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Study says climate threatens Northeast icons like lobsters and foliage
13 Jul 2007 at 12:07pm
Imagine the Northeast without lobsters, snow, cranberries, and colorful foliage. Without that, you’d have — what, white churches and crusty old lumberjacks? But all those natural icons are at risk from climate change, says a report the Union of Concerned Scientists put together with scientists and economists. “The character of …
L.A.’s bias toward rail and against buses is racist, argues Eric Mann
13 Jul 2007 at 12:07pm
When are public-transit rail projects a bad thing? When they come at the expense of a strong bus system that low-income working people of color depend on, argues Eric Mann. He’s knee-deep in the fight over Los Angeles’s public transit, working with other grassroots activists and the Bus Riders Union …
Chemical dangers to air-breathing animals overlooked, researchers say
13 Jul 2007 at 12:07pm
A new study in Science says regulators have overlooked the effects that thousands of chemicals could have on air-breathing organisms. Such as, for instance, people. In general, regulators study how chemicals accumulate in aquatic-based food chains; they look at how toxics dissolve in water and fat, but not at how …
Michael Kieschnick, president of Working Assets, answers readers’ questions
13 Jul 2007 at 12:07pm
This week’s interview with Michael Kieschnick, president of credit card and long-distance provider Working Assets, got readers hung up on the socially conscious company’s affiliation with the not-so-socially conscious Bank of America. Today, Kieschnick admits that he harbors no delusions about the ease of looking out for the environment in …
Mayors of 29 Great Lakes cities vow to cut water consumption
13 Jul 2007 at 12:07pm
What’s a Friday without some toilet talk? The mayors of 29 Canadian and U.S. cities in the Great Lakes region have agreed to cut water consumption 15 percent from 2000 levels by 2015, and one of their solutions is banning inefficient potties. “We need provincial legislation about low-flow toilets,” said …

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