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Vegetarianism gets hotttt.

The hottest thang in veggie circles these days? Gastroporn. It comes (ahem) courtesy of Britain's venerable Vegetarian Society, as part of its "Can you keep it up for a week?" campaign. A must-watch. (Check out The Independent for the backstory.)

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Sierra Clubbers vote down immigration initiative

Board election means club won’t take a stance on immigration limits

The neutralizers carried the day in the Sierra Club's contentious board election, which wrapped up today. Sierra Club members turned out in historic numbers this year ... to reject a ballot initiative that would have forced the group to support restrictions on immigration. Over fifteen percent of the Club's membership returned 122,308 ballots -- the second highest in the Club's recent history -- and defeated the anti-immigration measure by more than a 5 to 1 margin. In addition to calling for club policy to remain neutral on immigration, members also elected five establishment-backed board members, while board candidates who advocated …

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Grist hits pages of Boston Globe

Op-ed by editor Chip Giller debunks

Looky here: Grist editor Chip Giller has an op-ed in today's Boston Globe. The piece approaches the "Death of Environmentalism" debate from a new, hopeful angle. It argues that environmentalism as a narrowly focused D.C. lobby might be struggling, but across the country, a conviction that sustainability is integral to our quality of life and our economic competitiveness is very much on the rise. OK, that sounds kinda dense, but the piece is actually quite snappy. Really!

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Save water for Earth Week

A rundown of gizmos that will slow the drip, drip

In the lead-up to Earth Day (this Friday) and the looming drought that will undoubtedly desiccate the Northwest this summer, The Seattle Times offers a handy rundown of water-saving gizmos. Check it out.  

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Starbucks takes fancy to wind energy

Coffee giant will buy 5 percent clean power for its U.S. stores

You may hate its coffee, you may hate that it drove your favorite mom-n-pop coffeehouse out of business, you may just hate its bland ubiquity -- but you gotta give Starbucks props for its latest initiative. Today the java giant announced that it will buy enough wind energy to meet 5 percent of electricity needs at its North American stores. From the company's press release (not yet up online, the slackers): "Starbucks is mindful of the long-term implications that climate change has on the environment," said Sandra Taylor, Starbucks senior vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility. "Because the energy used …

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Green cleaning

Get rid of your clutter and feel virtuous, all at the same time

'Tis the season to jettison the clutter that's clogging your closets, basements, and garages and gumming up your feng shui. First stop: Freecycle, with city-specific listservs on which folks can post things they want to give away and plead for things they seek. I'm a huge fan. I've unloaded speakers, stereo components, a cooler, a box spring, foam pads, light bulbs, and a beige shower-curtain rod to grateful Seattleites, and I've scored a good-quality queen-sized bed, an old-school TV, and a boom box. Freecycle makes people feel happy and munificent. (Read more joyful Freecycling stories!) And now I've heard tell …

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Sierra Club immigration skirmish -- again

Battle over immigration policy returns in this month’s board election

They're back! Rabble-rousing advocates of immigration restrictions are once again ruffling feathers at the Sierra Club. With the group's 750,000 members now voting in their annual election (polls close April 25; members go here to vote), the immigration critics are pushing a slate of four like-minded board candidates and a "yes" vote on a population ballot measure, which reads: Shall the Sierra Club policy on immigration, adopted by the Board of Directors in 1999 and revised in 2003, be changed to recognize the need to adopt lower limits on migration to the United States? In the "yes" corner, Sierrans for …

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Kristof declares nukes green

N.Y. Times columnist says climate change makes nuclear energy a must

Inspired, no doubt, by recent lively discussion in Ask Umbra and Gristmill on nuclear power (necessary evil or pure evil?), New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has decided to join the fray with his simplistically titled (and conceived) "Nukes Are Green" column. He's of the James Lovelock school of thought, arguing that with climate change bearing down on us and renewables not yet up to full speed, nuclear is our only hope.Kristof makes a few pithy points: America's biggest power source is now coal, which kills about 25,000 people a year through soot in the air. To put it another …

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Johnson buckles, kids to be spared toxic exposures

EPA drops CHEERS study; Johnson confirmation to proceed

Score one for the Dems. Stephen Johnson on Friday agreed not to poison infants and toddlers with pesticides in exchange for Senate confirmation of his appointment to head the EPA.   Johnson -- a generally unobjectionable nominee, especially by Bush admin standards -- was expected to glide on through the confirmation process, but Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) threw a wrench into matters on Wednesday, demanding that Johnson, who's now acting administrator of the EPA, permanently cancel the notorious CHEERS research. The Children's Environmental Exposure Research Study had, according to the New York Times, "offered $970, a …

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Another journalist for sale

Romney admin hires columnist to tout its environmental policies

Paying journalists to shill for Republican policies -- it's not just for Bushies anymore! The admin of Mitt Romney, Massachusetts' GOP governor, will fork over $10,000 to a Boston Herald op-ed columnist to promote its environmental policies, The Boston Globe (gleefully) reports.Charles D. Chieppo, who's been writing a weekly column for the Herald since January, will spend two days a week through June working for the state Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, writing op-ed pieces and internal documents ''to support the efforts of senior management to promote education, awareness, and acceptance of major policy initiatives" on the environment.   And …

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