More than 140 countries have agreed on a set of legally binding measures to curb mercury pollution, at UN talks. [Snip]The convention will regulate a range of areas, including: the supply of and trade in mercury; the use of mercury in products and industrial processes; the measures to be taken to reduce emissions from artisanal and small-scale gold mining; the measures to be taken to reduce emissions from power plants and metals production facilities. Ahead of the five-day meeting, the UN Environment Programme (Unep) published a report warning that developing nations were facing growing health and environmental risks from
Comments: No specific mention of toxic curly bulbs.
I agree with other posters. CFL´s are a danger to humans and, especially, to the environment. There is no outlet for disposing of them. State and local governments seem to have no plan except possibly a once-a-year toxic waste pick-up.
And do you think most people even realize that these bulbs are dangerous? No, they´re just throwing them in the trash.
I was in a waiting room in a hospital when I saw a janitor changing out florescent light rods. I asked him how they disposed of them since they´re toxic and nobody from Waste Management has ever told us what to do with them. His response? "It´s okay to throw some of them in the trash. Just not a lot." He basically admitted that he was about to throw those rods in the regular bin. He didn´t know of any other way to dispose of them. I had thought a hospital would have a contract or something and I could get a lead on what I should do with mine.
They will cause pollution. They will cause illness. Our government has made no preparations for dealing with spent ones. Why in Sam´s Hill are we making them one of very few options?
Those flu vaccines the National Government has been pushing contain mercury, as well as the vaccinations that small children receive in multiple doses. Any word on curbing the damage this mercury does?
LOL, #7 - the IOM came out this past week and claimed that the mercury in flu vaccines is the "safe" kind, because they knew that this ruling was coming down. Earth to IOM: mercury is an element; there is no "safe" kind.
My father had a flask of mercury in the basement. When we went gold-panning on weekends, my sister and I often found mercury with the gold. It was fun to play with. Yesterday I asked my wife for a thermometer. She came up with a digital one that requires a battery. I think the battery was dead. Thermometers with mercury do not need batteries. I am not dead either, and I expect to live into my 90s
A moonwalking Shetland pony that shot to fame after being seen by millions in a TV advert for a mobile network is set to return to our screens. The video of Socks dancing to the tune of Fleetwood Mac´s 1988 hit Everywhere became an internet hit earlier this year, with more than seven million people viewing it on YouTube. It has now been announced that Socks has been called back to star in a second commercial for the mobile phone network Three, again set on the windswept beaches of Shetland. [Snip] Socks will be kitted out in a Fair Isle
A British soldier was set upon by Muslim converts like a butchers "attacking a joint of meat" as they tried to hack off his head, the Old Bailey heard. Footage of the moment two men allegedly ran down drummer Lee Rigby before attacking him with a cleaver and knives was shown to the jury in his murder trial. The CCTV clip showed the car, allegedly driven by Michael Adebolajo swerve across a road and hit the 25-year-old from behind as he crossed the road. Mr Rigby was knocked unconscious by the collision and his motionless body was then attacked by
Liquidators escorted by police are evicting staff from a public TV station in the Spanish city of Valencia, after an order to shut it down. They moved in after staff at the loss-making station defied the closure order by the regional government and continued broadcasting. Valencia´s government took the decision to close RTVV after losing a court battle to cut staff by more than half. Valencia´s government is run by the conservative Popular Party, which is in power nationally in Spain under Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. In Greece, the conservative-led coalition government shut down the national broadcaster ERT on grounds
Eyewitnesses said trouble flared up when staff told him was only allowed to buy one of each product. He was escorted from the store by security guards and was finally restrained by five members of staff--with one employee suffering a cut face. One witness said: ´He was being told by staff at Asda that he wasn´t allowed to buy two TVs. ´Security then escorted him and he was arguing and filming them on his mobile phone when it was knocked out of his hand. ´He ended up being carted off handcuffed in a police car but it was the security
A man has been stabbed in Virginia, a shoplifter has been shot by cops in Chicago and brawls have broken out across the nation as shoppers clash in a scramble for the best Black Friday bargains. [Snip] In one of the most violent incidents yet, a police officer responded to the scene of a shoplifting at a Kohl´s store in Romeoville, Illinois just after 10pm on Thursday to see the alleged thief dragging another officer along with his car. The responding officer shot the driver to stop him. Police Chief Mark Turvey said at a news conference that the injured
One of the country’s leading judges yesterday compared the behaviour of the European Court of Human Rights to the methods of Communist East Germany. The human rights judges in Strasbourg say they are democratic but in reality they dictate the law, just like the communist bosses did, said Supreme Court Judge Lord Sumption. In a sweeping attack on the way the court has been run, he said it was contributing to a ‘mundane and insidious’ decline of parliamentary powers and accused it of an Orwellian attempt to corrupt democracy. [Snip] In a speech delivered in Malaysia and published in London
