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Judge’s ruling could buy Texas coal-plant permit objectors more time
21 Feb 2007 at 11:02am
They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and that applies to coal battles too. A big ol’ permit hearing on six of the power plants proposed by TXU Corp. was scheduled to kick off today, with opponents explaining why they’re not keen to live in a “ring of fire.” But the …

What should greens do about air travel?
21 Feb 2007 at 11:02am
Is it a sin to fly to your vacation spot? The Bishop of London recently proclaimed it so. Plenty of others are increasingly critical of excessive air travel too, though not all are as strident as the Right Reverend. The trick is figuring out what’s excessive. Is it OK to …

Study finds air-quality inequality in San Francisco Bay area
21 Feb 2007 at 11:02am
According to a new study, people of color and poorer residents in the San Francisco Bay area breathe more than their share of polluted air. “We have a problem with the degree of environmental inequality … even though we regard ourselves as a region that is very progressive,” said Manuel …

On air quality and temperature
21 Feb 2007 at 11:02am
A hardy mid-Atlantic bike commuter noticed on a recent cold morning that the car exhaust around her seemed stinkier than usual. Curious, she asked advice maven Umbra Fisk if there’s any relation between air quality and temperature. Everyone knows about smog alerts in summer, but could winter be just as …

E.U. sets emissions goals, will raise bar if other countries join
21 Feb 2007 at 11:02am
Yesterday, European Union ministers agreed to a historic cut in greenhouse-gas emissions, and they’re prepared to take things even further if other nations join them (ahem). The Continent will aim for a 20 percent cut from 1990 emissions levels by 2020; they’d strive for a 30 percent goal if, you …

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