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How green will the 110th Congress be?
17 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
“Nowhere is there a greater threat to future generations than the disastrous effects of global warming,” says Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), incoming chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, who pledges to make climate legislation a top priority. And Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says she’ll continue to support …

Pennsylvania plan would cut mercury emissions 90 percent in nine years
17 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
If a plan approved by a state board yesterday makes it through 14 days of withering stares from the legislature, Pennsylvania will join the cadre of states enacting tougher environmental rules than the feds. The controversial plan, which aims to cut mercury emissions 90 percent over the next nine years, …

Fast Food Nation movie opens today, and we talk with author Eric Schlosser
17 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
There was a time when Eric Schlosser took his kids out for fast food. But once he started researching an article on the industry, all that changed. The article turned into a widely acclaimed book, Fast Food Nation, which has now been turned into a Richard Linklater-directed film, opening today. …

Deep-sea trawling puts ecosystems in deep trouble, says U.N. report
17 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
Deep-sea trawling is bad. How bad? Uh, pretty bad. Turns out raking gigantic fishing nets across the ocean floor shatters millennia-old coral, raises smothering clouds of sediment, and destroys underwater mountains. “It’s the equivalent of clearing old-growth forest to collect squirrels,” says researcher Alex Rogers, who helped prepare a draft …

Julian Dautremont-Smith, higher-education sustainability advocate, answers re…
17 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
Turns out readers from all over — students and professors alike — are curious about how to get their universities climate neutral and sustainability minded. And this week’s InterActivist, Julian Dautremont-Smith of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, is here to help them get schooled, answering …

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