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Al Gore takes his green message to Wal-Mart headquarters

19 Jul 2006 at 2:07pm

Picture Al Gore standing in an auditorium deep in America’s heartland before a cheering crowd of Wal-Mart employees, comparing their current eco-campaign to the Allies’ righteous struggle in World War II. This strange scene unfolded last week in Bentonville, Ark., and Muckraker was there to chronicle it. Gore’s not the …

BP shuts down wells on North Slope after whistleblowers report leaks

19 Jul 2006 at 2:07pm

Oil giant BP is voluntarily shutting down 12 oil wells on Alaska’s North Slope after employees alleged they were leaking. Whistleblowers told London’s Financial Times that in some places, insulating material used to keep pipes from freezing — usually crude oil or diesel — had spilled onto the tundra. BP …

Umbra on CDs and MP3s

19 Jul 2006 at 2:07pm

When the time comes for a little mood music — hellooo, Meatloaf! — do you reach for your CD collection or your shiny new MP3 player? On the one hand, you have a pile of ultimately disposable objects that you play on a toxic-laden electronic device. On the other, you …

U.S.-Russia treaty will protect polar bears

19 Jul 2006 at 2:07pm

A polar-bear-protecting treaty between the U.S. and Russia was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives this week. It would prohibit the possession, sale, and purchase of polar bears or parts thereof (ew!), and also set quotas on hunting by Native populations. Currently, Native Americans are allowed to hunt polar …

Beach contamination is costly; chlorinated pools may elevate asthma risk

19 Jul 2006 at 2:07pm

As many as 1.5 million swimmers and surfers get sick every year from bacterial pollution at Southern California beaches, according to a new study by researchers at UCLA and Stanford. The chief cause of dirty ocean water is storm runoff laden with oil, pesticides, and human and animal waste; it …

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