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China's unceasing economic growth has always worried environmentalists, and a new report by the Center for Global Development may put those concerns on a new level After increasing power-plant emissions by a third this year, China's coal-based power sector is poised to be the most polluting in the world even worse than that of the United States.

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Sometime soon, thrill-seekers with the funds and the desire to plunk down $200K to experience four minutes of weightlessness more than 60 miles above the Earth will have the chance, thanks to Virgin CEO and astro-preneur Richard Branson.

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From the AP: "The Supreme Court hears arguments this week in a case that could determine whether the Bush administration must change course in how it deals with the threat of global warming."

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An investigative report by The Independent (of London) concludes that a critical rise in world temperatures is now unavoidable. Comparing notes with leading scientists, the newspaper discovered that we've already apparently passed the point of no return. | story

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