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Bush, Brazil sign controversial biofuels pact
9 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
Faced with protests and anger at home? Why not escape to a place where you can take solace in … protests and anger. President Bush is making few friends in Brazil, on the first stop of a Latin American tour that will see him visit four other countries. But he …

E.U. adopts ambitious renewable-energy goal
9 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
It’s a banner day for the European Union: wrapping up a two-day summit, its 27 member states have agreed on an ambitious green-energy goal. The plan — to use 20 percent renewable energy by 2020 — will “establish us as a world pioneer,” says German Chancellor and summit chair Angela …

Coal-bashing is hot new trend in Congress, science circles, and business world
9 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
Is King Coal about to be deposed? Climate scientists, congressional leaders, enviros, and the progressive wing of the business world seem to be plotting a coup d’état. Renowned climatologist James Hansen is calling for a moratorium on new coal-fired power plants. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is drafting a bill that …

Lisa Day of socially conscious film company Participant Productions answers r…
9 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
Readers from the Pacific Northwest to Peru wrote in to query InterActivist Lisa Day, the vice president of social action and advocacy for “An Inconvenient Truth”-producing Participant Productions. Why didn’t Al Gore talk up vegetarianism? How can we make global warming less polarizing? Isn’t working in the film industry automatically …

States undercharging big emitters for pollution
9 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
In probably the first-ever instance of corporate polluters not being held accountable, a study has found that at least 18 states collected such low fees from big emitters that they couldn’t cover the cost of enforcement programs set out by the Clean Air Act. According to the nonprofit Environmental Integrity …

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