Eco-News Roundup: Friday, September 11

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Happy Friday. At the end of this short week, here’s what’s new and Blue Marbleish at Mother Jones and elsewhere:

Forget Joe Wilson: The real news? The US Census Bureau reports that the number of uninsured Americans increased by a million between 2007 and 2008.

To Big Pharma with love: Every time you buy a Pfizer drug, the company puts a fraction of the proceeds toward defending its reputation against things like penis-shaped missiles on wheels.

Ted Kennedy’s letter to Obama: It’s worth reading the whole thing.

How to cut health care costs? Fix global warming: US taxpayers could save $450 billion in environment-related health-care expenses if we enact strong climate legislation. [Grist]

Sea you later: Cool (well, ok, depressing) photo of Central Asia’s shrinking Aral Sea (Signs From Earth)

 

 

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