The Environmental Protection Agency, which has authority to ban toxic substances under the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976, was petitioned by the Center for Biological Diversity to ban traditional hunting ammunition, which contains lead as a toxic substance. Another petitioner, the American Bird Conservancy, had noted in its petition that annually 10 to 20 million animals died each year from lead poisoning, either by being shot or by being eaten by another animal after having been shot. Other petitioners included Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and Project Gutpile.
The fortunes of the theory of manmade global warming have fallen on such hard times in the past year that even Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the U.S. Senate’s leading Republican-in-Name-Only (RINO), had to concede in May of this year that cap-and-trade was dead—for the time being, anyway. And while the national embarrassment associated with former Vice President Al Gore’s apocalyptic perorations is not likely to end any time soon, even the self-anointed Prophet of Doom is apparently only able to find an audience for his environmental jeremiads “Down Under” in the battle for the parliament of Australia.
The track record of the United Nations' efforts pressuring for carbon credit “cap and trade” schemes has been very clear the past few years. Efforts by the UN secretary general to pressure the U.S. Senate to adopt “cap and trade”�legislation in the weeks leading up to the failed conference in Copenhagen last December provides but one example of an ongoing strategy.
A huge ice island is floating free in Arctic waters after splitting from the Petermann Glacier in northwest Greenland. University of Delaware researcher Andreas Muenchow announced the calving took place in the early morning of August 5 and amounts to the largest ice chunk lost in the Arctic since 1962. It measures 100 square miles and 625 feet thick. The National Ice Center provides a satellite image and map here.