Best blog post title this week. Maybe this year.

July 30, 2007

No kidding. I run into this title a couple of times a day, and I laugh every time. Go see. Over at Neurophilosophy.

Uganda expands controlled DDT use

July 30, 2007

Contrary to the scare stories from and other politicos, Uganda is expanding their use of DDT on a controlled basis, to fight malaria — exactly as Environmental Defense and other U.S. environmental groups have urged.  The story doesn’t say whether the Bush administration has come on board, but one can hope.

From New Vision:

By Fred Ouma

THE Government is to start indoor spraying of DDT in January 2008, the Malaria Control Programme manager with the health ministry has said.

Dr. John Bosco Rwakimari, who did not disclose the cost of the exercise, on Wednesday told participants at the malaria conference at the Imperial Resort Beach, Entebbe that the Government had secured funds to buy the pesticide.

“We have seen impressive results in Kabale and Kanungu districts where the malaria prevalence has reduced from 30% to less than 4% and 45% to 4.7% respectively,” he affirmed.

“DDT should be here (in Uganda) at beginning of the year. We shall start with high malaria endemic districts of Apac, Lira, Kitgum, Amuru, Gulu, Pader, Mbale and Pallisa in accordance with WHO and Stockholm Convention guidelines,” he added.

Rwakimari affirmed that by the end of 2010, all areas considered prone to the epidemic would be covered.

Were there a worldwide ban on DDT use, how could this happen?


DDT out, eagles back in Michigan Upper Peninsula

July 30, 2007

Another story of the success of the restrictions on use of DDT:  The recovery of eagles in Michigan; from the Escanaba Daily Press.


Eagles at edge of Escanaba River


BBC animation: The Western Front, World War I

July 30, 2007

Western Front of World War I, from BBC animation

Here’s another map animation from the BBC that helps people visualize the stalemate nature of the Western Front of World War I.

If this animation is available in any form for purchase from the BBC for classroom use, I haven’t found it. I do wish the BBC would do a DVD or CD compilation of these animations and make it available at very low cost to teachers (high costs mean schools buy only one copy, which teachers can’t get a chance to see, and consequently won’t integrate into their lesson plans; paradoxically, a low-priced disk would probably earn BBC more money, and certainly would contribute to much more classroom learning).

This would be a good link for individual study at home on the internet. A great lecture could be built around it, if one has internet access live in the classroom and a way to project it.

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