Eco-News Roundup: Friday August 6

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Granny Conspiracy: Who’s behind misinformation that the Dems’ healthcare reform will kill olds? Kevin Drum and James Ridgeway explain.

Ants in the Pants Syndrome: Is Restless Leg Syndrome real, or a Big Pharma invention?

Chemical Switch: The EPA may be revising its position on perchlorates in water.

Polar Bear Soup: By 2070, the Arctic could be a polluted soup, scientists say. [New Scientist]

Obama’s New Tactic: Obama’s campaign organization gets fired up about healthcare.

Public Enemy: Insurance companies might like the likely-to-fail healthcare “co-ops” as alternatives to the public model.

Green Label: The USDA is proposing labels for products using renewable plant and animal sources. [Environmental News Network]

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