Scientists factoring in ‘indirect pathways’ of pollution discover significantly higher emission of carcinogens
– Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Using predictive computer models, University of Toronto Environmental Chemistry professor Frank Wania and his PhD candidate Abha Parajulee found that officially reported emissions of the atmospheric pollutants known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) do not factor in “indirect pathways” of pollution, such as those which blow off mining sites or evaporate from tailings ponds.
CAFOD has launched an immediate appeal for funds, after Catholic Bishops from Sudan and South Sudan appealed to all international Catholic agencies to support communities affected by recent violence “through all possible means.”
Since the ceasefire brokered on 23 January between the South Sudanese government and rival political factions, the capital Juba has been relatively calm, but several towns and regions in the country are still in desperate need of humanitarian relief, as thousands of people remain displaced from their homes due to fear of renewed fighting. Continue reading Sudan: Bishops make appeal to Catholics worldwide→
Farmers, union, environmental and women’s activists gathered in Mexico City last week to take stock of the lessons from NAFTA and plan strategies to confront the next big threat: the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). One of the earliest lessons from the NAFTA experience was that people and environments in all three countries were affected. The stories from Mexico, Canada and the U.S. were remarkably similar: environmental destruction, threats to union and community organizing, and, in all sectors, a marked increase in corporate concentration as companies gained new abilities to move different aspects of production across borders in search of lower costs and higher profits. Continue reading Agriculture in TPP: Repeating NAFTA’s Mistakes→