Bleak: A report released today by the Obama administration, "Global Climate Change Impacts in the US," outlines a worst-case scenario of what could happen if Americans don't act to curb climate change. For example: "floods in lower Manhattan; a quadrupling of heat waves deaths in Chicago; withering on the vineyards of California; the disappearance of wildflowers from the slopes of the Rockies; and the extinction of Alaska's wild polar bears in the next 75 years." It's part of a larger strategy to win support for Obama's climate change agenda and to boost support for a bill making its way through Congress.
Target: We hardly knew ye. I don't know about you guys, but I love me some Target. As far as big-box stores go, they seem to be a little less evil, or do they? The state of California is accusing the company of routinely dumping hazardous waste from its stores and distribution centers into landfills.
Trash Transition: Will the digital switch create an e-waste nightmare? The NYT takes a look. "U.S. EPA estimates that there were almost 100 million old televisions in storage across the United States at the end of 2007. Though the nation is not likely to see a massive rush of old TVs inundating landfills or recyclers immediately, the volume of waste is expected to increase substantially over the next few years as consumers turn to newer, HD-ready sets and demand for older models declines."