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... "We advocate the farmer's blow -- using your thumb," says Aspen's Auden Schendler.
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Thursday, 08 Mar 2007
It Does a Body In
If you add vitamins to soda, does that make it a health drink? Fans and foes pour their hearts out in Gristmill.
U.N. launches global partnership to combat unhealthy e-waste habits
Faced with an annual global gadget toss approaching 40 million tons, the United Nations has launched a partnership to battle the world's heaps of e-waste and the environmental and health problems caused by impromptu e-recycling. Solving the E-Waste Problem, or StEP -- which counts governments, universities, and 16 companies including Dell and Hewlett-Packard among its members -- will aim to create a global electronics recycling standard and encourage companies to make longer-lasting products. With 80 percent of e-waste ending up in developing countries and often recycled by untrained, unprotected citizens, exposure to toxics like lead, arsenic, and mercury is high. European Union law requires companies to collect and dispose of electronics, and four U.S. states -- Maine, Maryland, California, and Washington -- also have some form of end-of-life legislation. But, says StEP head Ruediger Kuehr, "The global materials flow of electronic and electrical equipment requires a global approach."straight to the source: The Christian Science Monitor, Moises Velasquez-Manoff, 08 Mar 2007straight to the source: Scientific American, Reuters, Alister Doyle, 06 Mar 2007straight to the source: BBC News, 06 Mar 2007see also, in Grist: WEEE Are the World
Balls to the Wall
Global warming hits sports world, sports world hits back
Forget the safety of coastal dwellers -- let's focus on the truly important question. What is global warming going to do to sports? As Sports Illustrated reports in a cover story on climate change, fans are already being forced to adapt. The too-sweaty Miami Dolphins have built a climate-controlled practice bubble, and Texas high schools are playing football at night to avoid searing heat. Skiing, dogsled racing, marathon skating, and ice fishing have all been disrupted by warm weather. But there is good news: some stadiums are looking into energy- and water-saving practices, while car-racing circuits are filling up with alternative fuels and phasing out lead. Despite a recent study dinging ski resorts for harming wildlife, some are trying to go green: Vail is building a big-bucks eco-village, and Aspen has banished Kleenex to protest boreal-forest destruction by manufacturer Kimberly-Clark. "We advocate the farmer's blow -- using your thumb," says Aspen's Auden Schendler. Ah, as do we.straight to the source: Sports Illustrated, Alexander Wolff, 06 Mar 2007straight to the source: The Guardian, James Randerson, 07 Mar 2007straight to the source: Vail Daily, Scott Condon, 06 Mar 2007straight to the source: MarcGunther.com, 06 Mar 2007see also, in Grist: Sports, illustrated
Farmer and Grist columnist Tom Philpott spends a lot of time alone, whether in the fields or in front of the computer, so it was with some trepidation that he agreed to speak at a recent food conference organized by students at Warren Wilson College. But he was happy to find a roomful of youthful passion and curiosity about agriculture and food-system issues -- and preparing his remarks gave him a chance to synthesize the work he's done during his seven months as our Victual Reality columnist. Feast on the fruits of his labor today.
NEW IN GRIST
Dishing It Out
An address to the Southern Appalachian Youth on Food conferencenew in Victual Reality: Dishing It Out
Wave of Futilation
U.S. House, at odds with White House, passes $1.7 billion wastewater bill
The U.S. House made waves yesterday by passing the first of three water-quality bills it will consider this week. Faced with White House disapproval, feisty U.S. reps voted 367-58 to spend $1.7 billion over five years to modernize wastewater systems and stem sewage overflows across the country. The funding would be a drop in the bucket compared to the U.S. EPA's estimate of a coming $300 billion to $400 billion shortfall in the country's sadly neglected wastewater treatment infrastructure over the next two decades. "No American should have to walk outside after a storm [and] see sewage in the streets," said Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.). The White House, no stranger to matters fecal, issued a statement strongly opposing the bill, which now heads to the Senate. Flush with success, the House will move on to consider two other bills: a $125 million Clean Water Act program for alternative water sources, and a $20 billion Clean Water State Revolving Fund for loans that would fight pollution.straight to the source: The Washington Post, Associated Press, Jim Abrams, 07 Mar 2007
Now If Only They'd Stop Serving Meat
Restaurant biz hops onto the green bandwagon
Green ain't just the color of the broccoli anymore in the restaurant biz. And a good thing too: the average restaurant generates 50,000 pounds of waste (half of it food) and uses 300,000 gallons of water every year. Enter the Green Restaurant Association, which provides environmental assessments and "certifies" restaurants for using eco-friendly measures like efficient light bulbs, unbleached napkins, and Styrofoam alternatives. But only a tiny percentage of the nation's 1 million restaurants have gone the GRA way; sustainability in the $500 billion U.S. restaurant industry -- which is larger than many countries' economies -- is "in its very early stages," says Todd Mann of the National Restaurant Association. Owners have sometimes been frustrated with corn-based plastic spoons that melt in hot soup, or cleaners that are nontoxic, phosphate-free, petroleum-free, biodegradable, and VOC-free, but don't clean very well. But that means there's nowhere to go but up, right? We'll drink to that.straight to the source: WBUR.org, Meghna Chakrabarti, 09 Mar 2007straight to the source: The New York Times, Kim Severson, 07 Mar 2007
NOW IN GRIST
Trash Course. Umbra advises on landfills vs. incinerators.
On a Bender, by Amanda Griscom Little. A chat with Inconvenient Truth co-producer and Hollywood bigwig Lawrence Bender.
Cleaning House. Umbra advises on disposing of toxic chemicals.
The moral aspects of mitigation vs. adaptation. Come gaze at your navel for a while.
Ships? Planes? Who's counting the carbon? Lessons on getting the numbers straight.
Is nuclear power green? CSM investigates.
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