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More Cars or More Transportation Alternatives: What Will the World Choose?
October 26, 2007 09:18 AM -

As Tata Motors, one of Asia’s leading automakers, prepares to tap into India’s middle-class market by releasing the “world’s cheapest car” in 2008, other countries with a long history of car dependence are grappling with ways to limit the social, health, and environmental costs of motorized transport. One alternative is so-called bus rapid transit (BRT), which operates like rail transport but offers more flexibility in routes. The systems are gaining popularity in cities in the automobile-loving United States as well as in rapidly developing nations in Asia and Latin America.

Doing it Green
October 25, 2007 07:11 PM - Anne Keefe, Owner, EclipseSpa

EclipseSpa was created by me, Danville, California resident Anne Keefe. My comapny makes a collection of fine organic bath and beauty products that include bath salts, shower gels, lotions, soaps and tea baths in a variety of scents and a line of soy candles and spa music. EclipseSpa products are formulated with organic ingredients. They do not contain any agents known to be harmful to the body. I am committed to sustainable practices and providing the most outstanding organic bath & body essentials. 

As a business owner I had to decide philosophically how to run my business, making choices not only about what is important to me, but also to what my customers, and prospective customers, need and expect from a company. With the heightened media coverage on Global Warming, the Live Earth Day Concert, and everyone making adjustments, on both a corporate level as well as individuals committing to sustainable practices everyday at home, we can no longer deny that there is a long-term problem. 

Doing it Green
October 25, 2007 07:11 PM - Anne Keefe, Owner, EclipseSpa

EclipseSpa was created by me, Danville, California resident Anne Keefe. My comapny makes a collection of fine organic bath and beauty products that include bath salts, shower gels, lotions, soaps and tea baths in a variety of scents and a line of soy candles and spa music. EclipseSpa products are formulated with organic ingredients. They do not contain any agents known to be harmful to the body. I am committed to sustainable practices and providing the most outstanding organic bath & body essentials. 

As a business owner I had to decide philosophically how to run my business, making choices not only about what is important to me, but also to what my customers, and prospective customers, need and expect from a company. With the heightened media coverage on Global Warming, the Live Earth Day Concert, and everyone making adjustments, on both a corporate level as well as individuals committing to sustainable practices everyday at home, we can no longer deny that there is a long-term problem. 

Portland Fashion Week - Day 4 and 5 Retrospective
October 25, 2007 08:46 AM - Victoria

The past two days in Portland have been a flurry of fabric and fun. From local style icons to the only European collection at Portland Fashion Week, this has been a very enjoyable 48 hours. Tuesday was host to "The Collections" - a grouping of Portland designers, most of which have collaborated together or been shown side-by-side before. Wednesday was a mix of local and "foreign" fashions, including brands from the UK and our friend to the south (and location of my apartment), San Francisco.

Containment spreading fast in housing bust: James Saft
October 23, 2007 11:36 AM - James Saft, rEUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Every day more loans to more Americans with all sorts of credit profiles, secured on all sorts of housing, are going bad, and every day the chances of a recession rise.

From the beginning, Fed officials and others have preached "containment" on the housing debacle: first that its effects would be confined to subprime borrowers, then to locations, such as California, and finally that the damage would not spread too far within the economy.

But like a nightmare version of the movie Spartacus, now even the most unlikely borrowers are standing up and telling their lenders: "I am subprime".

Academies: We must address energy imbalance
October 22, 2007 02:23 PM - Jia Hepeng

[BEIJING] An energy report released today (22 October) by the world's science academies has highlighted the need for sustainable energy projects to prioritise the basic energy needs of poor people.

The InterAcademy Council (IAC) — made up of 15 national science academies, including those from Brazil, China, India and the United States — stated in their report that the unequal distribution and use of energy between and within countries was a fundamental problem that the energy sector must address.

Don't run for President, Mr Gore
October 18, 2007 12:36 PM -

Last week's award of the Nobel peace prize signals the coming of age of the public communication of science.

There have been few more significant endorsements of the importance of science communication in bridging the gap between research and policy than the announcement last week that the 2007 Nobel Prize for peace is to be shared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and former US vice-president Al Gore.

'Black Monday' anniversary a reminder of stock market's inherent risks
October 16, 2007 06:35 PM - University of Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The 20th anniversary of Wall Street’s historic “Black Monday” collapse is a good reminder that the lure of investment riches comes with equally dramatic risks, a University of Illinois stock market expert says.

“Events like this remind us that markets have risks and that investors need to exercise prudence. It reminds us that markets are volatile by nature and to respect that,” said David Ikenberry, the chairman of the finance department.

Jittery investors triggered a massive sell-off on Oct. 19, 1987, driving the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 22 percent – the second-largest one-day percentage decline in history. The 508-point slide, dubbed “Black Monday,” wiped out about $560 billion in market worth.

Leaded Lipsticks a Concern for Young, Frequent Users, Expert Says
October 16, 2007 04:17 PM - Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Newswire

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A Purdue University expert says a recent study discussing levels of lead in lipstick should empower consumers with information to take more personal responsibility for their health.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics said tests on 33 brand-name red lipsticks by a California testing group found that 61 percent had detectable lead levels of 0.03 to 0.65 parts per million.

Wei Zheng, (pronounced Way Zsheng) a professor and university faculty scholar in Purdue's School of Health Sciences, studies the toxic effects of heavy metals on the brain.

"It is interesting to me that cosmetics companies considered these relatively small amounts," Zheng says. "Other recent studies have shown that there really is no such thing as a safe level of lead in the blood."

Leaded Lipsticks a Concern for Young, Frequent Users, Expert Says
October 16, 2007 04:17 PM - Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Newswire

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A Purdue University expert says a recent study discussing levels of lead in lipstick should empower consumers with information to take more personal responsibility for their health.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics said tests on 33 brand-name red lipsticks by a California testing group found that 61 percent had detectable lead levels of 0.03 to 0.65 parts per million.

Wei Zheng, (pronounced Way Zsheng) a professor and university faculty scholar in Purdue's School of Health Sciences, studies the toxic effects of heavy metals on the brain.

"It is interesting to me that cosmetics companies considered these relatively small amounts," Zheng says. "Other recent studies have shown that there really is no such thing as a safe level of lead in the blood."