Sunday, June 27, 2010

Rachel Carson is responsible for the unnecessary death of millions of Africans because she wrote a book called Silent Spring

Rachel Carson was an American marine biologist and author of the book "Silent Spring." Her book, published in 1962, spurred a grassroots campaign against the use of pesticides/herbicides (namely DDT) and aided in the development of the Environmental Protection Agency. Per the World Health Organization, malaria kills roughly 1 million people per year in Africa. According to Donald Roberts and Richard Tren (authors of "The Excellent Powder') anti-DDT groups like Greenpeace, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Sierra Club, and Rachel Carson could be held responsible. According to Roberts and Tren, "DDT detractors argue that if mosquitoes develop resistance to DDT and it no longer kills them, the chemical has no use for reducing malaria. They would be right if DDT were primarily a toxic agent, but in fact it is primarily a repellent that acts secondarily as an irritant and lastly as a toxic agent. This means it is still useful in malaria control even in the presence of resistance to toxicity. Thus, a lack of understanding of how DDT works has resulted in it not being used and lives being lost."

John Stossel commentary on the need for DDT in Africa

Chemical Structure of DDT

Rachel Carson

Friday, June 4, 2010

Mercury Consumption Advisories

EPA's fish consumption guidelines for females who are nursing, pregnant, may become pregnant, and young children:

Georgia State Guidelines for Safe Fish Consumption:

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Mercury Levels in Commercial Fish and Shellfish

Mercury Levels in Commercial Fish and Shellfish

Dr. Marc Lucotte

Universite du Quebec a Montreal
Institute des Sciences de l'√čnvironnment
CP 8888, succursale Centre Ville
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H3C 3P8

Dr. William Fitzgerald

University of Connecticut
Dept of Marine Sciences
1080 Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT 06340

Dr. Johan Gottgens

Dept of Environmental Science, University of Toledo
2801 W Bancroft St., Toledo, OH 43606

Dr. Johan F. Gottgens

Dr. Gottgens is a proffessor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo which functions out of the Bowman-Oddy/Wolfe Complex. Two of his publications dealing with mercury contamination include: Estimation of methyl mercury concentration in fish due to deposition from an urban area on water bodies and Uncertainty in paleoecological studies of mercury in sediment cores. One of his publications not dealing with mercury contamination is Neotropical wetlands: Building links among wetland scientists.

Global Mercury Cycle