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Biggest U.S. oil-tanker company slapped with $37 million in dumping fines
22 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
They would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those meddling pipe fitters: the nation’s largest oil-tanker company, Overseas Shipholding Group, will pay $37 million for gooping up U.S. seas. For nearly five years, the company’s ships dumped waste oil and sludge off the coasts of Los Angeles, …

Gore gets a warm welcome on Capitol Hill, and a few heated exchanges
22 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
Al Gore got a superstar reception in Congress yesterday when he made the case for sweeping federal action to fight global warming. Politicians from both sides of the aisle welcomed him back to his old stomping grounds and listened intently as he put forth 10 bold proposals for staving off …

Four years of war has not improved Iraq’s environment
22 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
After four years of U.S.-led war and the two Saddam-ized decades preceding it, Iraq’s water, land, and air are in rough shape. “The Tigris and Euphrates rivers are essentially open sewers,” says Azzam Alwash of Nature Iraq, who also says clean-up is needed on over 500 industrial plants that would …

If organic food is so popular, why aren’t more farms transitioning their land?
22 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
You buy organic food to support farmers who choose not to use pesticides and other harmful growing methods, right? So why is it that, despite a surge in U.S. organic sales, there’s no surge in organic farming? Tom Philpott takes a closer look at this puzzle, revealing which organic foods …

The seventh — and, alas, final — Harry Potter book goes green
22 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
Is Draco Malfoy green with envy, or is it just the paper he’s printed on? With only 121 days until the last Harry Potter book hits the shelves (not that we’re counting), U.S. publisher Scholastic has partnered with the Rainforest Alliance to green up “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. …

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