Green News For The Weekend Volume 273

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Here’s your green news roundup for this week. I cannot believe it’s August already.

Earth’s oceans, forests and other ecosystems continue to soak up about half the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by human activities, even as those emissions have increased. This doesn’t, however, mean we shouldn’t be reducing emissions.

In September 2005, a senior Wal-Mart lawyer received an alarming e-mail from a former executive at the company’s largest foreign subsidiary, Wal-Mart de Mexico. In the e-mail and follow-up conversations, the former executive described how Wal-Mart de Mexico had orchestrated a campaign of bribery to win market dominance. In its rush to build stores, he said, the company had paid bribes to obtain permits in virtually every corner of the country. Yet another reason why I won’t step foot in a Walmart.

How a Bunch of Scrappy Marines Could Help Vanquish Breast Cancer. Exposed to poisoned water at Camp Lejeune, these vets may hold the key to a scourge that kills some 40,000 American women—and a few hundred men—per year.

What if Mars orbited the Earth at the same distance as the Moon…what would that look like? How about Neptune? Or Jupiter? Like this. OK, so not green per se but pretty damn cool.

Fat free! Now with whole grains! Only 100 calories! Zero grams trans fat! All-natural! Fake health foods are the carnival barkers of the grocery store, shouting at you from every aisle, promising longevity, beauty, and true happiness, if only you’ll buy them. Fake Health Food: How to Spot it and What to Eat Instead.

Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, N.Y., has often been called the most polluted lake in America. It was hammered by a one-two punch: raw and partially treated sewage from the city and its suburbs, and a century’s worth of industrial dumping. But now the final stage in a $1 billion cleanup is about to begin. America’s ‘Most Polluted’ Lake Finally Comes Clean. And finally, some great news.

Have a fantastic weekend!

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