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  • A Bad Call on Ozone

    09/03/2011 6:38:55 AM PDT · by freespirited · 17 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 09/03/11 | Idiotorial Board
    President Obama’s decision not to proceed with stronger air-quality standards governing ozone is a setback for public health and the environment and a victory for industry and its Republican friends in Congress. ... the president said he did not want to burden industry with new rules at a time of great economic uncertainty, and he pledged to revisit the issue in two years. But since the proposed rules would not have begun to bite for several years, his decision seemed driven more than anything else by politics and his own re-election campaign. Ozone is the main component of smog, a...
  • Seeing Irene As Harbinger Of a Change In Climate (Soon-to-be Tropical Storm Irene)

    08/27/2011 5:14:07 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 28 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | 8/27/11 | JUSTIN GILLIS
    The scale of Hurricane Irene, which could cause more extensive damage along the Eastern Seaboard than any storm in decades, is reviving an old question: are hurricanes getting worse because of human-induced climate change? The short answer from scientists is that they are still trying to figure it out. But many of them do believe that hurricanes will get more intense as the planet warms, and they see large hurricanes like Irene as a harbinger.