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U.S. Supreme Court hears opening arguments in Clean Air Act case
2 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
Fans of respiration held their collective breath yesterday as the Supreme Court began hearing a case about Clean Air Act violations. The case addresses claims by Duke Energy and other companies that the U.S. EPA got lawsuit-happy in the Clinton era, trying to force poor, helpless utilities to add pollution …

In B.C., a landmark rainforest-protection agreement was just the beginning
2 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
For the last decade, a squadron of people representing usually vastly different interests worked to ensure protection for British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. In February, their dream became a reality, in the form of a groundbreaking agreement between First Nations, towns, businesses, and environmental groups. How are the parties working …

China adds two more industrial accidents to the ledger
2 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
If it’s Thursday, it must be time for a story about an industrial accident in China. And while we’re at it, why not go for two? An ammonia leak at a fertilizer factory south of Beijing yesterday killed one worker, sickened six residents, and caused the evacuation of 20,000 people …

A chat with science writer David Quammen on evolution and religion
2 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
Do conservationists need to understand evolution? If you don’t believe in evolution, is there a place for you in the environmental movement? If you don’t believe in God, can you have a truly compelling motive for preserving species? Renowned science writer David Quammen, author of the new book “The Reluctant …

Voters in Boulder, Colo., will vote on carbon tax next week
2 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
Next week, Boulder, Colo., will seek to become the first U.S. city to impose a carbon tax on homes and businesses. If the progressive hotspot’s voters say yes, the per-kilowatt tax will raise the average home energy bill by less than $2 a month (businesses’ fees will vary, depending on …

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