Day: September 6, 2006

Google News Archive

Google News archive search provides an easy way to search and explore historical archives. In addition to helping you search, News archive search can automatically create timelines which show selected results from relevant time periods.

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Male Bass Across Region Found to Be Bearing Eggs

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Abnormally developed fish, possessing both male and female characteristics, have been discovered in the Potomac River in the District and in tributaries across the region, federal scientists say — raising alarms that the river is tainted by pollution that drives hormone systems haywire.

The Testament of Bureaucratis Erectus: Book VIII: Knute Says, “Watch Out for Best Practices”

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This article examines the benefits and pitfalls of best practices collection.

EPA Orders Destruction of Banned Children's Products at Target, Dollar Tree, Other Stores

(Washington, D.C. – Sept. 05, 2006) EPA has ordered five national retail chains to pull from their shelves cans of illegally imported confetti string products that contain banned hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). These substances deplete the earth’s protective stratospheric ozone layer and increase the risk of skin cancer. Millions of cans of these novelty items, all imported from China or Taiwan and known by various names such as Zany String, Crazy String, and Party Streamer, have been sold illegally in the United States.

Dollar Tree, American Greetings, Inc., Dollar General, Target, and Too, Inc. (which owns Limited Too) have complied with EPA’s orders by taking the banned products off their shelves and shipping them to a commercial incinerator for destruction. More than 2.7 million cans will be incinerated under EPA’s compliance orders. The companies have also agreed to audit their operations and adopt new policies to ensure that these problems do not arise again.

“EPA banned HCFC propellants in spray cans more than a decade ago. Now, we are seeing imports of these products from overseas manufacturers that claim their products comply with American laws,” said Granta Y. Nakayama, EPA’s assistant administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “We are pleased that these retail companies signed these compliance orders with EPA to ensure that these products will not be available to consumers and the ozone-depleting substances they contained will never make it into our environment.”

HCFCs and other ozone-depleting substances, when emitted, drift up and attack the earth’s stratospheric ozone layer, which protects human and animal life from the sun’s harmful radiation — a situation which could lead to increased incidences of skin cancer, cataracts, and crop damage. The United States, in cooperation with over 185 other countries, is phasing out the production of ozone-depleting substances in an effort to safeguard the ozone layer. (Stratospheric ozone is not related to the issue of ground-level ozone or smog.)

For more information on HCFCs and these enforcement orders:

EPA’s mission is to protect our nation’s land, air and water. Citizens can help by reporting potential environmental violations at:

Zero Waste Systems video

Check out Eco-Cycle’s latest video, Zero Waste Systems, at It’s only 6 minutes long and is a great introduction to  zero waste for a variety of audiences (requires Macromedia Flash 7 or higher).  Hard copies in DVD, CD, and VHS are available for $20 ($15 for non-profit agencies).

Wetlands to slow or grow global warming?

Read/listen to the full story from the Great Lakes Radio Consortium.

In northern Minnesota, a researcher says wetlands like bogs could be key to how fast the climate changes worldwide. And the areas like the upper United States and Canada in the bull’s eye for rapidly changing temperatures and rainfall. The GLRC’s Bob Kelleher reports.

Retail Goes Green from the Ground Up

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Randy Peacock was just 15 years old when he began working for the Melaver family in Savannah, Ga. He was a bag boy at the M&M Supermarket at Abercorn Plaza, a shopping center that was, as third generation CEO Martin Melaver calls it, “a real high wire act” — the first shopping center development for the family whose roots were in the grocery store business.

Technology: That Old Black Magic

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In the song by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, that old black magic is, of course, love — powerful and unpredictable, common yet mysterious, and completely transformative. Thus, it is frequently overlooked until it happens to pounce on one. Technology is not dissimilar, says Brad Allenby.

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition is an industry working group inspired by cradle to cradle principles and dedicated to transforming packaging into a system that encourages economic prosperity and a sustainable flow of materials.

The Green Grid

The Green Grid is an association of information technology professionals seeking to lower the overall consumption of power in datacenters around the globe.

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