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Compact fluorescent lights are green, until they kill you

Mercury is a pretty cool metal; liquid at room temperature and super heavy. When I was a kid, I used to keep some in a vial just because it was neat. Back then, I didn't know it was toxic.

I knew that CFL's contain mercury as a component. What I didn't know is that they may vapors, which can increase the likelihood of cancer. Yay!

If you break a CFL, here's some recommended steps for cleaning up this green light source, courtesy of :

California's European modeled cap and trade system in limbo

on the scheme to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Doesn't seem like it's been all that successful over seas. In fact, E.U. emissions had increased under the plan until the economic resession hit them.

I wonder how many companies will leave California to look for more tax-friendly states if this actually goes forward?

California, which has spent decades systematically crippling itself, is working on getting the details of its  just right before it swings for the fences.

Nine months before California is set to finalize a trading system aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions, participants have the jitters.

Litigation threatens to delay the start of the multibillion-dollar program, and industry executives worry that its regulations will fall short of guaranteeing a smoothly operating market. Fear is growing that it could be susceptible to the fraud that has plagued a similar European system.

Post-earthquake, the streets of Japan are still moving

This is just plain crazy. It's almost as if parts of what was rooting the island broke off underneath, leaving sections above heaving as though they are floating free from the rest. Amazing!


Here is some new video showing the magnituted and destructive force of the tsunami that hit Japan. Jaw dropping.



Bolivia wants to give "Mother Earth" the same rights as humans

has some good commentary on a U.N. treaty being pushed by Bolivia that would grant human rights to things that are decidedly not human. Makes for a chuckle until you realize that Bolivia is serious, the U.N. will love the idea, and that ratified treaties carry .

There’s a  that says Bolivia is pushing a U.N. treaty that would give “Mother Earth” the same rights as humans.

This brings up several questions.

First: Canada has news outlets? Sure enough. But don’t worry, America. They probably aren’t any better than ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, and the like. Which means there may or may not be some facts to back up some of what they say.

Next: Bolivia? That’s a real country? I thought Bolivia was the  from Fringe.

Finally: The United Nations? The same organization that kept the peace in Korea, the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe? That United Nations?

Well, now that those are out of the way, I’m wondering about this whole treaty thing. They want to give plants, bugs, and air the same rights as humans.

Natural Disasters PROBABLY Aren’t From God

I this morning and thought it was an insightful commentary on the relationship between natural disasters and God. Along the same lines, he also touches on the topic of .

One of the quotes that I liked from this is "If there’s no randomness to life, there’s no choice, and then faith, which is the cornerstone of the Christian religion, would become meaningless." Essentially he is saying that if there were no trials in the lives of the "good people," there would be no need for faith.

Not that God couldn’t ever cause a natural disaster. He could. Not that He hasn’t ever done it before. He has. See  as an example:

30 But if the Lord creates something new, and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into Sheol, then you shall know that these men have despised the Lord.”

Canine loyalty: Dog refuses to leave his injured friend behind

I admit I have a soft spot for pet animals, particularly those who appear to show human emotions. This is a video of post-tsunami Japan, and I probably would not have shared it if I didn't read that these guys were rescued and given medical attention after this shot was taken.

Two dogs - buddies - one of them escaped injury but the other one is out of commission. The former refused to leave the side of the latter. I just can't help but think that there is true loyalty in his actions.


What is happening to kill off all these birds and fish?

An update to the global phenomena from .  Reports are still coming in from around the world.

  • Blue stain believed to be sign of poisoning or hypoxia - lack of oxygen that is precursor to altitude sickness
  • Cold weather and overbreeding blamed for deaths of two 2million fish in Chesapeake Bay
  • Disease behind deaths of 100,000 fish in Arkansas River
  • At least nine incidents of mass animal deaths across the globe
  • Hundreds of confused birds plummeted to their deaths in multiple locations in the U.S.
  • Rapid movement of Magnetic North Pole towards Russia may have caused bird deaths

Thousands of dead turtle doves rained down on roofs and cars in an Italian town in the latest in a growing spate of mass animal deaths across the globe.

Residents in Faenza described the birds falling to the ground like 'little Christmas balls' with strange blue stains on their beaks.

Initial tests on up to 8,000 of the doves indicated that the blue stain could have been caused by poisoning or hypoxia.

A few days ago I about thousands of birds that had fallen from the sky in Arkansas.  By itself, it was interesting enough to raise an eyebrow and then move on.

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by Dr. Radut