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Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson commits to business as usual
31 May 2007 at 12:05pm
It takes a brave man to stare down a pleading nun, but that’s what Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson did yesterday. At a shareholder meeting in Dallas, Sister Pat Daly of New Jersey and others spoke in support of a resolution her order submitted, proposing that Exxon set emissions-reduction targets. No …
Growing palm-oil plantations put orangutans in peril
31 May 2007 at 12:05pm
Thank your lucky stars you evolved, because it’s not a great time to be an ape. In Indonesia and Malaysia, forests are being converted lickety-split into lucrative palm-oil plantations, and orangutans who leave their rapidly diminishing habitat to sneak in for a palmy snack are often tortured or killed. As …
On summer memories and politically correct peanut butter
31 May 2007 at 12:05pm
You know how certain smells can trigger powerful memories? On a recent morning, Roz Cummins got swept into a bit of time travel by the fresh summer air. Recalling her first summer in Boston, she lets loose on working at a feminist magazine located upstairs from a bra factory, living …
Forty nations condemn Japan’s “scientific” whale hunt
31 May 2007 at 12:05pm
The International Whaling Commission has been meeting in Anchorage this week, and as always, Japan is making a splash. Yesterday saw fierce debate over a resolution condemning that country’s “scientific hunt,” in which it’s allowed to kill about 1,000 Antarctic whales. The resolution, sponsored by New Zealand, ultimately passed by …
Hypermilers squeeze every last drop out of their fuel economy
31 May 2007 at 12:05pm
Your hybrid only gets 47 miles per gallon? Too bad for you, sucka. A small group deeming themselves “hypermilers” has adjusted their driving habits to use the teeniest amount of gas possible, and boasts of achieving up to 112.2 mpg. These bad-ass fuel economizers have moved beyond everyday gas-saving techniques …

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