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New energy pact signed by 16 Asian and Pacific nations lacks targets
16 Jan 2007 at 12:01pm
Yesterday, the leaders of 16 Asian and Pacific nations bumped into each other on the street, chatted for a few minutes, then promised to “totally get together for lunch some time.” At least, that’s one interpretation of the signing of a landmark energy pact that reaches from Australia to India. …

U.S. Forest Service gets first female chief, trees cower
16 Jan 2007 at 12:01pm
File this under The More Things Change: On Friday, the 101-year-old U.S. Forest Service named its first-ever female chief. Huzzah! Alas, Gail Kimbell is a pro-industry engineer who helped create President Bush’s controversial “Healthy Forests” plan and whose appointment has put conservationists on alert. “She is a strong proponent of …

Kassie Siegel, climate director at the Center for Biological Diversity, Inter…
16 Jan 2007 at 11:01am
You know how the Bush administration recently proposed endangered-species protection for the polar bear? You can partially thank Kassie Siegel for that. As the director of the Climate, Air, and Energy Program at the Center for Biological Diversity, Siegel drafted the scientific petition which eventually led to the feds’ groundbreaking …

Obama joins McCain, Lieberman to push Senate climate bill
16 Jan 2007 at 12:01pm
If you follow politics, the phrase “McCain-Lieberman” might make you throw up in your mouth just a little. Since 2003, U.S. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) have worked to pass a bill that would cut greenhouse-gas emissions, to no avail. But wrap your tongue around this: McCain-Lieberman-Obama. …

As feds prepare to delist gray wolf in Idaho and Montana, hunters polish thei…
16 Jan 2007 at 12:01pm
In Idaho and Montana, the impending removal of Endangered Species Act protections for the gray wolf has sportsfolk salivating. The wolf, reintroduced to the region a decade ago, is blamed for killing elk and other critters that hunters want around so they can kill ’em themselves. At a rally in …

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