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Let the Real Climate Debate Begin

(By Peter H. Gleick) The global warming debate is over – the Earth is warming because of human activities. So say 11 National Academies of Science from around the world together with virtually all of the world’s climate scientists, California Governor Schwarzenegger, and even most of major oil companies. And the American people, by an overwhelming majority, believe it’s time to take action. Yet the facts about the sound science of climate change have been obfuscated by a tiny band of determined, vocal, and well-funded contrarians, with oil company support, the help of political editors of scientific reports inside the White House, and now politicians meddling with independent science. >> Read the Full Article

Official Says Tire Plant Set Ablaze was Accident Waiting to Happen

As a huge mound of tires burned for a second day at a southeastern Wisconsin recycling plant, health officials warned nearby residents Wednesday to stay indoors with windows closed to avoid billowing black smoke. >> Read the Full Article

'Ghost Fleet' Could Be Scrapped in Mexico, Turkey

The 55 hulks left in the James River "Ghost Fleet" could be destined for recycling yards in Turkey and Mexico under a deal being pursued by the federal government. The proposal, however, could encounter opposition from environmentalists who have fought the export of what they consider the hazards posed by the retired military vessels. >> Read the Full Article

EU Commission to Press ahead on Environment

The European Union executive said on Wednesday it would press ahead with several environmental initiatives this year despite industry concern about high costs. >> Read the Full Article

Bonnie Raitt to Receive Humanitarian Award from Record Merchandisers

Bonnie Raitt is being honored for her devotion to social, environmental and community issues by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers. The singer-songwriter will receive the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award during the opening session of NARM's 47th annual convention Aug. 12 at the San Diego Marriott. >> Read the Full Article

Federal Report Cites Environmental Lapses in Oil and Gas Drilling

The Interior Department is spending so much time approving oil and gas drilling permits on public lands that it often fails to do an adequate job policing the environment, congressional investigators say. >> Read the Full Article

Londoner Purposely Wastes Water in the Name of Art

Mark McGowan went into the tiny backroom kitchen of a south London gallery three weeks ago and flipped on the cold water. He didn't turn it off, and doesn't plan to for an entire year. "The Running Tap," as it's called, is McGowan's effort to protest against wasted water in London by blatantly letting it go down the drain. >> Read the Full Article

EarthNews Radio: GEM Car

Many people own more than one car, and often a family's second car is used just for short around-town trips. That car is a perfect candidate to be an electric car, like one that is already produced today. >> Read the Full Article

Survey Shows India's Forest Cover Has Increased, but Dense Forests Have Shrunk

India's total forest and tree cover has shown a slight increase, although the area covered by dense forests has shrunk slightly, a satellite survey conducted by the government's forest authorities has shown. >> Read the Full Article

Microchip Saves Rare Cambodian Turtle

They're calling him "the lucky royal turtle" -- a rare and endangered reptile that was saved from a likely fate in a Chinese soup pot by keen-eyed wildlife officers and a microchip. >> Read the Full Article