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  • Oh, And It's Safe to Drive Without a Seat Belt, Too

    An arm of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention loosened its mercury contamination standard yesterday, proclaiming it safe for people to consume three times as much mercury as the EPA advises. State health officials often use the standard to calculate advisories on how much fish people can safely eat. Environmentalists were joined by […]

  • The Personal Environmental Ethics of a Real Stud

    Chris Johnson is walking through the spruce-fir forest in Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre National Forest in western Colorado. Whip-thin and blond as a teenager, the 46-year-old wields his chainsaw as if it were a feather duster, touching it to the limbs that are in his way. They fall behind him. Photo: Lisa Jones. He’s cutting a trail. […]

  • Power to the People

    Earth Day 1999 — April 22 — will mark the beginning of a year-long “New Energy for a New Era” campaign leading up to Earth Day 2000. Denis Hayes, who was national coordinator of the first Earth Day in 1970, is leading the charge. The goal is to rally hundreds of millions to push for […]

  • Attack Dog for Buddy Gore

    Pres. Clinton went to bat for Vice Pres. Al Gore on Friday, vigorously defending him against charges from environmental groups that he has slacked off on addressing climate change. In a letter to the heads of enviro groups, Clinton wrote, “No one has done more over the past decade to mobilize action against climate change […]

  • One More Reason War Is Hell

    NATO airstrikes at an oil refinery and petrochemical complex near Belgrade, Yugoslavia, early this morning unleashed a torrent of black smoke and toxic fumes into the air. Some 50 people were reportedly treated for gas poisoning. Serb officials said that to avoid further explosions, they were compelled to dump chlorine-based, carcinogenic chemicals into the Danube […]

  • Worth Their Weight in Gold

    An African man who has devoted his life to protecting a huge tropical rainforest and two aboriginal Australian women who have fought against a uranium mine are among the winners of the Goldman Environmental Prizes to be awarded today. The prestigious annual prizes honor grass-roots environmentalists from six continents; winners receive $125,000. Other winners this […]

  • Not Just Fueling Around

    DaimlerChrysler and Ford are teaming up with oil companies, a fuel-cell firm, and the state of California to build a demonstration fleet of as many as 45 fuel-cell cars and buses by 2001. The test program is seen as a big step forward in making the technology widely available. Meanwhile, GM and Toyota today will […]

  • Clean Air: Maybe in Time for Y3K

    The EPA is planning to make states clean up the air in national parks — though under the current plan, they wouldn’t be held accountable until 2064. Regulations to be announced by Pres. Clinton, perhaps as early as Earth Day this Thursday, would require states to assess their haze problems, develop cleanup plans by 2008, […]