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Fast-Food Chains to Use 100% Renewable Energy

The Holland, Inc., owner of Burgerville and Noodlin' restaurants throughout Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington, has committed to use renewable wind power to provide 100% of its electricity needs, both at its chain stores and also at its corporate headquarters in Vancouver. >> Read the Full Article

Car Exhaust Polluting Puget Sound, Study Reveals

Mud and sand at the bottom of Puget Sound is increasingly tainted by pollution from vehicle exhaust, not heavy industry, a state Department of Ecology study says. The research, which compiled 12 years of sediment test results, showed that toxic metals associated with industrial pollution declined while chemicals tied to vehicle exhaust increased. >> Read the Full Article

Madagascar: Animation Meets Reality -- A Guest Commentary

In early July, as members of the G-8 met in Scotland and singers convened for the Live 8 concerts seeking to make poverty in Africa history, moviegoers were flocking to see DreamWorks SKG's latest cartoon hit, Madagascar. >> Read the Full Article

University of Wisconsin Records Show High Monkey Deaths

A study at the University of Wisconsin led to an unusual number of deaths and illnesses of rhesus monkeys in 2001 and 2002, internal school records show. The UW memos were released Monday by the Primate Freedom Project, a group critical of animal research, which obtained them through an open records request. >> Read the Full Article

Innovative Environment-Friendly Products: Trex Backyard Decking

Today's product feature shows that the successful environment-friendly product can have advantages over its traditional counterparts above and beyond simply helping the green cause. >> Read the Full Article

American Electronic Waste Contaminates China and India

Waste from computers, televisions and other devices used in the United States is polluting the environment and exposing workers to toxic chemicals in regions of China and India where discarded electronics are dismantled, according to a study released Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Web Shoppers Destroying Endangered Wildlife, Report Says

Internet shoppers in search of the exotic have sparked a booming trade that is threatening the existence of many endangered species, a report on Tuesday said. A snapshot survey of the World Wide Web by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) found hundreds of live primates and thousands of rare animal products being offered for sale. >> Read the Full Article

Pacific Coast Ecosystems Return to Normal after Winds Arrive Late

The northerly winds that sustain the Pacific Coast's marine ecosystems have returned, but their arrival came too late for fish and birds that couldn't survive the unseasonably warm waters. >> Read the Full Article

Madagascar: Animation Meets Reality

(By Mia MacDonald) In early July, as members of the G-8 met in Scotland and singers convened for the Live 8 concerts seeking to make poverty in Africa history, moviegoers were flocking to see DreamWorks SKG's latest cartoon hit, Madagascar. Despite mixed reviews, the film's U.S. box office is hovering near $200 million and overseas audiences are also entranced. Madagascar may well earn half a billion dollars globally, not counting DVD sales and lucrative product tie-ins. In the context of Africa, these are small fortunes. The irony is that as Hollywood makes a mint from cartoons with African landscapes, the real-life countries struggle to meet basic human needs and fund conservation programs to protect the endangered animals and habitat the films capitalize on. >> Read the Full Article

South Bronx Is Eyed for New Power Plant in New York

The south Bronx may be selected to host yet another power plant now that a call from the state Power Authority for proposals has revived an effort to build a new generation facility on an abandoned dump. >> Read the Full Article