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Spruce Almighty

Federal judge says Bush rule change on logging illegal The Bush administration broke the law last year when it changed the rules on logging in the Pacific Northwest, a federal judge ruled this week. The Northwest Forest Plan of 1994 …

Dam removal

Author declines to make pun, citing ‘posting rules’

The Milltown Dam at the confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers near Missoula, Mont., will be removed, returning the rivers to their original flow by 2009, according to an agreement reached this week. The folks over at Environmental …

Science and environmentalism

Does respect for the former help the latter?

A while ago I posted about environmentalism and the religious worldview. I'm afraid that post was overbroad and led to a discussion about whether one can be a religious environmentalist (of course one can) and, more tediously, whether religion is …

To the states!

Individual legislatures take up eminent domain laws

For all the hubbub about the Supreme Court's ruling in Kelo v. City of New London -- that eminent domain could be applied to cases where "economic development" was the public use in question -- the response of state legislatures …

Peak oil consensus

Reasonable people largely agree about what we should be doing

There's a short-but-great exchange today in the Wall Street Journal on the subject of peak oil. You have to subscribe to read it there, but PeakOil has reprinted it in full. It's a conversation between James Hamilton, an economist at …

Big papers (finally) taking note of hormone-disrupting chemicals

WSJ, USA Today highlight dangers

The Wall Street Journal astounded many in the green community last week when it launched a series on toxic chemicals with an in-depth page A1 story on endocrine disruptors, which, even in teeny-tiny amounts, muck up the functioning of human …

Let’s save our environment

Funniest thing ever? Possibly. (Thanks to reader Brian B.)

We Hear Helsinki Is Beautiful This Time of Year

The desertification of southern Europe may be under way With 2003’s deadly European heat wave still lingering in memory, this summer’s spiking temperatures, rampant forest fires, and record droughts along the Mediterranean are increasingly being seen not as freaky aberrations, …

Britty Twister

Estrogen exposure blamed for upswing in male chest-reduction surgery British men are flocking to clinics for surgery to reduce their man mammaries. Here we pause a moment to savor that sentence … OK, done. U.K. doctors blame increased exposure to …