Friday, October 8, 2010

Weekly Round Up (Oct 8)

We're giving a round up of some of the more interesting articles that came across our desks this week. (Although I'll also include one from last week, since I'm just getting this going and, hey - I'm behind). 

Government busy bees have revealed that some much-needed work is getting done:
The FTC has released its proposed changes to its Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims! Its only been 12 years since the last update. Public comments are being accepted through December 10th.

And, the EPA has a 5-year plan! 2011-2015 plan outline here.

But sadly, ecological disasters aren't waiting around for legislation. The toxic mining waste that flooded several Hungarian towns and killed 4 people was a reminder that even when environmental and other groups are monitoring toxic sites, companies aren't necessarily heeding the "at risk" designations and   catastrophes like this can happen almost anywhere. The video footage of the spill seen here is truly frightening, as are National Geographic's photos.

Lastly, Treehugger noted that we're doomed as a species if people can't accept a slight change in their comfort level, as evidenced here in the big, big headline of the week: SunChip's compostable bags are just too noisy for Americans!  More from Carol soon on this groundbreaking news! 

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