“The climate scientist at the centre of last year’s media storm over stolen documents received 200 abusive or threatening e-mails. In an extensive interview with Nature to mark the anniversary of the Climategate affair, Phil Jones of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, discusses the personal abuse he received, his treatment by colleagues and his regrets — or lack of them.”
NLM® Resource Update: Crude Oil and Dispersants Added to the Hazardous Substances Data Bank
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The National Library of Medicine® (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services has added crude oil and dispersant records to the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB®).
In response to the 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil spill, the HSDB development team and the HSDB Scientific Review Panel (SRP) compiled and reviewed data for crude oil, Corexit 9500, and Corexit 9527 records. Although many dispersants exist, the two selected were most widely used during recent oil clean up efforts in the United States Gulf area and are on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) list of authorized dispersants for use on the National Contingency Plan (NCP) Product Schedule.
The HSDB records include data on human health effects, animal toxicity studies, environmental fate and exposure, and hazard information.
On July 1, Chemical & Engineering News launched its first news channel. Called the Environmental SCENE, the channel provides news articles about environmental research, business, and policy, including coverage of climate change, pollution, toxic substances, energy, and sustainability. Drawing on content from the pages of C&EN, the news channel also contains its own original content, significantly expanding C&EN’s coverage of environmental research.
Readers will have free access all of the stories on the Environmental SCENE even if they do not have a subscription to C&EN.
“Near-Term Emissions Choices Could Lock In Climate Changes For Centuries to Millennia
July 16, 2010 — Choices made now about carbon dioxide emissions reductions will affect climate change impacts experienced not just over the next few decades but also in coming centuries and millennia, says a new report from the National Research Council. Because CO2 in the atmosphere is long lived, it can effectively lock the Earth and future generations into a range of impacts, some of which could become very severe.”
Its Vision: "The Global Institute of Sustainability is the hub of ASU’s sustainability initiatives. The Institute advances research, education, and business practices for an urbanizing world."
Dr. Crow writes: "With the establishment of the Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) in 2004 and the first-of-its-kind School of Sustainability three years later, ASU has positioned itself in the vanguard of interdisciplinary research on environmental, economic, and social sustainability."
"American Chemical Society’s C&EN launches news channel on environmental research – 08 Jul 2010
The American Chemical Society has announced that its weekly newsmagazine Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) has launched its first news channel – the Environmental SCENE. The channel provides a steady stream of news about environmental research, business, and policy, including coverage of climate change, pollution, toxic substances, energy and sustainability.
The Environmental SCENE appears on C&EN’s website as well as on the websites of four ACS journals – Environmental Science & Technology, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Energy & Fuels and Chemical Research in Toxicology. One of the news channel’s primary goals is to provide tailored news of interest to readers of those journals, all of which have an environmental bent. But the stories will also be of interest and be accessible to anyone with an interest in environmental research, policy, and business.
The Environmental SCENE is edited by C&EN’s Lila Guterman and Michael Torrice. Drawing on content from the pages of C&EN, the news channel also produces its own original content, significantly expanding C&EN’s coverage of environmental research. The Environmental SCENE is the first of what will be several C&EN news channels. The magazine anticipates developing channels covering news in analytical chemistry and instrumentation, medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, materials chemistry, the chemical-biology interface and other areas."
Under "Latest News" is where you’ll find the Environmental Scene RSS feed, etc.
"We are an independent company committed to providing accurate, unbiased, and timely information designed to help building-industry professionals and policy makers improve the environmental performance, and reduce the adverse impacts, of buildings."
One can sign up for alerts of news and new products.
"The Journal of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies has a new, sleek looking website for the Fall 2009 issue. The "Past Issues" are still available on the previous environment: Yale website, however, and the issues go all the way back to the spring of 2002. The journal is published twice per year, and exists in both print and online formats. Some of the features of the journal include "Bookshelf" and "Class Notes and Obituaries", available in PDF format in the past issues. The current issue, Fall 2009, has some fascinating articles, i.e. "The Problem with Plastics", which includes a list on the right side of the page of a dozen or so steps you can take to avoid toxic chemicals; "Pond Scum Prized Again as Potential Biofuel"; and "Can China Save the Amur Tiger?", which discusses the promise of "tiger recovery in the same way China committed to panda conservation 30 years ago" due to a "dramatic expansion of [tiger] habitat and population." [KMG]
Source: The Scout Report, Univ. of Wisconsin, March 26, 2010