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In the news: October 25, 2006

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Who is the “greenest”?- Some urban areas are starting a new race: to lead the nation in reducing greenhouse gases. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says he wants to make his city the greenest in America, and to back that up, the Windy City is planting trees, creating more rooftop gardens, and fast-tracking green buildings. In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced intentions to make the Big Apple the leader in reducing greenhouse gases.

Toxics for jobs- In exchange for the export of nurses and caregivers, the Philippines will allow the entry of toxic and hazardous waste from Japan. This is the first time a bilateral trade and investment agreement (Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement) will include and encourage trade in hazardous waste, including the highly toxic incinerator ash, a practice banned by the Basel Convention of which the Philippines and Japan are both signatories.

Pollution in Chinese rivers: When yellow is red- Chemicals that are spilled into Chinese rivers nearly every day have left nearly all of the nation's surface water unfit for human consumption.

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