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Federal judge rejects Forest Service plan to log in national monument

23 Aug 2006 at 1:08pm

A federal judge put the smackdown yesterday on a U.S. Forest Service plan to allow increased logging in California’s Giant Sequoia National Monument, home to about two-thirds of the world’s largest trees. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said the USFS forest management plan lacked “coherent or clear guidance” and “trampled …

Big buyers make organic farmers feel smaller than ever

23 Aug 2006 at 1:08pm

Sometimes environmental comings and goings make our heads spin. Like there’s this: Whole Foods and Wal-Mart are putting their heft behind organics. Yay! Right? But then there’s this: if the market shifts to having two big buyers setting low, low prices instead of a whole boatload of buyers paying through …

Warmer climate could lead to increased bubonic plague

23 Aug 2006 at 1:08pm

Ever feel like we live in End Times? Well, you may be right. Apparently, in coming years we can expect more bubonic plague — yes, plague, as in “bring out your dead!” Researchers publishing in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” found that a rise of just 1.8 …

Umbra on electric cars

23 Aug 2006 at 1:08pm

Fans of the electric car make much of its promise. Nice silent ride! Easy to charge! And most important, no nasty emissions! But a reader wonders whether those nasty emissions might just be coming from a different place: the power plants that charge these radical rides. Is it six of …

FBI investigates Illinois environmental activist

23 Aug 2006 at 1:08pm

Add Jim Bensman of Alton, Ill., to your ever-growing list of People the Feds Think You Should Fear. Mild-mannered Bensman is a coordinator with an environmental group (terror level yellow!). In late July, he attended an Army Corps of Engineers public meeting on the proposed construction of a fish-bypass channel …

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