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Rachel's Democracy & Health News #844 -- Collapse

Authors:

Montague, Peter

Publication Date:

March 2, 2006

Abstract:

Why Civilizations Decline Some civilizations reach their peak of power and then suddenly collapse and remain in decline or even disappear. Others thrive for thousands of years. What accounts for the difference, and what does it matter to the U.S.? Money and Medicine: Richer or Poorer, Health...

Rachel's Democracy & Health News #843: Expanding the Movement

Publication Date:

February 23, 2006

Abstract:

Health and Environmental Health: Expanding the Movement We "environmental health" activists could appeal to a larger segment of the public if we based our work on all three environments that determine human health: the natural, the built, and the social. Diane Wilson Released from Jail Diane...

Rachel's Democracy & Health News #842 -- Can Regulation Succeed?

Publication Date:

February 16, 2006

Abstract:

The story of Erin Brockovich centered around chromium pollution, and it seemed to tell of a great victory for people who had been harmed. But underneath that story lies a deeper tale of the systematic corruption of science for the purpose of undermining the U.S. system of chemical regulation...

Rachel's News #841

Publication Date:

February 9, 2006

Abstract:

Chemicals widely used in toys, cosmetics and pharmaceutical drugs can interfere with the sexual development of male rodents. In recent years, studies have began to accumulate showing similar effects on the sexual development of baby boys. Spokeswomen for the chemical industry, supported by r...

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Rachel's Democracy & Health News #839 -- The Failure of Chemical Regulation

Publication Date:

January 26, 2006

Abstract:

Rachel's summary: In 2005 the Wall Street Journal blew the whistle on the U.S. system for regulating chemicals, showing that it is based on scientific assumptions that are simply wrong, and that the system is allowing all of the nation's babies and children to be exposed to combinations of indus...

Rachel's Democracy & Health News #840 -- Mercury

Publication Date:

February 2, 2006

Abstract:

Rachel's summary: Year after year since 1953, researchers have uncovered new evidence that mercury is harming humans and other creatures -- particularly the developing brains of babies. Yet regulators have consistently argued against protecting public health because risk assessments can't prove ...

Rachel's Democracy & Health News #838: Pets and Children

Publication Date:

January 19, 2006

Abstract:

Are Children Dogs Without Fur? The super-rich are using their tax breaks to buy their dogs bottled water, organically-grown beef, fake-mink beds, braces for their teeth, and Prozac for the nerves while "Increasing numbers of young American children are showing signs of serious malnourishment...

Rachel's Democracy & Health News #836 -- A Good Year for Biotech

Publication Date:

January 5, 2006

Abstract:

2005 Was a Very Good Year for the Biotech Food Industry Many people around the world resist eating genetically modified foods (GMOs), and they still have a choice. But pollen carried on the wind is slowly contaminating much of the world's cropland with GMOs. One of these days, there won't mu...

Rachel's Democracy & Health News #834 -- Year in Review Part 1

Publication Date:

December 22, 2005

Abstract:

2005 in Review: Dark Clouds on the Technology Horizon For nanotechnology, the year 2005 started pretty well, but as the months slipped by, bad news clouded the future for this most-powerful technology. Now the industry itself is asking to be "regulated" -- perhaps because they know how well ...

Rachel's Democracy & Health News #835 -- Synthetic Biology

Publication Date:

December 29, 2005

Abstract:

A Gift of Economic Growth: A Darker Bioweapons Future In their constant search for the "next big thing" to drive economic growth, investors are now banking on a new field of science called "synthetic biology." The aim is to create entirely new forms of life, with little thought for consequences. T...
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