Eco-News Roundup: Friday May 21


News on health and the environment from our other blogs.

Gay ID: Andrew Sullivan thinks gay isn’t about your sex life, it’s your identity.

Doing Time: Sexual predators can remain incarcerated, even after they’ve served their sentence.

Slick Chart: According to this chart, oil demand will outstrip supplies very soon.

Slippery Shores: MoJo reporter in Louisiana literally steps into the BP spill.

DNA Test: The federal government is looking into DIY DNA “testing” firms.

Tip Top: JPMorgan clarifies its position on mountaintop removal coal mining.

Animal Attraction: A lovely chart of the states where bestiality isn’t illegal but gay marriage is.

Disaster Vacation: Katrina-themed tours of New Orleans are selling but reconstruction is lacking.

 

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