Contaminated clean-up

Contaminated clean-up

Get maximum protection against mold

By: Paul Puncochar, CIHMagazine: ISHN (Nov.2008)

Floods and hurricanes create optimal conditions for mold growth. Following hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, an assessment of homes in New Orleans and surrounding parishes identified an estimated 46 percent (>100,000 homes) with some mold contamination, and approximately 17 percent (40,000 homes) with heavy mold contamination. ((CDC "Mold Prevention Strategies and Possible Health Effects in the Aftermath of Hurricanes and Major Floods." MMWR Recommendations and Reports. June 9, 2006. Available at Since exposure to certain airborne molds may cause allergic reactions or illness, OSHA recommends that employers consider the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-approved respiratory protection for workers exposed to molds from a variety of sources. ((OSHA. OSHA Fact Sheet: Fungi Hazards and Flood Cleanup. DSTM 9/2005. ))

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The 12,000 Ton Hybrid

It’s not just planes, trains, and automobiles switching to alternative energy sources. The world’s 50,000 diesel-powered containerships- which haul 90 percent of all good- are looking for ways to go green too. This fall Germany’s top shipping firm, Beluga, will launch its latest containership with a clean-tech twist: a giant kite that flies 1,000 feet above the bow, connected to an automated telescoping mast. Wind power won’t displace the ship’s giant diesel engines, but it will take a load off, slashing fuel consumption by as much as 30 percent.

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Earth Day Ruminations

Shocking Statistics

It is estimated over 15,000 species (plant and animal) are currently threatened with extinction. Of these, one of every four mammals, and one of every eight birds, are facing a high risk of extinction in the near future.

In the last 500 years, human activity has forced over 800 species into extinction. In the last 10 years, the number of threatened animal species has increased from 5,205 to 7,266.

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Polar Bear Listed as Endangered Species Due to Loss of Sea Ice

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne today announced that he is accepting the recommendation of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale Hall to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The listing is based on the best available science, which shows that loss of sea ice threatens and will likely continue to threaten polar bear habitat. This loss of habitat puts polar bears at risk of becoming endangered in the foreseeable future, the standard established by the ESA for designating a threatened species.

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Democratic National Convention caterers find eco-standards tough to chew

Fried shrimp on a bed of jasmine rice and a side of mango salad, all served on a styrofoam plate. Bottled water to wash it all down.These trendy catering treats are unlikely to appear on the menu at parties sponsored by the Denver 2008 Host Committee during the Democratic National Convention this summer.

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