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SRI pioneer Joan Bavaria looks ahead

To celebrate its 15th anniversary, the GreenMoney Journal asked leaders in the realms of green business and socially responsible investing to forecast 15 years into the future. How green will our economy be in 2022? GreenMoney's anniversary issue features responses from Amy Domini of Domini Social Investments, Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farm, futurist Hazel Henderson, and others. Here, reprinted with permission, is a view from Joan Bavaria, president of Trillium Asset Management Company. (Also read a perspective from Mindy Lubber of Ceres.) Joan Bavaria. What will socially responsible investing (SRI) look like in 15 years? I believe we are in …

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Airing on the Side of Caution

Chemical dangers to air-breathing animals overlooked, researchers say A new study in Science says regulators have overlooked the effects that thousands of chemicals could have on air-breathing organisms. Such as, for instance, people. In general, regulators study how chemicals accumulate in aquatic-based food chains; they look at how toxics dissolve in water and fat, but not at how easily they're expelled from lungs. Canadian researchers say that's a problemo: as many as a third of the roughly 12,000 chemicals under review in Canada could accumulate in air-breathing animals. The pesticide lindane, for example, doesn't build up in fish -- but …

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Quick, do nothing!

In April, Grist profiled Tracey Smith in our InterActivist column. She answered questions from Grist editors and from readers during National Downshifting Week in Britain. She just sent me a note to let me know that this very week is National Downshifting Week USA. Quick! Do nothing!

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All you need for summer seafood splendor

As you might imagine, people often ask me what species of fish are the best to eat in terms of environmental and health concerns. I usually respond by saying, "OK, how much free time do you have? Are you sitting down? Do you have access to the internet? Do you have a cold compress for your forehead? Are next-of-kin present and available to care for you if you keel over from information overload and/or frustration?" Grills just wanna have fun. Photo: iStockphoto If the answer to all of the above questions is yes, then it's time to play "Do You …

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Thanks for the observation, Washington Post

Today's "I'm a journalist and I'm objective, here let me prove it to you!" gem of the day, nestled in an otherwise relevant and interesting Washington Post article on the costs of climate change: Some have argued that the effects of global warming will be positive as well as negative, and Frumhoff acknowledged that there would be some winners in a warmer Northeast. Farmers, for instance, would have a longer growing season, and residents in more northern areas might use less fuel to keep warm in the winter. (h/t: Wonkette)

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Tell Us What You Flaunt, What You Really Really Flaunt

Spice Girls reunion tour will be -- gasp -- carbon-intensive We've been looking for an excuse to mention the Spice Girls reunion since it was announced two weeks ago, and we've finally got one. It seems that -- brace yourself -- the group's world tour will not be eco-friendly. In fact, each Girl will get a private Lear jet for the 11-show tour, which starts in December and covers ground from Los Angeles to Madrid to Buenos Aires. According to Alex Lambie, who runs a London-based website that helps consumers compare energy options, the combined flights will churn out nearly …

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Pop band Maroon 5 launches ‘carbon neutral’ tour

Grammy-winning pop quintet Maroon 5 have teamed up with Global Cool to green their upcoming arena tour in support of their sophomore album It Won't Be Soon Before Long. From the press release: Global Cool will work closely with Maroon 5's production team, management, and the boys themselves to reduce the carbon emissions produced by the world tour before offsetting the remaining emissions that cannot be reduced. For its part, Maroon 5 will donate $1.00 for each ticket purchased in North America to buy offsets that go toward making the tour "carbon neutral." Frontman Adam Levine says the band is …

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Harry Potter goes green, but what about the rest of the industry?

Ahhh, books. They're like websites on paper, from what I gather. We wrote a while back about Harry Potter going green for the last installment of the series, with two-thirds of the 16,700 tons of paper coming from timber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Scholastic, the publisher, is also using 30 percent recycled fiber for the cover, and the "deluxe edition" is going to be printed on 100 percent recycled paper in a renewable-energy-powered factory. The book comes out next week (in 10 days, to be exact -- I mean, or so we hear from you know, kids and …

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Young rappers say ‘peace out’ to skeptics

"Glaciers melting, waters rising, sky is storming, global warming!" That's how a rap written by a group of Vermont teens begins. And they hope it ends with local lawmakers taking action on climate change. The students, who call themselves X-10, first drew attention this spring with their rap, "802," which described life in Vermont. Their video has been viewed more than 123,000 times on YouTube. Instead of 802, they're now rapping about CO2 -- carbon dioxide, which some scientists blame for global warming. They're urging lawmakers to override Governor Jim Douglas' veto of H. 520, a bill that calls for …

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Ichiro! Ichiro!

I watched the end of the MLB All-Star Game last night. I missed Ichiro Suzuki's inside-the-park home run, alas, but did see the post-game when he was declared MVP and presented with a Chevy SUV hybrid. It's a step. Maybe next year, the All-Star MVP will be presented with free solar panels for his house. Yeah, and maybe the National League will win. Ooh, burn! Or, maybe by next year, there will be no more baseball, as hungry beetles and climate change are taking a toll on ash trees used for baseball bats. Is America's Favorite Pastime destined to become …

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