Chemicals and Environment

The detrimental effects of junk science

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An informative Washington Examiner article by T. Becket Adams hits the nail on the head in explaining the major problem plaguing science that ACSH has worked to combat: junk studies, and the sloppy media coverage that ensues. The piece also includes quotes from many experts associated with ACSH. Continue reading

India’s Prime Minister calls for a second “Green Revolution”

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The “Green Revolution,” pioneered by Dr. Norman Borlaug, a co-founder of ACSH and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is credited with saving perhaps a billion people from starvation. India was a prime  beneficiary of increased crop yields in the 1960s. Now a “second green revolution” is needed there. Continue reading

Maui GMO ban ruled invalid by federal judge

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Last November, Maui voters through a ballot initiative passed a ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops. Continue reading

Anti-fracking hypocrites exposed: “Let ’em freeze,” they say

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So-called ‘environmentalists’ had their way with New York’s Gov. Cuomo: they made him ban fracking, a safe, economical and carbon- and health-friendly technology to provide natural gas. An op-ed highlights the hypocrisy of the fractavists and the cowardice of the Governor.
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If you’re going to pick your poison, at least choose the right one

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The winner in this month’s “I need a chemistry lesson, and fast” award goes to Anthony Dunton of Acworth, Georgia. Hands down. Dunton was arrested last week for trying to poison a co-worker by putting the weed killer Roundup (glyphosate) into his water.
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GMO wheat field trial: scientific progress, short of success

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While a field trial of genetically-modified wheat failed to reach its goal (of repelling destructive aphids), the progress made in incorporating relevant genetic traits into the wheat genome will yield more information for better outcomes later. Continue reading

Homeopsychopaths – The Jabberwocky of Heather Boon

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The “portmanteau” – combining two words to make a new one – was not invented by Lewis Carroll in 1871, it had been used half a century earlier when Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry created a serpentine political district and gave rise to the term “gerrymandering”, but it certainly took off after being used to such good effect in “Th Continue reading

Yes, energize Africa’s Green Revolution! Carry on Dr. Borlaug’s work

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A blog posting on the NYTimes site discusses the “Green Revolution” in Africa. While gratifying to read about progress being made, some major omissions need to be addressed in this piece, including the lack of Dr. Norman Borlaug’s contributions. Continue reading

Swimming Pools: Where P-Chem becomes Pee-Chem

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It’s summer time and the living’s easy. Time to fire up the BBQ, pull the summer clothes down from the attic (hopefully they still fit) and relax around the pool and if we are talking pools, than we also have to talk about chlorine.

Chlorine and pools go hand in hand. Any pool owner will tell you that keeping your chlorine levels (a Continue reading

Dr. Josh Bloom on Science 2.0: EWG’s Little Site Of Horrors

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We have to wonder if Environmental Working Group is having a really bad fiscal quarter because their website has become littered with even more anti-science, scary chemical verbiage than usual. It’s clear they know what their donors think about actual science and evidence, since now they are going after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for its “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) classification, which applies to food additives that can’t harm anyone.
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