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"Global Warming Indeed Under Way, Contrarian Panel Says"

"A team at the University of California Berkeley that set out to test the temperature data underlying the consensus on global warming has concluded that the mainstream estimate of the rise in the earth’s surface temperature since 1950 is indeed accurate. It has warmed about 1 degree Centigrade (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit), the researchers say."

The New York Times' Green blog had the story October 20, 2011.

Source: Green/NYT, 10/21/2011

"Interior Secretary Ken Salazar To Highlight Tamiami Trail Project"

"MIAMI -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is in South Florida to learn about the progress of the Tamiami Trail Bridge Project.

A press release says Salazar and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe on Thursday will be highlighting the Department's work to help preserve and protect America's great outdoors."

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel had the story October 20, 2011.

Source: S. Fla. Sun-Sentinel, 10/20/2011

"BP Montana Lawsuit: Company's Lawyers Ask Judge To Dismiss Claim"

"HELENA, Mont. -- BP lawyers are asking a judge to dismiss a Montana lawsuit that alleges the oil giant took millions of dollars in insurance money and then left the state with the bill for cleaning contamination from leaky underground storage tanks."

Matt Volz reports for the Associated Press October 19, 2011.

Source: AP, 10/20/2011

"Investors Worth $20 Trillion Urge Legally-Binding Climate Treaty"

"WASHINGTON, DC -- Hundreds of the world's largest investors, representing more than $20 trillion in assets, today encouraged governments and international policy makers to take new legally-enforceable steps to combat climate change at the upcoming UN climate summit in Durban, South Africa."

Source: ENS, 10/20/2011

"Animal Killings Near Zanesville, Ohio, Unavoidable, Jack Hanna Says"

"ZANESVILLE -- Jonathan Merry said he was seven feet away from being attacked by a black bear. It was one of several harrowing encounters the 25-year-old Muskingum County sheriff's deputy faced as he and others were confronted by dozens of exotic animals escaping from a 73-acre farm in western Muskingum County."

Source: Zanesvill Times Recorder, 10/20/2011

"U.S. Solar Panel Makers Say China Violated Trade Rules"

"Seven American makers of solar panels filed a broad trade case in Washington against the Chinese solar industry on Wednesday, accusing it of using billions of dollars in government subsidies to help gain sales in the American market.

The companies also accused China of dumping solar panels in the United States for less than it costs to manufacture and ship them.

Source: NY Times, 10/20/2011

Calif. Central Valley Study Links ER Visits With Bad Air Days

"Children's asthma-related emergency room visits rise in the San Joaquin Valley at a similar rate as fine particulate levels do -- even on days where air quality is considered in the moderate range.

That's a key finding of a yearlong study by the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at Fresno State, which examined the short-term impacts of air quality changes in Bakersfield, Fresno and Modesto.

Although nationwide studies have found similar connections between heightened pollution and hospital visits, the report is the first of its kind using valley-specific data.

Source: Bakersfield Californian, 10/19/2011

"Revolutionary Oil Skimmer Nets $1 Million X Prize"

"A breakthrough in oil cleanup technology allows crews to skim spilled oil off the water's surface at a much faster rate. The new device wasn't developed by Exxon, BP or any of the major oil companies — it's the work of Elastec/American Marine, based in Illinois. And the design won the company a rich prize from the X Prize Foundation.

Oil is attracted to plastic. And water is not. That, in essence, is the basis of Elastec's new skimmer.

Source: NPR, 10/19/2011

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