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“Asbestos of the Sky” – The Aviation Industry’s Darkest Coverup

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Posted on: Tuesday, January 3rd 2017
at 5:00 am Written By: Sayer Ji, Founder
copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2017

 
The aviation industry hangs its hat on air travel being “the safest way to travel.” The truth, however, is that it has harbored a dark secret since its inception: it’s poisoning its passengers and crew due to deeply flawed aircraft design, de-prioritizing safety in favor of profit.

In flight, every crew member and passenger relies on an air supply. The assumption, of course, is that this air is filtered if not fresh. Perhaps you have sensed (and promptly dismissed) that there may be quality control issues around cabin air. The problem goes further than that, however, and astoundingly, this is not by accident but by design.

What’s more concerning is the fact that the industry has known about this completely preventable health hazard for at least 40 years, but no attempts have been made to filter this cocktail of hundreds of chemicals (including organophosphates in the same category as toxic nerve agents like Sarin) out of the cabin air before travelers are forced to breath them in. Nor has the root cause of the problem — unsafe aircraft design and the deprioritization of human safety — been effectively addressed.

A history of cabin air supply
Essentially, the problem comes from the need to supply the jet airliners with warm compressed air while flying at high altitudes. In order to do so, all planes used by commercial airlines since 1963 inject the cabin with air directly from the compressors of their jet engines in what is known as ‘bleed air.’ In the 50’s, engineers designed airplanes which pulled fresh air into the cabin, but this “modification” was deemed too costly by decision-makers at the time. As a result of poor design, every breath that the crew and passengers take today, consists of a 50/50 mix of recirculated cabin air and bleed air, the latter of which can contains a wide range of synthetic chemicals, such as tricresyl phosphate (TCP or TOCP), an organophosphate which is highly neurotoxic to humans. In fact, the World Health Organisation stated in 1990 that “Because of considerable variation among individuals in sensitivity to TOCP, it is not possible to establish a safe level of exposure” and “TOCP are therefore considered major hazards to human health.”1
And so, with the exception of single aircraft — the new Boeing 787, where cabin air is taken directly from the atmosphere with electrically powered compressors — all flights today involve a high risk of exposure to these neurotoxic chemicals. When you consider there are about 100,000 flights a day (only 5% of which occur on “safe” Boeing 787’s, with at least 1 in 100 flights experiencing a major ‘fume event,’ this amounts to the health endangerment of millions of daily passengers. Entire advocacy organizations exist which are dedicated to exposing the truth about the dangers of toxic airplane air, and pressuring the industry to initiate reform.

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7 Effects of Pesticides in Foods

7 Nasty and Crazy Effects of Pesticides in Food, Exposure

October 16, 2012

When asked by a skeptical friend why you buy organic, do you find yourself tongue-tied? Was it obesity? Or thyroid problems? Why should you buy organic? There are numerous reasons to skip the mainstream supermarket food and shop at an organic grocer, but just one of those reasons revolves around the effects of pesticides.

Unfortunately, pesticides attack your body on several fronts. Keep this list handy the next time you find yourself wondering if you should buy a carton of conventional strawberries rather than organic to potentially save a few pennies. Remember that all of the following conditions will cost you much more than money; the effects of pesticides will cost you your health.

Here are 7 nasty and crazy effects of pesticides.

Effects of Pesticides – Cancer

The dreaded diagnosis of cancer has been linked in over 260 studies worldwide to agrochemicals. Worse, scientists have linked pesticides with several types of cancers, including that of the breast, prostate, brain, bone, thyroid, colon, liver, lung, and more. Some researchers from USC found that “those who lived within 500 meters of places where methyl bromide, captan and eight other organochlorine pesticides had been applied, they found, were more likely to have developed prostate cancer.”

But even indirect exposure, such as through parental use, has been found to affect children in a terrible way. A study published in Environmental Health Perspectives has linked parental use of pesticides with an increased risk of brain cancer in children. “Parental exposures may act before the child’s conception, during gestation, or after birth to increase the risk of cancer,” the study said. And when the parents are exposed to the pesticides may also play a role in the different cellular changes that lead to cancer.

