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Beware of the Bag Monster!

After all those late nights sitting up by your young environmentalist's bed, reassuring her that no, there really aren't any monsters in her closet, you may be in for a bit of a shock. Evidently, monsters are real! And they're coming to a mall near you. Meet... the Bag Monster! From Grist: It C...

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The Sickening Effects of Climate Change

I often wonder if, somewhere between talk of melting polar ice caps and migrating polar bears, the crux of the climate issue gets lost. On a surprisingly regular basis, I find myself engaged in conversations where I try to explain that this isn't just a cause for the treehuggers and scientists-- ...

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Biking to Work?! Oh, the Horror!

From Grist: 'State Farm can get you back behind the wheel' Posted by David Roberts at 11:15 PM on 03 Apr 2008 Witness the humiliation as this distinguished professional is forced to ... my God, I can barely say it ... ride a bike to work. Do something, State Farm! Anything! "You know that pla...

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Seattle Mayor Proposes Grocery Bag Fee

Props to Seattle officials for promoting the idea that the only green bag is a reusable bag! Seattle Officials Propose 20-cent Grocery Bag Fee by Sharon Pian Chan Next time the cashier says "paper or plastic," think outside the bags. Think about ocean pollution, giant landfills and global warm...

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Scientists: Consumption Won’t Bring Happiness

We've all been told that money can't buy us love. According to the results of a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia, it won't buy happiness either. Here's to living simply! Give It Away, Now Interesting Research Findings on Wealth and Happiness Posted b...

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Using “Organic?” Check Again.

Just Because It Says "Organic" Doesn't Mean It Won't Give You a Ton of Cancer From The Consumerist March 18, 2008 Here at the Consumerist we're not trying to tell you that you need to buy organic soap, but if you do want organic soap... we think you should get what you're paying for. To that ...

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High School Environmental Group Acts, Inspires

Today's post was written by a group of high school students from Herricks High School in Long Island, NY. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -Ghandi In the world that we live in today, it is certainly no strange sight to see environmentalist groups working hard for a better e...

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Why Bottled Water is (Still) Not the Answer

With the recent hype over the quality of U.S. water supplies, I've been more than a little concerned that fear-stricken consumers would rashly abandon their Britas and start stockpiling Poland Springs. You and I both know the studies demonstrating time and time again that bottled water, which is ...

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Greening the Faith: Worshippers of Consumption, Take Note!

Taking a bold stride in a new and praiseworthy direction, forty-four Southern Baptist leaders have backed a declaration calling for major action on global warming. Entitled "A Southern Baptist Declaration on the Environment and Climate Change," the resolution challenges individuals to consider th...

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High-Fructose Corn Syrup: Not So Sweet for the Planet

Washington Post Eviana Hartman Sunday, March 9, 2008; N02 Much ink has been devoted to the dietary hazards of high-fructose corn syrup, the cheap, ubiquitous sweetener found not just in soda and Twinkies but in many foods that aren't even considered sweets, such as bread and ketchup. Though th...

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