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Living

Robyn Griggs Lawrence, editor of Natural Home & Garden magazine, answers questions

Robyn Griggs Lawrence. What’s your job title? Editor in chief, Natural Home & Garden magazine. How does it relate to the environment? Working under the tagline “Living Green, Living Well,” our magazine’s mission is to show mainstream America that living …

An InterActivist corrects the record and devoted readers ladle on the love — some of them, anyway

  Re: It All Comes Out in the Walsh Dear Editor: I would like to set the record straight. Bill Walsh identified the American Chemical Society as one of 1,000 “trade associations defending the rights of polluters.” Walsh said he …

Eco-label watchdog Urvashi Rangan answers questions

Urvashi Rangan. What work do you do? I’m an environmental-health scientist and policy analyst at Consumers Union. I also manage two public-education websites. Consumers Union also publishes Consumer Reports magazine, and I do dip into the testing and publishing side …

The Polar Distress

Grizzly bears encroaching on polar bear habitat Polar bears have been having a rough time of it lately, what with global warming melting their habitat and PCBs tainting their food sources. Now they’ve got a new problem to worry about: …

Business & Technology

Author and oil-spill expert Riki Ott answers questions

Riki Ott. What work do you do? What’s your job title? For the past seven years — 1998 to 2004 — I researched and wrote a book, Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. …

Just Looking

Forest Service considers sustainability certification In an attempt to stem criticism of its logging and forest-management practices from both timber companies and conservationists, the U.S. Forest Service is assessing a handful of forests to determine if they meet management requirements …

Living

Steve Lippman, green investment expert, answers questions

Steve Lippman. What work do you do? I’m the senior analyst on the Social Research and Advocacy team at Trillium Asset Management, a Boston-based investment management company dedicated solely to socially responsible investing. The biggest part of my job is …

Climate & Energy

Brenda Way, artistic dance director, answers questions

Brenda Way. What work do you do? I founded ODC (originally the Oberlin Dance Collective) 35 years ago as a multidimensional arts organization — that is to say, not just for dance jocks. We moved to the Bay Area from …

100 Least Wanted

What do invasive plants and animals have to do with homeland security? The March 2005 issue of National Geographic reports that "terrorists could use invasives as weapons to 'disrupt and demoralize the U.S. government and its citizens over time.'" This …