by John Toll, Editor-in-Chief
Hi everyone, and welcome to our first blue moon edition of the Globe. I don’t know how widely the expression blue moon is used but in case you’re not familiar with it, it’s the second full moon of the month. The phrase “once in a blue moon” is slang for a rare event. This is a “blue moon” edition of the Globe because it’s our second issue of this September. We publish the Globe every fourth week, so every now and then you’ll get a blue moon issue.
I’m always happy to have an excuse for trying something new, so that’s what I’m going to make of our occasionally blue moon issues of the Globe. When a blue moon edition comes around, we’ll try to do something that we haven’t done before. Granted, right now everything’s still new so that’s easy, but later on we’ll be using the blue moon editions of the Globe to try out new ideas. We’ll let you know before the blue moon editions come up, so you can let us know if you have an idea that you think we should try.
So what’s new in this edition of the Globe? The biggest thing is that we’re providing a lot more coverage of the Seville meeting. Inside this issue you will find summaries of 23 technical sessions from the Seville meeting. We want to thank those session chairs for contributing these articles. These communications are an important service to your fellow SETAC members and we appreciate your taking the time to write them for us. The session summaries span the five major topical areas—ecotoxicology, environmental chemistry, environmental technologies, life cycle assessment & sustainability, and risk assessment—that we covered last time in the articles by the closing plenary session speakers. This time around, by focusing in on individual sessions, we’ve gone narrower and deeper into a number of topics of interest to SETAC’s members. This is all part of our commitment to seek a broad range of perspectives and track stories over time. Please let us know whether you like it.
There’s more in this issue as well. You’ll find a story about a special panel discussion that’s going to take place during the SETAC North America Annual Meeting in Portland on chemicals management in emerging economies. There’s an article that talks about SETAC’s commitment to play a role in Earth Day 2011, and asking you to share your ideas about that through a new Communities page on the SETAC website. There’s also an article on the history of sustainability in SETAC. Sustainability is a topic we’ve heard you say that you want us to cover. We’ll be looking for ways to do that on an ongoing basis. You could say we’re looking for ideas about how to sustain sustainability, I suppose. Please let us know if there’s a sustainability topic or issue that you’d like to see covered. Also in this issue you’ll find an article on the North American Life Cycle Assessment Advisory Group’s recent election of a new steering committee.
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