Former Barista Tells Starbucks: Brew More Fair Trade Coffee

October 19, 2011 by  
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Image: marcopako via flickr Sam Greenblatt liked working for Starbucks—he thought the company treated its employees well. But when he learned that Starbucks offers 100-percent fair trade-certified coffee and espresso at its stores in Europe, he decided it was time to speak up about the lack of similar practices in the U.S…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Why "Conflict-Free" Diamonds Are Unreliable: Kimberley Process is "Pandora’s Box" of Ethical Issues

September 14, 2011 by  
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Image: ljv via flickr It’s not exactly breaking news, but this topic is worth a recap. The Kimberley Process was established to prevent diamond sales from funding conflict —” blood diamonds “—but in reality, not a whole lot has changed. Chances are good that those “certified conflict-free” diamonds you might be shopping for as an ethical consumer are just as con… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Is the EPA Letting the Chemical Industry Regulate Itself?

September 8, 2011 by  
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Image: Spectacles via flickr The American Chemistry Council is trying to influence how the EPA prioritizes the chemicals it chooses to evaluate for safety. The ACC—a group that supported Obama’s recent decision to drop the effort to tighten Bush-era ozone standards, and that spent

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Even As Climate Change Denial Soars, Its Effects Are Felt in U.S. Agriculture

September 7, 2011 by  
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Image: TheGiantVermin via flickr There’s a lot of talk in these pages about the link between climate change and extreme weather events , and about the impacts of climate change

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Adidas Joins Nike, Puma in Banning Hazardous Chemicals

September 2, 2011 by  
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Image: Kick Photo via flickr Adidas is now joining Nike and Puma in pledging to detox its supply chain, following pressure from Greenpeace . As a result of the group’s

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KFC Comes to East Africa, and Why That’s a Bad Thing

August 24, 2011 by  
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Image: Jeff Attaway via flickr Reports have been flowing out of Kenya about how long the lines have been at the newly-opened KFC in Nairobi . People are excited. But it’s not a good thing for anyone except the beneficiaries of Yum Brands’ bottom line. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Plastic Disclosure Project to Bring Transparency to Plastic Use At Corporate, Institutional Level

August 15, 2011 by  
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Image: Warren Rohner via flickr The perils of our culture’s overuse of plastic have been well docume… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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More NYC Geese To Be Killed This Year – And Sent to Pennsylvania Slaughterhouse

June 16, 2011 by  
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Image: passer-by via flickr New York City has just started another round of killing hundreds of geese , at taxpayer expense, despite that the cull has so far failed to limit geese population growth or improve air safety. The geese culls have

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Elusive Conneticut Mountain Lion Finally Found, Unfortunately Dead

June 16, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: KRO-Media / Creative Commons The eastern cougar has been extinct for more than 100 years , according to biologists, but this hasn’t kept people living around Greenwich, Connecticut, from calling local conservation officers with reports of mountain lion sightings. For months, the Department of Environmental Protection fielded calls but paid little attention, stating that the likelih…

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Confusion Reigns Over Plant-Based Bottles, Which Is Exactly What Coke And Pepsi Want

June 16, 2011 by  
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Amy Westervelt of Slate tries to get to the bottom of Coke and Pepsi’s plant-based bottles, concluding that they “still damaged the environment.” But she also caused some confusion and had a few mistakes, some of which have been corrected. She notes: Coca-Cola and PepsiCo’s plant-based bottles are still very much plastic.The companies have merely replaced the fossil fuels (petroleum and natural gas) traditionally used to make their plastic bottles with ethanol from renewable sources (plant waste in Pepsi’s case and Brazilian sugar cane in Coke’s)

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