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TXU buyers announce plans for two coal-gasification plants
12 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
The private firms that proposed a $45 billion buyout of Texas coal giant TXU continue to make some hearts go pitter-pat. After announcing that TXU would scuttle plans for all but three new coal-fired power plants, the firms added Friday that they would look into building two coal gasification plants …

Anika Rahman, women’s- and reproductive-rights advocate, answers questions
12 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
Anika Rahman works to inspire Americans to support women’s and reproductive rights — a goal worth pursuing in and of itself, but also as a step toward environmental consciousness. Rahman is president of Americans for UNFPA, or the United Nations Population Fund. (Wherefore that extra “A,” UNFPA?) As InterActivist this …

Part two of intergovernmental climate report no sunnier than part one
12 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
No Monday would be complete without a dash of grim global-warming news, so here goes. Part deux of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is due out in April, and according to a draft, things are looking quite the opposite of good. The report, the second of four scheduled …

Umbra on chlorine
12 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
Today a reader writes in with a perplexing dilemma: she avoids buying bleached paper products like diapers and napkins at home, but then she takes her kids to the (chlorine-filled) pool for a swim, sometimes twice a week. Is this family in toxic trouble? Are the threats posed by bleached …

Former Jamaican bobsled team founder seeks energy independence as mayor
12 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
It’s a career crisis we’ve all faced at some point: what comes after you’ve created the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team? For George Fitch, now the mayor of Warrenton, Va., the answer stinks. Fitch wants to make the 8,000-person town energy independent by 2010 by building a $30 million biomass plant …

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