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U.S. Interior considering revamp of Endangered Species Act, draft shows
28 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
Last week, a U.S. Interior Department memo quietly changed where endangered species are protected. Now it seems the feds have been giving the Endangered Species Act an even broader rethink. A leaked draft shows that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has toyed with shifting significant ESA powers to states …

Can Wal-Mart and other big-box stores ever be truly green?
28 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
Wal-Mart’s gotten truckloads of positive press about its green initiatives, some of it on this very website. And the mega-retailer’s eco-commitments do have substance — which is exactly what makes them so dangerous, says Stacy Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. With its meaty advances, she argues, Wal-Mart’s managed …

Amazon soy export plant shut down in win for environmentalists
28 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
Greens did a victory dance this weekend as Brazil forced U.S. agribiz giant Cargill to close a soy export terminal in the country’s Amazon region. The facility has long been the focus of a targeted Greenpeace campaign protesting rapid deforestation of the tropical rainforest — which lost about 6,500 square …

Umbra on greening your wedding
28 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
So you’ve found your eternal sweetheart and you’re ready to settle down. How can you use your wedding to pay tribute to the planet? There are two roads you can go by, says advice maven Umbra Fisk: have a three-day blowout anyway, just subbing organic flowers, party favors, and food …

San Francisco approves first-in-nation ban on plastic bags
28 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
San Francisco is the first U.S. city to pass a ban on non-recyclable plastic bags at major supermarkets and drugstores. Once it’s signed into law, the stores will have six months to a year to sack the sacks, switching to compostable, recyclable ones made from corn or potato starch — …

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