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About 20 percent of farm-animal species are endangered, says FAO
18 Dec 2006 at 1:12pm
Word association time: What comes to mind when you think “endangered species”? Odd-looking tropical frogs and obscure birds with funny names? Time to adjust your thinking: The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that one in five species of farm animal are in danger of extinction. Of more than 7,600 …

Barenaked Ladies vocalist Steven Page lays bare his hopes for a green future
18 Dec 2006 at 1:12pm
Fun-loving pop-rock band Barenaked Ladies gave their recent U.S. tour an eco-makeover, reducing their footprint with carbon offsets, compostable dishes, and an album distributed via USB thumb drive. They’ve also partnered with nonprofit Reverb to set up an “eco-village” where concertgoers can learn about going green. Grist’s Sarah van Schagen …

Chinese white dolphin is likely extinct
18 Dec 2006 at 1:12pm
The baiji, a white dolphin found only in China’s Yangtze River, appears to have gone extinct. Lipotes vexillifer has been swimming China’s longest river for some 20 million years, but in the end it was no match for China’s surging economy. In the last few decades, the Yangtze’s shallows have …

Umbra on wrapping creatively
18 Dec 2006 at 1:12pm
You know how they say it’s the thought that counts? Today a reader worries about how thoughtful he’ll seem when he wraps his holiday gifts in the Sunday funnies. On the other hand, using brand-new candy-striped wrapping paper only to see it torn off and thrown away is depressing. What …

Inuit climate petition against U.S. is rejected
18 Dec 2006 at 1:12pm
Is climate change a human-rights issue? The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights decided to dodge the question. Arctic Inuit submitted a petition to the commission a year ago, accusing the U.S. government of violating Native peoples’ rights to their traditional ways of life by declining to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions. The …

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