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#950 -- Mobilizing to Save Civilization, March 13, 2008

RACHEL'S DEMOCRACY & HEALTH NEWS #950 -- Mobilizing to Save Civilization "Environment, health, jobs and justice -- Who gets to decide?" Thursday, March 13, 2008 View the HTML edition here: http://www.precaution.org/lib/08/ht080313.htm ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

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Featured stories in this issue... Plan B 3.0 -- Mobilizing To Save Civilization We have reached a fork in the road to the future. In his new book, Lester Brown shows us that major economic change is inevitable. We can choose to stamp out poverty, prevent run-away global warming and invest in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and ecological restoration. Or we can pursue business as usual and watch civilization unravel.
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Trace Amount of Drugs in Water Alarms Philadelphia Residents Tests of Philadelphia's drinking water reveal the presence of 56 pharmaceuticals or byproducts. "Philadelphia had the largest number because we're looking for the largest number." Drugs in Water Tied To Fish Defects Pharmaceuticals in the water are being blamed for

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severe reproductive problems in many types of fish. There are problems with other wildlife as well: kidney failure in vultures, impaired reproduction in mussels, inhibited growth in algae. Study Finds Over 100 Harmful Contaminants in Maine Bird Eggs "These results are significant because many of these contaminants can interact to create effects more harmful than one toxic pollutant alone," Goodale said, "and the pervasiveness of the pollutants strongly suggests that birds and wildlife in other states are also accumulating these contaminants." Threat of Closing Jolts Pacific Salmon Fishing Industry "We know there are no fish," she said. "Fishermen always say 'better times are coming,' but I'm not so sure this time." Nanotech Exposed in Grocery Store Aisles Untested nanotechnology products are being used in more than 100 food products, food packaging and contact materials currently on the grovery shelf, without warning or new FDA testing. Exclusive: 'Science for Sale' Probe Deepens A scientific consulting firm once crowed of its success in delaying the cancellation of a harmful drug by 10 years, congressional investigators say. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

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Rachel's Democracy & Health News (formerly Rachel's Environment & Health News) highlights the connections between issues that are often considered separately or not at all. The natural world is deteriorating and human health is declining because those who make the important decisions aren't the ones who bear the brunt. Our purpose is to connect the dots between human health, the destruction of nature, the decline of community, the rise of economic insecurity and inequalities, growing stress among workers and families, and the crippling legacies of patriarchy, intolerance, and racial injustice that allow us to be divided and therefore ruled by the few. In a democracy, there are no more fundamental questions than, "Who gets to decide?" And, "How do the few control the many, and what might be done about it?" As you come across stories that might help people connect the dots, please Email them to us at dhn@rachel.org. Rachel's Democracy & Health News is published as often as necessary to provide readers with up-to-date coverage of the subject. Editors: Peter Montague - peter@rachel.org Tim Montague - tim@rachel. org ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: To start your own free Email subscription to Rachel's Democracy & Health News send a blank Email to: rachel-subscribe@pplist.net. In response, you will receive an Email asking you to confirm that you want to subscribe. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Environmental Research Foundation P.O. Box 160, New Brunswick, N.J. 08903 dhn@rachel. org

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