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U.N. chief says climate change poses as big a threat as war
2 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
When we were in school, assemblies were a chance to see something fun, like a juggler or a movie. How times change. Two months after taking office, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave his first climate-change speech, saying all kinds of gloomy things to an audience of schoolchildren from around the …

Famed California town may have to fight yet another pollution battle
2 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
Note to pollutey people: if you want to keep a low profile, perhaps it’s wise not to situate yourself in a location made famous for being unjustly polluted. A sewage-sludge conversion plant is being planned eight miles away from Hinkley, the small California town made forever infamous by Julia Roberts’ …

Michael Boots, director of the Seafood Choices Alliance, answers readers’ que…
2 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
Michael Boots has never sucked the head of a crawfish, but he sure does know a lot about seafood. As this week’s InterActivist, the director of the Seafood Choices Alliance advises readers who can’t make head nor tail of whether to eat shrimp, Chilean sea bass, or organic farmed salmon. …

Your commute may be killing you, says clean-air advocacy group
2 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
Here’s one more reason to hate your commute: it could be making you sick. Commuters — on car, train, bus, bike, or foot — breathe in up to eight times more diesel soot particles than they would just being in a downtown area, according to a new study by the …

Kansas could see first commercial crop of human-gene-containing rice
2 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
A California company is one step closer to growing rice that contains human genes on a commercial scale. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given a preliminary OK to a plan to sow 450 Kansas acres with the stuff this spring, with 2,750 more acres to come. Ventria Bioscience’s three …

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