WHATCHOO TOXIN ‘BOUT? A new sociological study finds that, despite news coverage of dangerous chemicals like bisphenol-A, women don’t readily connect household products with personal chemical exposure and health problems, instead thinking of pollution as a more large-scale, industrial problem.

 
MALDIVES DROPPING: Only a meter above sea level, the island nation has begun saving money and asking around for a place to buy land once rising sea levels drown it out. At current rates it will be nearly 20 percent submerged by the end of the century.
 

CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR: Prehistoric cave bears were one of the earliest of the “megafauna” — including the wooly mammoth, wooly rhinoceros, giant deer and cave lion — to die out, and scientists now blame climate change for killing off the vegetation the 2,200-pound vegetarians relied on.

 

SOILED: A study finds that global warming is accelerating the breakdown of organic material in the world’s soils, which could hinder agriculture, speed up erosion and add even more CO2 to the atmosphere.

 

OFF (GRID) BROADWAY: Well, not quite, but the famed “Great White Way” is getting greener, replacing 10,000 lights with energy-efficient bulbs, washing actors’ costumes in cold water and breaking down sets in an eco-friendlier way.

 
LET THERE BE LIGHTS: The Vatican fires up its new solar panels today.
 

“GLOBAL MANDATE”: An 11-country poll found that about half of respondents want government to play a major role in curbing CO2 emissions, and only a quarter say their governments are doing enough.

 

A BRUSH WITH GREATNESS: The L.A. Times offers an entertaining profile this morning of a former high school biology teacher who became obsessed with the hardy, long-living chaparral brush, and has since dedicated his life to studying and protecting it. Even in the midst of Southern California’s fire season, he’s trying to limit prescribed burns of the dry brush.

 
GENOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Scientists at Virginia Tech are sequencing the turkey genome, which they say will help improve meat yield and quality, disease resistance, fertility and reproduction.

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