Obesity and Diabetes

Because pesticides have also been linked to obesity, it’s logical that it would be connected to diabetes, in which obesity often has a role. Some researchers found a higher prevalence of obesity in the participants with high urinary concentrations of a pesticide known as 2,5-dichlorophenol (2,5-DCP). It is important to note that 2,5-DCP is one of the most widely used pesticides on the globe.

Robert Sargis, MD, PhD, revealed his recent study findings at the Endocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting, stating that agricultural fungicide created insulin resistance in fat cells. The journal Diabetes Care published in 2011 that people with excess weight and high levels of organochlorine pesticides in their bodies had greater risk of becoming diabetic.

Parkinson’s Disease

Long-term exposure to herbicides and pesticides have been associated in over 60 studies with Parkinson’s. You don’t have to be a conventional farmer to be wary of these findings. Use natural methods to keep pests and weeds out of your home and garden today.

Infertility and Birth Defects

One of the most well-known negative effects of pesticides, infertility is continuously found to be a result of exposure to these agrochemicals. Atrazine—a weed killer used in agriculture as well as on golf courses and which has been found in tap water—may be partially responsible for climbing miscarriage and infertility rates. As for men, one 2006 study pinpointed chlorpyrifos with lowering testosterone levels. This pesticide is often found in strawberry fields and apple and peach orchards.

Other researchers tested roundup on mature male rats at a concentration range between 1 and 10,000 parts per million (ppm), and found that within 1 to 48 hours of exposure, testicular cells of the mature rats were either damaged or killed.

Avoid pesticides even if you’re already pregnant. These chemicals are responsible for causing various birth defects, too. A report revealed that the top selling herbicide Roundup disrupts male hormones due to the main active ingredient – glyphosate.

Autism

Admittedly, pesticides aren’t solely to blame for autism, but they may be a hefty part of the equation. Leading scientists are attributing the condition to genes and insecticides exposed to the mother while pregnant as well as to the child in early years.  This is because many chemicals affect the neurology of bugs, inadvertently affecting the neurological function of children, too. A 2010 Harvard study blames organophosphate pesticides—found in children’s urine—to ADHD.

What is the best way to to avoid pesticide exposure and pesticides in food? Don’t use pesticides, and buy organic. Organic isn’t always easy or cheap, so keep in mind these updated dirty dozen fruits and vegetables to always buy organic (plus 15 cleaner foods you can afford to buy conventional). NASA has also suggested raising air purifying plants indoors to clear your home of indoor air pollution. Remember to remove pesticides from your home, too.

Update: Shell’s “Happy” Mood Smashed By Ice

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Shell’s “Happy” Mood Smashed By Ice

September 17, 2012

14 September 2012, 4:17 PM – Mass of sea ice forces drilling to halt, raises doubts about spill cleanup

Chukchi Sea, Alaska. (Florian Schulz / visionsofthewild.com)

Shell’s vice president of Alaska operations was quoted last Saturday as saying “Happy, happy, happy.” Then the ice showed up.

Hours after Shell began drilling in the Artic, operations were forced to shut down to accommodate a drifting 30-mile by 12-mile hunk of sea ice, moving at a rate of a mile every 30 minutes. That’s what ice does in the Arctic—it is unpredictable, unforgiving and moves in with the high winds just in time to ruin a happy day.

A week ago, the Department of the Interior approved drilling in “non-oil-bearing zones” and Shell immediately began drilling its first exploration well in the Chukchi Sea, off the coast of Northern Alaska in the early morning hours of Sunday. The drilling lasted only a few hours before the company took a “precautionary” move and disconnected the drilling rig from the seafloor anchors and temporarily moved the vessel off the well site. One wonders what would happen if such an ice mass moved in while Shell was trying to respond to a major oil spill.

The window for Shell to strike oil this season is rapidly closing as Shell is approved only until Sept. 24 for drilling into the oil-bearing zones. The company has asked for an 18-day extension but Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said that extension decisions won’t happen until after the final permits to drill deeper have been issued.

Drilling deeper this year has not been possible so far because of challenges with the Arctic Challenger, the oil spill response and containment barge, which had been undergoing retrofitting and testing in Washington State for months. Until Shell gets Coast Guard and various agency approvals of this vessel and moves it in place in the Arctic, Shell can’t drill for oil.

