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Religious leaders urge Congress, Bush to act on climate change
22 May 2007 at 11:05am
After millennia of mistrust and conflict, the world’s religions might be united by … climate change? In an open letter published today in two Capitol Hill newspapers, the leaders of more than 20 religious groups urged Congress and President Bush to act on the issue. “Global warming is real, it …

Some car seats leach toxic chemicals, says new report
22 May 2007 at 11:05am
Car seats have joined baby bottles and bath toys on the ever-growing list of Evil Things You’re Subjecting Your Child To. The Michigan-based Ecology Center tested 62 models of tot-toters, finding that about a third can leach chemicals such as chlorine, bromine, and lead. The center, which released a study …

New energy rules could unleash an economic boom and help quash climate change
22 May 2007 at 11:05am
How can we speed up the switch to a cleaner, greener, safer energy system? We need to change the rules of the game, argue Timothy E. Wirth, Vinod Khosla, and John D. Podesta in an opinion piece in Grist. Today, U.S. rules governing the energy system encourage inefficient use of …

French eco-groups get face time with new president
22 May 2007 at 11:05am
Nicolas Sarkozy is better known as a friend to big business than as a friend to the environment, but the newly elected French president is reaching out nonetheless. Yesterday, three days after taking office, he gathered representatives from nine green groups — along with the head of the newly created …

Workaholics, especially American ones, are ruining the planet
22 May 2007 at 11:05am
Now here’s a theory we can get behind: workaholism is ruining the earth. “We are proudly breaking our backs to decrease the carrying capacity of the planet,” says Conrad Schmidt, proponent of the 32-hour work week, who declares that overwork leads to overconsumption, pollution, and less fulfilling life experience. If …

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