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Atmospheric engineering scheme to combat global warming could diminish solar power

Well, uh, yeah…what’s your point?  The idea is to reduce power consumption anyway.

Chesapeake Bay Group Wants EPA to Be Aggressive

Like by maybe a factor of ten?

CA to Secretary Salazar: No Offshore Drilling, More Renewable Energy

More taste!  Less filling!

Wind Technology Company Puts Ex-Auto Industry Employees Back to Work

Building sail cars?

First Wind Files Permit Application to Build a Proposed 51 Megawatt (MW) Wind Project in Maine

Can’t think of a thing to say.

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News About The Environment

Obama climate adviser open to geo-engineering to tackle global warming

It’s That Time of Year Again: National Cell Phone Recycling Week

Report lists America’s 10 most endangered rivers

New Tax Incentives for Greening Your Home

Solar-powered cooker wins climate prize

Avoid “blood chocolate” for a sustainable Easter celebration
Obama Administration Relies on Fast and Furious Rebound in Car Sales

EPA Awards $197 Million in Recovery Act Funds to Clean Up Underground Storage Tank Petroleum Leaks, Creating Jobs, Protecting Land and Water

Webcam witness to bald eagles hatching at New Jersey Duke estate

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Environment News

Airline group backs global emissions trading scheme

Empire State Building Undergoing $20M Green Renovation

Oil Sands Could Threaten Millions of Migratory Birds

New England’s sugar country confronts a bitter future as the climate warms

More states want solar power to be option on new homes

Interior Secretary to discuss NJ’s offshore energy

10-Year Study Uncovers Toxic Aspects of DBPs

We Drive Nissan’s Electric Car, and It’s Sweet

Plants buy Earth more time as CO2 makes them grow

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The New Mercenaries

Under a relentless equatorial sun and the gaze of her Zimbabwean instructor, Juliet Kituye quickly reassembles her AK-47. Next to her, a young man in a ripped red T-shirt discharges imaginary rounds at an invisible target.On a disused soccer pitch in the suburbs of the Ugandan capital, Kampala, 300 hopefuls are being put through rudimentary firearms training. Many of the recruits are raw and their drills occasionally lurch towards slapstick. One trainee lets the magazine slip out of his automatic rifle and onto the red earth, someone else about turns right instead of left. All of them share the same dream, however: going to Iraq.

CorpWatch : UGANDA/IRAQ: Why 10,000 Ugandans are eagerly serving in Iraq

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West blamed for rapid increase in China’s CO2 | Environment | The Guardian

Last year, China officially overtook the US as the world’s biggest CO2 emitter. But the new research shows that about a third of all Chinese carbon emissions are the result of producing goods for export.

The research, due to be published in the scientific journal Geophysical Research Letters, underlines “offshored emissions” as a key unresolved issue in the run up to this year’s crucial Copenhagen summit, at which world leaders will attempt to thrash out a deal to replace the Kyoto protocol.

via West blamed for rapid increase in China’s CO2 | Environment | The Guardian.

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Congress Considers Reform of U.S. Chemicals Control Law

The legal hurdles of existing law make it virtually impossible for the federal government to limit or ban the use of toxic chemicals or to even obtain the information needed to devise effective regulations, several witnesses testified before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee.

Icy Global Seed Vault Hosts Global Warming Meeting

Four tons of seeds representing hundreds of crop species were delivered today to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault as it celebrated its one-year anniversary. The vault in nothern Norway is intended to serve as a fail-safe backup should the original samples be lost or damaged or to provide a Noah’s ark for agriculture in the event of a global catastrophe.

North Carolina to Study Sea Level Rise for the Nation

Announcing the award on Tuesday, FEMA Regional Administrator Phil May said the information and results from this study may help formulate strategies to deal with potential effects of sea level rise along all of the nation’s coastlines.

Obama’s Latest Choice for Commerce a Proven Conservationist

“The Department of Commerce plays a critical role in nurturing innovation, expanding global markets, protecting and managing our ocean fisheries, and fostering economic growth,” said Secretary-designate Locke. “The Department of Commerce can and will help create the jobs and the economic vitality our nation needs.”

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The dark lesson of Bernie Madoff | Salon

Behavioral neurologist V.S Ramachandran has referred to mirror neurons as “empathy neurons” or “Dalai Llama neurons.” He believes this system, by allowing us to understand the intentions and desires of others, is the principal driving force behind “the great leap forward” in human evolution. As a result of such claims, the mirror neuron system has risen to the level of accepted folk psychology. According to U.C. Berkeley psychologist Alison Gopnik, “Mirror neurons have become the ‘left brain/right brain’ of the 21st century.”

But [Bernard] Madoff’s behavior raises serious questions about the relationship between mirror neurons and empathy — and represents a golden opportunity to study the as yet puzzling connection between them. …

via The dark lesson of Bernie Madoff | Salon.