The Arctic Challenger left Bellingham, Washington in the middle of the night last week and hasn’t been seen since. Sea testing? On its way to the Arctic while undergoing sea testing? We don’t really know, even though the administration and Shell both promised the communities of the Arctic and the rest of us—transparency.

The latest government approvals to Shell’s ever-changing set of standards, specifically the air pollution and sea-worthiness of vessels, have been made without any public process and in some cases the official documents have only been released to the public after repeated requests. The public has yet to see Shell’s official request to extend the drilling season. That’s about as transparent as the gooey waters of an oil spill.

Earthjustice continues to represent its clients in challenging flawed and unlawful oil-spill response plans, air pollution permits and leases. Our aim remains to protect the pristine American Arctic waters from harmful industrial activities in the short term with a long-term focus of conservation based on best available science.

The implications of a failed Arctic ecosystem will affect us all through the rapid effects of climate change. And there’s nothing “happy, happy, happy” about that.

Link:  http://earthjustice.org/blog/2012-september/shell-s-happy-mood-smashed-by-ice

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Monsanto’s Roundup is Killing Human Kidney Cells

Monsanto’s Roundup is Killing Human Kidney Cells

By Anthony Gucciardi

Monsanto’s ‘biopesticide’ known as Bt is not only developing mutated insects and requiring excessive pesticide use, but new findings show that it is also killing human kidney cells — even in low doses. Amazingly, Monsanto’s superweed-breeding Roundup also has the same effect. Scientists have demonstrated in new research that the Bt pesticide, in addition to Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup, exhibit direct toxicity to human cells. The findings add to the long list of hazardous effects presented by Monsanto’s genetically modified creations.

These dangerous Bt crops currently engulf 39% of globally cultivated GMO crops, and Monsanto does not seem to be slowing down on their campaign to expand usage. Led by Gilles-Eric Séralini, a French scientist from the University of Caen, Séralini and his team are no strangers to the toxic effects of both Bt and glyphosate — the main component used in Roundup. Previously, Séralini and a group of other scientists found that Roundup is linked to infertility, killing testicular cells in rats. The report stated that within 1 to 48 hours of exposure, testicular cells of the mature rats were either damaged or killed.

At only 100 parts per million (ppm), Monsanto’s biopesticide lead to cell death. Furthermore, they found that Roundup at 57.2ppm  killed half of the cell population – 200 times below agricultural use.  This is concerning as researchers have previously detected Roundup in 41% of the 140 groundwater samples taken from Catalonia Spain that were actually above the limit of quantification. Even in very small doses, the research indicates that Roundup appears to be assaulting your biology.

It has also been divulged that Roundup is damaging other life outside of humans, shown to decrease the population of monarch butterflies by killing the very plants that the butterflies rely on for habitat and food. A 2011 study published in the journal Insect Conservation and Diversity found that increasing usage of genetically modified Roundup Ready corn and soybeans is significantly contributing to the decline in monarch butterfly populations within North America due to the destruction of milkweed. (Read more)

Perchlorate and The Post-Organic Era

Perchlorate and The Post-Organic Era | GreenMedInfo
January 17, 2012
by Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMedInfo.com

 

Perchlorate is an environmental pollutant primarily associated with releases by defense contractors, military operations and aerospace programs, as it is a key ingredient in rocket fuel. It is now found in virtually all humans tested, and it is continually making its way up the food chain through ground and drinking water, into feed and edible plants, animals products, milk and breast milk – contaminating conventional and organically grown food, alike. It is now distributed widely throughout North America, as depicted by the image below:

The Colorado River is so thoroughly contaminated with perchlorate (1.5-8 micrograms per Liter) that 90% of the lettuce consumed during the winter months in the United States produced in the Lower Colorado River region contains this powerful endocrine disruptor. (Source).

What does it do? Perchlorate has been used as a “medicine” in this country to “treat” hyperthyroidism since the 1950’s despite the fact some patients may develop aplastic anemia (bone marrow destruction) as a result. Perchlorate interferes with iodide uptake at the sodium-iodide symporter in the thyroid gland which unfortunately has a 30-fold higher affinity for perchlorate than iodide. Without adequate iodide hypothyroidism ensues. Could this pollutant have anything to do with the geometric expansion of hypothyroidism diagnoses in this country?

