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Joel Makower summarizes the many options for those seeking climate-neutral driving.

You've probably heard about "green tags," whereby businesses -- or events, or rock bands, or whatever -- can offset the carbon emissions of their activities by paying for clean energy credits (debits?). As the preceding sentence (doesn't) make clear, it's not entirely easy to explain exactly what a green tag is, or what it does, or how to get one. Now a whole host of websites have popped up offering to let you offset your own personal CO2 emissions -- that is, your driving. But the services of said websites work with different figures, cost different amounts, and produce different …

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The Bad News Forebears

Study suggests toxins' effects may be passed down through generations A pregnant woman's exposure to toxic chemicals may cause harmful effects not only in her children, but in her grandchildren and theirs, a surprising new study suggests. For some time scientists have known about "epigenetic" changes: chemical modifications of DNA that affect the way it is expressed (phenotype), without changing the genetic code itself (genotype). What Washington State University researchers discovered -- and report this week in the journal Science -- is that such changes can be passed from generation to generation. This, suffice it to say, flies in the …

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The Sawn Remains the Same

Massive Amazon illegal logging ring busted Eighty-nine people were rounded up by Brazilian authorities this week as part of a massive crackdown on illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest, causing a rare outbreak of hope among conservationists that the country's government is finally taking the problem seriously. (The sweep came just weeks after the latest, very grim, data on Amazon deforestation were released.) The illegal-logging syndicate was one of the largest in the country. Among those busted were nearly 50 officials of Ibama, Brazil's environment protection agency, including the head agency official in the state of Mato Grosso, where the …

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CNN founder says the network needs more environmental news, less trash

CNN founder and legendary loudmouth Ted Turner marked the 25th birthday of the pioneering cable news network this week by patting its back, but also telling staff, "I would like to see us return to a little more international coverage on the domestic feed and a little more environmental coverage, and maybe a little less pervert of the day. I mean, there's a lot of perversion around, I know that, but is it really news? I mean, some of it is. I guess you've got to cover Michael Jackson, but not three stories about perversion at the lead of every …

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Freedom is messy

Kind of hard to focus on amidst the daily slaughter, but Iraq's environmental situation is horrible and getting steadily worse.

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Here we go

Expect to see many more stories like this.

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What can you do about peak oil?

Not much, really. Nonetheless, if these kinds of things make you feel better, here's a list from Oil Drum.

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Nuclear and water

Jeff, who seems to be connected to the internet intravenously, keeps us abreast of two ongoing debates. First, in the more-heat-than-light category: nuclear! Jeff points to an interesting IPS article making the case that the total costs of nuclear power have been far underestimated. A good read. Second: water! Jeff points to this piece on Alternet by Juliette Beck, about water privatization. As you might expect from the venue and author (she works for Public Citizen), she's against it. Lots of juicy details, though.

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Who is the new deputy director at EPA?

Anybody know who this Marcus Peacock guy is? Update [2005-6-2 14:13:59 by Dave Roberts]: Hm, he appears to be an OMB guy involved in measuring the effectiveness of scientific programs, which probably means you'll be hearing the phrase "sound science" tossed around even more. Also, this is not promising. Seems he was involved in the arsenic-in-drinking-water shenanigans back in 2001. It has now come to our attention that in December of 2000 and January and February of 2001, various industries, persons, and organizations submitted information and documents to EPA transition team members setting forth their views on executive orders, rulemakings, …

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Get a job

If there's one question we get a lot -- and I mean a lot -- it's how to get a job in a green field. Head over to Dave Pollard's joint for an informative rundown on just that subject. (See also our Q&A with Kevin Doyle, national program director at The Environmental Careers Organization.)

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