Earth Hour

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Whole Foods Bans Unsustainable Seafood Announced today and beginning on Earth Day (April 22), Whole Foods Market will no longer carry red-rated wild-caught fish, making it the first national grocer to enact such a move. Just what is a red rating? Using guidelines issued by Blue Ocean Institute and Monterey Bay Aquarium , the designation describes marine life afflicted by overfishing, or invasive fishing methods that harm surrounding species. Many of the usual suspects appear on the red-rated list for the Southeast region, which includes Texas: Albacore tuna, bluefin tuna, and imported shrimp. But Whole Foods will also say goodbye to mahi mahi, shark, red snapper, and tilapia at least until those fish rebound in numbers.

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Austins skyline will be noticeably darker from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm as the city participates in Earth Hour, an annual event held across the globe to raise awareness about energy conservation and climate change. Mayor Lee Leffingwell held a press conference yesterday to announce the list of buildings that will be going dark tonight (security lights excluded):