|Gorham group seeks end to trail herbicide spraying|
Portland Press Herald - 11/2/2010.By Beth Quimby – A group of Gorham residents is trying to persuade Maine's Department of Transportation to stop spraying herbicides along the section of the Mountain Division recreational trail in Gorham.
|Program helps lobstermen hit hard by imports|
Portland Press Herald - 11/1/2010.By Beth Quimby – The stereotypical Maine lobsterman is known for fierce independence and distrust of government interference. But it appears lobstermen are not about to turn down a free government program that will give them business training and cash payments.
|The Great Chemical Unknown: A Graphical View of Limited Lab Testing|
Scientific American - 11/1/2010.Only a tiny fraction of the compounds around us have been tested for safety. Experts guesstimate that about 50,000 chemicals are used in U.S. consumer products and industrial processes. Why the uncertainty? The 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act does not require chemicals to be registered or proven safe before use.
|Japan looks to ancient village wisdom to save biodiversity|
Common Dreams - 11/1/2010.Agence France Presse – Four decades ago the oriental white stork became extinct in Japan, the victim of rapid industrialisation and modern farm practices and heavy pesticide use that destroyed its habitat. Today, the graceful migratory bird soars again over restored wetlands around the small town of Toyooka in western Japan, now a showcase for an ambitious conservation effort called the Satoyama Initiative.