Facing Autism in New Brunswick: NIHM Director Thomas Insel: Study Finding Environmental Role in Autism in Line with Other Recent Observations

“These new findings are in line with other recent observations supporting both environmental and genetic contributions to ASD, with the environmental factors likely prenatal and the genetic factors highly complex and sometimes not inherited”  NIMH director Thomas R. Insel, M.D.  The recent twins study led by Dr. Joachim Hallmayer and Neil Risch, Ph.D., has grabbed the ...

A Sustainable Now: Bursaries for Atlantic Eco-Warrior Training Camp!

Atlantic Eco-Warrior Training-August 11-14 2011 at the Harold T. Barrett Fun Forest Camp Sierra Youth Coalition’s Youth Action Gathering + Canadian Youth Climate Coalition’s PowerSummer When? August 11-14 2011, 4 days and 3 nights Where? Harold T. Barrett Fun Forest Camp, Beaverbank, Nova Scotia (30 minutes from Halifax) How much? $50 or pay what you ...

wmtc: stop the mega-quarry: deadline for comments is midnight tonight

The deadline to submit comments to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, voicing your opposition to the Melancthon mega-quarry, is midnight tonight. Please: 1. Sign the Avaaz petition: here. 2. Submit your comment to the Ministry: here. 3. Share these links with everyone you know. As Alison at Creekside asks: “If only 3% of land ...

Excited Delirium: Avaaz Petition to Stop Massive Water Poisoning in Ontario

Stop a massive open-pit mine in Ontario. It threatens our farms, our water and our economy.

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism & Environment Study:Genetics Only Autism Gang Running Scared, Creates Faux Controversy

Scared by althetrainer The “it’s gotta be genetic” gang is running scared over the recent twins study which confirms the pardigm shift in autism causation from 100% genetic to a gene-environment interaction model and which places much greater emphasis on the role of environmental factors, particularly perinatal and prenatal factors in triggering autism disorders.   ...

the reeves report: Licensing cyclists is not the answer

Image courtesy of BlogTO Listen up, my broke and miserly city: licensing cyclists is not the answer. Licensing cyclists will not prevent the highly unfortunate accident that took place yesterday, in which a pedestrian was hit in Kensington Market and is now in critical condition. Why? Because the problem with that cyclist, among thousands and ...

350 or bust: Business As Usual Is Over: Value Change Required For Survival

Today’s blog posting was initially posted on 350orbust on June 30, 2010: Chief Oren Lyons said, when speaking about Climate Change at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the UN Headquarters in 2007: We’re talking about change. People have to change. Directions have to change. Values have to change. There is no ...

Accidental Deliberations: On public values

Look everybody, it’s yet more evidence that Stephen Harper has moved Canada in a conservative direction! Environment Canada staff advised incoming cabinet minister Peter Kent that Canadians believe Ottawa is too soft on businesses and individuals that harm the world around them.…The analysis paints a picture of a Canadian public that cares deeply about the ...

wmtc: help stop u.s. company’s mega-quarry from poisoning ontario’s farms and water

Avaaz, the Council of Canadians, and other concerned groups are alerting Canadians to a threat to Ontario’s farmland and fresh water supply. Please read, sign the petition and circulate it in any way you can. From Avaaz: An American hedge fund is about to break ground on a massive mining project that could poison a ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Creator of the Valdez Catastrophe, ExxonMobil, Tries to Downplay Yellowstone Spill

03oil2-articleInline.jpg The ExxonMobil pipeline that runs under the Yellowstone River in Laurel, Montana ruptured late Friday night, leaking 1,000 barrels of oil into the river. ExxonMobil estimates that approximately 160,000 litres of oil seeped into the river, one of the principal tributaries of the upper Missouri River.  The spill has forced some evacuations, and the Environmental Protection ...

350 or bust: BP Is Creepy: NRDC Issues Damning Water Quality Report on Gulf Beaches One Year After Oil Disaster

The NRDC released its annual “Testing the Waters: A Guide To Water Quality At Vacation Beaches” report last week, which included a special section dedicated to oil-related closures, advisories and notices in the Gulf of Mexico since the BP oil disaster last year. The report said, in part: The Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the ...

wmtc: canada causes cancer: sign a petition to ban canada’s asbestos industry

From Canada Causes Cancer: Asbestos causes cancer and other deadly lung diseases. That’s why asbestos has been banned in 52 nations, including the European Union. Not to mention, the Canadian government removed it from Parliament and the Prime Minister’s home. Despite all this, Canada is still a leading exporter of asbestos to developing countries. Stephen ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Andrew Jackson points out and sums up a Statistics Canada study showing how much possible revenue is lost to the underground economy: Statscan have produced interesting and important new estimates of the upper bound size of the “underground” or “non observed” economy, putting it at a seemingly ...

