epa reports

Rogue Scientists Race to Save Climate Data from Trump

  AT 10 AM the Saturday before inauguration day, on the sixth floor of the Van Pelt Library at the University of Pennsylvania, roughly 60 hackers, scientists, archivists, and librarians were hunched over laptops, drawing flow charts on whiteboards, and shouting opinions on computer scripts across the room. They had hundreds of government web pages and data sets to get through before the end of the day—all strategically chosen from the pages of the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—any of which, they felt, might be deleted, altered, or removed from the public domain by the incoming Trump administration.

  By the end of the day, the group had collectively loaded 3,692 NOAA web pages onto the Internet Archive, and found ways to download 17 particularly hard-to-crack data sets from the EPA, NOAA, and the Department of Energy. Organizers have already laid plans for several more data rescue events in the coming weeks, and a professor from NYU was talking hopefully about hosting one at his university in February. But suddenly, their timeline became more urgent.
  On the day that the Inside EPA report came out, an email from O’Brien popped up on my phone with “Red Fucking Alert” in the subject line.“We’re archiving everything we can.”

anonymous asked:

what chemicals are there in tampons? if you use the unscented ones

Tampons have rayon, which is a synthetic made from sawdust and a byproduct of it is dioxin, which the EPA says is likely carcinogenic.The FDA says that the amount of dioxin in a tampon is not enough to be a problem, but the fact is that women don’t just use 1 tampon. Over our lifetime, we use about 12,000 tampons. That’s 12,000 exposures to dioxin that goes straight to our blood through absorption in our vagina. 

This is from the National Center for Health Research

“In 1994, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a report stating that dioxins are known to cause cancer in animals, and probably cause cancer in people. The EPA also has determined that people exposed to high levels of dioxins may be at risk for a damaged immune system, increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), and reduced fertility. One study found that 80% of monkeys exposed to dioxin developed endometriosis, a painful disease in which uterine tissue is found outside the uterus, frequently leading to infertility.”

 Always pads have styrene, chloroethane and chloroform. According to CNN, “The World Health Organization classifies styrene as a carcinogen. And the EPA says short-term exposure to high concentrations of chloromethane can have neurological effects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says high levels of exposure to chloroethane can result in lack of muscle coordination and unconsciousness.”

Another issue that people have to face is the fact that tampon and pad companies are not required to list what their tampons and pads are made of. While some companies have agreed that they will divulge the answers if they’re prompted, they still do not openly provide the information to the public at large. While omitting fragrances from your tampons is definitely a step in the right direction, there is still a lot of unknown chemicals and parts to female sanitary napkins and plugs. 

I’m going to include some options for people who are looking for alternatives for conventional name-brand tampons and pads so that they have other options to pursue if they so choose:

Hope that helps!

The Newsroom women are not 'silly and incompetent'.

So Buzzfeed posted this article and while the biggest portion of the article was about last night’s rape storyline, the writer (who just for fact’s sake is a woman) apparently felt the need to throw this line in for good measure: 

“The Newsroom, now in its third and final season, has been criticized during its short life for its female characters: They are often silly and incompetent.”

Let me tell you how wrong this is person by person.

  1. Mackenzie McHale
  • From episode 1 she’s described as ‘the best EP in the business’.
  • It’s mentioned several times by different characters and just obvious throughout the show that she has a strong ethical compass.
  • In last night’s episode Will stated “My wife is smarter than I am in every way imaginable”. For comparison purposes this was said about Will: “graduated college at 19, law school at 21”.
  • She was stabbed while covering a Shiite protest in Islamabad where she was embedded for some period of time. She risked her life halfway around the world to cover stories the world needed to hear.
  • Went to the University of Cambridge and was (one of the first women to be) President of the Cambridge Union.
  • Won two Peabody awards.
  • I feel like this is obvious but I’m gonna say it anyway, she runs a nightly news broadcast and oversees a large staff. It would be kinda hard to that if she were incompetent.
  • I really could go on and on about Mac but this would be an endless post.


