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U.N. launches global partnership to combat unhealthy e-waste habits

8 Mar 2007 at 11:03am

Faced with an annual global gadget toss approaching 40 million tons, the United Nations has launched a partnership to battle the world's heaps of e-waste and the environmental and health problems caused by impromptu e-recycling. Solving the E-Waste Problem, or StEP -- which counts governments, universities, and 16 companies including ...

Global warming hits sports world, sports world hits back

8 Mar 2007 at 11:03am

Forget the safety of coastal dwellers -- let's focus on the truly important question. What is global warming going to do to sports? As Sports Illustrated reports in a cover story on climate change, fans are already being forced to adapt. The too-sweaty Miami Dolphins have built a climate-controlled practice ...

An address to the Southern Appalachian Youth on Food conference

8 Mar 2007 at 11:03am

Farmer and Grist columnist Tom Philpott spends a lot of time alone, whether in the fields or in front of the computer, so it was with some trepidation that he agreed to speak at a recent food conference organized by students at Warren Wilson College. But he was happy to ...

U.S. House, at odds with White House, passes $1.7 billion wastewater bill

8 Mar 2007 at 11:03am

The U.S. House made waves yesterday by passing the first of three water-quality bills it will consider this week. Faced with White House disapproval, feisty U.S. reps voted 367-58 to spend $1.7 billion over five years to modernize wastewater systems and stem sewage overflows across the country. The funding would ...

Restaurant biz hops onto the green bandwagon

8 Mar 2007 at 11:03am

Green ain't just the color of the broccoli anymore in the restaurant biz. And a good thing too: the average restaurant generates 50,000 pounds of waste (half of it food) and uses 300,000 gallons of water every year. Enter the Green Restaurant Association, which provides environmental assessments and "certifies" restaurants ...

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