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Thursday, January 25, 2007

 

Today North Jersey's The Record highlights some salient observations illuminating the reality behind Bush's ethanol proposal. Eric DeGesero, executive VP of the New Jersey Fuel Merchants Association, wants to remind us that putting more corn into fuel production could raise the cost of America’s corn-intensive diet (though something tells me Mr. DeGesero should visit a nutritionist).

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

In the State of the Union address, in addition to tougher mileage standards, President Bush called for increased reliance on renewable fuels, namely ethanol. The corn-based fuel additive, which has gained notoriety as of late, is far from a panacea for the environment or oil independence.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Washington Post will not let President Bush off the hook for his omissions in last nights State of the Union address.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

A new report by ConsumerLab.com finds only 10 of 21 products tested meet the claims on their labels. Several of the multivitamin products tested contained high levels of lead, including one women's multivitamin that contained 15.3 micrograms of lead per daily dose--more than 10 times the amount of lead allowed without a warning label in the state of California.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Like a barnyard sow basking in attention at a county fair, the farm bill -- that monstrously complex five-year plan for federal agriculture policy -- has suddenly gained a high profile.

Monday, January 22, 2007

The House has taken a strong step toward cleaner energy by passing the Creating Long-Term Energy Alternatives for the Nation (CLEAN) Act. The CLEAN Act will shift nearly $14 billion in tax breaks for oil and natural gas companies to renewable fuels and energy efficiency programs.

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Monday, January 22, 2007

According to Seattle Post-Intelligencer, a man claiming to represent the Fallen Firefighters Foundation gave testimony against a PBDE bill. It was revealed that he worked for Ameribrom, a PBDE manufacturer. Shameless!

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Monday, January 22, 2007

New research confirms that people can take up brominated flame retardants (PBDEs) from the dust in their homes.

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Friday, January 19, 2007

If you’re a major rock band playing 30 shows in four months, your carbon footprint can get pretty big. Barenaked Ladies knows this and has taken big steps to lessen their footprint.

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Friday, January 19, 2007

Are Wal-Mart's 'organics' organic?- A year after Wal-Mart laid out ambitious plans to become a much bigger player in the organic foods business, the giant retailer is running into trouble over its organic effort with consumer activists and government regulators.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Zoological Society of London highlighted 100 species – ranging from the spiny long beaked echidna to the potentially already extinct Yangtze river dolphins – for their new program EDGE: Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered. Although these species, selected because of the “peculiarity of their genetic backgrounds and the degree of danger they face,” represent animals found nowhere else on the planet, two-thirds are receiving little to no conservation effort.

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

From Buz Livingston at Motley Fool:

Yesterday's most popular article on The Wall Street Journal's online edition (www.wsj.com) was not Intel's (Nasdaq: INTC) 39% drop in earnings, nor was it homebuilder Lennar's (NYSE: LEN) continuing woes as it copes with the soft real estate market. You would think that the Dow notching another record close would be the top story, but surprisingly, that honor goes to a column on the increasing popularity of organic foods.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

report by the World Rainforest Movement details the violence villagers in eastern Uganda are subjected to just for trying to access their own land which is “protected” by armed park rangers guarding a carbon offset project for a Dutch company. Villagers have been beaten and shot at “in defense of” FACE Foundation’s project, the credits of which are sold to Amnesty International, the Body Shop, and others.

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Publishers Penguin and Rodale have announced today a joint effort to publish an adaptation of Al Gore’s book AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH: THE CRISIS OF GLOBAL WARMING for young readers.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

When Tony Blair says that he will be 'offsetting' his family's recent Florida trip, he is referring to a system in which an individual pays a [usually for-profit] company to zero out all or part of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of a party, by reducing the emissions—or increasing the CO2 absorption—of another party.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Dell has a new program to plant a tree for each computer it sells, saying it could offset CO2 emissions from the machines. I’m not sure who did the math on that, but the program is commendable nonetheless. More impressive is Dell’s free recycling of all computers, monitors, printers, and other gadgets without requiring the purchase of a newer model.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Al Gore’s Nashville-based Climate Project expects to train well over 1,000 volunteers to be effective messengers of climate change science through slideshow presentations. Al's use of the slideshow turned into a film you may have heard about. According to Gannett, a recent training included teachers, doctors, a meteorologist, ministers, Wal-Mart employees, architects, retirees, veterans, financiers and actress Cameron Diaz.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

An Intellichoice.com study finds that hybrid cars, whose fuel efficiency alone may not justify their higher initial purchase price, are in fact more economical in the long run. When you factor in financing, fuel, insurance, state taxes and license fees, repairs, maintenance and depreciation, over five years a Prius will cost $13,408 less than a similar-size non-hybrid sedan.

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Monday, January 8, 2007

After pressure from EWG and an ABC News story, EPA has announced it will “deny all applications for registration of acid copper chromate, known as ACC, as a wood preservative pesticide intended for residential use.”

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Monday, January 8, 2007

In Chemical & Engineering News’ Point/Counterpoint an American Chemistry Council (ACC) representative and a University of Massachusetts professor debate the adequacy of current chemical regulation in the U.S. One of the most shocking facts in the article comes right in the introduction...

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