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Budget reality trumps energy security rhetoric

Bush underfunds efficiency

While Bush talks a good game on energy security, he doesn't back the rhetoric up with action. That is especially true when it comes to his own budget, as made clear in a press release from the American Council for …

Diapers and a BB gun

Sorry, this has nothing to do with the environment, but it is the greatest story ever. Update [2007-2-6 15:19:24 by David Roberts]: Heard from across the office: “I heard she was carrying a loaded diaper!”

It’s All Ova

U.N. lifts year-old ban on Caspian Sea beluga caviar exports The world’s got a fever, and the only prescription is more caviar. In a two-part move, the U.N. has lifted a year-old ban on the delicacy, allowing Caspian Sea countries …

You Go, Hugo

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez mouths off about conservation The campaign to fight climate change and reduce global oil use seems to have an unlikely new champion: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. In a country where car salesfolk do a healthy business …

Why the IPCC bomb was a dud

It just ain’t sexy

Matthew C. Nisbet tells the depressing story of how the IPCC report was released on Friday to thunderous … silence, failing to break through "the juggernaut narratives of Iraq, the 2008 election, and the weekend’s SuperBowl." One thing Nisbet doesn’t …

Alpha Females

You know climate concern has gone mainstream when sororities get on board Yeah, yeah, the vast majority of the world’s climate scientists believe immediate action is required to stem climate change — but Bill McKibben is more excited about the …

Sweet, Now They Can Clean the Bathrooms

Bush 2008 budget proposal contains big bucks for national parks With the National Park Service centennial looming in 2016, President Bush has proposed a 2008 budget boost that’s making park advocates swoon. It would add $230 million to the 2007 …

IPCC: Warming oceans are cause for worry

Be afraid

According to the IPCC's Fourth Assessment (PDF), "discernible human influences now extend to other aspects of climate, including ocean warming, continental-average temperatures, temperature extremes and wind patterns." The increases in oceanic temperature are particularly worrisome: "Observations since 1961 show that …

Cloned meat: at what risk?

Also, ew

Denise Caruso, author of Intervention: Confronting the Real Risks of Genetic Engineering and Life on a Biotech Planet, has an excellent op-ed that explains the deep concerns about animal cloning. If you have doubts about this issue, or want to …