April 2006 Environment & Climate News

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April, 2006
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The April 2006 issue of Environment & Climate News highlights urban smog, with the first in a series of articles by Joel Schwartz addressing the public policy implications of ozone regulation and an article by James Taylor pointing out the counterproductive nature of recent EPA ozone rules.

On page 1:

  • the Oregon Supreme Court unanimously upheld Measure 37, a property rights protection act approved by voters in the 2004 election;
  • when the advocates of renewable power mandates didn't get everything they wanted from the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005, they turned their sights on state legislatures;
  • atrazine lawsuits pending in "judicial hellhole" Madison County, Illinois could threaten the U.S. food supply; and
  • the Washington state Department of Agriculture has withdrawn a proposal to require farmers to notify area schools and other facilities when applying pesticides on their fields.

Also in this issue: ethanol-powered vehicles, mercury reduction, animal rights terrorists, oil company profits, nanotechnology, food warning labels, and more. Heartland Science Director Jay Lehr reviews The Worldwatch Institute's State of the World 2006, noting "if you are a student of our global environment and have a strong mind not easily persuaded by hidden political agendas, this book is an outstanding source of useful information."

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