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Sierra Club Insider July 5, 2005

America's Great Outdoors: 52 Treasures That You Can Help Save
America's Great OutdoorsHaving just celebrated our 230th birthday yesterday, let's remember how lucky we are. America is blessed with natural wonders, from spectacular national landscapes to small local treasures. "America's Great Outdoors" is a new Sierra Club report and Web site that highlights places of national and local significance chosen by citizen conservationists in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, every single one of these places is under threat. The good news: They all can be saved if people like us act now.



America's Great OutdoorsDo you know about the threatened treasures in your own backyard (and what would help save them)? Check out our "America's Great Outdoors" clickable map and find out.



Yellow Cabs Go Green in the Big Apple

NYC TaxiIf hybrids can make it here, they can make it anywhere. New York City's taxi fleet could soon be polluting less while driving farther on a tank of gas thanks to passage of the "Clean Air Taxis Act" by the City Council. Once it's signed by the mayor, the Act will allow New York taxi drivers to use at least one approved model of hybrid gas-electric vehicle. With 13,000 cabs cruising (or, worse, idling curbside) in New York City, the move should immediately help reduce air pollution in the city, which currently violates the federal health standards.

New York City's decision is part of a growing trend among cities to move to "Green Fleets," for both environmental and economic reasons. With encouragement from the Sierra Club, both North Hempstead, Long Island, and Charlotte, NC, recently took steps toward converting their municipal fleets to hybrid cars, joining cities such as Denver, Seattle and Madison, WI.

You don't need to hack a cab to profit by hybrid technology. For the latest on hybrid vehicles (and info on different models), visit the Sierra Club's I Will Evolve Web site.

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Photos: great outdoors (Leanne Krudner) | taxi (Tom Carlo)



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