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Report Cites Trace Chemicals in Massachusetts Drinking Water
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Beth Daley, The Boston Globe

Drinking water tests in almost 100 Massachusetts communities found at least trace amounts of contaminants that had long escaped detection because they are unregulated, according to a new report by the advocacy group Clean Water Action.

Scientist Group Calls for Tighter Oversight of 'Biopharming' Genetic Crops
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Rachel Melcer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Companies and researchers engaged in biopharming — genetically modifying crops to produce drugs and industrial chemicals — need to take a step back if the process is to safely move forward, according to a report released Wednesday.

Mexico Enacts Water Rights Plan to Help Save Endangered Chapala Lake
December 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Mexican President Vicente Fox signed a water-allocation plan aimed at making better use of water from endangered Lake Chapala, the country's largest lake and a spot long popular among U.S. expatriates.

Climate Change Impact? Look in Your Backyard
December 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Juana Ines Casas, Reuters

To witness the impact of a warming planet, one need not make a costly trip to the melting Arctic ice cap. Proof of climate change is right there in most people's backyards, scientists said Tuesday.

Spring Coming Earlier Than It Used To
December 15, 2004 12:00 AM - William Kates, Associated Press

As the first signs of winter push into the Northeast, researchers have some good news for fair weather fans -- spring is coming earlier than it used to. The lilacs say so.

Italy Calls to End Kyoto Climate Limits After 2012
December 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Robin Pomeroy, Reuters

Italy has called for an end to the Kyoto Protocol after the environmental treaty's initial period in 2012, preferring voluntary agreements that would entice the United States, China and India to tackle climate change.

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.

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