His wife may be behind the nation´s biggest healthy-eating campaign, but even the president is allowed one day off a year. President Barack Obama is celebrating Thanksgiving with a quiet family dinner at the White House - where he will be feasting on a choice of nine pies. The first family will have a choice of huckleberry pie, pecan pie, chocolate cream pie, sweet potato pie, peach pie, apple pie, pumpkin pie, banana cream pie or coconut cream pie, The Hill reported. The selection offers three more pies than last year. Savory dishes on the menu include turkey, honey-baked ham, cornbread stuffing, oyster
Little Hunter Alford needs chemotherapy to treat the rare and deadly cancer he was born with but has lost his health insurance under an administrative blunder seemingly caused by Obamacare. While the president´s signature policy promised that no one with a pre-existing condition would not be covered, the Affordable Care Act has seemingly caused the seven-year-old Gainesville, Texas, boy to face an agonizing wait for treatment as his parents battle to get him back on his insurance plan. ´Why would you cancel a kid?´ asked his mother Krista Alford. ´I really want to send Obama and all of them pictures
A Malian man who escaped from prison in Niger where he was serving a sentence for killing four Saudi tourists, and allegedly assassinated a US diplomat has been recaptured, officials say. French soldiers arrested Alhassane Ould Mohamed, also known as "Cheibani", in northern Mali on Tuesday. He was among 22 prisoners who escaped from jail in June during an attack by suspected Islamist militants. [Snip] It said he was wanted for the murder of US diplomat William Bultemeier who was shot in Niger´s capital, Niamey, as he left a restaurant with colleagues in December 2000. A reward of $20,000 (£12,235)
A plan has been hatched to destroy Syria´s chemical weapons at sea using US Navy auxiliary vessel MV Cape Ray. Industry sources told BBC Newsnight the plan will put a mobile destruction plant aboard that uses water to dilute the chemicals to safer levels. [Snip] Albania and other countries rumoured to be the destination for the chemicals have insisted they will not take them, despite the international community agreeing that disposal was one of the most urgent security problems in the world. The process planned for on board MV Cape Ray--called hydrolysis--will produce an estimated 7.7m litres of effluent. The
At least seven people were killed in an earthquake in Iran on Thursday near the city of Bushehr, where the country´s sole nuclear power plant is situated, state news agency IRNA reported. The earthquake, which had a magnitude of 5.6, struck about 40 miles (60 km) northeast of Bushehr on the Gulf coast, according to US Geological Survey data. No damage to the nuclear plant was reported. IRNA said seven people had died, and quoted the governor of Bushehr saying there was "total calm" in the area. Relief teams had been sent to the affected towns and villages, he said.
A young Royal Marine officer likened to Lawrence of Arabia for immersing himself in an Afghan police unit to live and fight alongside them has received one of the highest awards for gallantry. Capt Owen Davis learnt fluent Pashto, grew a long beard and bonded with his Afghan militiamen comrades in Helmand over poetry and cricket. He fought alongside them almost daily against local Taliban insurgents and was nearly killed when a grenade landed at his feet during the storming of one compound. The 25-year-old from Swansea received a Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, second only to a Victoria Cross, for his
Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin are starting to sour on the new pope. In response to Pope Francis’ first Apostolic Exhortation, in which the pontiff denounced “trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world,” these two paragons of the far right – both of whom regularly invoke the teachings of Jesus to bolster their own political views – have suddenly turned their backs on the man whose actual job description is to speak for Jesus. Sarah Palin complained that Pope Francis sounded “kind
President Obama requested Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu take a “breather” from his harsh criticism of the U.S. strategy regarding Iran during a call betwee the two leaders, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. The request came as the administration girds up for a push in the next six months to reach a final settlement on Iran´s nuclear program. The president reportedly urged Netanyahu to tone down his rhetoric for the sake of diplomacy and urged him to dispatch officials to Washington who could help negotiate a resolution agreeable to both countries. The president called Netanyahu last Sunday, promising to
In 1947, Sen. Harley Kilgore (D-W.Va.) condemned a proposed constitutional amendment that would restrict presidents to two terms. “The executive’s effectiveness will be seriously impaired,” Kilgore argued on the Senate floor, “ as no one will obey and respect him if he knows that the executive cannot run again.” I’ve been thinking about Kilgore’s comments as I watch President Obama, whose approval rating has dipped to 37?percent in CBS News polling — the lowest ever for him — during the troubled rollout of his health-care reform. Many of Obama’s fellow Democrats have distanced themselves from the reform and from the president.
