Friday, April 3, 2009

EPA Criteria Pollutants mapped with Google Earth

Maps include facilities and tons released to the air for carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compunds, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and particulate matters... more

U.S. Cell Tower Map with Google Earth

We created these from FCC data released 03/11/2009. When viewed with Google Earth there are links to relevant information... more

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Google Earth Helping the Terrorists?

It regularly comes as a surprise to people that our own infrastructure can be used against us. And in the wake of terrorist attacks or plots, there are fear-induced calls to ban, disrupt or control that infrastructure. According to officials investigating the Mumbai attacks, the terrorists used images from Google Earth to help learn their way around. This isn't the first time Google Earth has been charged with helping terrorists... more.

Access to EPA Air Pollution Data & Maps

The AirData Web site gives you access to air pollution data for the entire United States. Want to know the highest ozone level measured in your state last year? Ever wonder where air pollution monitoring sites are located? Are there sources of air pollution in your town? Find out here.

Renewable Energy Wildlife and Wildlands in the West

Renewable energy sources don’t have to conflict with preserving wildlife and wildlands in the Western U.S.

Lovers of the American West will tell you that it's blessed -- and they're right. It's home to significant sources of renewable energy, such as solar, wind and geothermal power... more.

FDA Unwilling to study mercury in corn syrup

High-fructose corn syrup doesn’t just deliver a jolt of sweetness to thousands of processed food items consumed by tens of millions of Americans each day. It also may add a touch of mercury, a powerful neurotoxin that may not be safe to consume at any level... more.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

AB 255 Anderson Bill to Censor Google Earth


By Miriam Raftery

March 18, 2009 (San Diego)—Assemblyman Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) has introduced AB 255, a bill that seeks to prevent terrorist acts by blurring online images of schools, government buildings, churches and medical facilities through Google Earth and other online aerial mapping technologies... more. EPA Risk Management Plans

The U.S. responded to the tragic release of chemicals by Union Carbide in Bhopal, Indian that killed thousands by implementing the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI). The TRI tells us the amount of various toxic chemicals that are released to the air, water and land but says little about the amount of life and health threatening chemicals that are onsite at tens of thousands of facilities across the U.S. In 1999 facilities in the U.S. filed their Risk Management Plans (RMP) with EPA. These plans, though much more informative and useful to us in protecting our health and lives, are not nearly as readily available to us as the TRI.

We have created so that you can search for risks in your community and neighborhoods and encourage facilities and local governments to make life and health protective changes.

Soon we will followup the 1999 data with the latest 2004 data and interactive maps as well. Click here for more.


2007 Toxic Release Inventory on Google Earth

EPA released the latest Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data on 03/19/09. We have made Google Earth maps of this data. Reports show chemical name and amount plus there is a link to RTK Net for a complete facility report for all years since the beginning of the TRI in 1987. Click here for the maps.