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65 posts from January 2009
January 28, 2009
January 27, 2009
Penguins Threatened: Emperor penguins are facing extinction over the next century because of the effects climate change is having on Antarctica. Environmental News Network
Trees Too: Trees in forests on the North American West Coast are dying as global warming gets worse. L. A. Times
No Going Back: A new study by a top scientist suggests that the damage caused by climate change is irreversible. NPR
Priorities, People: According to the latest Pew poll, eco-worries have slipped below other concerns. Survey takers ranked their opinion of what national priorities should be as: 1)
the economy, 2) jobs, 3) terrorism, 4) Social Security, 5) education, and 6) energy. Environment ranks 16th, and global warming ranks 20th. Pew Research Center
E.U. to Obama: The European Union’s environmental commissioner wrote a letter to Obama expressing Europe’s desire for America to pollute less, and for the U.S. to establish a cap-and-trade system. Green Inc. (NYT)
Get beyond the unfortunate imagery of a "green toilet," and you have a water-saving solution that kicks back some cash too.
Bath-and-kitchen giant Kohler Co. launched an online campaign to teach homeowners how to help the environment by installing water-saving toilets and fixtures.
Far from a passive potty-peddler, Kohler committed to donating $1 worth of product to Habitat for Humanity for every three-question quiz completed on their site, which could equal a pledge of up to $1 million worth of water-saving plumbing products given to low-income members of communities.
Depending on your region, maintaining a local diet all year long can either be a snap or a supreme challenge. This week we'll explore options for eating locally during the winter months.
January 26, 2009
Only days after his inauguration, President Barack Obama has begun reversing the Bush administration's climate policies, Reuters reports. On January 26, Obama directed the EPA to reconsider California's request to impose its own limits on vehicle emissions. The request, denied under the previous administration, would hold California's tailpipes to tougher guidelines than current federal mandates. The expected EPA approval could be followed by similar requests by as many as 18 other states. In addition to addressing emissions standards, Obama also announced plans to raise federal fuel-efficiency standards for 2011 vehicle models.
While Obama's push for greener cars may revive a struggling auto industry, some green bloggers have announced their own tough set of standards: for example, ecogeek's shot at Toyota's average mpg and Treehugger's roundup of the ugliest eco-vehicles.
No Kidding: Barack Obama overturned a rule restricting federal funding for promoting family planning, including abortions, in developing nations. Environmentalists hailed the move as a step toward curbing overpopulation. New York Times
Hot Air: The solar energy from one hot-air balloon can be harnessed to power 10 homes. Inhabitat
Climate change is a daily reality for Alaskan citizens. On the barrier island of Shishmaref, just 20 miles south of the Arctic circle, residents struggle against the rising sea level and storm surges that threaten to wash out their village.
As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers works on a solution to replacing the melted ice wall barricade, Gov. Sarah Palin recently announced her plan to combat global warming with a statewide goal of producing half of Alaska's electricity from renewable sources by 2025.
The plan, which is not an actual plan for action but a detailed list of resources, proposes a bold shift from fossil fuels and expensive diesel to wind, hydro, tidal and geothermal energy. Looks like the Republicans' "Drill, baby, drill" is growing up.
January 23, 2009
Climb On! Rock climbers get a little help from the lab coats, as researchers analyze the strength of karabiners. ScienceDaily
Sierra Shift: Opting for a new role as chairman, Carl Pope, the current executive director of the Sierra Club, embraces change. Grist
Classroom Evolution: The Texas Board of Education votes to change the state's curriculum, making it more difficult for teachers to promote creationism in schools. Scientific American
Saying No to Coal: The EPA overturns South Dakota's approval of a coal-fired power plant. Compass
To the Moon! A California-based engineering firm tests a rocket powered by biofuel. New Scientist
Remember when putting sunglasses on something automatically made it cool? That's what Peabody Energy, the world's largest coal company, wants you to think about black, shiny lumps of coal. And the image above? No, we didn't make it as joke using Photoshop, Peabody Energy did -- but not as a joke. The Sierra Club and several other nonprofits, led by Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection, have joined to form the Reality Coalition to help fight the coal industry's ludicrous marketing campaign. They were quick to pick up on Peabody's new ad, which ran on a full page in the Washington Post two weeks ago. Here's hoping that people won't be fooled by the coal industry's cool, new sunglasses... Then again, it worked for Flavor Flav.
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