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EPA chief spurns scientific advice, rejects stricter particulate controls
22 Sep 2006 at 3:09pm
Yesterday, U.S. EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson — rejecting the near-unanimous recommendation of his agency’s own scientific advisory council, as well as the pleas of health and environmental advocates — failed to strengthen the Clean Air Act’s standards for maximum annual soot-particle levels. Johnson did strengthen the standards for daily intake, …

Is Monsanto playing fast and loose with Roundup Ready Soybeans in Argentina?
22 Sep 2006 at 3:09pm
In Argentina, which ranks second only to the United States in production of genetically modified crops, agro-giant Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Soybeans are increasingly ubiquitous — and controversial. RR soy fields are taking over jungles and savannas, with steep social and environmental consequences; meanwhile, Monsanto is finagling in European courts to …

California campaigner spreading carbon-cap gospel to other states
22 Sep 2006 at 3:09pm
Terry Tamminen is restyling himself as the “Johnny Appleseed” of carbon caps. Formerly environmental adviser and cabinet secretary for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), he’s now working to spread California’s climate policy to other states, and eventually, he hopes, to the country as a whole. First he’ll focus on getting southwestern …

Alisa Gravitz, director of Co-op America, answers readers’ questions
22 Sep 2006 at 3:09pm
Think you have to be rich to make a difference with your dollars? Not so, says Co-op America director Alisa Gravitz. The money each one of us spends on day-to-day living can make a major impact, she argues, so it’s critical to spend smart. As InterActivist this week, Gravitz chats …

Schwarzenegger sells his Hummers, pals around with NYC Mayor Bloomberg
22 Sep 2006 at 3:09pm
Had your doubts that California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) was walking his green talk? Oh, he’s walking all right — the guv has sold his eight Hummers. It was Schwarzenegger who originally convinced then-manufacturer AM General to make a version of the hulking vehicles for the civilian market, and in …

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