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Number-crunchers say 2006 on track to be the sixth-hottest on record
15 Dec 2006 at 11:12am
As 2006 limps to a close, it’s measuring in as the world’s sixth-hottest year on record. It’s the warmest Britain has seen since wenches were hoisting tankards of grog (er, since records began in 1659), and the third-warmest in the U.S.’s Lower 48 since 1880. Weird weather has gripped the …

Grist series comes to a close, but the conversation continues
15 Dec 2006 at 11:12am
We’ve been immersed in biofuels for the last two weeks, so it’s time for us to hit the showers. Before we go, though, a few last tidbits for you. Yolanda Crous interviews GM energy director Mary Beth Stanek to get a Big-Three take on what’s coming down the pike. Erik …

Bush protects wildlands in New Mexico, New England
15 Dec 2006 at 11:12am
Back in 2004, the Bush administration tried to clear the way for energy drilling next to the nation’s largest Boy Scout camp in Valle Vidal, N.M. The drilling never commenced, in large part thanks to resistance from ranchers, hunters, environmentalists, 17 local governments, three chambers of commerce, all of the …

Sarah James, Gwich’in activist and environmental prizewinner, answers readers…
15 Dec 2006 at 11:12am
The key to keeping oil pipelines out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge? Education, education, education, says Gwich’in activist Sarah James — which is why she tirelessly speaks out against drilling. As InterActivist this week, James responds to readers about focusing on the long term, the difficulty of honoring tradition …

Tired of incessant political intimidation, U.S. scientists speak out
15 Dec 2006 at 11:12am
Just our luck: the one time we went to the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, the most exciting thing that happened was that geologist photocopying his rocks. But this year, headlines abound. Earlier this week at the event, the Union of Concerned Scientists issued a statement signed by …

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