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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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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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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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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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Monday, March 26, 2007

The London papers are nailing the British diplomat whose job it is to lobby other countries to reduce global warming gases – but whose frequent-flier lifestyle produces a staggering 22.3 tons of carbon pollution a year, 30 times more than the average Brit's.

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

I left the Smithsonian's IMAX Theater after seeing Hurricane on the Bayou wondering how the film's producers managed to make such a colorfully feel-good movie about the devastation of Katrina. The Washington Post's Philip Kennicott apparently had the same questions and went digging. Read what Philip found.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Providing parking facilities and addressing traffic congestion imposes significant costs to universities across the United States. That’s why many campuses have implemented Transportation Demand Management programs to discourage the use of single-occupant personal vehicles.

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Monday, February 19, 2007

How gov't decided lunch box lead levels- In 2005, government scientists found that one in five soft, vinyl lunch boxes contained amounts of lead that medical experts consider unsafe. But that's not what they told the public.

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Planning a large event like a wedding is a unique opportunity to make decisions can dramatically reduce your toll on the environment. Joe Carrick and Jessica Randall, newlyweds featured in today’s Independent, greened their big day with conflict-free rings, carbon offsets for all their guests’ travel arrangements, low air-mile flowers and food, and envelope-free recycled invitations. The couple also requested donations to Oxfam in lieu of gifts.

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Friday, January 26, 2007

"No you will not teach or show that propagandist Al Gore video to my child, blaming our nation -- the greatest nation ever to exist on this planet -- for global warming," Hardison wrote in an e-mail to the Federal Way School Board.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

The world watched in awe and excitement as President Bush outlined his new concepts of global warming and strategies to battle it during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. While the responses varied from optimistic to skeptical, the resounding conclusion was “finally!”

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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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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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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

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 2, 2007

 

Happy new year and welcome back to Enviroblog--you are reading the first post of 2007! I’ve never been big on New Year's resolutions but this year I’m making one I know I’ll follow through with and that will benefit both my wallet and the earth--changing the remainder of the incandescent bulbs in my house to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

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Monday, December 11, 2006

Feel guilty about those documents you print out, only to be read once and then tossed? Not guilty enough to strain your eyes reading every last word from your computer screen? Xerox Corporation thinks the answer may lie in “erasable paper”—a printing technology still in early R & D, which relies on specific wavelengths of light to print images that fade completely in 16-24 hours leaving blank paper for reuse. If the technology proves commercially viable it should drastically offset the amount of paper going to waste. According to Xerox, two out of every five pages are read only once before being trashed or recycled.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Today children's author and environmentalist Lynne Cherry joined EWG staff for lunch and to present some of her famous works. Cherry who is perhaps best known for her story The Great Kapok Tree has been the catalyst for some impressive conservation triumphs. While writing Flute's Journey: The Life of a Wood Thrush, Cherry learned of the Episcopal church's plan to develop a 600 acre swath of old-growth forest called Belt Woods.

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Monday, December 4, 2006

As the excitement of the Olympics begins, so does the need to increase environmental awareness. London, the winner of the 2012 Olympics bid, has promised to make the 2012 games the greenest in history. They'll be cleaning up brownfield sites for use, setting goals for minimizing waste and other pollution.

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