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U.S. prosecutors compare “eco-terrorists” to KKK
16 May 2007 at 12:05pm
In its unyielding quest to root out terror at its terror-y roots, the U.S. government is battling to have 10 eco-activists sentenced as terrorists. At a hearing in Eugene, Ore., yesterday, attorneys argued that 10 members of the loosely coalesced Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front deserve the label, …

An exclusive interview with media baron Rupert Murdoch on his climate plans
16 May 2007 at 12:05pm
After media mogul Rupert Murdoch launched a big climate plan last week for his News Corp. media empire, he sat down with Amanda Griscom Little of Grist for an exclusive interview about the venture. In a candid conversation, he shares his climate conversion moment, gives his opinion of President Bush’s …

As climate summit continues, fed-up mayors unveil actual plans
16 May 2007 at 12:05pm
They cover 1 percent of the Earth’s surface, but the world’s cities spew 80 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions — and 180 percent of climate-action plans. “Where national governments can’t or won’t lead, cities will,” said Toronto Mayor David Miller at the C40 Large Cities Climate Summit in New York City. …

Umbra on fighting pests with pests
16 May 2007 at 12:05pm
Has your garden become an all-you-can-eat buffet extravaganza for unwanted pests? A reader from Texas, tired of finding holes in her basil leaves, says her garden-supply store sells praying mantises and ladybugs for pest management. But will unleashing more insects help her yard, or hurt it? Advice maven Umbra Fisk …

New hummingbird species discovered, imperiled by cocaine trade
16 May 2007 at 12:05pm
It’s hard out here for a gorgeted puffleg. The hummingbird species with the fabulous name was just discovered in southwestern Colombia, where farmers slash and burn 1,235 acres of cloud-forest habitat every year to grow coca, the raw ingredient in cocaine. That’s bad news for a species that bird-conservation expert …

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