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Midterm election results find U.S. environmentalists hopeful
8 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
Whew, what a night. Environmentalists of all stripes hailed this year’s election results, though exit polls determined that Democrats were 53 percent giddier. With eco-foes like Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.) defeated and green-leaning govs like Jennifer Granholm (D-Mich.) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.) reseated, things are looking up. “The American people’s …

Umbra on inefficient windows
8 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
Devoted readers of advice maven Umbra Fisk learned on Monday that replacing inefficient windows can lead to household energy savings as high as 40 percent. But what if you can’t afford to sashay into the window store? A California resident wonders how to get through winter using more affordable sill-utions, …

Researchers say industrial chemicals may be linked to increases in autism, ADHD
8 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
Note to glue-sniffers everywhere: two researchers have suggested a link between industrial chemicals and an increase in brain development disorders like autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, terming the trend a “silent pandemic” affecting millions of children around the world. In an essay published online today in the U.K. medical …

Why everyone should be allowed to love food with unrestrained glee
8 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
There’s a certain name for people who obsess over food, people who gaze at grapes with abandon and fuss over frittatas like there’s no tomorrow. But does taking great pleasure from tasty meals really make you a food snob? Tom Philpott says the culinary culture of the U.S. is structured …

Australia plagued by historic drought, not-so-responsive leadership
8 Nov 2006 at 11:11am
Wondering how Australia’s doing? It’s dry as a dead dingo, thanks for asking. The “Sunburnt Country” is undergoing a severe drought — the worst in 1,000 years, according to one expert. The lack of precipitation could cut agricultural output by 20 percent, and it’s only going to get worse: a …

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