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Resource exhaustion

We buy a wastebasket and take it homein a plastic bag. Then we take the wastebasketout of the bag, and put the bag in thewastebasket.

LILY TOMLIN,comedian

WASHINGTON, D.C.According to an EPA study conducted in conjunctionwith the U.N. Task Force on Global Developmental Impact, consumer-productdiversity now exceeds biodiversity. According to the study, for the first time inhistory, the rich array of consumer products available in malls and supermarketssurpasses the number of living species populating the planet.

“Lastyear’s introduction of Dentyne Ice Cinnamint gum, right on the heels ofthe extinction of the Carolina ...

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