Dubbed "Frankenfish" by Alaska Senator Mark Begich, AquaBounty Technologies' salmon are poised to become the first genetically-engineered (GE) animals to enter the U.S. food supply. Though the FDA has declared these fish, marketed under the name AquAdvantage, to be safe, Consumers Union senior scientist Michael Hansen has called the science used to justify the FDA's decision "sloppy," "misleading," and "woefully inadequate."
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.
Obama Administration officials have this week announced new estimates of total oil leaked from the BP offshore well, capped on July 15, fewer than three months after an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig claimed the lives of 11 employees.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its new “State of the Climate 2009” report on July 28, claiming that evidence for global warming is “unmistakable” and that it’s happening because of greenhouse gases. But critics are already poking holes in the alarmist arguments as the press jumps on the story.
There now is an oil leak in the northern part of the United States about which to worry — in Battle Creek, Michigan. Although there were reports that some residents complained of an “oil smell” as early as Sunday, July 25, officials are stating that it was Monday, the following day, when oil burst from a 30” underground pipeline.
According to British Petroleum, safety is always top priority. That's what BP Spokesman Robert Wine told CNN for a report on the Deepwater Horizon explosion for June 9. The statement echoed company policy officially described in the BP Code of Conduct, which states: "BP's commitment to safety means each of us needs to be alert to safety risks as we go about our jobs.... Always ... Stop any work that becomes unsafe."