Monday, September 06, 2010

News analysis - Toxic dispersants in Gulf oil spill creating hidden marine crisis - The Ecologist

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News analysis - Toxic dispersants in Gulf oil spill creating hidden marine crisis - The Ecologist

More than 200 million tons of crude oil have gushed into the Gulf of Mexico since the rupture of Deepwater Horizon. The chemicals used to clean up the spill have received less attention but could have devastating long-term effects on the marine ecosystem

Nationwide One-Off Screenings - No Impact Man

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Screening - No Impact Man
September 7, 2010 - No Impact Man - Bath - The Little Theatre Cinema

[see link for details of other venues screening the film on 7 Sept)

Colin Beavan decides to completely eliminate his personal impact on the environment for the next year.

It means eating vegetarian, buying only local food, and turning off the refrigerator. It also means no elevators, no television, no cars, busses, or airplanes, no toxic cleaning products, no electricity, no material consumption, and no garbage.

No problem – at least for Colin – but he and his family live in Manhattan. So when his espresso-guzzling, retail-worshipping wife Michelle and their two-year-old daughter are dragged into the fray, the No Impact Project has an unforeseen impact of its own.

Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein's film provides an intriguing inside look into the experiment that became a national fascination and media sensation, while examining the familial strains and strengthened bonds that result from Colin and Michelle’s struggle with their radical lifestyle change...

Michelle Conlin is Colin Beavan's wife, and had absolutely no idea what she was getting into when she agreed to do the No Impact Project. Along with their daughter, Michelle bears witness – and is obliged to participate in – the experiments in environmentalism that Colin designs for the family.

In the hours when Michelle enjoys life on the other side (with electricity), she is a senior writer at BusinessWeek. There she covers the Working Life, a beat that includes the culture of work, social issues, work-life trends, and the labor market. Michelle has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s Early Show, ABC's Good Morning America, CNN, NPR’s All Things Considered, NPR's Marketplace, CNBC’s Kudlow & Cramer, Fox News, and MSNBC. She has also been a regular panelist on PBS's To the Contrary and CNNfn's Business Unusual.