News from Mother Jones: Help Haiti, Whole Foods' Ungreen Ways, Gross Tap Water


Yesterday, TreeHugger rounded up a few green charities that are helping the recovery effort in Haiti after Tuesday's earthquake. MoJo's human rights reporter Mac McClelland has a few more suggestions for how to help one of the poorest and least politically stable countries in the world (thanks in no small part to the Bush administration) recover from a catastrophic natural disaster. For more updates on Haiti, follow Mac on Twitter.

Elsewhere on Mother Jones: The hoopla over Cape Wind has reached a fever pitch of late: To recap, earlier this month the National Park Service determined that the sound could be considered for listing in the National Register of Historic Places in response to a request from local Native American tribes. But the tribes were just the wind farm's newest opponents: A campaign backed by dirty energy interests has been trying to thwart the project for nearly a decade.Now, it looks like Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is finally poised to make a decision on whether the proposed wind farm will be built on Nantucket Sound.

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey has come under fire for questioning whether humans are causing global warming. But are the grocery chain's practices actually bad for the planet? A recent study of grocers and their sustainability efforts says yes. The report documents just how little the company actually does when it comes to climate and related environmental issues.Released in December 2008, the study from sustainable business group Ceres assesses what 63 companies are doing to prepare themselves to face the challenge of climate change, with a focus on board oversight, management execution, public disclosure, greenhouse gas emissions accounting and strategic planning and performance. Whole Foods earned a pitiful 27 score on the assessment (out of a possible 100)—flunking in basically every category.

Plus: Is your tap water too dirty to drink?

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