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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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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Do you have trouble defending global warming science against the indefensible arguments of a climate change skeptic in your office or [gasp!] at your dinner table?

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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Bush again pushes 3 nominees seen as pro-industry LA Times. 1 Apr 2007 UPDATE 4/4/07: San Francisco Chronicle's Jon Carroll gives us a more satire-infused critique of Bush's [re]nominees. SF Chronicle. 4 Apr 2007.

Monday, April 2, 2007

When University of California-San Francisco researchers and health affiliates investigated an outbreak of lead poisoning in Monterey County, California, they found a correlation between consumption of certain imported food products—particularly chapulines (dried grasshoppers) from Oaxaca, Mexico—and elevated blood lead levels in prenatal women and children.

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Monday, April 2, 2007

In a huge decision that could force the Bush Administration to take action on global warming, the Supreme Court has ruled that carbon dioxide is air pollution.

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Friday, March 30, 2007

Consumer Affairs reports the new availability of environmentally sensitive asthma medication, prompting an FDA mandate to discontinue the production of traditional Albuterol inhalers by 2008. Up until now, these inhalers used ozone-depleting CFCs as a propellant, but avoided prohibition under the Montreal Protocol due to medical necessity.

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Friday, March 30, 2007

According to USDA 2007 will see the highest acreage of corn planted since 1944--smashing last year's 79 million acres out of the park. If you want to know how much you'll have to click through to Ken Cook's blog, Mulch. I can tell you this, though: Over 96 percent will be sprayed with weed killers, all will get fertilizer, and almost 70 percent will be GMOs.

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