DDT about to be reintroduced as pesticide

UPI: DDT about to be reintroduced as pesticide
One of the most controversial chemicals on Earth DDT is about to make a comeback as a prime weapon in the fight against malaria in Africa. Scientists say DDT helped eradicate malaria from the United States during the 1940s, but was indiscriminately overused for agricultural purposes during the 1950s and 1960s.

Beginning in the 1970s, the United States and several European nations banned the pesticide, largely due to concerns about environmental harm. Pressure from international agencies also led many African countries to abandon DDT’s use.

More from National Geographic:

DDT to Return as Weapon Against Malaria, Experts Say DDT, a notorious symbol of environmental degradation, is poised to make a comeback.

International experts are touting the widely banned pesticide as a best bet to save millions of human lives threatened by malaria.

The disease, which kills mostly children and pregnant women, is largely spread by mosquitoes.

The overwhelming majority—90 percent—of malaria victims live in Africa, where the disease plagues both human and economic health (Africa facts, maps, more).

More from the New York Times:

W.H.O. Supports Wider Use of DDT vs. Malaria The World Health Organization on Friday forcefully endorsed wider use of the insecticide DDT across Africa to exterminate and repel the mosquitoes that cause malaria. The disease kills more than a million people a year, 800,000 of them young children in Africa.

It’s about time! The junk science that triggered the ban on DDT was disproved decades ago, yet the myth that it is somehow dangerous still persists at the cost of over one million lives per year.

Even this article mentions excessive farm use of DDT, the danger of which is also subject to debate.

Some think the the WHO actually encouraged the ban on DDT in order to force population reduction in Africa. That would sound like paranoia, but for the WHO memos written in the 1960s that actually said it.

Reuters article here:
DDT returns to battle malaria in Africa

Read more about the fraud perpetuated on the world (in order to ban DDT) here:
100 things you should know about DDT

Read more about … “The Lies of Rachel Carson” by Dr. J. Gordon Edwards, One of Rachel Carson’s earliest and most outspoken critics. (Full text, without tables and illustrations, from the Summer 1992 21st Century)

Read this article from Reason in 2002:

Silent Spring at 40 … Rachel Carson’s classic is not aging well. On June 14, 1972, 30 years ago this week, the EPA banned DDT despite considerable evidence of its safety offered in seven months of agency hearings. After listening to that testimony, the EPA’s own administrative law judge declared, “DDT is not a carcinogenic hazard to man…DDT is not a mutagenic or teratogenic hazard to man…The use of DDT under the regulations involved here [does] not have a deleterious effect on freshwater fish, estuarine organisms, wild birds or other wildlife.” Today environmental activists celebrate the EPA’s DDT ban as their first great victory.

Another article from Reason in 2004:

DDT, Eggshells, and Me, Cracking open the facts on birds and banned pesticides I maintain that it is indeed “generally acknowledged” that DDT thins the eggshells of sensitive raptors. But the enviros won the fight about DDT in America, so why is it still a sensitive political issue today? The main reason is the continuing fight to save millions of people from malaria. Whatever it does to different types of eggshells, DDT remains unquestionably one of the most effective ways to control the mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasite. (emphasis mine, ed.) But international environmentalists have instituted through the UN strict controls on DDT, with an eye on an eventual permanent ban.

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Hobbyist coral farming may help save reefs

Keeping a salt water aquarium can help save the world’s coral reefs.

Basement coral farms may save reefs

In upstate New York, famous for its snowy winters and far from any tropical ocean, Steve Lowes is growing coral reefs in his basement.

The 41-year-old English-born Lowes is raising dozens of coral species for his Web-based coral business, Reef Encounters, and is one of a growing breed of coral farmer who have found a niche supporting the booming hobby of keeping aquariums, which in 2005 was a$6.9 billion market.

And in the process, they are also helping scientists learn more about coral and are raising public awareness about a threatened species.

“It brings the ecosystem to life for people in a very effective way that’s much more persuasive than reading about it in a book or looking at photographs,” Lowes said.

Want to try it yourself? Check out the Geothermal Aquaculture Research Foundation website for information about how to get started with your own zero impact reef aquarium.

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MAC and PC: Opposites Attract

Awwwww…

Dance Dance!

Are video games healthy? Watch this Young DDR Player and you tell me!

This is great excercise for any age. A workout for the mind and body.

Previous: Video Game Health: Dance Dance! and More Video Game Brain Health Benefits and What is your Brain Age? and even More Video Game Brain Health Benefits

Perfect Storm Brews for PC Buyers

Users should soon see the best bargains in years for a new desktop thanks to falling prices on the two most expensive components in a PC. A battle between the world’s two biggest processor makers and oversupply in the LCD panel industry have sent prices tumbling.

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YouTube, Digg, MySpace: How much is a non-paying ‘user’ worth?

YouTube, Digg, MySpace: How much is a non-paying ‘user’ worth?

Kevin Rose questions the propriety of Jason Calacanis putting a price tag on the active contributors at Web 2.0 Social Web properties such as Digg and Netscape (See “Digg vs. Netscape, Kevin vs. Jason, Web 2.0 vs. commercial Internet”)


This cool image is from “Nonprofit & Fundraising Resources” which is a pretty cool site.

The bigger question is: How much are the Web 2.0 Social Web legions of non-contributing, and non-paying, users worth?

Using very rounded numbers, here is a “quick and dirty” analysis:
MySpace 2005 acquisition price: $580 million
MySpace 2006 “friends” user base: 100 million
MySpace 2006 ad revenues: $200 million

MySpace acquisition price reflects an approximate multiple of $5-$6 per “friend.”

MySpace is currently generating approximately $2 in revenue per “friend.”

The MySpace effort to grow ad revenues since its acquisition by News Corp. last year provides would be bidders for Digg, YouTube…a valuable reference for measuring the financial potential of a large, non-paying base of young Internet users.

Judging by the comment section of digg, Digg users value is still in the negative dollar amount range.

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Microsoft’s WGA: Malware in Sheep’s Clothing

Windows Genuine Annoyance?

Privacy experts and PC users alike blast Microsoft’s antipiracy tool

A Microsoft program designed to thwart software piracy has instead opened a Pandora’s box of privacy concerns. PC users cried foul when Microsoft’s Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) software frequently phoned home to Microsoft servers and apparently flagged some legitimate copies of the Windows operating system as pirated. The incident spawned two lawsuits and has raised concerns about what Microsoft is adding to its software updates.

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