Category Archives: Chemicals

External costs of coal: probably over $500 billion per year in USA

Paul R. Epstein, et al. 2011. Full cost accounting for the life cycle of coal in “Ecological Economics Reviews.” Robert Costanza, Karin Limburg & Ida Kubiszewski, Eds. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 1219: 73–98. This paper tabulates a wide range of … Continue reading

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Microchips and Fab Plants: a Detailed description

I recommend reading my overview of how microchips are made before delving into the details below. Introduction to detailed overview of semiconductor manufacturing The crowning achievement of our civilization is the ability to make microchips.  It is by far the … Continue reading

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Carcinogenic Flame retardants, PBDE’s, are in your furniture, food, soda

Latest news Must read series of articles at the Chicago Tribune: June 2012: These ongoing articles at the Chicago Tribune have given Governor Jerry Brown of California the courage to ask legislators to reduce or eliminate flame retardant requirements.  That’s … Continue reading

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Mercury Nationally most mercury in all of our waterways, restriciting how much fish can be eaten in the lower 48 states, comes from coal power plants. California Gold Mining. California has gotten rid of coal plants and won’t buy electricity … Continue reading

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