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DuPont unveils new sustainability program and predicts big profits

11 Oct 2006 at 2:10pm

Chemical giant DuPont announced a major sustainability program yesterday that it expects will put an extra $6 billion in its coffers by 2015. "We see sustainable growth as the biggest market opportunity on the horizon for the next two or three decades," said CEO Charles Holliday Jr. In the next ...

Senators threaten to impose industrial-strength rules on small vegetable farms

11 Oct 2006 at 2:10pm

Lettuce pause for a moment to think about where our salad greens come from: A massive, bacteria-infested warehouse in California? Or a local farm tended by people you can actually talk to about their products and processes? These days, that second option is looking mighty appetizing -- but politicians and ...

Saharan dust may decrease effect of Atlantic hurricanes

11 Oct 2006 at 2:10pm

Thick clouds of dust rising up from the Sahara Desert are linked to less frequent Atlantic hurricanes, says a new study in Geophysical Research Letters. Studying satellite data from 1981 to the present, American researchers noted that dust clouds were scarce in years with intense hurricane activity, while years with ...

A chat with Worldwatch's Gary Gardner on faith and environmentalism

11 Oct 2006 at 2:10pm

As research director for the Worldwatch Institute, Gary Gardner has developed expertise on issues ranging from nuclear proliferation to overpopulation. But with his latest book -- "Inspiring Progress: Religions' Contributions to Sustainable Development" -- he's returned to a subject close to his heart: the ways faith can help us build ...

W.R. Grace must pay to clean up asbestos mess in Montana, Supreme Court decides

11 Oct 2006 at 2:10pm

W.R. Grace & Co. must pay $54.5 million to remove asbestos-contaminated soil from the mining town of Libby, Mont., the Supreme Court decided yesterday. The U.S. EPA sued the company five years ago to recover cleanup costs; a lower court ruled in the agency's favor and Grace appealed, but the ...


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