Category Archives: Rants

To stop your head from catching on fire

Flame retardants. They’ve been in the news a bit lately, so you’ve probably heard of them. But maybe you haven’t. After all, there are so many chemicals in the news these days. Flame retardants (FR) have been used for several … Continue reading

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Are chemicals people too?

The Presumption of Innocence – ‘innocent until proven guilty’ – makes you think of the noble legal system of many modern nations, right? Does it also make you think about industrial chemicals? If you live in the U.S. or Canada, it should. In the U.S., an industrial chemical is presumed safe unless the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can prove significant harm to humans or wildlife. Continue reading

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All I want for Christmas is more Stuff – not.


During my lunch break today I indulged in a little reading of my favourite blog: No Impact Man. Colin’s one-year experiment in living zero net impact in Manhattan is over, but he’s still blogging to maintain and encourage dialogue on the subject of sustainable lifestyles. Reading back through December posts, I come across a blog on The Story of Stuff. It is a mini-lecture by Annie Leonard with cartoon animation briefly describing the production of consumer goods Continue reading

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The Attractive Aquatic Menace

So – I’m asked to review a proposal to restore a small section of a local stream such that one mile of spawning habitat will be opened up to potential salmonids. Cool. Or is it? In developed and developing stream … Continue reading

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