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Baby seals drown from melting ice as Canada hunt begins
4 Apr 2007 at 1:04pm
Pop an antidepressant before reading this: Canada has reduced this year’s quota for its annual harp seal hunt by 20 percent, to a mere 270,000 — not because of pressure from conservationists and animal activists, but because thousands of baby seals have already fallen through melting ice in the Gulf …

An interview with Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers
4 Apr 2007 at 1:04pm
Duke Energy got spanked by the Supreme Court this week over its refusal to install certain high-tech pollution controls on aging coal-fired power plants, and Duke CEO Jim Rogers says the utility will continue to defend its position on the issue. But on another issue — climate change — Rogers …

Washington state first in the nation to ban PBDEs
4 Apr 2007 at 1:04pm
Washington state will be the first in the nation to phase out nasty fireproofing chemicals called PBDEs, which show up in the bodies of people and wildlife and may cause neurological damage. Yesterday, the state Senate passed a measure that will eventually ban home items containing deca, the most commonly …

Umbra on aluminum bottles vs. Nalgene bottles
4 Apr 2007 at 1:04pm
As we grow up, everything gets bigger: our hands, our feet, our clothes — even our plastic drinking vessels. Following her Monday column on baby bottles and sippy cups, advice maven Umbra Fisk bangs around some thoughts on water bottles for adults. A reader wants to know whether aluminum is …

X Prize Foundation offers $10 million prize for creator of eco-friendly car
4 Apr 2007 at 1:04pm
Wanna win a cool $10 million? Read on. The X Prize Foundation is launching a contest to see who can design the best mass-producible, low-emissions vehicle, cheap enough to sell 10,000 units a year, with a fuel economy of at least 100 miles per gallon — about five times the …

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