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An ecological guide thereto.

Via Nick, a simple and useful ecological guide to paper. Don't be the last kid on your block to learn the difference between PCF and ECF!

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It contains great insight on the alignment of policital forces and the future of the green movement.

There has been much rending of garments and gnashing of teeth among environmentalists since the election, and even more so since the debut of that godforsaken paper. Much of it assumes that "the movement" -- to the extent there is such a discrete thing -- is responsible for its own ill fortunes. I don't want to say that's entirely untrue, but I think greens, like perhaps everyone, tend to exaggerate the degree to which they control their own fate. There are large historical forces afoot, and to some extent environmentalism is simply carried along. Consider that, to use that most …

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Uncle Sam Wants You! … To Clean Up After Him

Closed military bases frequently icky Irony alert: Hot on the heels of news that the Pentagon is appealing to Congress for exemptions from air and hazardous-waste laws comes word that closed military bases are ridden with, uh, dirty air and hazardous waste. Thirty-four military bases shut down since 1988 are on the U.S. EPA Superfund list of toxic sites, and the upcoming round of base closings will likely add more to that list. An Associated Press investigation found that there are more than 100 military sites where uncompleted cleanups worry the EPA, though the Pentagon has spent some $8.3 billion …

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Clean energy tech is not frozen in time.

So, I'm listening to a show on KUOW about peak oil, and you know what bugs me? I'll tell you. You often hear a single person make the following two claims: Clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar "just aren't developed enough" now to meet our energy needs. Just not dense enough in their energy output. Take up too much darn space. "Maybe someday," they say wistfully, "but not today." Although we're running out of conventional sources of oil, magical new technologies and methods will allow us to extract oil economically from deep water, tar sands, shale, the moon, …

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They’re going to stay secret.

Carl Pope has more to say about the grim news today that a federal appeals court ruled -- against the Sierra Club and Judicial Watch -- that Cheney can keep the participants and deliberations of his 2001 energy task force secret. This was a real blow. Says Pope: The whole saga has been sordid, from the secretive operation of the Task Force, in which Enron enjoyed preferential access, Peabody Coal was enabled to time a public stock offering at a highly advantageous moment, huge public subsidies were granted to favored insiders, Judge Scalia went hunting with the vice-president while considering …

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Charismatic animals get all the love.

If you could monitor only 7 species for a region, which would you choose, in order to learn the most about the region's ecological health? Here's why I ask... Unless you've been living in a cave, you probably already know that the ivory-billed woodpecker was re-discovered, not extinct after all, in the swamps of Arkansas. But unless you happen to be a mollusk biologist you're probably not aware that two freshwater snails in Alabama were also recently re-discovered alive and well. That's the focus of a bit of thoughtful journalism by ABC News (unfortunately far too abbreviated to do justice …

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Raising CAFE standards may actually backfire.

It's a rare treat to read a dry, technical report and--almost by accident--learn something surprising, counterintuitive, useful, and (at least to me) genuinely new. Which is exactly what happened when I read this paper (beware, PDF) by Todd Litman at the Victoria Transportation Policy Institute. The upshot: Raising vehicle fuel-economy standards, which always seemed to me like a good idea, may actually be counterproductive, even if they're truly successful at reducing the amount of gasoline the average vehicle consumes per mile. Now, I'd long heard the argument that current fuel economy standards (also known as Corporate Average Fuel Economy or …

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Politicians are charging commuters to use the roads, and paying no price for it.

Via Planetizen News, evidence that the impossible is finally catching on: According to Governing magazine, more and more jurisdictions in the US and Europe are making drivers pay to use roads when they're congested. And remarkably, the politicians responsible for instituting the tolls don't seem to be paying much of a political price. London's experiment is perhaps the most famous: The city now charges drivers about $10 to drive into the city center between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekdays. Some pundits predicted that the policy would spark a commuter rebellion. Instead... Rather than revolting, drivers did one of …

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NRDC blog

The Natural Resources Defense Council has a new blog. Check it out. Update [2005-5-11 16:57:51 by Dave Roberts]: Dave's hangover-befogged eyes move upwards to the ad banner hovering at the top of the page ... something about an NRDC blog ... hey, weird, didn't I just write about that? (Last night was greendrinks. I can't be blamed.)

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Art for … Well, Not Really for Art’s Sake

Send Grist cool posters! The Grist office walls are looking sadly barren these days (with the exception of a certain unnamed but smitten editor's life-size Barack Obama poster), and we're so darn busy bringing you the best green news on the world wide interweb that we don't have time to hunt down handsome wall decor. So, dear readers, we come to you with this plea: If you work for an environmental group or eco-minded company with a way-cool poster, send us one. It just might get a place of honor in our hallowed halls. Our only requirements: Nothing too political …

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