Environment and Society pt. 2
Things that really stood out to me:
Figure 9.5 on pg 150
“uneven development” – I’ve never heard this term before. I’ve usually called it like institutionalized racism, but it’s cool that there is a specific term for this specific manifestation p.157
“greenwashing” – another word I didn’t know but I love it. I’ve always seen through marketing stuff like that. I’m so glad there’s a word for it. pg. 159
Figure 10.2 on pg 168
pg. 170 – a lot of trees are not in forests, but are incorporated into agriculture – I found this interesting because I knew that trees were in agricultural contexts, but I didn’t think it was a large percentage, especially when compared to forests.
pg 170 “Reconciliation Ecology” sounds amazing. I would love to see a successful example of that
pg 197 – 199 Wolves and Masculinity – this was one of my favorite things to read. Gender theory and ecology!
pg 207 – figure 12.1
figure 12.2, pg 208
“depleted uranium” s very cool, I had no idea it existed pg 208
pg. 211, “radwaste” is so much cooler than “nuclear waste”
214, we talked about the Navajo Uranium crisis in Environmental Ethics, too. It’s so important!
pg 230 – we talked about green consumption and the dolphin safe stuff in Environmental Politics and Policy. It’s really neat but really terrible that the industry was doing that
pg. 247 Eutrophocation – very cool and relevant. I didn’t know there was a term for it, I just called it algal blooms from run off.
pg. 263 – figure 15.4 bottled water consumption by country
I’ll be at First Friday this week to survey people about their interest in sustainability in general, and more specifically composting.
I’ll compile that and make a visual representation of the data. It will most likely be a pie chart, but I’m not sure yet because it really depends on how I record the answers.
Environmental News: We Have a “New” Pollutant!
Environmental Chemists at Indiana University decided to do a general sweep of chemicals in the area and found one that they did not know about before. It’s called tri(2,4-di-t-butylphenyl phosphate, or TDTBPP, which is not that much easier.
The fact that they have just learned about this chemical is very telling about the way chemicals have been and are being monitored. According to the article, TDTBPP is not regulated under the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act until it is being used for new purposes, but the uses of it are very secretive.
So far they have found the substance in high concentrations in an E-waste recycling plant, people’s homes, and the environment. They’re not sure how it got into the environment, but that is down the line. They also don’t know how toxic it is, if at all. The environmental chemists at Indiana University are still trying to figure out how TDTBPP generates. As of now, it can be an impure version of a similar molecule, or a byproduct of when other chemicals degrade.