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Sorry, Charlie-san

The U.S. and 18 other nations attending a meeting this week on migratory fish approved a plan on Tuesday to create a commission to regulate tuna catches in the Pacific Ocean, but Japan is threatening to ignore any new regulations. Pacific tuna populations are not yet endangered, but backers of the plan say new rules are necessary to ensure a sustainable harvest in the future. Japan, however, is complaining that the boundaries of the zone to be regulated by the commission would place unfair restrictions on the nation.

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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 …

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Rodham, Cowgirl!

The Sierra Club endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) yesterday in the hotly contested race to represent New York in the Senate. The move is viewed as a setback for Clinton's opponent, Rep. Rick Lazio (R), who won the group's endorsement in his 1996 House race and fought hard to win it this time. Enviros have praised Lazio for his efforts to clean up Long Island Sound and protect natural resources, but the Sierra Club said yesterday that he has "dropped the ball" on a number of important green issues and supported parts of the "Contract with America" that would have …

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Didn't They Ever Read the Cherry Orchard?

Russian enviros are concerned that President Vladimir Putin is sacrificing environmental protection in pursuit of economic growth. Their biggest complaint is that Putin transferred the powers of the State Committee on Environmental Protection, the country's equivalent of the U.S. EPA, to the Ministry of Natural Resources, whose role up to now has been to authorize corporations to extract natural resources. The ministry has since announced its intention to "simplify" Russia's environmental rules. Russian enviros have petitioned Putin to restore the powers of the environment committee, and on the international level, 67 enviro groups have written to World Bank President James …

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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 …

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Arsenal and Old Laws

The U.S. government's reliance in the 1940s and 1950s on a large network of private plants, mills, and shops to build the country's first nuclear arsenal led to huge environmental problems and major health consequences, concludes a USA Today investigation. The government knew that the hundreds of contractors were ill-prepared for the hazards of handling radioactive materials, and workers were often exposed to levels of radiation that were hundreds of times stronger than safety limits at the time. Studies even then showed some operations putting hundreds of pounds of uranium dust into the air each month and others dumping thousands …

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Kelpie Wilson, Siskiyou Regional Education Project

Kelpie Wilson is executive director of the Siskiyou Regional Education Project, a grassroots network formed to protect the wild forests and rivers of the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion in northwest California and southwest Oregon. Tuesday, 5 Sep 2000 CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. Well, Grist readers, you have caught me, and the Siskiyou Project, right in the midst of our biggest campaign ever, the quest for a million-acre Siskiyou Wild Rivers National Monument. Stirring things up is nothing new for us -- we've been in the thick of the ancient forest struggle since the first blockade on Bald Mountain Road back in 1983. But …

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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.

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Judge Dread

A federal judge who has been presiding over a case filed against Texaco by Indians in Ecuador has a potential conflict of interest, say lawyers for the plaintiffs, who filed a motion on Friday requesting that the judge recuse himself. The suit was filed in 1993 on behalf of thousands of Ecuadoreans who say Texaco's oil development there led to pollution and dire health problems. In 1997, Judge Jed S. Rakoff dismissed the case, saying it had no basis in American courts, but he was overruled by a federal appeals court that sent the case back to him in October …

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Think How Many Episodes of "Survivor" That Is

Raising fuel-efficiency standards for SUVs would be of more help in the fight against global warming than reducing power plant emissions or increasing energy efficiency in homes and offices, says the Sierra Club. The group launched a nationwide campaign over the weekend to draw attention to what it says are the evils of SUVs, such as the fun factoid that switching from an average car to a 13-mile-per-gallon SUV for a year would waste more energy than leaving a refrigerator door open for six years or a TV turned on for 28 years.

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