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A report based on 250 scientifi c studies around the world has concluded that male
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feminized by environmental pollution. Common culprits include phthalates used
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in plastic food wraps, cosmetics and other products;
fl ame retardants; and many pesticides. The new re- Specializing in:
port was released by CHEMTrust, a British organi-
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zation that advocates for protection of humans
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and wildlife from harmful chemicals.
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The report follows a U.S. study that
shows baby boys born to women exposed
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to such chemicals while pregnant have
smaller penises and feminized genitals.
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Canada, Russia and Italy have been giving birth
to twice as many girls as boys, perhaps helping to
explain a shift in sex ratios worldwide. At the same
time, studies in more than 20 countries show that
men’s sperm counts have dropped, from 150 million
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Tree Planting Movement Gains Support
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The National Climatic Data Center reports that
the average global temperature in 2008 was .88º
Fahrenheit higher than the 20th century aver-
age. Whether global warming is due to planetary
cycles, as 44 percent of U.S. voters responding to
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a Rasmussen Reports survey now say, or to hu-
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man behavior, or both, levels of greenhouse gases
are accelerating. Related environmental issues
are increasingly touching people’s lives in terms
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of health, science, business, politics, technology,
fashion and travel.
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Against this backdrop and in the face of ongo- Michigan's Troubadour
ing tropical deforestation in Asia, Africa and Latin
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America, a Swedish energy fi rm, Vattenfall, has
examined the large-scale potential for foresting
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manmade wastelands as part of global climate
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stabilization. Researchers estimate that reclaiming half the world’s degraded land,
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some 2.3 billion acres, has the potential to absorb 21.6 billion tons of CO 5K/10K
year. Foresting even 18 percent would sequester 3.5 billion tons a year.
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Meanwhile, another initiative, a United Nations Environment program that has
planted 2 billion trees in 150 countries in less than two years, has set a new goal of
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7 billion trees by 2009. That’s more than one tree for every person on the planet.
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