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Cali’s ‘million solar roofs’ back from dead tomorrow

As this San Francisco Chronicle op-ed notes, the California Public Utilities Commission is expected to revive some portions of California's SB1 (the "million solar roofs" legislation) tomorrow. (Grist readers will recall that SB1 died earlier this year, a casualty of …

Mining provision update

Remember that horrendous new mining provision that was slipped into the House budget reconciliation bill? The one that could lead to millions of acres of public land being sold off? Yeah you do. Well, a little birdie tells us that …

Monday morning link dump, part two

Boy, I'm really cleaning out the closets today! Here are a few stray things I forgot to include in this morning's link frenzy. Early this month, New West ran a stellar two part series taking a look deep inside the …

What a hoot!

A couple of new environmentally themed kid movies

For all you parents and guardians of treehuggers in training, two new family films will be released in the new year: Hoot and Over the Hedge. Based on the book by Carl Hiaasen, Hoot is about a "young boy who …

Eilon Schwartz, founder of The Heschel Center, answers questions

Eilon Schwartz. What work do you do? I’m the founder and executive director of The Heschel Center, an environmental NGO in Israel. I am also an academic, teaching at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. What does your organization do? Only …

Foreign aid shuffle?

The Washington proclivity for moving bureaucratic deck chairs around can lead many to tune out. But give a look-see to today's Financial Times piece on emerging plans to overhaul the organizational architecture of U.S. foreign assistance. Lots of details to …

Montreal errata

I'm sure y'all are Montreal'd out by now, but here are two more links. I forgot to include Carl Pope's astute summary of the international situation in the post below. And John Whitehead notes some grim humor. And that's it! …

King of the Ill

Orcas top polar bears as most toxic Arctic mammals Orcas have officially surpassed polar bears as most toxic mammal in the Arctic. Wo0t! Researchers tested blubber samples and found them permeated with pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) — highly persistent toxic …

The Big Grapple

New York, New York, it’s a wonderful, energy-efficient town With demand for electricity steadily increasing but no room for new power plants, New York City is making pioneering strides in energy efficiency; even famously eco-conscious burgs like Seattle and Portland …