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June 2009

Think you know your American rights movements? Make sure your list includes the right to use a clothesline. It has an advocacy group, Project Laundry List, and a campaign, Right2Dry, to convince the Obamas to line dry their laundry on the White House…

The American Clean Energy and Security Act passed the House this evening, minus one of the most attractive aspects of its early drafts: a big money circle in which the government would auction pollution permits to industry and pass along the…

Mother Nature blamed for deformed frogs

The legless-frog alarmists were wrong, or at least that’s what some scientists think right now. For years people have suspected toxins were deforming frogs that turned up with too few or too many legs. We’re still not sure about the ones with too…

As the sun rises in Europe, Britons awake to a Guardian editorial directing their attention to Washington, where the United States will consider–Friday or Saturday, we are now hearing–its first cap on carbon emissions, and a carbon trading system…

Obama on global warming: expect the expected

A few of my sodden comrades at the pub think I’m too easy on President Obama, and they scoff when I tell them a lot of the criticism and doubt thrown his way just isn’t thought out. But here’s an example: much chatter developed in recent weeks about…

Covering the International Whaling Commission meetings in Madeira, BBC’s Richard Black notes that both sides are using science now–whaling countries to maintain the hunt, whale lovers to restrict it. And of course, science has little to do with…

Saving wolves, one CEO salary at a time

Thank you for the pen, Defenders of Wildlife. I know you want me to use it to fill out the accompanying donation card, and the windbreaker I would receive for a $15 donation seems like a steal. I wonder how you can send me a pen and a windbreaker for…

Right before game time, Team Green opted for a locker-room fistfight, giving Team Brown what would seem an advantage at kickoff.
Roger Pielke, an environmental scientist at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has taken issue with one paragraph in…

People who believe in global warming are more likely to prepare adequately for harsh weather events, at least in Belize.
So there you go: a practical reason to believe in global warming that relies on neither prediction nor faith. Researchers studied…

Thai Navy escorts sea turtles to the sea

How many Navy captains sound like this chap?
Because humans destroy nature, natural conservation practices should begin with humans. Humans have to revive the deteriorated nature by themselves as humans were the main cause.”
The source of those…