Answer each question with a minimum of 50 words per
How do we keep it clean, pristine and
New technologies and
restoration techniques are readily available. How can we make our actions
win-win for our future and the environment? Each student find three new
technologies that you feel will make our world more sustainable, safeguarding
people, species and air/land/water resources? One can be in energy,
another in food, restoration, clean up, green space protection, land trusts,
inventions or planning.
This world is your heritage. How shall we leave it?
What will be the inheritance we leave?
Will it just be things
or will it also be a place filled with beauty and life? Will we go from mass
consumerism to conservation? This is the choice of our time.
- What do you think about International Environmental
Regulation and Policy? Do we need it?? Give an example.
- What happened to the goals of the Earth Summit in 1992?
- What would be an International Environmental Policy?
- Do you feel Eco Labels would help? Have you seen
- Who are your representatives? Can you write them easily
by email? If you would write three paragraphs to your representatives,
what would they be? Will you send your letter? Why not, there
is nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Who would you send your
writing to? Go here to find your representative: httpss://www.house.gov/
What is Our Personal Homework?
What do you think we need to do and how can you accomplish
your part? Here is a life assignment based upon our studies. What
do you think you should do? Better yet, what will you do?
This article was published July of 2005. It is now archived.
However, this was the reference.
For further reference, here are
three links, confirming this entry – this is not a dated or isolated situation:
Unborn babies carry pollutants, study finds
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science CorrespondentThu Jul 14,11:28 AM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) –
Unborn U.S. babies are soaking in a stew of chemicals, including mercury,
gasoline byproducts and pesticides, according to a report released on Thursday.
Although the effects on
the babies are not clear, the survey prompted several members of Congress to
press for legislation that would strengthen controls on chemicals in the
The report by the
Environmental Working Group is based on tests of 10 samples of umbilical-cord
blood taken by theAmerican Red Cross. They found an average of 287 contaminants in
the blood, including mercury, fire retardants, pesticides and the Teflon
“These 10 newborn
babies … were born polluted,” said New York Rep. Louise Slaughter, who
spoke a news conference about the findings on Thursday.
“If ever we had
proof that our nation’s pollution laws aren’t working, it’s reading the list of
industrial chemicals in the bodies of babies who have not yet lived outside the
womb,” Slaughter, a Democrat, said.
Cord blood reflects what
the mother passes to the baby through the placenta.
“Of the 287
chemicals we detected in umbilical-cord blood, we know that 180 cause cancer in
humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause
birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests,” the report said.
Blood tests did not show
how the chemicals got into the mothers’ bodies, or what their effects might be
on the babies.
MERCURY AND PESTICIDES
Among the chemicals
found in the cord blood were methylmercury, produced by coal-fired power plants
and certain industrial processes. People can breathe it in or eat it in seafood
and it causes brain and nerve damage.
Also found were
polyaromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, which are produced by burning gasoline and
garbage and which may cause cancer; flame-retardant chemicals called
polybrominated dibenzodioxins and furans; and pesticides including DDT and
The same group analyzed
the breast milk of mothers across the United States in 2003 and found varying
levels of chemicals, including flame retardants known as PBDEs. This latest
analysis also found PBDEs in cord blood.
Slaughter had similar
tests done on her own blood.
results show chemicals daily pumping through my vital organs that include PCBs
that were banned decades ago as well as chemicals like Teflon that are
currently under federal investigation,” she said in remarks prepared for
the news conference.
“I have auto
exhaust fumes, flame retardant chemicals, and in all, some 271 harmful
substances pulsing through my veins. That’s hardly the picture of health I had
hoped for, but I’ve been living in an industrial society for over 70
The GAO, the
investigative arm of Congress, found that the EPA’s Toxic Substances Control
Act gives only “limited assurance” that new chemicals entering the
market are safe and said the EPA only rarely assesses chemicals already on the
are being used to make baby bottles, food packaging and other products that
have never been fully evaluated for their health effects on children — and
some of these chemicals are turning up in our blood,” said New Jersey
Democrat Sen. Frank Lautenberg (news,bio,voting record), who plans to co-sponsor a bill to require
chemical manufacturers to provide data to the EPA on the health affects of