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Despite talk of cuts, U.K. carbon emissions on the rise
30 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
It’s too bad surging emissions aren’t cause for joy. Because then the Brits would be dancing right now instead of tearing each other new ones. But alas: data show that U.K. carbon emissions rose 1.25 percent last year, to the highest level since the Labor Party took charge in 1997. …

U.S. college students are, like, totally into clean energy
30 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
In answer to the loathed question “What are you going to do after you graduate?” gaggles of U.S. college students are looking into careers in alternative energy. (A group of college students is called a gaggle, right?) Green technology is having a heyday in schools from Illinois State to Harvard …

Mary Anne Hitt, director of Appalachian Voices, answers readers’ questions
30 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
Mary Anne Hitt has lost her faith in the promises of coal companies. “Clean coal” is right around the bend? Unlikely. Mountains razed by mining will provide jobs through further commercial use? Only 1 percent actually do. But this week’s InterActivist, who fights mountaintop-removal mining as the director of Appalachian …

Some coral may be resistant to acidification, reefs still doomed
30 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
The world’s oceans are on track to be more acidic by 2100 than they’ve been for 20 million years, thanks to our fiendish friend carbon dioxide. But research by Israeli scientists shows that the coral polyps living in underwater reefs may be able to survive, even as the reefs themselves …

Gore climate concert kicked off of Capitol grounds
30 Mar 2007 at 11:03am
In a decision that sent discordant music wafting toward Al Gore’s ears, a group of Republican senators has put the kibosh on using the Capitol grounds for a gigantic climate-change-awareness concert this summer. The group — led, not surprisingly, by climate skeptic James Inhofe (R-Okla.) — blocked a resolution authorizing …

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