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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES INCREASE RATE OF CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSION INTO ATMOSPHERE

Posted in Health Watch, News Brief, Toxin Alert! on November 1st, 2007

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES RELEASE AS MUCH CO2 IN A FEW WEEKS AS CARS IN THE AREA DO ALL YEAR

greenhouse_gases_11171.jpgLarge wildfires in the western United States can pump as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in just a few weeks as cars do in those areas in an entire year, a new study suggests.

As forest fires devour trees and other plants, they release the carbon stored in the vegetation into the atmosphere.

Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University of California used satellite observations of fires and a computer model to estimate just how much carbon dioxide is released based on the amount of vegetation that is burned. The results of the study are detailed in the online journal Carbon Balance and Management.

Overall, the study estimated that fires in the contiguous United States and Alaska release about 290 million metric tons of carbon dioxide a year, which is about 4 to 6 percent of the amount of the greenhouse gas that the nation releases through fossil fuel burning.

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MORE TOXIC TOYS RECALLED

Posted in Corporate Carelessness, Corporate Greed, Health Watch, News Brief, Toxic Products on November 1st, 2007

US AUTHORITIES RECALLED SOME 440,000 CHINESE-MADE TOYS WEDNESDAY BECAUSE OF HIGH LEVELS OF LEAD

uglyteeth.jpg The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled 380,000 Galaxy Warriors figures, 43,000 sets of plastic disguise teeth, 16,000 sets of military-style Elite Operations action figures distributed by the global Toys R Us chain, and 1,500 Ribbit board games.

The toys were the latest in a raft of Chinese-made products aimed at children which have been removed from shelves in the United States because of high lead levels.

Surface paint on the poseable Galaxy Warrior spacemen figures, the “Ugly Teeth,” the frog-shaped wooden pieces in the Ribbit game sets, and the Elite Operations toys contained excessive levels of lead, prompting those recalls, the CPSC said in separate statements.

The consumer protection agency did not give details of the quantity of lead found in the toys.

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