Things Are Good: Stove Man Turns up the Heat

Stoves can make a world of difference in places that rely extensively on old-school resource like wood and cow patties. Using an efficient stove can save trees from being felled and limit the amount of pollutants released during the cooking process. Here’s episode one of Stove Man made by the Paradigm Project: Episode 1: Woodwalk ...

The Happy Wanderer: Let’s get Real On Climate Change!

Many people like to point to the oil companies for the blame of Climate change, but households contribute to 45% of all emissions. That means if we wish to achieve the goal most climate scientist say will help us avoid disaster we need to reduce household emissions. We must reduce our emissions by 80% by ...

the reeves report: Army 2040: First Look moves away from humanity vs. The Environment outlook

Drought in China I feel as though every decade in North America another article, report, or paper emerges in which The Environment (note the capital letters) is pitted as public enemy number one. The latest of such reports was issued just recently by the Canadian Armed Forces entitled Army 2040: First Look, which sounds like ...

the reeves report: Feature: Questions remain on the future of eco fees in Ontario

Image courtesy of the Toronto Sun It’s not often I sympathize with Tim Hudak and the Conservative Party of Ontario, but on the future of eco fees, they have their work cut out for them. To recap, last summer, the Liberal government in Ontario introduced an eco fee on select electronics and household hazardous materials, ...

wmtc: handmade soaps, equal marriage, and stop the tar sands: i discover lush

As part of my work for the video surveillance project, I was wandering around the Square One mall, when I saw this sign in the window of Lush. I went inside to ask for more information: there was a petition, a postcard drive, and an excellent pamphlet from Freedom To Marry. The manager told me ...

350 or bust: Wrecking This Place Down: How Do We Protect Our Children In An Age of Environmental Crisis?

Sandra Steingraber is a mother, a biologist, a cancer-survivor, and the author of several books on the dangers we are facing from the environmental toxins that surround us. Her most recent book, “Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in An Age Of Environmental Crisis” is a call to action – Steingraber says its time for parents ...

The Liberal Scarf: Tim Hudak vs. your wallet (and his own caucus)

http://www.torontosun.com/2011/06/27/tories-eye-eco-tax-on-electronics Tim Hudak showed his recklessness with his flip-flops on the HST (Going from being in favour of it, to wanting to scrap it, to saying he would reduce it, to now keeping it), health care premiums (scrap them, keep them, scrap them, keep them but say how bad they are – can another promise ...

The Happy Wanderer: Is It Really a Win?

Canada managed to keep asbestos off the hazardous list. We in Canada don’t use asbestos, because it’s not safe enough for us, but we are glad to continue to export this material to India where we assume it’s being used “properly”. We are one of the only western nations to continue to sell it to ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Coal Ash Disposal Sites Contaminating Ground Water In 19 States

toxic1.jpg The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) has released a new report showing that coal ash disposal sites are threatening water supplies at 33 sites located in 19 different states across the U.S. The EIP says that the levels of heavy metals like arsenic in these locations are dangerously higher than federally accepted levels, which the ...

Trashy's World: Friday, er, Saturday miscellany

OK. I didn’t get to the Friday Miscellany thing yesterday. My bad. I was golfing in the afternoon – and dodging lightning – and had to work like the dickens to get some stuff done in the morning and over lunch so I didn’t get the chance to finish my Friday post! Gimme a break, ...

Things Are Good: Solar-Powered Wineries

Wine is good for you and can improve many aspects of your health. The wine-making process can be very intense on local ecologies due to the farming methods and shipping involved. Some wineries are looking to sustainable and responsible ways to create their wines. Here’s one of a few wineries using solar power, catch four ...

Trashy's World: Anyone that claims that climate change…

… is a buncha crap, should consider this forecast for Inuvik. Yes, this is “weather” as opposed to “climate”. I know the concepts and terminology very well…. but if these patterns persist, then there will be some major social, economic and biological upheavals in the North. And I don’t believe we or any other polar ...