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Chinese Premier: Rich nations should ditch ‘unsustainable’ lifestyles and stop buying our crap

OK, maybe Premier Wen didn’t say that last part: BEIJING (AFP) — Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Friday that rich nations should alter their lifestyles to help tackle global warming, at the start of a two-day meeting on climate change, state media reported. “The developed countries have a responsibility and an obligation to respond to global climate change by altering their unsustainable way of life,” Wen was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency. Snap! And yet … and yet … I confess the first thing that popped into my head when I read that admonition was this Onion story: …


William Shatner speaks out against global warming

And again I say: Shatner!

Be Stella my heart

Stella McCartney named green designer of the year

<img alt="Stella McCartney" src="; vspace="0" border="0" hspace="0"> Photo: Peter Larsen/ Beatle offspring Stella McCartney was named the first-ever Green Designer of the Year at the Accessories Council Excellence Awards earlier this week. The vegetarian fashion designer doesn’t use leather or fur in her designs, and seeing as her mom was animal-rights activist Linda Eastman and Sir Paul also hearts the animals, it’s clear the McCartney doesn’t fall far from the tree. Green style guru Danny Seo once told Grist, “Stella McCartney is great — her shoes and accessories are all faux leather, but it’s not a PVC-based synthetic, it’s …

Green space lessens socioeconomic health gap, says study

The health disparity between rich and poor folk is much smaller in areas with plenty of parks and green space, according to a large study published in British medical journal The Lancet. Says lead author Richard Mitchell, “This is the first time we have demonstrated that aspects of the physical environment can have an impact in such a good way.”

A review of eco-minded feminine products

  A picture speaks a thousand euphemisms.   Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series on feminine products. The second column focuses on tampons and menstrual cups. Suffering the curse. Surfing the crimson wave. Being on the rag. Falling to the communists. Call it what you will, menstruation is a monthly reality for most women. And it’s not exactly a party for the planet. The average woman will menstruate for about four decades and use an estimated 16,800 sanitary pads or tampons in the process — that’s 250 to 300 pounds of waste. In the U.S. alone, …

Keeping up with the Scotts

JCPenney joins the ranks of green retailers

Say what you will about it, JCPenney is a survivor. The 106-year-old retailer has 1,093 stores lurking around the country, from Media, Pa. to Tempe, Ariz. Having made it through the rash of department store consolidations that gobbled up brands like Marshall Fields, and having fared better than some of its mid-range competitors — Sears and Montgomery Ward come to mind — JCPenney has adopted a new businesses strategy to stay relevant. Not surprisingly, given current trends, it’s now going green. After launching an in-house eco-label, Simply Green, in March, and experimenting with green building techniques in a Denver store …

From 50 to Felony

Mo’ Bette-ah 50 Cent and the Divine Miss M teamed up to restore a community garden. Next, they collaborate on new album Get the Rose or Die Tryin’, featuring hit single “You Are the P.I.M.P. Beneath My Wings.” Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage Watch out for the cliff! Hey lemmings, we know climate change seems like Level 30 Mayhem. But if y’all use a few diggers, and a basher or two, and you with the umbrella, if you’d just float down over there, I think you’ll all make it out alright. Bamboozled? BamGoo: ‘bam-gü 1. A Japanese electric car made almost entirely …

NYC mayor proposes plastic-bag fee

Urging New Yorkers to bring their own sacks to Saks, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed a 6-cent fee on plastic bags. One cent per bag would go to stores; the other nickel would go to the city, bringing in an estimated $16 million per year.

Talk turkey to me

Smaller breasts are better, and other advice for holiday-bird quandaries

In Checkout Line, Lou Bendrick cooks up answers to reader questions about how to green their food choices and other diet-related quandaries. Lettuce know what food worries keep you up at night. May I suggest a nice ham this year?   Dear Checkout Line, Let’s talk turkey. I want to green my Thanksgiving table, but have it be delicious, too. No more Butterball! But from there, should I mail order a heritage turkey, or buy a pastured one from a nearby farmer? Or buy an organic one from the supermarket? What sort of deliciousness/sustainability trade-offs are we talking about here? …

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