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In This Issue of the Sierra Club Insider:
Dr. Ed Turns 100!
My Low-Carbon Diet
California Out in Front on Climate Challenge
Five Years After: Making America Safe for Tourism
Hot Dawg! Vote for Your Favorite Dog Days of Summer Photo
Victory: Coal Plant Comes Clean
Blog Watch: Monkey See: Geo-blogging Gombe
EXPLORE: New Tallest Trees in the World
ENJOY: Mr. Green on Junk Mail and Bottles vs. Cans
PROTECT: Big Oil's Mess
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Sierra Club InsiderSeptember 12, 2006
Dr. Ed Turns 100!
Dr. Ed WayburnDr. Edgar Wayburn is quite likely the greatest man you've never heard of. The five-time president of the Sierra Club somehow managed to save more wilderness than anyone alive -- more than 100 million acres -- and all in his spare time! Dr. Wayburn turns 100 this Sunday. We want to take this opportunity to wish him the very best and express our undying gratitude for all his efforts. Happy Birthday, Dr. Ed!

Learn more about Dr. Wayburn. Read his memoir: Your Land and Mine, from Sierra Club Books.

Compass. All Over the Map!

My Low-Carbon Diet
Low-Carbon DietYou've heard of the low-carb diet. How about the low-carbon diet? That's the regimen writer Seth Zuckerman undertook for the most recent issue of Sierra magazine. After indulging in typical American carbon gluttony for a week -- taking needless trips in the SUV, washing clothes in hot water, leaving the lights on, etc. -- Zuckerman got serious, eventually tightening his belt to a ration of ten pounds of carbon emissions per day -- the amount scientists reckon the Earth can actually absorb. Find out what it takes to "do right by the planet." And after you've read Zuckerman's article, share your thoughts and insights in an online discussion with Sierra readers and editors.

Got Mercury? It's toxic. Get Tested.

California Out in Front on Climate Challenge
California Out in Front on Climate ChallengeLast month, the California legislature passed the most sweeping global warming measure in the nation. Assembly Bill 32, which was shepherded to the governor's desk by Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez and Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, calls for a 25 percent reduction in the state's global warming emissions by 2020. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill on the last day of August and the move was widely hailed as a major step forward in meeting the challenge of climate change. Of course, no single state can solve global warming, and leadership is still sorely lacking where it counts most -- in Washington. Still, as other states move to adopt similarly ambitious regulations, change is occurring from the bottom up.

Five Years After: Making America Safe for Tourism
Ground ZeroFive years after the 9/11 attacks, we should remember that our leaders compounded the horrendous damage done by the terrorists by willfully ignoring basic safety and health precautions at ground zero. Today, nearly 60 percent of the roughly 40,000 first responders and cleanup workers from the site are seriously ill as a result of their heroic efforts and largely abandoned by the federal government. Worse, it appears that it is now official U.S. government policy to weaken health and safety standards in the event of any future attacks.

A new Sierra Club report, "Harmful Legacy of Pollution and Deception at Ground Zero: How Post 9/11 Disaster Policy Endangers America," warns that federal policies for national disasters compromise worker safety, fail to require precautionary health warnings, and -- in the event of a "dirty bomb" attack -- allow for lower cleanup standards for radiological contamination. The report cites a new Bush Administration policy that balances public health concerns against a list of economic factors that even includes the impact on tourism. Is this really what we mean by Homeland Security?

Vote for Your Favorite Dog Days Photo!Hot Dawg!
Now that summer is coming to an end, so is our Dog Days of Summer photo contest. It was tough, but we've selected ten finalists from the hundreds (yes, hundreds!) of way-cute photos we received from Insider subscribers and now we need your help in selecting the weiner, err, winner.

Check out who made the cut and vote for your favorite!

Coal Plant Comes Clean
Coal PlantAs the result of a 2002 Sierra Club lawsuit, the Public Service Company of New Mexico has agreed to invest $270 million to make its San Juan coal-fired power plant as environmentally friendly as possible. If all goes according to plan, the plant will reduce nitrogen oxide by 35 percent, sulfur dioxide by 65 percent, particulates by 70 percent, and mercury by 75 percent. Sounds costly, right? Wrong: The company says these improvements will create almost 500 jobs and $9.4 million in tax revenue.

For more victories like this, be sure to check in with the Sierra Club's Environmental Law Program.

Blog Watch: Monkey See: Geo-blogging Gombe
Jane GoodallThe Jane Goodall Institute has integrated the geo-spatial gee-whizzery of Google Earth into its Gombe Chimpanzee Blog. If you've downloaded the free software, you can follow scientist/blogger Emily Wroblewski's adventures in and around Tanzania's Gombe National Park. Google Earth allows visitors to "fly" over the preserve, visit pertinent landmarks, read blog entries, and even browse National Geographic articles about Goodall's historic early work with the chimps of Gombe. While the presentation is far from seamless, the capabilities are impressive. No doubt, this is the direction online storytelling is headed.

Not sure what a blog is and why you should care? Check out everything you wanted to know about blogs and blogging, but were afraid to ask (well, almost everything).

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New Tallest Trees in the World

News flash: The tallest tree in the world was recently discovered in Redwood National Park. Dubbed Hyperion, the record-breaking coast redwood reaches an incredible 378.1 feet. Ironically, the skyscraping seqouia sempervirens is located not far from a clear-cut, in an extension of the park that was set aside after much pressure from the Sierra Club, under the visionary leadership of past Club president, Dr. Edgar Wayburn.

Hey Mr. Green

Sierra's crusty yet eloquent Mr. Green advises readers on how to keep junk mail out of their mailbox and explains why the magazine isn't yet printed on hemp paper. It's all in the latest "Hey Mr. Green." And if you still haven't gotten your fix, pay a visit to Mr. Green's Mailbag, where, this month, our eco-sage confronts the classic beer drinker's dilemma: Bottles or cans?

Mr. Green


Big Oil's Mess

In early August oil giant BP was forced to halt operations on Alaska's North Slope after a leak was discovered in a section of pipeline which hadn't been inspected in 14 years. The shutdown came on the heels of the single largest oil spill ever on Alaska's North Slope; in March, another corroded BP pipe dumped 267,000 gallons of oil onto the frozen tundra. So much for environmental safeguards. Despite the oil industry's endless assurances, oil exploration remains a dirty business, incompatible with the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other treasured wildlands.

This week, Congress has scheduled hearings to investigate BP. Now is the time to remind our elected officials that drilling is not the answer to our energy problems.

Photos: Dr. Wayburn (John Calaway) | Low-Carbon Diet (John Cuneo) | Jane Goodall (Michael Neugebauer/Jane Goodall Institute)
Note: The chimpanzee above is a sanctuary chimpanzee. Jane Goodall does not handle wild chimpanzees.