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London mayor unveils comprehensive climate-change plan
28 Feb 2007 at 11:02am
London Mayor Ken Livingstone unveiled a Climate Change Action Plan yesterday in hopes of making the English capital the greenest city in the world. Under the scheme, London will switch 25 percent of its power supply to local generation, and businesses that invest in green technology will earn merit badges, …

Burned out of business, Japan calls a halt to its annual whale hunt
28 Feb 2007 at 11:02am
Japan’s whaling fleet, unable to recover from a mid-February fire that killed a crew member and disabled its main ship, has called off its controversial annual hunt a month early. While protesters expressed sympathy for the human loss, they also did a dance of joy that “no more Southern Ocean …

Umbra on insulation, again
28 Feb 2007 at 11:02am
You may remember advice maven Umbra Fisk’s last column on insulation — the one she wrote when she was ill, and her head felt filled with fiberglass. Well, we’re not in the habit of offering excuses, but that could explain why she overlooked this key detail: it is possible, as …

Elephants massacred as ivory trade picks up
28 Feb 2007 at 11:02am
As many as 23,000 elephants may have been killed in just one year, as an international effort to stem the ivory trade has fallen to the wayside, particularly in Africa. Increased demand for white tuskiness in Japan and China, combined with declining funding for anti-poaching programs, has overwhelmed the intentions …

Leading tech competitors bury the hatchet to improve energy efficiency
28 Feb 2007 at 11:02am
Hold onto your geek hat: 11 leading tech companies have partnered to reduce the energy used by servers and data centers. The Green Grid — made up of foes including Intel, IBM, Microsoft, AMD, Sun Microsystems, and Hewlett-Packard — thinks data-center efficiency “is the most significant issue facing technology providers …

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