Eco-News Roundup: Friday, October 2

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Happy Friday, folks. A sampling of health and environment news on our other blogs:

Abortion support declining? A new Pew poll says yes, but ABC’s polling director doubts it.

Keep on the sunny side: Don’t worry about global warming, says the US Chamber of Commerce. After all, humans are now less vulnerable to rising temperatures because of the growing use of air conditioners. Right.

Changes to Kerry-Boxer: Gone are any mention of China and India in the latest version of climate bill.

More Chamber unease: GE is the latest company to disapprove of the US Chamber of Commerce’s stance on climate change.

Charting public health-care opinion: Bottom line: the public really likes the idea of having a choice between a private and a public health insurance plan.

Opt-out revolution? One in four moms stay home. Proof that women ditch their fulfilling and high-paying careers once it’s baby time?

Republicans know they don’t like Kerry-Boxer: They just can’t figure out why. The party is divided between those who think action will destroy the economy and those who still question whether climate change is occurring at all.

The NSF’s porn problem: The National Science Foundation handles twenty percent of all federally supported research in all American colleges. Some of its employees are having a grand old time surfing sex sites. Way more fun than reviewing grant applications.

Climate change crystal ball: What does prediction guru Bueno de Mesquita think about the odds of getting any kind of serious global action on climate change?

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