Perc in your dry cleaned sweater?
Perchloroethylene (also called tetrachloroethylene, PCE or PERC) is a common dry cleaning solvent. It is also used in textile processing and degreasing. Exposure to this chemical is associated with a host of adverse effects. So we were struck by a recent study that shows PERC residues buildi…Continue reading the post titled Perc in your dry cleaned sweater?
Orgaworld wins organic waste odour appeal
Orgaworld Canada, a composting company, has won a hard-fought appeal for permission to compost disputed wastes at its Ottawa facility, despite MOE fears about potential odours. The disputed wastes include pet faeces, urine, and organic waste in plastic bags. In rejecting the Ministry of the …Continue reading the post titled Orgaworld wins organic waste odour appeal
Speech from the Throne
Environmental issues were not top of mind in yesterday’s Speech from the Throne by Ontario’s minority government. In fact, the word “environment” is mentioned only once:Continue reading the post titled Speech from the Throne
Thinking about the Occupy question
I agree that municipalities should be permitted to enforce their “no camping” bylaws in city parks. But I also agree with the Occupiers that undue social inequalities are harmful, for the environment and for society as a whole. Richard Wilkinson has done some excellent research o…Continue reading the post titled Thinking about the Occupy question
Cycling, accidents, and responsibility
A great deal of responsibility is placed on cyclists to watch out for their own safety. Under the Highway Traffic Act, a bicycle is a vehicle and has the same rights and responsibilities as other road users and the driver of a bicycle must be as conscientious as the driver of a car. The Courts...Continue reading the post titled Cycling, accidents, and responsibility
Congratulations to the Hamilton Spectator
Congratulations to the Hamilton Spectator for their investigative journalism on hazardous waste and contaminated sites: Toxic Past and Present. Why are there so many abandoned contaminated sites?Continue reading the post titled Congratulations to the Hamilton Spectator
CO2/ GHG emissions getting worse, faster
The increase is larger than the worst-case scenario expected by United Nations scientists when the 2008 IPCC report was issued.Continue reading the post titled CO2/ GHG emissions getting worse, faster
11/11/11. Remembrance Day. Remember how lucky we are, and why, especially at 11 AM today. And as for the environmental impact of war, see Wikipedia, Lenntech, Sierra Club, Canadian Medical Association Journal, and Iraq war environmental impact assessment.Continue reading the post titled Remembrance Day
Chemicals in dry cleaned clothes
"So the sweater I get back from my dry cleaner - is it safe to put on?
Georgetown chemistry professor Paul Roepe: I don’t do it."
Lead from airplanes still widespread
In 2003, Friends of the Earth petitioned the US EPAto get lead out of aviation gasoline. While there had been much discussion about taking lead out of racing vehicle gasoline, aviation gasoline actually releases much more lead into the environment than racing.Continue reading the post titled Lead from airplanes still widespread