Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tuesday is for links

"Someone should not be able to walk into a restaurant and order a plate of an endangered species," U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. said.
  • Attention dog trainers: want to make money off of others' misfortune? Get in on the ground floor of a growing industry and train a bedbug sniffing dog. The bedbug resurgence is going to get a lot worse before it gets better.
"Homeowners tend an estimated 40 million acres of turf (Environmental Science and Technology, 2005). If classified as a crop, lawns would rank as the fifth largest in the country on the basis of area after corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay (USDA, 1992). Fertilizers applied to lawns are roughly equivalent to the application rates for row crops (Barth, 1995a). Urban lawns receive an estimated five to seven pounds of pesticides per acre annually (Schueler, 1995b)."

2 comments:

Retrieverman said...

I wonder how many people who eat a lot of whale meat have dangerously high levels of mercury in their bodies.

Beluga whales that wash up on the beaches of the St. Lawrence Seaway are so full of chemicals that their bodies are considered toxic waste!

CyborgSuzy said...

Whale is supposed to be a 'delicacy' for those who eat it, so a few pieces here and there of just whale probably won't hurt someone.

However, I wouldn't be surprised if the type of person who eats whale will also eat a lot of other 'delicacies' that also happen to be high on the food chain and have higher levels of accumulated toxins like sword fish.