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TXU buyers announce plans for two coal-gasification plants

12 Mar 2007 at 11:03am

The private firms that proposed a $45 billion buyout of Texas coal giant TXU continue to make some hearts go pitter-pat. After announcing that TXU would scuttle plans for all but three new coal-fired power plants, the firms added Friday that they would look into building two coal gasification plants ...

Anika Rahman, women's- and reproductive-rights advocate, answers questions

12 Mar 2007 at 11:03am

Anika Rahman works to inspire Americans to support women's and reproductive rights -- a goal worth pursuing in and of itself, but also as a step toward environmental consciousness. Rahman is president of Americans for UNFPA, or the United Nations Population Fund. (Wherefore that extra "A," UNFPA?) As InterActivist this ...

Part two of intergovernmental climate report no sunnier than part one

12 Mar 2007 at 11:03am

No Monday would be complete without a dash of grim global-warming news, so here goes. Part deux of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is due out in April, and according to a draft, things are looking quite the opposite of good. The report, the second of four scheduled ...

Umbra on chlorine

12 Mar 2007 at 11:03am

Today a reader writes in with a perplexing dilemma: she avoids buying bleached paper products like diapers and napkins at home, but then she takes her kids to the (chlorine-filled) pool for a swim, sometimes twice a week. Is this family in toxic trouble? Are the threats posed by bleached ...

Former Jamaican bobsled team founder seeks energy independence as mayor

12 Mar 2007 at 11:03am

It's a career crisis we've all faced at some point: what comes after you've created the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team? For George Fitch, now the mayor of Warrenton, Va., the answer stinks. Fitch wants to make the 8,000-person town energy independent by 2010 by building a $30 million biomass plant ...

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