sustainable bamboo flooring , sustainable design        

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Scientists Develop an Electronic Nose That Can Detect Dangerous Airborne Chemicals

August 24, 2012 by  
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The human nose is an exquisitely sensitive organ, capable of recognizing over 10,000 different smells.  Yet, when toxins are in the air, it may be best to leave the sniffing to a device that can’t suffer damage from inhalation.  Scientists from the Nano Engineered Applications, Inc ., an Innovation Economy Corporation company, have developed a prototype “electronic nose” that can detect up to eight pollutants harmful to humans. Read the rest of Scientists Develop an Electronic Nose That Can Detect Dangerous Airborne Chemicals Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: airborne , bourns college of engineering , innovation economy company , nano engineered applications inc. , nanosensor array , nanotubules , nosang myung , nose , pollutant , stephen abbott , toxin , uc riverside

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Battery Manufacturers Pledge to Nationwide Recycling

July 17, 2012 by  
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Last week, Rayovac, Panasonic, Duracell and Energizer committed to a nationwide program that seeks to improve the recycling of household batteries. Together, these four companies have launched the non-profit Corporation for Battery Recycling (CBR)…

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Nebraska Football Punts TransCanada Out Of Its Stadium

September 16, 2011 by  
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photo via tarsandsaction Please put aside your college football loyalties for one minute and give the University of Nebraska its due for standing up to TransCanada, the corporation that is trying to build the 1,700-mile long Keystone XL pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Alberta to the Gulf Coast. Today the university’s athletic department announced that it is has ended its sponsorship agreement with TransCanada after several people justifiably complained about the pipeline corporation’s advertising in the stadium. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Escaped Pet Birds Are Teaching Wild Birds to Speak English

September 15, 2011 by  
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Photo: enlewof / cc Across parts of Australia, reports have been pouring in of strange voices chattering high in the treetops — mysterious, non-sensical conversations in English. But while this phenomenon is certainly quite odd, its explanation isn’t paranormal. It turns out that escaped pet birds, namely parrots and cockatoos, have begun teaching their wild bird counterparts a bit of the language they picked up from their time in captivity — and, according to witnesses, that includes more than a few explicatives…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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