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Vermont court hears landmark vehicle-emissions case
9 Apr 2007 at 1:04pm
This week, the U.S. state with the fewest registered cars will take the driver’s seat in the race to regulate carbon-dioxide emissions. A Vermont court will hear a landmark case on whether the state’s adoption of a stringent California emissions law is legal. Under the Clean Air Act, states can …

Meghan Meyers, founder of green-wedding mag Portovert, InterActivates
9 Apr 2007 at 1:04pm
Love is in the air, and you know what that means: big, garish, resource-intensive nuptials. Buck the trend, says this week’s InterActivist, and have yourself a green weddin’. Meghan Meyers is the founder and CEO of Portovert, the first and only eco-savvy wedding magazine. Today, she dishes about how to …

Wracked with plastic-bottle worries, parents turn to an old standby
9 Apr 2007 at 1:04pm
Anxious parents are snatching up glass baby bottles after a February report showed that plastic bottles can contain bisphenol A, a chemical that mimics estrogen. One website saw about a tenfold increase in glass-bottle sales before running out; a company in Ohio got 300 glassy-eyed orders the day the report …

Umbra on prioritizing water conservation
9 Apr 2007 at 1:04pm
Loyal readers of Ask Umbra notice her tendency to encourage a big-picture focus over small-picture fretting — though, as she’s the first to point out, even she’s been known to dwell on the diminutive — and today one asks how to “big-picture” (new verb!) his household water use. In response, …

Changes in USDA policy could hit organic coffee hard
9 Apr 2007 at 1:04pm
Hold onto your latte: News is seeping out about a change at the U.S. Department of Agriculture that could affect the cost and availability of organic products from developing countries, including bananas, spices, sugar, and coffee. Normally, a farm must undergo an annual inspection to get certified. But for years, …

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