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A letter published in the journal Science and signed by 255 members of the National Academy of Sciences criticizes some politicians for “McCarthy-like threats of criminal prosecution against our colleagues on the basis of innuendo and guilt by association.” — NYT’s Dot Earth

Scientists Bite Back: A letter published in the journal Science and signed by 255 members of the National Academy of Sciences criticizes some politicians for what writers call “McCarthy-like threats of criminal prosecution against our colleagues on the basis of innuendo and guilt by association.” — NYT’s Dot Earth

6 Trends to Watch in Green Energy M&A: Six major opportunities for mergers and acquisitions related to wind, solar, smart grid, energy storage, energy efficiency and water are worth “watching as the last three quarters of 2010 unfold.” — Greentech Media

Toxic Oil Dispersant Deployed in Gulf: “British Petroleum and government disaster-relief agencies are using a toxic chemical to disperse oil in the Gulf of Mexico, even though a better alternative appears to be available.” — Wired Science

Record Drop in U.S. CO2 Emissions: Largely due to the economic recession, “U.S. greenhouse gas emissions declined by more than 400 million tons last year, according to an annual report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. It was the largest annual reduction since the U.S. started keeping such records 60 years ago.” — Yale Environment 360

Burden of Environmentally Induced Cancers “Grossly Underestimated”: The President’s Cancer Panel in a strongly worded report today advised President Obama “to use the power of your office to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water, and air that needlessly increase health care costs, cripple our nation’s productivity, and devastate American lives.” — Environmental Health News

By Josie Garthwaite

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