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Workers on organic farms treated as poorly as their conventional counterparts
2 Aug 2006 at 2:08pm
Buy a box of nice, juicy, organic strawberries from the local co-op, and you probably feel all virtuous. But have you ever stopped to think about the person who picked that fruit out in the fields? Despite organic’s righteous rep, laborers on many organic farms are treated just as cruddily …
Senate votes to expand drilling in Gulf of Mexico
2 Aug 2006 at 2:08pm
Acting boldly to address America’s nascent energy crisis, U.S. senators … passed one more sop to the oil and gas industry and got ready to flee town for the summer recess. Yesterday, by a vote of 71 to 25, the Senate passed a bill that would open 8.3 million acres …
DDT poised for a comeback to fight malaria in Africa
2 Aug 2006 at 2:08pm
Hoping to gain ground in the fight against malaria, the World Health Organization will soon endorse the spraying of DDT in small amounts inside homes in afflicted areas. In May, the U.S. Agency for International Development made a similar endorsement. Malaria, spread by mosquitoes, kills as many as a million …
Umbra on writing to reps about climate change
2 Aug 2006 at 2:08pm
A reader wonders how to write a compelling letter to local politicians telling them it’s well past time to act against climate change. Oh, and in a state — Alabama — that’s not exactly known for its eco-awareness. Advice maven Umbra Fisk pens a few thoughts on the matter. …
Bill Clinton teams with cities to fight climate change
2 Aug 2006 at 2:08pm
Yesterday, ex-Prez Bill Clinton announced a new international effort to fight climate change. The Clinton Climate Initiative is a partnership between the Large Cities Climate Leadership Group — a group of 22 of the world’s largest municipalities — and the Clinton Foundation. The latter will help the former pool purchasing …

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