By Harvey Blatt
An available review of crucial environmental concerns dealing with the U.S., with new and up to date fabric.
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Basic toxicity data are not publicly available for about three-quarters of the 3,000 chemicals produced in the highest volume each year, excluding pesticides. S. 34 To this noxious cocktail is added runoff from the animal manure in the monstrous livestock feedlots that increasingly cover the landscape (chapter 5). 35 One cow produces as much waste as 18 people. The 41,000 dairy cows in the county produce more than 260 million gallons of manure each year. In measured amount, that waste acts as a fertilizer, but the cows produce far more manure than the land can absorb.
Tests commissioned by the Environmental Working Group found that the blood or urine of all of the subjects they studied was contaminated with an average of thirty-five consumer product ingredients, including flame retardants, plasticizers, and stainproof coatings. 44 In another study, the group tested umbilical cord blood collected by the American Red Cross. This blood of unborn babies contained an average of 287 different industrial chemicals and pollutants per sample. 46 In testing volunteers for 148 industrial chemicals and harmful pollutant elements, they found mercury, pesticides, hydrocarbons, dioxins, PCBs, phthalates (plasticizers), DDT (banned since 1973 in the United States but still used in countries from where we import food), insect repellent, and other harmful chemicals.
Waikiki accounts for nearly half of Hawaii’s tourist business and expenditures, which were about $5 billion in 2002. The effect of heavy rains is well illustrated in California. The state’s 2006 annual quality report gave Huntington Beach all A’s in dry weather but C’s or lower in wet weather. The same disparity occurred in nearly half of the 356 California beaches included in the study. 5 million cases of beach-related gastroenteritis occur annually in Los Angeles and Orange counties. The National Resources Defense Council counted more than 20,000 days of beach closure and advisories in 2005 in the twenty-nine ocean and Great Lakes states.
America's Environmental Report Card: Are We Making the Grade? by Harvey Blatt