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Infamous industry defender chosen as contest judge by science association.

Steven Milloy, proprietor of junkscience.com, commentator on Fox News, adjunct scholar at the libertarian Cato Institute, and dedicated industry whore defender, chosen as a contest judge by the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science? Say it ain't so. Paul Thacker from Environmental Science & Technology sorts it out, and along the way offers some interesting tidbits on "The Junkman" and the many ways that corporations fund pseudo-scientists and think tanks to do their PR dirty work.

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Private Eyes Are Watching Ewe

Remote sensors, cameras able to monitor earth's health Technological advances in the burgeoning field of environmental monitoring are allowing scientists to take frequent and accurate measurements of weather conditions, animal behavior, and even contaminant levels without leaving their workstations. By placing tiny wireless instruments -- no larger than a cell phone or a deck of cards -- in an environmentally sensitive area, researchers are able to remotely access data produced by the devices' cameras, robots, and sensors, providing them with a detailed account of the area's health. The devices, called motes, are often networked together, able to power down when …

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Lead and Circus

EPA lead regs quietly morph from mandatory rules to voluntary standards The U.S. EPA has fallen a bit -- and by "a bit" we mean nine years -- behind schedule on issuing lead regulations pertaining to building renovation. But better late than never, right? Maybe not. Turns out the EPA has quietly shifted its regulatory course from issuing mandatory rules for contractors to that old Bush administration chestnut: voluntary standards. The jettisoned approach would have allowed only certified contractors -- whose employees are educated on the safe handling of lead -- to renovate buildings built before 1978, the year when …

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‘Scientist’ debunks global warming based on a typo, itself based on a fabricated data set. Fun.

Oh lordy, this is hilarious. First, David Bellamy of The Conservation Foundation writes a letter to New Scientist denying global warming and claiming that "555 of all the 625 glaciers under observation by the World Glacier Monitoring Service in Zurich, Switzerland, have been growing since 1980." Subsequent letters debunked the claim, but it's a curious claim to begin with, yes? So writer/journalist George Monbiot decided to look into it, and after much valiant labor, tracked down the source. To quote from Tim Lambert's summary: He got it from a crackpot web site ("The next ice age could begin any day"), …

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Immelt goes green(ish)

Dave flagged GE's ecomagination initiative on Sunday, and here's the Dow Jones wire report on Immelt's speech: WASHINGTON -- The U.S. needs to be more like Europe and develop a clear environmental policy on issues such as climate change and use of renewable energy, said General Electric Co. (GE) Chief Executive Jeff Immelt Monday. He called Europe "the global regulatory superpower" when it comes to environmental policy, noting that Europe is using more wind power now because five years ago it set a clear goal to do just that. Similar actions need to be taken in the U.S., said Immelt. …

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Charisma

Over on American Prospect, Chris Mooney reflects on the rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker and the strange role of charisma in our efforts to recover endangered species.

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Huffington Post

I hope we can expect more than this in the way of environmental coverage over on Arianna's new playground.

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A new cartoon from the Meatrix folks.

From the folks that brought you the legendary Meatrix comes Store Wars, the story of Cuke Skywalker, Ham Solo, and ... oh, man, I feel dumb even writing this. It's funny, though. Go watch it.

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Michael Klare makes the case.

Michael T. Klare has another great piece up on Tom Dispatch, this one about the logic of global energy, which is pushing pretty inexorably toward conflict. With prices rising all over the world and serious shortages in the offing, every major consuming nation is coming under increasing pressure to maximize its relative share of the available energy supply. Inevitably, these pressures will pit one state against another in the competitive pursuit of oil and natural gas. ... Indeed, once a problem like energy security has been tagged as a matter of national security, it passes from the realm of economics …

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