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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 #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...

Net Primary Production: Original Calculations

Publication Date:

February 13, 1987

Abstract:

Describes the calculations that underlie calculations of the amount of terrestrial and global net primary productivity appropriated by humans; see document #376 and #559 in the rachel Library....

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Human Appropriation of the Products of Photosynthesis

Publication Date:

June 1, 1986

Abstract:

Calculates that humans are appropriating (in 1986) 40% of terrestrial net primary productivity, and 25% of global net primary productivity....

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 #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 #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...

Rachels Democracy & Health News #833

Publication Date:

December 15, 2005

Abstract:

{*} AP: MORE BLACKS LIVE WITH POLLUTION {*} THE 14 'MOST WANTED' CORPORATE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS OF 2005 {*} $20B IN DOUBT FOR GREAT LAKES FIX {*} WORLD HEALTH BODY LINKS ECOSYSTEM INJURY TO HUMAN HEALTH PROBLEMS {*} 'CLEAN COAL' DIRTY, GROUPS SAY...

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dhn_830_051124.htm

Authors:

Montague, Tim

Publication Date:

November 24, 2005

Abstract:

{*} CAN THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT REGAIN ITS MOXIE? {*} THE NEW FACE OF ENVIRONMENTALISM {*} CLIMATE, HEALTH RELATED...

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Alternatives to Quantitative Risk Assessment for Decision-Making (Draft 2)

Authors:

Montague, Peter

Publication Date:

July 10, 2005

Abstract:

Offers 7 criticisms of quantitative risk assessment and offers several alternative ways of gathering information for, and approaching, decisions affecting public health and the natural environment....
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