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Dirty diesel generators proliferate in developing countries
9 Jan 2007 at 1:01pm
The good news: Access to electricity is spreading to previously unserved areas, allowing residents of rural villages to grow more crops with electrically powered irrigation pumps and connect to the rest of the world through television. The bad news: The most common power source for these communities is filthy diesel …

An urban denizen beseeches nature writers to focus on cities for a change
9 Jan 2007 at 1:01pm
Henry David Thoreau went to the woods in order to live deliberately, and as a result spawned generations of googly-eyed, moss-worshipping nature writers. But is paying dreamy tribute to wilderness where it’s at in the 21st century? Los Angeles-based writer Jenny Price submits that the answer is no. Writers and …

Pennsylvania governor blocked from issuing mercury rule
9 Jan 2007 at 1:01pm
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) got green plaudits last year when he proposed a plan to scrub 90 percent of mercury pollution from the state’s coal-fired power plants by 2015, but a little-known state agency is now blocking his move. The Legislative Reference Bureau has sided with the majority of …

How to deal with the generation gap in the eco-workplace
9 Jan 2007 at 1:01pm
Close to 50 percent of environmental professionals and managers will soon be eligible for retirement, a prospect that has their employers worried. But more importantly, asks Kevin Doyle of the Environmental Careers Organization, what if they don’t actually retire anytime soon? It means we’re all gonna have to learn to …

Gates Foundation invests in polluting companies that undermine its health goals
9 Jan 2007 at 1:01pm
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spends more than a billion dollars a year on promoting global health — but it invests billions more in polluting companies that cause health problems around the globe. About 5 percent of the foundation’s assets are dispersed in do-gooding grants each year, and the …

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