August 2004 Environment & Climate News

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August, 2004
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The August issue of Environment & Climate News features a special report on the promise—and politics—of biotechnology.

Although the anti-biotech crowd scored a small victory in April, when Vermont Governor Jim Douglas (R) signed a bill requiring seed manufacturers to label genetically modified seed, the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology reports bills passed by state legislatures tended to support rather than oppose biotech. Two reports issued in June underscore the potential of biotech ... and warn how government interference could slow the achievement of that potential.

Page 1 of this issue covers the Endangered Species Act, California fuel economy regulations, the growth of the federal regulatory bureaucracy, and mercury emissions.

Also in this issue: climate change, “The Day after Tomorrow,” and the failure of Japan and Canada to meet their Kyoto Protocol obligations; pesticide paranoia in schools, daycare centers, and courtrooms; air quality and the effect of soot on human health; and the ineffectiveness of rail transit by any number of measures.

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