Target Opens Recycling Centers in All 1,740 Stores

Minneapolis based Target (NYSE: TGT) announced Tuesday that it is rolling out a massive nationwide recycling initiative with centers at the front of each of its 1,740 U.S. stores. The recycling stations will accept aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers, plastic bags, MP3 players, cell phones and ink cartridges. "The launch of store recycling stations allows us to continue to partner with [our guests] to curb unnecessary waste in our stores and our communities," said Shawn Gensch, vice president of brand marketing, Target. Over the course of the last several months, retail chain Target has ramped up its sustainability programs and image, partially in response to retail giant Walmart's big push to become more sustainable, which includes programs to green its supply chain, use less energy and produce less waste. But Target isn't just copying the sustainability programs their friends down in Bentonville, Arkansas are rolling out (though they should probably copy some of them), they're forging their own path with some unique programs of their own, recently announcing they would no longer sell farmed salmon.

Prenatal Bird Communication

Everyone has heard the theories about how to treat the infant in the womb. Talk to the infant in a nice soft voice and he or she will grow to be kind and compassionate. Listen to classical music and the baby will grow to be more intelligent. But is there really any truth behind these theories? Can the same be said for prenatal care for other species? According to a recent report from the University of Cambridge, the answer to both is yes.

Hydrocarbon development threatens the Amazon

Because hydrocarbons are now being exploited at a rate 7 times higher than in 2003, the impacts of oil and gas activities need to be scientifically studied. These studies should rigorously identify and measure the effects on biodiversity, indigenous groups and wilderness areas in this region. This view was expressed to SciDev.Net by Martí Orta-Martinez from the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) and co-author of a study on the predation of the Peruvian Amazon in this century by the granting of land for gas exploration and oil.

Gowanus Canal goes Superfund

Last week, the Gowanus Canal, a 1.8-mile, 100-foot wide waterway in northwest Brooklyn which empties into Upper New York Bay, was added to the National Priorities List (NPL) otherwise known Superfund by the Environmental Protection Agency. The new designation means that the EPA will now move ahead to clean up this derelict canal and to compel PRP's (principal responsible parties) to perform the cleanup or reimburse the government for EPA-led action. The EPA is now locked in to what may be a tough and perhaps a long dragged-out process of restoring the Gowanus, while forcing cooperation from PRP’s and catering to often sensitive local community interests.

Forecast on Climate Change Legislation Cloudy

The President remains committed to advancing his stalled legislative agenda. Addressing the Democratic National Committee in Washington last Saturday, Obama insisted he is not going to let go of his aspirations for America. "I'm not going to walk away from the American people," he said. "I'm not going to walk away on any challenge." However, Senators from Red States, Coal States, and Rust Belt States are concerned about job losses and increased costs associated with a climate bill. Many lawmakers are also concerned about controlling the emissions of rapidly developing nations like India and China.