Lifestyle

Discovery sees Planet Green in 70 million homes
November 28, 2007 12:48 PM - Reuters

Discovery Communications said on Wednesday it expects to reach as many as 70 million homes with its upcoming Planet Green cable network within three years of its launch, up from a start of 52 million.

The company is converting its Discovery Home Channel into Planet Green, the first 24-hour U.S. television network dedicated to eco-friendly lifestyle programming that will launch in 2008.

U.N. seeks about $100 mln to fight hunger in Indonesia
November 28, 2007 05:30 AM - Reuters

JAKARTA (Reuters) - The United Nations' food agency launched on Wednesday a drive to raise nearly $100 million from international donors to fund food aid for 840,000 people in Indonesia facing hunger.

World Food Programme (WFP) officials warned that the agency had not yet received any major pledges for the three-year programme, which could curtail its work in the developing Southeast Asian nation.

Stock car racing going green -- at own pace
November 27, 2007 02:14 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - NASCAR, the U.S. car racing circuit, is waving the green flag. Like other leagues, companies and organizations, NASCAR has studied a variety of ways to become more environmentally sensitive, including using alternative fuels in the racing cars, Chairman Brian France said on Tuesday.

Iceland best place to live, Africa worst: UN
November 27, 2007 08:59 AM - Reuters

Rich free-market countries dominate the top places, with Iceland, Norway, Australia, Canada and Ireland the first five but the United States slipping to 12th place from eighth last year in the U.N. Human Development Index.

France and Germany seek to break GMO deadlock
November 26, 2007 12:36 PM - Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Agricultural powerhouses France and Germany sought on Monday to break the deadlock that has kept genetically modified crops out of most of Europe, saying rules must be changed to ease their approval.

"This authorization process of GMOs is highly unsatisfactory and worrying, it cannot stay like this," German Agriculture Minister Horst Seehofer told reporters on arriving for a meeting of EU farm ministers.

Farmworkers Target Tobacco Giant After Deaths in the Fields
November 26, 2007 08:58 AM - Paul Abowd , Organic Consumers Association

"Workers say the hardest part of tobacco is the summer heat. Workers often aren't allowed a break, and the chances of heat sickness are high." Tobacco kills in many ways. Long before that first puff lies yet more lethality, hidden in the fields where the tobacco leaf is grown. Last year alone, heat stroke claimed nine North Carolina field workers.

First Ever "Climate Neutral" T-Shirts and Hoodies
November 26, 2007 08:33 AM - , Greenloop Fashions

EarthPositive apparel is a good example of taking it to the next level. Yes, they are just basics likely to be used for promotional means (think band t-shirts and convention give aways) and not something we are going to see gracing the runways of any fashion week...ever, but given the mainstream appetite for t-shirts and hoodies, I think these guys are on the right track. Yes, cutting back on promotional items that no one really ever wears anyway (except perhaps to paint in or clean house) is ultimately where we need to go, but in the mean time, this is a step in the right direction. Here's what they have to say.

Minorities hit hardest by housing crisis
November 26, 2007 08:14 AM - Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In May, Alvin Clavon received a foreclosure notice on the simple, Spanish-style house in South Los Angeles that he shares with his wife and three boys.

Forget the climate! Britons scent U.S. bargains
November 26, 2007 08:09 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - For British tourists heading to the Big Apple to take advantage of a weak dollar and stock up on bargains, the choice is clear: saving money comes before saving the planet.

With sterling hitting its highest levels against the dollar since 1981, British media are cranking up headlines on the number of people jetting to the United States to pick up bargain designer clothes and electrical goods.

"The weak dollar is certainly helping a few shoppers find their way to the U.S.," George Stinnes, head of investor relations at British Airways, said earlier this month when the company reported passenger numbers on routes to the Americas had jumped 7.4 percent in October from a year ago.

Sarkozy tackles Hu on yuan and human rights
November 26, 2007 06:31 AM - Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy brought his trademark directness to China on Monday, publicly urging President Hu Jintao to let the yuan rise more swiftly and cajoling Beijing to do more to respect human rights.

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