The nonprofit Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) kicked off a new campaign last week to bring public pressure to bear on Target retail stores. The aim is to convince the company to phase out a wide range of products made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). CHEJ, a leading advocate for environmental justice and consumer health, labels PVC as "the poison plastic" because its production, use and disposal can lead to the release of chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects and other human health maladies.
A group of conservationists undertaking an underwater survey of coral reefs along Madagascar’s southwestern coast reported last week finding massive damage from coral bleaching caused by rising sea temperatures–most likely due to global warming.
<B><U>Dear EarthTalk:</U> What are so-called "debt-for-nature swaps" and how do they work?</B>
<B><U>Dear EarthTalk:</U> My grandmother was a home canner, and I’m interested in getting involved myself. Where do I learn about the benefits to my health and to the environment?</B>
<B><U>Querido DiálogoEcológico:</U> ¿Hay riesgos ambientales y de salud en el uso de esmaltes de uña?</B>
<B><U>Querido DiálogoEcológico:</U> Acabo de leer un informe que señala que el pesticida DDT, prohibido ya hace muchos años, está siendo usado en Mozambique para combatir el paludismo. La malaria mata, pero no es el retorno del DDT aún más peligroso?</B>
Environmentalists around the globe are toasting a deal announced last week in which the U.S. government has agreed to forgive $24.4 million in debt from Guatemala to free up the money for use in forest conservation efforts there. Two leading international conservation nonprofits, the Nature Conservancy and Conservation International, were instrumental in putting the "debt-for-nature" together, and each organization also provided $1 million toward Guatemalan conservation initiatives to help sweeten the deal.
Following an international plea by a coalition of 60 environmental groups concerned about the health of marine ecosystems, the Bush administration last week joined dozens of other countries in calling on the United Nations to institute an international moratorium on unregulated high seas bottom trawling. Scientists say the fishing practice is destroying some of the world’s rarest and most sensitive ocean habitats.
<B><U>Dear EarthTalk:</U> Are there any environmental or human health risks to using nail polish?</B>
<B><U>Dear EarthTalk:</U> I read a disturbing report recently that the long-banned pesticide, DDT, was being used in Mozambique to combat malaria. Malaria is a killer, but isn’t a return to DDT even scarier?</B>
<U><B>Querido DiálogoEcológico:</U> ¿Cuál es la elección más "ambientalista" con respecto a vehículos para los que necesitamos una camioneta o todoterreno? Estamos a punto de reemplazar dos camionetas viejas con una que es más eficiente en materia de combustible.</B>
<U><B>Dear EarthTalk:</U> What is the best eco-friendly vehicle choice for those of us who need a pickup or SUV? We are about to replace two older trucks with one that is more fuel-efficient.</B>
Frances Moore Lappé says her new book Democracy’s Edge (Jossey-Bass, 2006) "is about hope—not sappy, wishful thinking but hope grounded in a grasp of the root causes of spreading misery. I propose that we are in the midst of an extraordinary historical moment—one in which anti-democratic forces appear to be in ascendance while at the same time, invisible to most of us, a powerful current is stirring that may well take us to democracy’s next historical stage. I cast aside the gloomy view that Americans are hopelessly divided, left vs. right and secular vs. religious, and uncover widespread shared sentiment and common democratic innovation across these supposed barriers."