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The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Mar 4th, 2012 at 12:00:52 PM EST
EU Aviation Carbon Tax to Impact Oil Demand, Saudi Adviser Says - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest crude exporter, opposes the European Union's levies on airline emissions as they "will impact oil demand," according to an economic adviser to the petroleum ministry.

"It isn't under any climate agreement," Mohammed al- Sabban said at a conference in Jeddah today. "It isn't under any international system. So that is why it has been objected, not only by the U.S. but other countries. The pressure is huge for Europe to revise their position, and I think they will do that.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Mar 4th, 2012 at 12:52:18 PM EST
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Effects of environmental toxicants reach down through generations

ScienceDaily (Mar. 2, 2012) -- A Washington State University researcher has demonstrated that a variety of environmental toxicants can have negative effects on not just an exposed animal but the next three generations of its offspring.

The animal's DNA sequence remains unchanged, but the compounds change the way genes turn on and off -- the epigenetic effect studied at length by WSU molecular biologist Michael Skinner and expanded on in the current issue of the online journal PLoS ONE.

While Skinner's earlier research has shown similar effects from a pesticide and fungicide, this is the first to show a greater variety of toxicants -- including jet fuel, dioxin, plastics and the pesticides DEET and permethrin -- promoting epigenetic disease across generations.

"We didn't expect them all to have transgenerational effects, but all of them did," Skinner said. "I thought hydrocarbon would be negative but it was positive too."



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Mar 4th, 2012 at 01:22:37 PM EST
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Evidently humans aren't Roundup ready

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Mar 5th, 2012 at 03:15:28 AM EST
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