January 28th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
The meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant nearly two years ago after the massive earthquake that led to a tsunami is believed to be the cause of a fish found near the plant recently that tested for more than 2,500 times the legal limit for radiation.
Read More:Radioactive Fish at Fukushima Could Wipeout Fishing Industry for a Decade
November 15th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Pepsi Special made its debut in Japan earlier this week. What makes the soft drink so special? It’s being promoted as a “fat-blocking” soda.
Read More:Can We Skip the Broccoli Now? Pepsi Debuts High-Fiber ‘Fat-Blocking’ Soda
January 21st, 2011 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
European health officials are now warning that the German dioxin outbreak may be worse than previously thought – extending beyond tainted eggs – and prompting some countries to take harsher action.
The dioxin scare surfaced after 3,000 tonnes (over 6,600 pounds) of an animal feed additive sold in Germany were discovered to contain trace amounts of dioxin, causing officials to ban many farms from selling eggs.
Read More:German Dioxin Scare Spreads: Countries Cracking Down
March 9th, 2009 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
Kalmar, Sweden, a city of 60,000, along with the surrounding 12 towns, adding up to a quarter of million people, is jumping off the grid, cutting oil and switching to biofuel.
City officials insist they’re not eco-freaks, just giving people the tools to make a change, saying the technological part is easy. Changing the culture is hard!
The community will rely on all sorts of eco-friendly power, such as ethanol, biogas and hydropower.
Desperate to get off oil entirely, Kalmar has wanted to kick oil since the 1970s, when oil prices shot up, average price of gas in Sweden is still over $7.50 per gallon, but the city’s new energy aspirations will put Kalmar very close to its goal of being fossil fuel free by 2030.
Kalmar’s revamped energy systems include biogas made from chicken poop and wood waste, as well as an 85% ethanol blend from Brazil, windmills, hydropower, nuclear energy and old school steam power. The switch is also expected to save the town money; The Chicago Tribune reports.
Kuzumaki, Japan is another eco-marvel. The town of 8,000 residents generates 161% of its power from clean energy, using solar panels, wind turbines, cow dung and more!
Read More:Entire Swedish Town Goes Biofuel!