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Fishing industry, USDA square off over definition of organic fish
28 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
What makes a fish organic? That query has the U.S. Agriculture Department swimming in circles as it fleshes out a new organic rule. Is wild-caught fish the purest, or is closely monitored farm-raised fish the better option? If the latter, does it matter if the fish eats organic plant-based feed …

Supremes to decide whether EPA can or must regulate greenhouse-gas emissions
28 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
Tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments in Massachusetts v. EPA, a humdinger of a case looking at whether the federal government can or must regulate greenhouse-gas emissions. The case centers on a Clean Air Act provision that requires regulation of air pollutants that “may reasonably be anticipated …

Moby reflects on his new “best of” album and his not-so-new social activism
28 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
DJ-turned-pop-star Moby has just released a “best of” collection of his electro/techno-styled hits. But aside from his music, Moby’s, er, white whale is his work with various political and social causes. He campaigns with MoveOn, helps raise money for progressive politicians, and, as a vegan, considers his commitment to the …

Christian Coalition leader-to-be resigns over climate change, poverty stance
28 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
We remember when evangelical leaders served time before stepping down in disgrace — hello, fabulous Bakker boy — but the latest kerfuffle involves a figurehead who hadn’t even assumed his position. And this time the scandal isn’t sexual, it’s environmental. The Rev. Joel C. Hunter, a Florida pastor whose term …

Two takes on the box-office smash “Happy Feet”
28 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
For the last couple of weeks, a moving musical about a dance-happy penguin has been romping through U.S. box offices, shoving even suave operative James Bond out of the way. What’s the key to the movie’s success, and does its environmental message ring true? Andrew Sharpless of Oceana and Grist …

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