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Britain’s new energy policy calls for more nukes as well as renewables

12 Jul 2006 at 1:07pm

Surprising no one, the British government yesterday unveiled a pro-nuclear energy policy. Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling defensively told Parliament that the challenges of global warming and energy self-sufficiency “are so great that we cannot afford to rule out any low-carbon energy source that could help.” All but one …

Umbra on recycling foil

12 Jul 2006 at 1:07pm

Summertime, and the grilling is easy … but what to do with all that sauce-smeared, juice-soaked aluminum foil? When a grillmaster wonders about the impacts of her outdoor cooking, advice maven Umbra Fisk takes the opportunity to remind readers that foil is reusable, recyclable, and really shiny. (OK, she doesn’t …

San Francisco aims to provide plug-in power to docked cruise ships

12 Jul 2006 at 1:07pm

As San Francisco completes a new cruise-ship terminal, it plans also to build a facility to provide electric power to docked ships. Shoreside power — in effect, extension cords that plug idling ships into hydro- and solar-generated electricity — could reduce harmful emissions from the ships by up to 80 …

EPA should reassess dioxin risk, science panel says

12 Jul 2006 at 1:07pm

The U.S. EPA may be overestimating the cancer-causing risk of the chemical dioxin at very low doses, and should crunch the numbers in new ways before setting a cleanup standard, says a research council from the National Academy of Sciences. The EPA published a draft report on dioxin in 2003 …

Schwarzenegger asks feds to protect roadless national forests in California

12 Jul 2006 at 1:07pm

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) today asked the feds to keep all 4.4 million roadless acres of national forest in his state off-limits to logging, road-building, and other development. President Bush in 2004 canceled President Clinton’s rule protecting roadless national-forest areas; now it’s up to governors to request protection for …

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