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Canada replaces environment minister, pledges to get greener
5 Jan 2007 at 11:01am
As part of a major cabinet shakeup, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has replaced oft-criticized Environment Minister Rona Ambrose with former Treasury Board head John Baird, acknowledging that his government needs to greenify. “We’ve clearly determined we need to do more on the environment,” Harper said. “Particularly when it comes …

Big Easy residents move back into homes that remain in danger’s path
5 Jan 2007 at 11:01am
While officials continue to debate the best way to rebuild New Orleans, those who lived there just want to go home. But as residents slowly but surely return, many are reinhabiting houses that may not stand up to severe weather and returning to areas planners think should be abandoned, some …

One woman’s eco-evolution, from off the grid to on the clock
5 Jan 2007 at 11:01am
These days, Vanessa McGrady works at a desk, in a suit, producing corporate communications about conservation for an electric utility in Los Angeles. But not so long ago, she was hauling water and chopping wood as a homesteader in a remote part of Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula. How did she …

In India, U.K., and U.S., climate change is cause for conflict
5 Jan 2007 at 11:01am
Climate challenges erupted all over the globe this week. In India, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told a group of 5,000 scientists that the developing world “cannot afford to ape the West in terms of its environmentally wasteful lifestyle,” adding that India must invest in alternative energy and research how climate …

San Francisco Bay Area coalition urges focus on local economy
5 Jan 2007 at 11:01am
What will those hippies think of next? A coalition of groups in the San Francisco Bay Area is undertaking a push against globalization and the labor and environmental offenses it incurs. The coalition, which just released a 30-page plan, hopes to coordinate with business and government leaders to move the …

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