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Nation's waterways at stake with Supreme Court

Court to hear case that interprets Clean Water Act's purview over mine fill

The future of America's streams, rivers and lakes is on the agenda of U.S. Supreme Court justices this Monday, Jan. 12, when they hear arguments on whether a pristine Alaskan lake may be killed by operators of Kensington gold mine. Earthjustice attorney Tom Waldo, who has kept the lake alive through a series of successful battles in lower courts, will again take the lead in this final showdown -- but the stakes have become much greater. "The whole reason Congress passed the Clean Water Act was to stop turning our lakes and rivers into industrial waste dumps," Waldo said. "The …

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Listening to CDs Without Melting Antarctica

Tom Turner reviews Transforming Electricity by Walt Patterson

Transforming Electricity: The Coming Generation of Change by Walt Patterson Royal Institute of International Affairs/ Earthscan Publications, 1999, 224 pages Walt Patterson is a physicist by training, an entertaining and lucid writer (he seldom misses a chance at wordplay -- note the title of this book), a fan of jazz and baseball and real ale, and an incisive popularizer of important but complicated matters. And yes, he's my friend. Remind me to tell you some day about several hours we spent years ago in the bookstores on and near Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley, scouring dusty shelves for out-of-print popular books …

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