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Be a green Santa with these holiday gifts

Need some last-minute gifts, and you want them to be green? Here are a few environment-friendly ideas. These gifts cater to all budgets; some will only set you back a few dollars, but others are quite pricy. All will warm your heart, not the climate. Happy holidays!

 
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The U.S. is on board

Secretary of State Clinton’s OpEd piece in today’s New York Times lets us reflect how far we have come toward a national commitment to limit climate change. But policy must become programs, rhetoric become action. Congress must legislate, industry must redefine self-interst, and we must adopt new habits.

 
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Four sides to every story

Stewart Brand, writing in the New York Times, dissects those warning of or scoffing at climate change. He distinguishes alarmists and skeptics, denialists and calamatists. Some are more scientific, others more ideological. How you interpret the climate future depends on your camp. Which one are you in?

 
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Filthy lucre fouls the air

As predicted, Copenhagen is boiling down to money.  Who pays, how much, and to whom.  Presently, a week into the conference, there’s a lot of jockeying going on, and a lot of posturing.  We’ll learn how — and if –it all shakes out next week.  Despite the rancor and outrage that almost inevitably accompany any high-stakes poker game, it’s beginning to look as if the delegates may strike a deal before everyone storms home.

 
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U.S. negotiator dismisses reparations for climate

This report from Copenhagen in the New York Times analyzes delegates’ efforts to circulate unofficial treaty drafts. They represent 3 types of countries: the developed rich — the US and Europe, emerging powerhouses — China and India, and the poor majority. Satisfying all 3 types will be very difficult.

 
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