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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

A high school algebra project first clued me in to the inefficiencies of incandescent light bulbs. After working out some basic calculations in the classroom, I was appalled to find just how much electricity these virtual heat-lamps devour (and how much more they add to electric bills) in relation to their fluorescent counterparts.

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Monday, April 23, 2007

We used to call them MEGO stories: My Eyes Glaze Over.

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Some tout the electronic age as a greening tool that replaced snail mail with e-mail, saving trees and gasoline while improving efficiency in business, government, and in our personal lives.

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Monday, April 23, 2007

A while ago, it would be unusual for men to go shopping for makeup, and even less likely for them to wear it. That trend is changing now, with an increased percentage of men who decide to “pretty up” by using make up.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Teresa Heinz—in collaboration with the Heinz Foundation and the Magee-Women’s Hospital of UMPC—sponsored a Women’s Health and the Environment Conference on Friday, April 20, at the David L. Lawrence Center in Pittsburgh. This annual conference has existed for the past decade in Boston, but just arrived in Pittsburgh for the first time this spring.

Friday, April 20, 2007

I wonder what would happen Congress decided it was high time corporate polluters and not the taxpayers should once again pick up the tab for cleaning up the messes they made at the thousands of Superfund sites across the country?

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Friday, April 20, 2007

As spring blossoms into summer and rusty lawn mowers begin to creep out of the dark corners of garages, our traditional yard maintenance machines will meet new criticism for their eco-shortfalls. On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new rule that would require catalytic converters for small engines under 25 horsepower, commonly found in lawn mowers, generators, and other devices.

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

For a respite from the mainstream media's celebrity-focused environmental coverage, check out the Earth Day edition of Quest from KQED-TV, San Francisco's PBS station.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Two years ago, I bought a diesel vehicle. I was living in South Dakota and the idea was to immediately become a consumer of a homegrown fuel, in this case bio-diesel. The bio-diesel produced in South Dakota is generated for the most part from soybeans, but some from sunflowers.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

It seems like every magazine puts out a "Green Issue" these days. And while I love nothing more than to see increasing attention paid to the environmental movement, there is a wide disparity in the depth and quality of these new green issues, ranging from the extremes of celebrity worship (can't they think of anyone more interesting to interview than Arnold Schwarzenegger?) and green shopping mania to more thoughtful analyses of international policy and the "what you can do" sections.

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Our governor, who was oiling his quads for the camera when Lois Gibbs was fighting a chemical catastrophe at Love Canal, is suddenly being hailed as an environmental hero.

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Awareness about Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is increasing nationwide. Cities and states are implementing some form of awareness programs and numerous institutions nationwide are making their workplaces fragrance free. This chronic condition with self-reported symptoms affects estimated 16% of the population.

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Popular Mechanics tested seven different CFLs for brightness, color, and other characteristics and all seven stomped out the incandescent 'control' bulb. They only used one incandescent as a control which seems a bit unfair to the little energy drainers.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

You won't find San Pellegrino or any other fancy imported water at Incanto, an Italian restaurant in San Francisco. In fact, you won't find any bottled water at all. Despite significant profit loss, Incanto's owner, Mark Pastore, refuses to pollute the oceans and air by shipping heavy glass water bottles across the ocean.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

As reported by the Washington Post in Your Car + Your Commute = A Visit to Your Doctor, your daily drive will make you angrier, stiffer, and home sick more often. Another compelling reason to reduce your carbon footprint.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

It's a question that may soon be irrelevant in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

According to the New York Times, American automakers recently put together a short list of reasons for not cutting carbon dioxide emissions in their vehicle fleets:

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Reprinted from CSPI's Integrity in Science Watch: Proctor & Gamble has launched a massive advertising blitz to counter consumer fears about the rising death toll from poisoned pet food. The firm took out 59 full-page ads in daily newspapers, with most citing reassurances from an independent task force.

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Thursday, April 5, 2007

You've heard of economically depressed towns lobbying to be the site of a new prison. But who wants a nuclear reactor in the neighborhood?

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Thursday, April 5, 2007

The ethanol boom launched U.S. corn prices to a ten-year high of $4.38 per bushel this past March. As gas tanks gobble up more of our nation’s corn supply, rising commodity prices may result in sinking profits for livestock producers. Hog farmer and director of purchasing for Iowa Select Farms Joe Kerns says that feed costs have risen by about forty percent.

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