December 9th, 2008 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
Coal-burning is a major source of pollution and greenhouse gases, specifically carbon dioxide and mercury, which threatens wildlife, like bald eagles and penguins. This makes coal a prime target for environmental groups.
Greenpeace, which exists in 40 countries worldwide, doesn’t like coal. In fact, just last month activists dumped 4 tons of coal in front of a Sheraton hotel in Warsaw, Poland to protest against carbon emissions. And that wasn’t the first time they’ve done it.
Previous coal drops include the home of Vice-President Dick Cheney, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Downing Street offices, the Philippines Environment Ministry and Nuon’s headquarters in Amsterdam.
So, word to the wise, don’t tick off Greenpeace! Otherwise you’ll be knee-deep in dirty black stuff.
Via The News.
Read More:Greenpeace Dumps Coal, Again
November 27th, 2008 - Gerald "Gerry" Pugliese
You hear a lot about mercury contamination in fish, specifically shark and tuna, but researchers in New York’s Catskills have uncovered alarming amounts of mercury in the blood and feathers of bald eagle chicks. And the toxin build up is happening faster than the eagles can get rid of.
This is bad for a couple reasons. Similar levels of mercury accumulation have been associated with reproductive problems in other parts of the Northeast. And since bald eagles are so sensitive to contamination, they are good barometers for the overall health of an environment.
Coal is being blamed. Coal-burning plants release mercury. And when the wind blows it eastward it ends up in lakes, rivers and streams, contaminating the fresh water fish that bald eagles feed on with methylmercury, which can lead to neurological disorders in both animals and humans.
Obviously, the peril of a national treasure is reason for concern. Especially since just last year bald eagles were removed from the federal government’s list of endangered species. These potential reproductive and neurological problems are not the best way to welcome them back.
Via The New York Times.
Read More:Bald Eagles Testing High for Mercury
January 9th, 2007 - Barbara Feiner
Yesterday’s recipe, Halibut Kabobs with California Dried Plums and Bay Leaves, originally called for swordfish, but this posed a problem.
Swordfish is one of Environmental Defense’s worst seafood choices because of mercury content and the eco-unfriendly way it’s caught.
That said, here’s a caveat on halibut: Pacific halibut is one of Environmental Defense’s eco-best choices, but Atlantic halibut makes the eco-worst list.
So, how do you know what’s safe to buy?
As a health-conscious organic consumer, please take the time to read our article, Which Fish Is Fit to Eat?—an excellent overview of environmental pollution, sustainability, mercury content and other heath risks.
And when shopping for fish, carry Environmental Defense’s “Pocket Seafood Selector” in your wallet. You can download the PDF file by clicking here.
Read More:Making Safe Fish Choices