5 studies on perchlorate/hypothyroidism link

If it were not for the perfect fit between pharmaceutical medicine, e.g. Synthroid (levothyroxine) and pollution-caused hypothyroidism, this question might get some traction in the medical community and we could start solving the underlying problem: a military-industrial establishment that thrives on death and disease.


HAS PERCHLORATE DESTROYED THE MEANING OF ORGANIC? (Read Full Article)

EPA Announces Historic Rule to Clean or Shut Coal-Burning Power Plants

EPA Announces Historic Rule to Clean or Shut Coal-Burning Power Plants | NationofChange.

EPA Announces Historic Rule to Clean or Shut Coal-Burning Power Plants

Halimah Abdullah and Renee Schoof
McClatchy / News Report
Published: Thursday 22 December 2011
“Under the Clean Air Act, many other sources of air pollution have been cleaned up, but power plants were so important to the economy that they long had a pass.”
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Un­veil­ing a his­toric rule, the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency on Wednes­day an­nounced the first na­tional re­quire­ment for the na­tion’s coal-fired power plants to re­duce emis­sions of mer­cury, ar­senic, cyanide and other toxic pol­lu­tants.

The land­mark rul­ing took more than 20 years for EPA to fin­ish. Under the Clean Air Act, many other sources of air pol­lu­tion have been cleaned up, but power plants were so im­por­tant to the econ­omy that they long had a pass.

About 60 per­cent of the na­tion’s plants, how­ever, al­ready com­ply with the new re­quire­ment be­cause of state rules. The re­main­ing 40 per­cent are a major source of pol­lu­tion, pro­duc­ing more than half the mer­cury emis­sions in the coun­try, the EPA said. The rul­ing will re­quire coal-fired power plants to add pol­lu­tion con­trol equip­ment or close. Many plants al­ready sched­uled to close are 50 years or older.

EPA es­ti­mated that the new re­quire­ment will pre­vent as many as 11,000 deaths, 4,700 heart at­tacks and 130,000 cases of child­hood asthma each year.

“This is a great vic­tory for pub­lic health, es­pe­cially for the health of our chil­dren,” EPA Ad­min­is­tra­tor Lisa Jack­son said in an an­nounce­ment cer­e­mony at Chil­dren’s Na­tional Med­ical Cen­ter.

Mer­cury harms the ner­vous sys­tems of fe­tuses and young chil­dren, re­duc­ing their abil­ity to think and learn as they grow up. Other toxic pol­lu­tants from the plants have been linked to can­cer and other dis­eases. Soot, or par­ti­cle pol­lu­tion, can cause heart and lung dis­eases.

“The dirty, soot-spew­ing coal plant will soon be­come a relic of the past — a dirty in­dus­trial di­nosaur,” said Frank O’Don­nell, pres­i­dent of the watch­dog group Clean Air Watch. “Today’s ac­tion en­sures that the cleanup of coal-fired power plants will be the sig­na­ture clean-air achieve­ment of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

EPA es­ti­mates that it will cost com­pa­nies $9.6 bil­lion to com­ply. It said the health ben­e­fits would out­weigh that by as much as 9 to 1. It also pre­dicted a net gain in jobs — up to 46,000 short-term con­struc­tion jobs and 8,000 long-term jobs in main­te­nance and op­er­a­tion of pol­lu­tion con­trols. (Read Full Article)

More than 4,000 birds crash-land in parking lot – CBS News

More than 4,000 birds crash-land in parking lot – CBS News.

A surviving grebe huddles in the snow on Dec. 13, 2011 after thousands of the birds crash landed throughout Southern Utah on Monday night. (Lynn Chamberlain, Utah Division of Wildlife Services)

(CBS News)CEDAR CITY, Utah – Authorities were shocked to find more than 4,000 birds scattered across a local Utah Wal-Mart parking lot on Monday night.

