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Climate Change to Bring Plagues of Insects?

New research from the National Science Foundation suggests a warming Earth could mean a significant increase in voracious, plant-eating insects. Scientists studying the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), a period about 55 million years ago when global carbon dioxide levels spiked rapidly, found that plant fossils from that time show noticeably more insect damage than plants

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The Rise of Urban Gaia?

Cities and their even larger, fast-growing siblings — megacities (more than 10 million people) and hypercities (more than 20 million people) — aren’t just products of human civilization that dramatically affect their surrounding ecosystems. They’ve emerged as unique ecosystems in their own rights. In “Global Change and the Ecology of Cities,” published in the Feb.

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Beyond Talking Points and Spin: Group Seeks Presidential Debate on Science

If a U.S. presidential debate on science and technology sounds too wonky for words, think again. That’s the message supporters of Science Debate 2008 are trying to hammer home. Science and technology not only contribute greatly to the nation’s bottom line (about half of U.S. gross domestic product over the past century, according to the

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It’s the Economy, Stupid! Not Entirely

90% of the world’s goods are carried by sea and world trade is increasing all the time. Photograph: Macduff Everton/Corbis

“We must restore confidence to the economy, to consumers and to the markets,” declared The House Democratic Leadership on Friday.

Their solution? Tax rebates and relief, echoing George Bush and probably every other economic analyst. The Federal Reserve has been cutting interest rates for the past six months to achieve the same goal; to entice people to Buy! Buy! Buy!

Not only will this take money away from important public services, but increasing consumption has dire negative impacts. The process of extracting resources, manufacturing products, consuming them, and disposing of them is the very culprit of environmental degradation. And guess what? This consumption will ultimately take us down as well.

In an article entitled 10 Ways Recession Can Help the Environment the author writes:

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Some Good News for Sharks

In a bit of good news for sharks, Unilever, a global cosmetics company that makes Dove and Pond’s brands, will stop using shark liver oil, or squalene, in the making of its cosmetics. Squalene-free products that use a plant-based substitute could be on the shelves as soon as spring of 2008. The announcement heralded marine

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America’s Global Warming “Teach-In”

Global warming issues have finally been delivered en masse to students across America, thanks to an initiative named β€œFocus the Nation” this past Thursday. With more than 1,500 universities, community colleges and even some high schools, it was billed as the nation’s largest-ever β€œteach-in.” The organizers of the event, including founder Eban Goodstein, an economics

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How Green are Green Cars, Really?

Solar Race Car

With all the hype over hybrid, biodiesel, electric and hydrogen cars, we need to ask how much better are these new breeds for the environment. Will these revolutionary cars really bring on a sustainable revolution in transportation, or will we need to turn to transportation in darker shades of green?

Biofuel was hopeful at first, until the price of competing grains increased as farmers devoted more of their land to grow corn for biofuel, leaving less land to grow other crops. Now, according to the Telegraph UK, animal habitats are being destroyed as land around the world is being converted to grow biofuel crops.

You have probably heard of the CNW Marketing study that the H3 Hummer has less of an impact on the environment than the Prius. This has since been rebuked by MIT, Union of Concerned Scientists and Rocky Mountain’s Argonne National Lab. Those studies were based on lifecycle analysis. The lifecycle of a vehicle includes all the steps required to provide the fuel, to manufacture the vehicle, to operate and maintain the vehicle, and to discard and recycle the vehicle.

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Japan Announces $10 Billion for Climate Change Fund

Japan backed the United States last month during the United Nations-led talks in Bali, opposing the European Union proposal for cutting emissions by 2012. Japan however has helped redeem itself by pledging $10 billion over 5 years to help developing countries reduce carbon emissions. The β€œCool Earth Partnership” fund pledges $8 billion in assistance and

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The Lindberg Report Podcast: Yucca Mountain: The Nevada Case Podcast, Part Three

This is the third and final segment of our interview with Robert Loux, Director of the agency for Nuclear Projects in Nevada. In our previous podcasts, Yucca Mountain: The Nevada Case Podcast, Part One, Mr. Loux talked about his agency, it’s mission and why the state is so critical of the DOE and it’s practices.

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The Lindberg Report Podcast: Yucca Mountain: The Nevada Case, Part Two

This is the second part of a podcast with Robert Loux, Executive Director of the Agency for Nuclear Projects in Nevada. If you missed the first installment, it’s available at: Yucca Mountain: The Nevada Case Podcast, Part One . In this segment, Loux discusses the Department of Energy‘s regulatory process, falsehoods and other manipulation of

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The Lindberg Report Podcast: Yucca Mountain: The Nevada Case, Part One

I’ve been going on for some time now about the nuclear industry, the possibility of more nuclear power stations going online, and especially what to do with radioactive waste that’s been piling up for 50 years. The answer to the waste situation was supposed to have been Yucca Mountain, a remote natural structure some 100

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The Lindberg Report Podcast: Massive Layoffs Due at Yucca Mountain

Amid increased activity signaling a possible resurgence of interest in nuclear power facilities, comes word from Nevada that isn’t at all surprising. Ward Sproat, shown in the Las Vegas Review-Journal photo at the left, is director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, and announced Tuesday that Yucca Mountain in Nevada

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Critics Call U.K. Nuclear Power Plans 'Misleading'

The British government manipulated its public consultation proceedings on plans for new nuclear power plants to ensure “particular and limited answers,” according to a new report from the Nuclear Consultation Working Group. Government officials say new nuclear facilities are needed to replace others going offline over the next two decades and are an important part

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The Lindberg Report Podcast: Eminent Scientist Trashes Renewables, Touts Nuclear

Sound familiar? Well, if you’ve been following my rant on nuclear power you’ll remember my first podcast on the subject concerning a paper written by researcher Jesse Ausubel, Nuclear Energy is Clean; Renewables Damage the Ecology , condemning renewables and praising nuclear energy. Before continuing, once again I’ve produced a podcast on this subject, so

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The Lindberg Report Podcast: The Sleeping Nuclear Giant May Awaken, Be Afraid

Our lawmakers have agreed to increase funding to guarantee up to 80% of loans for nuclear expansion. 17 companies are reportedly planning construct up to 30 new nuclear power stations. I decided to dedicate my first official Planetsave podcast to the nuclear industry and the threats to our safety that come with it. Several links

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