  1. Maggie Jordan
  • Was promoted in the first episode for her sense of loyalty.
  • She has high anxiety and low self confidence (in the first season especially) and still manages to do her job well and learn from her mistakes.
  • Always eager to gain new experience, Maggie pitches a story that would require her to go to Kampala, Uganda, and goes through with the trip despite a recent deadly protest in the city.
  • While on her trip to Africa, the orphanage where she and Gary are staying is attacked by cattle raiders with guns. A little boy named Daniel dies as Maggie holds him and Maggie must live with her guilt that it should’ve been her.
  • Despite the above tragedy, Maggie continues to perform her job well.
  • In the third season (so far) Maggie went on air at the last minute (due to Eliot's unawareness that walnuts are often in chicken salad) despite the fact that few people believed she was capable of handling such a thing.
  • And she did absolutely amazing.
  • She also took in upon herself while in Boston to investigate another news story while still keeping up with and producing ACN’s marathon coverage.
  • Because of her ethical decision not to report on an overheard conversation, the Deputy Assistant Administrator of the EPA gave her an early copy of an EPA report and an exclusive interview.
  • She powers up the control room when Jim and Don (who in case anyone hasn’t noticed are men) can’t.
  • Decided to brush up on her Russian on a nine hour flight to Russia while Jim watched Star Wars.


  1. Sloan Sabbith
  • Has two PHDs in economics.
  • 15 years of experience (“college, grad school, doctorate, post-doctorate, practical experience”)
  • Don to Zane regarding Sloan: “she’s got 50 IQ points on both of us”.
  • Went to Duke. I might be a little prejudice here but there’s no argument that Duke is an amazing school.
  • Fluent in Japanese.
  • She allows Neal to say negative and hurtful things about her for the sake of a story he’s chasing.
  • Sloan: “I just turned down $4 million a year so that I can try to do some good by reporting the news.”
  • Analyzes Will to a tee and nudges him towards acknowledging his love for Mac.
  • After a man she trusted posted naked photographs of her without her permission she punched him in the face (breaking his jaw) and kicked him in the nuts.


  1. Leona Lansing.
  • Owns a huge media company and runs it like a boss. What else do I really need to say?

All the other minor characters (Rebecca, Tamara, Kendra, Tess, Jenna, Lisa, etc.) are awesome as well.


New Boston Coke Corporation

The New Boston Coke Corporation was once part of a long history of steel production in southern Ohio. Originally, the coke plant was constructed in 1916 (adjacent to the steel mill along with various other components over the following years). During World War II the steel mill was one of the largest manufactures of 500lb bombs and by 1948 employed around 3,800 and was considered one of the most modern steel mills in the country. During the 1950’s the plant continued to expand, employing 4,800, and in 1965 the coke plant was rebuilt and modernized. However due to increased foreign competition gradual shutdowns of the massive steel facility began in 1972, and in May of 1980, the steel mill was closed. By the time of the shutdown on May 31st, the steel mill and coke plant employed only 1,200 people. The coke plant continued operations in November of 1980 under new ownership from the McClouth Steel Corporation out of Detroit under the new name New Boston Coke Corporation. By November of the following year McClouth had gone into bankruptcy and the New Boston Coke Corporation removed itself from the Detroit company and continued as an independent coke supplier. The success of the business skyrocketed when it landed a contract with the River Rouge Steel Corporation which was a subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company. During the late 1990’s the Ohio EPA reported that the plant was releasing air pollution “worse than some of the largest industrial sites in the United States.” Cancer rates in the adjoining areas were some of the highest in the country. The coke plant shut down operations in 2002, eliminating just 200 jobs. Redevelopment of the land did not come easy as the soil was heavily contaminated and had an estimated $560,000 to $1,000,000 in cleanup costs. In August of 2006 ground breaking had begun on construction of a new Wal-Mart Supercenter after nearly $1.1 million was spent on cleanup of the site alongside the retail giant, a strip mall now sits on the property. The above photos are all that remains of the complex that was once considered the most advanced in the country.