Monthly Archives: October 2013

Lead Waste

Biellow, David. 9 Aug 2012. Recycling Reality: Humans Set to Trash Most Elements on the Periodic Table. Scientific American Almost all lead is recycled, among the only elements on the periodic table to earn that distinction. With good reason, mind … Continue reading

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Our interlinked infrastructure is so vulnerable one piece can take the others down with it

This article by Robinson et al is a very prescient article written back in 1998, long before 9/11 and he also points out how vulnerable U.S. infrastructure is to cyberwar and cyberattacks at a time when our infrastructure wasn’t nearly … Continue reading

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Hazardous Waste Overview

To give you an idea of how much waste is generated, here are some 10+ year old stats from the Department of energy Table AF-2. WASTE FUN FACTS 1 ounce   = NOx emissions generated from 3.6 gallons of gasoline 3 … Continue reading

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Land invasive species

25% of U.S. agricultural gross national product is lost to foreign plant invaders and the costs of controlling them. Exotic species have contributed to the decline of 42 percent of U.S. endangered and threatened species. The chestnut blight fungus, which … Continue reading

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Groundwater depletion consequences

Robert. Glennon. 9 Oct 2002. The Perils of Groundwater Pumping. The excessive “mining” of our aquifers is causing environmental degradation on a potentially enormous scale. Issues in Science and Technology. National Academy of Sciences. Groundwater is more than 25 percent … Continue reading

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Aquatic Invasive species

Allegra Cangelosi. 9 Jan 2003. Blocking Invasive Aquatic Species. Federal law must be updated to stop introductions of nonnative organisms, especially by ships. Issues in science and technology. National Academy of Sciences. Examples of invasive aquatic species Voracious snakehead fish … Continue reading

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Oceans in danger: excessive fishing, pollution, bioinvasion, acidification, oil spills, eutrophication

Carl Safina, Sarah Chasis. 9 Oct 2004.  Saving the Oceans. Two major commissions have proposed far-reaching reform of ocean policy. It’s time for Congress to act. Issues in Science & Technology. National Academy of Sciences. Oceans have been suffering from … Continue reading

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Dams: last 100-200 years, make floods worse, an environmental disaster, most will soon be past their lifespan

Within the next 20 years, 85% of U.S. dams that cost taxpayers $2 trillion dollars will have outlived their average 50-year lifespan, putting lives, property, the environment, and the climate at risk unless they are repaired and upgraded.  Thousands of … Continue reading

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Alternative Energy Reading List

Why Alternative Energy can’t replace fossil fuels Book and Article list below Introduction to alternative energy reading list Scale. Oil is the densest form of energy on the planet next to uranium.  To replace the one cubic mile of oil, … Continue reading

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Déjà vu – Lessons learned from the “Peak Oil” crises of 1973 & 1979

A book review by Alice Friedemann of: Howard Bucknell III.  1981.  Energy and the National Defense.  University of Kentucky Press. About the author: Bucknell was once the director of the energy and national security project at Ohio State University.  At … Continue reading

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