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Virgin founder Branson offers $25 million atmosphere-scrubbing prize
9 Feb 2007 at 11:02am
Virgin mogul Sir Richard Branson is dangling $25 million for anyone who can figure out how to scrub vast amounts of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. The Virgin Earth Challenge — which Branson announced today with the ubiquitous Al Gore by his side and which we’re pretty sure was also …

Bush administration put on the defensive over climate change
9 Feb 2007 at 11:02am
After six years of dodging the climate issue, the Bush administration is finally having to face it head on. A letter released by the White House on Wednesday claimed that “climate change has been a top priority since the president’s first year in office” and that “President Bush has consistently …

Norway reveals design for “doomsday” seed vault
9 Feb 2007 at 11:02am
Architecture geeks are salivating over Norway’s release of the design of an agricultural “doomsday vault.” The structure, which will cost $5 million to build and $125,000 a year to run, will hold seeds for the world’s 1.5 million distinct crop varieties. You know, in case the guy who survives the …

Gary Lagerloef, earth, space, and ocean researcher, answers readers’ questions
9 Feb 2007 at 11:02am
After reading a batch of questions from readers, InterActivist Gary Lagerloef wrote to Grist, “We have some learned and perceptive readers out there.” Gary, you know it’s true. Lagerloef, an oceanographer with nonprofit Earth & Space Research, had his brain picked this week about the chances of runaway global warming, …

Business leaders honed in on climate at Davos
9 Feb 2007 at 11:02am
The annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, has in past years been a pep rally for irrational exuberance or an alternate red carpet for do-gooding celebs, but this year the mood was different, our Full Disclosure columnists report. Corporate bigwigs and political heavy-hitters alike were focused on critical global …

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