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New report outlines steps necessary to restore coastal Louisiana

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A new report released Jul. 28 on the 100th day of the BP oil disaster details short and long-term strategies for the Obama administration to make coastal Louisiana less vulnerable to future oil spills and hurricanes, including negotiating with BP for a $5 billion down payment on expected payments for natural resource damages.

The report by Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society and the National Wildlife Federation, "Common Ground: A Shared Vision for Restoring the Mississippi River Delta," outlines the necessary steps to restore and rebuild an ecosystem that has lost more than 2,300 square miles of wetlands—an area larger than the state of Delaware—since the 1930s.

'Countdown to Zero' and angel tickets

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Lucy Walker’s documentary "Countdown to Zero" about the current global nuclear threat opened in Washington and New York and has begun a national roll out. If you want to see it but can't afford a ticket, read on. "Angels" have stepped forward and are making free passes available for select showings in various communities.

Click here for cities, theaters and links for tickets: Countdown to Zero Angel Tickets

Participant Media produced "Countdown to Zero" and previously produced the Academy Award winning films "An Inconvenient Truth" and "The Cove." Participant Media's goal is to provide "entertainment that inspires and compels social change." Last year, Participant Media's Academy Award nominated film "Food, Inc." sure convinced me to be a more mindful food consumer based on justice issues, and I am becoming a vegetarian. (See my review: Food, Inc.)

I reviewed “Countdown to Zero” earlier this month for NCR "Nuclear Reality and Lost Opportunity."

More bad news about childhood obesity

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National Public Radio has a story on the Impact Of Childhood Obesity Goes Beyond Health

The health effects of being overweight or obese are well documented. Extra pounds add extra risk for diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers, even among children. But new research also documents significant social and economic consequences of being overweight since high school.

Looking out from number one

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I had drinks a few nights ago with a friend, and about five minutes in I realized that he had become someone very different.

This friend lives in New York, so we only see each other a couple of times a year, when he comes out to the West Coast for business. Usually our drink-fueled conversation centers on arguments about politics -- arguments that get absurdly heated for two people who agree on pretty much everything.

BP's tree fell on my lawn

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A friend posted this link on Facebook to Roger Ebert's column in the Chicago Sun Times July 25. Ebert, a cancer-survivor who can no longer speak, articulates his views in print through powerful prose. One of the best and most thoughtful film critics since Andre' Bazin and Pauline Kael, he applies his powers of observation, and critical skills -- indeed his soul -- to the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

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