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Bradley Throws the Book at Gore

Democratic presidential contender Bill Bradley on Friday told Seattle residents that he would take on the "lords of yesterday," the timber, agribusiness, and water industries that he said threaten the ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. Stumping in Washington state in recent days in hopes of winning the state's primary tomorrow, Bradley has repeatedly emphasized his concern for environmental protection and criticized his Democratic rival Al Gore for reneging on promises to protect the environment. A front-page story in today's Washington Post also questions Gore's commitment to green issues, noting that he has failed to make them a focal point in …

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But, Hey, the Home of Baywatch Can't Be All Bad

Water and air pollution and increasing pesticide use are raising the rates of cancer, asthma, and other health problems in California, particularly among children, poor city dwellers, and farm workers, according to a report released yesterday by an environmental health advocates group. The Environmental Health Policy Alliance, formed last year to advise California Gov. Gray Davis's (D) administration on environmental health issues, said aggressive steps are needed to reverse diseases, including strong air pollution rules and a phaseout of pesticide use. California's childhood cancer rates are 10 percent higher than they were 20 years ago, the group found. About 600,000 …

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Is Kyoto Dead?

Is Kyoto dead? Grist readers cast their votes after reading a recent debate between Dan Lashof and David Victor. The results were evenly split, right down the middle. Optimism ran higher among younger observers. The "alive" contingent would have won had we included the votes of a high-school biology class in Boston that was asked on a midterm to read the debate and make a case for one side. Thirty-three of the students argued that Kyoto is alive, 11 argued that it's toast. A few selected responses:   Dear Editor: No, Kyoto isn't dead. Many companies are taking a leadership …

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Impure As the Driven Snow

Snowmobiling is coming under increasing fire in the western U.S., not just from enviros but also from officials at a number of national forests and parks. Snowmobiles have been banned in recent years from some U.S. Forest Service land in Montana and northern Idaho, and they may soon be limited in Yellowstone National Park, the remote interior of Alaska's Denali National Park, and elsewhere in the West. Enviros, skiers, and some park officials argue that snowmobiles cause air, water, and noise pollution and endanger wildlife. Environmental groups are petitioning the federal government to outlaw most snowmobiles in national parks. But …

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A Turner for the Better

Billionaire and media magnate Ted Turner, already the largest individual landholder in the U.S., has bought a big chunk of land in Florida's panhandle that he says he'll leave undisturbed as habitat for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. The 3,620 acres, which Turner purchased for $11.6 million from a homebuilder and developer, abuts another large Turner property, an 8,100-acre site that is home to wild turkeys, quail, and deer. Turner, the CCN founder and vice chair of Time Warner, also owns vast tracts of land in Montana, New Mexico, Nebraska, and the Dakotas.

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