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The Green Life: Daily Roundup: January 20, 2010

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January 20, 2010

Daily Roundup: January 20, 2010

New Leader: The Sierra Club named Michael Brune its new executive director. Brune, 38, will occupy the seat formerly held by David Brower, and, most recently, Carl Pope. He’ll leave his position as head of the Rainforest Action Network to take the job. Washington Post and Sierra Club
 
Written in Ice: The U.N. climate panel apologized today for stating in 2007 that all Himalayan glaciers would disappear by 2035, calling the basis for that prediction "poorly substantiated." USA Today and CNN

Grand Deficit State: Arizona will close most of its state parks to ease the state’s multibillion-dollar shortfall. Several other states may do the same. Los Angeles Times

Muck Stays Stuck: Though it’s been 21 years since the Exxon Valdez spill, thousands of gallons of oil are still in Prince William Sound. A new study explains why: Because the beaches in this region of Alaska have two layers, and water moves 1,000 times slower in the lower layer. Discover

Still Shaky: A magnitude 5.9 aftershock hit Haiti this morning with an epicenter about 35 miles west of Port-au-Prince. The U.N. reports that there’s little new damage. Miami Herald

--Avital Binshtock

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