The State of the Planet, 35 Years after First Earth Day

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Although yesterday, on the 35th observance of Earth Day, President Bush sounded upbeat and optimistic, environmentalists may be losing the battle for public opinion. "Global Warming" is a lot more complicated than "Save the Whales," and there's widespread skepticism about calls for radical change. The latest gloomy prediction comes from the United Nations, which says that 60 percent of the ecosystems needed for human life are degrading. How did 1300 scientists from 95 countries reach consensus? Can technology save the future? Should the free market be unleashed or better controlled? We speak with historians, scientists, experts in technology and the environment as well as the co-chair of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.
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US v Zacarias Moussaoui

LA Times article about Moussaoui trial

Earth Day

'Living Beyond Our Means' (Statement of the MA Board)

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Kyoto Protocol

President Bush's remarks on Earth Day

Rep Henry Hyde interview on political career, Clinton impeachment

PBS' NewsHour on Clinton impeachment



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