A manufacturer-run program for collecting mercury thermostats is failing to keep the toxic heavy metal out of the trash—and the environment. Turning Up The Heat II estimates that, at most, the industry recycling program has captured 8% of mercury thermostats coming out of service in the past decade. This has resulted in the disposal of over 50 tons of mercury into the environment, which can expose people to the neurotoxin through fish consumption.
LANSING— Clean Water Action, Michigan’s largest environmental non-profit organization, released its 2013 Michigan Water Protection Agenda yesterday, which focuses on assuring that “Pure Michigan” is more than just a slogan.
Clean Water Action’s top priorities include working with lawmakers to pass policies like: energy choices that protect Michigan’s Great Lakes and agriculture, healthy people, clean beaches and safe drinking water, abundant fish and wildlife habitat, and a commitment to the state agencies that work to keep Michigan pure.
Clean Water Action, the Lone Star Sierra Club and Environment Texas today announced their support of efforts by Senator Kirk Watson and Representative Dawnna Dukes to eliminate obstacles preventing home owners in Texas from installing water-efficient landscaping, or xeriscaping. Watson's SB 198, filed this morning, would prevent Home Owners Associations (HOAs) from restricting xeriscaping; Dukes' HB 449, filed earlier, would prevent both HOAs and municipalities from doing this.
LANSING – The warming of the Midwest over the past few decades is already affecting public health, the Great Lakes, and farming, and fossil fuels are the main culprit, according to the new draft of the National Climate Assessment Report.