Eco-News Roundup: Thursday September 24

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Stories and news from our blogs and elsewhere you might have missed.

Power of Fear: Just fear of medical malpractice lawsuits costs $60 billion a year.

The Problem With Frogs: Despite climate change metaphors, they will jump out when the water gets hot. Us, not so much.

European Education: If we can learn from the EU’s cap-and-trade system, so much the better.

Chart of the Day: Number of Americans without insurance are increasing, as is cost of care.

Nuclear Shift: Obama’s address spurred hopes his nuclear policy will oppose Bush’s.

Girl Anatomy: Liv dolls are more anatomically correct than Barbies, but still sexist.

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