Cher told her fans on Wednesday that she does not celebrate Thanksgiving. In fact, she appears to deplore the American holiday, calling in the “beginning of a great crime.” Cher said that the American settlers were guilty of taking land from native Americans who had no concept of property ownership and also intentionally infected them with smallpox. “You don’t celebrate the holiday I thought?” a fan asked Cher. “I DON’T,” Cher replied emphatically. She said that, to her, Thanksgiving is a day to see family, eat food together and watch a movie. “Not 2 celebrate the beginning of a GREAT Crime.” When asked
For all the gnashing of teeth over the lack of comity and civility in Washington, the real problem is not etiquette but the breakdown of political norms, legislative and constitutional. Such as the one just spectacularly blown up in the Senate. To get three judges onto a coveted circuit court, frustrated Democrats abolished the filibuster for executive appointments and (non-Supreme Court) judicial nominations. The problem is not the change itself. It’s fine that a president staffing his administration should need 51 votes rather than 60. Doing so for judicial appointments, which are for life, is a bit dicier. Nonetheless, for
President Obama's weekly remarks: Hi, everybody. On behalf of all the Obamas — Michelle, Malia, Sasha, Bo, and the newest member of our family, Sunny — I want to wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. We’ll be spending today just like many of you — sitting down with family and friends to eat some good food, tell stories, watch a little football and. most importantly, count our blessings. And as Americans, we have so much to be thankful for.
Four more years. 10 trillion more dollars in debt. And by the end of it, we’ll have a nuclear war in the Middle East and mandates forcing you to buy everything from electric cars to Michelle Obama’s trademark Soy and Asphalt pie. The motives behind the Washington Post op-ed argument are… revealing. I watch President Obama, whose approval rating has dipped to 37?percent in CBS News polling — the lowest ever for him — during the troubled rollout of his health-care reform. Many of Obama’s fellow Democrats have distanced themselves from the reform and from the president. Even former president Bill Clinton
LEE COUNTY - The Lee County Sheriff´s Office has arrested a juvenile in connection with two random attacks reported in Lee County. Traveshia Blanks, of Fort Myers, is charged with two counts of battery on a person 65 years of age or older. On Tuesday around 3:50 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a group of people who randomly attacked an unsuspecting victim (Snip)We talked to students from nearby Cypress Lake High School who didn´t seem to think the teens did anything wrong. "I´m not gonna say it´s not right and it´s not fun, because it is fun," said
One day after a new poll showed that only a minority of Americans trust President Barack Obama, the president told an audience that his policies are based on kindness. “Kindness covers all of my political beliefs,” Obama told his audience of wealthy investors, high-tech donors, journalists and fellow Democrats Tuesday, only two months after he slashed at GOP legislators, calling them arsonists, nuclear blackmailers, economic wreckers, hostage-takers, obsessives and irresponsible extremists. “When I think about what I’m fighting for, what gets me up every single day, [kindness] captures it just about as much as anything,” he told his audience at the DreamWorks
For Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, enough was enough. The Senate´s top Republican had watched a Tea Party-driven government shutdown sink the GOP´s already-weak brand and jeopardize McConnell´s own chances of ever becoming majority leader. The solution, he concluded, was that the party´s so-called Establishment had to start fighting back against its most conservative wing. McConnell, an ardent Obamacare opponent, and other Republican pragmatists in Congress, supported the conservatives´ mission to defund Obamacare during budget negotiations, which led to the 16-day shutdown. But the pragmatists also accepted that their odds of success were virtually nil. Democrats ruled the Senate and White House, those
Progressive talk radio needs a savior. Just a few dozen stations now carry liberal talkers, as key affiliates in cities with active left-wing politics are falling like dominoes, going dark or switching formats. Detroit’s progressive outlet shut down in January, along with Seattle’s liberal talk station, which changed to sports. And after last year’s election, Portland’s progressive talk station ended its political programming. With the political battlegrounds of 2014 and 2016 on the horizon, reducing the whopping imbalance between conservative radio, with its huge fan base, and the left has become more important than ever, according to those in
When 200 of CGI Federal´s top managers gathered at the luxurious Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in southwestern Pennsylvania on a brisk day in early November 2009, they found time for business - and high jinks. CGI Federal and its parent company, CGI, do behind-the-scenes work, often with "Top Secret" clearance, for hundreds of American and foreign government agencies - from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and State Department to the Kyrgyzstan Border Service and World Anti-Doping Agency. But the questions swirling around the company go beyond how it mangled the showpiece reform of Obama´s presidency. Some investors and analysts are expressing concerns