Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Boogying our way to doomsday (the toxic chemicals edition)

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Reported in White House, EPA headed off chemical pollution study.  (Politico, 5/14/2018)

Related reading:
Significant digits for May 15, 2018.  (FiveThirtyEight)
The chemicals are contaminating U.S. water systems, and the cost to clean up the contamination and deal with the deleterious health effects could be enormous. The Department of Defense has 126 facilities where nearby water had evidence of unsafe levels.

The 4/13/2018 sperm whale edition starts here.

  That was then:  2016

This is now:  2018

66 poundsA young male sperm whale that was found dead off the coast of Spain had 30 kilograms of garbage in its digestive system.

According to Merriam Webster, the first known use of 'boogey' occured in 1929.

Other coinages from the same year:
  • choir loft
  • hit parade
  • hootenanny
  • jitter
  • playback
  • soundman
  • theme song

Related reading:
For Ocean Animals, ‘Death By Plastic’ Could Be Occurring More Frequently.  (IFLS Science Newsletter)
Blue Planet II: Whales dying from pollution as they ingest toxic plastic.  (Independent, 11/19/2017)

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