Environment

Cool-headed

Environment | A thoughtful Danish author says the Gore stress on global warming is not the way to help poor people
by Mark Bergin
Posted 4/21/07, 12:00 am

As the 38th annual Earth Day approaches on April 22, many who care about both the poor and the environment are listening to calls for radical measures. The fear is that flooding in coastal regions could displace millions, mostly the poor; heat waves could kill many who are elderly or diseased; and decreased crop yields could lead to starvation in developing nations.

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Tighten your gas caps

Environment | Supreme Court justices take on the role of scientist in scolding the Bush administration over CO2 emissions
by Mark Bergin
Posted 4/14/07, 12:00 am

The ultimate planetary impact of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions remains very much a scientific uncertainty. Some climatologists insist that unchecked carbon dioxide emissions will warm the earth enough to melt completely the polar ice caps and bury entire coastal regions under water. Others project more moderate warming, the benefits of which might outweigh potential environmental inconveniences.

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Greener pastures?

Environment | Biodiesel advocates champion soybean oil and recycled French fry fat-but problems lurk beneath the hype
by Mark Bergin
Posted 3/17/07, 12:00 am

SEATTLE- Seattle business owner Joe Whinney turned off a quiet side street and backed his 2006 Volkswagen Jetta up a short driveway to an insulated plywood shed on a recent Wednesday afternoon. Inside that dilapidated structure stood an old-fashioned gas pump-an industrial relic more typical of lonely highway outposts than this urban neighborhood's mix of residential and light industrial space.

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