Thu, 2007-08-23 14:08Ross Gelbspan
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Is U.S. Outsourcing Its Own Destruction?

Residents of the Massachusetts town of Turners Falls celebrated when workers began tearing down a shuttered coal-fired power plant this year. But the demolition is hardly a victory in the battle against manmade climate change. Virtually every piece of the 2,600-ton plant is being shipped to Guatemala to be rebuilt.

It could continue to pollute, for another 50 years.

Thu, 2007-08-23 13:19Kevin Grandia
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Fun with Wiki Scanner! Senate and Congress wiki revisions

Last week I highlighted a brilliant piece of programming called Wiki Scanner, which cross-reference known IP addresses with revisions to Wikipedia entries.

For example, an astute Wiki Scanner found that someone using a computer with an ExxonMobil IP address revised the entry for the Valdez oil spill. Whoever was using the ExxonMobil IP address edited the Valdez entry in a way that downplayed the environmental devastation it caused.

So here's some interesting things we've been able to find so far using Wiki Scanner:

Thu, 2007-08-23 12:03Ross Gelbspan
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Western States, Provinces Join New Carbon-Cutting Pact

Western U.S. states and Canadian provinces on Wednesday agreed to cut greenhouse emissions 15 percent by 2020 in the latest regional pact to regulate the gases, an approach opposed by U.S. President George W. Bush.
Thu, 2007-08-23 12:01Bill Miller
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White House set to expand mountaintop coal mining

The Bush administration is expected to issue a regulation Friday to enshrine the coal mining practice of mountaintop removal, which involves blasting off the tops of mountains and dumping the rubble into valleys and streams. Apart from a multiplicity of other forms of environmental degradation, use of the technique will expand dependence on coal, the largest source of atmospheric CO2, and slow conversion from fossil to renewable fuels.

Thu, 2007-08-23 11:13Bill Miller
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China's harvests face decimation due to global warming

China, the world’s most populous nation as well as its biggest greenhouse-gas emitter, is forecast to experience as much as a 10 per cent cut in its annual grain harvest due to global warming.

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