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Baze v. Rees, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Corrections

Categories: Crime/Justice,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts

7-2 Supreme Court decision that upholds the constitutionality of execution by lethal injection in a pair of Kentucky death penalty cases. The court ruled that the 3 drug sequence used by Kentucky does not amount to cruel and unusual punishment. From

Annual Report on U.S. Wind Power Installation, Cost, and Performance Trends: 2006

Categories: Energy,Statistics

First report in what is expected to be an annual series, provides an overview of developments and trends in the U.S. wind power market. Reports that U.S. wind power capacity increased by 27% in 2006. From the Department of Energy.

Report on the Unauthorized Movement of Nuclear Weapons

Categories: Defense/Military,Nuclear Arms

Updates and corrects an earlier February 2008 version of how armed nuclear warheads were mistakenly flown across the country by the Air Force. Describes what happened and how to keep it from happening again. From the Defense Science Board.

Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2006

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Statistics

Reports a reduction of 1.1% in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, including such gases as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide which contribute to global warming, during 2006. The reduction was attributed to warmer winter weather conditions, restrained use of gasoline because of rising fuel prices, and increased use of natural gas and renewable sources in electricity generation. The report is required to be submitted to the United Nations Secretariat under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. From the Environmental Protection Agency.