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Toxic Gases Seep from the Ground in One Baltimore Neighborhoodnew

According to recent federal court documents, the Chemical Metals Industries site continues to pose a cancer risk to long-term residents of nearby homes subjected to "vapor intrusion" of chemical-laden air rising through the soil from contaminated groundwater below.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Van Smith  |  07-28-2009  |  Environment

Warning Trend: The Climate Debate Goes Southnew

Here's the problem with the global-warming debate: A society that demands quick answers isn't good at solving problems decades in the making. And the highly deliberative scientific method -- which discovered the climate-change threat -- makes it hard to convince people to do anything about it.
Pittsburgh City Paper  |  Chris Potter  |  07-27-2009  |  Commentary

Hello Local, Goodbye Global: Relocalization Movement Gains Momentumnew

A burgeoning relocalization movement has the potential to revolutionize the way we eat, shop, work, and vacation. The movement's proponents argue that it's an essential response to climate change and peak oil, which both threaten to transform agriculture around the world
The Georgia Straight  |  Charlie Smith  |  07-27-2009  |  Economy

Localwashing: The Corporate Co-Opt of Localnew

With Americans' new focus on buying products made close to home, corporations are moving quickly to co-opt the term "local." But if everything is local, is anything local?
Gambit  |  Stacy Mitchell  |  07-16-2009  |  Business & Labor

Tribe Lays Groundwork for Condor's Return to Redwood Countrynew

Under orders from its elders, California's largest Native American tribe, the Yurok, is working to bring back one of redwood country's long-lost inhabitants -- prey-go-neesh, the endangered California condor.
North Coast Journal  |  Heidi Walters  |  07-16-2009  |  Environment

Outdoor Clothing Companies Go Greennew

New materials are giving outdoor gear a green hue as companies look to bamboo and recycling clothing to meet consumer demand for environmentally friendly options.
Boise Weekly  |  Deanna Darr  |  07-15-2009  |  Recreation

An Oakland Think Tank Says the Federal Climate Bill Will Do More Harm Than Goodnew

The Breakthrough Institute, which has become one of the most vocal opponents of the climate bill sponsored by Democratic congressmen Henry Waxman and Edward Markey, argues that the legislation fails to generate enough investment in green energy because it offers too many corporate giveaways.
East Bay Express  |  Robert Gammon  |  07-15-2009  |  Environment

Will Backroom Deals Keep Detroit's Garbage Incinerator Burning?new

The July 1 deadline for deciding the long-term future for disposal of Detroit's garbage has come and gone, but we can't tell you with any certainty what that future will be.
Metro Times  |  Staff  |  07-14-2009  |  Environment

It Ain't Easy Going Green: The Headaches & Hardships of Eco-Friendly Buildingnew

While in many ways Connecticut has been very progressive, the current hodgepodge of local rules and laws are frustrating to people who are committed to building and living sustainably.
New Haven Advocate  |  Betsy Yagla  |  07-14-2009  |  Culture

Recession and Climate Politics Combine to Shake Up the Pro-Nuclear Narrativenew

This is despite the high-profile support of old-school techno-fix enviros and shocking pro-nukers, and despite industry hopefuls who thought the atomic option was poised to become the winner of the low-carbon sweepstakes, an idea dissed by most climate campaigners.
NOW Magazine  |  Alice Klein  |  07-13-2009  |  Environment

Envirowimps: L.A.'s Big Green Groups Get Comfynew

Big-time environmental activists in Los Angeles have left the street-fighting to the little guys.
L.A. Weekly  |  Patrick Range McDonald  |  07-10-2009  |  Environment

You're Not an Environmentalist If You're Also a NIMBYnew

As both Berkeley and Oakland debate their downtown plans, there is growing recognition that the fight against global warming requires greater urban density.
East Bay Express  |  Robert Gammon  |  07-02-2009  |  Environment

Christopher Muhammad, the Man Who Cried Dustnew

Muhammad's fight with Lennar over toxic dust has resulted in a restraining order against him, an accusation that he's a shakedown artist, and grudging respect from his rivals.
SF Weekly  |  Lauren Smiley  |  07-02-2009  |  Environment

Underground Petroleum Tanks Mar Virginia Drinking Waternew

Because of population density and geological factors, Albemarle County is particularly polluted by underground gas storage tanks, and the problem of leaking tanks is more widespread than most realize.
C-Ville Weekly  |  Erika Howsare  |  07-01-2009  |  Environment

Vermont Restaurants Struggle With the Packaging Issuenew

Nearly everybody gets food "wrapped up to go" at some point. And eco-conscious diners judge restaurants on their packaging. But when options include Styrofoam, aluminum, corn, bamboo and recyclable plastic, the decision is anything but easy.
Seven Days  |  Suzanne Podhaizer  |  06-26-2009  |  Food+Drink

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