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U.S. ranks low on climate-change list topped by European countries
15 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
Two groups have ranked the climate-change successes of the 56 countries responsible for 90 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions, and concluded that they all suck. “We don’t have any winners, we only have countries that are better compared to others,” says Matthias Duwe of the Climate Action Network. “We …

What the Democrats’ win means for the sustainable-food movement
15 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
Just because Democrats are taking the reins of Congress doesn’t mean that U.S. agricultural policies will suddenly shift. Many of last week’s winners are fans of big-ag policies that are — how to put this? — trashing land and livelihoods around the country. Tom Philpott investigates the food politics of …

Detroit CEOs meet with President Bush, discuss energy concerns
15 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
Since lunch with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) didn’t kill him, President Bush cozied up to another foe: the Big Three automakers. Yesterday, Bush met with the CEOs of Ford, GM, and the Chrysler Group, a trio he ruffled earlier this year by saying they’d improve financially if they made “relevant” …

On environmental busybodies
15 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
Today a reader from Texas asks advice maven Umbra Fisk if she should replace all her synthetic clothing with organic styles, per the advice of a well-meaning friend. Umbra weighs in on whether wardrobes make an impact — and doesn’t keep her feelings about environmentally righteous busybodies in the closet. …

U.K. shoppers encouraged to bully manufacturers that create excess waste
15 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
Offering hope to scofflaws everywhere, U.K. Environment Minister Ben Bradshaw says British shoppers should leave “unnecessary and excessive” packaging at store checkouts and tattle on package-happy manufacturers. The government-sanctioned shop and skedaddle plan sounds delightfully naughty — particularly since manufacturers found guilty of overpackaging single items can be fined up …

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