If PA DEP Miscounted Natural Shale Gas Wells, Could Cost State Millions

According to researchers at the University of Alberta and McGill University, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) may have missed over 15,000 wells when figuring out how to apply the impact fee mandated in the state’s new law, Act 13, says the Scranton Times-Tribune. If true, Pennsylvania may miss out on up to $303 million…

TedTalk: Bill Davenhall on Geo-Medicine and Environmental Toxins

Bill Davenhall got to thinking about the influence of all the places he’d lived and the air he’d breathed in various environments. And he wondered why all the carbon dioxide, particulate matter, benzene, ozone and other environmental hazards weren’t a part of his medical record. In fact, that information could have helped doctors predict his heart attack.

Mapping Toxic Release Inventory data tracked by the Environmental Protection Agency and merging it with a person’s “place history” – geo-medicine – gives people and their doctors crucial information concerning health risks.

No Death Star Says Prez

Apparently enough people signed a petition to the US White House asking for a Death Star to be built. Here’s the White House’s response: The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons: The construction of the Death…

Recycling Made Fun with VW’s Bottle Bank Arcade

Volkswagen’s Bottle Bank Arcade, part of it’s Fun Theory campaign, makes recycling glass fun! This is from a couple of years ago, but it’s a great illustration of Volkswagen’s point that people will change their behavior when it’s fun to do so, or when there are even the simplest of rewards. The Bottle Bank Arcade turns recycling glass into a fun game. Lots of smiles, and less trash. Win-win!

The Bottle Bank Recycling Arcade kiosk is part of The Fun Theory campaign by Volkswagen to raise awareness about health, safety and environmental issues painlessly. In another Fun Theory project, they wired a trash bin, “the world’s deepest bin,” so that it sounds as if your trash is falling a great distance whenever you throw something away. Check out the campaigns for yourself!

TEDTalk: Ellen ‘t Hoen and the Medicines Patent Pool

Ellen ‘t Hoen, a medical patents attorney and public policy consultant, started the Medicines Patent Pool through the World Health Organization to make patents widely available throughout the world, to help drive the price of access down for everyone. Here’s her TEDTalk about the Patent Pool, and the way it’s worked to disseminate low-cost HIV treatments.