June 6, 2008 (5 Responses)
WITH ALL the fuss over the presidential race and the democratic nominations occupying most of the print and media space these days I’m not a completelyÂ surprised that the release of a long-delayed Senate committee report endorsed by Democrats and some Republicans might be overlooked. Read more
October 16, 2007 (8 Responses)
GREENPEACE HAS CONDUCTED a series of tests on the Apple iPhone and found it coming up short in the environmental department. Specifically, Greenpeace says its own tests of the iPhone uncovered hazardous substances which had already been eliminated by other mobile phone manufacturers.
Well, Greenpeace found the iPhone contained toxic brominated compounds and hazardous PVC plastics, but noted the device appeared to comply with safety regulations, which prohibit the use of lead, cadmium, mercury and chromium. One of the authors of the report, Greenpeace Research Laboratories senior scientist Dr David Santillo, said: “Two of the phthalate plasticisers found at high levels in the headphone cable are classified in Europe as ‘toxic to reproduction, category 2′ because of their long-recognised ability to interfere with sexual development in mammals.”
While not prohibited for mobile phones, phthalates are banned from use in toys and childcare products across the European Union. US based Environmentalist lawyers are threatening to sue Apple if the iconic US company doesn’t make iPhones greener or warn buyers of the toxins in the devices. The notice sent to Apple and the California state attorney general gives the nonprofit environmental law group legal standing to sue Apple in 60 days – so now the attention is focused on Apple to see what sort of response they will make to the accusations. I seriously doubt Apple will want to cast any doubts on their brands or their environmental policies so I’d think it’s likely they will either change the manufacturing process or include a warning on the label rather than fight it in the courts.
And what makes these science types think that the iphone represents a possible threat to our sex lives? Well, rats apparently… Read more