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August 2005 - Two Major Victories Protecting Antibiotics, and More August 17, 2005 8:02 AM

Environmental Defense: Finding the Ways that Work

August 2005
TAKE ACTION -
Say Thank You for Landmark Step Protecting Antibiotics
UPDATES - Another Antibiotics Victory, Good and Bad News on Transportation and Energy Bills
FEATURES - Global Warming and Oceans, Summer Reading, Eco-friendly Shellfish


Take Action! Our Campaigns

Major Step Protecting Antibiotics - Say Thanks
Life-saving antibiotics are losing their effectiveness because they are overused, especially in chicken and pork production. That's why a groundbreaking policy from Compass Group - the largest food service provider in the Americas - is big news for your health. With help from Environmental Defense, Compass Group will only buy chicken and pork from companies that curb antibiotic use. Send an email thanking Compass for their landmark move.


Activists at Work - Updates and Victories

Another Antibiotics Victory!
After a five-year battle, the FDA finally banned Cipro-like antibiotics for use in poultry. These drugs, like Bayer's Baytril, are used in people to treat food poisoning and bacterial infections. Overuse of the drugs in poultry makes them less effective in people. This is the first time that FDA has banned an agricultural antibiotic because of concerns about human health. Learn more from our coalition site, Keep Antibiotics Working.

Energy Bill's Silver Lining
Though the energy bill that President Bush signed fails to act on global warming or energy security, it will help clean up dirty diesel engines. Diesel engines in buses, tractors and construction equipment release smog, soot, and toxic exhaust for decades. The bill authorizes $1 billion for programs that use new technology to cut pollution from old diesel engines. Learn more about the bill and how diesel pollution can be reduced.

Good and Bad of Transportation Bill
President Bush signed another mammoth bill last week - the $286 billion transportation bill. Unfortunately, many parts of the bill weaken protections for the environment and bring little relief to millions suffering from air pollution. On the good side, states have new opportunities to use market incentives to cut traffic and finance better transportation choices. Thanks to thousands of activists who took action to support these innovative traffic solutions. Learn more about traffic solutions. Eco-Friendly Shellfish
Farmed mollusks such as clams, mussels, oysters and bay scallops are some of the most eco-friendly seafood available. These species are often grown away from the ocean floor on racks, nets or ropes, which means they are harvested without destructive bottom dredging. And because they are filter feeders, they also improve water quality. If you eat seafood, get more eco-friendly tips.


Features

Hot Water Ahead: Oceans Heating Up
With all the heat the ocean has absorbed, scientists say it may be near the tipping point. Some warning signs: bleaching corals, starving seabirds and fish turning up in unlikely waters. In our special feature, find out how life in the ocean is changing and what we can do about it.

Readers Weigh in on Summer Picks
When Environmental Defense scientists and staff recommended a few summer reads, we had no idea how many more books you would add to the list. Two of the top recommendations: Barbara Kingsolver's Prod  [ send green star]

 
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