Who doesn’t love the color yellow and it’s sunny, cheerful disposition? Turns out it may be toxic. Of course, there’s no shortage of other WTF news, but this time (and in future posts) you can count on a mix of encouraging headlines to brighten up your day (or at least counteract some of the side effects of what can be downright discouraging environmental stories) topped off with a way you can take action.
Listen to this Green Divas myEARTH360 segment for the week of 2.24.14 . . .
A litle encouraging news . . .
Post-Sochi: Environmentalists Call on Olympic Committee to Consider Future Game’s Climate Impacts
A letter was sent to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday from Global Greengrants Fund asking it to change course on how it chooses future Olympic sites and to call on Russian authorities to release imprisoned environmentalists. The request comes as a final report cataloguing the extensive environmental destruction has been released, and as jailed Russian environmental activist, Yevgeny Vitishko, continues his hunger strike and is transferred to a penal colony for a three-year sentence.
“The environmental destruction caused by the Sochi Games, and the arrest and imprisonment of environmentalists who are simply trying to get the word out, is unconscionable,” said Terry Odendahl, executive director and CEO of Global Greengrants Fund. “The Olympic Charter says it is committed to ‘building a peaceful and better world by educating youth,’ and the Sochi Olympics have violated that charter.” Read the full story…
In the WTF Category . . .
As ExxonMobil’s CEO, it’s Rex Tillerson’s job to promote the hydraulic fracturing enabling the recent oil and gas boom, and fight regulatory oversight. The oil company is the biggest natural gas producer in the U.S., relying on the controversial drilling technology to extract it.
The exception is when Tillerson’s $5 million property value might be harmed. Tillerson has joined a lawsuit that cites fracking’s consequences in order to block the construction of a 160-foot water tower next to his and his wife’s Texas home.
The Wall Street Journal reports the tower would supply water to a nearby fracking site, and the plaintiffs argue the project would cause too much noise and traffic from hauling the water from the tower to the drilling site. The water tower, owned by Cross Timbers Water Supply Corporation, “will sell water to oil and gas explorers for fracing [sic] shale formations leading to traffic with heavy trucks on FM 407, creating a noise nuisance and traffic hazards,” the suit says. Read the full story….
A Rutgers University study found that polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), are ending up in the color yellow, used for clothing and paint.
This notoriously toxic chemical was banned in the 1970s. So why is it cropping up in yellow dye?
Researcher Lisa Rodunberg from Rutgers University wrote about “TSCA’s dirty loophole” on Safer Chemicals Healthy Families‘ blog this past summer. Rodunberg described how PCB’s were ending up in paints and dyes used for clothing, even though they had been banned. Rodunberg states,
“… a little known fact is that the Toxic Substances Control Act has a big loophole: PCBs are allowed in consumer products as long as their production is unintentional. Oftentimes, PCBs are by-products of chemical processes.”
Action of the Week!
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