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In California, Desalination of Seawater as a Test Case – NYTimes.com

‘SAN FRANCISCO — The vast $320 million desalination plant approved this week by San Diego’s regional water authorities is likely to serve as a test case for whether such a large project can meet its goals while safeguarding its Pacific environment.

Environmentalists have battled the project in lawsuits, raising concerns about the amount of fish that will be killed by the pumping process and about potential change to the aquatic ecosystem when leftover brine is returned to the sea. So far they have not won any victories.’

via In California, Desalination of Seawater as a Test Case – NYTimes.com.

Kert Davies: Revealed: Exxon Secret Funding of Global Warming Junk Scientists

Serious allegations. Quite possibly on a par with the big cigarette companies denials about the cancer risk of smoking, considering the potential devastating  impacts of climate change on the health and well being of the world’s populations:

‘Finally. After years of denying its role in the campaign of climate denial, Exxon has revealed a dirty secret, that it has and likely still is directly funding junk scientists.’

via Kert Davies: Revealed: Exxon Secret Funding of Global Warming Junk Scientists.

Op-Ed Columnist Krugman on Climate, Waxman-Markley

If we’re going to get real action on climate change any time soon, it will be via some version of legislation proposed by Representatives Henry Waxman and Edward Markey. Their bill would limit greenhouse gases by requiring polluters to receive or buy emission permits, with the number of available permits — the “cap” in “cap and trade” — gradually falling over time.

via Op-Ed Columnist – The Perfect, the Good, the Planet – NYTimes.com.