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We Need Meaningful Standards to Protect the Planet — and Us, too.



We've all seen the product claims that SOUND like they mean environmental protection. But do they? * Products labeled "natural" may contain some biological ingredients, but they may also include synthetic dyes and fragrances. * "Hypoallergenic" has no medical meaning. The word was invented by advertisers who used it in a cosmetics campaign in 1953.  Says […]

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Are there any “good” paper towels?



Making paper is one of the most polluting industries on the planet. It uses huge amounts of water and energy. It may use chlorine to bleach the paper white, and that chlorine may create dioxin, one of the deadliest toxins on earth. Some paper manufacturers discharge dirty water, often laden with dangerous chemicals, back into rivers and lakes. […]

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Boring 2009 Gas Guzzlers Should Stay in Showroom



Forget the auto industry bail-out. Given the cars it's offering us consumers this year, we'd be doing ourselves and this failing industry a favor if we shuttered all the showrooms and got on our bikes. The vehicles are boring, their prices are through the rough, and the “green” gas mileage they oromised falls far short of what […]

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Clean Coal? Not Really…



The subway billboards are stark, stunning and attention grabbing. Against a black backdrop, bright yellow letters shout: "Burning coal is the dirtiest way we produce electricity." "There are no homes in America powered by clean coal." "CO2 emissions from coal-based electricity are greater than emissions from all the cars and trucks in America." The video version […]

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