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The Green Life: Daily Roundup: December 16, 2009

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December 16, 2009

Daily Roundup: December 16, 2009

Nearing 11th Hour: A top UN climate negotiator said that the next 24 hours are crucial to the success of the climate talks in Copenhagen, which have stalled over who should pay for cleaning up pollution in developing nations and how to provide subsidies for developing nations to create clean energy and curb greenhouse gas emissions.  Wall Street Journal

Copenhagen Conundrum: The UN estimates that a total of 40,500 tons of carbon dioxide will be released into the atmosphere during the climate conference due to world leaders flying on private jets, riding private cars to and from the conference center, and using electricity in upscale hotels. MSNBC

Green Employment: Vice President Joe Biden proposed a $5 billion plan to expand a tax credit for clean energy in order to help boost unemployment rates. The White House hopes the plan will create tens of thousands of jobs and generate $15 billion in private investment. Reuters

Solar Shutdown: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power canceled its plans for a 970-acre solar farm near the Salton Sea in Southern California due to the project’s potential costs. Los Angeles Times

Stunted Salmon:
Scientists discovered that even a small amount of pesticides in waterways affects the growth and recovery of wild salmon populations. Science Daily

--Julie Littman

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