June 2003 Table of Contents

Local Ecology
 Here at Home
  When and how does a threat justify violating your own sacred principles?
 The Best and Worst beaches throughout California
  Heal the Bay's 13th annual Beach Report Card assigns an A-F grade to California beaches.
 EPA honors Chula Vista with top environmental award in Washington D.C.
 Environmentally friendly dry cleaners opens second location in San Diego
 And the winners are... everyone
  San Diego EarthWorks presents their 12th annual E.A.R.T.H. Awards
 Supervisors should give farmers a "fair deal" on GP 2020
National Issues
 Norton's 2025 Water Plan: propaganda to mask reality
 More roads and increasing development: taking a toll on America's wildlife and natural habitats
  Some states praised for protecting biodiversity, others seeking to weaken environmental laws
Global Ecology
 Rainforest Alliance's Smartwood Certifications reach 25-million-acre milestone
 Poverty, disease, environmental decline threaten global stability
 Religious investors, advocacy groups issue first global "bench marks" for corporate behavior
 More sustainable coffee production and a more stable global market
  Rainforest Alliance signs agreements with two largest coffee brokers.
 US energy security linked to efficiency
 Alternative energy is too expensive for San Diego consumers – NOT
 Restructuring the energy economy
 Energy efficiency key to prevent another power crisis
 Fuel efficient patriotism bumper stickers
Pollution and Waste
 Strong showing on global warming resolution at AEP is "big win" for shareholder activists
  Proxy battle outcome at "Filthy 5" utility good sign for upcoming votes.
 Bush administration hides reports on mercury risks while weakening mercury protections
 Popular weed killer disrupts frogs' sexual development
Diet & health
 Key studies on air pollution and health effects near high-traffic areas
 Antibiotic resistance threatens public health
 Ultraviolet radiation added to government list of known carcinogens
 Marijuana-derived compound targets pain, inflammation
Observations from the Edge
 Depleted democracy and other weapons of war