Basmati Rules

“The EU’s limits on the amount of chemical residue found in food products is clearly a source of aggravation to Indian businesses, who describe complications complying with rules on a range of exports:
• Trace amounts of of fungicide in basmati rice
• Growth retarding chemicals in grapes
• Aflatoxins in chillies and spices
• Antibiotics in fish products
• Food hygiene standards at processing plants involved in milk products such as paneer
… The report cites an assortment of other complaints with a range of EU rules, such as lead limits in jewellery.” https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2018/07/12/brexit-uk-india-trade-review-out-of-reach/

European directives may seem to be lagging in the drive toward renewable energy generation, but at least they have banned jewel-fuelled vehicles.

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Shriek!

“Long-term exposure to traffic noise affects our blood biochemistry, over and above the effects of exhaust fumes. … It is thought that noise triggers the release of the stress hormone cortisol, which damages blood vessels over time. … A leading acoustics engineer, Trevor Cox, hypothesises that the noises we find most stressful are distress calls – screams with an unhinged roughness to them, caused by the vibrations of the vocal folds when someone is truly terrified.” https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jul/03/sonic-doom-noise-pollution-kills-heart-disease-diabetes

Tinnitus and my mother’s giddy excitement have been reclassified as fatal.

Aqua Vitae

“If trends persist, the amount of pharmaceutical effluence leaching into waterways could increase by two-thirds before 2050 … A large number of drugs – analgesics, antibiotics, anti-platelet agents, hormones, psychiatric drugs, antihistamines – have been found at levels dangerous for wildlife.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/11/drug-waste-clogs-rivers-around-the-world-scientists-say

If we can just pump enough medication into our drinking water, the human population will become completely healthy.

Antiantibiotic

“Antibiotic resistance is among the greatest threats to human health. … The US government hopes to use trade treaties to break down the resistance of other nations to its farming practices. And the UK is at the top of its list.” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/14/us-trade-deal-government-farming-practices-livestock-antibiotics

Resistance is national.

Wateur

“The European commission believes the new measures will reduce potential health risks associated with drinking water from 4% to below 1%.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/01/eu-measure-demands-rise-in-public-fountains-to-cut-bottle-waste

Now you can have 99 gulps before getting sick rather than 24, water companies are planning to market this as “99 slake“.

Closing the Net

“Pollution in the womb is now linked to low birth weight, disruption of the baby’s lung and brain development, and a series of debilitating and fatal diseases in later life. …
Three times as many deaths are caused by pollution as by Aids, malaria and tuberculosis combined.” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/24/end-civilisation-take-different-path

Fortunately pollution does not yet directly affect political decision-makers.

Monkeyswagen

“An unusual experiment: Ten monkeys squatted in airtight chambers, watching cartoons for entertainment as they inhaled fumes from a diesel Volkswagen Beetle.” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/25/world/europe/volkswagen-diesel-emissions-monkeys.html

Whatever about test rigging—again—we might pay attention if car manufacturing executives had diesel fumes pumped into their offices.