Eco-News Roundup: Tuesday December 15

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News from our other blogs on health and the environment.

Science v. Gossip: If you want to be taken seriously about warming, get peer-reviewed.

Problem With Joe: Harry Reid has a Joe Lieberman problem that changes daily.

Week One: A breakdown of Copenhagen’s first week and biggest moments so far.

Public Option RIP: Medicare buy-in and public option are officially dead, says Kevin Drum.

Best Buy: A Medicare buy-in would crash an already fiscally troubled program.

Flip-Flops: Sen. Lieberman says he’ll veto anything with a public option or buy-in.

Rx Poverty: Poor kids are often given meds instead of therapy.

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