Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 228

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Ice cream, a sacred delight and American favorite, is not as pure as we think. The companies Breyers and Dreyer’s still allow the use of rBGH. Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST) is a genetically modified hormone injected into cows to increase their milk production.

Faced with the alarming possibility of a double-dip recession and an energized opposition that has demonized environmental regulations of any kind, President Barack Obama is picking his battles carefully and seeking to carve out a middle ground on what will surely be the fundamental issue of the 2012 presidential election: the economy. Sadly, if understandably, the environment has been placed on the back burner. (However, what good is an economy if we can’t breathe?)

Rising seas forecast from climate change will likely wash away some of California’s most iconic beaches by century’s end, along with hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate, roads and tax revenues.

It still looks a lot like the standard, third-gen Prius, but the just-unveiled production version of 2012 Prius Plug-in has something the gasoline-electric hybrid doesn’t: an expected fuel economy of 111.3 miles per gallon equivalent.

The White House is under pressure from two democratic senators to release a list of chemicals the Environmental Protection Agency says could endanger human health or the environment. This so-called chemicals of concern list would include eight phthalates, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, and bisphenol A. The chemical industry has attempted to block release of EPA’s proposed list over the past year. (Guess dying from cancerous chemicals is bad for business, eh?)

Have a good weekend everyone.

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