Precautionary principle and its critics

According, to Rio Declaration on Environment and Development -earth summit- signed in 1992 the Precautionary principle means “Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation.”
Widely supported by environmentalists, this approach have some critics, and […]

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Call to Action – Live abroad!

UNC offers plenty of opportunities to study abroad. You should take the opportunity!
Since I’ve come here I’ve grown up a lot.
Going to another country open your mind, make you appreciate more what you have in your home and country, and let you appreciate the world with a more mature view.
The first 1 1/2 or 2 […]

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Mercury-Free at UNC

Recently the Department of Environment, Health and Safety, release a news informing about a new “Mercury-free at UNC” program that looks to reduce “and if possible to permanently eliminate”, the use of elemental mercury at the university.
The program will be active during the 2007-2008 period, and provides funding to purchase free-mercury laboratory elements. It will […]

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Words that Work – It’s not what you say, It’s what people heard

“Words are powerful because they connect ideas, emotions, hopes and fears”
That’s the idea of this book, and that’s what our dear beloved Luntz try to tell us among the book. Furthermore the book give tips and guidelines to learn how to be a successful communicator, or rather, how to get what we want when we […]

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I do have the right to vote the US president

Globalization is making the world smaller, that means each day our decisions and actions affect more and more people which we don’t know in places that we don’t know too.
But, some people affect more the rest of the people and the rest of the places of the world than other.
And, at the same time, some […]

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Studies to cleanup Ward Transformer Superfund Site in Raleigh

EPA releases an addendum to the Removal Action Plan for cleanup aWard Transformer Superfund Site in Raleigh. The addendum focuses on a thermal desorption process that use heat to convert contaminants to a vapor that separates from the soil, and they can be treated in situ -on the site- or ex situ.
The Ward Transformer site […]

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Garbage Disposal: Useless

The in-sink garbage disposals are very common in US kitchens. Everybody uses them and they seem like very useful machines. But are they? Is the benefit they give to us far better than the damage they do to the environment?
I remember being in my dorm’s kitchen with a friend from Chile, and he asked me […]

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How killing animals helps the animals

The present deforestation rate is exceptionally high. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) South America suffered the largest net loss of forests between 2000 and 2005 of around 4.3 million hectares per year, so as to use the land for cattle ranches and soybean plantations.
What is more, three South […]

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Biofuels: good or bad? – good for who?

The use of biofuels is one of the most controversial issues among the environmentalists nowadays. While most of environmentalist agree that biofuels are a risk for the biodiversity and natural lands, most of the countries are developing National Biofuel Programs in order to reduce their green house gas (GHG) emissions and/or diversify the energy sources. […]

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Forget Cannes, how ’bout DC?

Have you ever heard of such a thing as an environmental film festival? I hadn’t, but I was looking to last year’s posts so as to update one of them and I found that every year an Environmental Film Festival occur in Washington D.C. The 15th edition of the festival will take place from Thursday […]

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