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U.S., E.U. push phaseout of incandescent bulbs, U.K. gets serious about carbon
14 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
The world is seeing the energy-efficient light: a U.S. coalition including Philips Lighting and the Natural Resources Defense Council will push to phase out incandescent bulbs by 2016. And following the lead of Australia and California, European Union leaders have proposed ditching the bulbs even sooner, a plan that could …

Environmentalists take EPA, Interior Department to task
14 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
Remember when U.S. agencies used to be able to get away with their nefarious eco-deeds? Like, for the last seven years or so? The times might just be changing. Deed one: the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management decided, after 20 years, to reactivate 23 drilling leases in areas of …

Umbra on oil and plastic
14 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
Unless you’re living in a bubble, it’s pretty likely that you use plastic every day (and if you are living in a bubble, it’s probably made of the stuff). The world’s love affair with this magical material contributes to our pathetic petroleum addiction — but to what extent? A reader …

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decisions continue to befuddle
14 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
Let it not be said that Hurricane Katrina’s lessons didn’t sink in. For example, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers learned that it’s good to look prepared, even if you aren’t — so it (apparently knowingly) installed 34 defective pumps in New Orleans before the 2006 hurricane season. The season …

Stanford and U.C.-Berkeley criticized for partnerships with Big Oil
14 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
Movie producer Steve Bing has yanked a promised $2.5 million donation to Stanford University in response to several TV and print ads wherein ExxonMobil touts its partnership with the school. Exxon is funding up to $100 million of Stanford’s climate and energy research; Bing, whose family has given millions to …

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