Environmental issues are in the news every day and although we would love to blog about them all, it’s just not possible. On the other hand, we don’t want you to miss stories that you might find interesting, so we are starting a new feature–Friday Quick Links–which will provide our readers with links to stories that didn’t quite make a whole article, but were definitely worth our time to read. Enjoy!

On Asbestos:

National Mesothelioma Awareness Day is next Wednesday, September 26th. We will be participating in raising awareness with many of our Twitter friends and followers! According to MesotheliomaHelp.net, “About 3,000 Americans die each year of mesothelioma and thousands more die of lung cancer related to asbestos.”

Carbon Nanotubes may be the next asbestos-like danger to our environment. Carbon nanotubes are being used in structural materials, including “baseball bats, golf clubs and car parts.” Consumers and workers could both be at risk of inhaling these materials, which could act like asbestos fibers in the body.

United Nations Headquarters in New York has long harbored a secret danger: asbestos. During an ongoing renovation project, enough asbestos “to bury a football field in more than five meters (16 feet) of lethal blue dust has been extracted from the building.” Yikes!

On Lead Paint:

The OMBWatch published an article this week entitled, “Cost-Benefit Analysis: The Stunning Triumph of a Flawed Tool,” which argued that there are environmental regulations that just should not be subject to strict cost-benefit analysis, because the damage done by not enacting them would just be too great. ” It is simply not appropriate to apply cost-benefit analysis to many aspects of policymaking, and the results from such analyses should not be the final determinant of the value of many proposed standards or safeguards.” The Cato Instituted disagreed.

Providence, Rhode Island website GoLocalProv published a very informative article on being aware of lead paint laws before you remodel an older home: Remodeling? Pay Attention to Lead Paint Laws.

On Bed Bugs:

A housing complex in Portland, Oregon puts all new residents’ belongings through a bed bug “sauna” to prevent them bringing in any stowaways. Another positive story about bed bugs and heat! We loves those!

Bed bugs return to the University of Nebraska campus after thousands were spent on fighting them earlier this year. Wonder if they used traditional pesticides the first time…

Bed bug poison chlorpyrifos used in Southeast Asia may be cause of tourist’s death. Two people have died due to respiratory failure that may be blamed on a potent pesticide for bed bugs.

We hope you enjoy our new Friday feature! Have a great weekend!

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for Alliance Environmental Group and AirTek Indoor Air Solutions. We welcome your comments and questions! For more news and tips or talk to our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on indoor air challenges, Like us at AirTek on Facebook!