According to CBS affiliate KUTV in Salt Lake City, Utah, witnesses claimed thousands of the creatures had crash-landed in the parking area. At least 1,500 Eared Grebes, a duck-like aquatic bird, which slammed into the pavement were dead. Fortunately, Utah Department of Wildlife Resource officials and volunteers were able to rescue up to 3,000 of the large flock.

A Utah Division of Wildlife Resources employee frees some surviving grebes on Dec. 13, 2011 at Stratton Pond in Hurricane, Utah.

(Credit: Lynn Chamberlain,Utah Division of Wildlife Services)

According to The Spectrum, officials think the birds were migrating to Mexico and decided to take a rest in the Wal-Mart parking lot, which they mistook for a large body of water since the Eared Grebes can only take off from water surfaces. Officials suspect the birds didn’t compensate for landing on the hard pavement.

They added to KUTV that a storm in the area probably lead to the birds’ confusion.

“The storm clouds over the top of the city lights made it look like a nice, flat body of water. All the conditions were right,” Teresa Griffin, of the state’s wildlife department, told The Spectrum. “So the birds landed to rest, but ended up slamming into the pavement.”

Officials said to the Salt Lake City Tribune that birds have crash landed there before, but it rarely happens and never in such large numbers.

Officials and volunteers took the survivors to nearby unfrozen bodies of water like Stratton Pond near Hurricane and Quail Lake near St. George.

Article Link:  http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57343014/more-than-4000-birds-crash-land-in-parking-lot/

Obama halts EPA air-quality regulations – Washington Times

Obama halts EPA air-quality regulations – Washington Times.

Obama halts EPA air-quality regulations

Urban Air Pollution

President Obama ordered the Environmental Protection Agency Friday to shelve proposed regulations for new air-quality standards, citing the potential impact on the weak economy.

“I have continued to underscore the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “With that in mind, and after careful consideration, I have requested” that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson “withdraw” the proposed smog standards.

In making the move, Mr. Obama is sticking with air-quality standards set in 2008 by the administration of Republican George W. Bush, which Obama administration officials have said is based on outdated science. A White House official insisted to reporters that killing the more onerous standards was not intended “to endorse the Bush administration’s judgment,” but was done because another mandatory review of the standards is set to take place in 2013, and implementing tougher rules now could create “uncertainty.”

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At Berlin’s Fabled Airport, Urban Gardening Takes Off

At legendary Tempelhof Airport, site of the Berlin Airlift and now home to one of Europe’s biggest and most unusual urban gardens, it’s sunflowers instead of planes and kale instead of kerosene.

Launched by a dozen “pioneers” in April, the Allmende Kontor plot now has about 300 people growing fruit, vegetables and flowers between the former runways of the airport, which closed nearly three years ago.

Hot peppers, chestnut saplings, cosmos and millet now reach for skies once filled with Allied jets ferrying essential supplies to West Berlin during the 1948-49 Soviet blockade at the start of the Cold War.

The Nazi-built terminal, called by star architect Norman Foster “the mother of all airports”, forms a sweeping crescent in the distance as hobby farmers of all ages and stripes tend to their crops.

Gerda Muennich, one of the organisers of Allmende Kontor, which takes its name from a mediaeval form of community gardening, says the initiative is also meant to reflect the diverse cultural makeup of the surrounding neighbourhoods.

“One of our members plans to break the Ramadan fast with a big picnic here,” the 71-year-old told AFP on a tour of the 5,000-square-metre (54,000 square-foot) garden, referring to the Muslim holy month.

Just beyond the airport fence is Neukoelln, a working class district of Germans, Arabs and Turks undergoing rapid gentrification.

The closing of Tempelhof to make way for an expanded facility on the city’s outskirts has fuelled the transformation of the surrounding area as the noise and pollution of air traffic have given way to a windswept park.

For now, the shuttered airport is an undeveloped space nearly as big as New York’s Central Park and Berliners have embraced it as a playground, cycling and rollerblading down the old runways and barbecuing on a designated meadow.

Off to one side is an old American baseball diamond with a fading scoreboard reading “Home” and “Away” where GIs used to round the bases.

Many of the city farmers fear that investors will leap on the prime real estate when their lease is up, forcing them out. Much of the site is to be landscaped to host the International Garden Show in 2017.

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