Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Daily Grist: Send a Thanksgiving e-card, activists blast California greenhouse-gas plans, and more‏

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Send a Thanksgiving Card
Don't be a turkey -- show them you care

Whether you're getting ready to feast on a feathered friend, protest the cruelty of cutlets, or something in between, take a moment to show your loved ones you care by sending a Grist e-card. They'll never think of Thanksgiving the same way again.

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Our Ancient Forests: Going, going ...
In its last days in office, the Bush Administration is laying plans to open some of the last of Oregon's ancient forests to industrial logging, destroying rich wildlife habitat and a crucial buffer against global warming.
Click here to protect Oregon's ancient forests from last-minute handouts to the timber industry!


Blowing Off Steam
Business groups, community activists blast California's cap-and-trade plans

Environmentalists may be cheering California's plans to cap its greenhouse gases, but the feeling at a recent public hearing was different. A standing-room-only crowd of Latino farmworkers, inner-city residents, dozens of cities and air district officials, small businesses, and major manufacturers gave the air resources board an earful about the plan.Janet Wilson reports.

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The Ballast's Out of Your Court
Federal court upholds Michigan's clean-ballast-water law

A Michigan state law requiring oceangoing ships to keep their ballast water onboard or treat the water to kill any live organisms before discharging it into the Great Lakes has been upheld by a federal appeals court. So far, over 180 different invasive species have made a home in the lakes -- many of them originally carried there in ballast water.

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source: Associated Press

Mountain a Defense
Western Shoshone tribe files suit against gold mine on sacred mountain

Members of the Western Shoshone Indian tribe have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management seeking to stop a just-approved open-pit gold mine from digging up what they say is a sacred mountain in Nevada to get at some 5 million ounces of gold. If the project continues ahead as planned, the mine would cover some 6,600 acres of federal land.

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sources: Associated Press, Reno Gazette-Journal

Always Look on the Bright Side of Death
Cemetery in Spanish town doubles as solar power plant

A small Spanish town crammed for space has started using its cemetery as the primary site for a solar power plant, affixing solar panels atop many of the mausoleums. "The best tribute we can pay to our ancestors, whatever your religion may be, is to generate clean energy for new generations," said a solar rep whose company also runs the cemetery.

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source: Associated Press
see also, in Grist: How to green your funeral

Reaching a Critical Mass Stranding
Rescuers save 11 whales after mass stranding

Most of the 64 pilot whales that were stranded on a beach in Tasmania this weekend have died, but rescuers were eventually able to save 11 of them by moving them to another beach where they could more easily reach the sea. The reason for the mass stranding is unknown, though some activists speculated that sonar or other loud human activity could have played a role.

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source: Reuters

We Will Not Excuse Your Dust
Companies liable for annoying pollution even if it's legal, says Canadian court

Polluters in Canada can be sued for spewing excessively annoying smells, noise, or dust -- even if their pollution is within legal limits, Canada's Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The ruling, specific to a class-action lawsuit brought by 2,000 Quebec City citizens fed up with a nearby cement plant, may have far-reaching implications. (We personally find tar sands very annoying, for what that's worth.)

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sources: The Globe and Mail, Canwest News Service

In Brief
Snippets from the news

• Wal-Mart CEO who presided over company's greening efforts to resign.

• Competing offer for U.S. Sugar complicates Everglades restoration plan.

• Moms' exposure to hairspray linked to genital defects in baby boys.

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A Sticky Situation
Alberta's tar sands pose messy challenge for investors and ducks alike

The practice of extracting oil from Alberta's tar sands has been deemed "the most destructive project on earth." Undeterred, oil and gas companies are making a rush to exploit the sands. But socially responsible investment companies are raising concerns -- and shareholders are listening. Today, two execs at SRI firms give the lay of the land.

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Rain, Dear
On rainforest-protection gifts

Q. Dear Umbra,

This year for Christmas, I want to buy hectares of rainforest for some of my in-laws instead of the usual gift items that may end up in someone's closet and forgotten, if not regifted. How do organizations that protect rainforests in this way operate, and how do I know a high percentage of my investment isn't going toward administrative costs? Can you recommend a worthwhile program of this nature?

Holden, Mass.

A. Dearest Rick,

Holiday gift time, everyone! Many of you have already begun shopping, I know, and I also know that my birthday, coming in early December as it does, adds to the gifting pressure for everyone ...

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