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The Green Life: Daily Roundup: January 28, 2010

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January 28, 2010

Daily Roundup: January 28, 2010

Yes We Can? Environmental groups are pleased with Obama’s call for energy legislation during last night’s State of the Union address but worry that his plans will be stalled in Congress. Christian Science Monitor

Rising Tides: Sea levels in China reached a record high late last year, threatening the country’s coastal communities. Global sea level has risen an average of 1.7mm per year for the past three decades while near China the rate has been 2.6mm. China Daily

Full Disclosure: The SEC voted to require public companies to warn investors of the toll global warming could take on their business. The agency has long required companies to disclose the possible financial impacts of environmental problems but this is the first time it has specifically referenced climate change. New York Times

Full Speed Ahead: President Obama announced $8 billion in grants for high-speed rail as part of the first nationwide plan for inter-city passenger rail service. Thirty-one states will receive money through the Recovery Act passed by Congress last year, with California, Illinois, and Florida benefiting most. Los Angeles Times

Right of Way: Environmental groups are suing the U.S. Navy to try to stop plans for an offshore training range that they say is too close to the breeding grounds of right whales, a species of which there may be as few as 300 left. NPR

--Wendy Becktold

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