Archive for topic “weird science”

What’s the worst that could happen?

Via: @thenation

What's the worst that could happen? See below. (9:33)

Wow, I’m coming late to this party, too. This video (above) is, evidently, a couple years old and allegedly has over 7.5 million views on YouTube and inspired a book. It is, in short, the most concise and compelling argument for action on climate change I’ve seen. If you need something a bit more flesh and bone, you simply must check out the episode of PBS’ NOW from October 23, 2009 on the “catastrophic climate destabilization” in Bangladesh. Put these two videos together and the titular question is answered.

Now, ask yourself why these things are not paired together on the evening news?

NOW: Water World - The horrible future predicted in climate change forecasts has already dramatically altered life in Bangladesh. (25:35)

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Label, schmabel: your towel is not bamboo

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission announced that all those cool products you thought were made of bamboo are actually made of rayon.

To turn bamboo into a fiber, the plant must go through the same chemical process used to make rayon. The bamboo is treated with toxic chemicals that emit hazardous air pollutants, and the end result is a manufactured fabric with none of the plant’s original traits left. So, even though the label on your sheets and shirts may say bamboo, they’re actually made of rayon.Robyn Griggs Lawrence
Editor-in-Chief, Natural Home Magazine

While I am happy to see the FTC cracking down, this seems like it should have a greater penalty. I’m thinking something under the fraud statutes. Anyone else? I am a firm believer in the principle of caveat emptor, but that buyer can only be a-ware if they can adequately inform themselves of what they are buying. It is time for truth and accuracy in labeling.

A similar controversy recently erupted around the much-loved (“BPA-free”) SIGG water bottles when it was revealed that, oops, they were actually lined with trace amounts of the endocrine-disrupting chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA), heavily used in plastics manufacturing, and that this information was concealed from the public by the company’s chief executive. Even eco-geek (and dear friend) Simran Sethi did not know about the SIGG BPA fiasco. Eventually, and in large part due to Simran’s exposé, an exchange program was created and is ongoing.

These stories highlight the need for both consumer vigilance and legal action. We have a right and a need to know what we are putting in (and on, bamboo rayon manufacturers!) our bodies. So, don’t just throw in your bamboo towel! Take action! File a complaint yourself or get more information from the FTC website.

Thanks, Kim!

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Good news! Climate change isn’t your fault!

The Great Global Warming Swindle

This is a very interesting look at the “global warming” phenomena from BBC’s Channel 4. It showcases the argument that the changing climate of the Earth has almost nothing to do with mankind, an argument that you rarely hear discussed in any sort of detail in mainstream media, especially in the United States. It also delves into the political history of the issue, highlighting the comical political pairing of Margaret Thatcher with extreme leftists and the anti-humanitarian implications of the movement for the third world. It is definitely worth watching.

Thanks, Joel!

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