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Receding Permafrost Is A Bone-hunters' Bounty

CHERSKY, Russia - One day, climate change could cost the earth. For now, it is a nice little earner for Russian hunter Alexander Vatagin. In Siberia's northernmost reaches, high up in the Arctic Circle, the changing temperature is thawing out the permafrost to reveal the bones of prehistoric animals like mammoths, woolly rhinos and lions that have been buried for thousands of years. >> Read the Full Article

Calif. Suit On Car Greenhouse Gases Dismissed

SAN FRANCISCO - A U.S. federal judge tossed out a lawsuit by California's attorney general on Monday seeking hundreds of millions of dollars from six automakers for damaging the state with climate-changing greenhouse gases. Martin Jenkins, a federal judge in the Northern District of California, said the issue of global warming should be decided in the political rather than legal arena.

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Scientists study Fla. coral reef changes

A nine-day mission that began Monday in the world's only permanent working undersea laboratory is like living in a fishbowl in more ways than one: Anyone with an Internet connection can watch the researchers work and hang out 60 feet below the surface. >> Read the Full Article

A Little Frightening, a little good news on climate and energy.

Sometimes the news makes you want to crawl under your bed and hide. Other times there’s great hope and I'm ready to dance and cheer. These related stories for the week beginning September 9, 2007:

As frightening as the news may be, there’s continued effort to take some action whether it’s in the court room or the shops and labs of the world’s technology developers. Whether this is all too late remains to be seen.

 

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U.S. to issue report in autumn on Mass. wind project

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Interior Department's Minerals Management Service will issue a draft report this autumn on the environmental impact of a controversial wind power project proposed for off the coast of Massachusetts, the head of the agency said on Monday.

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Mars Says No to Changing Chocolate

The maker of M&M's and Milky Way bars says it would be a mistake to mess with its chocolate.

Mars Inc. said Monday it will continue to use 100 percent cocoa butter in its U.S. chocolate products, bucking an industry campaign to allow cheaper vegetable oils to be substituted.
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Retailers push reusable bags to save money, environment

When Katrina Gamble goes grocery shopping, she brings her list and her bags — a pair of sturdy canvas bags she bought a few months ago for $4.99 at her local grocery store."It works just as well," said Gamble, 30, a political science professor at Brown University, adding, "It's better for the environment." >> Read the Full Article

Energy Security Depends on Where You Live

Your definition of energy security might just depend on where you live. For consumer countries like the United States, China, and Japan, energy security means reliable sources of supply. For producer states like Russia and Saudi Arabia, security equates to high prices and stability in global markets. >> Read the Full Article

Polish cod fishermen protest against EU ban

Polish fishermen staged a protest in their boats on Monday to demand the lifting of a European Union ban on fishing for cod in the eastern Baltic Sea.The Commission ordered Poland to halt trawling for cod in the area, saying the country had misreported its catch and exceeded its EU quota for the threatened species. Monday would have been the first day of the new cod fishing season. >> Read the Full Article

Arctic Ocean Sea-ice Getting Thinner: New Study

Bremerhaven - Large areas of the Arctic sea-ice are only one metre thick this year, equating to an approximate 50 percent thinning as compared to the year 2001. These are the initial results from the latest Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association lead expedition to the North Polar Sea.   50 scientists have been on board the Research ship- Polarstern for two and a half months, their main aim; to carry out research on the sea-ice areas in the central Arctic. Amongst other things, they have found out that not only the ocean currents are changing, but community structures in the Arctic are also altering.  Autonomous measuring-buoys have been placed out, and they will contribute valuable data, also after the expedition is finished, to the study of the environmental changes occurring in this region.

 

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