Eco-News Roundup: Monday, August 17

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Twip of the day: To keep up with environment, health, and science news from Mother Jones and beyond on Twitter, follow @MoJoBlueMarble. In the meantime, here’s a sampling of Blue Marbleish goings on this Monday morning:

Get your Kevin Drum fix: If you didn’t get a chance to watch Kevin Drum’s NetRoots Nation keynote live, this week’s MoJo podcast is a short Pittsburgh dispatch from him. In it, we talk about the NetRoots Nation male-to-female ratio, Arlen Specter on the healthcare “death panels,” and how fellow attendees are feeling about Obama. Listen to the podcast here.

“Hatred, vitriol, and racism:” James Ridgeway on how town hall meetings on health care reform have become the latest target of violent far-right rhetoric.

Bag ban battle: As more and more cities ditch plastic bags, the plastic industry fights back.

The fine print: Over at Climate Progress, two different takes on whether or not Wal-Mart’s pricy eco-labeling plan will work.

Is renewable energy worth more quakes? The San Francisco Chronicle on the promise and the peril of geothermal.

Have you ever heard of an “urban whale?” Treehugger explains why the term is, unfortunately, not as oxymoronic as you might think.

 

 

 

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