The Great Global Warming Swindle. It generated controversy in the UK and in Australia when it was screened here, but the UK complaint board Ofcom has concluded its review of climate change doco The Great Global Warming Swindle and given it a slap on the wrist. “Maddeningly, Ofcom is just as ready as the scientists are to dismiss Swindle’s skepticism. The link between human activity and global warming… became settled before March 2007″, say the regulators – and that’s why they don’t fault Channel 4 for not providing an impartial viewpoint. The channel only has to do that for controversial issues.” — Climate Feedback

World’s cheapest car – an environmental disaster? The launch of the world’s cheapest car, the $2500 Tato Nano, into the Indian market will make car ownership possible for an estimated extra 22 million people. The prospect of a flood of additional cars terrifies city planners and environmentalists. Wired

Beijing acts to clean up Olympic air. The big games are less than three weeks away, and the Los Angeles Times reports that Beijing is further cracking down on pollution by yanking cars off the roads, expanding mass transit and staggering work hours. Some greens are calling the changes too little too late, although it could be said that the city is acting swifter than many American cities with polluted air. — The Daily Green

Last turtle finds a mate. Lonesome George, the last remaining giant Galapagos tortoise of his species and an international conservation icon, may have finally mated, after years of coaxing by scientists. George is a Pinta Island tortoise, who has lived in captivity for 36 years. — Yale Environment 360

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