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Bush faces climate criticism from greens, U.S. mayors, entire world

16 Nov 2006 at 11:11am

You know how, when you're making a bad choice, your friends try to tell you, but you can't see it? Listen up, Bush administration. In a speech yesterday, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan cited a "frightening lack of leadership" on climate change. He later said he wasn't pointing at the ...

What's the real cost of climate change, and where do all those numbers come f...

16 Nov 2006 at 11:11am

Earlier this month, British economist Nicholas Stern issued a report on the economics of climate change that got the world talking. Could ignoring climate change really cost 5 percent of global GDP a year? Could fighting it cost less? Stern stood by his figures, the latest in a long line ...

Wal-Mart accused of incorrectly labeling organic products

16 Nov 2006 at 11:11am

Ah, Wal-Mart -- always reliable for some good old-fashioned eco-drama. This week, the Cornucopia Institute, an activist group representing small farmers, filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture that accuses Wal-Mart of incorrectly labeling or otherwise misrepresenting various products as organic in some stores. Visiting a dozen stores ...

London mayor proposes steep congestion charge for gas-guzzlers

16 Nov 2006 at 11:11am

London Mayor Ken Livingstone has announced plans to make the city's weekday congestion tax much steeper for drivers of polluting vehicles. Under the proposal, owners of SUVs and other gas-guzzlers would shell out the equivalent of about $47 a day to motor into London between 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. ...

Coal industry fends off concerns, keeps working on comeback

16 Nov 2006 at 11:11am

Some of the tap water in West Virginia's Mingo County is flowing in funny colors: red, brown, and black. Alarmed residents asked the state if the discoloration, caused by high levels of heavy metals including arsenic and lead, could be related to Big Coal's practice of injecting its waste underground. ...

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