Toxic Payback?

Now I’m not saying the appearance of this weed has anything to do with humans abuse of the environment but wouldn’t it be the perfect irony that as we dessert-scape the planet the only plants able to survive are deadly poisonous, and caustic too?

Biologists and health officials in eastern Ontario are scrambling to contain an invasive plant that can cause blindness and severe burns.

Heracleum mantegazzianum, or giant hogweed, is a poisonous plant most recently found growing in Renfrew County, west of Ottawa.

“The concern is it’s a very poisonous plant, in the sense that if you get any of the sap from this plant on your skin, it can cause severe blistering and very bad burns,” said Jeff Muzzi, manager of forestry services for Renfrew County.

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Mellow Shrimp are Dead Shrimp

Out of sight, out of mind, discard at will. Was something like this preventable? Are we that stupid that we have and continue to discard our future down the toilet? But it’s coming back to bite us all in the ass and even the knowledge that we are putting into the earths environment more poison than ever before, I still don’t see a great majority concerned, or for that matter anyone paying attention.  No news is good news…

It sounds a tad fishy but shrimps are becoming hooked on Prozac, scientists believe.  They fear the ‘happy pills’ are tinkering with the creatures’ brain chemistry, making them more vulnerable to being eaten by other fish and birds.  The Portsmouth University researchers looked at the effect of the anti-depressant fluoxetine, also known as Prozac, on the behaviour of shrimps.  The shrimps are widely found in British coastal waters, close to treatment plants where the water may be contaminated with Prozac.

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Decline of turtles could tilt ecology – Vancouver Business Journal

YORK — By 10 a.m. the temperature is rising quickly at New Quarter Park as College of William & Mary biologist Randy Chambers steadies a canoe in Queens Creek. “Oh no, you can’t write,” he tells a reporter on …
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Gulf spill has spiritual, moral impact

By DAVID YONKE BLADE RELIGION EDITOR The environmental damage caused by the BP oil spill is painfully obvious, but the spiritual and moral impact of the catastrophe reaches far beyond the Gulf of Mexico, according to religious leaders who toured the stricken region this week. While some called the massive spill a “sin” resulting from corporate greed, they also put the blame on a national …
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“Wow, I wouldn’t have guessed that”: Sex facts and other interesting tidbits – Examiner

When it comes to sex, let’s face it, we all think that we are experts to some degree. Rightfully so, a person’s past sexual experiences affords them a certain amount of unique and authoritarian insight on the issue …
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Ecology sale planned at church – Freeport Journal Standard

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Stockton will host is annual Ecology Sale from 4 to 7 p.m. July 15, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16 and 17 and July 23 and from 8 a.m. to noon July 24 at the church, 219 N. Pearl St …
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MOP Environmental CEO Presents the Case for “MOP(TM) Maximum Oil Pickup” as the Best Option, First Response to the …

BATH, NH–(Marketwire – July 9, 2010) – MOP Environmental Solutions ( PINKSHEETS : MOPN ) President & CEO, Charles Diamond, has released the text of his testimony submitted to the Congressional Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship regarding the Gulf Oil Spill, Chaired by Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. The complete testimony can be viewed on the Company’s website at [[[SHIFTOUT …
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New Orleans Hornets Coach Monty Williams expected to return tonight after leaving Las … – New Orleans Times-Picayune

LAS VEGAS — New Orleans Hornets Coach Monty Williams left Las Vegas on Thursday morning to be with his wife for the birth of their son, Micah Andrew Williams. Micah was born Thursday night, and though Hornets General …
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New approach helps teachers integrate conservation biology into high school ecology … – Science Centric

Framing familiar environmental issues in everyday language – whether the topic is a Gulf Coast oil spill or the spread of Lyme disease – may be the key to successfully engaging high school students with conservation …
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Environmental groups stunned that govt ignoring 27K wells

Leading environmental groups and a U.S. senator on Wednesday called on the government to pay closer attention to more than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico and take action to keep them from leaking even more crude into water already tainted by the massive BP spill.
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