POZNAN: The second day of the U.N. climate talks in Poland is wrapping up, and the Wall Street Journal offers some helpfully concise context. (Source: WSJ)

FISH OUT OF WATER: The Bush administration asked the Supreme Court today to let older power plants keep drawing in billions of gallons of water without requiring them to install technology that would protect fish and other aquatic life from the intake structures. The New Republic blogged today about Bush's overall war on environmental regulations as his presidency winds down. (Sources: MSNBC, TNR)

KEEP ON TRUCKIN': The WSJ points out that despite Ford's pitch to Congress that it's refocused on smaller, fuel-efficient vehicles, it's still heavily advertising its trucks -- probably because they saw the least drop in November sales. (Source: WSJ)

ORGANIC OR MANIC? Pediatrician and author Dr. Alan Greene has eaten nothing but organic food for the last three years as part of an experiment he's conducting on himself about the myths and virtues of organic food. (Source: International Herald Tribune

PORTUGAL: The Spanish-ish European country is getting quite environmentally ambitious, opening the continent's biggest wind farm today, in addition to its commercial wave power plant, the world's first, and its under-construction solar photovoltaic farm, which will be the largest in the world. (Source: the Guardian)

(CLIMATE) CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN: The New York Times profiles "carbon detectives," the researchers on the front lines of climate-change science. Calculating the national carbon budget can be tricky and frustrating, the researchers say, but, "It's a national priority," according to one. "It's what motivates us to wake up in the morning." (Source: NYT)

SILENT-NIGHT EMITTING DIODES: The Christian Science Monitor reports on the environmental and economic benefits of using LEDs instead of traditional Christmas lights. (Source: CS Monitor)

Russell McLendon ( @russmclendon ) writes about humans and other wildlife.

Last Call: 12/2
Poznan, day two; Bush vs. fish; is Ford Ford tough?; the all-organic diet; Portugal's wind-wind situation; the carbon detectives; LEDs for a green Xmas