Eco-News Roundup: Tuesday, September 1

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September already. Rabbit rabbit. Here’s today’s environment, health, and science stories from beyond the Blue Marble:

Could cap-and-trade become the new health care? Kevin Drum on what might happen if conservatives start treating climate change legislation the way they have health care reform.

Torture docs called to account: A physicians’ group says medical personnel who violated professional ethics or the law under the US torture program should be prosecuted and/or lose their license and society memberships.

Forget Fiji: And get yourself a reusable Mother Jones water bottle instead. 

Bad wrap: Think you’re just eating the food inside the package? You could be ingesting chemicals from the wrapper, too.

Solar energy from outer space: Not as sci-fi as you might think.

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