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Monday, 1 October 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The stars lined up — almost — for Shell Oil to drill exploratory wells this year in waters off Alaska's north coast.

The Arctic Ocean was on record pace for low sea ice. The Obama administration gave a qualified green light to drilling. Two drill ships and a flotilla of support vessels were staged off prospects.
Organized Crime Is Responsible For Up To 90 Percent Of Tropical Deforestation, U.N. Report Indicates
New York Regulators Expect To Miss Deadline For Finalizing Fracking Rules
Climate Change Could Mean Smaller Fish By Mid-Century
Conflicting Reports Fuel Fracking Debate Tied To Wyoming Town
Nuclear Site Fires Security Contractor Following Nun's Break-In
Kassie Siegel: Denver Debate Shouldn't Skip Tough Climate Questions
These men want the most important job in America. That requires facing tough questions. And it means giving us straight answers on climate change.
David_Halperin: Top Romney Advisor Jim Talent Tied to Coal Lobbying, Walmart Spying -- and Todd Akin
Jim Talent, who oversees coal industry lobbying and then endorses coal in a Romney policy paper, symbolizes how Romney's "No Apology" mantra might play out in Washington -- as president, it seems, Romney could hand over public policy to special interests.
Andrew Sharpless: New Report Confirms Ocean's Decline, Offers Hope for Recovery
Last week, a report came out that helps answer one of the most important (and disputed) questions in the world of fisheries -- how much trouble are the world's fisheries really in?
Peter Dreier: Barry Commoner, Pioneering Environmental Scientist and Activist, Dies at 95
Described in 1970 by Time magazine as the "Paul Revere of ecology," Barry Commoner followed Rachel Carson as America's most prominent modern environmentalist.
Danielle Nierenberg: Feeding the World Sustainably: Agroecology vs. Industrial Agriculture
Agroecology can actually conserve and protect both soil and water -- through terracing, contour farming, intercropping and agroforestry -- and absorb greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide.

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