Pollutants cause huge rise in brain diseases

Juliette Jowit, environment editor Sunday August 15, 2004 The Observer The numbers of sufferers of brain diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and motor neuron disease, have soared across the West in less than 20 years, scientists have discovered. The alarming rise, which includes figures showing rates of dementia have trebled in men, has been linked to […]

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New Research on Mosquito Resistance to Insecticides

  (Beyond Pesticides, August 6, 2004) Researchers have identified that a specific point in the genetic code appears not only to control an organism’s resistance to a class of pesticides but also to significantly influence the ability of an organism to evolve such resistance at all. Identifying such specific and strong constraints on short-term evolutionary […]

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‘Data Quality’ Law is Nemesis of Regulation

  A last minute addition to an unrelated piece of legislation has created a tool for attacking the science used by federal agencies as a basis for new regulations. Industry has embraced the Data Quality Act to challenge 32 major proposals, including a successful assault on efforts to restrict the use of the herbicide atrazine […]

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New Study Finds Cinnamon Oil Effective Against Mosquitoes

  (Beyond Pesticides, July 22, 2004) A recent study published in the July 14 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that cinnamon oil is an effective way to kill mosquito larvae. Researcher Peter Shang-Tzen Chang and colleagues tested eleven compounds in cinnamon leaf oil for their ability to kill emerging larvae […]

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Integrated Pest Control Release

  Integrated Pest Management More Effective Than Conventional Pest Control, Independent of Sanitation Practices ATLANTA and BLACKSBURG, Va., July 15, 2004 – A recent study by Atlanta-based pest management company Orkin, Inc. and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) found that Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is far more effective in controlling cockroach populations […]

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EPA Rejects Recommendations For Stricter Protections On Childrens Health

  (Beyond Pesticides, July 14, 2004) EPA’s Science Advisory Board suggests that EPA protections for children from carcinogenic chemicals should apply to all carcinogens, not just those that cause genetic damage, according to a July 9, 2004 article in InsideEPA. On March 3, 2003, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft of their […]

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USGS Reports Majority of U.S. Fresh Water Contaminated with Pesticides

(Beyond Pesticides, June 9, 2004) A new nationwide study of streams and groundwater by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) finds that a majority of the nation’s fresh water sources, particularly in agricultural and urban development areas, are contaminated with low concentrations of chemicals. The USGS study found pesticides in 94 percent of all the water […]

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Concerns rise over chemicals as targets

  By Charlie Savage, Globe Staff | June 1, 2004 WASHINGTON — Homeland Security watchdogs call them “prepositioned weapons of mass destruction” for terrorists: huge tanks of concentrated deadly gases that the chemical industry stores near densely populated areas and that railroads bring through cities en route to somewhere else. The United States harbors more […]

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USGS Finds Pesticides In Nation’s Surface and Ground Water

(Beyond Pesticides, May 26, 2004) In agricultural and urban areas, the quality of our nation’s water resources has been degraded by contaminants such as pesticides, nutrients, and gasoline-related compounds, according to Water Quality in the Nation’s Streams and Aquifers-Overview of Selected Findings, 1991-2001 released earlier this month. Based on a series of 51 United States […]

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