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‘The fact is climate change is real,’ he says

John McCain says global warming would be one of three key issues in his presidency, The Aspen Times reports. That's sure to endear him to the GOP base as much as his stance on immigration.

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Catch a climate symposium at Town Hall on May 9

Rep. Jay Inslee, Democrat from Washington's 1st congressional district and a clean-energy champion, will be discussing climate change with other local eco-experts (and with the audience) at Seattle's Town Hall on May 9. Additional smart folks at the Symposium on Climate Policy, presented by the Thomas C. Wales Foundation, will include Denis Hayes, national coordinator of the first Earth Day and president of the Bullitt Foundation; K.C. Golden of Climate Solutions; Ben Packard of Starbucks; Eric Markell of Puget Sound Energy; and Steve Nicholas of Seattle's Office of Sustainability and Environment. Ross Reynolds of KUOW will moderate. Tickets are $15 …

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Multimedia series honored in ‘explanatory reporting’ category

The Los Angeles Times won a Pulitzer Prize for "explanatory reporting" today for its impressive Altered Oceans series, with its rich online multimedia features as well as hard-hitting reporting and images that went into the print edition. Getting depressed about the appalling state of our oceans has never been so much fun! (See Grist's mini-summary of the series.) Too bad this kick-ass paper is being bled to death.

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As expected, the news is mostly bad, and then worse, and then worse still

Climate change is already having big impacts on the natural world and notable effects on human societies, according to the latest climate report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, being released on Friday. In short, climate change isn't in the future; it's in the right now. The previous installment from the IPCC, released in early February, concluded with at least 90 percent certainty that humans are causing global warming. This latest report says with 80 percent certainty that human-driven global warming is already triggering ecosystem changes around the globe. Not all of the news in the report is bad …

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New Yorker article reminds you why you hate it

Stacy Mitchell did a bang-up job earlier this week of explaining why Wal-Mart and other big-box stores could never actually be green. But if you need a more wide-ranging reminder of Wal-Mart's deep and abiding loathsomeness, check out Jeffrey Goldberg's article in the latest New Yorker: "Selling Wal-Mart: Can the company co-opt liberals?" If you've been awake the past few years, you're already familiar with many of the criticisms, but they're neatly packaged up here with a big brown bow on top. Carl Pope of the Sierra Club, quoted toward the end of the article, sums up some of the …

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Watch out for scary chemicals in plastic toys for tots

Umbra offered up a number of clever gift ideas for kids in her latest column, focusing particularly on experiences rather than things. But if you still want to do some thing-giving for those wee ones, you might first want to check out "What's Toxic In Toyland," an article by Margot Roosevelt in Time. San Francisco has just banned some plastic toys aimed at kids under three. The prime targets -- bisphenol A and phthalates -- have been found in everything from rubber duckies to teething rings to bathtime books, as we noted in Daily Grist last month. "Sucking on some …

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Small steps made, but no real plan for post-2012

The international climate conference in Nairobi just wrapped up, and it sounds like it was a bit of a yawn. As expected, no exciting progress or big future plans. Of course, progress is in the eye of the beholder, as we see in three different articles from MSM sources: Alister Doyle and Gerard Wynn for Reuters: U.N. climate talks keep Kyoto on track, but scant progress Environment Ministers kept plans for widening a U.N.-led fight against global warming beyond 2012 on track on Friday amid criticism of scant progress in aiding Africa and confronting wrenching climate change. After two weeks …

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Watchdog group files complaint with USDA

Wal-Mart has been mislabeling non-organic food items as organic, charges the Cornucopia Institute in a complaint filed with the USDA. Reports the AP: Mark Kastel, co-director of the nonprofit institute, said he and other researchers visited at least a dozen Wal-Mart stores in four states throughout the Midwest to see how organic items were selling. But they found problems, he said, such as dairy coolers stocked with regular yogurt -- by brands that also make organic varieties -- near signs that say 'organic.' Similar, misleading labels were found on produce and throughout aisles, he said. Kastel said the company has …

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Snow says Bush has made climate a priority. Yeah, right.

"[T]he President has made dealing with climate change a priority for this administration," said White House Press Secretary Tony Snow at yesterday's briefing. Meanwhile, a German group has ranked 56 nations according to their efforts to fight climate change. Yes, look way down the list [PDF]:   1 Sweden 2 United Kingdom 3 Denmark 4 Malta 5 Germany 6 Argentina 7 Hungary 8 Brazil 9 India 10 Switzerland 11 Latvia 12 France 13 Romania 14 Iceland 15 Belgium 16 Mexico 17 Lithuania 18 Morocco 19 Portugal 20 Norway 21 Slovakia 22 New Zealand 23 Slovenia 24 Bulgaria 25 Czech Republic …

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Some expected and key wins for Dems and enviros

Four governors' races with notable environmental angles have gone to the greener-leaning Dems, as expected.   New York: Eliot Spitzer (D) pummeled John Faso (R) Pennsylvania: Ed Rendell (D) trounced Lynn Swann (R) Ohio: Ted Strickland (D) whipped Ken Blackwell (R) Massachusetts: Deval Patrick (D) beat Kerry Healey (R) Background on enviro angles here and here. Race results here.

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