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U.S. Interior lets oil-industry royalties slip away, investigation says
7 Dec 2006 at 11:12am
An eight-month investigation by the U.S. Interior Department’s inspector general reveals that Big Oil may be skirting millions of dollars in annual gas and oil royalties while Interior officials grease the skids. Some of the juicier findings: officials said they’d reviewed 72 percent of revenues from leases, but the total …

U.S. EPA considers delisting lead as an air pollutant
7 Dec 2006 at 11:12am
That sound you hear? It’s jaws dropping everywhere in response to the U.S. EPA’s announcement that it might stop regulating lead as an air pollutant. Citing the fact that concentrations of the toxic heavy metal in the air have dropped 90 percent since 1980, and using logic we can only …

Grist biofuels series profiles small-scale entrepreneurs
7 Dec 2006 at 11:12am
So far, we’ve spent a lot of our biofuels series talking about big corporations getting on board for the renewable-fuel revolution. But what about the little guys? Across the U.S., small-scale biofuel production is going strong, powering cars and homes in unexpected places. Today we profile entrepreneurs in Seattle, Atlanta, …

Global warming affects ocean’s tiny plants, which could affect global warming
7 Dec 2006 at 11:12am
Proving that big things do come in small packages, researchers say global warming could hobble the teeniest marine organisms, phytoplankton — which could, in turn, lead to more warming. Whuh-huh? Well, these wee plants not only make a tasty sea snack, they provide a vital piece of climate-change resistance by …

Victoria’s Secret pledges to end use of endangered-forest paper in catalogs
7 Dec 2006 at 11:12am
The parent company of sexed-up retailer Victoria’s Secret announced yesterday that it will nip a bad trend in the bud: sourcing its catalog paper from endangered forests. Succumbing to two years of pestering from ForestEthics and other green groups, U.S.-based Limited Brands agreed to stop supporting suppliers who log in …

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