News for 2009-12-07

Monday, December 7, 2009
Decade of 2000s Was Warmest Ever, Scientists Say
It dawned with the warmest winter on record in the United States. And when the sun sets this New Year's Eve, the decade of the 2000s will end as the warmest ever on global temperature charts. Warmer still, scientists say, lies ahead.
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Google Earth tours Coal River Mountain at COP15
As a special presentation at the Copenhagen climate summit, Google Earth took world leaders on a virtual flyover of Coal River Mountain, selected as one of a handful of “global crisis hotspots.” Narrated by coal miner widow and Coal River Mountain resident Lorelei Scarbro, the tour looks at both...
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Lawyers Fight to Halt Ohio Execution Condemned as Human Experimentation
Lawyers acting for a prisoner on death row in Ohio were scrambling to delay his scheduled execution tomorrow morning using a new method of lethal injection that is widely used to put down pets. The procedure has never been tried out on humans and is tantamount, critics say, to human experimentation.
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Drill, Baby, Drill: Obama Administration OKs Oil Drilling in Arctic off Alaska
WASHINGTON -- The Interior Department today gave the go-ahead for Shell Oil to begin drilling three exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea, a move that opens the door for production in a new region of the Arctic. "This is progress," said Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the top Republican on the Senate...
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Senator Adds Abortion Restrictions to Health Care Bill
WASHINGTON - Sen. Ben Nelson, a Nebraska Democrat, introduced an amendment to the health care bill today that places the same restrictions on abortion funding as the one Michigan's Bart Stupak helped write that passed in the House. The amendment faces a much harder time getting passed in the Senate...
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Senate Dems May Open Up Medicare To Pacify "Progressives"
Senate Democrats are discussing the idea of expanding Medicare by lowering the age at which the elderly could enter the government-run insurance program, Democratic sources on the Hill tell the Huffington Post.
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Bush Climate Team Still Impacting The Debate, Report Finds
As the next round of UN climate change negotiations begin in Copenhagen, a new report describes how 22 Bush-era officials are still influencing the climate debate, many of them as registered lobbyists for industry. Among the former officials listed in the report from watchdog group Citizens for...
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Civil Society and Climate Activists: The Most Vital Delegates Arrive in Copenhagen
COPENHAGEN -- The largest-ever gathering of climate protesters will assemble in Copenhagen this week for the long-awaited COP15 summit, raising the prospect of clashes with authorities as they attempt to highlight their concerns to world leaders. With up to 50,000 protesters expected to arrive over...
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EPA to Announce Greenhouse Gases Pose Public Health Threat
Washington - The Environmental Protection Agency will announce Monday that greenhouse gases pose a threat to public health and welfare, two senior administration officials told CNN. The anticipated announcement by EPA administrator Lisa Jackson stems from a Supreme Court ruling which ordered the...
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Checkmate: How Joe Lieberman Turned The Public Option Fight On Its Head
After Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) threw down the gauntlet on the public option , political observers and liberal critics had no shortage of theories. Lieberman was rebelling against the liberal base. Lieberman harbors animosity about 2006.
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Ahead of Copenhagen Talks, Tens of Thousands Protest Across Europe Calling for Climate Justice
While protests are expected to start later this week in Copenhagen, tens of thousands of people marched throughout Europe on Saturday calling on world leaders to reach an agreement to reduce emissions in Copenhagen. Protesters took to the streets in Belfast, Glasgow, Paris, Brussels, Berlin and...
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Was Russian Secret Service Behind Leak of Climate-Change Emails?
The news that a leaked set of emails appeared to show senior climate scientists had manipulated data was shocking enough. Now the story has become more remarkable still. The computer hack, said a senior member of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, was not an amateur job, but a highly...
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GOP Would Require President, Cabinet, Staff To Enroll In Public Option
WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans opposed to a public health-insurance option intend to introduce an amendment Monday that would require not just members of Congress to enroll in any such plan -- but also the president, vice president, cabinet officials and all political staff.
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Study Finds Weed Killer Affects Frogs Sexually
OTTAWA - The widely used weed killer atrazine affects the sexual development of frogs, raising questions about the effects of its use in the environment, the University of Ottawa said on Thursday. A study by researchers at the university found that at low levels comparable to those measured in the...
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Eat Less Meat, Climate Experts Urge
The UN's top climate scientist says a reduction in meat consumption would help combat global warming. It's claimed that the farming of meat contributes to 18 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions, more than transportation. Nicole Itano reports from Greece, where eating less meat is part of a...
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Copenhagen Climate Conference Opens to Dire Warnings
COPENHAGEN - A landmark conference on climate change opened in Copenhagen on Monday, with grim warnings of the apocalyptic dangers for mankind if world leaders fail to agree a way to stave off global warming. The impact on humanity of man-made drought, flood, storms and rising seas were spelt out...
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Evo Morales Wins Landslide Victory in Bolivian Presidential Elections
President Evo Morales won a landslide victory in Bolivian elections yesterday bolstering his efforts to empower the country's indigenous majority under a socialist banner. Exit polls and an unofficial count gave the country's first indigenous president an unassailable lead, prompting rival...
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Spain Moves to Help Western Sahara Hunger Striker
LANZAROTE, Spain -- Authorities in Spain's Canary Islands moved to help save the life of Western Sahara activist Aminatou Haidar, who is on a three-week-old hunger strike to demand Morocco allow her to return home. A medical examiner accompanied by a judge and police officers visited Haidar late...
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Plight of Afghan Women May Worsen as War Effort is Stepped Up, Warns Report
The already dire plight of women in Afghanistan risks deteriorating further as the US and its allies take steps to turn around the war against the Taliban, according to a report by Human Rights Watch today.
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White House Chorus: We Will Occupy South Asia for 'Long Time'
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration sent a forceful public message Sunday that American military forces could remain in Afghanistan for a long time, seeking to blunt criticism that President Obama had sent the wrong signal in his war-strategy speech last week by projecting July 2011 as the start...
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