Oxfam America

Oxfam is sending food and water to help thousands of people affected by the devastating tsunamis that struck coastal areas of several Asian countries.

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Or check out these organizations from The American Institute of Philanthropy list of top-rated charities here.

January 5, 2005 in environment | Permalink | Comments (0)

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

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August 22, 2004 in environment | Permalink | Comments (0)

MS and Hodgkin's Lymphoma May Run in Families

Two diseases that frequently strike young, affluent adults may share similar causes. A new study shows that multiple sclerosis (MS) and Hodgkin lymphoma tend to run in families and provides new evidence to support the notion that the two diseases may have a common origin.

Researchers say the diseases share many characteristics, which have prompted many to suspect that they may have a common environmental or physical cause. For example, both emerge in young adulthood, have been associated with socioeconomic affluence, and tend to cluster within families.

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder that affects the nervous system and causes loss of muscle control. Hodgkin's lymphoma is a type of cancer that develops in a type of white blood cell within the lymph nodes and affects the ability of the immune system to provide protection against infection. It causes swelling of the nodes and pain.

More here.

May 18, 2004 in environment | Permalink | Comments (0)

Gloria Estefan's Father

...Born Gloria Fajardo on September 1, 1957 in Havana, Cuba, her family escaped to Miami in 1959 when Fidel Castro took over the country. Two years later, her father took part in the unsuccessful Bay of Pigs invasion. He got caught and was incarcerated for a year and a half. After his return to the United States, he joined the army and served two years in Vietnam, where he was exposed to Agent Orange, which may have contributed to the disease he was diagnosed with upon his return, multiple sclerosis.

Anyone know anything else about a link between Agent Orange and MS?
More here.

May 16, 2004 in environment, people | Permalink | Comments (1)

Hamburger Consumption Spurs Amazon Deforestation

One of the world's largest environmental organizations is calling for urgent action to halt the rapid rate of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, following a government report Wednesday that nearly 10,000 square miles of rainforest was chopped down in the 12-month period that ended last August.

Looks like Soy folks aren't innocent on this one either.

Brazil's growing success as an exporter of beef and non-genetically modified (GM) soybeans may be the single greatest factor in the doubling of average annual deforestation over the last several years compared to the previous decade.

Slash and burn here.

April 9, 2004 in environment | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bear Advocate an Enigma in Death

Come to Alaska, feed the bears.

Timothy Treadwell's death came just the way he had predicted. Treadwell and his girlfriend were mauled by a 1,000-pound grizzly bear last October in a remote section of Alaskan wilderness that Treadwell knew well after years of living among its bear population.

"He was a con artist, but boy, he pulled it off," Queeney said. "The man was truly a riddle wrapped in a sleeping bag. I don't know if any of us will ever know who he really was."

Eat this.

He was even a consultant on Disney's animated movie Brother Bear.

Bear researcher/preservationist/author Timothy Treadwell (Among Grizzlies: Living with Wild Bears in Alaska) also came to the Studio to offer his firsthand accounts and insights about these magnificent animals.

More here.

January 3, 2004 in alaska, animals, environment, people, the north, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

"How Hybrid Cars Work"

Have you pulled your car up to the gas pump lately and been shocked by the high price of gasoline? As the pump clicked past $20 or $30, maybe you thought about trading in that SUV for something that gets better mileage. Or maybe you are worried that your car is contributing to the greenhouse effect. Or maybe you just want to have the coolest car on the block.

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How does a hybrid car work? What goes on under the hood to give you 20 or 30 more miles per gallon than the standard automobile? And does it pollute less just because it gets better gas mileage? In this edition of HowStuffWorks, we'll help you understand how this amazing technology works. We'll show you what is going on in the Toyota and Honda hybrids, and even give you some advice about how to drive one for maximum efficiency!

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See previous post about the Prius.

December 12, 2003 in environment, technology | Permalink | Comments (0)

Base gets 'Dirty Dozen' anti-award

MS and exposure to environmental toxins seems to be something that comes up often.

At the press conference, Rockland resident Liz Tomolillo, who has multiple sclerosis, stressed the number of cases of multiple sclerosis near the base. She held up a map of wells and cases of illness near the base.

The state Department of Public Health (DPH) is currently doing a study to determine whether there are high levels of multiple sclerosis around the base and, if so, if occurrence of the disease is associated with contamination on the 1,450-acre site. This study is expected to be completed next fall.
There are 12 Superfund sites on the base.

More here.

December 12, 2003 in environment, worth following... | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ecuador Maps 20-Year Plan to Slow Deforestation

oldgrowth.jpgThe jungle was beautiful, but the picture on the right is the only old growth tree (yes it is a tree and not a cliff) we saw on a week long boat trip in Ecuador.

Ecuador, which lost more of its forest cover than any other nation in South America in the 1990s, is developing a 20-year plan to work with the private sector to plant new trees and protect old forest.

Chop here.

December 10, 2003 in economy, ecuador, environment, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0)

Guitarist with MS releases debut CD

Many musicians dream of recording their own CDs, but only the most impassioned make the sacrifices necessary to achieve their ambitions. Then there are times when mere sacrifice isn't enough, when it seems life is setting up obstacles in every direction.

Read it here.

Visit his website here, buy a CD.

November 6, 2003 in environment, people | Permalink | Comments (0)