[GRRN] [earthsystems.org News] September 12, 2000

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Date: Tue Sep 12 2000 - 13:59:53 EDT

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    Karen Hamilton of the King County Environmental Program
    examines efforts to keep the upcoming Olympics in Sydney
    environmentally friendly.

    http://earthsystems.org/editorial.html

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    FROM GRIST

    http://www.gristmagazine.com/grist/daily/
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    INTO THINNER AIR

    The ozone hole over Antarctica is the biggest it's ever
    been, 11 million square miles, or three times the size of
    the U.S., scientists at NASA said on Friday. Synthetic
    compounds in refrigerants, aerosol sprays, and
    foam-blowing agents cause depletion of the ozone
    layer. The amount of such chemicals in the atmosphere
    is leveling off, thanks to the 1987 Montreal Protocol,
    which halted the production of most of them, but the
    effects of past production are only now just being felt
    and experts say it could be another 20 years before
    ozone levels recover noticeably.

    straight to the source: MSNBC, Associated Press, 09.08.00

    http://www.msnbc.com/news/452791.asp

    HOT DIGGITY SMOG

    The buzz a couple of weeks ago was that Los Angeles was set to
    regain the title of smoggiest city in the U.S. from Houston -- but,
    hark, the race isn't yet over. As of yesterday, Houston had
    rebounded and surpassed L.A. with 37 days above the national
    standard for ozone pollution compared to L.A.'s 34 days. In fact,
    Houston is on a tear with nine days in a row of violations. This

    could be good news for Vice President Al Gore, who likes to call
    attention to environmental problems in Gov. George W. Bush's home
    state. Meanwhile, residents of New England are breathing easier.
    Thanks to cool weather and tighter air pollution controls, Maine,
    Massachusetts, and New Hampshire are on pace to have a record
    low number of smoggy days since readings were first kept in 1983.

    straight to the source: Houston Chronicle, Bill Dawson, 09.06.00

    http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/metropolitan/659489

    straight to the source: Portland Press Herald, Associated Press, 09.06.00

    http://www.portland.com/news/state/000906smog.shtml

    FIGHTING FOR POOR, OPPRESSED OIL CONGLOMERATES EVERYWHERE

    Texas Gov. George W. Bush announced on Friday that
    as president he would "empower" oil producers and
    welcome offshore oil and gas development off the
    coasts of Louisiana and Texas. He says more drilling is
    needed in the U.S. to decrease dependence on foreign
    oil. Al Gore, for his part, has promised to clamp down
    on offshore drilling in federal waters.

    straight to the source: San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner,
    Associated Press, Walter R. Mears, 09.01.00

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2000/09/01/politics1642EDT0666.DTL

    read it in Grist Magazine: Bush's cozy ties to the oil industry -- in our Best of the Rest column

    http://www.gristmagazine.com/grist/best/best082900.stm#oiligarchy

    LACTOSE TOLERANT

    Stonyfield Farm Inc., a New Hampshire-based yogurt
    company, is launching a new national print ad
    campaign that aims to promote environmental and
    social causes as well as its own cultured dairy
    products. Gary Hirschberg, president and chief
    executive of Stonyfield Farm, calls the campaign
    concept "ad-tivism," a combination of advertising and
    activism. The new ads feature well-known personalities
    like filmmaker and historian Ken Burns and highlight
    causes that matter to them, from rainforest protection to
    organic gardening. Stonyfield Farm hopes the
    do-gooder messages will attract do-gooder customers.
    The company has also tried to lure activist-minded
    buyers with messages on its yogurt lids calling for
    action on environmental and other issues, and by giving
    10 percent of profits to organizations like the Jane
    Goodall Institute, which promotes wildlife conservation
     and research.

    straight to the source: New York Times, Courtney Kane, 09.06.00

    http://www.nytimes.com/2000/09/06/business/06ADCO.html

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    FROM ENS

    http://ens.lycos.com
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    MILLIONS OF ACRES SET ASIDE FOR CALIFORNIA FROG

    SACRAMENTO, California, September 11, 2000 (ENS) - The threatened California
    red-legged frog, made famous by Mark Twain in a short story, now has a new
    claim to fame: 5.4 million acres of protected critical habitat in which to recover.

    For full text and graphics visit:

    http://ens.lycos.com/ens/sep2000/2000L-09-11-06.html

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