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Debt, Deficits, and Deception 1.4.2009 Truthout - All Articles

President Obama and House Democrats head to a closed door meeting.

According to House Democrats, a closed door meeting on Monday with President Barack Obama over the proposed 2010 budget succeeded in narrowing the rifts within the party. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Bid To Reverse Bush-Era Environmental Policies 1.4.2009 NPR: All Things Considered
The Obama administration is trying to reverse some of the Bush administration's environmental policies. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department have already begun to make changes in addressing climate change, air and water pollution, endangered species and pesticides.
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Highlights of draft bill to curb global warming 1.4.2009 Boston Globe: Latest
House Democratic leaders released a first draft of legislation to curb emissions from global warming. Here are the highlights:
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Blizzard lumbers across Dakotas, part of big weather system bringing rain, hailstorm in South 1.4.2009 Star Tribune: Nation
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Update: Global warming topic barely mentioned in Minnesota's proposed science standards 31.3.2009 MinnPost

Update: Global warming topic barely mentioned in Minnesota's proposed science standards

By Sharon Schmickle | Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A prominent U of M scientist says the omission of global science is a fundamental flaw in the state's proposed K-12 guidelines. Astronomer Lawrence Rudnick wants the current process stopped and says the proposed standards will do a disservice to students. But a state educator defends the new guide and says it adequately addresses the issue.

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Global warming topic barely mentioned in Minnesota's proposed science standards 31.3.2009 MinnPost

Global warming topic barely mentioned in Minnesota's proposed science standards

By Sharon Schmickle | Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A prominent U of M scientist says the omission of global science is a fundamental flaw in the state's proposed K-12 guidelines. In a letter to the state education department, astronomer Lawrence Rudnick wants the current process stopped and says the proposed standards will do a disservice to students.

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Democrats Unveil Ambitious Global Warming Bill 31.3.2009 NYT > Environment
The bill by two House Democrats would require slightly higher emissions cuts than the president’s proposal.
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House leaders pitch wide-ranging climate plan 31.3.2009 LA Times: Nation
Democrats Waxman and Markey propose a multi-part effort to reduce greenhouse gases and promote renewable energy.

House Democratic leaders unveiled a sweeping plan to fight climate change and boost renewable energy this morning, including mandates for renewable electricity nationwide and a market-based system for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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House Climate Bill Leaves Details Open 31.3.2009 Wall St. Journal: Policy
Rep. Waxman unveiled a draft climate bill that calls for a 20% reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020, but leaves key details open for negotiation.
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House leaders pitch wide-ranging climate plan 31.3.2009 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Democrats Waxman and Markey propose a multi-part effort to reduce greenhouse gases and promote renewable energy. House Democratic leaders unveiled a sweeping plan to fight climate change and boost renewable energy this morning, including mandates for renewable electricity nationwide and a market-based system for reducing greenhouse gas ...
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How can we change our economic system? 31.3.2009 BBC: World
Over 70% of people think major changes are needed in the way the global economy is run. How should the system be changed?
Wind blowing harder as bloated Red River laps against emergency levees in Fargo, ND 31.3.2009 Star Tribune: Local
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Damaged goods 31.3.2009 BBC: Science
Carbon labels won't curb climate change but may hurt Africa
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Climate change deniers: the usual suspects with no credibility 31.3.2009 Guardian: Environment
Rightwing Cato Institute fails to impress with predictable list of debunkers I was waiting with bated breath. Last week the — one of the scores of wildly rightwing lobby groups that masquerade as thinktanks in the US — circulated that it intended to place in American newspapers. It was the same old rubbish, debunked a thousand times: We, the undersigned scientists, maintain that the case for alarm regarding climate change is grossly overstated … no net global warming for over a decade .. computer models failing to explain recent climate behavior etc etc But what observers found intriguing was the . Who was this mysterious 'Professor Name Here'? And how had they managed to clone him? Just what is going on in the back offices of the ...
Thames Barrier gets extra time 31.3.2009 Guardian: Environment
Six-year study reveals that original designs overestimated threat from climate change London is less vulnerable to rising sea levels caused by global warming than experts realised, according to a new analysis. Experts at the Environment Agency said the Thames Barrier will protect the city for decades longer than engineers thought, with a six-year study revealing that the barrier's original designs overestimated the threat from climate change. Rather than becoming obsolete by 2030, as its designers thought, the barrier will not need to be replaced until 2070, the agency said today. Chris Burnham, who worked on the Environment Agency project, called the results "good news". He said the barrier's designers had overestimated the likely ...
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Wind blowing harder as bloated Red River laps against emergency levees in Fargo, ND 31.3.2009 Star Tribune: Nation
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Rumours of possum's death were greatly exaggerated 31.3.2009 New Scientist: Living World
An Australian possum that was last year mistakenly declared extinct, still survives in small pockets – it is, though, still endangered by the warming climate ...
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Green Inc.: Is Wasting Energy Uncivilized? 31.3.2009 NYT: Home Page
An online campaign suggests that energy waste is downright uncivilized. Does it go too far?.

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'Extinct' possum back from the dead 31.3.2009 New Scientist: Living World
An Australian possum that was last year mistakenly declared extinct, actually survives in small pockets – it is, however, still endangered by the warming climate ...
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Green new deal could ease triple crunch in finance, environment and resources 31.3.2009 Guardian: Environment
As the G20 summit approaches, government must understand that leadership means putting the UK on course to climate safety The UK economy faces a triple crunch: a recession triggered by a major credit crisis, the looming reality of runaway climate change and critical resource depletion. As a result we face serious challenges to our livelihoods and increasing threats to our fuel and food security. Whatever the mistakes that allowed this situation to arise, there is growing international consensus that the best way out is via a policy package. Parts of the UK economy are in freefall with unemployment rising rapidly. At the same time, with less than to go before the world enters a new, more dangerous phase of global warming, there is an urgent ...
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