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British Prime Minister Tony Blair to resign, climate legacy mixed
10 May 2007 at 12:05pm
British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced his resignation today in a short speech whose message amounted to, “Sorry about blindly following Bush. Forgive me?” Blair leaves in late June after 10 years at 10 Downing Street, with Finance Minister Gordon Brown expected to replace him. While much of the insta-chatter …

GM joins climate pact, Citigroup pledges $50 billion to fight warming
10 May 2007 at 12:05pm
This week saw big businesses make big strides toward climate action — or at least talking about climate action. The U.S. Climate Action Partnership doubled its ranks, adding 14 businesses and green groups including GM, Dow Chemical, PepsiCo, and Shell. Since forming in January, U.S. CAP has pushed for a …

On the peculiar American habit of demonizing food
10 May 2007 at 12:05pm
If you’ve spent any time reading Tom Philpott’s work for Grist, you know he has feelings about industrial corn. And they’re not the Hallmark-card kind of feelings. But all his maize wandering has left at least one reader corn-fused: is it OK for her to buy corn at her local …

Senate committee OKs bill to raise fuel-economy standards
10 May 2007 at 12:05pm
A Senate committee has approved legislation that would increase average vehicle fuel efficiency to 35 miles per gallon by 2020, with a 4 percent annual increase from 2021 to 2030. For nearly two decades, U.S. passenger cars have averaged 27.5 mpg, while light trucks and SUVs have measured even lower. …

Alice Waters leads 200-chef brigade to protect wild salmon
10 May 2007 at 12:05pm
Led by celebri-chef Alice Waters, some 200 chefs in 33 states are calling on Congress to protect river habitats and deprioritize hydroelectric dams that cramp Northwest salmon’s style. “Wild salmon is one of the unique, authentic heritage foods of the Pacific Northwest,” reads a letter that the cooking coalition presented …

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