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EarthTalk: Is it True that Dry Cleaning Is Bad for the Environment?
December 15, 2004 12:00 AM - the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

Studies show that perchloroethylene--the solvent used by the vast majority of dry cleaning establishments--is both hazardous to human health and injurious to the environment.

Couple Finds Attractive Way to Recycle Shopping Bags
December 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Alisha A. Pina, The Providence Journal

The reactions are usually shock, then disbelief, then a thorough inspection and finally a quick feel when the Morins tell people the material of their crocheted handbags.

Time to Reinvent Our Future
December 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Dr. David Suzuki, an op/ed

Last time, I suggested that human beings have almost always lived within a worldview in which everything is interconnected and where we knew we had responsibilities to act in certain ways to ensure nature's generosity and abundance would continue. But suddenly in the past century we've become blind to those interconnections and therefore have lost our sense of responsibility - and now it's putting our future at risk.

California Seeks to Create More Solar Homes
December 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

California could have 1 million buildings producing solar energy by 2018, with half of all new homes powered by the sun, administration officials said as they outlined ways to meet one of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's more ambitious campaign promises.

Cuts in Carbon Dioxide Emissions Urged
December 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Charles J. Hanley, Associated Press

The world's chief climate scientist on Tuesday disputed the U.S. government contention that cutbacks in carbon dioxide emissions are not yet warranted to check global warming.

Rich Need To Do More on Environment, World Bank Says
December 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

The World Bank Tuesday chastised rich countries for not giving enough to fund global environmental protection and warned that overall progress in meeting global environmental targets was "alarmingly slow."

Experts Scramble for Way to Drain Oil from Ship Near Dutch Harbor, Alaska
December 15, 2004 12:00 AM - The Seattle Times

Salvagers and federal and state officials are scrambling to develop a plan to drain the remaining fuel out of a wrecked freighter off Unalaska Island to avoid spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of thick bunker oil into coastal waters rich in crab, seabirds and marine mammals.

Fish Mercury Poisoning Warning Goes Statewide in West Virginia
December 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette, W.Va.

West Virginians should limit their consumption of fish from all state rivers and streams because of high levels of mercury poisoning, state regulators announced Monday.

Farmers Wonder About Their Future as Technology Increasingly Takes Over Their Tasks
December 15, 2004 12:00 AM - John Seewer, Associated Press

On today's farm, tractors and combines are bigger, faster and smarter. Soil tests and topography maps give farmers more information. Crops are more resistant to disease and pests.

Study Says Dolphins Are Too Thin
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Laurie Copans, Associated Press

One-third of the bottle-nose dolphins swimming off Israel's Mediterranean coast are too thin, apparently due to a lack of food from overfishing, researcher said Tuesday.

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