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Toys 'R' Us Recalls 27,000 Chinese-Made Lead-Tainted Coloring Cases
August 30, 2007 10:44 AM - Tenzin Pema, Reuters
NEW YORK - Toys "R" Us Inc is recalling about 27,000 Imaginarium wooden coloring cases that were made in China because they violate federal lead paint standards. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the recall on Thursday, said the 213-piece coloring cases were sold at the toy retailer's stores and on its Web site from October 2006 through August 2007 for about $20. The printed ink on the outer packaging of the wood case contains lead, and some of the black watercolor paint contains excessive levels of lead, the agency said.
The High Price Our Environment is Paying For Our Spending
August 30, 2007 08:09 AM - Australian Conservation Fund
A new interactive online tool reveals that people living in Australia’s wealthiest metropolitan areas are responsible for the country’s highest household greenhouse pollution, than households in less affluent areas because of their levels of consumption.
Vegetables Make Great Colors
August 30, 2007 08:00 AM - Victoria E, Greenloop Fashions
Layering season (a.k.a autumn) is just around the corner, so you can imagine just how amped I was when the new colors of Stewart+Brown's Organic Cotton Lengthened Tee came in. Already having five different colors on this uniquely cute top in my closet, I've found that is always room for more.
New Orleans Marks Second Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with Prayers, Protest, Disappointment
August 30, 2007 07:37 AM - Mary Foster, Associated Press
Prayers, protests and a lingering disgust with the government's response to Hurricane Katrina marked the disaster's second anniversary Wednesday, with a presidential visit doing little to mollify those still displaced by the storm.
A Permanent Ban On Internet Taxes?
August 29, 2007 08:07 PM - Brian Wingfield, USC Law
WASHINGTON, D.C. - By all accounts, it's fairly safe to say that Congress is not going to allow state and local taxes on Internet service, at least for the next several years.
Survey: Passengers Blame Airlines Not Weather For Flight Delays
August 29, 2007 06:22 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
NEW YORK - The majority of air travelers have been delayed within the past three months -- and they hold the airlines responsible. That's the dope from a new survey shows consumer perceptions of the causes for air travel delays.
Conservatories Create Magical Year-Round Living Under Glass
August 29, 2007 08:26 AM - Della De Lafuente, Associated Press
Borrowing an idea from the glass houses traditionally used in England as horticultural buildings to grow delicate plants, some high-end homeowners are adding conservatories and orangeries to their residences to combine the comfort of being indoors with the splendor of the great outdoors.
InvitationConsultants.com Releases Eco-Friendly 'Green' Invitations
August 29, 2007 08:24 AM - PR Newswire
InvitationConsultants.com, a Tampa based retailer of invitations and stationery, has unveiled a unique line of recycled invitations, in response to increased awareness surrounding environmentally-friendly weddings.
Forgo Bottled Water — and Soda — To Save The Planet
August 29, 2007 07:43 AM - Jennifer Wilkins, Cornell Chronicle
The bottled water industry is in the crosshairs of a debate about health, the environment, truth in marketing and the privatization of a public good for private gain. The criticism about this ubiquitous beverage springs from numerous sectors — nongovernmental organizations, religious groups, government officials and restaurateurs.
China's Wall becoming less and less Great
August 29, 2007 07:42 AM - Reuters
Sand storms in northwest China are reducing sections of Great Wall to mounds of dirt and may cause them to disappear in about 20 years, state media said on Wednesday. The Great Wall, which was chosen last month as top of the new seven wonders of the world, snakes its way across more than 6,400 km (3,980 miles) and receives an estimated 10 million visitors a year.